Stair Accidents

Improperly Maintained Stairs in Commercial Buildings Cause Millions of Serious Injuries – Personal Injury Attorneys Lazarus and Lazarus

2nd only to Motor Vehicle Accidents, Falls Caused over 800,000 Injury Hospitalizations Last Year

If you saw the movie Young Frankenstein there was a scene involving several people walking up some scary-looking stone stairs and one character says “Stay close to the candles, the stairway can be treacherous.”

Well, stairs are treacherous. Often they are poorly lit, not well-maintained, and sometimes they have clutter blocking them which cause people to trip. Most falls involving stairs happen when people are going down them rather than up because people are trying to look ahead as well as down. Obstacles are not visible until it’s too late.

Any fall that happens while trying to navigate up or down stairs should be taken seriously. Some people are very seriously injured and are immediately transported to the hospital. The earlier a call is placed to a personal injury the better because it’s important to examine the conditions of the stairs and the environment for any possible negligence by the owner or management of the property.

We have worked with victims who come to see us several weeks after falling and it’s because they didn’t think at first they were seriously injured. Sometimes injuries are hidden and don’t begin to hurt for days, weeks, or even months. Every fall should be documented by recording the day and time, noting the contact information for witnesses, and taking photographs of the scene. Later, this all may be vitally important.Personal Injury Stair Accidents

There are a few things people can do to minimize the chances of falling:

  • Make sure your vision has been checked and your corrective lenses are up-to-date.
  • If you have vertigo or get dizzy for any reason, try to avoid stairs.
  • If you ever experience weakness in your legs or are easily winded, take the elevator.
  • If you’re in a hurry don’t rush up or down a set of stairs. Take your time and stay safe.
  • Always wear shoes that fit right, are sturdy, and not worn out.

Everyone’s goal is to minimize injuries so we hope people take care of themselves and property owners take care of their property.

Our goal is to help people who have been injured to they have the resources to recover. If you are injured in a fall please give us a call at 954-356-0006. We answer the phone 7 days a week.

Personal Injury Attorneys in Weston and Fort Lauderdale, Florida

 

Accident Attorneys Lazarus

Drowsy Driving is Dangerous – Here are Some Prevention Tips

Like Drunk Driving, Drowsy Driving Causes Serious Injuries and Death on America’s Roadways

Personal Injury Accident AttorneyWhen you travel by plane or train there isn’t much you can do to speed up the trip. Traveling by automobile or truck or motorcycle is a different situation and many people try to “drive straight through” instead of taking some rest stops to recharge their batteries. This is not a prudent thing to do.

Last week was officially Drowsy Driving Prevention Week but it’s something we need to be aware of all the time and we should caution others about the dangers. If you know someone who likes to drive without proper rest you may want to want to make them aware of these facts:

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration drowsy driving is responsible for an annual average of:

  • 83,000 crashes
  • 37,000 injury crashes
  • 886 fatal crashes

How does sleepiness affect drivers? Studies show that driving without adequate sleep makes drivers less attentive, affects their decision-making ability, and slows reaction time.

Preventing Drowsy Driving Accidents

  1. Get at least 7 hours of sleep before embarking on a long trip.
  2. Never take medication that might cause drowsiness before you drive.
  3. On long trips take a break every 100 miles or every two hours.
  4. If you feel your eyelids “getting heavy” it’s time to pull over and rest.
  5. If you have to roll down the windows and drink coffee to stay awake, stop and rest. Those things are short-term and won’t stop you from nodding off.

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has seen it all in our many years dealing with serious crashes and injuries, and many cases have involved drowsy driving. If you have been involved in any kind of accident it is always best to get professional legal advice about how to proceed. We answer our phones 7 days a week so please call 954-356-0006 at your convenience.

Personal Injury Attorneys in Weston and Fort Lauderdale Florida

Personal Injury Attorneys

Time Limits for Filing Personal Injury and Other Civil Lawsuits

Florida Law Requires Timely Actions to Protect Your Rights to Compensation for Injuries and Damages

A driver named Bob is sitting at a red light in Fort Lauderdale when suddenly someone strikes his car from behind. Poor Bob is dazed and shaken but it seems at first there are no serious injuries.

