Accident cases are always nuanced, but tend to follow certain patterns. However, a recent $400,000 settlement in Steve vs. Leonel by Weinstein & Cohen Founding Partner Judson Cohen highlighted one particular part of the law that not everyone might be aware of.
Ridesharing is part of the fabric of our lives now. And whether you’re a passenger, the driver, or in the other motor vehicle involved in an accident with a company such as Uber or Lyft, there are certain procedures essential to the insurance and claims process that you need to be aware of.
At Weinstein & Cohen, we have been practicing personal injury law for more than 30 years. This tenure has afforded us extensive experience in dealing with and settling personal injury claims with insurance adjustors. And just like in any profession – there are both good and bad adjustors out there. However, one thing that adjustors have in common is they are skilled in the tried and true practice of negotiating.
Personal injury litigation arising out of a car crash is among the most common forms of civil litigation in the state of Florida. Many years ago, the State of Florida enacted laws that were intended to encourage smaller claims to be resolved without a lawsuit. In general, the laws sought to provide quick and hassle-free payment of minor medical bills in exchange for a threshold for personal injury claims that were allowed to go to a lawsuit. The threshold is a permanent injury, which can be a broken bone, significant scarring or a severe sprain that will be permanent. If the injury does not meet this threshold, you cannot claim pain and suffering damages for your car accident injury.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently released its annual Traffic Safety Culture Index identifying driver’s attitudes and behaviors as they relate to traffic safety. What is most striking is that while most drivers desire a greater level of security of the wheel, they way they behave pretty much contradicts that desire for safety. Some highlights from the Index include:
According to recent reports, U.S. pedestrian deaths totaled nearly 6,000 in 2017 for the second consecutive year amid mounting signs that pedestrians and drivers are dangerously distracted.
Despite the adoption of new safety features and investments in self driving technologies, deadly vehicles crashes spiked again in the U.S. according to a report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) late last year. Car accidents killed 37,461 people in 2016, up 5.6% from 2015.
With so many vehicles on the road, especially this time of year, safety is and should always remain your top priority. Seatbelts should always be worn no matter what seat you find yourself in. Properly installed car seats should always be used for children. And remaining undistracted should always be a top priority of anyone behind the wheel. However, even if you take all the necessary precautions, accidents are still a reality.
The holidays are some of the most congested travel days of the year. We’re eager to get home to spend time with loved ones and it’s inevitable that we’ll bear witness to several accidents while on the road. Unfortunately, with an increase in distracted drivers rushing off to holiday celebrations, this time of the year is also one of the deadliest when it comes to traffic accidents.
When an emergency happens and medical care is required, we go to the hospital. We simply assume that the nearest hospital will be clean, sterile and staffed with great doctors, nurses and technicians that will work to ensure we make a quick and effective recovery. However, a recent grading of South Florida hospitals by the Leapfrog Group, a national leader and advocate in hospital transparency, has revealed an alarming reality – not all hospitals are created the same.
Our team has demonstrated the ability to achieve fair and just compensation for our clients. We are an aggressive litigation firm known for the absolute highest quality representation and staffed by the finest and most skilled litigators, paralegals, investigators and support staff.
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