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April 23, 2012

Statute of Limitations

Florida Statute 95.11, commonly referred to as the Statute of Limitations, defines how long you have to file a lawsuit. If a lawsuit or action is not filed within the amount of time proscribed by statute, it will forever be barred which means that the lawsuit or action will not be heard by the court. In Florida, the time to file a lawsuit depends on the type of action (i.e., the reason why you are suing another person or entity). Generally for negligence (i.e., auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, boating accidents, etc.) the time for filing suit is 4 years from […]
January 16, 2012

Helmet Use Prevents Injuries

Johns Hopkins Study Finds that Helmet Use Helps Prevent Injuries In 2009, in Florida, motorcycle fatalities accounted for 15.6% of all traffic fatalities. According to a new study conducted by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle does in fact reduce a person’s chance of suffering from cervical spinal injuries and traumatic brain injuries. This new study debunks the long standing belief that helmets actually increase the likelihood of spinal injuries. Researchers studied information from more than 40,000 motorcycle collisions between 2002 and 2006 and found that helmet wearing motorcyclists were 65% less likely […]
December 28, 2011

Slip/Trip and Fall Accidents

A slip/trip and fall is the single most cause for emergency room visits in the United States. The Center for Disease Control estimates that over one million Americans suffer from a slip and fall injury each year. Out of that number, it is estimated that 20%-30% will suffer moderate to severe injuries such as serious bruising, hip fractures, or a head injury. Slip and falls are the number two cause of death and disability, following behind automobile accidents. Over 17,000 people die each year from slipping and falling. Under Florida law, property and business owners are accountable for maintaining safe […]
December 13, 2011

To Sign or Not to Sign

Let’s face it, today’s economy is bad. Many people have had to find creative ways to cut back and lower costs. One such way is individuals who are seeking to obtain a divorce are choosing to go through the divorce process without hiring an attorney. Although this can be done successfully, it must be done with great caution and care. Emotions run high during a divorce, even when the divorce is uncontested and both parties want to obtain a divorce. It needs to be understood that decisions made during the divorce process will affect both spouses for the rest of […]
December 2, 2011

Click It or Ticket – Florida Seat Belt Law

The Stuart Police Department conducted a Click It or Ticket campaign from November 15 -November 27, 2011. During this twelve day campaign, police officers issued 296 seat belt citations. A Seat Belt study conducted immediately after the campaign found that 79% of drivers wear their seat belts, up 6% from a study conducted prior to the campaign. Under Florida law, individuals are required to wear both a lap belt and a shoulder harness. Children under the age of 5 are required to ride in a government approved child safety seat. Even though many argue that it is no big deal […]
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