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Motorcycle Injuries – Don’t “Walk it Off” – Fort Lauderdale Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

If you ride, you know that automobile drivers and truck drivers just don’t take the time to scan the roadway and make it possible for them to see you or your motorcycle. The number one cause of motorcycle vs other vehicle collisions is the failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic. Car and truck drivers pull out into traffic without looking both ways, they don’t look twice, and they often misjudge the speed of oncoming traffic, especially motorcycles.

Eighty percent of all motorcycle collisions result in injury or death, but many of the more “minor” accidents are not reported and often the motorcyclist with a sore knee or neck will just walk it off and go home with a scratch on the helmet or gas tank and chalk it up to experience. That’s not a prudent move.

Often injuries sustained in traffic collisions don’t become apparent until hours or even days later. That “stiff neck” may actually be a serious injury that will torment you for years to come. A sore South Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorneysknee could actually be a torn ligament that will require expensive surgery to repair.

Some motorcyclists will refer to hitting their head on the pavement as “having their bell rung” but traumatic brain injuries are very serious and often have life-long detrimental effects including headaches, dizziness, and even internal bleeding.

If you’re in a motorcycle accident that was caused by someone else’s carelessness, do not treat it like a minor incident. Take the time to report the accident to the authorities and document everything that happened. If there are witnesses to the event, speak with them and ask for their contact information. Take photographs if you can of the accident scene, the other vehicle(s), damage to your motorcycle, and any external injuries. Get yourself checked out by a doctor right away and be very thorough about describing your aches and injuries.

Finally, but very important: Contact a personal injury attorney. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident you have rights, but it’s important to understand what to do to make sure they are protected. Waiting can cause a lapse in evidence that may be available only for a short time. Documenting injuries and damage should be done promptly. Witnesses can leave the area or lose their recollections of events. There are statutes of limitations.

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The main job of a personal injury attorney is to protect your rights and to see that you receive all appropriate care and compensation for physical injuries, mental and psychological harm, and financial damages that were the fault of someone else. Doing so requires extreme effort because insurance companies don’t like paying out money and we often have to fight them to live up to their duties and responsibilities. We’re on your side from the first consultation, which you can arrange by calling (954) 356-0006.

What to Expect During Your Initial Personal Injury Attorney Consultation – Fort Lauderdale Accident Attorneys

You’ve been involved in an accident and you aren’t really sure what to do. There are an average of 1100 crashes per day in Florida, so you’re not alone. Perhaps you’re injured and can’t work, your car is damaged, you have bills to pay and your family and friends are all telling you what to do. It’s a very frustrating situation and you feel like you’re powerless. You’re not.

The first thing you’ll want to do is reach out to an experienced accident and personal injury attorney. Someone who will take your side and is committed to helping you. This situation is new to you but we have been helping people through these difficult times for 27 years and we understand. Personal injury attorneys in almost all cases do not charge for an initial consultation, and that is where you will begin to understand what steps to take to protect yourself, and why.

So take a deep breath, believe that everything is going to work out, and read on…

Initial Consultation

The initial consultation is where we sit down with you and we get to know each other. Chances are we’re going to be working together for some time until everything is resolved so it’s important we meet. If you are unable to visit our office we can meet someplace that’s convenient for you. Here are some things to be prepared for:

Be Ready to Talk. Before we meet you should try to write down some notes about the accident. When and where did  it happen? Who was involved? It’s important to be straightforward and honest. Remember that everything you say to your attorney is completely confidential and we are prohibited from ever disclosing anything you tell us. We ask that our clients be honest from the start because we need to make sure all the facts are out in the open so we can do our job.

Bring Evidence. If you took any pictures or have witnesses, bring what you can so we understand the situation as completely as possible. Don’t try to investigate the accident yourself, that’s aInjury Blog • Lazarus & Florida Personal Attorney Lazarus job for the police if they’re involved and it’s also our responsibility. We handle any follow up as far as gathering evidence you may not be aware of.

Be Ready to Discuss Money. Our job is to make sure you get the money you are entitled to for your physical, mental, and emotional injuries and for damages to your property. You may have future damages related to your ability to work. We will speak with you about anything that involves money because we want you to have a very clear expectation about your case. We believe in a completely honest dialogue and will always give you the truth.

Our initial consultation is free, and in most cases we do not charge any attorney fees until your case has concluded. We talk about all money issues up front.

