How to avoid the pitfalls: Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys shed light on slip and fall accidents Oops. Watch that banana peel. Look out for that mop bucket. Keep an eye on the wet floor. Steer clear of that bump in the rug. What do all of these potential hazards have in common? They are all slip and fall accidents waiting to happen. As personal injury litigation attorneys in Fort Lauderdale, we have successfully litigated many slip and fall accidents, from slip and fall injuries that occurred at restaurants and big box retail stores to those that happen outside, on uneven terrain. Counseling people on how to deal with the aftermath of a slip and fall accident in Fort Lauderdale has made us experts in the field. What you need to know directly after suffering a slip and fall accident is,…

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Feeling the heat: Ft Lauderdale personal injury attorneys give advice to prevent car breakdowns Have your tires needed air over the past few weeks with the onslaught of hot weather? Tire pressure is just one of the items drivers must pay attention to when the temperatures rise, to avoid emergency situations on South Florida’s busy highways. Personal injury doesn’t only occur as a driver or passenger in a motor vehicle – innocent bystanders can also be harmed. If you’ve ever needed to pull over on a busy road to make emergency repairs, or to await a tow truck or other emergency vehicle, chances are you know too well the whoosh of air against you from the speeding cars as they pass. A vehicle losing control and crashing into your car, and injuring you in the process, is something that needs…

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Ft. Lauderdale personal injury attorneys provide insight on the perils of distractions ahead of Memorial Day There are many reports online that deal with distracted driving. Indeed, during the past several years, as cell phone use has grown to become less of a privilege and more of a necessity, and with more apps and features offered on cell phones, their presence in the car, in a driver’s hands and at a driver’s ear, has made our lives more perilous as we take to Fort Lauderdale’s roads. With Memorial Day around the corner, and with all the distractions that this holiday causes, from parties and barbecues to meeting friends and family, distracted driving is on our mind – and should be on yours, too. Here’s why:  Distracted driving is one of the most dangerous situations for drivers and can result in…

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Cyclists are considered among the most vulnerable users of the road, next to pedestrians, since they lack the protection that a motor vehicle might provide in the instance of a crash. That means cyclists and personal injury go hand in hand, and in South Florida – Broward and Miami-Dade counties in particular, with the high number of people vacationing here annually, their lack of experience with the roadways and the increase of motorists – personal injury is an unfortunate fact of recreating on two wheels. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, there were 499 fatalities, 2,072 nonfatal hospitalizations, and 7,650 nonfatal emergency room (ER) visits in the last year of the reporting, which was 2010, relating to pedestrian and bicycle crashes. We can only surmise that these numbers have increased in seven years, even though more measures have been…

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The next time you’re in the mood for a walk, head to the beach, the park or a trail or path that takes you away from roads heavily traveled by motor vehicles. Pedestrian deaths soared in 2016, according to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association, and Florida is among the states with the most pedestrian casualties. According to the report, the following are the most recent pedestrian statistics: Pedestrians now account for 15 percent of all traffic deaths. In Florida, pedestrian fatalities jumped 25 percent, from 2010 to 2015 About 6,000 pedestrian fatalities are estimated to have occurred nationwide in 2016. In 2016, Florida had more than 100 pedestrian deaths Most pedestrian fatalities in 2015 were between 6 p.m. and midnight, with 74% occurring after dark. Driveways & shoulders of roads/travel lanes away from intersections are the biggest…

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Personal injury preventative measures can help keep children safe in Fort Lauderdale If you’re a parent in South Florida, any potential personal injury to your children should concern you; indeed, personal injury for a child is probably inevitable. We’ve focused a prior discussion on playground safety; this time, we’re focusing on motor vehicle and pedestrian safety for children, starting with car accidents. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov) reports that car crashes remain the leading cause of death for children, citing these statistics: While crash deaths have decreased in the past decade, with a 43 percent drop, still more than 650 children age 12 and under died in crashes in 2011. One in 3 children who died in crashes in 2011 was not buckled up. In fact, in the instances in which children were not secured in their…

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Tips for getting answers when your child is injured at school Children get injured at school.  Children can be accident-prone. They slip, they fall, they run into things. They are, at times, careless. Through no fault of their own, they can be involved in a personal injury situation that prevents them from, well, being kids. And doing kid things. These accidents happen often around the home … and often at school, where your child is supervised by teachers, staff members and other parents. These personal injuries could result only in minor cuts and scrapes, but sometimes major injuries can occur when your child is outside of your immediate care. How should parents respond if their child is injured at school? It all depends on how the injury occurred. Sometimes kids run in the hallways and they end up falling. Sometimes…

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A car accident is, unfortunately, a part of life and very few of us have been able to drive free of problems on the road, whether being involved in a slight fender-bender or a major highway car accident, or even becoming a witness to the aftermath of a major car accident. With major highways converging in the Ft. Lauderdale area, and the high numbers of snowbirds and tourists coming into our towns during the winter, the roads become crammed with cars, and car accidents are bound to happen. Getting back behind the wheel can be psychologically stressful for some, an anxiety-inducing action that causes us to experience and develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Anxiety after a car accident, especially one in Fort Lauderdale that has caused personal injury, can hinder somebody’s ability to function and can alter their lifestyle. The…

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What drives you? Self-driving cars may help avoid personal injury in Ft. Lauderdale crashes . . . but are these the wave of the future? Here is an interesting question: In a new world of self-driving cars, who is at fault in the event of a Fort Lauderdale crash and a personal injury claim? This is an issue that has lawmakers, police, and attorneys puzzling, because of the myriad problems associated with a motor vehicle crash involving personal injury. While Florida has yet to make self-driving vehicles legal, it is a looming possibility, as their probability becomes more and more mainstream. It is a fact that 90 percent of all crashes are caused by driver error. By employing this logic, is it possible that these crashes could be prevented by self-driving vehicles? If you take human error out of the…

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When you suffer personal injury in a Fort Lauderdale motor vehicle accident, a slip-and-fall accident or other types of incident, you may spend a lot of your time proving the extent of your personal injury and visiting doctors to substantiate your claim, all in the hopes of being rewarded financial compensation that is commensurate with the personal injury, medical bills, loss of income and pain and suffering caused to you in the accident. It is your responsibility to seek medical care directly following your accident, regardless of how severe – or not – you feel your injuries may be. Even the smallest injuries could turn into much more extensive personal injuries weeks after the accident. A doctor will treat your condition and release you or you may receive continuing care for your personal injury – you may need to visit…

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