Practice Areas

Insurance Disputes

Homeowners Insurance (Residential Property Insurance), Automobile Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, and Commercial Property Insurance.

Vehicle Accidents

If you have been in an automobile collision, it is imperative that you find an attorney who has the knowledge, experience and ambition to represent you as well as the integrity to meet with you individually and pay attention to your injuries and concerns.

Premises Liability

Premises liability encompasses injuries arising out of a dangerous condition on someone’s property such as injuries caused by slip and falls, inadequate security, construction accidents, fires, exposure to hazardous materials, animal bites, and workplace injuries to name a few.

Diverging Diamond Traffic Pattern Assists Traffic Flow

Tags : 

The “diverging diamond” has many positive believers but still a few skeptics as well.  This type of traffic pattern has been used in 22 states so far, to try to ease traffic congestion in busy intersections.  Florida opened its first Diverging Diamond traffic pattern recently on Interstate 75 along University Parkway.  It was two years

Read More

Is There Really a Need for Speed? — Not While Driving

Tags : 

Driving a vehicle above the set speed limit allowed for a particular street or neighborhood is always a dangerous risk.  The risk is not only to the driver but also to others in his/her path.  You can never tell when a child at play or someone’s pet may dart out in front of your vehicle

Read More

Recall Of Takata Airbags More Serious For Florida Residents

Tags : 

Drivers of Acura and Honda cars made between 2001 and 2003 face special dangers due to the potential 50 percent humidity that is often an everyday occurrence in South Florida.  These models of cars utilize airbag inflators that have been proven to explode when deployed.  Instead of the intention for which the air bags were

Read More

Drunk Driver: Over The Legal Limit And Running a Stop Sign

Tags : 

Florida state law sets the legal limit for drivers with alcohol in their system at 0.08 BAC (blood alcohol content).  The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration’s data for the year 2013 indicated that 31 percent of all traffic fatalities was the result of drunk driving crashes where the driver registered a BAC of 0.08

Read More

CAR ACCIDENT INJURIES CAN INVOLVE WALKING

Tags : 

Whether walking, driving, or even being parked alongside the road, car accident injuries can occur at any time, at any place, and to anyone. That’s why they are called “accidents.” If you find yourself in a situation where you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, a tractor-trailer accident, car accident injuries, or any other

Read More

TRAFFIC SIGNALS AND SPEED BUMPS IN ST. PETE

Tags : 

The Stormwater, Pavement and Traffic Operations Department is responsible for maintaining the traffic signal systems and roadways in St. Petersburg. Traffic signals and speed bumps are for the direct purpose of helping provide a safe and smooth traffic flow on and around streets and roadways. When traffic moves in orderly fashion, everything should flow smoothly

Read More

Injured in a Hotel? Can You File a Lawsuit? Ask a Personal Injury Attorney

Tags : 

If you or a loved one have been injured in a hotel, the results can be quite devastating. Now that you have come to terms with it, you can begin to ask the right questions of the right people here in St. Petersburg because you might just be able to collect compensation to cover the

Read More

Personal Injury Law: Tips for Hiring an Attorney for your Case

Tags : 

If you have suffered a personal loss at the hands of a negligent person or business, then you have likely considered filing a personal injury lawsuit to get the compensation that you need to cover financial losses, and, perhaps, to ease the more substantial harms suffered. There are several factors that you will want to

Read More

Personal Injury Victim: $52 Million Awarded

Tags : 

In the past on this blog, we have written about punitive damages. These are the sums awarded to a personal injury victim that are not representative of the damages suffered by that person. In the vast majority of tort cases, the monies awarded to the plaintiff account for lost wages, medical expenses, property damage, loss

Read More

Rights of Undocumented Immigrants under Personal Injury Law

Tags : 

Among the many hot topics that have arisen lately, in large part because of the heated presidential race, is the debate about the rights of undocumented immigrants. In some cases, these are, in truth, people who fought their way across our borders to escape whatever haunted them in their original homes. In other cases, they

Read More

5 Ways a Personal Injury Attorney Can Make Your Life Easier

Tags : 

A personal injury attorney can help you navigate the legal processes and the paperwork needed to help get you back on your feet after an accident.

Read More

Surviving Financially Until Your Personal Injury Settlement Arrives

Tags : 

It can be a long road between an accident and when any actual monetary damages are awarded from a personal injury settlement.

Read More

Tractor-Trailer Accidents in Florida

Tags : 

It seems like tractor-trailer accidents are always in the news. They are big, they are heavy, and the transport goods which can shift easily.

Read More

The Scary Truth About Motorcycle Accidents

Tags : 

Many motorcycle accidents are reported in the news. More often than not, the accident wasn’t caused by the motorcycle rider but by vehicles that didn’t see the motorcycle.

Read More

Do You Need a Car Accident Attorney?

Tags : 

When wondering if you need a car accident attorney, consider the example situations in this post. If you have been involved in a car accident in St. Petersburg, a personal injury attorney can help answer your questions.

Read More

Car Accidents vs. Truck Accidents

Tags : 

Any accident is scary whether tractor-trailer accidents or car accidents. Truck accidents when involving a tractor-trailer rig can be horrific due to the increased size of the vehicle and the weight it carries.

Read More

What is the Alien Tort Statute?

Tags : 

The Alien Tort Statute was meant to guarantee non-U.S. citizens certain rights with regard to fair treatment.

Read More

Five Things to Know About Neck Injuries

Tags : 

Neck injuries should always be taken seriously. People don’t always experience neck injuries in the same way as every individual is different. It is important to have head and neck injuries thoroughly checked out.

Read More

Personal Injury 101: Keep Great Records

Tags : 

If you are involved in an accident, keeping good records and notes by documenting all evidence is suggested in Personal Injury 101 — things you need to know that will help you in possible future litigation.

Read More

Truck Accidents Don’t Always Involve Professional Truckers

Tags : 

Truck accidents don’t always involve professional truckers. Many accidents involving large trucks don’t include someone hired by a trucking concern.

Read More

Amusement Park Fun?

Tags : 

Amusement park rides are often qualified with legal warnings as to the risks. Know your rights if you get hurt on a theme park ride. Did you follow their instructions or precautions?

Read More

Do Athletes Have Rights?

Tags : 

The Olympic Games strike passion in the hearts of many. Do athletes have rights to question the safety of certain venues and/or any specific requirements applicable to an event? What if they get hurt?

Read More

Wrongful Death Damages Allocation

Tags : 

A lawsuit that would make most people shutter has entered the courts. The man at the center of the case will not be in attendance. He was an Amtrak employee at the time of a serious train crash in Pennsylvania. The 61-year-old was one of two people killed in the accident, and now the surviving

Read More

Texting While Driving Distraction

Tags : 

Research shows that drivers are more likely to veer into another lane, straying off course and being more open to collisions when texting while driving than other forms of distracted driving.

Read More

Stay Awake on the Road

Tags : 

It can be difficult to stay awake when you need to drive for long periods of time and/or during the nighttime. Use these helpful hints to help you find ways to stay awake.

Read More

Distracted Driving + Truckers = Deadly Combination

Tags : 

It’s not just passenger car drivers, or teen drivers, who have participated in distracted driving. Truck drivers have as well and that can be exceedingly dangerous.

Read More

Is the Pedestrian Ever At Fault in a Car Accident?

Tags : 

Thousands of car accidents each year include pedestrians. Is the pedestrian ever at fault in this scenario? Is that possible? Yes, a variety of circumstances exist where a pedestrian could share at least part of the blame.

Read More

Moments After A Car Accident Are Important

Tags : 

Moments after car accident incidents can help determine the outcome of any potential future case, if a personal injury attorney be involved with a lawsuit due to the crash.

Read More

Common Personal Injury Lawsuits

Tags : 

Unfortunately, many people are hurt in accidents in each year. Some are more common personal injury cases than others, leading to the thought they perhaps there should be a way they could more easily be avoided.

Read More

Why Would You Want a Personal Injury Case Moved to Federal Court?

Tags : 

When a personal injury accident takes place in a different state or location than where you live, you might want to get the venue changed to a federal court for several reasons.

Read More

Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Collision with Passenger Vehicle

Tags : 

A motorcyclist is often at more risk of injury than a person driving a car or other vehicle. Special cautions should always be taken.

Read More

Bad Tires are a Lawsuit Waiting to Happen

Tags : 

Bad and/or bald tires, along with lack of proper vehicle maintenance, can cause major problems if you find yourself in an automobile accident, especially if it is your fault.

Read More

Boy Saved From Poorly Timed Left Turn

Tags : 

Making the decision to make a left turn can involve some significant consequences. Always look with extra care when turning against oncoming traffic.

Read More

Tampa’s Lowry Zoo Now Allowing Guide Dogs

Tags : 

Guide dogs, or service animals, are now going to be allowed in Tampa’s Lowry Zoo. This is great news for those individuals who rely on guide dogs. Remember, however, guide dogs are not pets and the owners could be held accountable for a dog bite.

Read More

Florida Lawsuit Centers on Loss of Child

Tags : 

The loss of a child is never easy. It is heart-wrenching, devastating news for anyone, even those who didn’t personally know the child; for the parents, it is a life altering loss. While time can heal, even though some may not think that’s possible, things will never be the same. The story of this Florida

Read More

Martindale-Hubbell Rating and Clifford Wells, AV Preeminent Lawyer

Tags : 

You may have noticed, while navigating around this website, the red circle icon, with the large “AV” at its center. This is referred to as the Martindale-Hubbell rating and it can tell you a great deal about an attorney. 140 Years of Assistance to the Public Why do I say that? This is an organization

Read More

What Does Ex Turpi Causa Non Oritur Mean To You?

Tags : 

If you haven’t heard this term before, you aren’t alone. While it is known to most personal injury attorneys, “Ex turpi causa non oritur” isn’t commonly discussed outside the courtroom. That is not to say, however, that it doesn’t have meaning in your life. For instance, it could save you from a personal injury lawsuit

Read More

Man Faces Trouble After Posting Photos of Fatal Accident Victim

Tags : 

It was ABC News that reported on the man who was cruelly posting photos of a young boy in the moments after a fatal accident. The man was responsible for hitting a 16-year-old who was walking on an errand. He never made it to his intended destination because the impact left him crumpled and bleeding

Read More

Should You Settle Out Of Court? For How Much?

