Anyone who has ever viewed the world from the floor of a retail store or restaurant knows how quickly life can go into a tailspin due to a slip and fall accident with injuries. If you haven’t consulted with a personal injury accident lawyer, do you know your rights following a slip-and-fall accident? To inform yourself, take the following quiz: 1. Immediately after a slip and fall accident you should: a. Take photos b. Take an ambulance to the hospital c. Consult with a personal injury litigation attorney d. All of the above 2. Causes of slip and fall accidents include: a. Someone sticking out their leg while you’re walking by b. Your own klutziness c. Slippery surfaces, debris left in aisles, a torn up or worn rug d. A chatty friend 3. Among the things you should document after…

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In the days following a slip and fall accident, one thing is proven: You, the victim, must show ways in which the defendant was negligent before winning a slip and fall accident case.. You must prove that piece of debris was knowingly left on the floor. You must prove the product that slipped off the store shelf onto the floor should have been put back in its place. You must prove there was no sign indicating a torn up carpet … or a wet floor. How is this done? It’s all in the discovery. During discovery, a defendant must turn over information such as maintenance records, repair logs, surveillance video, and anything else that be relevant to the slip-and-fall accident. In addition, the victim of a slip-and-fall accident may also gather sworn testimony regarding what happened through depositions, recorded interviews,…

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“Breaking one’s fall” is a term that references how to fall safely, useful for unexpected encounters with people and objects. It should not be a strategy, however, for getting yourself through the aisles of a retail store. Say you have a slip and fall accident on a loose mat in the middle of an aisle, unaccustomed as you may be to preparing for danger around every turn of the local big box store. You are on the floor, in pain. You assess your condition, use your cell phone – or ask a companion to use your cell phone – to shoot photos of the scene. Then, it may be wise to take an ambulance to the hospital. Above all, you should seek a doctor’s care immediately. When it comes time to recoup the medical costs associated with treating your injury,…

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A slip and fall accident is not something that occurs in slow motion. You don’t think ahead of time about losing balance, or spot something on the floor and say, “I’m going to slip and injure myself on that.” A slip and fall accident is as sudden and unexpected as it is potentially devastating, in one swoop taking away peace of mind and causing personal injury that could take years to correct. A slip accident involves stumbling, over extension, a twist or other movement that causes injury, and the conditions under which these occur can vary: Spilled liquid or food, cracked sidewalks, objects or debris left in a retail store aisle or on steps. In all such cases, a personal injury litigation attorney will handle the particulars of getting what is owed to you for your pain, injuries and suffering.…

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Where would you rather bike – on a busy road or a scenic trail? Those who prefer transportation on two wheels, have heart: A proposal to link a network of bicycle trails has gained momentum recently. It will keep cyclists off the main roads, and, more importantly, away from distracted motorists. This is good news for those whose interest in recreational cycling takes them on highways and thoroughfares that demand they not only keep watch on their own activity, but on the actions of motorists who can’t pull themselves away from the distractions of their various gadgets. According to WFSU producer Rob Diaz de Villegas, who was appointed to the Florida Greenways and Trails Council in 2013, $25 million was budgeted two weeks ago towards the completion of this trail network, so that one day, a cyclist will be able…

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You may think to yourself. “I’m going out for a bike ride,” but the thought process doesn’t end there. Thinking continues through the course of the ride. Are you paying attention to using the right hand signals, stopping and going, registering that pedestrian crosswalk ahead? Keeping an eye in the back of your head for that distracted motorist in the next lane? Unless out in the wide open, where vehicles become a distant memory, a cyclist on the busy roads in Fort Lauderdale must be constantly thinking. As feet go into motion so, too, do thoughts. Even in the bright sunshine, a storm can brew: It’s behind the seat of a car, fiddling with buttons on the dash. And when it strikes, it will not only ruin your ride, but your life. Important things to keep in mind might sound…

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Cyclists in Florida are offered an abundance of good things on their trip: sunny weather, scenic views and many different routes to follow. Being crashed into by a car driven by a distracted motorist can turn the trip into a nightmare – that’s when you call on a personal injury protection litigation attorney, to ensure your rights and that your medical bills are paid. But before all of this occurs, there are rules of the road to follow. Head out on your Broward County bicycle ride with the necessary equipment, a clear head and, most importantly, knowledge. Here are some bicycle safety tips to remember: Always wear a certified bike helmet. It could save your life. Obey all signs, traffic signals, and rules of the road. Never ride with headphones that prevent you from hearing traffic around you. Other than…

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Seeing the world upside down? You are now a statistic: One of the many cyclists in Ft. Lauderdale and Broward County who has been hit by an automobile belonging to a distracted driver. But how did you get on the ground? On a busy road. With your bicycle wrecked. And your heart pounding. Here’s what should pop into your mind: How to pay for the medical bills and your wrecked bicycle:  Personal injury protection (PIP) insurance for cyclists in Fort Lauderdale. First, let’s retrace your steps. Like many in Ft. Lauderdale and throughout Broward County, you enjoy cycling. It’s good for recreation, exercise and for the pleasure of the outdoors. Like those cyclists, you never considered yourself to be a future piece of data, like this one reported by the Sun-Sentinel: Between 2010 and 2012, the number of cyclists injured…

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