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  • 8 Motorcycle Visibility Tips

    July 20, 2016 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Florida’s sunshine makes it a great place to ride motorcycles. However, because there are so many motorcyclists in our state, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that we also have the most motorcycle fatalities in the nation. Although motorcyclists account for only seven percent of Florida motorists, 19 percent of all fatal accidents involve a motorcycle. Many ...
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  • Seat Belt Malfunctions Cause Thousands of Fatalities Each Year

    July 12, 2016 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Seat belts save thousands of lives each year, but only when they function properly. For as many people as they save, there are still thousands of people who are injured or lose their lives as a result of a seat belt malfunction. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that approximately three million people are injured each year due to seat belt failures, ...
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  • Dog Bites: Who Will Pay for the Damages?

    July 7, 2016 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    In many situations, individuals injured by dog bites do not bring legal actions against owners because they fear that the owners will suffer financial hardship as a result. In other cases, persons who have been bitten do not file legal claims out of fear that they will ruin their relationship with the dog owner. However, there is no need for a dog bite victim to worry about such situations. In ...
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  • Safety Tips for the Fourth of July

    June 30, 2016 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    The long-awaited Fourth of July weekend is here! Whatever you have planned this weekend, we at Vanguard Attorneys hope that you have a fun and safe time. Speaking of safety, we’ve put together this helpful list of safety tips to help reduce the likelihood of you or your family and friends being involved in an accident. BBQ Grill Safety What Fourth of July celebration would be complete ...
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  • Florida Personal Injury Attorneys

    February 25, 2016 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Throughout the state of Florida, accident-related injuries cost residents in excess of hundreds of thousands in lost wages, medical bills and legal fees each year. At times, accidents cause catastrophic injuries which can lead to permanent disability or death. When these accidents are caused by negligence, the at-fault party may be held financially responsible for the victim’s injuries. ...
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  • Injured Motorists' Rights

    April 11, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    In cases where an injured motorist misses work due to hospitalization or if the injuries simply prevent that individual from being able to perform his/her normal work duties, that motorist has the right to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover all costs and lost income caused by the accident – particularly when another party was negligent or otherwise at-fault. Certain types of injuries ...
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  • Personal Injury Lawsuits - The Definition of Loss of Consortium

    April 9, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    In Florida and many other states, loss of consortium is a legal phrase associated with personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Loss of consortium is a cause of action that family members of a person who is permanently injured or killed as a result of another party’s negligence may pursue. A surviving spouse, parents, children or siblings may pursue a civil claim for financial ...
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  • A Review of Personal Injury Lawsuits

    March 26, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Injuries caused by negligence, inattention, and unsafe conditions cost the public millions in lost wages, medical expenses, and legal fees every year. If an injury results from someone else’s negligence, the injured party may file a personal injury lawsuit. Causes of these types of accidents can vary from failure to maintain a safe, an unobstructed storefront walkway to distracted driving. ...
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  • Florida Dog Bite Accidents

    March 4, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    With respect to personal injury lawsuits, animal attacks and the matter of liability primarily involve dog bites or dog attacks. Other types of animal attacks may occur in the wild or on public land, but typically have no involvement with liability or personal injury law. Dog owners are responsible for their dogs’ behavior and can be held liable if their dog injures another person. In ...
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  • Florida Supreme Court Reinstates Personal Injury Award in Bizarre Premises Liability Case

    February 25, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    In October of 2013, the Florida Supreme Court issued a decision in Friedrich v. Fetterman & Associates, PA, reinstating the jury’s verdict for a plaintiff injured while visiting a law office and sitting in a chair to speak with an attorney about an unrelated personal injury claim. Robert Friedrich, the plaintiff in the recent case, was injured in a 2010 automobile accident. Following the ...
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  • Potential Dangers and Side Effects of Testosterone Producing Drugs

    February 14, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    A recent study reinforces the previous notion that testosterone drugs are linked to an increased risk of a heart attack. The study draws even greater focus to existing concerns about men being prescribed testosterone drugs simply to treat a common part of aging, placing them at elevated risks of dangerous side effects from testosterone therapy. New York Times Notes Significant Risks of ...
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  • Driver and Student Injured in Orlando School Bus Accident

    February 12, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    On Wednesday, February 5th, a school-bus driver and one student suffered minor injuries as their bus crashed into a backhoe from behind in east Orange County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The school bus was from Timber Creek High School. It had been traveling northbound on Alafaya Trail close to 1:40pm when it rear-ended the backhoe. The construction vehicle was making a left turn into ...
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  • Key Terms in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

