The Power of Persuasion – Choosing a Personal Injury Accident Attorney

Did you ever go to a restaurant, look at the menu, but after several minutes you still don’t know what you want to eat? Sometimes a really talented server will recommend an entree with such descriptive and persuasive articulation that your mouth waters, so you order it and sure enough it’s delicious! Servers that good should consider going to law school because an important skill for successful attorneys is the power of persuasion.

Successful lawyers have many skills and abilities, but one of the most important is the ability to communicate, inform, explain, and persuade people. The ability to persuade goes beyond the courtroom theatrics we see on television, when an impassioned plea is made to a jury to spare the life of a defendant or something along those lines. In real life attorneys make phone calls, write emails, write motions to the court, and meet personally with other lawyers to obtain the best possible outcome for their client, often relying on their power of persuasion.

If you’re an iPhone or other Apple product user you probably look forward to the release of the next new computerFort Lauderdale Personal Injury Attorney or phone with great anticipation, and founder Steve Jobs introduced his latest and greatest gizmos with great fanfare. Many people believe Jobs was the greatest persuader of our time, and today the company continues the tradition he started with spectacular launch events. Enough people are persuaded to make Apple one of the top 10 richest companies in the world.

In the legal profession, we don’t have big publicity events to make our case. The courts have a very strict set of rules and guidelines to follow so our system retains the integrity that inspired the phrase engraved on the front of our United States Supreme Court building, “Equal Justice Under Law.” We’re not selling cell phones or cars, we are working to see that justice is done and that our clients receive the best possible outcomes while protecting their rights. In addition to being persuasive, attorneys must have the education, license, skills, and character to execute their duties according to the law and, in Florida, the rules and ethics established by the Florida Bar.

In addition to the ability to persuade, attorneys must have many other attributes and qualities, including compassion. We’ll write about more in the near future.

If you have questions about anything related to an accident or personal injury situation, we’re here to help. Call us 7 days a week at 954-356-0006.


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When Should Seniors Stop Driving? Broward County Accident Attorneys

Every young person looks forward to their first solo trip in an automobile! The feeling of freedom is overwhelming as you zoom down the highway with the windows down and your favorite song on the radio. You’re in control of the destination and the route, and it’s a day most people never forget.

When people begin to grow old, there often comes a time when it might be necessary to relinquish some freedom and leave the driving to someone else for safety’s sake. There may be no subject for a family to consider that is less stressful than asking a loved one to give up driving. A car means freedom and independence, and not having access to one means dependence on others, public transportation, or expensive trips in taxis and Ubers.

Broward County Accident AttorneyThe American Automobile Association (AAA) recently completed a study that found most elderly drivers never have a conversation with their doctor or their family about the possibility of giving up their driving. Most respondents said it is simply because they fear losing their independence.

According to an article in Consumer Reports magazine, “most people under 65 are unwilling to talk to their parents about when it’s time to stop driving; in fact, 40 percent said they’d rather discuss funeral arrangements with their parents.”

Florida Class E (non-commercial) driver licenses for citizens and immigrants are valid for eight years for individuals under 80 years and six years for individuals over 79. Drivers over 79 must pass a vision test to renew. Other than the vision test there is no other screening, so friends and family of elderly drivers must speak up if there is a reasonable suspicion that a person is unable to drive safely due to some physical or mental deficiency.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has an excellent page on their website about how to sit down and have a talk about elderly driver issues and it’s better to have discussions now rather than later when a decision may have to be made or after an accident. Click here to visit the page.

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We have worked with the victims of serious car, truck, and motorcycle accidents over the past 26 years and some of them were the result of elderly drivers who were not capable to see or respond to other vehicles as well as they perhaps used to. These are preventable situations, and while we understand the serious implications of taking away an elderly individual’s ability to drive, we recommend that families at least examine the situation. Perhaps a family physician can help.

If you have questions about an accident you were involved in, please call us and we’ll do our best to help. We are available at 954-356-0006

The video below is not intended to shock anyone into an imprudent decision regarding an elderly driver, but it represents a real isolated incident involving a motorist who could have caused a very serious accident because of her confusion. 

