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Commercial trucks are big vehicles. When they cause accidents here in Florida, they are usually serious with significant damage to the people in the other vehicles. The difference between an accident with another car and an accident with a large truck, such as a construction vehicle or a tractor-trailer full of products, is that trucks are usually connected to big companies with big insurance companies behind them. And those companies are experts in limiting or avoiding compensation to injured parties. If you are involved in a truck accident, you will not get the fair compensation you deserve without an experienced personal injury lawyer.

As a lifelong Florida resident and personal injury lawyer, I’ve represented many injured parties who were hurt by a truck. Trucks cannot stop or accelerate as quickly as automobiles; they can’t take tight turns and they swing wide; they sometimes drive over the yellow dividing line in the road; they often go through yellow or red lights, simply because it is easier than stopping a huge load; and frankly, some truck drivers (not all, but some) act like they own the road. Any one of these factors can cause an accident that seriously injures drivers and passengers in smaller, lighter vehicles.

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If you have been injured in an accident here in Florida, make sure you are treated by a doctor who is an expert in accident injuries, because not all doctors know what to look for, especially in car accident victims, slip-and-fall victims, and those injured by recreational vehicles or sporting equipment. Here in Florida, the vacation destination of the world, injuries are unfortunately not rare. As a personal injury attorney and lifetime Florida resident, I am committed to helping my fellow Floridians get the compensation they need when they are injured due to the negligence of others.

If medical personnel come to the scene of your injury, or if you are transported by ambulance to a hospital for immediate treatment, do not refuse such treatment. An immediate examination to find any obvious injuries and any possible internal bleeding or other critical medical emergencies is always a good idea. But be sure to follow up with specialists.

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Florida is the number one tourism state in the country, and many of those millions of tourists every year choose to rent a car. Unfortunately, being in an unfamiliar vehicle in unfamiliar territory is often a dangerous combination, which is why our beautiful state has one of the highest rates of auto accidents in the country. If you are hit by someone driving a rental car, there are a few things you should know.

What to do in the event of an accident

Regardless of who is driving what type of car, there are certain things everyone in Florida should do immediately after an accident and within the subsequent days:

Telemedicine, or telehealth, is becoming more and more common in our current medical climate, including here in Florida. An online visit is often easier to arrange than an in-person visit and is certainly extremely easy to attend since you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home. Usually, telemedicine works very well and patients receive excellent care. Unfortunately, as with in-person health care, sometimes things can go wrong. Most of these mistakes are similar to in-person malpractice, but some are unique to virtual healthcare services.

Common types of malpractice or negligence

While the law recognizes that medical providers are human and can make mistakes, the level of precaution and care that is taken can determine whether that mistake rises to the level of negligence or malpractice.

While you are not required to purchase insurance from the rental company, it might be a good idea to do so. Insurance can cover car damage or injury, in the event that you are involved in an accident.

If you have auto insurance already, you may not need to pay for additional coverage from the rental company. Most personal insurance policies cover rental cars, as well. However, check your policy or call the company to confirm and to determine if there are any limits or exceptions – for instance, renting certain types of vehicles or renting for extended periods of time. You may also want to fill in any gaps in your personal insurance with rental insurance. 

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If you have been in an accident or have been injured by someone else’s negligence, it is imperative that you not share anything about the incident or your case on social media. Ask friends and family to also refrain from commenting on your case, or anything about you,  because it could be used against you in court or during negotiations. 

If you are the plaintiff in a personal injury case (that is, the one who has been injured) the defendant will do whatever he can to prove he is not guilty or to shed doubt on the truthfulness of your claims or the degree of your injuries. On social media, we usually post the best pictures of ourselves – smiling, having fun, and doing interesting things. If you post anything like this, the defendant will argue that you are not as injured as you claim. 

For instance, say you post a picture of yourself out to dinner with friends, smiling. You may, in fact, be in terrible pain and are getting out of the house for the first time in a month. However, the defendant could argue that this is evidence that you are not being truthful about the degree of your injuries.

There are three types of product liability claims: defective design, defective manufacture, and failure to warn or instruct. You or a loved one can be injured by any type of product: a vehicle, household item, toy, recreational item, medical device, pharmaceutical or over-the-counter drug, or any other man-made product. As a Florida personal injury lawyer, I have helped many clients injured by a wide variety of products recover damages to compensate them for the injuries, loss of income, expenses, and pain and suffering caused by a company’s negligence.

Defective design

If a product is designed poorly, it could increase the risk of injury even during proper use of the item. Defective design is often the cause of many auto recalls, but unfortunately, some of those defects are not discovered – or at least not reported – until someone gets hurt. An electric blanket’s design may cause burns when set at the highest temperature or may short out, causing burns. Power tools may not include safety features, which exist but were not included in the design. Products designed for children may be choking hazards.

Representing yourself in court is called “pro se” – Latin for “for yourself.” If you are a personal injury attorney, you may be able to successfully represent yourself in a personal injury case. Short of that, the advantages of having an expert lawyer on your side far outweigh any perceived benefits of going on your own. 

Why people may want to go pro se

Why do people sometimes want to represent themselves? Sometimes they perceive that hiring an attorney will be expensive. This is not true, since most attorneys, including our law office, work on contingency fees, meaning there is no upfront payment. 

If you have experienced an injury in Florida due to another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses, medical bills, pain, and suffering. Catastrophic injuries can lead to significant financial awards because of the extreme impact that such injuries can have on a person’s life. But you need to engage the services of an expert personal injury attorney who knows how to demonstrate the full breadth of damage to receive just compensation.

Definition of a catastrophic injury

What constitutes a catastrophic injury? Generally, “catastrophic” refers to an injury that causes significant damage that dramatically impacts your life and is expected to persist over an extended period of time, perhaps permanently. 

Malignant mesothelioma is a form of cancer that forms in the thin tissue layers of our internal organs, called the mesothelium. Most mesothelioma is in the lungs, called pleural mesothelioma. A rare form is found in the lining of the abdomen, called peritoneal mesothelioma. This aggressive and deadly cancer has been diagnosed on rare occasions in other internal organs, such as around the heart tissue and testes. However pleural mesothelioma is the most common. While there are treatments that can help to slow its progression, this form of cancer is virtually always deadly.

Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include:

  • Chest pain
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