The police come and complete a crash report, the car is not drivable so it’s towed, and Bob goes to the emergency room to have some cuts and bruises treated. Bob calls his insurance company and then waits to hear some news.

What Happens Next?

Months down the road Bob realizes that the nagging pain in his neck has worsened, and that the cause is a serious spine injury that was misdiagnosed by the doctors who treated him immediately following the accident. His car has been repaired but when he drives down the road it pulls strongly to the left and repair shop is totally unresponsive about his problem. Bob didn’t receive a satisfactory check from his insurance company, and he doesn’t know what to do to cover medical bills or how to recover the salary he missed when he was out of work.

What About Bob?

No one cooperates with Bob regarding his issues, so he wonders if he can file a lawsuit to get the help he needs? The answer is maybe.Personal Injury Lawsuits Fort Lauderdale

In this hypothetical case or in an actual case a victim may seek legal action against the driver who caused the accident, the insurance companies, the doctors who made mistakes diagnosing and treating injuries, and the repair shop that did not fix the car as long as it is done according to the rules governing civil procedures.

The State of Florida has established statutes regarding civil and criminal case timetables and procedures, and failure to be aware of them is not an acceptable excuse for missing a deadline.

Since 1992 we have invited people injured in any type of accident to take advantage of our free and confidential consultations so your rights are protected and you don’t miss deadlines. Calling 954-356-0006 will put you in touch with either Gary or Arleen Lazarus and we will provide you with options for your situation and personal service.

Click Here to see various Statutes of Limitations in Florida

Personal Injury Attorneys in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Weston, Florida

 

south florida pharmacy error attorneys

How to Catch Pharmacy Errors Before They Hurt You – Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Attorneys

South Florida Personal Injury Attorneys

Did you ever make a measurement mistake while following a recipe? A common one is to confuse teaspoon (tsp) with tablespoon (tbsp) and sometimes while making baked goods it can make a big difference in the outcome. Still, a little too much baking soda or not enough vegetable oil probably won’t cause a major health issue.

A mistake like that with prescription medication may cause serious harm or death.

We have always advocated that patients be their own watchdogs in addition to asking questions and verifying everything with their own doctors and pharmacists. Doctors, pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians are trained to be accurate, but the Food and Drug Administration estimates that 1.3 million people are injured by medication errors annually in the U.S. – Source: AARP.org

According to DrugTopics.com a pharmacist reported making a mistake that involved mixing up the dosage for a very powerful pain killer. The medicine was dispensed for an infant and the error involved a mix-up of milliliter and teaspoon measurements. It’s important to note that one milliliter is equal to 0.202884 teaspoons. This particular error could have been fatal.

Another error that has happened too many times involves a “called-in refill” where a pharmacy refills a prescription that has actually been replaced by a new medication. In one instance the patient was having adverse reactions to a medication and the doctor changed to a new one. The pharmacy refilled the old one and the patient became very ill.

Sometimes pharmacists and doctors may be unaware of a patient’s pre-existing conditions or other medications. In one case a patient that had recently undergone chemotherapy was prescribed a medication that was totallyPersonal Injury - Pharmacy Negligence inappropriate for such a situation. The patient, doctor, and pharmacist never communicated what was going on and once again there was a very bad reaction and the patient nearly died.

Communication and verification are key elements to avoid prescription medication errors and injuries. Take the time to ask your doctor what is being prescribed, why it is being prescribed, and make absolutely sure your doctor is 100% aware of every medication you are taking, even if it’s over-the-counter.

When you pick up your prescription don’t hesitate to ask the pharmacist questions. Make sure the right pills are in the right bottle and that the dose is correct. If your doctor prescribed 100 milligrams per pill of a medicine make sure you didn’t get 500 milligrams. It is your right to have a consultation with your pharmacist.

