Monthly Archives: December 2011

When Will My Medical Bills and Wage Loss Be Paid in an Automobile Accident Claim / Case?

When will I get paid for my medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering from a Florida Automobile Accident case? When a person is injured and otherwise suffers damages in an automobile accident case, there are are often questions involving the timing and amount of payment for the injuries and damages sustained in a automobile accident case. When will the medical bills paid? In an automobile accident claim, medical bills are typically processed or paid through PIP or Personal Injury Protection. Once the medical bills are properly submitted to the PIP carrier, the bills are paid within … Continue reading

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Are Lost Wages Recoverable by an Injured Motorcyclist / Biker?

Are lost wages recoverable to a injured motorcyclist or biker in a Florida motorcycle accident? In Florida, motorcyclists and bikers are the unfortunate victims of motorcycle accidents on Florida highways and roads. Many such accidents or incidents result in serious personal injuries to the motorcyclist / biker to the extent that the injury victim is unable to work for a brief or extended period of time. Can the injured motorcyclist / biker collect or pursue a claim for lost wages when there is a Florida motorcycle accident? The simple answer to this question is yes. The injured biker / motorcyclist … Continue reading

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Hip Replacement Failures – Information You Should Know

Product liability cases come in many different forms. What they all have in common is that a company or manufacturer has sold or distributed a defective product that causes harm, injuries, and damages to a consumer. Metal artificial hip implants have caused significant long term injuries and complications to thousands upon thousands of patients throughout the United States. Rather than improve the patient’s lifestyle, these metal artificial hip implants have wreaked havoc upon the lives of patients and their family members. A Florida Products Liability Attorney can assist patients with a case against a manufacturer or distributor when injuries are … Continue reading

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How Are Net Accumulation Damages Determined in a Florida Wrongful Death Case?

In Florida, damages for compensation can be pursued by the Personal Representative of the Estate of a person who died as a result of the negligence or fault of another person or business. These legal cases are governed or controlled by Chapter 768 – Florida Statutes. There are various forms of damages that can be pursued by the Estate / Personal Representative. These damages included a loss of Net Accumulations. The economics of a legal case can be very complicated and in some cases difficult to prove without proper documents, financial evidence, and expert testimony. A Florida Personal Injury Lawyer … Continue reading

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Helicopter Crashes En Route to Shands – Gainesville – University of Florida

In Clay County, Florida, a tragic helicopter crash was reported. The helicopter had departed the Mayo Clinic and was head to Shands Gainesville – Univesity of Florida. The Florida Times Union reported that Luis Bonilla (cardiac surgeon), David Hines (procurement techician), and a helicoperter pilot were onboard the helicopter that crashed into a thick pine forest in Clay County, Florida. The helicopter was heading to Gainesville to pick up a heart at Shands University of Florida. The helicopter was owned by SK Jets in St. Augustine, Florida. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Transporation Safety Board investigators, and local / … Continue reading

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Where Should I Get My Automobile Insurance?

Where should I get my automobile insurance? This is an excellent question and one that is often posed to me as an attorney who handles automobile insurance claims on a daily basis. There are many choices out there for automobile insurance. Some people select a company that the family has used for years. Others go with an insurance company that has clever advertisements and slogans. Whatever insurance you purchase, make sure that you know what kind of coverage is available and what kind of coverage you have. Do your homework and shop around for a competitive rate. Brightway Insurance is … Continue reading

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Who Can Bring an Action or Lawsuit for Wrongful Death in Florida? Who Is Entitled to Compensation?

In Florida, a case or lawsuit for the wrongful death of a person is controlled by Chapter 768 of the Florida Statutes and related case law. By Florida law, a wrongful death action is brought or filed by one Plaintiff on behalf of the estate of the decedent and the statutory survivors of the decedent. See Section 768.20 and Section 768.21, Florida Statutes. The Plaintiff in a wrongful death action is the personal representative of the estate. The personal representative can be a relative and / or a beneficiary of the estate of the person who was wrongfully or negligently … Continue reading

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Hit and Run Bicycle Accident Reported Near Cross City, Florida

A fatal hit and run bicycle accident was reported near Cross City, Florida. The Gainesville Sun reported that Henry Thomas Knight, age 71, was hit by a vehicle on U.S. 19. The Florida Highway Patrol later responded to the scene and are conducting an investigation into the cause and preventability of this tragic bicycle accident. Police believe that a Chevrolet Pick Up Truck (2003 to 2005) may have been involved with this accident. The driver of the pick up truck fled the scene and FHP and local authorities are looking for the driver and the hit and run vehicle involved … Continue reading

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Is a Personal Injury Settlement Taxable for Income Tax Purposes?

Is my personal injury settlement taxable? In Florida when a person settles a Florida personal injury case, the proceeds from the settlement typically are not taxable for purposes of income tax. The net proceeds from the settlement are not taxable is because the settlement is considered a casualty loss. In other words, the a personal injury settlement is generally not considered to be revenue, income, or profit by any means. In some cases, it may be helpful to discuss the taxable consequences of a personal injury settlement with a CPA certified public accountant or a tax attorney with there are … Continue reading

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Am I Entitled to Pain and Suffering Compensation When Injured in a Florida Automobile Accident?

Am I entitled to pain and suffering compensation when I am injured in a Florida automobile accident? The answer to this question, like many legal questions, is “it depends”. In Florida, there is a specific statute in place that addresses the issue of pain and suffering type of damages for injuries sustained in an automobile accident. When a person is injured in an automobile accident, a person can pursue a claim or case for pain and suffering type of damages if if the person suffers a permanent injury, disfigurement, and or scarring. See Section 627.737, Florida Statutes. The legal requirements … Continue reading

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