Be Ready to Discuss Time. Sometimes cases settle very quickly and others take longer. We will do everything in our power to expedite your case so you can move on with your life.

Finally, we ask you read our online reviews before we meet and see what other clients have said about our service and commitment to them. We are a small firm with a big heart and a powerful reputation for fighting very hard for all our clients. We know you need to be in touch with us throughout you case and so we do that. You can always reach us if you need to talk.

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Choosing an attorney for your accident case is a big one. You can begin the process by calling 954-356-0006, and thank you.

The Scooters are Here, and so are the Problems

It was just a matter of time. As south Florida becomes more and more urbanized the number of scooters, mopeds, and motorcycles increases. It’s just easier to get to where you need to be on a smaller conveyance than a big bulky car. And when you consider the warm weather factor, it’s even more appealing to leave the gas-guzzler home and “scoot” to work or the store.

The numbers have gone up dramatically in just the past few years for electric scooters from Lime, Bird and Bolt, the three major players in the booming scooter rental and sharing industry.

Hundreds and hundreds of electric scooters are buzzing all over the city and Broward county, and they are having an impact on traffic and safety. Many residents are complaining that scooter riders are not obeying traffic signs and laws, and they are a menace to other drivers. Some scooters are riding on sidewalks, which many people feel is very dangerous to pedestrians.

Lawsuits are being filed against the three companies including one naming Lime for a very serious accident that left a scooter rider in a coma.

The big question of course is about insurance and liability. And our advice is, of course, is that it’s better to be safe than sorry. Here is something from the National Association of Insurance Scooter SafetyCommissioners:

Before you decide to rent a scooter, you should understand the insurance implications and know whether you are covered.

Some cities, like San Francisco, require scooter rental companies to obtain a permit from the city and provide proof of insurance before they can operate legally. Unless the company policy indicates otherwise, assume you are not covered in case of an accident. You should rely on your health insurance for any medical injury you sustain. In case of an accident, you might not have any coverage if you are found liable for an accident or damage.

Check your insurance policies to determine whether you are covered. Automobile insurance generally omits liability coverage for motor vehicles with fewer than four wheels, and it’s unlikely to apply to scooter rentals. Although most homeowners policies provide some liability coverage even while you are away from your residence, it may be limited or excluded because the scooter is a rental.

Like any new trend, these issues may not be specifically addressed in your policy, and coverage will depend on the carrier and the specific language in your policy.

Understanding Your Scooter Insurance Options

Scooter Insurance: Regulations and requirements vary by state — often depending on the engine size. Most scooter rental companies offer rentals with engines smaller than 50 cc. While most states do not require insurance for engines that small, they do recommend it. Scooter insurance will often cover the following:

Collision: Covers damages resulting from a collision.
Liability: Protects against damage you do to others or their property while operating a scooter.
Medical: Covers your medical costs in an accident.

We suggest if you are going to rent a scooter that you check to make sure you have coverage. We also highly recommend you wear a quality helmet and that you become familiar with how to operate a scooter before you take it out into traffic. As the number of scooters increases, so will the accidents and injuries. Please be careful.


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Keeping Children Safe in Your Car – South Florida Accident Attorneys

We have worked with hundreds of people injured in car, motorcycle, and truck accidents over the past 27 years and it is always difficult to see people suffer from serious injuries. It’s even moreChildren Safety in Cars Fort Lauderdale difficult when children are involved, and often they are too young to even understand what has happened. Over 1000 children die in traffic accidents in the U.S. each year and many more are seriously injured.

Child Safety in Motor Vehicles

Many injuries to children are preventable with proper safety precautions, including using the proper car seat, installed according to directions. Another important thing to consider is that many people are injured by objects inside their own car. When a car impacts another vehicle or a stationary object like a tree, everything inside the car becomes an airborne danger. Please keep yourself and your child safely buckled in, but also keep loose objects stored in compartments or in the trunk.

We’re including an excellent video about child safety in the car at the bottom of this article.

Another danger to children is being left alone in a parked car. We see these incidents turn into tragedies every year and we can’t understand how it could happen. In south Florida the temperature inside a parked car can reach lethal temperatures.

At 70 degrees on a sunny day, after a half hour, the temperature inside a car is 104 degrees. After an hour, it can reach 113 degrees. When temperatures outside range from 80 degrees to 100 degrees, the temperature inside a car parked in direct sunlight can quickly climb to between 130 to 172.

Please click here to read an article that describes 8 options for gadgets and apps that can help prevent these terrible incidents from happening.

