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What to Do If You’ve Been Injured By the Essure Birth Control Implant

As a woman, you want to use a birth control that you can trust to prevent pregnancy and protect your health. Pharmaceutical companies like Bayer promise those exact results with their products like the Essure birth control device, but as thousands of women have realized, Essure poses very real, tangible risks to patients.

If you have received an Essure birth control implant since 2002 and suffered injuries as a result, you could qualify to receive compensation in a mass tort lawsuit against Bayer. Here’s what you need to do if you’ve been injured. Read More

What Do You Need to Know about the Bayer Essure Mass Tort Lawsuit?

Bayer is one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. Though it is headquartered in Germany, Bayer’s products in areas like women’s healthcare are widely used in the United States. Millions of women rely on Bayer products for their reproductive health and family planning, but some birth control options like Essure have done more harm than good.

Bayer announced in June 2018 that it will discontinue sales of Essure birth control after it was revealed that nearly 30,000 women have suffered health consequences from using Essure. Mass tort action is being taken against Bayer on behalf of harmed women. Here’s everything you need to know about the Bayer Essure mass tort lawsuit. Read More

Essure Birth Control: What You Need to Know

Essure is a permanent birth control designed to give women peace of mind in their family planning, but instead it has been linked to nearly 30,000 adverse reactions between 2002 and 2017.

If you have used Essure in the past 16 years and believe the birth control endangered your health or caused potential harm, you now have the opportunity to pursue legal action and receive compensation for your experiences. The deadline to file an Essure claim is October 31, so don’t hesitate to take action. Read More

FAQs About Battery Domestic Violence

tampa criminal defense lawyersIf you have been arrested for or charged with battery domestic violence, you need a qualified criminal defense attorney to help you navigate the legal system. Domestic violence battery is defined by Florida’s legal system as any intentional touching or striking that causes bodily harm to another household member without consent. Only an experienced attorney can minimize your sentence and help you move on with your life.

Possible Battery Punishments

A battery domestic violence conviction in Florida can lead to up to one year in jail, 12 months probation, and a fine. It also revokes your concealed weapon permit. Many people don’t realize this, but a domestic violence battery conviction is also ineligible for sealing and expunging from your criminal record. If you have a formal conviction, it will remain on your record forever.

Keep in mind that aggravated battery may even be charged if the acts are severe. As a felony charge, aggravated battery can lead to penalties, including longer terms of incarceration and probation. Read More

How to Defend Your Drug Charge

Drug charges are serious, but with the right criminal defense attorney those charges don’t need to wreck your life forever. Drug and contraband charges can actually be dismissed or minimized with a strong defense strategy. Here’s what you should know!

Constructive Possession Defense

This defense is based on the Florida law that your proximity to drugs does not prove your guilt of possession beyond a reasonable doubt. In drug charges that arise from a traffic stop of a vehicle with several people inside, this constructive possession defense can be used to demonstrate that it is unjust to hold the driver responsible for the drugs found in a mutually accessible area. Your Tampa criminal defense attorney can use this reasoning to have your drug charge dismissed in a pretrial motion. Read More

A Quick Guide to Filing An Insurance Claim

If you got into an accident tomorrow, would you know how to properly fill out your insurance claim? Would you know how to identify the signs of a bad faith insurance settlement offer?

You never know when you will find yourself needing to take advantage of one of your insurance policies, so it’s important to learn exactly how to go about filing your claim to ensure the best results.

Find an Attorney

Before anything else, you should have a lawyer in place to assist you with your insurance claim. Insurance companies avoid paying out on claims at every opportunity, and by hiring a lawyer you will minimize your chances of being manipulated and exploited.

Before you file a claim, first and foremost, send a letter to the individual or parties who you believe to be responsible for your injuries. Let them know that you will be filing an insurance claim. This is the appropriate and fair step to provide an honest warning. Read More

Your Ultimate Guide to Understanding Workers’ Compensation

Even if you work in a relatively safe place, accidents can happen any time. If you work in a risky setting like a construction site or factory, the likelihood of accidents is even higher. The good news is that, in the event of a workplace accident, you have access to workers’ compensation benefits.

You may or may not expect to become injured or sick in your line of work, but either way it’s important to understand the implications of workers’ compensation so that you are prepared for the unexpected.

What Is Workers’ Compensation?

Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance that your employer is legally bound to carry. It provides you with financial compensation after you suffer a job-related injury or illness. It is possible to obtain workers’ compensation regardless of who caused the injury, short of it being due to your own blatant negligence. In order to obtain benefits, you must forfeit your right to sue your employer in court for your injuries. The system is meant to minimize litigation while still protecting employees. Read More

HITECH: Your Medical Records are Your Property

You have a right to your records and shouldn’t be burdened with the high cost of paper copies.

New Laws and Medical Records

Many of our clients and potential clients expressed frustration at the cost and length of time it takes to obtain their medical records. There are laws that we have found helpful when it comes to affordable medical records requests. Instead of using a HIPAA authorization, we can use a HITECH request signed by you.  Read More

Everything You Need to Know About Essure Birth Control Damage Claims

If you have used the birth control Essure any time since its introduction in 2002, be sure to read the following information. A mass tort is now being brought against Bayer Healthcare based on allegations of Essure causing serious side effects and complications in women.

In fact, Essure has been linked to nearly 30,000 adverse events between 2002 and 2017. Though this device is now being discontinued, the lawsuits against it will continue for years. If you have endured harm or health dangers due to Essure, this is your time to demand compensation. Read More

Will Your Motorcycle Insurance Cover You In An Accident?

Riding motorcycles is a favorite American pastime, but unfortunately it is also a dangerous hobby that frequently leads to injury and death. As a motorcycle rider, you are extremely vulnerable to the reckless decisions made by distracted drivers. If you are involved in an accident with a negligent driver tomorrow, would your insurance cover all your financial needs?

Motorcycle Safety in Florida

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 4,976 people lost their lives in motorcycle accidents in 2015 alone, an 8.3 percent increase from 2014. Sustained injuries, of course, tally much higher at 88,000. This means that motorcyclists are about 27 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile driven, and five times more likely to sustain an injury.

Unfortunately, Florida is one of the most dangerous states for motorcyclists. It leads the way in motorcyclist fatalities each year. Most crashes occur when cars strike motorcycles from the front in head-on collisions. Cars making left turns are also major dangers to motorcyclists, since they often don’t see the smaller motorcycles passing through the intersection. Read More