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Florida Bicycle Accident Injuries – Hire an Experienced Attorney to Protect Your Rights

Serious Injuries Require Swift, Determined Action to Cover Medical Bills, Pain, and Suffering

Florida Ranks High for Serious Bicycle Accident Injuries and Deaths

Florida has always been one the fastest-growing states in the nation and for 2020 we remain in the top 5 according to USNews.com with a growth rate of 1.12% and a total population of 21.7 million people. Most people and businesses in Florida are happy to see the growth but more people means more traffic and more traffic accidents.

Bicycle Innury Attorneys Fort LauderdaleBicycle accidents, injuries, and deaths are very high in Florida, in fact California, Florida and Texas are the most dangerous states for cycling, according to a recent report released by CarInsurance.org. The report found that the three states accounted for about 41% of the nation’s cyclist fatalities between 2014 and 2017.

Injuries to bicyclists are particularly serious because victims do not have the protection of bumpers and airbags, usually only helmets and many riders don’t wear them.

Often bicyclists say “it won’t happen to me” because they think their skills are so advanced they will avoid an accident, but it can happen to anyone. Recently the Sheriff of Volusia County, Florida was struck from behind while riding his bicycle. Sheriff Mike Chitwood was fortunate that he did not suffer serious injuries when a hit & run driver struck him and then left the scene of the accident. It appears the driver may have been shopping on her phone when the accident occurred. Click here to read the story.

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Injuries from any accident require immediate attention and often result in long-term, sometimes life-long care. Some victims make a mistake when they agree to a fast settlement after an accident and they don’t take the time to fully assess possible future complications and costs.

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has been helping people injured in car, truck, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents since 1992 and our record for getting results is excellent. Please read our reviews by clicking here and call us if you have questions or need assistance. (954) 356-0006

 

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Large Law Firm or Small Law Firm – How to Choose an Attorney to Represent You

Personal Injury Attorneys in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Reputation, Reviews, and Results – Add them up and Make Your Decision

Every day people make decisions about what to buy. At the grocery store we might buy a product based on its appearance, price, or because it’s the product we had in our home our entire life. Perhaps a television commercial convinced us to buy a particular or maybe a review we saw online.

Fort Lauderdale Injury AttorneysDifferent products and services are purchased either frequently or infrequently. You buy food every week, go to the dentist probably once a year, and buy a car every three to five years, or longer. The average driver is in an accident every 17 years so looking for an attorney is not a familiar experience for most people. When you choose an attorney to protect your rights to compensation for damages and injuries you want to be very careful.

You may consider is hiring a large law firm, or you may consider a small firm. Let’s look at both.

Large law firms have many attorneys and often have offices in many cities in large office buildings with marble and glass. They advertise their services on billboards along the highway and on TV commercials. Clients usually meet their attorney once and after that they deal with assistants.

Small firms offer more individualized service and don’t spend a lot of money on advertising because many clients come through personal referrals, one client telling a friend who is in need.

The law firm of Lazarus and Lazarus is proud that we have earned a reputation for excellent personal service, knowledge of our primary area of expertise (injuries resulting from accidents), and results. We have many 5-star reviews on the internet and we are particularly proud that many of them are at Avvo.com, the internet’s most trusted source for attorney information. We have been working hard for our clients in the Fort Lauderdale area since 1992.

Our clients know they can call us 7 days a week and speak directly with Gary Lazarus or Arleen Lazarus about their case. Our experience has instilled in us a great empathy for the issues and problems that people experience when they are injured because of someone else’s carelessness. Medical, financial, and emotional distress are common and we have been walking people through them since 1992.

Call us at (954) 356-0006 if you or someone you know has been hurt in any type of accident. We are here to help.

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Document Your Accident to Protect Your Rights – Fort Lauderdale Attorneys Lazarus and Lazarus

Reliable Evidence such as Photos, Statements, and Medical Records are Essential

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The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is in the news every day for their critical involvement in the Covid-19 crisis, but they actually work to keep Americans healthy in many different ways. The CDC focuses its attention on infectious disease, food borne pathogens, environmental health, occupational safety and health, health promotion, injury prevention and educational activities designed to improve the health of United States citizens.

The CDC compiles statistics every year, which are very important to study so we can understand where we need to work harder to keep people safe. For example, many people probably don’t know that in a typical year more people are killed in unintentional falls than in motor vehicle accidents.

