Personal Injury

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

Bizarre New York Case Illustrates “Sudden Emergency” Defense

An unusual and terribly unfortunate auto accident case from New York has recently garnered a lot of media attention. But there is a legal point to the case which is important everywhere, including Florida. The New York case began when a young woman from Manhattan was driving her friends from the Jersey Shore back toward the New… read more

We’ll Pay if You Keep Quiet About It: The Problem of Secret Settlements

In general, papers filed in a lawsuit are public record. Anyone who wants to look at a court file can go to a courthouse and do so. One can read through the files and see all the motions, notices, and court rulings in a case as it winds it way through the judicial system. Settlements… read more

Corporate Defendants May Have to Say They’re Sorry When They Settle

Settling a lawsuit for money damages seems pretty simple. A party who suffers a loss agrees to accept a certain amount of money, the defendant agrees to pay it, and the case is over. But alas, things are never so simple in lawsuit world. In lawsuit world, even agreements to settle cases are usually written… read more

The Epidemic of Distraction-Related Car Accidents

Driver distraction kills more than 3,000 people every year according to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). When thousands of people are killed in the United States every year resulting from one cause, you could conclude that distracted drivers are an “epidemic.” Fortunately, there is a “cure” for this epidemic…. read more

“Celebrate” Campaign for Safe Driving

State Farm Insurance recently implemented a campaign to promote safe driving among high school students called “Celebrate My Drive.” According to State Farm, the campaign is meant to appreciate the coming of age achievement of driving, yet provide a sobering reminder about the responsibility such a rite of passage carries. Teen driving car accident statistics… read more

Insurance Companies Are Bringing Big Brother to Personal Injury Cases

Personal injury cases almost always involve questions about how badly people are injured, and the cause of their injuries. One of the key types of evidence used to prove or disprove injuries are medical records. While medical records are usually private, people have to give up their medical privacy when they make an injury claim…. read more

Powerful Short Film Shows Cost of Texting and Driving

The dangers of texting and driving are now well known. Starting on October 1st, Florida will finally join the ranks of states which prohibit it. Given that, it’s an opportune time to mention a short film on the subject released last month by legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog. Herzog’s film, From One Second to the… read more

The Cram Down: When The Money Available Isn’t Enough

Many people have an image of personal injury lawyers fighting for verdicts before juries in court. Undoubtedly, that is a critical part of what we do. But there is another less glamorous but equally important role we can play: helping with the inadequate settlement. It’s no secret that many people driving in Florida have inadequate… read more