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Can You Sue for Emotional Distress After a Car Accident?

Did you know your mental and emotional health may be damaged in the aftermath of an accident? Most people are so focused on their physical injuries and the recovery process that they don’t realize until much later that accidents can also have a debilitating impact on their emotional and mental health. Most people understand the process used to recover from losses related to a physical injury; however, recovering from emotional distress can be much more challenging and less straightforward. In

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Head-on Truck Collisions in Florida

Being involved in a head-on collision is an emotionally draining experience. While you may be able to “see” the accident coming, they are often extremely difficult to avoid. If you are facing a large semi-truck coming at you head-on, it can be completely terrifying.  While these accidents are rare when they do happen, severe injuries and fatalities aren’t uncommon.  Even though head-on collisions with commercial trucks only make up 14% of fatal accidents, the numbers are still extremely high.  If

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Understanding School Injuries and Your Rights 

In the state of Florida (and throughout the country), children are often injured while attending school or participating in various school-related activities. Schools and their staff have a responsibility to supervise children who are under their care. Also, they have a duty to maintain an environment that is considered “reasonably safe” for the children. Unfortunately, the negligence and carelessness of teachers, coaches, administrators, maintenance workers, and teacher’s aides (along with other school employees) have resulted in serious and often-devastating injuries

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Scooter Accidents in West Palm Beach

Today, hundreds of cities across the state host their own fleet of electric scooters, including West Palm Beach. While many people enjoy the convenience offered by this mode of transportation, others have witnessed the potential dangers they present first-hand. At Fetterman & Associates, we have seen how dangerous and damaging a scooter accident can be. If you are involved in a scooter accident in West Palm Beach, there’s a good chance you will need an experienced and capable personal injury

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Common Teen Driving Accidents 

Did you know that in the initial six months after a teen gets their driver’s license, the risk of getting into an accident is highest? It’s estimated that one in five teenagers will be in an accident within 12 months of receiving their license. Some of the reasons that new drivers are so much more at risk for an accident are related to distraction and inexperience.  In some situations, the incident will not be your teen’s fault. In these cases,

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Understanding the Wrongful Death Act in Florida 

Have you lost a member of your family in Florida because of the negligence or wrongful act of someone else? If this is the case, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit.  However, the Wrongful Death Act in Florida can be confusing, which is why we recommend getting in touch with our legal team at Fetterman & Associates for help with your case. You can also keep reading to learn more about these cases and how to

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Tips to Avoid an Accident on Your Bike Commute to Work

Florida offers the perfect weather to ride your bike to work most days. However, as a cyclist, you face unique risks that others on the road do not. Because of this, it’s best to take the right steps to protect yourself and avoid an accident.  If you are involved in a bike accident caused by someone else’s negligence, our team at Fetterman & Associates is here to help. You can count on our West Palm Beach bicycle accident attorney to

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Getting to Know the Most Common Causes of Head Injuries

If you experience a serious and severe head injury, it can have a devastating impact on your life. It can also have consequences for your family and friends. A head injury may impact the ability you have to work, enjoy life, and spend time with the people you love. Also, the cost of medical treatment, needed medication, ongoing rehabilitation, and more can be high.  At Fetterman & Associates, we believe that no one should have to pay out of their

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Knee Injuries from Auto Accidents: What You Need to Know

If you are involved in a car accident, one type of injury you may suffer is to the knees. You may have simple cuts or bruises to more severe burns, soft tissue, or ligament injuries. In some cases, injuries to soft tissues are more complicated than other types and, as a result, may require ongoing treatment.  Sometimes, serious knee injuries come with a physical and psychological burden. Because of how this type of injury can impact your life, it’s a

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6 Things to Do after a Port St Lucie Slip and Fall Accident

Poor lighting, torn carpeting, wet floors, and uneven surfaces are just a few of the dangerous conditions that may lead to a slip and fall accident. A slip and fall injury can occur while you are at work, at shopping malls, in stores, at a pool, and even on the sidewalk outside your apartment. No matter where the accident occurs, if you want to recover damages for your injuries, there must be a negligent party involved. Falls are expensive and

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What Fee Do Port St Lucie Attorneys Take in a Personal Injury Case?