    January 31, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Most personal injury lawsuits are filed in order to compensate the victim for the loss he/she sustains due to another’s negligence or fault. Wrongful death lawsuits are designed to compensate surviving family members for the loss of a loved one. Both types of lawsuits are designed to hold negligent and at-fault parties financially responsible for the harm caused to others. There are several ...
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  • Understanding Florida Premises Liability

    January 27, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Florida homeowners, private property owners, and commercial property owners are subject to liability provisions under premises law. All Florida residents share certain common responsibilities for the general safety of any person who enters their property including a home, retail store, or office. Homeowners and landowners are responsible for maintaining the conditions of each square foot of a lot. ...
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  • 2014 Off to a Scary Start for Bicycle Accidents

    January 22, 2014 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    2013 closed out on a consistent pace for bicycle accidents after a rider was injured in Pinellas County on December 31st. Though police believed he had been drinking, the bicyclist was seriously injured after being hit by a vehicle on Park Blvd. Now, just a few weeks into 2014, South Florida has had already had its fair share of bicycle accidents. Critical Mass Leader Hit While Riding On Thursday ...
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  • What Could Mandatory Bodily Injury Coverage Mean for Florida Drivers?

    November 26, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Florida drivers are required to carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage as part of their auto insurance policy under the state’s no-fault system. However, many lawmakers feel Florida is long overdue for an alternative to the no-fault system. This year, Florida legislators have been examining the possibility of eliminating PIP coverage. The alternative is to institute a tort system ...
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  • FDOT to Designate Bike Lane on Clearwater Causeway

    September 30, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Officials from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced they would designate marked bicycle lanes on the Clearwater Memorial Causeway just days after a man turned himself into police in connection with a deadly hit and run accident involving two cyclists on Labor Day. One of the cyclists died on the scene and the second died in the hospital several weeks later after a small pickup ...
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  • Florida PIP Law - Filing a Legitimate Claim and Avoiding Scams

    September 25, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    In Florida, PIP coverage pays out claims of up to $10,000 in medical expenses and lost wages for each person in a vehicle injured in an accident. Regardless of fault, motorists are required to access the first $10,000 in accident-related costs from their own insurance benefits. Recent reform to PIP law has heightened claim requirements in an effort to curb rampant fraud throughout the state. ...
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  • Revisions to Florida PIP Law - 2013 Update

    September 18, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    As many motorists continue to endure the ever-increasing auto insurance premiums, the topic of PIP law reform in Florida has gained traction. In 2012, Florida Governor Rick Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater launched an initiative calling for massive reforms to Florida’s no-fault personal injury protection insurance. Colossal insurance fraud schemes, notorious throughout the ...
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  • Governor Rick Scott's Proposed Reform to PIP Gains Traction

    September 12, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Toward the end of 2011, Florida Governor Rick Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater launched an initiative calling for massive reforms to Florida’s no-fault personal injury protection insurance. According to a statement by Governor Scott, the cost of PIP insurance coverage will rise by at least 29% every year if no action is taken, as the cost is passed on directly to the motorists. ...
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  • Medical Product Defects: Transvaginal Mesh & Surgical Mesh

    September 11, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    As of 2013, few recalls of transvaginal mesh products have actually been announced. These products, sometimes referred to as mesh slings, are used to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence in women. In early 2012, the US FDA issued post market surveillance study orders, 522 in all, to all the manufacturers of these surgical mesh products. The study is sometimes viewed ...
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  • Medical Product Defects: Yaz & Yasmin Birth Control

    September 11, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills, which contain drospirenone, were introduced to the market by Bayer in 2006. Following a strong initial marketing campaign, Yaz and Yasmin both earned top spots among the most popular oral contraceptives in the US. However, the trend reversed sharply in 2009 as medical professionals and patients injured by the drugs’ side effects began raising doubts ...
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  • What to Do if You're in a Car Accident in Florida

    August 29, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offers drivers certain guidelines on proper procedure following a traffic accident. Despite a driver’s conscientious efforts to drive defensively and obey traffic laws, an individual can’t predict someone else’s actions. Even the best drivers may experience an accident involving a collision with one or more other vehicles. Statistics ...
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  • ATV Child Injury Rate Declines

    August 28, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    According to PEDIATRICS, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 361,000 children were seriously injured in all-terrain vehicle accidents in the U.S. from 2001 to 2010. Although safety experts agree that the amount of injuries is far too high, statistics indicate that the non-fatal injury rate has actually declined from 2005-2010. Other key findings from the study ...
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  • What is a Lawyer Referral Service?

    August 24, 2013 Posted By Vanguard Attorneys

    A lawyer referral service is commonly offered by state or local bar associations as a public service to state residents. However, private, for-profit referral services also exist, but they have been the subject of controversy and questionable business practices in recent years. The Florida Bar defines a lawyer referral service as: “Any group or pooled advertising program operated by any ...
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