 

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Are You Required to Render Aid at a Traffic Accident? Fort Lauderdale Accident Attorneys

You probably remember a tragic incident last year when a Florida man drown in a pond while others recorded his struggle to survive on video. The Cocoa Police Department had recommended to the state attorney’s office that the group face charges of failure to report a death.
But recently the state attorney’s office announced that the group will not be criminally prosecuted. While there is a statute requiring people to report a dead body (Florida Statute 406.12), there is not a law requiring to report a person in distress or danger.

Fort Lauderdale Accident AttorneysThe situation is different in the case of an automobile, truck, or motorcycle accident. Florida Statute 316.062 “Duty to give information and render aid” say, in part:  “…..and shall render to any person injured in the crash reasonable assistance, including the carrying, or the making of arrangements for the carrying, of such person to a physician, surgeon, or hospital for medical or surgical treatment if it is apparent that treatment is necessary, or if such carrying is requested by the injured person.”

We understand that not everyone is a trauma surgeon or nurse and no one expects you to perform miracles on an injured person, but using common sense you may be able to save someone’s life. If you are concerned about personal liability, Florida’s “Good Samaritan Act (Florida Statute 768.13) says in part: “Any person, including those licensed to practice medicine, who gratuitously and in good faith renders emergency care or treatment either in direct response to emergency………….shall not be held liable for any civil damages as a result of such care or treatment or as a result of any act or failure to act in providing or arranging further medical treatment where the person acts as an ordinary reasonably prudent person would have acted under the same or similar circumstances.”

Did you know you can visit the Broward County chapter of the Red Cross website and click “Take a Class” to sign up for CPR, first aid, and other very important classes? This kind of training and knowledge may help you save someone’s life someday, not necessarily someone involved in an accident, but someone in your own family or circle of friends!

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If you’re involved in an accident and you have done your duty about notifying the police, helping others, notifying your insurance company, and giving information to authorities you’ll want to call an attorney. We can’t count the number of times people have told us, “I really wish I would have called you” over the years. An experienced accident attorney will help protect your rights and guide you through the process of getting compensation for your damages and injuries if appropriate. We can be reached at 954-356-0006 7 days a week.

FYI: The Good Samaritan Act also applies to giving aid to animals! So help an injured dog or cat if you see one, it’s the right thing to do.

 

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

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 beAccident Attorneys Fort Lauderdale 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.

The Trouble with Scooters – Fort Lauderdale Accident Attorneys

South Florida Scooter AccidentsOut there on the road drivers have to contend with other cars, motorcycles, trucks, and a variety of bicycles, mopeds, scooters, as well as pedestrians & pets. For this article on scooters we are not going to discuss the stand-up scooters that kids usually ride and move with foot power, but the larger scooters you see mixed in with traffic on the roads. (like the red one in the picture.) Mopeds have an engine size typically 50 cc or less and a top speed of about 28 mph, while the scooter’s engine size can range from 50 cc to 150 cc, achieving top speeds up to 60 mph.

Scooters are not as popular in the U.S. as they are in Europe and Asia, but in areas with beaches and large numbers of tourists (south Florida) they are very common. There are also a high number of scooters being rented, which means the people operating them are unfamiliar with the scooter, the roads, and there is a higher probability they have been out partying which means they may be under the influence of alcohol.

Florida law does not require insurance for mopeds and scooters, so even though they may seem small and not capable of a lot of damage, that is not true. Scooters often collide with groups of pedestrians and the injuries can be severe, even fatal. When a scooter is rented out, there is often no liability insurance and no head protection offered the rider or passenger. Who is responsible for damage, injuries, and deaths when a moped or scooter causes a serious accident? This can be a complicated question and the answer is not always easy.

It’s possible the driver of the scooter is totally responsible, but there may be some level of fault assigned the other parties to the accident. It’s possible the accident was caused by another driver or any number of circumstances. This is one of the reasons it’s wise to call an experienced accident attorney after an injury, so a thorough investigation can be initiated. In the end, the court may have to decide.