One of the most common errors patients make is forgetting to take a pill or other medication or taking it twice in one day when the directions call for only once. A daily pill counter can help with these situations. Make sure all medications are stored where children cannot get to them.

The AARP has published a helpful page online: What You Can Do to Avoid Medication Errors

Always maintain and carry with you a complete and current list of every medication you take, even if it’s aspirin or vitamins. If something happens and you are rushed to the hospital they medical professionals who treat you will need to know your situation. Also, while you can’t carry around your complete medical history, it is a good idea to write the dates of previous surgeries and major events. For example, if you had heart bypass surgery ten years earlier, the doctors in an emergency should know that.

South Florida Pharmacy Error Attorneys

Lazarus & Lazarus Law Firm has helped victims of prescription medication errors by healthcare professionals since the start of our firm in 1992. We have also helped people who have been harmed by bad drugs. If you or someone you know has received an incorrect prescription drug please reach out to us at (954) 356-0006 and we will use our experience and knowledge to investigate what happened and how.

 

Personal Injury Attorneys

How to Deal with Uninsured Driver Accidents in South Florida

Consider Buying Uninsured Motorist Coverage

Most of us pay our auto insurance bill the same way we pay our electric bill. We couldn’t imagine not having electricity – you can’t live without air conditioning!

But many people drive all over south Florida every day without having insurance coverage. How Many?

Unfortunately the Insurance Information Institute says Florida ranks very high for uninsured motorists. Here is the breakdown:

Weston Personal Injury Attorneys

Our law firm has been dealing with victims of automobile, motorcycle, and truck accidents since 1992 and we have dealt with countless cases where one or more drivers have not had proper insurance.

If you are in an accident and the other driver does not have insurance it is best if you have included Uninsured Motorist Coverage in your policy. If you don’t have that coverage all is not lost – there are often other ways to pursue compensation for injuries and damage. Every case is different and it’s best to let an experienced personal injury attorney review your particular situation.

Many people think of auto insurance as only covering damage to the car. Auto insurance can also cover you for being sued as a result of causing an accident, or for injuries you sustain during an auto accident. If you have traditional health insurance, it may or may not cover all your medical bills.

If your household is a high income earner or you have more than $250,000 in assets, talk to an insurance agent about an umbrella policy. An umbrella policy provides additional liability limits, which will help to protect your financial future. Umbrella policies are very affordable. In Florida, an umbrella policy that will provide an additional $1 million of liability insurance is a possible consideration.

We are not insurance agents, but we know from experience that while quality coverage may cost more, it is well worth it in many situations.

Questions? We’re here to answer them. Call us 7 days a week at (954) 356-0006

  • Fort Lauderdale and Weston Personal Injury Attorneys
  • Lazarus and Lazarus
  • 954-356-0006
Fort Lauderdale Accident Attorneys

Ten Things to do After a Car Accident – Fort Lauderdale Accident Attorneys Lazarus and Lazarus

Fort Lauderdale Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Click Here to Download an Accident Checklist

There are some things we don’t like to think about, like having an accident. We think that accidents only happen to “someone else” and we go about our day. The truth is that the car insurance industry statistics say that a driver will file a claim for a collision every 17.9 years. It’s true that careless drivers are likely to be involved in more accidents and careful drivers will probably have less, but some day a careless driver may crash into you while you’re sitting at a stop sign. What will you do?

Steps to Take After a South Florida Car Accident

You should keep this list where you can get to it quickly because we are all likely to be a bit flustered after an accident and forget.

