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Are Limos Safe?

Special occasions like proms, weddings, funerals, and parties often hire limousine services to transport participants to and from their destinations. Many people only see the glitz and glamour of the limo experience. But limousine accidents, however small, can lead to huge injuries, up to and including death. There are several unseen dangers which exist within stretch limousines that make them particularly susceptible to horrific crashes. Some of these issues exist on the federal regulation level, some are manufacturing errors, and

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Common Personal Injury Cases for Children

If you’ve been injured due to negligence, you could be entitled to financial compensation. If your child has been injured due to negligence, you can seek financial reparations on their behalf. There are many common personal injury cases for children in Florida, but there is a filing process that must be followed to the letter before your case can be brought before the court. So, what are some of the most common personal injury cases for children? How does one

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Child Injured by Runaway Boat in Edgewater

Florida’s open waters draw many to this scenic state, but this feature also poses risks to residents and visitors. Boat collisions put passengers, swimmers, and others in danger. In September of 2018, the captain of an Edgewater boat was tossed overboard. The boat continued without its pilot, running wild in the nearby waters. It struck a five-year-old child who was swimming nearby, sending him to the hospital. The child recovered fully, so this story has a much happier ending than

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The Top 4 Lasting Effects of Identity Theft

Technology has put the entire world at our fingertips, making it easier to connect with people, learn new things, and stay entertained. However, technology has also made our personal information more vulnerable than ever. Identity theft is a serious problem across the United States, leaving people’s personal information, financial accounts, and credit history exposed. After your identity has been stolen, it’s crucial to work with an identity theft lawyer to catch every way that your information has been compromised and

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Pedestrian Killed in Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident in Florida

Pedestrian-friendly cities dot the landscape of the United States, but few are found in Florida. Unfortunately, most years, Florida is at or near the top of the list for pedestrian accidents. In fact, in 2017, Florida ranked second overall for both pedestrian deaths and number of accidents involving pedestrians. Experts believe that impaired driving could play a significant role in the occurrence of these types of accidents, as well as the rising use of cell phones. Factors in Pedestrian Accidents

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5 Safety Tips to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents in Florida

Every time you turn on the news, there are new reports of catastrophic motorcycle accidents. An early morning crash in Miami left six dead in August. After a car stopped to help a motorcyclist involved in a minor accident, a van swerved onto the shoulder, hitting the car and several people standing on the side of the road. The van collided with another stopped car, pushing it into the motorcycle. In total, the crash left six people dead. The van

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5 Things to Do When You’re the Victim of Identity Theft

You’ve opened your credit card statement and found a slew of unauthorized charges, or maybe your debit card was declined because someone wiped out your entire account. Or perhaps your social security number ended up on the dark web. No matter how you’ve been alerted to identity theft, you must act quickly. The effects of identity theft can be devastating, and you need to inform all affected parties as soon as possible to prevent damage to your credit. 1. Contact

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Am I Covered by Insurance if I’m Hurt in a Ridesharing Accident in Florida?

Ridesharing has seen substantial growth across the country due to its low costs and accessibility. It is a particularly popular choice in many parts of Florida due to an active nightlife and limited parking options. Getting in a car always poses a risk, however, especially when you don’t know the driver, the safety of their car, or their driving habits. Since rideshare companies do not operate under the same laws as taxi companies, figuring out passengers’ rights after an accident

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Is There a Link Between Red Light Cameras and Accidents in Florida?

Red light cameras have become more and more common across the United States, including many areas in West Palm Beach. These cameras automatically take a picture if a car does not clear an intersection before the stoplight turns red, and the registered owner receives a ticket in the mail. Currently, state law sets the fine for a red light ticket at $158. Initially, victims’ families and law enforcement professionals advocated for red stoplight cameras in an attempt to reduce accidents

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What You Need to Know About Florida Bicycle Accidents

Cyclists are at significant risk of injury and fatality when riding along the streets of Florida. Compared to cars, cyclists travel at much lower speeds and have much less protection. As a result, when an accident occurs, bike riders are likely to suffer more serious injuries than drivers. Taking extra precautions on the road and taking the right steps after an accident can help keep you protected Bicycle Accident Statistics in Florida  Across the nation, deaths caused by bike accidents

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What You Need to Know About Motorcycle Accidents in Florida

