Monthly Archives: July 2010

Faulty Airbag Deployment Can Be Dangerous

Airbags are designed to prevent severe personal injuries, so what should you do when a faulty airbag deployment is the cause of severe personal injuries. Also, situations may arise where personal injuries are the result of an airbag not deploying during a collision or accident. When drivers suffer such issues they often try to go through car dealers or manufacturers for compensation and are unsuccessful because the seller or manufacturer does not want to admit fault or liability. While the company may not want to accept fault, typically the injuries that result from unexpected airbag deployment are considered a product … Continue reading

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I Slipped and Fell at a Store in Florida: What Should I Do? What Are My Legal Rights?

Falling in a Florida grocery store, mall, movie theater or just on the sidewalk in Northeast Florida can be embarrassing, but it can also lead to serious injuries. If you are injured by as a result of aFlorida slip and fall incident, some simple but important actions can help protect and enforce your legal rights. 1. Report the Incident. Make sure that the incident has been reported to an employee or a manager and write down the name of that person. 2. Witnesses. If there were witnesses to the incident or witnesses to the condition that made you fall (i.e. … Continue reading

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Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning While Boating in Florida.

In Florida, there is great joy and pleasure in owning a boat or just taking a ride on a friend’s boat. There are, however, many dangers to boating. One of which is the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. Generators on boats power the electrical system and the air conditioning. It is vital that a generator is properly installed and that it is checked to make sure that carbon monoxide exhausts do not pose a threat to occupants of the boat. Tragically, there have been many reported incidents of people suffering personal injuries and even death as a result of carbon … Continue reading

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Florida Pool Parties Can Be a Nuisance

Florida summer pool parties are regular weekend activities. With pools come children and that can lead to an unexpected accident. In Florida law, pools are considered an attractive nuisance. This basically means they are attractively dangerous to individuals. In this case, children may be attracted onto your property by a pool and if they are injured while on your property, then you can be liable. In the summer many kids are out venturing the neighborhood during the day while the neighbors are at work. A pool is often attractive kids, especially on hot summer days like we have in Jacksonville, … Continue reading

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I Was In A Florida Automobile Accident. What Should I Do At the Scene of the Accident? How Do I Handle the Insurance, Property Damage, Medical, and Legal Issues?

Written by: Lenorae C. Atter, Attorney A totaled car on a Florida interstate is, sadly, a common sight on our roadways. Typically, you merely see the aftermath of a Florida automobile accident. It is quite a different story and experience when you are the one who is the victim of a Florida automobile accident. After the crash, what do you do? Who do you call? How do you deal with the other driver? the police officer? fire rescue? What are the right actions to take when facing your own car accident? In today’s world of cell phones, most likely your … Continue reading

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Florida Car Accident Injures Pregnant Woman in SUV Rollover

A physician’s assistant at an OB/GYN office who is seven months pregnant was injured on July 8 in a two-car accident in Ocoee, a suburb of Orlando. Carolyn DeWalden was on her way to work when her SUV was struck violently from behind by another car as she was entering a parking lot. DeWalden’s SUV was flipped over from the impact of the rear-end collision, leaving her hanging upside down until emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene. DeWalden, who was thankfully wearing a seat belt, was extricated from the SUV and transported to Orlando’s Winnie Palmer Hospital, where she … Continue reading

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Summer Vacation Driving Tips: How to Safely Transport Children

Millions of American families hit the nation’s highways each summer on a quest to enjoy that perfect summer vacation. Unfortunately, a number of families also have that vacation interrupted by an auto accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a significant number of children killed each year in car crashes were unrestrained. Their statistics show that in 2006, about 50 percent of the 1,535 children under the age of 15 that were killed in auto accidents did not have any kind of seat restraint device in use. In addition, 63 percent of fatalities in the 16-20 year-old … Continue reading

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Florida Mother Killed, Baby Injured in Hit-and-Run Accident Caused by Man Fleeing Police

A 25-year-old Lake Butler man has been arrested in connection with a Union County hit-and-run accident that killed a Starke woman and injured her 10-month-old daughter. According to police reports, Julius Crusaw drove his pickup truck through a stop sign in a rural area west of Worthington Springs, and crashed into a Jeep driven by Jodie Norris, 23. A Union County deputy, who saw the pickup driving erratically and speeding, was chasing Crusaw when the accident occurred. Crusaw ran from the vehicle following the crash; canine units and other law enforcement agencies were unable to find him. Crusaw later turned … Continue reading

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Nursing Home Abuse Closes Jacksonville, Florida Glenwood Nursing Center

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Florida Dog Bites and Your Rights

By: Lenorae C. Atter, Attorney In Florida, a dog bite or attack is considered strict liability. What this means is that regardless of any action taken by the dog’s owner, that owner is responsible if the dog attacks someone. Typically, the dog will be covered under the owner’s homeowner’s insurance regardless of whether the incident occurs on the home’s property. Often, homeowner’s insurance has a medpay provision, which pays for medical expenses up to a certain amount. If the damages go beyond that amount, then it may be a situation where the victim of the attack files a claim against … Continue reading

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