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August 2017 Archives

Dog Bite Lawyers Analyze Florida Court of Appeals Decision Highlighting the Importance of Strict Liability in Dog Bite Lawsuits

Although dogs can constitute loving pets, canine attacks occur every day throughout Florida. If you have never been bitten by a dog, you might be inclined to assume that most dog bites inflict only minor injuries. However, approximately 4.5 million people experience dog bites annually in the U.S. Almost one in five of these individuals suffer an infection. In 2015, 28,000 people suffered dog bite injuries so severe that they needed reconstructive surgery. While dog bite victims in Florida might have the right to assert strict liability claims against a dog owner or keeper, the actions of the victim often are asserted as a defense. In this blog post, our Miami dog bite lawyers analyze an appellate court decision from last year that allowed a lawsuit to move forward to trial after the defendant attempted to shift financial responsibility to the dog bite victim. 

Forum Selection Clause in Cruise Ship Tickets Must Be Followed, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. V. Clarke, 148 So.3d 155 (3rd DCA 2014)

Cruise ship passengers often ignore the fact that their tickets are, in fact, contractual agreements that contain specific provisions governing a wide variety of issues. A passenger's failure to pay attention to these requirements may result in loss of rights or benefits under the ticket agreement. The case below illustrates this important issue, where a court dismisses a passenger's case because she failed to follow the dispute resolution provisions of her ticket agreement. 

La decisión de la Corte de Apelaciones de la Florida establece que las casillas de negligencia médica son inconstitucionales en un juicio presentado por la madre del menor que sufrió una lesión grave al nacer

Mientras que el Congreso y el Presidente Trump guardan la forma de la atención médica en el futuro, la reforma de la responsabilidad civil ha sido promovida por algunos como una forma de controlar los costos. La industria aseguradora, los políticos y la Asociación Médica Americana (AMA) sostienen que la profesión médica ha sido bombardeada con veredictos masivos de un público altamente litigioso. Estas afirmaciones engañosas ignoran las barreras especiales para perseguir una demanda de la negligencia médica como pre-demanda requisitos que incluyen la obtención de una evaluación de expertos para establecer una base razonable para la demanda, entre otros obstáculos. Cuando un niño sufre una lesión en el nacimiento que causa la parálisis cerebral u otros defectos de nacimiento debilitantes durante toda la vida, las consecuencias emocionales y financieras sobre el niño y los padres pueden ser abrumadoras.

Federal Appellate Court Decision Demonstrates Evidentiary Challenges in Slip and Fall Lawsuits

Some people do not understand the difficult challenges injury victims must overcome when injured in a slip and fall on the premises of a business. While premises liability law authorizes an individual injured in a fall to pursue a legal claim for financial compensation against the owner of a business or commercial property, Florida law makes the task of proving negligence challenging. The difficult burden of establishing the appropriate knowledge by the business owner makes it important to seek prompt legal advice from an experienced Miami slip and fall lawyer. In this blog post, we examine a recent federal court decision that reveals these evidentiary obstacles.

Miami Personal Injury Lawyers Review the Potential Impact of Procedural Matters in Case Where the Court Was Asked to Dismiss Because of Alleged Defective Service of Process

The civil litigation process involves many technical rules, procedures, and deadlines that must be strictly adhered to by a plaintiff seeking financial compensation. While these procedural hurdles might seem like "technical details" to many injury victims, the civil litigation process can be unforgiving when parties without legal representation try to navigate these traps for the unwary. In many cases, this type of procedural misstep could result in dismissal of a personal injury lawsuit that is otherwise with merit. In this blog post, our personal injury lawyers examine an appellate court decision involving a motion for dismissal based on a claim that service was not effective. 

Cruise Ship Waivers of Liability are Not Always Enforceable, In re the complaint of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Case No. 11-23070-CIV-SCOLA (S.D. Fla. 2013)

Waivers are an important issue in negligence law. These documents purport to limit the liability of an entity and are often the subject of extensive litigation in cruise ship negligence cases. The same is true for negligence actions against cruise ship companies. Unfortunately, many passengers who board cruise ships fail to pay proper attention to the extensive paperwork that they completed before boarding, which undoubtedly included several waivers. Nevertheless, the case below will illustrate that waivers are not always enforceable. Cruise ship passengers should ensure that they understand the conditions that they agree to when they board a vessel. 

La corte de apelaciones de la Florida permite que la víctima de resbalón y caida avance a pesar de la naturaleza "obvia" del peligro

Nuestros abogados de lesiones personales suelen publicar artículos de blogs que destacan los muchos obstáculos que enfrentan las víctimas de los resbalones y las caídas cuando se llevan a cabo juicios por lesiones personales en la Florida. A pesar de que la legislatura ha colocado obstáculos en el camino de los heridos debido a las caídas gracias a la falta de mantenimiento y cuidado, una decisión reciente de un tribunal de apelación en la Florida anima a los demandantes lesionados debido a la negligencia de los propietarios. En un caso reciente, el tribunal consideró si el carácter "obvio" de un peligro daba derecho a un acusado a una resolución sumaria.

Homeowners Insurance Claims Lawyers Discuss Strategy for Presenting Adjustment Practices and Claims Handling in Breach of Contract Phase of Litigation

Since Florida requires that actions for breach of contract and bad faith insurance claims be bifurcated, insurance companies routinely oppose discovery and presentation of evidence pertaining to an insurance carrier's conduct in processing the claim. Our property damage claim attorneys understand that while an insured frequently will contend that evidence of an inadequate investigation should be relevant during discovery and admissible at trial for purposes of impeachment, insurance carriers routinely claim that such evidence has no bearing on the issue of whether a breach of the insurance contract has occurred.

Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Discuss Florida Court of Appeals Decision Demonstrating Special Issues When Suing Public Entities for Road Design Defects

While pedestrian accidents often are caused by distracted, careless, or indifferent motorists, some collisions between motor vehicles and people who are walking, jogging, or running are the result of the faulty design of roadway features. Approximately 13 people die per day by cars after being struck while on foot. A report entitled "Dangerous by Design 2016" created by the pedestrian safety group Smart Growth America identified nine Florida major metros as among the 11 most dangerous metro regions in the U.S. for pedestrians. While municipalities and other government entities can be liable for pedestrian accidents caused by poor roadway design, the process of suing a government body or agency poses special challenges because of the principle of sovereign immunity. In this blog, our Miami pedestrian accident lawyers examine a Florida Appellate Courts decision that focuses on the important role sovereign immunity plays when people sue cities, counties, or the State of Florida for design defects that contribute to pedestrian fatalities. 

La admisibilidad de medidas remediales subsecuentes en resbalones y caídas de aceras de peatonales

Si usted se resbala escalando un conjunto de escaleras con alfombras desmontadas que hace el pie irregular, usted podría estar inclinado a presentar una demanda buscando la compensación por las lesiones que incurrió en su caída. El dueño de la propiedad podría tener la alfombra reemplazada después de aprender de su accidente y las lesiones resultantes. Aunque estas reparaciones podrían parecer una prueba poderosa de que el propietario era consciente de que la alfombra irregular constituía un peligro para las personas que usaban las escaleras, esta información potencialmente poderosa en general no es admisible para demostrar la responsabilidad. Aunque esta norma legal puede parecer contra intuitiva, la póliza pública detrás de esta limitación está diseñada para alentar a las partes a remediar los peligros sin el temor de confirmar la responsabilidad.

Why You Need an Experienced Florida Homeowners Insurance Attorney When You Fail to File a Sworn Proof of Loss

When homeowners experience a loss after faithfully fulfilling their obligation to make premium payments, they should be able to presume that their insurance carrier will cover a loss when disaster strikes. Unfortunately, many claims are denied or underpaid when policyholders lack legal representation. Sometimes policyholders notify their insurance company of a claim and presume it is being resolved only to discover that they have run afoul of some policy term or condition. There are other times that an insured does not pursue a claim because it does not appear that the claim is covered. An experienced Miami insurance claims attorney will carefully analyze the policy language and may be able to develop a persuasive argument for coverage.

Miami Car Accident Attorneys Review Decision Allowing Lawsuit to Proceed Based on Due Process Despite Allegations of Fraud upon the Court

Discovery is an important part of the litigation process in any car accident lawsuit because this permits the issues in the case to be narrowed and each side to investigate the facts and allegations made by the opposing party. Skillful use of discovery tools and close attention to the information provided could mean the difference between a substantial settlement or verdict and an outcome favorable to the defense. While a party might have valid objections to answering certain questions, providing false information, misrepresentations, or material nondisclosure could have dire consequences. In this blog post, our experienced car accident attorneys review a decision from the Florida Court of Appeals reversing the dismissal of an injury victim's claim despite allegations of fraud perpetrated upon the court. 

FDA Approves Human Trials for Cell Transplants at Miami Project

The Food and Drug Administration has given federal approval for the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis to conduct unprecedented human trials to transplant Schwann cells to the site of recent spinal cord injuries. According to the miamiherald.com, scientists hope that Schwann cells, which are found mainly in the nervous system, will help them find a cure for paralysis. These cells are responsible for transmitting through the nervous system the electrical signals or commands that the brain sends ordering our extremities to move.

Cruise Lines Liable for Negligently Retaining Incompetent Excursion Operators, Heyden v. Celebrity Cruises, Case No. 12-21923-CIV-MORENO (S.D. Fla. 2013)

Cruise ship companies often provide passengers with opportunities for excursions at ports-of-call during a multi-day cruise. Passengers who suffer injuries while aboard a cruise ship might hold cruise ship companies liable for injuries sustained on board the ship if the company and its employees were negligent. As the case below illustrates, when an accident occurs during one of the ship's excursions while docked, the cruise ship company may also be held liable if it was negligent in retaining an unfit third-party excursion provider. 

Los abogados de lesiones personales de la ciudad Miami discuten la base de la responsabilidad del producto para los pleitos de accidentes de las bicicletas

Nuestros abogados de lesiones personales reconocen que la popularidad del ciclismo está en aumento con la gente cada vez más centrada en la aptitud, la recreación y la conservación. Mientras que pasear en la bicicleta puede promover salud personal, la actividad se convierte a menudo decididamente inseguro cuando los motoristas no ejercitan la precaución y la atención. Los ciclistas carecen de las barreras físicas a las lesiones y los equipos de seguridad que a menudo protegen a los ocupantes de los automóviles durante las colisiones. Aunque la negligencia del conductor causa muchas lesiones y fatalidades, una bicicleta defectuosa también podría contribuir a una seria lesión relacionada con la bicicleta.

Miami Homeowners Insurance Claims Lawyers Provide Important Information for Property Owners with the Arrival of Tropical Storm Season

While property owners in Florida have been fortunate in recent years to enjoy a respite from harsh tropical storms and hurricanes, we cannot expect this paucity of hurricanes and tropical storms to continue forever. Our homeowners insurance claims lawyers urge residents throughout Florida to take precautions to protect their well-being and property while also preparing for the aftermath of the next inevitable storm when it arrives.