October 6, 2011
Car accidents can, above all else, be downright dumbfounding. Amid the tears, out-of-pocket expenses, and complications that arise from a motor vehicle crash, nothing can be more mind-boggling than the stacks of insurance and legal documentation surrounding every car case in which someone involved retains an attorney – or doesn’t, and then things get even more complicated. One of the most important parts of post-accident recuperation is being compensated for a loss you’ve experienced. Paramount to hashing out the details is being able to prove who was at fault in the accident – showing who is liable for the damages.…
October 5, 2011
Earlier today an outrageous claim was published in a local newspaper. The headline read “Personal injury lawyers blamed for our high insurance rates.” The article was actually an opinion based letter to the editor from a local resident. The letter claimed, without providing any justification other than a biased opinion, that “Florida has a reputation for high automobile insurance rates due to racket that the personal injury lawyers have created.” While it is true that comparable to other states, Florida does have high insurance rates, this has little to do with attorneys.
Florida, along with states like New Jersey, Washington …
September 29, 2011
There is no number that can be appropriately assigned to the anguish suffered due to the loss of a loved one. Heartache is one emotion that we all fear, but it’s also something that we all expect to experience for one reason or another. Car accidents, unfortunately, remain a prime catalyst for depressed moods and solemn outlooks. Auto crashes have, undeniably, an incredibly high emotional cost. But what about the monetary cost of accidents?
To fully understand the costs, you have to understand the magnitude of the problem. The Center for Disease Control and the journal of Traffic Injury Prevention …
September 16, 2011
Remember those outdated videos you watched during health class in high school? Sure you do, the ones about the big parties with the football players and the cheerleaders and the math nerds and the chess geeks? Everyone in those videos, despite their daytime differences, managed to come together at night and bond over a universal indulgence – alcohol. The parties seemed fun, all the way up until the end of the video. The last scene of the movie probably showed a car crashed into a tree with the words “DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE” superimposed over the image. I’m sure you’ll …
September 13, 2011
Superman always makes catching the bad guys look so effortless. He glides through the sky seeking out crime scenes and saving the innocent. If only it were that easy in real life.
It was only earlier today that police received a call reporting the burglary of a home in Boynton Beach. The call was taken at 8:30 a.m. and officers immediately arrived at the scene. Upon arriving, they happened to witness a fleeing blue Ford truck with suspicions that the burglars were in that very getaway car. As the first officers to arrive called for assistance, three more officers answered …
September 12, 2011
Picture this scenario: a Honda Civic, on the New Jersey Turnpike, finds itself wedged under an enormous tractor-trailer, owned and operated by a major transportation company. The driver of the Civic is trapped and can’t escape. Then, a dutiful citizen, driving his family to a relative’s house, notices the accident and pulls over to the side of the road. He gets out of the car and, with the help of a couple of family members, rescues the helpless woman from her vehicle.
Now imagine another scenario: there is a Ford Expedition stopped in the emergency lane of a highway for a …
September 9, 2011
Tort reform, tort reform, tort reform. So, what is it? Well, it depends who you ask. If you ask the owners of large corporations (and their friends, colleagues and attorneys), they’ll tell you that tort reform is a series of measures employed to protect industry, corporations and insurance companies and enhance competitiveness in a global market. Sound familiar? It should. That’s the response and justification given for everything that big companies ask for—who would argue with protection and enhancement? Trial lawyers argue the reality of the situation, and unfortunately, they have developed a tainted reputation in the process of doing so.…
September 8, 2011
There are times when text messages prove to be beneficial in today’s society. In a place where staying connected has transformed from available to required, text messages allow us to communicate almost instantaneously without the formalities of long phone conversations. Through text messages we are able to pass along messages and receive responses within seconds.
However texting has not always proved to be such a blessing to society, but rather sometimes a curse. Texting while driving has come to be a true enemy amongst the community. In fact, distracted driving, including texting while driving, is rated the number 1 cause …
September 1, 2011
There’s little in terms of “black and white” thinking that evokes more controversy than the issue of “right and wrong.” It is an over-simplified explanation of how society is governed to say that the government punishes those who do “wrong.” Many times, wrongdoings do not fall under the jurisdiction of the government to implement punishment. It is for this reason that civil courts are a paramount keystone in the structural integrity of this country. What is not hashed out in criminal courts is dealt with in civil courts, with rulings either handed down by a judge or by a jury.…
August 30, 2011
Nancy Grace famously penned Casey Anthony “Tot Mom” throughout the murder trial of the century this summer. Now it seems it may be more appropriate to call Anthony “Tort Mom,” for she has clearly—and admittedly—done wrong.
Multiple entities have come forth demanding money from Casey Anthony. No, the damages are not for the death of her daughter Caylee, of which she was acquitted earlier this summer. The reason for the requested financial compensation stems from the fact that Anthony misled police and search/rescue teams for months, instructing them on the “possible” whereabouts of her daughter Caylee, when she knew for …