When you are injured in an accident caused by another person or entity, you may wonder what options you have. There’s no question that this can be an overwhelming and confusing situation. If you are like some people, you may think your options for legal representation are limited due to your financial situation. However, with personal injury lawsuits, this isn’t the case. At Fetterman & Associates, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means that we don’t get paid

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Most Common Causes of Florida Pedestrian Accidents 

Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are extremely common in Florida. The high levels of tourism and outdoor activities result in thousands of people walking to their destination. If you are involved in an accident as a pedestrian, you are at a higher risk of serious injury – much more than those who are inside the vehicle that strikes you. Pedestrians don’t have outside protection. Also, their bodies will take the full blow of the impact. The injuries that occur in a pedestrian

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School Bus Safety and Laws 

The news of school bus-related accidents is far too common in Florida. On the 28th of March, a 15-year-old Royal Palm Beach student was struck by a car while at the bus stop This came just two days after another student was struck and killed in a similar situation. News stories like these highlight the importance of reviewing school bus safety and laws. Situations like this happen across the state and are devastating to families and communities. Family members of

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Can You Sue After a Florida Car Accident if You Weren’t Injured? 

Injury-causing car accidents in Florida are more common than most people realize. If you are involved in an accident caused by someone else where you sustained an injury, you can seek financial compensation from the at-fault party. However, other car accidents don’t result in injuries. You may wonder if you can sue for the accident in these situations. Regardless of if you are injured or not, reaching out to our legal team at Fetterman & Associates after an accident is

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7 Common Types of Medical Malpractice in Florida

Medical malpractice can be a scary thing. When you go to the doctor, you expect to be healed and made better, not worse. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Doctors make mistakes, and sometimes these mistakes can have serious consequences.  Medical malpractice can happen when a healthcare professional, such as a doctor or nurse, provides substandard care that causes injury to a patient. The injuries can be physical, financial, and even emotional. Victims of medical malpractice may file a

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Car Accident Stats: St. Lucie County, Florida

When you read about the millions of injuries that occur every year in car accidents across the United States, it can feel as though you have little cause for concern. After all, the United States is a big place with a big population to match, surely it isn’t that bad.  However, it is important to remember car accidents don’t choose people, and they certainly don’t choose places. The statistics you read about on the news can easily happen close to

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Tips for Sharing Florida Road with Bicycles

If you’re like most Floridians, you spend a good amount of time on the road. Whether it’s driving to work or running errands, chances are you’ve spent some time sharing the road with cars — but what about bicycles? Bicycles have been around for centuries, but their popularity has increased in recent years as people have become more health-conscious and environmentally friendly. Florida is a popular destination for bicyclists who enjoy the warm climate and diverse scenery.  However, sharing the

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Driving Tips for Senior Drivers

Growing older happens to all of us, and with it comes changes to our strength, coordination, and flexibility. These changes can be gradual and unnoticeable, until one day you struggle to move your foot from the gas pedal to the brake. Realizing that you may no longer be at your full capacity as a driver can be worrying, but it does not necessarily mean that you have to give up your car keys. Here driving tips for senior drivers, you

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Cars today are safer than ever

All cars made within the last ten years have airbags that are designed to protect the vehicle occupants in certain types of crashes. Together with seatbelts, airbags often prevent many serious injuries. We also have anti-lock brakes, which are designed to minimize loss of control during emergency braking, lane departure warnings if we veer out of the lane we are in, and other safety features which make our vehicles so much safer than vehicles were twenty, thirty or more years

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Dangerous Instrumentality

What is the Dangerous Instrumentality? Here is an interesting legal term: “dangerous instrumentality.”  What does that mean and how does that apply to you, or any of us? In simple terms, a dangerous instrumentality is some item or thing that is so dangerous that it is misuse can cause great bodily harm. How does that affect you? Well, if you own a dangerous instrumentality, you are responsible for any harm or injury caused as a result of its improper use,

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