While many Florida congressmen are fighting to either ban or continue instituting red-light cameras through the state, others are focusing on an initiative to reenforce Florida’s motorcycle helmet law. Florida used to require riders to use helmets, but the law was repealed back in 2000. Today, drivers over 21 with at least $10,000 of medical coverage on their insurance policies are not required by law to wear helmets. Read More
Red-light cameras have become more prominent over the last ten years as lawmakers and law enforcement officers try to find the most efficient way to identify and pursue drivers who make risky decisions behind the wheel. While the initiative was meant to decrease accidents and save lives, a recent report from Florida’s state highway officials has placed red-light cameras into controversy. Read More
Florida’s Medical Malpractice Law Called Into Question
This December, a medical malpractice law came under scrutiny by the Florida Supreme Court. The law has been volleying back and forth between doctors and the attorneys for medical malpractice plaintiffs since 2013. It allows something called “ex parte communications” to help a doctor’s defense attorney gather information regarding medical malpractice cases. “Ex parte” means that the defense attorney is able to talk directly with other doctors who have treated the patient or patients involved in the dispute. Since the patient’s attorney would not be present for such conversations, and the doctors may have treated the patients for non related issues, critics of the law argue that it is unconstitutional. Read More
3 Reasons Tractor Trailer Accidents Require Specialized Legal Help
It’s impossible to drive on a highway without passing at least a few dozen big trucks in the process. For better or worse, tractor trailers are the bedrock of our economy because they transport the majority of items that we are eager to buy at the store, like food, clothes, and household goods. But despite this important role in supply and demand, tractor trailers pose a major danger to other cars on the road and are all too frequently involved in tragic accidents. Due to the rules and regulations that govern truckers and their vehicles, tractor trailer accidents cannot be handled like normal car crashes and often require a lawyer to properly seek the deserved compensation. Read More
Recent Controversy Over Malpractice Compensation Limits
The Florida Supreme Court has spent 2016 making major decisions that impact lawsuits related to workers’ compensation and personal injury. It is currently considering a case related to non-economic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits. In the meantime, the 2nd District Court of Appeal in a Charlotte County case ruled that limits on “noneconomic” damages in medical malpractice cases are unconstitutional.
The Significance of Non-Economic Damages
Non-economic damages have the potential to play a main role in many lawsuits since they include things like pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and mental anguish. They have long been controversial, and in 2003 Governor Jeb Bush approved caps on noneconomic damages due to skyrocketing malpractice insurance costs for doctors at the time. Read More
Florida Workers’ Comp System Will Not Be Changing Anytime Soon
Back in May 2016, the Florida Supreme Court caused a major controversy when it declared that attorneys would no longer face a limit on the fees they can collect during workers’ compensation cases. This decision was a major victory for workers but a devastating loss for businesses, and despite the decision, the battle is far from over. The case of Daniel Stahl v. Hialeah Hospital was decided on October 31 when the United States Supreme Court declared it would not review a Florida case challenging the state’s workers’ compensation system. Read More
How the Discovery Rule Can Make or Break a Medical Malpractice Case
It may not be something a common American citizen considers in her day to day life, but anybody who has sued for medical malpractice becomes intimately familiar with the laws governmenting the “discovery rule.” The timing and manner in which a medical malpractice situation is discovered holds immense power of the future legal proceedings.
The Discovery Rule Overpowers the Statute of Limitations
In any other lawsuit, the statute of limitations firmly dictates the time limit within which a victim file a lawsuit in response to a crime. If the victim does not file within the statute of limitations timeframe, he loses his right to a legal remedy for any wrongdoing that occurred. In Florida, for example, personal injury and property damage both have a statute of limitations of four years. But medical malpractice is different thanks to the discovery rule. Read More
When Is It Best to Claim Social Security Early?
The rules and regulations that govern social security are complex by nature, so you need to be strategic about understanding the relationship between your social security benefits and the rules imposed by the government. The bottom line? Social security is all about your timing. This guide will help you understand whether you will benefit most from claiming social security early or not. Read More
South Florida Doctor Charged with Medical Malpractice
When patients undergo any type of surgery, whether elective or life-saving, they trust their surgeons and doctors to uphold strict surgical safety procedures and scientifically proven techniques. Unfortunately, this does not always happen, and many men and women across the country have suffered severe and long term injuries and disabilities after their surgeons committed medical malpractice. A cosmetic surgeon in South Florida is one of the most recent to come under fire for alleged medical malpractice after he botched four different cosmetic surgeries. Read More
Drones May Have a Future in Managing Florida Auto Accidents
Driving comes with inherent risks, and widespread exhaustion and distracted driving has recently made those risks more pronounced. This is especially true in Florida, where four of the top 50 deadliest roads in the country are located. Interstate 10, US 98, US 90, and US 29 have some of the highest fatal accidents per 100 miles. The Florida Department of Transportation is working to reduce these fatalities. FDOT Jim Boxold explained, “Our collective vision of a fatality-free transportation system will continue to require a united emphasis on traffic safety, using all of the tools we each have in our toolboxes.” Read More