Personal Injury Attorneys

How to Deal with Uninsured Driver Accidents in South Florida

Consider Buying Uninsured Motorist Coverage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Maximizing the Value of Your Auto Accident Insurance Claim

Personal Injury Attorneys in Fort Lauderdale and Weston, Florida

 

You May Only Have One Shot to Get What You Deserve

Many motor vehicle accident claims follow a pattern like this:

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

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

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

We have two tips at this point:

Before an Accident

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

 After an Accident

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

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

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

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

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

Personal Injury Lawsuits in Florida

The Five Most Common Personal Injury Lawsuits in Florida – Lazarus Law Firm

Personal Injury Lawsuits in Florida – Lazarus Law Firm

Florida Law Allows Victims to Recover Compensation for Medical Expenses and Other Damages

Emergency departments were flooded last year with individuals suffering from COVID-19 symptoms while they continued to deal with personal injuries caused by everything from traffic crashes to animal bites.

It’s not surprising that there is a national shortage of nurses, and in Florida nursing schools are working to boost enrollment.

When someone receives an unintentional injury and it’s not their fault, they can try to recover money to pay for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.

The Five Most Common Personal Injury Cases in Florida

Personal Injury Medical ExpensesMotor Vehicle Crashes happen over 200,000 times per year in Florida which works out to about 550 per day. Injuries range from minor to critical and many people are killed. Many crashes happen because drivers are not focused on the road and other vehicles around them, often distracted driving. Never text and drive.

Medical Malpractice results in thousands of deaths every year in Florida. While our hospitals and doctors are among the best in the world, they still make mistakes and when they do it’s important that victims and their families have an avenue for recovering damages.

Slip and Fall Injuries in Florida lead to more than a million emergency room visits each year. Many people get up and walk away from a hard fall, thinking they’ll feel better in morning, but instead they feel worse. Falls often cause hidden but serious injuries and they should never be taken lightly.

Product Liability injuries include (1) defective manufacture; (2) defective design; or (3) failure to provide adequate warnings or instructions concerning the proper use of the product. Types of injuries include burns, cuts, and even loss of limbs and are far too frequent. Often people are injured by faulty auto parts, landscaping equipment, children’s toys, medications (pharmacy or drug company errors) and household appliances.

Animal Bites are not uncommon in Florida and usually involve dogs. Hospital visits due to dog bites sometimes involve anti-biotics and stitches and are expensive. Some large breeds of dogs can cause serious injuries, especially to children.

All injuries should be considered serious until they have been fully evaluated by a physician. Never ignore any injury and it is smart to call an experienced personal injury attorney to protect your rights.

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus have been helping victims of every type of personal injury and we’ve had significant success gaining substantial settlements for our clients. See our reviews at AVVO.com and Google for testimonials and call us at 954-356-0006 if you have any questions.

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The Importance of Choosing a Thorough Attorney for Your Personal Injury Case

One Missed Detail Can Doom a Fair and Substantial Settlement

When someone is injured in an automobile, truck, or motorcycle accident the trauma, pain, and loss of income combine to make dealing with life a challenge. While victims try to heal they often look for help from an attorney to handle the details necessary to try to return to normal physically, financially, and emotionally.

This is where being thorough is crucial.

Believe it or not, some law firms and insurance companies will look at a case and agree to a quick settlement based on the first facts available. This is rarely a smart course of action.

Something very important we have learned in 22 years of experience handling south Florida personal injury cases is that we must completely understand all facets of every case. The urge for an immediate resolution must be retrained in order to consider potential significant future complications.

“Never neglect details. When everyone’s mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant.”    Colin PowellInjury Attorneys in Fort Lauderdale

For example, in addition to medical bills incurred immediately after an injury there may be subsequent medical bills for follow-up care. There is often a need for physical and occupational therapy to return to work and that may be necessary for months or even years.

If a person is injured in any accident, they may later return to work and find that they can’t perform at the same level they did before the accident. That may cause them to lose income, known as future earning power, and if it lasts for an extended period of time it could be many thousands of dollars.

Thoroughness also includes knowledge of the law. Every day there are new rules, procedures, and statutes pertaining to personal injury cases. Your attorneys must be up to date and aware of everything that could prove your case and win.

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus always conducts an extensive investigation into every case and we give our clients only reasonable expectations as to the outcome. We consider all options, focus on the details, and communicate constantly with our clients so they understand everything that happens.

We can be reached 7 days a week at (954) 356-0006 – You will speak directly with Attorney Gary Lazarus or Attorney Arleen Lazarus.

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Dangerous Pharmacies – Woman Charged with Impersonating Pharmacist

Pharmacy Negligence and Malpractice

Sometimes you just have to say out loud, “How does something like that happen?”

Walgreen’s recently settled with authorities in California after a woman was criminally charged with impersonating a pharmacist. Allegedly she used the license numbers of other pharmacists to work in more than one pharmacy from 2006 to 2017 and no one caught on according to a story by the Associated Press. It’s inconceivable that someone Pharmacy Negligence Attorneys Floridacould get away with this for even one hour, much less several years.

The phony pharmacist was charged will filling over 745,000 prescriptions and many of them were for opioids such as fentanyl and morphine. Some opioids, in very small amounts, can quickly kill a human being.

We can only hope that it’s very rare for an impostor to successfully gain access to a licensed pharmacy, all the drugs, and patient records contained therein, but if it happened even once it shows there is a lack of diligence, due care, proper procedures, and protocol on the part of the pharmacy.

We have been representing people hurt by pharmacy errors, negligence, and malpractice for 25 years and we urge everyone who does business with any pharmacy to closely scrutinize their medications. Make sure what you receive is what your physician intended. Take time to speak with your pharmacists and ask them to double check your medication each time you visit the pharmacy.

Everyone is capable of making a mistake, but our experience has taught us that when dealing with pharmacies there are often not enough steps to absolutely insure that all prescriptions are properly dispensed.

If you have any questions about a situation involving your medication, your doctor, nurse, or pharmacy we are here to help. We can be reached 7 days a week at (954) 356-0006.