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Mother with Incurable Breast Cancer Achieves Victory in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Marlande Lazard is the last person you would expect to be blindsided by breast cancer. She spent 25 years working as an emergency nurse and traveling on medical missions to teach women in Haiti how to check for signs of breast cancer by padding their fingers around the breast and armpits in small circular motions to uncover any bumps. Read More

Worker’s Compensation Reform is Still Not a Reality

Florida’s workers’ compensation system has been experiencing significant turbulence over the last few years, and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight.

In 2016, the Florida Supreme Court caused a major change to the workers’ comp system when it ruled in the case Castellanos v. Next Door Company. Marvin Castellanos of Miami suffered neck, shoulder, and head injuries while working for Next Door Company. His workers’ compensation case went to court, and Castellanos was only awarded $822.70 compared to the nearly $37,000 that his attorney had fought for. The attorney himself only earned $164 due to the fee laws that state the attorney receives 20 percent of the first $5,000 in benefits and 15 percent of the next $5,000.     Read More

Take These Steps to Remain Aware of Motorcycles on the Road

The warm and sunny weather has arrived in full force in Tampa, which means motorcyclists are hitting the road in high numbers. May is designated as National Motorcycle Awareness Month, but the critical importance of motorcycle awareness doesn’t fade simply because May has come and gone. The National Safety Council (NSC) provides simple yet powerful tips to help motorists remain aware of motorcyclists on the road, especially during the busy summer months. Be sure to follow these tips yourself in order to avoid catastrophe. Read More

Why Did Florida State Fail to Repeal PIP?

Since the 1970s, the Florida government has required a unique type of car insurance called Personal Injury Protection, or PIP.  This no-fault insurance requires every car owner to carry a minimum of $10,000 in coverage. If an accident occurs, drivers can be automatically compensated for their medical expenses, lost wages during medical care, and property damage without fighting with their insurance company over fault. Read More

Understanding the Overlap between Social Security Disability and Workers’ Comp

When you become disabled due to an injury at work, you will most likely qualify to receive workers’ compensation to cover your lost wages and medical costs. However, if that workplace injury or illness leaves you fully disabled, you may also qualify for social security disability benefits. This sounds exciting, but since both forms of disability are considered to be government funded, there are actually limits on what you can collect. It’s best to work with an attorney to ensure that you overlap your social security disability and workers’ compensation benefits to maximize the financial support you receive. Read More

What Does It Mean When Lawyers Take a Case “On Contingency”

There’s no way to predict when you might suddenly become the victim in a life-altering accident, which means that you may find yourself needing an attorney but lacking the money to pay a retainer. This is why it’s so important to utilize a law firm like Catania and Catania that works on a contingency fee basis.

What Does It Mean to Work on Contingency? Read More

This Florida Bill Could Boost Compensation Awards in Personal Injury Cases

The Florida Senate recently stirred up controversy when it passed a bill, S.B 334, despite opposition from the Florida Chamber of Commerce and a number of insurance groups in the state. S.B 334 deals with the ability for plaintiffs in civil suits like personal injury and wrongful death claims, to collect prejudgment interest. The Senate’s actions will likely change the current law and impact the ability of civil suit plaintiffs to collect more in their settlements. Read More

NASCAR Fan Victorious in Liability Lawsuit Against Daytona Speedway

It’s no secret that NASCAR racing is a dangerous sport. The racing legend Dale Earnhardt was killed in 2001 during the Daytona 500, and many other drivers have been severely injured when their cars erupted into flames or crashed head-on into the unforgiving walls of the racetrack. But there is also an element of safety to consider for the spectators who pay money to watch NASCAR in action. They don’t have helmets or flame-retardant suits like the drivers, yet many of them are allowed to sit very close to the racetrack and they trust the architects of the stadium to keep them out of harm’s way. Read More

New Evidence in Baseball Star’s Boating Accident Could Influence Wrongful Death Suits

When Marlins baseball star Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident last year, it sent shockwaves through his Florida community. Not only did the Marlins lose a beloved pitcher, but the athlete left behind his girlfriend who was pregnant with his daughter. In the months following the crash, experts could not definitively identify what had caused the boat to crash, but it was revealed that Fernandez and another passenger both had alcohol and cocaine in their systems. Read More

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