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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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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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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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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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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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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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Understanding Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

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.

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What is the Process of a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Florida?

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.

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FDA recalls

Understanding FDA Class I, II, and III Recalls

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.

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Actions You Should Avoid After Being in a Car Accident in Florida

Florida laws are designed to ensure that people injured in a motor vehicle or car accident receive compensation for their injuries through personal injury protection (PIP) insurance, another driver’s insurance, civil litigation, or a combination. However, securing full and fair compensation for auto accident injuries can be challenging, as insurance companies are highly skilled at limiting claims.

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Filing a Defective Product Claim in Florida

Injuries are a fact of life, as evidenced by the millions of Floridians treated in emergency rooms and hospitals yearly. However, injuries are not always a natural fact of life caused by accidental circumstances because a defect in a consumer product causes some. And when a defective product causes an injury, illness, or death, Florida’s product liability laws allow the victim(s) to pursue compensation for medical costs, pain, lost wages, and other reasons. Thus, the personal injury lawyers at Tallahassee-based Akbar Thomas, Personal Injury Attorneys, advise their clients to seek legal advice...

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