People have been getting injured in moving vehicles accidents since the invention of the wheel. There is hardly a day that goes by that your local news does not highlight a car accident. But what you think you know about car accidents and the insurance claim process may not be completely accurate.
There are so many new vehicles on the road today that offer advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). These improvements in vehicle technology are designed to increase safety and convenience by warning drivers that a crash is imminent or even by temporarily automating certain parts of vehicle control like speed, breaking or acceleration. We’re big proponents of technology here at Weinstein & Cohen, especially when it comes to vehicle safety and the reduction of traffic accidents, injuries and deaths on our South Florida roadways.
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.
Following a successful argument by Weinstein & Cohen Founding Partner Judson Cohen in front of the Supreme Court of Florida last year, the highest court in the state adopted the Florida Bar Rules Judicial Administration Committee’s (RJAC) recommendation to change Florida Bar legal rules as they pertain to the computation of time.
Shorter days, fatigue, compromised vision, rush hour, holiday traffic and impaired driving all contribute to making driving at night more dangerous this time of year compared to any other. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, the risk for fatal crashes is three times higher at night.
Every year, school administrators and teachers grapple with the decision whether to allow students to celebrate Halloween on campus. Inappropriate costumes, poor conduct and religious reasons have all factored into the decision making process behind an increasing number of schools that are banning Halloween parties and costumes. Even many private schools have joined the fray as they try to juggle cultural sensitivity among an increasingly diverse student body.
Some of the most serious injuries that people sustain are often treated at the nearest hospital. And hospitals treat a wide variety of patients with varying degrees of injury or sickness that can require a multitude of treatments – from emergency surgery to long-term care. Unfortunately, with any hospitalization comes the potential for medical malpractice from healthcare provider negligence.
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.
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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