May 17, 2013
So, you’re on your way home from work when somebody behind you, distracted by their cell phone, slams into the back of your car. You step out, back aching, and look over the damage. This seems pretty straight-forward. The guy who hit you is clearly at fault. So all you have to do is get his insurance information, contact your insurance agent, and his insurance company will pay for everything, right? Wrong. This is a perfect example of how something might look simple when in reality it is full of complexities. Your auto accident case might seem pretty cut-and-dry …
April 19, 2013
So, what is a statute of limitations? A statute of limitation is a statute—an enactment in the legal system—that determines the maximum amount of time that can pass after an incident before legal proceedings based on the incident must commence. Statutes of limitations apply to both civil law (the type of law we handle) and criminal law (the type of law the government executes). There are some instances in which there are no applicable statutes of limitations. For example, in the United States, what are deemed to be “heinous crimes” carry no associated statute of limitations. Thus, as a general …
December 21, 2012
Being self-sufficient is wonderful. If you can fix a leaky pipe, great! If you can change a flat tire without calling AAA, more power to you! It’s a great feeling knowing you’ve done something on your own without any outside assistance—there is tremendous satisfaction in that. However, one thing you should not try to do for yourself is represent yourself in a court of law. Sometimes a plumber or car mechanic are unnecessary if you have a leaky pipe or a blown tire, but lawyers, especially when there is so much on the line, are almost always necessary. Even if you …
February 17, 2012
We’d like to take this time to share with you some of the recent goings-on in the world of personal injury law. There are always new cases being tried, new verdicts being handed down, and new fines being imposed. It’s a good idea to be kept abreast of these developments in order to know what you can expect should you ever be involved in a similar case. People say, “the law never changes”—well, we have a couple of issues with that statement.
First of all, the law does change. Frequently. New legislators pass new laws. That’s why we vote for …
February 9, 2012
Despite certain state legislators’ efforts to place restricting limitations on the juries of the state in relation to this issue, multiple, beneficial settlements and verdicts in personal injury cases have been reached in Florida over the past year. These cases have helped set the precedent moving forward that serious personal injury cases need to be taken care of — if push comes to shove — in the courts. While tort reform continues to be a hotly discussed issue, both on the local and national scale, we’d like to take a look at some of the notable jury verdicts and settlements …
January 10, 2012
There’s no question that in recent years television-watchers have seen a spike in televised commercial advertisements for law firms touting their expertise in matters of personal injury law. As stated in previous blogs, that doesn’t necessarily mean the practice of personal injury law is bad. Plenty of advertisements are abundant and repetitive – but still useful and representative of a useful and worthy “product,” ours being a stock of relevant legal knowledge. Contrary to popular (and cynical) belief, the purpose of advertisements are not to trick you into engaging in some illegal business activity or bogus lawsuit.
Advertisements are used …
December 28, 2011
We’ve all heard plenty about personal injury lawyers – especially living in Florida, where personal injury law firm commercials seem to exceedingly outnumber all other types of televised advertisements. The constant barrage of simulated images and personal injury lawyer quips might get annoying, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t useful. On the contrary, they can be of great value to you. How many times have you see commercials for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America? Probably a lot. But that doesn’t mean that someone with cancer shouldn’t seek the Center’s help – their advertisements may be aggressive but so is …
November 17, 2011
It is true as they say, history does repeat itself. It is also true that people rarely learn from their mistakes and there is no such thing as honest easy money.
Earlier today John A. Mattera was arrested in his Fort Lauderdale home and charged with operating an investment scam which allegedly duped people into thinking that they would be purchasing pre-IPO shares in companies such as Facebook and Groupon.
The complaint against Mattera, filed today in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, is an assertion of The Securities and Exchange Commission that Mattera allegedly sold shares of privately-held companies that …
November 2, 2011
When something mischievous is easy, people say it’s “like stealing candy from a baby.” In South Florida, it may be more appropriate to say it’s “like stealing money from a senior citizen.”
Financial scams targeting the elderly in Florida is on the rise – and the economic slump in which we find ourselves is a breeding ground for such fraudulence. There are over 3 million senior citizens in Florida, and over 600,000 of them have been the victims of monetary swindling. 600,000. That’s about the population of Vermont! Imagine if an entire state were to be the victim of a …
October 17, 2011
As the 2012 Presidential Election gets closer, more and more media attention is given to those whose hats have been tossed into the ring. On a side note, why is that phrase still around? Since Joseph Lieberman ran for President there hasn’t been a candidate who’s worn anything on top of their head aside from their artfully crafted, professionally styled hair. Anyway, with Obama as a competent incumbent the Democrats have seen no reason to enlist another candidate for Office. But this pre-Election season has been a circus in the GOP with candidates from all across the country jumping into …