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus is dedicated to helping keep our roads safe, but when crashed happen we then dedicate ourselves to protect the rights of victims who have been injured. We will fight to see every client is compensated for their injuries, medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We are proud of our reputation as compassionate, yet tenacious advocates for our clients. Please call us at 954-356-0006 if you have any questions. We will be happy to meet you at one of our offices or at a location convenient for you.

 

 

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Spring and Summer Means More Boating Traffic, Accidents, and Injuries – South Florida Boating Accident Attorneys

Boat Accident Attorneys in Fort LauderdaleHere’s a bit of trivia to keep and store for future use to amaze your friends: What state has the most number of boats (the Coast Guard calls them vessels) registered? Florida! That’s pretty easy, but what state ranks second? Minnesota. That’s unexpected.

What state has the most miles of coastline? Alaska. Second place is Florida.

Knowing what you know now, what state ranks number one for boating accidents, injuries, and deaths? Unfortunately, it’s Florida.

Several things contribute to make the waters in and around Florida particularly dangerous, and congestion is one. The population of Florida has gone up every year since someone started counting.

In 1960 the population of Florida was 5 million people.

  • 1970      6.8 million
  • 1980      9 million
  • 1990      13 million
  • 2000     16 million
  • 2010      18.8
  • 2019      21.3 million

Waterways, harbors, lakes, canals, and rivers are all choked with boats especially in the summer which is coming soon.

Just like we preach about safety on the road, we also preach about safe boating because a portion of our law practice is dedicated to helping victims of accidents on the water. The laws for boating accidents are similar but different. Waterways are harder to maintain “traffic control” and there may not be red lights but there are laws. If you own a boat you should know them and obey. Going out on a boat is fun but that doesn’t mean you throw common sense out the window and become reckless.

Another thing to consider and understand when you’re out on a boat is that if someone does something irresponsible and there is a collision and injuries, it takes a lot longer for medical emergency responders to reach victims. It also takes longer to be transported to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries. If you’re three miles out in the Gulf Stream you may be an hour or more from getting to a trauma center. The Coast Guard statistics for Florida boating accidents document the fact that injuries and deaths increase through the Spring months and peak in July.

The smart thing is to avoid accidents. The number one reason for serious accidents is excessive speed. Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol is also a major contributing factor according to the Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Almost half of all boating accidents involve impaired boaters.

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The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has been helping victims of boating accidents in south Florida for 25 years. We understand the laws, insurance, and special circumstances that are unique to boating accidents and we work hard to get results for our clients who have been hurt. Please call us at (954) 356-0006 if you would like to speak with us about your situation. Our consultations are always free and confidential.

 

Be Reasonable! How the Reasonable Person Standard Works

Have you ever tried to reason with an unreasonable person? It’s frustrating! But you have to imagine that the other person thinks you’re the unreasonable one, so how do you come to a solution for your disagreement? The answer is, you usually don’t.

When a dispute gets to the point where you must use your constitutional right to sue in court, there are certain things that must be present in order to file a suit that stands a chance of being successful. The first is, did the person or people who caused you harm have a responsibility or “duty of care” to provide a safe environment and not hurt you? If you’re walking down the sidewalk and a brick from a building falls on your head you can’t sue the person who was sitting on a chair nearby drinking coffee. The building owner is probably the logical target for your lawsuit.

The second element that is essential is that the person you wish to sue did not exercise reasonable care or judgement, thus causing the incident to occur. There’s that word reasonable again.


The definition of reasonable is: a: being in accordance with reason, a reasonable theory. b: not extreme or excessive. c: moderate, fair.


Florida Premise NegligenceThe third essential element is “proximate cause” which means that the party you want to sue likely caused or contributed to the incident occurring, either by something they did or something they did not do. Lastly, there must be damages. These damages may be physical, mental, psychological, financial, or some other kind. But proving damages is important and sometimes difficult.

In law, especially in the area of negligence, the “reasonable person” doctrine has been used for many years to define what society will or won’t condone as acceptable behavior so that harm is not done to others. For example, if your business involves the installation of underground pipes, you wouldn’t dig a deep hole and leave it open overnight with no caution signs or barriers to warn people. If you did that then you failed to act on your duty to protect the public. On the other hand, if you were diligent about blocking the hole and used lighted signs and took every reasonable precaution possible, but a person willfully ignored the safety measures, climbed over a barrier, and he fell in and was hurt, the court would likely see that the victim was not using reasonable judgement.

