Panama City Personal Injury Law Blog

How can you stay safe on Florida's roads when you're a cyclist?

As a bicyclist, you're sure to be happy about rising temperatures and better weather conditions. Those changes mean you can be on the roads and enjoying your daily rides again. Of course, with daily riding comes the danger of being hit by a driver.

Summer is a time where tourists make their way to Florida, so you're in particular danger then. People who are unfamiliar with the roads could strike you, causing you serious injuries. What can you do to stay safe? Here are a few tips.

The impact of texting and driving and what can be done about it

In 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that more than 3,477 individuals lost their lives as a result of accidents that could be later attributed to distracted driving. Another 391,000 others were injured as a result of this type of driver negligence. Teens are among the population that has the highest rates of distracted driving of all demographic groups.

Of the many different ways in which a driver can become distracted, they include talking on a cellphone, messing with the stereo, eating, texting or engaging with someone else riding in your vehicle. All share a common end result in that they take a driver's attention off of road, putting both yourself and others at risk for injury or death.

Know what to consider when offered a car crash injury settlement

When you are involved in a car accident that isn't your fault, you might start to think about why you should be responsible to pay the costs associated with the crash. Sure, your insurance might pick up some of the expenses but that is likely the only insurance that will come into the picture since Florida is a no-fault state. But your expenses might be greater than what your insurance will pay.

You have the option to seek compensation for the injuries you suffered and the damages you are dealing with because of the accident. If the driver who hit you was drunk, consider these points if you are working toward resolving your case.

Know your responsibilities in a workers' compensation case

People who are injured at work face the possibility of having to take time off work while they heal. This is frightening for many people because they just don't have the funds available to take months or even weeks off of work and still cover the bills. Workers' compensation is one option for these workers.

Workers' compensation coverage helps to ensure that medical bills are covered; however, these benefits also help to cover living expenses while you are off work. Other benefits might apply in certain cases.

What is workers' compensation for injured workers?

When you are injured at work, there are several things that you have to think about. One of these is how you are going to get medical care for your injury. Another concern is how you are going to pay your bills if you have to take time off work. When this occurs, you might turn to the workers' compensation system to get benefits that will help you during this time.

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Failure to diagnose is a huge problem for patients

When you go to the doctor because you have something wrong with you health wise, you expect the doctor to listen to what's ailing you and take appropriate steps from there. You certainly don't expect that you will be rushed and that nothing is going to be done. Unfortunately, patients are often rushed just because of the need that doctors have to see multiple patients per hour.

Some medical conditions can be fatal if they aren't diagnosed right away. Think about the consequences if a doctor misdiagnoses a patient who is having a heart attack. One of the symptoms of a heart attack is heartburn, or burning in the chest. If a doctor doesn't take the time to really listen to a patient and put in the effort to make a diagnosis, the patient is the person who could suffer.

Settlements in car accident cases require a lot of thought

Car accident cases can go to court or they can be resolved through a settlement. Some people opt to pursue a settlement because this can put them more in control over what they get. If you are considering a car accident settlement, think about each point that is contained in the agreement.

For some people, there are specific points in the settlement that might be deal breakers. An example of this is that many settlement agreements stipulate that no admission of wrongdoing is made. If you are trying to hold the other driver accountable for the accident in a public manner, this might be a deal breaker for you.

Hold the driver who killed your loved one accountable in court

Hearing the news that your loved one was killed in a fatal car accident is a shock that most people hope they never have to experience. If you are one of the unfortunate ones who has to experience this horror, you will likely go through a range of emotions. Once you stop and think about what happened, you might decide that you don't want the person who struck your loved one to get away with it.

One thing that you can do in this case is to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This holds the person accountable for his or her negligence in the civil court system. We know that this won't bring your loved one back. It isn't going to bring the support that the decedent provided for you back.

Bumbo seats have been recalled twice, still on the market

When you have a baby in the house, you will probably end up with a lot of gear. One of the items that you might end up with is a Bumbo seat. A few years ago, these seats were all the rage. They are still pretty popular, but they were the subject of a recall in October of 2007. Understanding this recall might help parents today to use the seats in a safe manner that will help to keep their children safe.

Bumbo seats help a child who isn't quite strong enough to sit unassisted to sit up and enjoy the sights of the room. Some parents would put the baby in the seat and use it as a babysitter. Babies would wiggle out of the seat and some would fall. This showed that there were cases in which the seats weren't safe.

Children, toys, recalls and actions if the child is injured

The Christmas toy-giving extravaganza that occurs in many homes has recently ended. Now parents have the duty to make sure that their children are using toys in a safe manner. While they are still on the market, there are some toys that are largely unsafe for children. One of these is the wildly popular toy magnetic building block.

Magnetic building blocks aren't unsafe for all children, so it is important to be sure that your child is ready to play with these toys if he or she was given them as a gift. The issue with magnetic building blocks and many toys with magnets comes when the child still puts things into his or her mouth.

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