“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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
While you probably understand the fundamental goal of personal injury law to provide compensation for those injured by the recklessness, negligence, and/or malpractice of others, you might be less familiar with the premises liability component of the law.
U.S. bankruptcies are down significantly since their all-time 2005 high when more than two million Americans filed for financial reorganization. While less than 500,000 Americans filed for bankruptcy in 2022, monthly 2023 filings demonstrate a marked year-over-year increase over 2022.
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.
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.
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.
Nursing homes are big business, as recently evidenced by the $36 million a New Jersey firm paid to purchase two south Florida nursing homes. But in the quest for profits, some nursing homes fail to provide adequate care for their residents. Whether because of understaffing, under-trained staff, unsafe facilities, poor equipment, or some other factor—penny-pinching or not—seniors face potential neglect and abuse when they become wards of some nursing homes. And nursing home abuse and neglect are prevalent in Florida due to its large elderly population.
If you are injured in an accident or other incident, there are numerous things you should do to ensure that you receive compensation for medical costs and other damages. While insurance may provide some compensation, it could be denied or fail to provide full payment for all the expenses a personal injury might cause. Florida’s personal injury laws provide several types of compensation to account for economic and non-economic losses. They include provisions that allow victims to seek compensation even if they were partly to blame for the accident.
Earlier this year, the J.M. Smucker Company issued a voluntary recall of select Jif peanut butter products sold in the U.S. after the product was linked to multi-state salmonella outbreaks. The recall, which was conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), affected 20 other companies that had used the peanut butter to manufacture their own products. This marks the biggest FDA-related recall issued this year.