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Posted By Salter Healy | October 7 2013 | Car Accidents

What You Need To Know Before Going On Your No-Fault IME

If you are injured in a car accident, chances are you will be sent for at least one independent medical examination (IME) by your insurance company. The IME is a medical examination with a physician chosen by your no-fault carrier. Florida is a “no-fault” state, meaning your medical expenses and lost wages are paid by…

Posted By Salter Healy | October 4 2013 | Personal Injury

What Diners Should Know About Florida Restaurant Accidents

More than 100 basketball fans were enjoying dinner overlooking Miami’s North Bay Village while cheering on the Miami Heat against the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals at Shuckers Bar & Grill. The fun Thursday evening took a frightening turn when the sports bar’s deck collapsed, sending the diners into the water of Biscayne Bay….

Posted By Salter Healy | October 2 2013 | Truck Accidents

Will New Truck Driver Workweek Restrictions Help Decrease Accidents?

Last summer, a gasoline trailer filled with 8,700 gallons of gas and diesel fuel flipped and crashed into a guardrail on I-4 near Exit 31 in Lakeland, causing more than 1,100 gallons of fuel to spill onto the highway and sending the driver to Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Florida Highway Patrol reported that the accident…

Posted By Salter Healy | September 30 2013 | Car Accidents

The Dangers of Cars Being Struck by Commuter Trains

While the Florida high-speed rail project may have been canceled by Gov. Scott in 2011, commuter train service is still expanding in Florida. SunRail is a new commuter train service expected to start operating in the greater Orlando area by the spring of 2014. Tri-Rail has been operating commuter railway service in South Florida since 1989. As commuter…

Posted By Salter Healy | September 27 2013 | Car Accidents

Choosing Your Doctor Following a Car Accident

An interesting lawsuit was filed in Florida federal court this summer. The State Farm insurance company sued Gary Kompothecras, the founder of 1-800-ASK-GARY, an accident-referral service. State Farm alleges that the service commits no-fault insurance fraud by referring people injured in a car accident to medical clinics owned by Kompothecras himself. State Farm is seeking a judgment…

Posted By Salter Healy | September 25 2013 | Slip and Fall

Another Day, Another Sinkhole In Florida

A vacation resort villa building in Clermont near Disney World was evacuated after a sinkhole caused it to partially collapse. The sinkhole was the latest in a long line of sinkhole incidents this year in Florida. The most tragic one occurred on February 28 when Jeff Bush, a 37-year-old from Seffner, was killed after a large sinkhole opened…

Posted By Salter Healy | September 20 2013 | Wrongful Death

Florida’s Supreme Court Resolves Wrongful Death Claim Uncertainty

In 2005, Frank Capone sued the tobacco manufacturer Philip Morris USA Inc. for personal injuries, including lung cancer, which he alleged were caused by their products. Sadly, in 2006, during the course of the proceedings, Mr. Capone died. His widow, Karen, in her capacity as his personal representative then tried to convert the action to…

Posted By Salter Healy | September 18 2013 | Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle Headgear Requirements in Florida

Nick O’Leary, former tight end for the Buffalo Bills and grandson of legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus (and a Florida State University football player) was involved in an accident when his motorcycle collided with a Lexus. Despite the horrific nature of the crash, he walked away with only relatively minor injuries. Not everyone is so lucky. Florida’s Department of…

Posted By Salter Healy | September 16 2013 | Car Accidents

Who Is at Fault in a Left-Hand-Turn Accident?

In Florida, 714 traffic fatalities recorded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) were intersection-related accidents. These include accidents that occur when a vehicle attempts to make a left turn. What Rules Apply for Making Safe and Legal Left Turns? A left turn is an operation that carries a risk, since the turning vehicle crosses…

Posted By Salter Healy | September 13 2013 | Car Accidents

Litigating Injuries Caused by Red-Light Runners in Florida

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics show that Florida saw 2,398 fatalities from motor vehicle accidents in 2011. Some of the most dangerous crashes included right-angle crashes resulting from red-light running. Over the course of the decade, this phenomenon has reached epidemic levels in Florida with 350 fatalities between 2007 and 2011, according to Marc Buoniconti, president…