When a property owner does not take reasonable steps to make sure there are no hazardous conditions, it is often referred to as “premise negligence” and if someone is hurt there may be grounds for a lawsuit. Florida uses the reasonable person concept when dealing with personal injury cases and other lawsuits involving physical, financial, or property damages. It’s important to understand that something you find to be perfectly reasonable may not be seen that way in court, and that’s why some people emerge victorious from the courthouse and some don’t. Try to wrap your ahead around the fact that no system is perfect, but ours is pretty good.

What happens if both parties in a lawsuit are unreasonable? Florida also uses a principle known as “comparative negligence” which is a way to assign blame based on the level of negligence by each party. We’ll get into that in our next blog post. Until then, be reasonable!

If you think you might have a reason to sue someone who caused you some type of damages or physical harm, we’re here to help you understand your rights under the law. Call us at (954) 356-0006 and we’ll be happy to listen to your story and talk about the best course of action.

Distractions are Dangerous and Deadly, so Please Drive Without Them

What if you were about to have surgery, and as you were being placed on the table you noticed your surgeon holding a scalpel in one hand, and texting someone with the other hand. Florida Distracted DrivingPersonally, I would run out of the room and call an Uber to take me home as quickly as possible so I could Google for a new doctor. A surgeon is supposed to focus on the operation!

And a driver is supposed to focus on the road.

Yet every day drivers all over Florida risk their lives and the lives of others when they take their focus off the road by texting, putting on makeup, drinking a cup of coffee, turning around to speak with someone in the back seat, or any number of other distracting activities. Florida lawmakers are fed up with this behavior and the serious accidents it causes and they are finally committed to do something about it.

Florida has for years been one of the weakest states when it comes to legislation prohibiting distracted driving. For example, you can hold a phone in your hand in Florida but you’re not supposed to use it to text or send emails. This is obviously difficult to prove, and an officer must have another reason for stopping a driver before they can even look into the possibility there was a text message sent while driving. In many other states you can’t hold a phone at all when driving.

Currently in Tallahassee legislators are considering very broad legislation that would actually make Florida laws among the strictest in the nation. They are considering enacting statutes that would ban many different types of distracted driving including personal grooming, petting a dog, and even eating if it distracts the driver.


Distracted driving killed 3,450 people in 2016


Florida Distracted DrivingWas the human brain designed to multitask while driving?

Here is a line from a job search on Indeed.com: “Strong organizational skills with the ability to multitask and prioritize work.” So you may be very popular at work if you can accomplish many tasks at the same time, and the boss may be very pleased but please don’t do it behind the wheel. Everyone is in a hurry to get too many things done, but as sophisticated as our brains are, they simply cannot handle it.

The human brain, according to many psychological studies, is not designed to handle multiple challenges at the same time, especially while driving. The act of driving is keeping your brain extremely busy, and when you throw in a totally separate action like reading an email the brain disconnects from it’s main focus. This is why there have been cases of people getting on the highway going the wrong way or slamming into stopped vehicles. Make no mistake about it, no matter how smart you may think you are your brain will not handle distracted driving, at least not for very long. If you are driving with distractions now and you haven’t crashed yet, you’re running on luck. It will end someday, and you may hurt someone very badly.

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Gary and Arleen Lazarus have worked for many injured victims of serious accidents over the past 25 years and many of the crashes have been caused by distracted drivers. We have watched clients suffer through terrible, permanent injuries that never should have happened. Please don’t wait for a new law to do what you should be doing now: put your phone away when you drive, don’t answer calls, and don’t text. There is nothing on earth that can’t wait a short while for you to get off the road, park in a safe place, turn the car off, and take care of your calls and messages.

If you have questions or need someone to help you with a personal injury issue please call us st (954) 356-0006, and thank you for your attention.

Would you like to talk with your representatives and tell them how you feel about distracted driving? Click here and enter your address – the website will then give the contact information for your representatives. Please reach out to them and tell them you want to see and end to dangerous drivers who don’t focus on their driving.

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Good News! Car Crashes are Down and so are Auto Insurance Rates – South Florida Accident Attorneys

We love to see and share good news, especially when it deals with an important issue like safety and savings. The Sun Sentinel reported recently that vehicle accidents in Florida decreased 0.6% state-wide and fatal accidents decreased 2.2% which is even better news. In south Florida (Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties) the total crashes declined 2.2% while fatal accidents went down only 0.9%, but still a decrease of any amount is good news.