In 2018:

  • Deaths from accidents involving cars, trucks, and motorcycles were 37,595.
  • Deaths from unintentional falls were 39,433.
  • Deaths from unintentional poisonings were 65,773.
  • Unintentional deaths of all types were 173,040.

The number of injuries from these causes is much higher.

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Your Phone Has a Camera – Use it to Photograph Evidence

So, what happens if you are injured and it wasn’t your fault? Fortunately the United States Constitution allows us to pursue justice which includes compensation for our medical bills and pain and suffering. But how do we get that justice?

First of all, putting together evidence that (a) you were injured and (b) it was someone else’s fault involves some thinking and diligence on the part of the victim. Almost everyone carries a cell phone with a camera, so use it.

Example: You are walking through a retail store and an overloaded display falls on you or you slip on a spilled substance and you’re injured. It’s likely a manager and employees will come to see if you are ok, but it’s not their job to document the incident and note any carelessness on the part of the store or its employees.

Your testimony later is helpful, but it is not the strongest evidence in an injury case. If possible, ask someone to help you with photographs, notes, and the names of witnesses. This is very important.

The most common types of unintentional injuries are:

  • Car Accidents
  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Assault
  • Workplace Accidents
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability

Immediately after urgent care is afforded anyone injured, it is prudent to make a telephone call to an attorney who deals with personal injury law. An experienced attorney will act quickly to gather information necessary for the truth about the accident’s cause to be documented properly.

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has been helping injury victims since 1992 and we are always available to answer questions. We can be reached at (954) 356-0006 seven days a week. Nosotros hablamos español.

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Six Types of Auto Insurance Policies to Consider

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The Covid-19 crisis has caused many people to look at their finances and make decisions about what they need and what they can afford. I know people who have cut out things like Netflix and going out to eat, but automobile insurance is a must-have commodity. Still, you want to get the best coverage and get the lowest price. Can it be done?

We aren’t insurance agents, so we can’t recommend any particular company or coverage but we encounter people every day who have been involved in motor-vehicle accidents and we have learned that many people have very inaccurate ideas about what they need, what’s covered, and what happens after a theft or an accident. Many people buy minimal insurance and then expect maximum coverage, which is unreasonable.

Here are the six basic types of vehicle coverage:

  • Collision Coverage | Collision coverage covers your vehicle if you’re involved in a crash. How much it will cover depends on how much you want it to cover – if you want 100% replacement value that will cost more than 50%. It’s you choice and keep in mind it will cover your vehicle but not the other one, nor the stationary object if that’s what was involved.
  • Comprehensive Coverage | This is the insurance that will cover the thing or things you collided with in the accident. It is wide-ranging coverage and can cover everything from theft to vandalism to hail and floods.
  • Liability Coverage | This is required in most states and covers damage or injuries to other objects or people and the amount of coverage depends, once again, on how much money you want to spend. Most states require at least $10,000.
  • Medical Payments Coverage | The previous types of coverage will take care of damage to other things and people but may not cover your medical bills. Some people look to rely on their own health insurance but you should check and make sure that will work out in case of an accident.
  • Personal Injury Protection Coverage (PIP) | This coverage is available in certain states and most often it is a minimum coverage required by law in some states to cover medical expenses.
  • Underinsured (UIM) and Uninsured Motorist (UM) Coverage | If you are involved in an accident and the other driver has no insurance, and is at fault, you may be unable to collect for damages unless you pay for this coverage. Considering there are millions of drivers in Florida with no insurance at all, it’s is a good idea to have this type of insurance.

Note: Florida is one of a handful of states which does not require bodily injury coverage and this illustrates why it is vital to carry UM/UIM coverage

Once again, because we aren’t insurance agents we can’t break down the reasons you should or should not have all these types of insurance but we highly recommend taking the time to address your needs with a licensed agent. Never assume your coverage will include, for example, the cost of a rental car. Don’t assume all your medical bills will be paid if you have a lengthy stay in the hospital and/or require surgery. Hospitals are expensive!

Accidents involving motorcycles often result in very serious injuries and yet often the riders purchase only basic insurance. Medical Payments Coverage might be a good investment if you own a motorcycle.