Tags : 

One of the questions that many personal injury clients have relates to the need to go to court. Though the victims of others’ negligence are in need of these financial settlements, they fear having to go to court, being asked difficult questions, and having to relive the tragedy over and over again. Fortunately, these cases

Read More

Structured Settlement or Lump Sum Payment?

Tags : 

When it comes to personal injury lawsuits, a win for the plaintiff can often mean that large sums of money are awarded for the purposes of covering damages. Medical expenses, property repairs, lost wages, and pain and suffering penalties can add up quickly. Many plaintiffs, therefore, are offered the option of receiving structured payments, as

Read More

Five Terms to Know in Personal Injury Cases

Tags : 

Filing a personal injury case often means entering an entirely new world. As with many other types of St. Petersburg legal cases, this one comes with a number of different terms to know and understand. Here are five you’ll certainly want to keep in mind. Negligence: It means someone (or a company) failed to use

Read More

Head-On Car Accidents Rare, But Far More Dangerous

Tags : 

The prospect of a car accident in St. Petersburg is dangerous enough in and of itself, but the mere idea of a head-on collision is nothing short of frightening. These situations are extraordinarily dangerous. They typically occur when one driver crosses the center line and veers into oncoming traffic. They’re more common on rural roadways

Read More

Is a Broken Leg Worth a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Tags : 

There are many people who believe that a broken leg is a minor injury that doesn’t justify the legal proceedings involved in a personal injury case. However, in many cases, a broken leg, a dislocated knee, or a fractured ankle is a much costlier venture than those people would initially guess. Consider the fact that

Read More

What is Mesothelioma?

Tags : 

You have likely seen legal commercials referring to mesothelioma. This is a condition that has received a lot of media coverage over the past few decades. If you have received a diagnosis of mesothelioma, or know someone who has faced that fate, then you should learn more. What is it? Mesothelioma is a form of

Read More

Why Do Boating Accidents Happen?

Tags : 

With so much open water in the state of Florida, you might believe that boating is a particularly safe way to have fun and travel. Usually it is, but as we see in the news, boating accidents do happen. All too often, they result in serious injuries or fatalities, so over time we have learned

Read More

Traffic Tickets After a Car Accident

Tags : 

Anytime a person is involved in a car accident, he or she will likely report that it was very stressful and overwhelming. This is true regardless of who was at fault. Unfortunately, the mistakes that we make on Saint Petersburg highways can cost us in more ways than one. Police officers responding to an accident

Read More

Smartphone Video after a Car Accident

Tags : 

Recently in the news, there has been a lot of talk about a man living near the city of Cleveland, Ohio. Millions were outraged to hear about his actions after a fatal car accident. The man was a witness to a horrendous crash, which sent the single vehicle airborne over railroad tracks. Rather than assisting,

Read More

Herman & Wells AV Rated on Martindale.com

Tags : 

The Martindale Directory is widely recognized today, but that wasn’t always the case. It was the brainchild of James Martindale in the 19th century. The idea was to create a reliable information center, so professionals could find reliable law firms, banks, and real estate firms in each and every city. The proposed solution was a

Read More

Auto Insurance: Recorded Statement vs. Examination Under Oath

Tags : 

Recorded Statement. Of the two forms of questioning discussed in this blog post with regard to auto insurance, the recorded statement will occur first. Insurance companies will often request that you provide a documented account of the accident via phone conversation with an insurance representative. Very likely this will take place from your St. Petersburg

Read More

Three Reasons to Seek Medical Care after an Accident

Tags : 

We have said in numerous blog posts that it is essential to receive medical care after an accident, and still we see so many people refuse the care and live to regret that decision. There are generally three reasons that a person will give for deciding to refuse medical attention after a St. Petersburg car

Read More

Insurance Company Tactics That Could Cost You

Tags : 

After being involved in a car accident in St. Petersburg, you will likely find yourself scared and overwhelmed.  There is so much that runs through a person’s head after such an incident, including concerns about transportation to and from work, and the need for medical care.  The need for answers can be so intense that

Read More

Can There Be Compensation For Embarrassment?

Tags : 

There is no short answer to this question, but to be as brief as possible, let us begin by saying that, yes, you could receive compensation for embarrassment, as well as other types of emotional suffering that resulted from an accident.  However, it is important to understand that these symptoms lumped together under the term “pain

Read More

Never Let an Unlicensed or Uninsured Driver Borrow Your Car

Tags : 

In the state of Florida, you can be held liable for the damages caused by another person, when you gave that individual permission to drive your vehicle and it was in that vehicle that he or she caused damage.  So, anytime that you let someone borrow your vehicle, you are accepting risk.  However, when that

Read More

Stop Texting and Driving: The Part That You Play

Tags : 

Texting and driving is a type of distracted driving, which has led to far too many injuries and even fatalities throughout the country.  There has long been efforts inside St. Petersburg and across the entire nation to stop the habit of texting and driving.  However, for these campaigns to be truly successful, the change must

Read More

The Horrible Side of Being Right … Fireworks Gone Wrong

Tags : 

A young boy suffered the consequences of correct predictions.  The Fourth of July holiday is one that millions look forward to, as a time to celebrate and enjoy friends and family.  However, it is also, for too many families each year, a time of devastation.  Experts are regularly predicting the number of injuries and deaths

Read More

Who Would You Hire to Work on Your Home or Car?

Tags : 

In this day and age, saving money is important and very hard to do.  Inflation has skyrocketed in recent decades, while wages remain relatively meager for many households.  As such, there are many families struggling to afford every day expenses, let alone the added cost of home maintenance and car repairs.  Unfortunately, this has led

Read More

Wishing You a Happy (and Safe!) Fourth of July

Tags : 

This is the season when people are prepared to let loose and have some fun.  Particularly on the Fourth of July, that will involve grilling, picnics, pools, alcohol, and, of course, fireworks. However, we would like to remind you, once again, that fireworks are not legal for personal purchase or use in the state of

Read More

Human Trafficking in Florida — An Intentional Tort

Tags : 

A recent story in The Sun Sentinel mentioned the facts in an unusual case, which involved two teenage girls.  According to reports, the girls – both of whom are 15 years old – ran away while on a class trip earlier this month.  After jumping in the car of a stranger at the start of

Read More

What’s a Noise Prevention Blanket?

Tags : 

Recently, it was reported in the St. Petersburg area that a man had developed a very effective noise absorption blanket.  The business, located right here in the heart of Florida, was developed after a man and his wife had difficulty enjoying the same house – she studying for medical school and he watching the “big

Read More

Arrested by Mistake? Woman Incarcerated Falsely

Tags : 

If you have been listening to the St. Petersburg news, you have very likely heard the recent story of a woman arrested by mistake by police in a case of mistaken identity. The woman has filed a formal claim against the St. Petersburg police officers who pulled her out of her apartment recently. They arrested

Read More

Heart Attack Caused By Acid Reflux Meds?

Tags : 

Blame it on our diet habits, the stress levels that we contend with, or any of the other possible causes, but heartburn remains a very common problem in this country. Men, women, and even children flock to doctors’ offices throughout the nation to seek medical assistance when the pain and discomfort of heartburn become too

Read More

Did Anti-Nausea Medication Cause Your Child’s Birth Defects?

Tags : 

For the vast majority of new moms and dads, the birth experience is a beautiful one.  Though it does not come without pain and anxiety, the result is well worth the trials.  However, for some, the happiness of birth is diminished as realization sets in that the child is suffering from some form of birth

Read More

Poconos Truck Accident is Reminder for Care on the Roads

Tags : 

It was an accident near the Pocono Mountains recently that brought us around to this blog post.  Trucking accidents are notoriously dangerous occurrences.  Not only are the men and women behind the wheel carrying tens of thousands of pounds behind them at any given time, but the goods contained within these trucks are often equally

Read More

Do You Have A Defective Product Liability Claim?

Tags : 

As a consumer, you must have some degree of faith in manufacturers, trust that they know what they are doing, and that they are doing their best to make their products right.  We have this faith every day, when we hop into a motor vehicles, when we turn on our stove tops, or when we

Read More

What You Should Take Away From Tracy Morgan vs. Walmart

Tags : 

The agreement has been reached and Wal-Mart will be paying large sums to Tracy Morgan and the other victims of the truck accident that left one comedian dead. One year ago, you likely saw the story right here in Saint Petersburg, after Morgan nearly joined his deceased friend.  Fortunately, he has made a lot of

Read More

Car Theft, Personal Injury Attorneys, and Insurance

Tags : 

It is reported that there are more than 700,000 motor vehicle thefts each year in this country.  Knowing what to do when your car is stolen or broken into is important.  Not handling the situation correctly can cost you in the long run, especially if the thief happens to be involved in a serious or

Read More

You Never Know Who Is On The Road

Tags : 

This is one of those inevitable truths in the world; we can do everything in our power to be safe on the road, but there is always the variable known of “other drivers.”  This lesson hit home recently when the news broke about the young St. Petersburg resident who was killed when another driver raced

Read More

Why Does A Personal Injury Case Take So Long?

Tags : 

The costs associated with a car accident or other injury-related incident can mount very quickly. As medical complications require ongoing care, work is put on a back burner and property repairs are performed.  Thousands upon thousands upon thousands of dollars in costs can quickly escalate, and the wages lost mean that the victim, an average

Read More

Headaches After Car Accidents

Tags : 

Headaches, body aches, sore necks, and other such symptoms are not uncommon at all after car accidents.  In some instances, these issues will be reported immediately after an accident.  In other cases, a person will feel fine until the next morning, or might not even suffer any real pain until a week later.  For some,

Read More

Four Common Forms of Medical Malpractice

Tags : 

As a personal injury attorney in Saint Petersburg, some of the most devastating cases that I have come across are related to medical malpractice.  There is something that makes injury, illness, or death even more tragic, when it was caused by a doctor’s o.rf health facility’s negligence.  These are the people and places that we

Read More

Why Do Babies Instinctively Fear Heights?

Tags : 

From a very early age, children know to fear heights.  This isn’t something that is learned with age, though the fear can become substantially worse as we lose that sense of invincibility that we enjoy in our grade school years. There is good reason, however, to fear heights.  Consider these stories, and you will no

Read More

What Will An Attempted Suicide Cost You?