  1. Stop! Never leave the scene of an accident, even a minor one. You can be charged with leaving the scene of an accident if you do.
  2. Call for Emergency Help. If anyone seems to be injured, even slightly, call for paramedics. Internal injuries can be serious even though they can’t be seen. The best thing is to get people medically checked out right away.
  3. Protect the Scene. Make sure one accident doesn’t turn to two by trying to get out of the way of other traffic, turn on flashers, and use road flares if you have them.
  4. Call the Police. Often people will try to exchange insurance information and deal with the situation later but this has often proved to beFort Lauderdale Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Accident Attorneys a bad decision. Have the police document the incident and it may help in the future.
  5. Take Notes. Observe everything around the accident and write down the details. License plates, the address, names of witnesses. Anything you see that might help later should be recorded right after the accident.
  6. Take Pictures. If you are able to take pictures, take many. Get views of damage to vehicles and damage to you if you are injured.
  7. Exchange Information and Cooperate with the Police. Answer the questions you are asked, but do not admit any fault. Never speculate about things that may or may not have contributed to the accident.
  8. Keep a File. Keep all information related to the accident in a central location like a file folder or an envelope. All your notes, police reports, everything. Documentation is important and people often tell us “I threw that out, didn’t think it was important.” Everything is important.
  9. Report the Accident. Call your insurance company and tell them what happened. Sometimes an insurance company will offer to “cut you a check” soon after an accident but that may preclude any further claims. Speak with an attorney first.
  10. Protect Your Rights. An automobile, motorcycle, or truck accident is an unfortunate and sometimes tragic event that hopefully you never have to deal with. If you do it’s very important to follow a course of action that protects your rights to compensation for your injuries, damages, and pain and suffering. Have the phone number of an experienced accident attorney stored in your phone and call.

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has been advising clients about accidents in south Florida for over 20 years. Every step you take should be thought out and planned to protect your rights, and we’ll help you if that time comes. Call us at 954-356-0006 and we’ll respond to your questions and concerns immediately.

Weston Florida Injury Attorneys

Maximizing the Value of Your Auto Accident Insurance Claim

Personal Injury Attorneys in Fort Lauderdale and Weston, Florida

 

You May Only Have One Shot to Get What You Deserve

Many motor vehicle accident claims follow a pattern like this:

The victim calls the insurance company and reports the incident. The insurance company responds with their assessment of the damage to the vehicle, offers a check, and says they’ll pay the medical bills later when they are final.

That process often results in a completely unacceptable settlement and people later have regrets.

Most drivers shop for insurance based on cost. They read the benefits like collision and injury coverage as bullet points but don’t understand the details. They may see that the company will allow for a rental car during repairs but they don’t know for how long.

We have two tips at this point:

Before an Accident

Be meticulous when shopping for car, truck, or motorcycle insurance. Read the fine print and ask questions – then consider costs. Always read the entire policy first and buy the best insurance you can afford.Weston Florida Injury Attorneys

 After an Accident

Once again, read the fine print or better, have an experienced personal injury attorney help you. This is where you will want to maximize the value of your settlement. Insurance companies don’t enjoy paying large claims and they’ll avoid it.

We always caution people not to rush into a fast settlement because once a case is “settled” you may never have the chance to go back and obtain compensation for

  • Future Medical Complications
  • Inadequate Repairs
  • Delayed Actions from Other Parties
  • Hidden Damages
  • Expenses that Were Paid but not Reimbursed

We know how to conduct an extensive review of every insurance policy to make sure our clients receive every dollar that is due to them. We also make sure others involved in an accident pay what they are responsible for and if necessary we go to court to get justice.

We’re here to answer your questions with a free consultation in person or online. Just call 954-356-0006 and you’ll connect directly with Gary or Arleen Lazarus.

Impaired Driver Accident Attorneys

What to Do If You Are in an Accident Involving a Drunk Driver

Impaired Driver Accident Attorneys

New Infrastructure Bill Hopes to Prevent Drunk Driving Accidents and Injuries

Serious accidents are always difficult to investigate, but when an impaired driver is involved they are an even larger challenge because that means there is a criminal element to deal with and often the offender leaves the scene.

It’s important to understand what you should and should not do if you are involved in an accident and you believe another driver is impaired. Police recommend you do not try to detain a drunk driver from leaving the scene but call 911 and give the best description of the car and the driver you can. They will search for and hopefully find the driver.