Keep in mind that south Florida is ranked as a high-risk area for driving and it is also rated as one of the most expensive areas for cost of car insurance. Do extensive research and then make your decision carefully.

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has represented hundreds of victims of auto, truck, and motorcycle accidents since 1992 and we know how to deal with insurance companies to make sure they pay what is specified in their policies. We do not charge a fee for our consultations or for representing clients unless there is a settlement or judgement. Please call us at (954) 356-0006 seven days a week.

Protect Your Rights: Always Consult with an Experienced Attorney if you are Involved in a Car, Truck, or Motorcycle Accident

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Delays and Misdiagnoses of Accident Injuries Because of Covid-19 Pandemic

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Immediate Proper Treatment is Essential for Long Term Recovery

One of the most common issues victims of accidents face is receiving the right diagnosis immediately after the injury. Proper assessment and treatment is not only essential, an error by a physician can make the injury worse.

Medical resources are stressed to say the least and this is causing many other illnesses and injuries to be demoted or reclassified as non-urgent.

It’s important to remember that with trauma resulting from automobile, truck, or motorcycle accidents, the actual injuries may be hidden and not manifest as serious for a few hours or days after the actual event. A sore neck may be a muscle strain or it may involve serious injury to the spine. An ache in the belly may be from a bruise or it may involve internal bleeding. Don’t guess or play Dr. Google and search the internet for answers.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Injuries Should Never be Delayed

It seems certain that Covid-19 is not going to abate any time soon even though there is optimism about vaccine distribution.

Victims need and deserve accurate, prompt medical care.

How Can You Make Sure You’re Getting the Assessment and Treatment you Deserve?

One of the advantages of having a qualified accident injury attorney on your side is that one of our primary duties is to make sure your personal well-being is first and foremost. We have been helping victims recover from accidents physically, mentally, and financially since 1992 and our record for results is excellent. Please feel free to review our client reviews at AVVO, the leading source for attorney information. We’re here to help, so if you have questions we’re available 7 days a week at (954) 356-0006.

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Florida Premises Negligence Law

Premises Liability Involves More Than Preventing Slips and Falls – Covid Compliance is Also Mandatory – Lazarus Law Firm

Premises Liability in Florida – Lazarus and Lazarus Law Firm

Every day we wake up and venture out into the world to work, play, shop, visit friends, or any number of other activities that we enjoy or just need to do. We certainly do not expect to be injured as we walk across a parking lot, ride an elevator, or attend a sporting event. But every year thousands of people are injured on property due to the failure of someone to maintain a safe environment.

We are fortunate to live in a country where laws have been enacted in all 50 states covering negligence and liability as they relate to property owners and the responsibility to maintain a safe environment for people who may be present on that property. Chapter 768 of the Florida Statutes is very broad and covers negligence and liability issues including pits and holes left open and uncovered, slips and falls, and other incidents that occur due to negligence.

Business owners are expected to provide an environment that is safe for customers, visitors, and employees when it comes to Covid-19. Federal, state, and local laws and guidelines must be followed and ignorance is not an acceptable escape from liability. The OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for Covid-19 is a starting place for business owners to make sure they are compliant.

Injuries Due to Negligence FloridaMany people think that slip and fall cases involve minor injuries but often they are quite serious. Also, many people suffer cuts, burns, and other serious traumatic injuries due to unsafe conditions, and some people lose their lives because of negligence by others.

Property owners in Florida are expected to provide adequate lighting in parking lots and other areas that are open to the public at night. Signs should be posted to warn of unsafe conditions, and surveillance cameras should be operational to discourage illegal activity. Adequate security personnel is also expected when private property is open to the public, and when people are injured because of a lack of it, the law allows people to seek compensation for injuries and other damages. People have been injured in Florida due to inadequate security at malls, ATMs, parks, sporting events, concerts, office buildings, hotels, dormitories, and many more locations.

Cases in Florida that resulted in large settlements awarded to victims include:

  • $248,500 awarded to a Tampa man who suffered an injured leg when he was ejected from a bar by bouncers.
  • $2.1 million to a child who was hurt at a Davie bowling alley.
  • $55,000 awarded to a woman who was injured in a Pollo Tropical restaurant parking lot.

Covid 19 Compliance FloridaPeople should understand that often when people do fall, the injuries are far more serious than a bruise to the knee. Often victims, especially seniors, suffer painful ligament tears or dislocations of their hips or knees and the pain from these injuries can persist for years. Back injuries are also common and very painful.