Tags : 

We’ve all heard a lot about bullying cases this year, including the stories that have tragic endings. Too many kids and young adults, whether because of the ridicule that they receive from others or for some other reason, feel that they have no other choice but to end their lives. That is a devastating fact

Read More

Dangers of Detox

Tags : 

As a personal injury attorney, I have seen many devastating health conditions, life-altering injuries, and, of course, tragic deaths. It is never easy to be a witness to these horrific situations. The ironic part, though, is the fact that most people would picture a horrible car accident, a burglar shooting a homeowner, or an elderly

Read More

DUI Drivers Demonstrate Repeat Behavior

Tags : 

The story came from Tampa, Florida, and it was one that we couldn’t help but call attention to. 10News told the story of Kevin Williams, a young man with a bad track record as one of many DUI drivers behind the wheel. The news crew started paying attention when he was arrested for his third

Read More

Will the Federal Tort Claims Act Apply To Your Case?

Tags : 

If you are considering filing a personal injury lawsuit that has something to do with a federal organization, then you will need to familiarize yourself with the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) (your personal injury attorney should already be familiar with it).  You may or may not be able to file that lawsuit as a

Read More

Personal Injury: Can I Sue If … ?

Tags : 

As a personal injury attorney, I field a lot of inquiries. It makes perfect sense that a person working in a field other than law would have many questions. Among the most common are those that relate to the validity of a potential case. Can I get compensation if my disability made the accident more

Read More

A Rainy Day Can Become a Slip and Fall Nightmare

Tags : 

After a few bright days of warm sun and fun outdoors, a rainy day can be a big disappointment. Few people like running errands, reporting to the office, or being stuck indoors on a wet and dreary day. Yet, the rain is a necessity in life and there is nothing that we can do to

Read More

Insurance Negotiations: What to Expect

Tags : 

After an accident, you can find yourself in a heap of financially damaging repair bills and medical expenses. Fortunately, this is what auto insurance policies are meant to prevent. So as long as you have obeyed Florida regulations, you should be able to get some compensation from your insurance company. The downside is that the

Read More

Drunk Driving: Consider the Risks

Tags : 

There is no secret about the dangers associated with drunk driving, but people continue to run the risk after a night of fun. The troubling part is that all of it could be prevented. The accidents, the injuries, and the deaths that we have seen in Saint Petersburg as a result of people climbing behind

Read More

What Causes a Rollover Collision?

Tags : 

A few days ago, two men were killed in a two-vehicle crash that resulted in a rollover collision. According to the Accident Data Center, Curtis Leon Dallas and Rickey Thurline Wilcox were killed when the Chevrolet Prizm, driver by Dallas, collided on U.S. 27 with a Chevrolet Trailblazer, driven by Deborah Hammonds Bouchard. Wilcox was

Read More

Wrong Way Drivers and Failure to Yield

Tags : 

Yet another head-on collision by a driver going the wrong way with a failure to yield has occurred, according to 10 News of Tampa Bay and Sarasota. This time, a police officer was the victim instead of the one giving the citation. The driver was a young woman who was headed north in the southbound

Read More

Chain Reaction Car Accidents

Tags : 

A recent story from the Miami area caught my attention this week.  The reporters told the story of a six-vehicle pile-up on the Florida Turnpike, which led to a person being rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition. Chain reaction car accidents have been in the news lately. The accident started with a wheelbarrow

Read More

Can You Trust Your School Bus Driver?

Tags : 

On the outskirts of Baltimore, Maryland, an investigation is underway as a result a school bus accident.  The bus collided with a passenger vehicle in the town of Pasadena.  The resulting force was enough to pin a man in the crushed car.  Fortunately, there were only two students on the bus at the time of

Read More

Police To Reward Good Deeds

Tags : 

Watching the news can be rather depressing these days. There are so many sad, heart-wrenching, and downright disturbing events related in the news. While you likely don’t require an example to understand exactly what I am talking about, I feel it important that I share the particular story that led me to write this blog

Read More

Dog Attacks in the News

Tags : 

While there is certainly much to be thankful for as spring arrives, and the landscapes around the country begin to change, there is so much sadness in the news, here in St. Petersburg and elsewhere, so that it can seem a depressing time when one hears about dog attacks. While sitting with a mug of

Read More

Wrongful Death: How Does Hair Loss Relate?

Tags : 

As a personal injury attorney, I hear of many different wrongful death claims that make their way to the courts each year.  Given the wide variety of mistakes and misinformation that have occurred related to the medical community, we shouldn’t be surprised by anything, but most wouldn’t have expected the day when hair loss could

Read More

Surgery Failures: Who is Responsible?

Tags : 

In the last blog post, we discussed surgery failures with hip replacements which have led to a large percentage of patients having trouble after surgery.  The malfunctioning hip can result in severe pain and even blood poisoning. If this happens to you, you will likely have to undergo repeated surgeries to repair the damage.  If

Read More

Hip Replacement Surgeries And Class Action Lawsuits

Tags : 

Hip replacement surgery, also known as hip arthoplasty, is not an uncommon procedure today in Saint Petersburg, as well as other cities and towns.  Many members of the medical community consider it one of the most influential and innovative procedures of its time as it can provide significant relief from otherwise debilitating pain, and provide

Read More

Truck Accident Lawsuits: Should You File A Claim?

Tags : 

There are so many questions that assault the brain after a person suffers a car accident in St. Petersburg, Florida.  The aftermath can be devastating, leaving loved ones seriously injured, cars totaled, and survivors grieving permanent losses.  When that accident involves a commercial truck, the damages are often even more substantial. Should you file a

Read More

Personal Injury Law: Discrimination

Tags : 

Recent news in Saint Petersburg has many people closely considering the different forms of discrimination in the workforce.  This comes as a result of a federal judge deeming that a local St. Petersburg facility is guilty of racial discrimination.  This lawsuit was filed by one of the nurses after hospital administrators refused to allow any

Read More

St. Petersburg Firefighters Take To The Courts

Tags : 

There has certainly been a lot of news about helmets and head gear in recent years, and St. Petersburg firefighters are also in the news. Research studies and expert testimony by esteemed medical professionals has led many different industries to consider just how well they are protecting their most precious commodities – their employees. The

Read More

Hit and Run: Steeper Penalties

Tags : 

Imagine being in the passenger side of a vehicle that is traveling down the Florida highways when another St. Petersburg driver decides to look down at his phone while you are passing. The momentary distraction is just enough for him to begin to swerve off the road. In a quick effort to correct the mistake,

Read More

Today Show Highlights Major 9-1-1 Calls Concern

Tags : 

For those of you who missed the broadcast, the Today show ran a very informative piece on the emergency call service known as 9-1-1. Many of us, if not most of us, residing in this country take the service for granted, and we consider it a safety line when we suffer some of the very

Read More

What is the Legal Driving Age in Florida?

Tags : 

No, it isn’t 10 years old, as a local 42-year-old man found out recently near St. Petersburg.  According to the Tampa Bay Times, Robert L. Burke let his girlfriend’s son drive his car to a store.  The 10-year-old boy crashed the car into a store on N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, breaking through

Read More

Crosswalk Dangers

Tags : 

As a pedestrian, there are always risks when crossing the road.  One never knows when a driver will look down to check an incoming text message, when the operator of a vehicle might have had too much to drink, or when some other fluke may occur that leads a vehicle into his path.  This can

Read More

The Dangers of Filing a Defamation Lawsuit

Tags : 

Defamation is a big word in the world of personal injury law. It is thrown around a lot, but cases centered around a defamation lawsuit rarely have positive outcomes. Why? First, you have to understand the term. Defamation is the act of ruining the reputation of someone else. In this day and age, when bullying

Read More

Unpaid Debt Of Deceased Family Members

Tags : 

Losing someone is tragic enough, but being left to contend with a pile of unpaid debt is even more daunting. The question is, are you really responsible for paying off the debts of your spouse, parent, or distant relative, just because you are the next of kin? In the United States, there exists a piece

Read More

Slip and Fall Accident Kills Young Actor

Tags : 

In recent news, a young man named Greg Plitt was shooting a commercial for a sports drink when his life was claimed suddenly by a train in a slip and fall accident. Making a play on the saying that Superman is as strong as a speeding locomotive, the commercial was to feature Plitt acting like

Read More

Homeowners Insurance Claims That Many Overlook

Tags : 

As a homeowner, you have likely invested in an insurance policy meant to protect you from serious financial loss should an unexpected event ruin or damage your property. While St. Petersburg homeowners’ policies are meant to provide that sense of comfort, they can often assist you in many other situations as well. Unfortunately, many property

Read More

Reduce Your Risk of a Premises Liability Florida Claim

Tags : 

If you are going into business, or relocating your existing company, then you will want to carefully consider how you design your public space to ensure that you are discouraging slip and fall accidents. This is something that a lot of entrepreneurs and office space designers overlook, yet such an accident on your commercial property

Read More

Lemon Law: How It Can Prevent Serious Car Accidents

Tags : 

I was recently speaking with a friend of mine, who lives in New York State. He was talking about a truck he had purchased from a used car dealer not far from his home. In the two months that he had owned it, it had been in the shop four times. Three of those four

Read More

What Does Concussion News Mean For Motorcyclists?

Tags : 

There has been a great deal of news about concussions lately. If you are reading the St. Petersburg newspapers, watching the headlines scroll online, or watching the morning newscasters, then you have likely seen these head injuries mentioned many times. Athletes are the ones most directly impacted by this news, as changes to sports and

Read More

How Should Schools Treat Kids with Concussions?

Tags : 

Concussions have been a big topic in the news in recent years. Many former professional athletes have armed themselves with personal injury attorneys in order to collect compensation for the serious and lasting side effects that came as a result of repeated concussions. Now, more and more people are looking at the youngest athletes out

Read More

Woman Sues Dollywood and Singer for Brain Injury

Tags : 

Imagine leaving your Saint Petersburg home, going to an amusement park with your family, and arriving full of excitement and anticipation. Now, imagine leaving that park in the back of an ambulance with a broken bone or a brain injury. Unfortunately, that is a circumstance faced by many individuals throughout the world each year. While

Read More

What To Do After A Dog Bite

Tags : 

Most dogs are sweet and friendly, and the biggest threat they pose is thumping you with a wagging tail. However, dogs are still animals, and animals can react unpredictably. In fact, there are millions of incidents each year involving people who have been bitten by dogs, with some of them happening right here in St.

