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 […]
March 29, 2012

School Bus Accidents

Any time there is an accident involving a bus, it is always tragic because of the number of people that are normally involved. What makes a bus accident even worse is when the accident involves a school bus loaded with children, like what happened at Okeechobee Road and Midway Road in Port St. Lucie on March 26th where a 9-year-old boy was killed and 15 of his peers were injured. Because of their size, buses are naturally harder to control and maneuver, and due to the higher center of gravity, they often times flip when involved in an accident which […]
March 2, 2012

Cruise Ship Accidents

On January 13, 2012, the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia hit a reef and sank in the shallow waters off the coast of Italy. At the end of February, the Costa Allegra went adrift after a fire in its engine room knocked out power. Since then, the dangers of cruising have been brought back into the media’s spotlight. Although cruise ship accidents are rare, when one does happen, it can result in serious trauma and serious injuries. One of the most common cruise ship accidents is slipping or tripping on wet or uneven surfaces, or injuries due to the ship […]
February 14, 2012

Martin/St. Lucie County’s Dangerous Intersections

New Local Traffic Studies Show Intersections on U.S.1 to be Most Dangerous Does your morning or afternoon commute involve driving along U.S.1. through Martin County? If so, be careful! Recent county traffic studies show that Martin County’s most accident-prone intersections are along U.S.1. According to these traffic studies, Jensen Beach Blvd. and U.S.1. was the most dangerous intersection in Martin County. Between 2006 and 2010, there were 311 crashes at this intersection, averaging out to about 62 a year. Cove Road and U.S.1. was ranked second; Britt Road and U.S.1. was ranked third; and Monterey Road and U.S.1. was ranked […]
February 9, 2012

Proposed Changes to Florida’s Alimony Laws

New legislation has been proposed in both the Florida House of Representatives (H.B. 549) and the Florida Senate (S.B. 748) that would make considerable changes to Florida’s Alimony Laws. If approved by the Legislature, these changes could result in significantly lower alimony payments.Some of the major changes proposed by House Bill 549 include: Capping alimony awards at 20% of the payor’s monthly net income over the last 3 years of the marriage.Defining the length of a long term marriage as 20 years instead of the current 17 years.Limiting the maximum time duration for alimony based on the length of marriage […]
January 27, 2012

Study Finds an Increase in Number of Injuries to Pedestrians Wearing Headphones

Last Monday, the Injury Prevention Journal published a study titled Headphone Use and Pedestrian Injury and Death in the United States: 2004\2011. According to this new research from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical Center, serious injuries to headphone wearing pedestrians have more than tripled in the last six years. The researchers reviewed 116 pedestrian injury cases from 2004 to 2011 where it was documented that the injured pedestrian was wearing headphones at the time of the accident. Based on those cases, researchers determined that: Seventy percent of the accidents resulted in death […]
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 […]
January 4, 2012

Children Born to Unwed Parents

In recent years, the negative stigma of children born to unwed parents has faded significantly and it is now considered socially acceptable to have children outside of a marriage. This is a noteworthy change from even twenty to thirty years ago. According to the Kids Count Data Center, in 2009, nearly half, 47.7% to be exact, of children born in the state of Florida were born to an unwed mother. As for the Treasure Coast and surrounding areas, in St. Lucie County 48.9% of children were born to unwed mothers, in Martin County 46.4% of children were born to unwed […]
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 […]
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