Personal Injury Attorneys Fort LauderdaleDrivers who run afoul of the Florida Statutes covering impaired driving have for years found themselves ordered to install special equipment in their cars as a condition if they want to drive. It is a system that screens them with a breathalyzer-type device to make sure they don’t have alcohol in their system.

This year the U.S. Congress is attempting to pass a large infrastructure law that will include a requirement for U.S. automakers to install special equipment to sense if the driver is impaired. Read Car & Driver Article – Known as the Drunk Driving Prevention Technology Provision, it would not be the type of system known previously which involves blowing into a tube, but would involve some type of sensory technology. We can only hope it cuts down on drunk driving accidents.

Fact: In every state, it’s illegal to drive drunk, yet one person was killed in a drunk-driving crash every 52 minutes in the United States in 2019.  

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has been helping drivers who are injured by impaired drivers since 1992. We work with the police and with insurance companies to make sure the rights of our clients are protected and that they receive the maximum compensation allowed by law for their damages and injuries.

If you are involved in any type of accident it is smart to seek the advice of an experienced Personal Injury Attorney. Our consultations are free and completely confidential. We’re available 7 days a week at 954-356-0006.

Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Attorneys Lazarus and Lazarus | 954-356-0006 | Offices in Fort Lauderdale and Weston

Uber and Lyft Accident Attorneys

What to do After an Uber or Lyft Accident – Fort Lauderdale Accident Attorney

Protect Your Right to Compensation for Injuries

People who use one of the popular rideshare services like Lyft and Uber are usually traveling for business, on vacation, or out for a night on the town so they aren’t thinking about getting in an accident.

The laws that cover insurance for all drivers, including rideshare services are always evolving state-by-state. Uber and Lyft provide insurance to their drivers and riders when the drivers are logged into the app, but some drivers who may give rides “off the clock” may not be covered. It’s always prudent to make sure you book your ride through the app and that your driver is legitimate.

Uber’s U.S. Safety Report includes information about

  • Motor Vehicle Fatalities
  • Fatal Physical Assaults
  • Sexual Assaults

The report does not have information about accidents involving injuries and this data is difficult to track down but through news reports we know they do happen.

A horrible accident that occurred on July 24, 2021 caused 5 fatalities and was reported by the New York Times. One victim was an Uber driver, and 3 passengers were also killed as well as another driver. One passenger was injured, and at this time it’s too early to know who or what caused the crash.

Any person, involved and injured in any accident should, after attending to all injuries, immediately contact an experienced and qualified personal injury attorney. Accidents must be thoroughly investigated as soon as possible so it can be determined the cause and extent of injuries and damages. Victims should be examined by physicians to make sure there are no hidden injuries which may manifest later and cause pain and problems.

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has extensive experience dealing with rideshare accidents and we understand how to recover compensation from those at fault so our clients can recover physically, emotionally, and financially.

We’re available at 954-356-0006 for a free consultation to answer your questions confidentially.

Fort Lauderdale Uber and Lyft Accident Attorneys Lazarus and Lazarus – 954-356-0006

Neck Injury Personal Injury Attorney

Injuries Resulting From Low-Impact Collisions

Low Impact does not Mean Low Injury

You may remember from science class in school that there were some very smart people throughout history who gave thought to things we “normal” people don’t think about. One such person was Sir Isaac Newton, and his theories about gravity, motion, and optics profoundly impacted the study of physics and are involved in our daily life.

Your elbow bumps a cup of coffee on your desk, and it falls to the floor. We don’t think about it, but Newton’s observations and theories of gravity and motion explain exactly what happened and why.

You’re sitting in your car at a red light and someone strikes you from behind. The laws of physics are involved here as your body is thrust forward, you experience sudden stress to your neck, shoulders, hips and head.

Newton looked at simple occurrences in life and reasoned that there must be a way to calculate the forces of nature using scientific methods. In the case of a moving object striking an object at rest, he reasoned correctly that two factors are important to determine the force (F) of the impact, and those are speed, or acceleration (a) and the weight, or mass (m) of the moving object.

Read more “Injuries Resulting From Low-Impact Collisions”