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 …
August 29, 2011
Hundreds of years ago, the United States found itself serving as a prime catalyst for the industrial revolution which spanned to encompass both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. During this time of mammoth innovation, new frontiers were explored, production was expedited and the American workforce kicked into a higher gear than ever before. Advancements were made in many areas of culture (both ours and others’). Part of life during this time of extraordinary development was a legal culture that often sided with the heads of large corporations rather than the people doing the manual labor.
Many businesses on the rise …
August 26, 2011
So, what are torts? We hear a lot about torts. For example, a common part of today’s legal world involves issues of Tort Reform. No, that doesn’t refer to a revamping of your zoo’s tortoise exhibit. Incidentally, it could involve your zoo’s tortoise exhibit, if you injured yourself due to the wrongdoing of another at your zoo’s tortoise exhibit. But now we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves. Quite simply, a “tort” is a harmful act – a wrongdoing – performed by either an individual or a company.
Florida law has, through statute and precedent, established three basic areas of …
August 25, 2011
The world we live in is different than it was 10 years ago, which was different than it was ten years before that, and so on and so forth. There are different opportunities available, both good and bad. More ways to order a shirt, more ways to ignore your mother-in-law, and more ways to get hurt.
Life used to be simpler. Back in the days of the cavemen, there were no formal structures, no electricity, and far less rules than there are today. If you wanted to protect yourself from the evils outside of your cave, you armed yourself with
August 22, 2011
Personal injury attorneys are plentiful for a reason – personal injuries are a common (unfortunately) part of life in our society. Our culture is founded in the notion that justice is sought through the law, both in criminal cases and in civil cases such as those stemming from personal injury cases. So, when you are injured due to the negligence of another, for example in an auto accident, it may be necessary and helpful for you to retain an attorney to fight on your behalf.
One of the most tangible ways that you can be compensated for your injuries is through …
August 2, 2011
Voir Dire is a phrase commonly used in the American legal world, but it has its roots, both linguistically and philosophically, in ancient times and societies. It literally means “an oath to tell the truth”. Today, the phrase refers to the process by which potential jurors are questioned about their background and potential biases prior to being selected to sit on a jury. The social media site Facebook is increasingly being used during Voir Dire to discover more about potential jurors.
The notion of Voir Dire gained new life last week when Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals reinstated a …
July 21, 2011
We have all listened to the radio and heard some catchy jingle or have seen the thousands of billboards up and down I-95 and the Turnpike telling us that if we get in a car accident, we need to call a lawyer referral service immediately to hear about the benefits we can receive in the event of an accident. The truth behind some of these for profit companies is that they really do not have your best interests in mind but instead have their own self interest as their primary objective which obviously includes making money.
Here at the Law …
July 19, 2011
There is a distinction between sponsoring an event and incurring liability for that event. If you are visiting a sporting event or any other type of amusement, then you are entitled to be placed in a reasonably safe condition and environment. This condition should minimize or prevent anyone from suffering a foreseeable accident or injury.
Being a sponsor of an event, however, can be grounds for liability in the event of an accident. What has been consistently held in court is that a sponsor who either (1) controls (2) monitors or (3) supervises an aspect of the event may be …
July 7, 2011
Not one person has ever answered the phone and become elated to know that it is an insurance company on the other line. They’re known to question you, ask questions to implore you to tell them things you may not want to, and sway your information for their benefit.
What you may not know is that if you retain our office as counsel, we put the insurance companies on alert that we now represent you, and they are forbidden to contact you in regards to your case. All of their dealings will be done directly through us.
With our legal …