Read More

Police Looking for Drunk Drivers this New Year’s Eve

Tags : 

Every year, alcohol-related auto accidents claim thousands of lives and cause countless more injuries, and New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest days for these tragic events. To help prepare for this and hopefully prevent some from happening, St. Petersburg police have announced that they will be beefing up their patrols to watch for

Read More

Watch Those Recall Lists!

Tags : 

Most consumers operate under the assumption that the products they buy are safe. After all, they’ve been tested and re-tested for safety and quality, right? Well, not always. Sometimes products that get the green light for sales aren’t all that safe, and, unfortunately, thousands of people across the country find out about this the hard

Read More

Fatal Bicycle Accident Reminder for Extra Caution

Tags : 

Bicycle accidents are on the rise, and one such fatal bicycle accident in St. Petersburg last week highlights just how dangerous cycling can be. An unnamed person was killed when they collided with a car while riding their bike along Grandy Boulevard, and while this event is terribly tragic, it also serves as a reminder

Read More

Road Safety in the New Year

Tags : 

‘Tis the season to be merry. It is also a great time to gather with friends, family members, and all those you love to share a meal, to toast to the end of a successful year, and to wish for a great one to come. However, when partaking in festivities, keep in mind that the

Read More

Social Media and Your Personal Injury Case

Tags : 

This is a topic that we have written about before, but it is very important and something that many St. Petersburg residents are still confused about. In order to participate in the activity of social media, a person foregoes a degree of privacy, and that is a fact that should never be overlooked, especially by

Read More

Prepare for Weather Conditions in your Holiday Travel

Tags : 

Those of us lucky enough to live in the kind climate of St. Petersburg, Florida can easily forget the torment suffered by those in the northern states, as snow falls and ice builds up on the roadways. While we can revel in our warm temperatures and lack of snow fall, our lack of experience in

Read More

Avoid Personal Injury and Disability Lawsuits: Install a Ramp

Tags : 

Earlier this year, there was a news story published by several of the most popular sources, which discussed an increasing number of disability-related lawsuits. In this day and age, there is an expectation that businesses will accommodate the physical needs of those with certain impairments. If your St. Petersburg business is not doing so, you

Read More

Water Damage in Lavish Tampa Condo

Tags : 

According to the Tampa Bay Times, a broken sprinkler system drenched condo residents’ homes in early November. A worker on scaffolding at The Stovall on Bayshore Boulevard in Saint Petersburg nearly fell and had to grab onto a pipe to keep from falling farther, quite possibly to serious, or even fatal, injuries. Thankfully, I’m happy

Read More

What You Should Know About Medical Malpractice

Tags : 

It is scary enough to face a life-threatening illness or injury, but when one stops to consider the fact that doctors are human beings and can make mistakes just like every other human being, the level of anxiety can skyrocket. It is, unfortunately, the truth, though. Every year, medical professionals make mistakes that cost people

Read More

Holiday Traffic Crash in St. Petersburg Ends in Fatalities

Tags : 

Douglas Simpson, 64, and his wife Christina, 53, both of St. Petersburg, were traveling home from a Thanksgiving dinner Thursday night when 31-year-old Anthony Neeley of Seminole hit their Toyota Corolla in the right side, instantly killing them both. Neeley’s Porsche SUV was traveling at speeds estimated to be over 100 mph at the time

Read More

Ferguson Missouri Case Has Far-Reaching Impacts

Tags : 

The decision made by a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri not to indict Officer Darren Wilson sparked protests across the nation, including in the Tampa Bay region. Eyes and ears have been finely tuned, waiting for a decision from the grand jury as to whether an indictment should be forthcoming against Police Officer Darren Wilson

Read More

Is It Time For Your Elderly Relative To Hand Over The Keys?

Tags : 

There are a number of reasons why a person should be regularly evaluated as a driver as they get older. As we age, we naturally see a decrease in some of our abilities. That is to say that vision can decline, hearing loss is commonly reported, mobility and flexibility are altered, and an elderly relative

Read More

Fatal Crash Serves as Heartbreaking Reminder

Tags : 

There is a definite downside to my job as a St. Petersburg personal injury attorney. While I am able to help a lot of people who have been hurt by others, and I can be there when the financial burden is lifted from their shoulders, I am also all too aware of the devastating consequences

Read More

Florida Commercial Property Owners Have The Advantage

Tags : 

Recently, while reading an article on Oregonlive.com, it occurred to me that Florida commercial property owners certainly do have an advantage this time of year. This is not the first time that I have considered the benefits of living in a warm, southern climate, but this article made it very obvious. The story was actually

Read More

Woman Pays Dearly For Hit-And-Run Accident

Tags : 

We all know how costly a Saint Petersburg auto accident can be, especially if you’re the one found at fault. Insurance premiums can skyrocket, costly driving tickets and violation citations can be issued, and, in some cases, the others involved may have reason to file a personal injury lawsuit. For a person who is already

Read More

Do You Have Road Rage?

Tags : 

There was a lot of talk a few years ago about the dangers of road rage, but then the talk fizzled out. Still, though, anger on the roadways has led to many very serious offenses. People have been seriously injured in car accidents because a frustrated individual acted rashly, and people have been killed when

Read More

Christmas Ads and Recall Lists

Tags : 

This is the time of year when the holiday ads begin to pop up on television, in radio spots, and, of course, all over the internet. The shopping season has begun and people throughout the country are in the market for great gifts, but this is also the time of year when you should be

Read More

Guardrails Fail to Save Lives, Under Attack

Tags : 

Trinity Industries, Inc. is an industrial company that has had many successes in their field over the years. They are responsible for the manufacturing of several transportation-related products, including rail cars, portable storage containers, road aggregate, and even barges. They are also responsible for the guardrails that are currently under attack throughout several states in

Read More

Are Your Child’s Toys Safe?

Tags : 

Recently, OKK Trading, Inc. was cited in a lawsuit for making a dart gun that was “unreasonably dangerous.” Unfortunately, the death of an eight-year-old boy who resided Texas prompted the lawsuit. A recall was initiated in December 2009 by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission because the toy darts were found to be a choking

Read More

Who Is Responsible In A Tractor Trailer Accident?

Tags : 

A car accident is scary enough, but when the vehicle that you come metal-to-metal with is 80,000 pounds of loaded tractor trailer, “terrifying” isn’t a strong enough term. Tractor trailer accidents kill thousands of people each year, and tens of thousands are injured as a result of such collisions. One can imagine that such a

Read More

Hit and Run: When You are the Victim

Tags : 

Being involved in a car accident is terrifying enough, but when the other driver speeds away after the crash, you can be left in a state of utter confusion. What should you do when a negligent driver hits you and drives away? Hit and Run Defined It is important to understand that a hit and

Read More

Will You Pay Tax On Your Personal Injury Settlement?

Tags : 

The Internal Revenue Service is a much-feared organization, unfortunately. People look on tax season with trepidation, in many cases. For that reason, it is no surprise that among the first questions asked by many new personal injury clients is the inquiry into whether or not they will be expected to pay taxes on the compensation

Read More

Driver Education: Start Planning Now For Your Teen

Tags : 

In recent years, driving, which has long been a standard way of life, has been the source of many national campaigns. Why? In great part because the new generation of driver is much more distracted than those who came before him and in greater need of driver education. While the leaps taken in technology have

Read More

When Can a Police Officer Use Force?

Tags : 

With the vast amount of media potential today, it is easy for out-of-line police to be caught on tape and exposed to an international audience. However, most people want to believe that these instances are very few and far between. In general, we picture our St. Petersburg police to be upholders of the law, paragons

Read More

What Should You Know About Work-Related Back Injuries?

Tags : 

Did you know that there are more than one million American workers contending with pain and other symptoms related to back injuries each year, due to accidents at work? The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that one in five injuries occurring on the job are related to the back. The statistics in and around Saint

Read More

Monster Truck, Monster Responsibilities

Tags : 

The news hit the web over the weekend and people have been talking ever since about the monster truck accident that left more than 20 people with injuries. Three people were killed during the event in the Netherlands, when the giant truck toppled five parked cars and sped into the audience. Among those who lost

Read More

Loaning Your Car: At-Fault Accidents

Tags : 

It might feel like the nice thing to do in the moment. When a friend or loved one needs to get somewhere and doesn’t have a vehicle to take, it just seems natural to lend ours out. However, this is not a decision to be made lightly. Lending out a car means assuming a good

Read More

Bicycle Commute: Are You Prepared?

Tags : 

In the day and age when fitness and health are considered top priorities, it is not surprising that more and more Americans are considering a bicycle commute to and from work. It is a wonderful way to be productive while fitting in the necessary workout. However, it is intimidating to consider when thinking about the

Read More

25 Questions To Ask Before Allowing Child Travel With Others

Tags : 

Allowing your child – whether five or fifteen years old – to travel with another person or family can be a very intimidating decision. It is important to ask the right questions, especially those pertaining to the actual child travel. Thousands of kids are injured in car accidents every year and a scary percentage of

Read More

Avoid Injuries: Precautions To Take Around Your Home

Tags : 

Personal injury attorneys serve to help victims after accidents occur that cause serious bodily injury or property damage. When such a victim is hurt on your property, you can end up on the wrong side of the courtroom. Avoid injuries and such fates by ensuring that your home, yard, and other buildings are safe for

Read More

On-The-Job Injuries: 19-Year-Old Dies

Tags : 

Construction work sites are all too often the locations of serious injuries and accidents. The government agency known as OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration – has made big strides to prevent job injuries since it was established to ensure safe working situations for all American employees. Improved safety protocols have been put into

Read More

Fatal Motorcycle Accidents Serve As Painful Reminders

Tags : 

I have written many times about motorcycle safety. It is such an important topic as this mode of transportation comes with increased risk. A quick search through news stories about motorcycle accidents produces devastating results. I believe it is highly essential that people really understand how deadly these accidents can be. As such, I have

Read More

Trucking Accident Results In Multiple Citations

Tags : 

A story out of Arkansas is turning heads, as the driver of the truck that was involved in a serious collision in June is now facing multiple charges. The man is just 39 years old, but had been driving the heavy weight vehicles for some time. This ride didn’t turn out like the others. The

Read More

Truck Accidents: Brake And Tire Failure

Tags : 

If you’ve recently become a victim in a St. Petersburg trucking accident, you may be wondering what your next step is. Regardless of the extent of your injuries or damage to your vehicle, it would be wise to speak with a personal injury attorney to find out what your options are and whether or not

Read More

Do My Insurance Rates Increase After A Hit And Run Accident?