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The attorneys at Lazarus Law Firm have helped hundreds of accident victims get the compensation they need to pay medical bills and other expenses while they recover. The process can be confusing which is why we are ready to speak with you when you call us a 954-356-0006 seven days a week. We’ll let you recover while we handle the hard work.

Note: The “other” types of scooters (in the picture to the right) are also very popular and also are very capable of being involved in serious accidents. Right now there is a new company – Bird Scooters – sweeping across the country renting electric scooters and they will likely be in south Florida soon. We’ll be writing about them in the near future.

Medication Errors in Nursing Homes – A Dangerous Dilemma

We have focused a major portion of our law practice on helping the victims of prescription errors and also on nursing home negligence. Sometimes there are medication errors occurring inside nursing homes and other care facilities, and the friends and families of the victims don’t know where to turn. We’ll start with some facts:

• State and Federal laws actually consider a percentage of prescription medication errors to be “acceptable” and even though nursing homes and other care facilities are inspected regularly, little is done when mistakes exceed the allowed level.

• Often, mistakes are self-reported, so it’s not known if every error is making it into the records.

• Most people are not aware that information about care facilities is available online, and ratings and inspection reports are available for review.

• People are also unaware of the warning signs for prescription-related sicknesses and injuries and how to look for them.

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration recently issued this statement:

In addition to the requirement that nursing homes shall not have medication errors of 5% or greater, each nursing home must provide pharmaceutical services to ensure accurate administration of medications. This includes the participation of a pharmacist consultant who helps develops and monitors processes within the facility to ensure resident do receive the correct medications.

We believe 0% is an acceptable number of medication errors because of the serious harm that a patient may experience if given the wrong medication, or an over-dose, or medication is not administered at all.

Warning Signs: If you have a loved one currently in a care facility in Florida, it would be a good idea when you visit to ask questions about the dispensing of drugs. Ask about the procedures for giving drugs to patients and how the records are kept. Watch for changes in the patient with regard to their alertness, energy level, skin color, and balance. If there is a sudden change in any physical characteristic at all, ask questions. Also, look into their eyes when you visit and watch for any changes. Dilated or constricted pupils can be a sign something is wrong. We’re not suggesting you do the job of a doctor, but try to be aware of anything unusual.

Also, there is a website that offers details about all the health care facilities in Florida, as well as information on doctors. Please click here to find information on facilities, and click here to verify the license of an individual doctor, nurse, or other health care professional.

Doctors, pharmacies, and pharmacists make mistakes. When they do it can cause serious injury, pain, and suffering. Victims have rights, and they can take action to be compensated for the mistakes made by others. If you have questions, we’re here to help. Call us at 954-356-0006.

 

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Pain and Suffering Damages in Florida – Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Attorneys

How do you put a price on relieving pain? If you have a headache, a bottle of Advil or Tylenol is available at Walgreen’s for about 5 dollars and you’ll probably be back to normal in a few hours.

What if your pain is long-lasting or permanent? What if it was caused by someone else’s carelessness or negligence? And what if your treatment for that pain is very expensive and will be necessary for many years? How will you deal with your pain and suffering?

You’ll need help.

You should be aware that if you are injured in Florida there are three Statutes that limit the time people have to take legal action. They are:

• 4 years for personal injury (Sec. 95.11(3)(a) & (o));
• 2-4 years for medical malpractice (Sec. 95.11(4)(b));
• 3 years for most claims against state & local governments (Sec. 768.28(6))

There are also some limits on how much you can recover in Florida for pain and suffering:

• No cap on pain & suffering damages, generally; $500,000 cap on non-economic damages in most medical malpractice cases; $200,000 cap on most claims against state & local governments (Sec. 768.28(5))

• No-fault rule (for car accidents) and pure comparative negligence rule may limit recovery of damages (Sec. 768.81(2))Florida Personal Injury Lawyers

You should also be aware that there are people who think there should be more limitations on how much you can recover for pain and suffering, and that insurance companies are known for being uncooperative when it comes to paying people for injuries. It takes experience, knowledge, and the execution of a solid plan to go after and recover the monetary compensation you need to heal. Sometimes it can be accomplished with reasonable negotiations and sometimes it is necessary to go to court.