If you are inured or made ill as a customer, visitor, or employee due to the non-compliance or negligence of a business owner or employer, you have rights.

Contacting an attorney who understands premises liability as well as the injuries that can result from the lack of due care by property owners is usually the best course of action if you are hurt on someone’s property. If you’re not sure and have questions, we can help. We are available 7 days a week to speak to you if you call (954) 356-0006.

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How to Determine if You Have a Florida Personal Injury Case – Lazarus & Lazarus

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You’ve been in an accident but you’re not sure who was at fault for the accident and you are also not completely sure if you injuries are serious to warrant a call to an attorney. A friend tells you, “just let it go, it’s not worth all the trouble.” Friends don’t always give good advice.

Every accident has the potential to be serious because circumstances can change, issues can arise from hidden damage property, and injuries may also manifest as serious weeks after the actual accident.

Florida Personal Injury AttorneysHere is a fact: The United States Constitution and Florida law give people who have been injured in accidents the right to seek compensation from those responsible. Very few people, however, understand the statutes which apply to negligence and personal injuries which is why attorneys are available to help. Florida law imposes a “duty of care” on people and businesses which means that we all have to follow duties in certain circumstances and if someone fails to, and causes injury to someone else, they can be determined to be negligent. Everyone who drives an automobile in Florida is expected to drive in a reasonable and safe manner, obeying all traffic laws and maintaining their vehicles so they operate safely. If an individual drives with no brakes, for example, and they crash into the rear of your car causing injury, you have the right to sue for damages, pain, and suffering.

If a company does not maintain their property in a safe condition and someone is injured, they may be found to be negligent. If a professional person such as a physician does not treat a patient with the duty of care all doctors are expected to use, they may be negligent or be guilty of medical malpractice. Understanding the responsibilities everyone assumes under the law and the rights of Fort Lauderdale Accident Attorneyscitizens to seek compensation for damages is why personal injury attorneys exist.

In many accidents, there is negligence by more than one party. Known as comparative negligence, one party may be 75% responsible and the other 25%. This is an area best reviewed by an experienced attorney. Many people feel that if they were even minimally responsible for an accident, they do not have a case, and this is incorrect. Call an attorney.

Products that are defective and cause injury fall into a category called strict liability which is different than negligence. Anyone who sells commercial products in Florida is responsible to sell a safe product and if it is not there may be a liability for injuries caused by defect(s).

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Most attorneys, including those at Lazarus & Lazarus do not charge victims for an initial consultation, nor do they collect any fees until a case is concluded. Our primary goal is to obtain justice for people who have been injured, lost time from work, and had property lost or damaged in an accident or because of a defective product. If you’re not sure about whether you have a case or not, call. We’re here to help.

A phone call to Lazarus & Lazarus at (954) 356-0006 is free as is your consultation, and all communication with our office is completely confidential.

 

South Florida Accident Attorneys

Covid-19 May be Indirectly Causing Deaths on the Road – Lazarus Law Firm • Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Attorneys

Serious Auto, Truck, and Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in South Florida

As Injury Attorneys in South Florida since 1992, we have consistently tracked the number of accidents on our roads and highways and we’ve also tracked the causes. We have learned that accidents increase around the holidays, just as they do across the country, and of course accidents increase when drugs, alcohol, or speeding and reckless driving are involved.

What we’re seeing now is something truly unique: a possible increase in accidents due to a pandemic. Covid-19.

Covid-19 Accident Statistics

It will take more time and research to determine exactly happening, we do know this:

While 2019 was the third year in a row with fewer deaths, preliminary stats for 2020 are alarming. There are more deaths per mile traveled even through there are fewer cars on the road which means there is some underlying reason. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is compiling reports and they are reporting less frequent use of seat belts, and possible more frequent use of drugs and alcohol by drivers as well as more instances of reckless driving.

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Data compiled from crashes to this point indicate that more drivers are under the influence of alcohol than the past few years and more drivers are exceeding the speed limit. It also seems that persons involved in crashes are wearing the seat belts less often than previous years. It’s not possible at this time to say accidents and fatalities are rising directly because of Covid-19 but it could be a factor.