Tags : 

Earlier this week, I wrote about what to do in the aftermath of a hit and run. While we’re on the topic, it makes sense to address another important question concerning these unfortunate accidents. Will your auto insurance rates go up if you’re the victim of a hit and run? It depends… The answer that

Read More

What to do After a Hit and Run Accident

Tags : 

Any St. Petersburg resident who’s been involved in a hit and run accident can attest to how scary and frustrating the situation can be – and especially the aftermath. Even if you’re not injured, chances are you’re still pretty shaken up. The situation becomes even worse, however, once you realize that the other driver didn’t

Read More

Texting While Driving is Now Leading Cause of Death in Teens

Tags : 

Have you ever texted while driving? Tell the truth! It’s easy to do if you think to yourself, “just this once …” But, resist temptation! This is a huge, and very serious problem, especially for teenage drivers in St. Petersburg and elsewhere, due to their lack of driving experience and endless occupation with all things

Read More

Why Do People Drive Under The Influence?

Tags : 

Within the past hour, someone died of an alcohol-related accident. At least one person dies per hour, on average, in this country. Another 60 are injured in a DUI-caused crash in that same time span, yet people are still insisting on getting behind the wheel while intoxicated and under the influence. If you work in

Read More

P.J. Tucker Receives Light Sentence for Extreme DUI

Tags : 

Many Americans are steaming about this summer’s news regarding Phoenix Suns player, P.J. Tucker. The basketball player was pulled over by police officers on May 10 of this year for erratic driving and running a stop sign. A Breathalyzer test confirmed that he had a blood alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit.

Read More

What’s Your Personal Injury Case Worth?

Tags : 

If you are facing the possibility of a personal injury lawsuit, then you likely want to know what your case is worth before you proceed. This is yet another reason why it is so important to call a personal injury attorney after a slip and fall, a dog attack, or a St. Petersburg auto accident.

Read More

Divorce and Your Personal Injury Settlement

Tags : 

You stood before a Saint Petersburg authority and pledged your undying love. You promised to spend your lives together, but you didn’t predict the vast changes that would come about that slowly placed a wedge between you and your spouse. Now, you are facing the reality of divorce. Undoubtedly, like so many others, this comes

Read More

Accidents Caused by Police are Frustrating Citizens

Tags : 

News headlines have been touching on an interesting topic recently. Police officers are human beings and prone to making mistakes on occasion, but what are the consequences when they harm others or damage personal property? The answer is causing some citizens to raise their voices in protest against accidents caused by police. A story out

Read More

Tire Blowout Leads To Fatality Of Track Star

Tags : 

In recent news, not far from Saint Petersburg, reports that the wonderful champion sprinter from the University of Georgia has been killed in an accident.  The collision occurred very early Monday morning on I-75.  Reports indicate that Torrin Lawrence was traveling to his home in Jacksonville, FL when a tire blew on his car.  The

Read More

Why You Shouldn’t Leave An Unattended Vehicle In Your Driveway

Tags : 

Temperatures in St. Petersburg are topping out at over 90 degrees this week, humidity is high, and winds are minimal. It is certainly tempting to turn on the air and let the car run in your driveway while you wait for the interior to cool to comfortable levels.  After all, there is nothing worse than

Read More

Why Do You Need A Good Car Insurance Policy?

Tags : 

A recent news story out of Bakersfield, California, is a poignant reminder of the importance of having a good car insurance policy.  A young woman was driving through the city in a Tesla when she mistook the gas pedal for the brake.  Thinking that she was going to slow her vehicle, it actually sped up

Read More

Apps for Road Safety: There’s an App for That!

Tags : 

There are enough potential dangers in this world today.  Anything that can be used to mitigate some of the risk of being seriously injured or killed on Saint Petersburg highways, or any of the other roads in this country, is certainly worthwhile.  For that reason, several safety-conscious companies have developed smartphone apps for road safety

Read More

Vacation: Best Places to Safely Ride Bikes

Tags : 

In the last post, I wrote about some of the great adventures that can be enjoyed by families in the United States.  However, some do not need to find new forms of excitement to stay entertained or active.  Avid bicycle riders have taken to trails, roads, and even small highways in an effort to explore

Read More

Time to Take a Vacation: Where are You Going to Go?

Tags : 

It’s time to hit the road again and take your family on a wonderful trip to create lasting memories.  This year, there is a trend among many households that families opt to skip the beach and seek adventure.  This personal injury attorney wants to provide you the inspiration that you need to find your great

Read More

Ten Crazy Things I Have Seen Drivers Do Behind the Wheel

Tags : 

As a personal injury attorney, I have seen how devastating the impacts of a St. Petersburg car accident can be.  Perhaps that is why it amazes me so that people will take such extraordinary and needless risks behind the wheel.  Among the many crazy things that I have seen drivers do, these ten very likely

Read More

Fireworks Claim Lives and Limbs Yet Again

Tags : 

Independence Day often proves a dangerous holiday. Personal injuries abound year after year, and this year proved little different. KTVU, a media source out of the San Francisco area recently reported on a man who will likely never enjoy a fireworks show again.  The South Bay resident was lighting off fireworks and got one too

Read More

Teen Drivers Making Tragic Headlines

Tags : 

10tv.com, out of Ohio, recently highlighted a story that has parents everywhere cringing with worry for their own teens. According to police, it was a small sedan that met head on with a tree in Alexandria, Ohio. The impact caused the car to split in two. It also sent two young females and one male

Read More

Safe Driving: Have You Taught Your Teen Bad Driving Habits?

Tags : 

Over the years, as your child has grown increasingly independent, you have likely felt free to have a drink or two with friends while the kids play. There’s nothing wrong with letting loose and having a little fun, but what is dangerous is picking up the car keys after partaking of alcoholic beverages. Even the

Read More

Can You Trust Your Designated Driver?

Tags : 

How many times have you gone out for a night of fun and your designated driver is found with a beer or glass of wine in his or her hand? Of course, the explanation is always something like “I’m only having one” or “I’ll stop early so I’ll be good to drive.” The question then

Read More

Who Should Your Teen Be Riding With?

Tags : 

As your child approaches the later teen years, your primary concerns often include choosing the right St. Petersburg driving school and coaching safety behind the wheel, but what about riding? Millions of teens are involved in accidents every year, but not all of them are in the driver’s seat. It’s important to understand as a

Read More

Alcohol Impacts on the Body

Tags : 

Had a few drinks recently? In an effort to bring your body back to its preferred state of equilibrium, the liver will begin to break down the alcohol almost immediately. In doing so, it puts off a chemical byproduct called acetaldehyde. Unfortunately, this isn’t a welcome presence in the body either and can result in

Read More

Distracted Driving, Drunk Driving, Oxygen-Deprived Driving

Tags : 

Highway risk just got greater, as the media points to an escalating problem, not only distracted driving, but oxygen-deprived driving that one probably never even considered before. Do you remember holding your breath when crossing bridges as a child? “Just in case the bridge collapses!” This was the playful statement made by 10-year-olds throughout the

Read More

It’s More Than Driving Distracted: It’s Fatigue

Tags : 

In the last post, I wrote about the Tracy Morgan car accident case that has had much of the country paying close attention to the rules of the road and the practice of driving distracted. The driver of the tractor trailer truck (which hit the limo bus the comedian was riding in) faced the judge

Read More

Tracy Morgan in Critical Condition: Distracted Driving Danger Revealed

Tags : 

Millions of people were shocked over the weekend to learn that the much beloved comedian, Tracy Morgan was fighting for his life. Though it looks like Morgan will make a full recovery, he was airlifted to a hospital when a tractor trailer rammed into the limo bus he was riding in. One of the others

Read More

Preparing For A Road Trip With Kids

Tags : 

Preparing for a long road trip with young kids can be a daunting task, but with the right mind set and a little forethought, it can be a big success. Buckle for Safety, Correctly. In a previous blog post, I wrote about the fact that the DMV estimates that nine out of ten car seats

Read More

Car Seat 101: Could You Pass?

Tags : 

‘Tis the season of heavy travel. Many families across the country will be heading out for trips to or from Saint Petersburg and to other popular vacation destinations. As such, it is essential that children are properly restrained in the car, to better ensure their safety should an accident occur. Wrong Car Seat Choosing the

Read More

Injured On The Job: What Rights Do You Have?

Tags : 

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), more than 4.1 million workers are injured on the job or experience a job-related illness every year. In Florida alone, nearly 70,000 men and women suffer from job injuries. Many of these victims are not aware of the rights to which they are entitled. Injured workers

Read More

Excessive Speed Causes Accidents: Can It Be Prevented?

Tags : 

If you’re involved in a Saint Petersburg highway crash at the hands of someone else’s unsafe driving habits, it’s a double tragedy. In many instances where speed causes accidents, a tragedy that might have been prevented if other drivers hadn’t exceeded speed limits and/or possibly abused drugs or alcohol before getting behind the wheel. In

Read More

Senior Citizens Behind the Wheel: Is It Time to Quit Driving?

Tags : 

The state of Florida is widely known to be a retiree’s choice destination. There is a large population of senior citizens residing within Saint Petersburg and the surrounding areas; as such, Florida state representatives have to take extra care when addressing the particular needs of those reaching a certain point in life. According to the

Read More

Car Seat Laws in Florida to be Stricter?