Fortunately we live in a country where access to the courts is guaranteed by the Constitution, and with guidance from an experienced attorney you have the ability to pursue justice.

Every day we work with people who have been injured in auto, truck, and motorcycle accidents to get help for their pain and suffering. We also help people who have been hurt when the action or inaction of someone else has caused an accident. Falls are common causes of injury, and objects falling on people are also responsible for thousands of serious injuries each year.

The attorneys at Lazarus & Lazarus are ready to listen to you. We are a small firm dedicated to personal service and diligent work to get you the compensation for pain and suffering you deserve. Call us at 954-356-0006 for a confidential consultation.

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We’re Number One! Florida Ranks #1 on Many Lists, Some Good, Some Bad

Florida has one of the fastest growing populations in the nation, so we know there are some good things that make people want to live here.

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Of course there are some things that aren’t so great about our Sunshine State, and Channel 10 WPLG recently made that point in their story “Florida ranked No. 1 in sun, fun and fraud (not in that order).” But we love it here and we’re committed to making living in Florida better!

People love to read rankings and reviews, from college football to the best Taco Tuesday in town, and most are based on opinions, not facts. Florida ranks very high for weather, as a place to retire, and our higher education was ranked number one for higher education based on the time it takes for students to graduate, low-cost tuition, and low burden of debt.

We also rank number one on two fact-based lists that we need to work on: Most fatal accidents involving motorcycles and most uninsured drivers. For some reason, people in Florida are not taking the time to watch out for motorcyclists, and a very high percentage of drivers are going without auto insurance. These are both unacceptable.

It’s possible that the motorcycle accident rate is higher than other states because we have the weather for motorcyclists to ride year-round, but we have a higher percentage rate than other states with mild climates. It’s really a matter of educating drivers about the importance to do what we stress all the time:

  • When you pull out into traffic, look twice.
  • Be aware of who may be coming up from behind when you change lanes.
  • Never turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle, it may be moving much faster than you think.
  • Never text and drive.

Uninsured motorists are another huge problem, and we posted a graphic below from the Insurance Information Institute. Don’t assume that if someone hits your car that you can just “collect from their insurance company.” Over 1/4 of Florida drivers have no insurance! Keep this in mind when you review your own coverage. Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage is available but there are different types and it’s important to ask your insurance company or agent to explain the variations, cost, and benefits of each.

The bottom line is, please make sure you have good insurance coverage and drive responsibly. Working together we can get Florida off those two lists and save lives in the process.

If you have questions after being involved in an accident and you’re not getting straight answers, that’s what we do. Lazarus and Lazarus has been helping victims of automobile, motorcycle, and truck accidents for over 20 years. We have developed an excellent reputation for getting great results for our clients, and we’ll work hard to do the same for you. Call us at 954-356-0006 for a free consultation.

 

How Long Does a Personal Injury Lawsuit Take? Fort Lauderdale Accident Attorneys

When you are hurt in an automobile, truck, or motorcycle accident you may suffer injuries that are serious enough to alter your life in a dramatic way. People are often unable to work after an accident, it’s difficult to pay medical bills and household expenses and they need relief immediately. Creditors, mortgage companies, and landlords expect to be paid and they are not concerned about your misfortune.Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Attorney

If you are involved in an accident that was not your fault it seems reasonable that you should receive compensation for lost time from work, pain, injuries, and damages to your vehicle immediately. But, that’s not usually the case. So, what can you do?

There are many options, and each one is going to depend on the specifics of the case. The first thing to do is to seek out an experienced attorney who has a history of helping people in these situation and who gets results.

Your attorney will examine every detail related to the case, including physical injuries, property damage, and insurance coverage. Often insurance companies don’t want to pay and we have to be persistent. The process must move expeditiously because time is money and we will not stand by while our client is in financial or physical distress. A qualified attorney will understand that your need for justice is first and foremost, but that speed is also very, very important. Many people will face financial hardships while everything is sorted out and they may turn to borrowing money to cover their bills. When this happens some victims may consider personal loans, using their credit cards to live on, or even a lawsuit loan.