It seems reasonable to hope that insurance rates will go down because accident rates have gone down, and here’s more good news: They are going down! The largest provider of private auto insurance in Florida, State Farm, is lowering rates 5.1% which is a pretty significant number.

Because most people are inclined to pay their monthly bills and not really shop around for better prices, this might be a good time to do an auto insurance check-up. Ask yourself some questions and then ask your insurance company the same questions:

  • Do I have enough coverage?South Florida Accident Attorneys
  • Am I covered if someone with no insurance hits me?
  • Do I have enough coverage for medical bills if I am seriously injured?
  • Is my whole family covered?
  • Will you pay for a new car if mine is destroyed?
  • Am I covered in another state?
  • Am I covered for damage from a storm?

Then do some shopping around, and see if you can get a better price for the coverage you need.

Another thing to think about regarding the lower number of accidents:

There are 15 million licensed drivers in Florida and there were 400,000 accidents in the state last year. If you do the math, there was one accident for every 37 drivers.

The nice thing is that you can make those numbers better if you follow some common sense rules:

Never Text and Drive. It is estimated that as many as 30% of all accidents involve some type of inside-the-car distraction.

Never Drink and Drive. Many accidents also involve impaired drivers.


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We’re very pleased with the latest accident statistics because the injuries we see happening to people are absolutely heartbreaking and many times they could have been prevented. Our goal, for people injured due to someone else’s carelessness is to return them to the life they had before the incident. We are painstaking in our efforts to see that justice is delivered to injured people, and every client gets our promise to work hard until we get results. You may reach us by calling (954) 356-0006, and thank you.

 

 

The History of Personal Injury Law – South Florida Personal Injury Lawyers Lazarus and Lazarus

Many people in America take for granted our laws, our system of justice, and our rights. They don’t understand that not long ago in our nation’s history and in other countries today, the freedoms wePersonal Injury enjoy were not and are not available. If you are tempted to complain about our legal system being slow or unfair, take a look back at history and you’ll see we have come a long way!

10,000 to 500 B.C. • In ancient times “an eye for an eye” was a widely accepted method to settle instances where one person had harmed another and the judges were in most cases incompetent, cruel, and biased. We won’t describe some of the punishments, but you can imagine.

500 B.C. to 395 A.D. • During the Classic Greek and Roman eras, the practice of bringing a companion to trial to help in a person’s prosecution or defense became the norm, and while they were not supposed to be paid for their services, they usually were anyway. The people may be thought of as the first lawyers, and in time they became specialized in understanding the rules and laws of the different cultures and geographical area in which they lived. Laws were ambiguous and were rarely applied fairly.

1490’s • As new worlds were discovered, Europeans began to export their Canon Law – based on Roman Catholic Doctrine – on new colonies they established. These laws usually favored the rich over the poor, and so if you didn’t have a lot of money, justice was very hard to come by. England, however established a system known as “Common Law” in the 16th Century and that became the foundation for most laws in North America as the British settled here. But they were still very unfair to many people.


It would be good to point out here that as legal philosophies and laws themselves advanced, criminal courts became separate from civil courts, and the concept of tort law came to exist. A tort is defined as a wrongful act or an infringement of a right (other than under contract) leading to civil legal liability.

Some legal principles such as res ipsa loquitur (Latin for “the thing speaks for itself”) became important to understand tort issues and can be described as the principle that implies “the occurrence of an accident implies negligence.”

Res ipsa loquitur is a doctrine of law that one is presumed to be negligent if he/she/it had exclusive control of whatever caused the injury even though there is no specific evidence of an act of negligence, and without negligence the accident would not have happened. Example: a load of bricks on the roof of a building being constructed by High Rise Construction Company falls and injures Paul Pedestrian below, and High Rise is liable for Pedestrian’s injury even though no one saw the load fall.


1760 to 1830 • The first industrial revolution in England saw many workers injured by improperly designed or careless operation of machinery, but the concept of paying compensation through a judgement in court had not been developed. Therefore most people were left to deal with injuries, pain, and suffering on their own.

1860 to 1940 • The second industrial revolution in the United States saw more injuries to workers and finally there were laws enacted to protect people from injuries resulting from the negligence of others. This might be seen as the beginning of personal injury law.

