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Things to Never Do After a Car Accident

After a car accident, with your adrenaline pumping, it can be difficult to act thoughtfully. But, your actions in the time immediately after a crash can determine your success in obtaining compensation for your losses. One mistake or offhand statement could compromise your insurance claim or ability to win an auto accident case. 

Try to avoid these missteps after a car accident:

Leaving the Scene

If you’ve sustained injuries in a car accident you should, of course, go to the hospital in an ambulance if necessary. But, otherwise, don’t drive away from the crash. Even if it seems like a minor incident, stay put. Unlawfully leaving the scene of a car accident is a criminal offense under Florida law.  Continue reading “Things to Never Do After a Car Accident”

Am I Required to Give a Recorded Statement to an Insurance Company After A Motor Vehicle Accident?

The time after an auto accident can be a whirlwind and a stressful one at that. But, during this crucial period, you may need to file an insurance claim to recover compensation for damages.

The claims process can be confusing, especially as you recover from an accident. So, if the insurance company asks for a recorded statement, you may wonder if you should oblige, or if doing so may hurt your claim. 

In this article, we’ll discuss whether you’re required to provide a recorded statement to an insurance company after an accident.  Continue reading “Am I Required to Give a Recorded Statement to an Insurance Company After A Motor Vehicle Accident?”

Can You Sue in Florida, as a No-Fault State, for Pain and Suffering after a Motor Vehicle Accident?

Yes! In Florida, a lawsuit can be filed and damages sought for pain and suffering where the driver has sustained a permanent injury! A no-fault state, like Florida, operates under a no-fault auto insurance system as provided by Florida Statutes. This means that state law requires drivers to have personal injury protection, PIP insurance, which only deals with a portion of the driver’s initial medical bills and lost wages up to the PIP coverage amount, no matter who is the at-fault party. 

Below, we will answer common questions regarding PIP insurance that you may have as an auto accident victim.  Continue reading “Can You Sue in Florida, as a No-Fault State, for Pain and Suffering after a Motor Vehicle Accident?”

Is My Florida Non-Compete Agreement Enforceable?

Non-compete agreements are a valuable way for employers to protect trade secrets, preserve confidential business information, and safeguard client relationships. However, for the agreement to provide these benefits, it must be enforceable. 

Read on to learn about enforceable non-compete agreements in Florida

What is a Non-Compete Agreement?

A non-compete agreement is designed to prevent employees from competing with the employer after the employment period is over. This type of agreement helps businesses retain employees by prohibiting them from using work experience for the benefit of a business competitor. It may also prohibit employees from working in the same profession for a certain period after the termination of their employment.  Continue reading “Is My Florida Non-Compete Agreement Enforceable?”

What’s a Typical Treatment Plan After a Florida Motor Vehicle Accident?

After a motor vehicle accident in Florida, you may wonder about the recovery process ahead. While treatment plans vary significantly depending on the individual and the extent of their injuries, many include:

Physical Therapy

After a comprehensive medical evaluation and diagnosis of your injuries, your physician will likely recommend physical therapy. Physical therapy is widely used to preserve strength and mobility after an injury. Your physical therapist can recommend exercises and complementary treatments, like heat/cold therapy, to support the recovery process. 

Physical therapists can also pinpoint and correct inefficient movement patterns, which often develop after auto accidents. This helps prevent re-injury and chronic pain.  Continue reading “What’s a Typical Treatment Plan After a Florida Motor Vehicle Accident?”

Understanding What’s Considered a Hostile Work Environment in Florida

Everyone has the right to a safe work environment. In Florida, employees are legally protected from hostile work environments, but many don’t understand the extent of their rights under state and federal law.

In this article, we’ll go over what’s considered a hostile work environment to help Florida employees better understand their legal protections. 

What Defines a Hostile Work Environment in Florida?

A work environment may be considered hostile if one or multiple employees are subject to discrimination, harassment, bullying, or offensive comments. These actions compromise the reasonable expectation of a safe, comfortable work environment.  Continue reading “Understanding What’s Considered a Hostile Work Environment in Florida”

5 Most Common Seat Belt Injuries

Wearing a seat belt while you’re on the road may save your life in case of an accident. They’re legally required for all drivers and passengers in motorized vehicles in Florida, with only a few exceptions. 

While seat belts can keep you from being thrown out of your vehicle, they can trigger some injuries in an auto accident. The most common seat belt injuries include: Continue reading “5 Most Common Seat Belt Injuries”

What is the Homeowner Claim Bill of Rights?

The Homeowner Claims Bill of Rights defines the rights and responsibilities of homeowners insurance policyholders in Florida. Florida’s law requires insurance companies to provide residential policyholders with this document within 14 days after the policyholder reaches out about a claim. The Bill of Rights helps protect homeowners during the insurance claims process, helping to secure their rightful compensation in the case of a claim.  Continue reading “What is the Homeowner Claim Bill of Rights?”

Medical Errors in Personal Injury Claims

Medical errors can occur following a personal injury incident, whether it be a motor vehicle crash, fall, or any other negligence action resulting in bodily injuries. Understanding what constitutes a medical error, as well as some of the most common medical errors in personal injury claims, can help you better understand your legal rights. 

What is a Medical Error?

A medical error is defined as a “preventable adverse effect of medical care”. It may be a failure to perform a planned action as intended or the use of a wrong action, leading to an unintended result. Medical errors may result in unintended injury, a prolonged hospital stay, or physical disability. Continue reading “Medical Errors in Personal Injury Claims”

Employer Liability for Car Accidents Involving Working Drivers

If a car accident involves an employee on the job, determining liability can be complicated. Is the employer held liable for the damages? What if the employee was driving negligently?

In this article, we’ll answer these key questions about determining liability in a crash with a working driver. 

Is The Employer Liable in a Crash with a Working Driver?

Florida law deems a company, corporation, or other entity (i.e. an LLC) a “person” under law. Additionally, with what’s legally known as vicarious liability, an employer may be held liable for the damages of a victim if their employee can be proven at fault for the crash. This can even apply if the employee was driving their own vehicle, so long as they were “on the job” at the time of the accident (this typically doesn’t apply if the employee was traveling to or from work).  Continue reading “Employer Liability for Car Accidents Involving Working Drivers”