Lawsuit Loans – A lawsuit loan (also called a lawsuit cash advance, litigation financing, lawsuit funding, and settlement funding) is a cash advance against a future lawsuit judgment or settlement award. You will want to move very carefully before you choose lawsuit funding. Borrowing against a future settlement or judgment can help you deal with short-term financial hurdles but may cost you a lot in the long run.

Once again, the best thing to do is obtain advice from a professional who has dealt with these situations over a period of many years.

One of the first things we do at Lazarus & Lazarus is establish expectations. We lay out in plain talk what the case looks like and what our clients can expect in terms of our performance, and we write down a timetable for each case. We have learned that it’s wrong to raise expectations by making unrealistic promises. On the other hand, we work very hard to build a solid and strong case for every client so that it has the best chance to establish the truth and get the results and compensation that are appropriate.

Reaching out to us is easy, just call 954-356-0006 and we’ll be happy to set up a confidential consultation.

 

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Large Law Firm or Small – Which is Best for You? Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Attorneys

Our society for many years has classified what people do to earn a living into jobs, trades, professions, and the learned professions. We found this definition for aSouth Florida Personal Injury Attorneys profession: a profession is a vocation founded upon specialized educational training, the purpose of which is to supply disinterested objective counsel and service to others, for a direct and definite compensation, wholly apart from expectation of other business gain.

Traditionally a “learned” profession is one of the three professions, theology, law, and medicine, usually associated with extensive learning or erudition; broadly or any profession in the preparation for or practice of which academic learning is held to play an important part.

Today, the professions requiring extensive advanced education most often have some type of organization that regulates and issues licenses to members. Doctors have the American Medical Association, attorneys have local, state, and national bar associations. Engineers, financial advisers, teachers, and many others all have a high level of responsibility and accountability.

In law, the bar is the legal profession as an institution. The term is a metonym for the line (or “bar”) that separates the parts of a courtroom reserved for spectators and those reserved for participants in a trial such as lawyers.

Any person who has a job and performs its duties with excellence over a long period of time can be thought of as being a professional. We have known professional tailors, painters, chefs, and bartenders.

The learned professions are different than most other other jobs in that they are held to a higher standard, that is they can be liable, negligent, or even guilty of malpractice if the circumstances warrant and there is evidence. They deal with matters where errors could have tragic consequences, financially or physically to structures, property, or human beings.

One thing that is common in most professions is that they are becoming more and more specialized every day. In the past if you were sick you went to a doctor and if you had a legal issue you visited an attorney. Today there are over ten different types of specialties in ophthalmology alone, and lawyers have branched out to be of service to people in dozens of very specific areas of law.

When something happens up and you need an attorney, you will have many choices. The largest law firm in the United States by number of attorneys is Baker & McKenezie in Chicago with over 4,200 and there are probably many legal situations where B&K would be the perfectly appropriate firm to call for help. There are many general practice firms, large and small, that handle personal injury cases, and they also handle criminal cases, bankruptcies, and family law. These firms are also qualified and capable of handling cases professionally and they perform very well for their clients.

South Florida Personal Injury AttorneysThe Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has filled a special space in the south Florida community for over 20 years. We are a small firm consisting of Gary and Arleen Lazarus with an excellent support team and we work with people who have been injured in any number of ways because of some incident or accident that was not their fault. In particular we have sought to help people injured in accidents, including those involving automobile, truck, and motorcycle crashes. We work with people injured in industrial accidents, and accidents on private or public property. We have also gained a tremendous amount of experience working with people hurt by pharmacy or pharmaceutical company errors. Certain types of medical malpractice also fall into our area of expertise.

Our smaller size allows us to focus on each client and their case with a level of personal service it is sometimes hard to find in a larger firm, and we are committed to keeping that service level in place. If you have been hurt due to someone else’s carelessness, we ask for the opportunity to meet with you and review our track record, our qualifications, and the testimonials from previous clients. Please call us at 954-356-0006 to arrange a confidential consultation, and thank you.