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Understanding Florida Slip and Fall Claims

From when we start learning to walk as toddlers to our elder years, people are prone to slips and falls. Most slip-and-fall accidents result in minor scrape- and bruise-related injuries. However, many people suffer significant injuries that require emergency room care and or hospitalization. Consider that 556,519 people were treated by Florida emergency rooms for unintentional falls in 2022, according to the state’s Department of Health. Of those treated, 80,324 required hospitalization. In Tallahassee’s Leon County, emergency room visits and hospitalizations for unintentional falls were 7,725...

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Seven Signs You Should Consult With An Auto Accident Lawyer

Seven Signs You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer After an Auto Accident Florida personal injury law allows people injured in accidents through no fault of their own to seek compensation from the responsible person(s) or entity. However, because blame in an accident isn’t always readily apparent, and not everyone is familiar with personal injury law, some injured people fail to take advantage of their rights to seek compensation.

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Maximizing Your Rights: Navigating Product Liability Laws in Tallahassee

Product Liability Basics: Understanding Your Rights as a Consumer Consumer product purchases typically come with assorted expectations depending on what you have bought. Naturally, you expect the product to effectively serve the purpose for which it was bought, whether utilitarian, educational, entertaining, nourishing, medical or some other use. An implicit expectation is that a consumer product will not harm you if used properly for its intended purpose.

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WFSU Interview with Attorney Akbar

“We need to be present as a community to make a difference.” Step into the world of Attorney Mutaqee Akbar through his recent extended interview on WFSU, where he candidly shares his life’s journey and the motivations that have fueled his mission. Growing up in Tallahassee, Akbar’s story reflects the transformative power of education and the pursuit of justice. In this exclusive conversation, he discusses his roots in Tallahassee, his decision to seek legal education elsewhere, and the heartfelt inspiration behind his return to his hometown—a quest to create...

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Know the Insurance Company's Role in Personal Injury Cases

The Role Insurance Companies Play in Personal Injury Cases: A Comprehensive Guide

Earlier this year, Florida enacted tort reform measures that critics argue will decrease the rights of personal injury victims and make it more difficult for them to pursue damages from insurance companies that deny claims or short-shrift compensation. Given the changes to personal injury law, the legal experts at Tallahassee’s Akbar Thomas Law thought it would be an opportune time to review the role of insurance companies in the state’s personal injury law.

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wrongful death

Seeking Justice Amid Tragedy: Understanding Wrongful Death Lawsuits

No matter the cause, the death of a loved one is tragic. However, the depth of the tragedy is compounded when the loved one’s demise was caused by the negligence, recklessness, or misconduct of others. The grief surviving family members have over the loss is typically made more tumultuous by feelings of shock, denial, anger, and perhaps guilt for being unable to prevent the incident that caused the wrongful death.

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[Video] Community Catch-up – July 2023

Here’s a Transcription of this Video for Easy Reading [Amiya (Host)] Hey everyone, I’m Amiya, your host for today’s Community Catch-up with Akbar Thomas. Today we are thrilled to have the dynamic duo of our firm, Attorney Thomas and Attorney Akbar, with us. Today, we will spill the beans and update you on upcoming events in our community. Let’s dive right in. [Amiya] Attorney Thomas, we’ve had a flurry of events in our community, could you share insights on what has impacted you the most? [Attorney Thomas] Thankfully, the school year has concluded. It was a wonderful...

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Auto Accident Wasn’t Your Fault

Should I Get a Lawyer Even if an Auto Accident Wasn’t My Fault?

Many people who get into auto accidents do not believe they need a lawyer if they aren’t at fault. However, just because you know the auto accident wasn’t your fault doesn’t mean that insurance companies will accept your account without question. Insurance companies have a notorious reputation for disputing car accident claims in Florida, and it’s in their best interest to challenge your perceived lack of fault.

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Rideshare Accident Liability

What You Need to Know About Rideshare Accidents in Florida

Uber and Lyft ridesharing services have soared in popularity in Florida over the past decade, but the convenience of the taxi-like services is not free of problems and complications. A noteworthy problem is that rideshare drivers may be more prone to traffic accidents than the general public due to distractions and other work-related factors. And this can cause complications when a passenger injured in a rideshare accident needs to figure out who is responsible for the damages.

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Beware of Hijinks Insurance Companies Use to Reduce or Deny Your Claim

Florida has some of the country’s highest property and automobile insurance premiums due in large part to the state’s third-place ranking for insured losses. While one might think that expensive premiums might balance out the insured losses, Florida also leads the nation in the number of lawsuits filed against insurers to challenge denied and underpaid claims.

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Traffic Violations

Top Traffic Violations Florida Police Charge Motorists

When flashing blue lights appear in your rear-view mirror while driving in Florida, there is a strong likelihood that police believe you have broken one or more of the state’s 100-plus traffic laws. Traffic violations are the primary reason police activate their blue lights and pull motorists over, and police issue more than 2.5 million motor vehicle-related citations every year.

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Class Action Lawsuit

Knowing Your Way Around a Class Action Lawsuit

If you’re injured by a defective product and pursue damages for your injuries in a lawsuit, your case could be consolidated with other lawsuits into a class action if the same product has injured multiple people. A recent case in point is the consolidation of numerous claims seeking damages for burns suffered by defective pressure cookers manufactured by Florida’s Sunbeam Products.

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