Personal Injury

June Is National Safety Month!

June is national safety month sponsored by the National Safety Council (NSC). This year’s theme is “Safety: It Takes All of Us” and focuses on informing the public on steps they can take to reduce their risk of getting in an accident. When everyone does their part, accidents can be avoided. Each week the NSC… read more

“Affluenza” Defendant Will Not Go Unpunished Thanks to Civil Justice System

Last year, a juvenile caused a terrible car accident in Texas which killed four people and injured several others. When he was criminally prosecuted, his lawyers presented a “affluenza” defense. They argued that their juvenile client had poor judgment and a sense of entitlement because his wealthy parents did not do enough to discipline him…. read more

Injury Prevention in Youth Sports

Safety in youth sports is everyone’s responsibility. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 2.6 million youth sports injuries annually. Break it down and that’s over 7,000 child sports injuries every day in the United States. A majority of American children participate in some form of youth sports. Many play soccer, others are… read more

Wellness Surveys Say A Lot About the Lives of Injured People

Every year, media organizations publish articles about “well-being” indexes for various places in the United States. Well-being indexes, as the name suggests, attempt to measure happiness and wellness among various groups of Americans. These groups are usually categorized by where they live, and wellness index articles often show lists rating cities or states across the… read more

Life After a Cycling Injury

Bicyclists are in a dangerous position. They are entitled to the same rights and privileges as automobiles on the road, yet they face a far greater risk of getting into an accident. And, because bicyclists are not as protected as other motorists, their injuries are often catastrophic and sometimes fatal. If you were involved in… read more

Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers Participates in Curious George Bike Day

In an effort to support children’s bicycle safety, Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers was proud to participate in Curious George Bike Day at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park last weekend. Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers teamed up with Gearlink and Chainwheel drive for this event. Some 500 to 600 children aged three to six came… read more

Reimbursement Claims Can Tie Personal Injury Settlements in Knots

Most people who make personal injury claims think their case is over when they reach a settlement or a jury returns a verdict. That remains true in some cases. Unfortunately, other cases remain complicated even after the primary claim is resolved. That’s because injured people must sometimes contend with health insurers, providers of employee benefits,… read more

The Incredible Vanishing Court Order: Insurance Company Settlement Manipulation

By: Morgan Gaynor I recently heard from a fellow lawyer in Tampa who had won a homeowner’s insurance case. The insurance company had denied coverage to his client, but a judge ruled that the claim was covered. The insurance company then wanted to settle the claim. That sounds straightforward enough, but there was a huge… read more

Lawsuit Against Allstate Demonstrates That Insurance Companies Can’t Get Away with Unpaid Medical Bills

Last June, a woman from Hollywood, Florida successfully filed a lawsuit against Allstate Insurance for unpaid medical expenses. This car accident case went to trial where a jury eventually agreed to award the plaintiff $1.29 million to cover her medical bills. The plaintiff, 56, possessed a UM/UIM policy that provided coverage in the event that… read more

Be Careful What You Wish For: Defense Industry Rule for Expert Testimony May Backfire

For years, the insurance industry complained about “junk science” in Florida’s courtrooms. According to its lobbyists, juries were reaching large verdicts because they were duped by expert witnesses using dubious science to testify for injured people. Whether that was ever true is highly debatable at best. Nonetheless, the insurance industry got what it wanted this… read more