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How Much Compensation for Back Injury in Florida Varies

back injury in FloridaBack injuries are among the most persistent, life-altering injuries a person can sustain. They vary in severity from mild strains up to causing paralysis and can result from slips and falls, medical negligence, motor vehicle accidents or other circumstances. People who suffer back injuries often wonder how much compensation for a back injury they can count on in the state of Florida. The compensation available varies from case to case, but injured parties might be able to recover finances from lost wages, pain and suffering, medical expenses and/or other damages.

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Boating is one of the more popular activities in South Florida. In some cases, this includes going out in the bay or offshore from areas like Fort Lauderdale, but it can also involve taking a boat out of Lake Okeechobee in the Greater Orlando area. While this can involve a lot of fun, there are also serious boating accidents that occur each year which can result in serious personal injury or death. Some of these accidents can lead to the need to file a claim or personal injury lawsuit.

South Florida Boat Accident LawyerAccording to a recent news article from TC Palm, a major fishing tournament was canceled after the first day when two boaters went missing while participating in the tournament. Authorities including those from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, have said one team consisting of two men who had traveled to the state to participate in the tournament were reported missing the night following the first day of this tournament on the lake. Continue reading →

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Lawmakers are gunning for a repeal of Florida’s no-fault auto insurance system – one they say is outdated and inefficient and costly to Florida motorists. Doctors and other health care groups are opposing the measure. car accident attorney

F.S. 627.736 stipulates that personal injury protection (PIP) benefits must accompany any auto insurance policy in Florida, and it must provide compensation to the named insured, relatives residing in the same household, persons operating the insured vehicle, passengers in the vehicle and others struck by the vehicle who suffered bodily injury while not an occupant of the vehicle (i.e., bicyclists and pedestrians). It allows for up to $10,000 in medical and disability benefits (with non-emergency benefits capped at $2,500) and $5,000 in death benefits, regardless of who is at-fault in the crash. Only if someone is severely injured (i.e., has lost an important bodily function, is permanently scarred or has broken a bone) or died can one pursue legal action to obtain bodily injury liability coverage from the at-fault driver’s insurer.

Now, HB-19, which has cleared an early hurdle for the next legislative session beginning in 2018, may change that. The measure calls for overturning the no-fault laws that necessitate PIP coverage, and would instead allow motorists to pursue legal action directly against at-fault drivers. PIP benefits would no longer be required. The proposal was cleared by the state house Commerce Committee recently. Continue reading →

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Florida Statute 767.04 imposes strict liability on dog owners for bites inflicted on others, no matter whether the dog was known to be vicious or whether the owner had knowledge of such viciousness. guarddogs

Strict liability means the owner can be held responsible to pay for damages caused by the bite, even if the owner didn’t do anything wrong. All that has to be shown is that defendant owned/ had control of the dog, the dog bit the plaintiff and plaintiff suffered injuries.

In the recent case of Arellano v. Broward K-9, Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal was asked to weigh whether a plaintiff in a dog bite case was precluded in her dog bite claim against defendant due to her own actions, which defendant asserted were the superseding and intervening cause. The appeals court reversed the trial court’s summary judgment in favor of defendant, citing the strict liability portion of the state’s dog bite law.  Continue reading →

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The Florida Supreme Court has issued a decision that strengthens a defendant’s use of liability waivers in fending off civil litigation. In so doing, the court approved the Fla. 5th District Court of Appeal’s approach and rejected the decisions reached by the First, Second, Third and Fourth District Courts of Appeal.signature

This is not to say just because an injured person signed a liability waiver – sometimes called a “release” – that the case is a lost cause. However, an injury lawyer will have to deftly argue that point to overcome this challenge even prior to trial.

The courts may still tend to view these waivers with a skeptical eye, but now with the ruling of Sanislo v. Give Kids The World, Inc. these documents may now pose a bigger problem for Florida plaintiffs than before.

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For patients under nursing home care, all aspects of health, medical treatment, and wellness are important. When you place a loved one under nursing home care, you expect that simple needs, including nutrition, hydration, and comfort, will be well tended. You also expect the nursing home to manage special needs, including dietary restrictions. In a recent case, a Tallahassee nursing home has been fined $31,000 by the state for failing to monitor the blood-sugar levels of diabetic residents. This oversight put dozens of patients at substantial risk of severe injury or death. According to reports, diabetic residents were not properly monitored because the nurses didn’t have adequate testing supplies.

insulinThe Florida Agency for Health Care Administration imposed the order on the Heritage Healthcare Center after investigations led to an inspection of the facility. According to reports, 60 of the 67 patients who required glucose monitoring went weeks without proper testing. Investigators revealed that the necessary testing supplies were locked in a closet and that nurses did not have access to the materials to properly monitor glucose levels. Reports documented that the nursing home failed to test patients for 24 days in the month of April and at least 17 days in the month of May.

Nursing home negligence and failed care can leave patients at risk of serious injury, even death. Our Fort Lauderdale nursing home neglect attorneys are committed to bringing justice to patients and their families. Nursing home injuries, ranging from nutritional deficiencies, falls, bedsores, head injuries, improper medications, and other accidents that could leave a nursing home vulnerable for liabilities. We will take a strategic approach to investigate any allegation of nursing home abuse and take necessary action to protect your loved ones.