Tags : 

In recent news out of Florida, there could be changes to the car seat laws within the state. After seeing the devastating effects of St. Petersburg car accidents, many are willing to wield the tremendous power of the pen, if it means that kids will be better protected against serious injury or death. It will

Read More

Car Accident Prevention: The Role Of Government

Tags : 

In the past, I have written about how road conditions can play a part in car accident scenarios and about how poor care can lead to very serious, or even fatal, outcomes. This message was, devastatingly, reinforced recently. The news of the car accident came out of Iowa where a teenager lost his life when

Read More

Motorcycle Accident: What To Do When It Is Unavoidable

Tags : 

Accidents are aptly named disruptions in life. Rarely is it a planned event, but in many cases, the rider knows that a motorcycle accident is going to happen just before it does and can do little to prevent it. The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported in 2010, that fewer

Read More

Parking Lot Accident: What to do When You are At Fault

Tags : 

In a previous post, I discussed the most important things that you can do after a parking lot accident, but there was one glaringly large topic overlooked in that post, which I thought that I should tackle for those who fear speaking to a St. Petersburg personal injury attorney in person. This issue is, of

Read More

Parking Lot Accidents: What To Do When It Happens To You

Tags : 

As a personal injury lawyer handling car accident cases in the Saint Petersburg area, I field a lot of questions about parking lot accidents. It’s true that these incidents are treated a little differently because parking lots are generally considered private property. In many cases, this means that the police will not respond to take

Read More

Car Accident Facts: Common Injuries

Tags : 

Did you know that more than three million people will be injured in car accidents this year? That is a rather daunting statistic, but one that should be taken to heart. Though it is not always possible to prevent accidents, there is much that can be done to help ensure the safety of yourself and

Read More

Car Accidents: The Dangers of Invisible Brain Injury

Tags : 

A few years ago, CNN reported on a scary trend occurring in emergency rooms throughout the country. There were millions of people entering medical facilities in very serious, critical condition, or in a much worse state. The problem that so many hospitals were pointing to was aptly nicknamed the ‘talk and die’ syndrome and it

Read More

Motorcycle Accident Prevention: Knowing Motorcycle Types

Tags : 

One of the most important things that you can do as a beginning motorcyclist is to learn as much as you can about the motorcycle type that you plan to ride. If you haven’t selected your first bike yet, then stop to consider the various types that are available to you and what pros and

Read More

Motorcycles for Beginners: Choosing the Right Bike for You

Tags : 

All too often, as a personal injury attorney operating in the warm climate of Saint Petersburg, I have seen the deadly effects of motorcycle accidents. In many cases, those involved are novice riders trying to make the most of a joy ride. While a large number of those accidents are not the fault of the

Read More

Motorcycle Accidents: Are the Pros Worth the Cons of Ownership?

Tags : 

In a time when the average gas prices hover near four dollars per gallon, countrywide, it is easy to understand why many people consider the advantages of motorcycle ownership, especially in the mild climate known to Saint Petersburg residents. After all, motorcycles are noted for using far less gas per mile than a standard vehicle.

Read More

Accident Reconstruction: What You Should Know

Tags : 

If you have been involved in a car accident before, then you know how terrifying the entire experience can be. Generally people (if they are fortunate) step out of their vehicles in a sort of nervous, adrenaline-fueled haze. It is easy to understand how this state of mind would make a person likely to forget

Read More

Plan A Motorcycle Trip

Tags : 

One of the greatest advantages of owning a bike is having the option to take an extended motorcycle trip to explore new areas in a thrilling way. However, lawyers in St. Petersburg are all too aware of how a fun motorcycle trip can turn disastrous if it isn’t properly planned. Plan Your Trip Around Your

Read More

Determining Fault: Rear-End and Left Turn Accidents

Tags : 

It may seem to many that spring is the season for accidents. Every year at this time, there does seem to be an influx in the number of fender-benders and full-on collisions that occur. Whether it is the warm weather that entices people to drive faster, the longer days that encourage partying, or the simple

Read More

Stop Distracted Driving: Ensure Your Kids are Entertained in the Car

Tags : 

Every parent will admit that when it comes to traveling, one of the biggest distractions to the driver is the child in the backseat. It’s not that kids purposefully make the trip unsafe, it’s just that they are kids and tend to get bored easily. In order to make your next getaway more successful and

Read More

Four Driving Safety Tips You May Not Have Considered

Tags : 

During your daily commute, you have likely seen drivers doing some crazy things. Though you don’t know the reason, it’s easy to see that those bent over or turned toward the backseat aren’t placing their full focus on the road. Yet, there are a lot of distractions that occur in the car that are completely

Read More

Car Insurance 101: Collision vs. Comprehensive Coverage

Tags : 

Not long ago, I wrote several posts about the importance of understanding and purchasing auto insurance. Not only will it protect you from mounting financial trouble should you be injured in a car accident, it can also defend against damaging lawsuits should the accident destroy someone else’s vehicle. Today, I would like to go one

Read More

Is Your Fatigue While Driving Caused By Underlying Illness?

Tags : 

Fatigue while driving on the road, as we have all learned in recent years, can be just as deadly as drinking and driving. Personal injury attorneys in St. Petersburg have seen this all too often. As talk of increased punishment for fatigued drivers circulates, there is good reason to discuss how you might avoid exhaustion

Read More

How to Conquer Fatigue Before Hitting the Road, Part II

Tags : 

In the previous post, I wrote a bit about how diet can impact energy levels and help you avoid a St. Petersburg accident as a result of fatigue. However, at times, even those who eat very healthily can find themselves frequently tired. When that is the case, there may be other things tried to conquer

Read More

How to Conquer Fatigue Before Hitting the Road, Part I

Tags : 

For years now, there has been talk about the dangers of being fatigued behind the wheel. We know that exhaustion can be just as devastating to brain function as a few beers, which means that feeling tired while driving can get you killed. But what if fatigue has settled in and made itself at home

Read More

Car Insurance 101: Getting the Facts Right

Tags : 

As a follow-up to the most recent blog post, I wanted to continue writing a bit about car insurance. This is a topic that is very closely related to personal injury law. All too often, drivers are not insured or are drastically underinsured and then they can face serious financial loss, should they be found

Read More

Car Insurance 101: Choosing the Right Level of Coverage

Tags : 

As a personal injury attorney, I can tell you that car insurance is one of the most important investments that you will make in your life. Each year, there are more than 10 million accidents on American roadways. That means, on average, one in every 20 people will be involved in an accident this year.

Read More

Creating a Safe Teen Driver

Tags : 

According to the CDC, there are more than 2500 teenagers killed on American roads each year.  The kids between the ages of sixteen and nineteen years old injured in the same length of time can easily top a quarter of a million.  For most, it is not surprising to learn that the people landing in

Read More

Car Explosions: Statistics, Facts, and Explanations

Tags : 

In recent news, there was a rather well publicized accident that resulted in a tragic death after a vehicle seemingly exploded into flames.  There is a lot that should be known about this type of event, how it occurs, what to do when it happens, and the possible causes.  However, it is important to recognize

Read More

Leading Causes of Tractor Trailer Accidents

Tags : 

There are many reasons that the large, load carrying trucks may be involved in a serious accident.  The simple fact that they are so large and heavy, automatically means that tractor trailer accidents will be more serious than the traditional car crash.  Understanding what commonly causes the trucks to collide can, however, help a St.

Read More

Four Reasons that Tractor Trailer Drivers Are Found Negligent

Tags : 

Tractor trailer accidents occur far too frequently in this country.  We see them in St. Petersburg papers and via national news venues.  The outcomes are often horrific. Though, when one looks at the ratio of accidents per miles driven, there are actually far more car accidents than those involving semis, the large trucks cause a

Read More

What You Should Know About Single-Bike Accidents

Tags : 

While riding can be great fun, you do take a big risk every time you leave your Saint Petersburg driveway on your motorcycle.  Due to the design, a two-wheeled vehicle is always more susceptible to tipping, sliding, and skidding. Naturally, less experienced riders are more likely to have an accident as a result, but there

Read More

Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents: Rear-Ended

Tags : 

Nearly every driver on the road knows what it is like to have to slam on the brakes when brake lights ahead are suddenly visible.  However, an alarming number of those drivers will also know what it is like to file a police report of an accident, and a still staggering number will face serious

Read More

Motorcycle Accidents: Recognizing Dangerous Situations, Part II

In the previous post, I discussed some of the obstacles that await when you leave your St. Petersburg driveway on your motorcycle. However, I hardly scraped the surface; there are many potential hazards for bikers with regard to motorcycle accidents today. Recognizing potential dangers and having a plan in place can save your life. Rush

Read More

Motorcycle Accidents: Recognizing Dangers, Part I

Tags : 

Riding a motorcycle is undoubtedly a freeing experience. Anyone who has ever been on a bike before can understand the draw of feeling the wind whipping past and the thrill of being completely unencumbered. However, there are also many risks that come with riding a motorcycle, which simply cannot be ignored. Failure to recognize, and

Read More

Tractor Trailer Safety: Loading Dock Precautions

Tags : 

In the previous post, I discussed the importance of properly loading tractor-trailers before leaving the docks. Failing to do so can cause fatal accidents and the need for legal intervention. This is the reason why it is so important to ensure that the loading docks are a safe place for people to work. It is

Read More

Tractor Trailer Safety: The Importance of Proper Loading

Tags : 

A recent accident has a large portion of the trucking industry revisiting the importance of proper loading techniques. The massive weight of the large tractor trailers on the road in St. Petersburg makes them a big hazard for other drivers. This risk is further increased when a truck isn’t properly loaded. However, that danger is

Read More

What To Do If You Are Involved In A Truck Accident

Tags : 

No one wants to be involved in a truck accident, or any collision, but accidents can, and do, happen, all too frequently. It is hard to think clearly and remember all the things you should do when you’ve just had a sudden shock to your system, you may be injured, and you are upset. You

Read More

8 Tips for New Motorcycle Riders to Be Safe

Tags : 

You’ve made the effort, taken the classes, obtained the license, and now you are ready to ride… or are you? There is a lot of risk assumed when climbing on a motorcycle and taking off. Two wheels make the bike a little less stable than a car and, of course, you are far less protected

Read More

Are You Committing These Biker Bad Habits?