Modern Personal Injury Law – Believe it or not, it was a snail that ushered in the modern era of personal injury law. In 1932 the case of Donoghue vs Stevenson involved Mrs. Donoghue Attorney Personal Blog • Injury Lazarus Lazarus & Floridadrinking a bottle of ginger beer in a café in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. A dead snail was in the bottle. She fell ill, and she sued the ginger beer manufacturer, Mr Stevenson. The House of Lords held that the manufacturer owed a duty of care to her, which was breached, because it was reasonably foreseeable that failure to ensure the product’s safety would lead to harm to consumers. There was also a sufficiently proximate relationship between consumers and product manufacturers. This case was the foundation for many future decisions, and modern personal injury law was born.

Through the 1900’s many attorneys began to specialize in personal injury law because it involves many unique and complicated issues. People started to move about the country and the world faster and more frequently, computers have made a major impact on society, and while medical care has advanced, the costs have skyrocketed. The goal of a good personal injury attorney is to see that a serious injury doesn’t drastically alter a person’s life as they know it, but rather try to return them to the life they had before.

Today, a network of excellent law schools in the United States graduates lawyers who understand modern personal injury law and ethics. The American Bar Association as well as local and state bar associations keep watch on attorneys so the public is assured competent, ethical representation and our courts are staffed with judges who are held accountable by voters or by other elected officials to ensure equal justice under law, as inscribed on the United States Supreme Court.

The Lawyers at Lazarus and Lazarus are very proud to represent people who have been injured because of the carelessness, negligence, or malpractice of others. We have developed a sterling reputation for giving our clients competent, personalized service and we never give up until we have exhausted every means of seeing our clients receive the maximum compensation under the law for their injuries, pain, suffering, and lost wages. Please call us at 954-356-0006 for a confidential and free consultation if you have any questions.

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Choosing a Lawyer for Your Injury Case – Fort Lauderdale Injury Attorneys Lazarus and Lazarus

Statistics allow us to know a lot about our world, and they can help us make decisions about our lives. For example, did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than for nonsmokers. Quitting smoking before the age of 40 reduces the risk of dying from smoking-related disease by about 90%. We hope we just convinced some people to quit!

You should also take care of your heart because the number one cause of death in Florida is heart disease. Eat right, exercise, and you’ll make those who love you happy by lowering your risk of heart issues.

After heart disease, cancer is the number two killer of Floridians, but most people have no idea what ranks number three. It’s unintentional injuries, and that includes traffic accidents (car, truck, motorcycle, and pedestrian) as well as industrial accidents, slips and falls, and a large number of other mishaps that injure and kill thousands of people in Florida every year. Obviously you can reduce your risks for accidents by taking reasonable safety precautions, but the truth is that anyone can be the victim of someone else’s negligence and be hurt, sometimes severely.

What do You Do When You’re Injured in Florida?

Fortunately our United States Constitution, specifically the 7th Amendment, permits citizens to seek restitution in a court of law. The first thing most people do when they are seeking justice is hire an attorney, and there are many to choose from. What do you do, where do you go, or who you going to call?

Here are some tips we suggest for everyone so they can make the best choice:

In most personal injury cases, time is of the essence, which means you’ll want to move fast. The reason for expediency is that most injury cases involve witnesses, and people’s memories are clearest immediately after an incident. It’s also important to preserve evidence in the form of photographs by other means as appropriate. Therefore, as quickly as possible make a list of three to five attorneys and set appointments with each. You’ll want to ask each attorney what kind of results to expect and you’ll want to ask about qualifications. How many injury cases have they handled? How long have they been dealing with accidents similar to yours?

It’s also important to ask what kind of results your potential attorney has achieved for other clients. What kind of statements are available online from previous clients? Will your attorney have the time to speak to you if you pick up the phone and call?

Fort Lauderdale Injury AttorneysClarify Attorney Fees. Most injury attorneys offer a free consultation, but it’s important to be crystal clear about what you may be charged for right from the start.

As with any decision, your gut feeling will play a role in your decision, but try to balance feelings and facts and then make a decision.

Fort Lauderdale Injury Attorneys – Lazarus and Lazarus

If we meet to discuss your case we want you to know that everything we discuss is completely confidential. In Florida, the attorney-client privilege is governed by Section 90.502 of the Florida Statutes. We will clearly explain what the options are for your specific situation, and we’ll tell you what to expect.

To reach our law office you should call (954) 356-0006 7 days a week. We place the highest priority on responding to calls for help so if we don’t answer, we will respond to your message immediately. If you choose another attorney we will wish you the best possible outcome.