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Blind Spots: A Common Cause of Accidents and How to Avoid Them

motorcycle accident in clearwater floridaBlind spots are much more common than you might think. Even if you don’t have many blind spots because you are driving a sedan or other small passenger vehicle, it is important to recognize that other drivers in different types of vehicles do have blind spots. Minivans, cargo vans, trucks, sport utility vehicles, and semi-trucks all have blind spots that keep them from seeing traffic around them. Here’s what you need to know about blind spots and how to avoid accidents.

Knowing Your Blind Spots

It is important to know the blind spots on your own vehicle. Sit in your vehicle and adjust your mirrors for the best view around your vehicle. When driving, be aware of what you can and can’t see in your mirrors and as you turn in your seat to look over your shoulder before turning or changing lanes. If you are aware of your blind spots, you can adjust your driving habits to ensure that they do not cause you to create an accident. Read More

How Road Rage Causes Accidents and How to Protect Yourself

We’ve all heard of road rage. But if you have never experienced it for yourself, you really don’t know how scary it can be or the damage that it can lead to. It is estimated that road rage is responsible for about 33 percent of the accidents caused by human error. Here’s what you need to know about road rage and how to protect yourself.

What Road Rage Looks Like

Road rage isn’t just about someone getting out of their car with a baseball bat like in an episode of Shameless. Road rage can look like weaving in and out of traffic, riding the bumper of the car directly in front of the driver, or honking incessantly instead of paying attention to traffic. Road rage can take on many forms, but it is characteristically aggressive driving that does not take into consideration the safety of themselves or those around them. Read More

Three Most Common Construction Accidents

The construction industry has a lot of hazards, regardless of what type of construction you are doing. While most construction accidents can be avoided, accidents do still happen quite frequently. In fact, there were 4.3 nonfatal construction accidents for every 100 construction workers last year. When construction accidents could have been avoided and are due to someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation. Here are the three most common construction accidents.

Falls

Falls accounted for 22 percent of construction site injuries in the last year. This is the most common type of injury incurred on a construction site. Even if falls are not from a great distance or are the result of slipping on a surface, falls can cause quite a bit of damage to joints, muscles, bones, and other anatomy. Read More

Five Types of Compensation for Amputation

The loss of a limb is a major traumatic event for many reasons. Regardless of how you lost the limb, you will have a long and expensive road ahead of you. If the loss of your limb was due to the negligence of someone else, you could be entitled to compensation. There are several different things that you can be compensated for.

Medical Bills and Rehabilitation

When you are suing for loss of a limb, you will sue for more than your past or current medical bills. You will also be able to get compensation for future medical bills. This is important because full recovery from amputation can take quite some time and many doctors’ visits. Once a prosthesis can be obtained and fitted, physical therapy to learn how to use the prosthesis will be necessary. There may be additional medical expenses in the future. You can get confirmation of potential future medical bills from your doctors. Read More

Three Things That Can Hurt Your Right to Compensation

Regardless of the type of personal injury case you are facing, there are some things that many people do that can affect your right to compensation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, lost time at work, and pain and suffering. However, if you display any signs that your injuries are not as severe as you claim, you could be putting your right to this compensation at risk. Here are three things you should avoid to protect your right to compensation.

Not Following Doctor’s Orders

If you are pursuing compensation for a severe injury, it is important that you follow all of your doctor’s orders. This includes taking time off work or following restricted duties as per your doctor’s instructions. It also means that you should not be doing any hobbies or activities that could push your limits with your injury. If you are caught not following doctor’s orders, you could be accused of exaggerating your injuries, which can leave you without any compensation at all. Read More

Three Pieces of Evidence for a Successful Slip-and-Fall Case

Most of the time, a slip-and-fall accident on someone’s property is a minor affair. You might get up and dust yourself off, with a bit of a bruise or scrape and nothing more, yet some slip-and-fall accidents can lead to severe injuries such as broken bones, dislocated joints, head injury, or even death. When you have a slip-and-fall accident related to someone else’s negligence, you have a right to compensation. Here are three pieces of evidence you’ll want to gather in order to be successful in your case.

Pictures of the Scene and Hazard

It is very important that you get pictures of the scene and the hazard that caused your slip-and-fall accident. Hazards that cause accidents are often corrected quickly so that no one else will get hurt, so it is important to get these pictures as quickly as possible. If anything about the environment changes between your accident and the time you are able to take pictures, make sure to make notes of the changes on the pictures themselves. Read More

Three Types of Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice lawsuits are becoming more and more common. It is unclear whether the increase in cases is an indication of a poorer quality of care in the health system, an increase in the number of victims that seek compensation, or an increase in awareness of patient rights. Whatever the case may be, medical malpractice in Bradenton can lead to serious and sometimes lifelong injury. Here are the three main types of medical malpractice.

Surgical Malpractice

A large number of Sarasota medical malpractice cases involve surgical procedures and mistakes. These mistakes could include performing the wrong procedure for the patient’s condition, leaving pads or tools in the body cavity, or making a mistake during the procedure itself. If the surgical mistake was one that could reasonably have been prevented, it is deemed the fault of the negligence of the surgeon, and you could be entitled to compensation. Read More

What You Need to Know About Bicycle Accidents in Florida

Bicycle accidents are  much more common than you might think. When most people think of bicycle accidents, they think of scraped knees and the like that occur with children every day. Yet there are some bicycle accidents that are much more severe, and they can even lead to death. Here’s what you need to know if you or your loved one has been in a bicycle accident.

Determining the Cause

It is important to determine the cause of the bicycle accident, so that it becomes clear who is at fault. Paul Catania, a St. Petersburg personal injury lawyer says If the bicycle accident was caused by unmarked potholes in the street, the city might be responsible for the injuries. If the bicycle accident was caused by a car swerving or failing to stop or yield, it could be the fault of the driver. There are a number of ways that bicycle accidents can happen, but knowing who is involved and who was negligent is important to your potential case. Read More

Your Rights After a Dog Bite Attack

dog attack lawyer tampa flMost dogs are friendly, playful, and caring. Yet there are some dogs that are highly aggressive. There are also some situations in which a normally calm dog may become incensed and attack out of the blue. These situations can happen with any dog breed. If you are attacked by a dog, you have certain rights and responsibilities to ensure that the matter is handled appropriately says the personal injury attorneys at Catania & Catania.

Report the Incident

You have a right to report the incident to the police and/or animal control as soon as it happens, and this is a right you should exercise. If the owner knew that the dog was dangerous and did nothing, they could be held responsible for the attack. At the least, if the dog is a danger to humans it will need to be euthanized or otherwise rehabilitated before it can be allowed back in society. Reporting the incident ensures that this happens and no one else gets hurt. It is your right and your responsibility to report promptly. Read More

Boat Safety and What to Do When Disaster Strikes

Summer is upon us, and with it comes times spent out on the water. It is very important that you take all safety measures while out on a boat, whether it is your own or one you have hired. There are over 600 boating accidents per year in Florida alone. Yet even when you follow all boat safety measures, disaster can still strike. Here’s what you need to know about boat safety and what to do in an accident.

Make Sure the Boat is Safe

Whether the boat you are going to be on is your own, one you have hired, or piloted by someone else, you still have a responsibility to make sure that the boat is safe. It should be in good repair to the best of your knowledge, as well as have necessary amenities such as life jackets and an emergency raft. If you are not familiar with boats, simply give the boat a once over and make sure that nothing seems amiss. Read More

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