Tags : 

Whether you have been riding for a few months or for several years, there are common biker bad habits that many bikers share that can land you in a lot of trouble with a personal injury attorney down the road. If you are guilty of any of these poor patterns of behavior, then now is

Read More

The Importance of Maintaining Proper Speed and Distance

Tags : 

A recent news article led to this blog post. The report of an accident that claimed at least one life painted a truly horrid picture. It was on I-78 in Pennsylvania that the tragic crash took place. Though the definite cause is not yet known, one thing is clear: the tractor trailer driver involved did

Read More

Are You Forgetting To Buckle Up For Safety?

Tags : 

It was a phrase commonly drilled into the heads of American youth for years – “buckle up for safety.” The jingle came complete with a catchy tune and was later joined by the phrase “click it or ticket.” So, why are people still failing to wear their seatbelts today? Seat Belt Stats. Actually, you may

Read More

Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Tags : 

As a motorcyclist, it is important to understand the potential hazards on the roads in St. Petersburg and anywhere else you may decide to travel on two wheels. The lack of protection that would otherwise be offered by a typical passenger vehicle means that bikers are more susceptible to injury, and worse, in an accident.

Read More

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Check Engine Light

Tags : 

If you ask any one of the millions of American car owners what the check engine light means, he or she will likely answer something like “eh, nothing important,” “just another reason they won’t give me an inspection sticker,” or “probably some costly repair that I don’t have money for.”  It has been estimated that

Read More

Car Repairs That Shouldn’t Be Overlooked

Tags : 

  Throughout the country, winter is a time for an increased number of auto accidents.  Even in the warm climates known to St. Petersburg residents, there is always the risk of collision on the roads, which can be both costly and devastating.  Proper car maintenance is one of the leading ways of reducing the risk

Read More

How Stress Causes Car Accidents

Tags : 

Whether you are on the road because you have a date with a friend outside Saint Petersburg or it is your job to regularly navigate the highways of this country, stress can work against you as you strive to arrive at your destination on time and in one piece. There aren’t many reliable statistics when

Read More

Truck Accident Prevention: Beating Fatigue

Tags : 

There are many causes of exhaustion, which include illness, pregnancy, depression, upsetting life events, problems at work, general stress, jet lag, boredom, vitamin deficiency, and anemia.  However, on the road, the reason for the fatigue is not as important as the solution.  After all, as a truck driver, you don’t always have the opportunity to

Read More

So, You Are Going To Be A Biker … ?

Tags : 

If you want to operate a motorcycle in the state of Florida, there are certain requirements that you will have to meet.  The most important thing is that you are licensed to do so.  Obtaining a motorcycle license involves a process similar to earning a regular driver’s license, but there are special requirements.   In

Read More

Reduce Driver Distraction: Keep Kids Busy for Holiday Commute, Part II

Tags : 

In the previous blog post, I started talking about ways that you can make your holiday commute a little more enjoyable for your kids and yourself with fewer driver distractions.  Taking long car rides with children has always been a tricky ordeal.  Fortunately, today, there are a lot of new devices that can occupy them

Read More

Reduce Driver Distraction: Keep Kids Busy for Holiday Commute, Part I

Tags : 

When it comes to the holiday season, there is already enough stress present.  So rather than spending several hours bickering and yelling in the car, be sure that you are prepared as you leave your Saint Petersburg home for the holidays. If the trip to see family and friends was already a nightmare, then start

Read More

How Do You Get A Truck Driver’s License?

Tags : 

Did you know that it only takes three weeks to get your CDL license and that will allow you to sit behind the wheel of a MAC truck?  It’s true, and with growth of the industry expected to continue through 2018 or beyond, there is a demand for drivers. Truck drivers are earning over $40,000, on

Read More

Are CB Radios Still Important in the Trucking Industry?

Tags : 

Making the typical short commute between your Saint Petersburg home and your job, many times located just a few miles away, certainly differs substantially from the people who take to the road each and every day with the intention of covering hundreds of miles.  Because of the challenges that await them on the various highways,

Read More

Truck Driving Safety: Stay Sane on the Road

Tags : 

I’ve spent a lot of time writing for this blog about the dangers presented by tractor trailers on the road.  As a personal injury attorney, I have seen a lot of big truck accidents, so it easy to get wrapped up in that.  However, these massive machines play a big part in keeping our country

Read More

Sharing the Road with Tractor Trailers: Worst Times

Tags : 

Traveling the highways can be overwhelming, particularly for those who are not overly familiar with the area or with driving at high speeds.  One of the most intimidating elements of traversing American roadways is the influx of tractor trailer trucks.  These massive monsters can seem to be the rulers of the road and those who

Read More

Sharing the Road with Tractor Trailers: Air Brakes

Tags : 

Why would you care about air brakes? After all, it’s not as if you are looking to enter the trucking industry anytime soon.  Nevertheless, it is wise to, at the very least, understand the basic function of the brakes on these massive machines, because you do share the road with them and that means that

Read More

Buying a Used Motorcycle: Know What to Look For

Tags : 

Are you in the market for a new motorcycle?  Are you familiar with the process of buying a used bike?  If not, then there are several things that you should consider before you hand over your money.  Taking your time and following these tips can help ensure that you are happy with your investment.  It

Read More

Holiday Safe Driving Tips

Tags : 

Happy holidays from the team at Herman & Wells.  We want to wish everyone a happy, healthy Thanksgiving.  As one final reminder, before you set off from Saint Petersburg, heading out to see your loved ones, we also wish to say, be safe on the roads. Time for a Tune Up? It is the start

Read More

Avoid Hydroplaning on a Motorcycle

Tags : 

There is a huge misconception in this country when it comes to motorcycles.  Riders, not known to be notoriously gullible, are often all too willing to believe that the shape and size of their tires will keep them safe on wet, slick roads.  Yet, hydroplaning is as much a concern (if not more so) for

Read More

Stay Safe on Your Motorcycle with These Tips

Tags : 

So, you want to be a biker… well, now is the time to start preparing yourself for a safe ride.  Motorcycling is a dangerous pastime, especially for those who are not properly prepared. Dress Wisely. Motorcycle riding is not like a pleasant jaunt on a bicycle.  Even if you are taking a quick run to

Read More

Tractor Trailer Accidents: How Safe Are Energy Supplements?

Tags : 

According to national statistics, there are approximately 100,000 crashes on the highways each year that can be attributed to drowsy driving.  While, certainly, not all of these involve tractor trailer truck drivers, there are a lot of concerns about the danger posed by these giant machines on the roads due to the lack of sleep

Read More

Whiplash Recovery

Tags : 

Whiplash is a condition commonly seen after a car accident.  The complication arises when the vehicle comes to an abrupt stop.  The law of physics mandates that the body will continue moving forward until something makes contact to bring it to a stop.  In most instances, the stopping force is the seat belt.  That sudden

Read More

Causes of Tractor Trailer Accidents

Tags : 

There are too many accidents on the roads of St. Petersburg and surrounding areas each year.  Of those, several will involve tractor trailer accidents and, as a result, are more likely to have devastating outcomes.  With so much weight behind them and limited maneuverability, large trucks are prone to do serious damage when they veer off

Read More

Motorcycle Accidents: Top Five Reasons

Tags : 

When it comes to accidents on the roadways, whether in the heart of St. Petersburg or the wide open roads of the Midwest, the worst will often involve motorcycles.  There is too much of the body open to exposure when riding a motorcycle, and which can often end up with devastating results when an accident

Read More

Product Failure: The Worst of the 21st Century, Part II

Tags : 

In my most recent blog post, I discussed some of the worst recalls since the turn of the century.  In just 14 years, there have been an awful lot of horrific accidents stemming from product malfunctions and defective products.  Those incidents have led to permanent disability, disfigurement, and even death in some instances.  As mentioned

Read More

Product Failure: The Worst of the 21st Century, Part I

Tags : 

  One of the most serious forms of lawsuit seen by personal injury attorneys is that caused by product failure or product malfunction.  In many cases, manufacturers have overlooked defects in design that have led to serious injuries or tragic loss of life.  Cases like this can hit very close to home, threatening family, friends,

Read More
Personal Injury

What Could Insurance Fraud Mean To You? Part II

Tags : 

Is the Other Driver Really Covered? In the last post, we discussed seller insurance fraud, which is deceit, false statements, or false actions on the part of the insurance agent.  Today, we move on to another form of insurance fraud.  In this case, the insurance company is the victim.  It might sound odd that people

Read More

What Could Insurance Fraud Mean To You? Part I

Tags : 

Are you Really Insured? There is always great concern after a car accident when one suddenly comes to the realization that the person at fault is not insured.  What if that uninsured person was you?  “But, no,” you say, “I am well covered.  I carry my insurance cards with me wherever I go.” Unfortunately, more

Read More
Product Liability

Traveling with Kids, Safely

Tags : 

Traveling with young children can be a very daunting proposition. It also comes with many risks. Proper preparation is the only way to avoid danger when traveling with kids, and making the trip a success. Consider the following tips before you leave your St. Petersburg home. Packing. One of the most important parts of traveling is making sure

Read More

Bicycle Safety: Avoiding an Accident

Tags : 

In a recent article featured in Seacoast Online, it was reported that Darriean Hess, a 19-year-old will soon face judges of the Superior Court. She was being held at Rockingham County jail after she admitted to being distracted while driving. Her decision to take her eyes off the road led to her car crossing the center

Read More

Personal Injury Lawsuits: Separating Fact From Fiction

Between 1985 and 2003, the number of personal injury lawsuits and medical malpractice tried in the federal courts DROPPED by 79%, and, in the largest state courts, the number DROPPED almost 32% between 1992 and 2001. Despite these statistics, it seems as if you hear nothing but complaints about the greed of clients and personal

Read More
Medical Malpractice

Three Ways Your Dog Can Cost You Money In Court

Tags : 

There are a number of ways that a pet dog can cost you money. Puppies like to chew on things; older dogs lose their ability to control their bladder function; and vet bills will often mount up quickly if the dog falls ill. However, some costs are less expected. Nevertheless, it is very wise to

Read More

The Most Common Soft Tissue Damage Injuries

Tags : 

In personal injury law, lawyers will often encounter very gruesome injuries caused by the thoughtlessness of others. However, not all wounds are visible. In the medical community, some of the most frequent complaints can be attributed to soft tissue damage. More and more frequently, schools and athletic programs are being held accountable after poor decisions by

Read More

Auto Accident Injury Claims Done Right

Independent research proves when dealing with a car accident, finding and hiring a qualified attorney can help you a great deal when dealing with injury claims. They will help ease your mind through dealing with all the legal aspects of your situation while you focus on coping with the pain and suffering of such a traumatic event. There

Read More

How Will Obamacare Impact Medical Malpractice Claims?