This too Shall Pass

The Covid-19 crisis is unlike anything we have ever faced and it’s normal for people to feel more anxiety, but experts say it will eventually end. Until then we all need to support each other and encourage one another to maintain our composure. Our families and friends depend on us to stay safe and exercise good judgement, which includes safe driving.

If You are in an Accident

The system goes on despite shutdowns, and if you are in an accident we urge you to follow the protocols we have recommended for years. Click here to see our suggested actions to take after an accident.

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If you have questions, we are here to help. Call us at (954) 356-0006 seven days a week. Our discussions are always confidential.

 

Florida Lawsuit Time Limits

Time and Tide Wait for No Man – Florida Lawsuit Time Limits

Florida Lawsuit Time Limits

There is no solid data about how many people procrastinate, but it seems possible that it is tied to age. One study found that 80% of college students procrastinate which is probably why so many of them have to “cram” before a major exam. We guess they are busy with social activities.

Later in life when bills start coming in every month most people learn to stop procrastinating because if they don’t the electric company turns of their power and that puts a damper on “Netflix and Chill” plans.

Time and tide wait for no man – Geoffrey Chaucer

Lawmakers have time limitations built in to most laws, both civil and criminal. This means the government has a certain amount of time to prosecute someone for a crime, and a person has limited time to file a lawsuit. Once the deadline passes, it’s too late.

Fort Lauderdale Accident AttorneysIn Florida there are time limitations for different situations and for civil cases most of them are found in Title VIII Chapter 95. These limitations cover everything from how long a debtor has to collect a debt to how long a person has to file a lawsuit for damages. This latter situation is where we have witnessed many people lose the opportunity to be compensated for injuries and damage resulting from another person’s negligence.

The time limits sometimes start the moment of the incident, and some start on other dates and times. Understanding these laws and limitations is not easy, and it’s one of the reasons attorneys go to law school. It is one thing that should definitely not be a do-it-yourself project.

Let’s look at a hypothetical situation: You are out driving one day and someone hits your car from behind, fairly hard. You’re a little shook up you don’t want to make a big deal out of it so you ask the other driver to pay for damages to your car and let it go. A few weeks later you feel an ache in your neck and back but a couple Advils make it go away and you live with it.

More time passes and finally you think you should look into calling an attorney, but you are told it’s too late. The deadline has passed.

Medial Malpractice cases have a time deadline to file a lawsuit. Auto, truck, and motorcycle accidents have a deadline, and if you ever want to sue an employer for back pay, there is a deadline for that. The clock is always ticking.

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has been helping people negotiate with insurance companies to recover damages and pay medical bills since 1992. When necessary we file lawsuits and we do so timely so as to be successful. Our reputation is excellent for service and expertise, and our online reviews can be reviewed by clicking here. Please call us at (954) 356-0006 if you have any questions. Our initial consultations are always free and confidential.

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Glove Compartment Check-Up and Checklist – Lazarus & Lazarus Law Firm – Auto Accident Attorneys

Motor Vehicle Accident Checklist

What do you have in your glove compartment? Probably not gloves because we’re in Florida!

How often have you gone to the grocery store without a list and then realized later you forgot something? Probably about two thousand times. Imagine being in an accident and then trying to remember what to do when you’re completely stressed out. You’ll likely forget several important things.

Automobile accidents are among the most stressful things that happen and fortunately they are pretty rare. The average driver will be involved in an accident every 17 years. If you’re a careless driver probably more often, if you’re a very careful driver, less.

If and when you do have an accident, a little preparation now will make things much better, in fact a little information now may save you time and money later.

Check your glove compartment to make sure you the have the basics:

Evidence of Insurance. If you have it on your phone you still may want a copy in your glove compartment in case Auto Accident Checklistyour phone dies.

A copy of your vehicle registration.

A checklist of things to do after an accident. Where can you get such a checklist? Right here!

We have put together a checklist that covers things that might not jump into your head immediately after an accident because you’re anxious and confused. Click Here to download the checklist.

Remember that everyone’s safety is the top priority immediately after an accident. Your actions subsequent to those first moments are also very important, and in a state of confusion you want a clear headed person to guide you. The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has been helping people injured in car, truck, and motorcycle accidents for nearly 30 years and we are proud of our record of success and our reputation as experts in our field. Call us at (954) 3556-0006 if you have any questions.

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