Motorcycle accidents are a startlingly frequent occurrence on the nation’s roads. In fact, almost 5,000 people died in motorcycle accidents in 2017. The fatality rate for motorcycles is 28 times higher than passenger vehicles, and according to the Governors Highway Safety Association, motorcyclists make up 14% of all motor vehicle-related fatalities nationwide.  In Florida, 18% of traffic fatalities in 2014 were motorcyclists. Contributing Factors in Motorcycle Accidents  There are multiple reasons that motorcycle accidents are more common and often more serious

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Back to School Safety Tips for Motorists

As summer comes to a close, parents nationwide start preparing for the back to school rush. This poses additional risks for both motorists and pedestrians, thanks to an increase in traffic at the start and end of the school day, as well as the number of children walking and biking to school. Planning ahead and keeping these back to school safety tips in mind will help keep everyone safer. Give Yourself Extra Time  Get familiar with your local school district’s

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School Bus Accidents in Florida Are Increasing at a Concerning Rate

Earlier this month, Florida Highway Patrol responded to an accident involving a Nissan Altima and a school bus. The driver of the Altima, Cynthia Ann Wade, sustained serious injuries but was released from the hospital the following day. The driver of the school bus, as well as the three children on board, left the scene of the crash unscathed. Preventable Bus Accidents Are on the Rise  A study conducted in 2017 by the Department of Transportation found that there are,

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Palm Beach Hospital Sued for Medical Malpractice

A Palm Beach hospital is being sued for medical malpractice related to the preventable death of a 25-year-old man.  Josh Dziedic passed away at Palms West Hospital on August 22, 2016 after what should have been a routine IV removal, which resulted in a venous air embolism.  The lawsuit alleges a veteran nurse at the hospital failed to take appropriate precautions when removing a central venous catheter, including properly positioning the patient’s body and instructing him in proper breathing techniques. Dziedic was

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What You Need to Know About Survivor Rights and Property

Experiencing the death of a loved one, especially when unexpected, can be emotionally crippling.  And yet, life marches on.  Often times, it is imperative for surviving dependents and loved ones to take steps to secure certain rights in the aftermath.  One critical set of survivor rights has to do with the allocation of the property after death. Real Estate  Technically, any property held in joint tenancy, tenancy by the entirety, or community property with right of survivorship automatically passes to

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5 Tips for Staying Safer on the Water

Boating is a popular pastime in Florida. Unfortunately, the large volume of boats on the water increases the likelihood of a boat accident occurring. According to Statista, Florida has the highest number of boat accidents per year.  2559 injuries occurred as a result of boating accidents in 2019, and there were 613 fatalities. The key to preventing boating accidents is safety. Here are 5 tips that’ll keep you and your loved ones safer. Tip 1: Keep Tabs on Your Gas

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4 Reasons Why You Should Appeal Your Social Security and Disability Denial

Of the 11 million people living in Florida, about 450,000 claim social security and disability benefits. To do so, they must meet the requirements that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has established. And while it may seem like a simple process, it’s not uncommon for legitimate claims to be denied.  Unfortunately, many people who are denied social security and disability benefits simply give up, assuming that an appeal will just result in another denial. Here are 4 reasons why you

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The 4 Most Common Causes of Limo Accidents

A limo accident can have devastating effects, both physically and psychologically. What started out as a fun adventure can quickly turn into a tragedy that affects passengers, pedestrians, and other motorists.  If you have been injured in a limo accident, here are some of the most common causes, as well as how each may affect your ability to file a claim. Reason #1 – A Lack of Safety Features Given the size and structure of limos, most people assume that

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3 Steps You Need to Take Immediately Following a Burn Injury

Despite all of our technology and safety standards, there are still many things that could lead to a burn injury. In fact, over 480,000 people experience such an injury every year in the United States alone. And according to the World Health Organization, burns account for about 180,000 deaths per year. Depending on the severity of a burn, the moments immediately following the injury are critical, especially since serious burns can have life-threatening consequences. If you or someone you love

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How to Avoid Personal Injury by Choosing the Right Car Seat

There is nothing more terrifying than the injury of your child. To prevent our children from being injured in automobile accidents, we use approved Florida car seats. Unfortunately, some of these car seats are poorly produced and ill-prepared for an actual crash. If your child has been injured in an accident despite using a car seat, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an experienced Personal Injury Lawyer at Fetterman & Associates for assistance and representation. We care deeply about the

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