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Jones v. Imperial Palace – Trip-and-Fall Claims Require Actual or Constructive Knowledge

Suffering a fall in a public place can be more than a minor embarrassment – it can cause very real and very serious injury. parkingbumper

However, that alone is not enough to secure compensation. Proving premises liability in Florida as well as in most other jurisdictions requires proof the property owner or possessor had actual or constructive knowledge of the danger, the danger wasn’t easily knowable for the injured person, and the property owner failed to either mitigate the hazard or warn of it.

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In the event of an accidental death, on the road, on the water, a construction site, or private property, the cause of the fatality must be investigated. When an accidental death is the result of individual or organizational negligence, the victim’s family can bring a wrongful death lawsuit against responsible parties. After three powerboat racers died in an offshore race in 2011, the families of the victims are now bringing separate wrongful death lawsuits against the organizer of the race and other affiliated defendants.


After a wrongful death, families want answers, but they also want to move on. While a wrongful death action cannot bring back a loved one, it does help to ensure that responsible parties are held accountable. For many families the financial compensation is also necessary to regain security and begin to move forward after an accidental death. Our Fort Lauderdale boating accident lawyers are experienced in the investigation and pursuit of wrongful death claims against negligent individuals and entities.
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Sinkholes have been a problem for developed areas in Florida for decades. What is a sinkhole? A sinkhole is a natural depression or hole in the ground caused by the collapse of ground surface layers. A sinkhole can be caused by chemical dissolution or collapse caused by man-made activities, including the collapse of a mine. Sinkholes are formed by the gradual removal of surface layers and may open up to a cave-like space underground. Many urban sinkholes are caused by natural water drainage and weather patterns.

After an injury or death caused by failed maintenance or a dangerous property defect, victims or their families can bring a claim against negligent individuals or entities. Sinkholes have become a problem throughout the state of Florida resulting in multiple injuries and death. Our Fort Lauderdale premises liability attorneys are experienced in the investigation and pursuit of claims involving property owner negligence. In the event of a sinkhole injury or accident, can you hold the property owner liable? Who is responsible in the event of a catastrophic or deadly sinkhole?


The cause of a sinkhole may be difficult to determine, but in Florida they can cause significant property and personal damage. If you were injured by a sinkhole while on private property, you may be able to take legal action against the homeowner, depending on the circumstances. Under premises liability theory, homeowners have a duty to ensure that proper is safe for those who enter. If a homeowner had warning signs that the foundation was shaky or that there was a sinkhole, the homeowner may be responsible for any injuries or death.

Further complicating matters, many homeowners insurance policies exclude sinkholes as a cause for recovery.
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When taking a beach vacation in Florida or along the Atlantic Coast, many travelers will pursue the added adventure of parasailing. Hanging from a parachute, attached from a rope to the speed boat, parasailers can glide above the sea like a bird, catching views of the shoreline and the coast. Though the excitement of a parasailing excursion attracts thousands of tourists every year, participants need to be wary of the potential for serious injury, even death.

When parasailing equipment fails, parasailers could become detached from the rope, fall from the parachute, or even crash into buildings, rocks, or other boats. Parasailing operators must be well-trained and know how to properly fasten equipment. They must also ensure that the boat, sail and other devices are maintained. Our Fort Lauderdale accident attorneys are dedicated to helping Florida natives and tourists who’ve been injured.


A parasailing crash can be deadly. In Panama City this month, two parasailers were injured in a parasailing accident. According to witnesses, two teenage girls were seriously injured after the line from the boat detached from a sail. The parachute, carrying the girls in tandem, was picked up by strong winds.

After a parasailing accident, it is important that an independent investigation be conducted on behalf of the victims. Victims should know what caused the accident, who is responsible, and how to pursue just compensation for any injuries. A victim may be entitled to financial recovery for medical costs, pain and suffering, as well as lost wages. Families who have lost a loved one in a parasailing accident may also be compensated for wrongful death.

In this recent parasailing incident, the victims were carried by gusts of wind under the parachute, smashed into a condominium and then were carried into a power line before crashing into several vehicles in a parking lot. The impact of the crash was so severe that the roof and windshield of an SUV in the parking lot shattered.

Such accidents are catastrophic and can leave victims with lasting and serious injuries. Parasailing victims may suffer broken bones, lacerations, head injuries, paralysis, or brain injuries. In many cases, the injuries are permanent. Witnesses said that the accident was “gruesome” and likely left the teenaged victims seriously injured. Though the condition of the victims has not been released, reports indicated that they were both still breathing after the collisions. The reports also indicated that both victims went limp after crashing into the condominium.

The scene was terrifying for victims who watched as the girls sailed into the building, then the power line, then eventually, to the parking lot. Many felt helpless watching them, unable to intervene or reach them until they hit the ground. One witness claimed that he saw an electrical explosion when the girls hit the power line.

In this case, the U.S. Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission are investigating and interviewing witnesses in the crowd. The victims and families of similar accidents may be entitled to significant compensation. An independent investigation can help determine the cause of the accident and identify all responsible individuals and entities, including a parasailing or tourist company.
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