Tags : 

There has been a great deal of speculation regarding how the Obamacare health insurance plan (aka The Affordable Care Act) will impact the personal injury law field. Some fear that it will make it more difficult for victims to get the financial damages that they deserve and need after a negligent healthcare provider causes them

Read More

Birth Defects Vs. Birth Trauma

Tags : 

The day your baby is born is meant to be among the happiest in your life, but that can all suddenly change when there is news of a serious birth defect. In many cases, lumped into this term “birth defect” is an entirely different realm of problems, better labeled “birth injuries” or “birth traumas.” While

Read More
Medical Malpractice

Can Women and Their Doctors Prevent Birth Defects?

Tags : 

There has been a lot of concern in recent years regarding the role that doctors play in causing – or failing to prevent – birth defects. Technically, a personal injury attorney would specify that medical malpractice can lead to birth injuries, but birth defects may be caused by medications prescribed. Regardless of the technicalities, often the symptoms

Read More

Practice Areas

St Petersburg Tampa Personal Injury Attorney Insurance Dispute Attorney Car Accident Lawyer Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Premises Liability Attorney

Read More

Personal Injury Lawsuit: Like a Resume?

Tags : 

Personal injury law is an essential part of this country’s legal system. It is meant to defend the victims of serious accidents from financial loss. Unfortunately, a person can win or lose a case for himself based upon how he handles himself before and during the case. Think of the most-used adjectives on a professional

Read More
Lawsuit Personal Injury

5 Often Overlooked Hazards on the Road

Tags : 

Over and over again, the media mentions the importance of staying sober behind the wheel and putting down the smartphone while driving, but there are a lot of potential hazards lurking about the highways and many of them are regularly overlooked. 1. Animals. In or out of the car, animals can be a big problem on the road. Dogs,

Read More
Automobile collision

5 Things To Know About Tractor Trailer Trucks

Tags : 

Even the average, everyday driver who sticks to sedans and SUVs should understand a few things about large tractor trailer trucks. This knowledge can help prevent the accidents that lead to courtrooms and personal injury attorney offices. The vast majority of the American population will never know what it is like to drive behind the

Read More
Personal Injury

School Bus Safety

Tags : 

As we continue to make the adjustment from the freedom of summer to the more rigid structure of the school year, it is wise to discuss school bus safety with our children. This is particularly true if the child will be taking the bus as a main form of commute. In rural areas, kids may

Read More
Personal Injury

Back to School: The Red Flags

Tags : 

With the majority of American children learning the back to school routine again, parents are finding themselves faced with a myriad of challenges – ensuring the bags are cleaned out, lunches are packed, and homework has been completed. However, it is also important to keep an eye out for red flags for changes in a child’s

Read More
Personal Injury

Obedience Training for Dogs: Why It Is Essential

Tags : 

As a personal injury attorney, I have encountered many situations involving serious and even life-threatening dog attacks. While most dogs are fantastic pets and can become a full fledged member of the family with little threat of harm, all dogs are animals and, therefore, will react instinctively to certain stimuli. Obedience training for dogs is therefore, always

Read More
Personal Injury

Business versus Emotion: The Dilemma Regularly Plaguing Attorneys

Tags : 

In recent months and years, there has been a lot of talk in Saint Petersburg and beyond regarding the usefulness of social media in the courtroom. Without thinking, people will often post incriminating evidence in the form of statements, pictures, or videos on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or other such social media forums. Of course, as

Read More
Personal Injury

Medical Mistakes Are Far Too Common

Tags : 

It happens all too often. Someone goes to the hospital for treatment, is given the attention he needs, is doing better, and then all of a sudden he is not doing so well. Whether intended or not, medical mistakes can not be fully prevented. Sometimes the reason is unavoidable. Other times, the reason is because

Read More
Personal Injury General

Accidents Happen: What is Premises Liability?

Tags : 

Accidents happen. That is one truth that anyone who has been around long enough knows. Even under the best of circumstances in St. Petersburg, where every possible precaution is taken, there is always a chance something could happen to you or someone you love. As a matter of fact, if you are some place unfamiliar, or

Read More
Motorcycle Collision

Motorcycle Accident Prevention

Tags : 

There is something freeing and exciting about being out on the open road, driving with the wind against you, and enjoying the sunshine on your face in St. Petersburg. One way many people have this pleasure is by riding a motorcycle. One way of this going bad is getting into a motorcycle accident. Maybe you have

Read More
Lawsuit, Personal Injury

Protecting Your Children from Dog Bites

Tags : 

Dog bites are very common in Saint Petersburg. Dogs are a lot of fun, and they have a way of becoming part of the family. It has often been said that a dog is man’s best friend. That signifies a special relationship between people and their pets. No matter how special the relationship, or how

Read More
Insurance Dispute

Disputing An Auto Insurance Claim Denial

Tags : 

You just had a car accident in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Maybe you ran a red light, or maybe the other driver didn’t use his turn signals. Maybe you were side-swiped by a hit and run driver. You could have been rear-ended while at a traffic light. It could be that a drunk driver hit you,

Read More
Lawsuit, Automobile collision

Are You a Victim Drunk Driving?

Tags : 

Accidents happen; that is a fact. Accidents can be very difficult to recover from, and may take years to heal emotionally as well as physically, especially if one involves the death of a loved one or life-altering injuries. As difficult as accidents are, there is a huge difference in the level of emotional difficulty and time to

Read More
Wrongful Death

Hiring an Attorney for a Wrongful Death Case

Tags : 

Losing a loved one may be the most difficult thing you deal with in life. When the death is the result of negligence, an accident, a defective product, or anything else which may have been avoided, the pain is even greater. There may be a lot of, “If only’s” or “Why didn’t they just…?” type of questions.

Read More
workplace injury

How To Handle A Workplace Injury

Tags : 

Following work safety rules is always a good idea. Add that to commonsense and you may be able to avoid being injured while on the job in St. Petersburg, no matter what the function of the position may be. No matter how safety conscious you are, though, there is always a chance that you could

Read More
Pedestrian Injury Lawsuit

Failure to Yield Traffic Citations

Tags : 

When driving, you have to be alert at all times. This means no talking on cell phones, no texting, no eating, no driving distracted in any terms; we should all know this, it is commonsense. Nonetheless, people continue to pay no attention to their surroundings. A failure to yield traffic citations can give you a lot more

Read More
Personal Injury Lawyer

Water Park Safety Tips

Tags : 

Water parks are synonymous with super summer fun. Water park safety, on the other hand, is another story. To many families, summer hasn’t arrived until your first slip down the tunnel slide into the bright blue wave pool, the sun blazing overhead and the sounds of kids laughing and playing all around. Make sure your

Read More
Personal Injury General

Treat Concussions Immediately

Tags : 

Whether involved in organized youth sports activities, a St. Petersburg neighborhood game of kickball, or simply playing outside, kids love to play and play hard. All too often, minor scrapes, cuts, and bruises seem par for the course. As kids get more involved with contact sports, however, these accidents can take on a new level of severity.

Read More
Personal Injury General

Camping Safely for a Lifetime of Memories

Tags : 

Camping is truly one of the greatest, most rewarding activities you can do as a family, not only in St. Petersburg but anywhere. Camping is a fun and interesting adventure – and a great escape from the hectic pace of everyday life – and it also engages you and your family on so many different levels. But

Read More
Automobile collision

5 Smart Technologies for Safe Driving

Tags : 

Driving is such a part of our lives that we almost take it for granted as an everyday occurrence – until the hazards of driving rear an ugly head. In many parts of the country, foul weather has a huge impact on the safety of our roads. Whether it’s a hurricane, tropical storm, a torrential downfall of

Read More
Automobile collision

Road Safety for Teens

Tags : 

A major lifetime milestone is the first time parents officially hand their 16 year old teen keys to a vehicle. Heavy with meaning and importance, such a momentous event carries so many implications. Road safety should always be one of them. All parents want what’s best for their kids, and keeping kids safe, happy, and

Read More
Automobile collision

Injured? Seek Immediate Medical Help

Tags : 

So, you are minding your own business, paused at a stoplight in St. Petersburg, mentally ticking off the seemingly endless tasks on your daily to-do list when suddenly, without warning, you feel a significant force barrel into the back of your car, a force so strong you are pushed forward into the steering wheel. You

Read More
Personal Injury

Prep Smart, Ride Smart: Bike Safety Tips for a Summer of Fun-filled Cycling

Tags : 

Riding your bike can be one of the most invigorating and rewarding activities you can do. Whether you bike solo, with friends, family, or even join a bicycle riding club in St. Petersburg, biking is a great way to have fun, improve and maintain your health, and spend time with family and friends. Just need to keep

Read More
Personal Injury

Prepare Your Pets for Tonight’s Fourth of July Festivities

Tags : 

The Fourth of July is a fabulous time for celebration, fun with friends and family, and, of course, the classic picnic foods. However, while you are busy enjoying yourself and watching the bright shimmering lights as they burst overhead, your otherwise pampered pooch will likely be found shaking in the corner. Dogs are notoriously afraid

Read More
Product Liability

Avastin: The Past, The Present, and The Future

Tags : 

For those who are not yet aware, Avastin is a medication used in the treatment of certain varieties of cancer. In many circles, it is best known for its notable use in breast cancer patients. However, it is not the stunning, lifesaving results that makes that application stick out in the minds of St. Petersburg citizens, as

Read More
Personal Injury

Fireworks Safety Tips

Tags : 

The Fourth of July can be one of the best holidays on the calendar, and it can certainly make for the highlight of your summer. Complete with fireworks while having some ice cold beverages, some of the best tasting foods of the year, and parties, parades, and more, it helps define the American summer. Here

Read More
Personal Injury

Medical Expenses and Personal Injury Trials

Tags : 

Medical expenses are easily one of the most cumbersome problems when it comes to personal injury lawsuits. After all, the doctor and hospital bills could run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars rather quickly. What are you actually allowed to recover in a personal injury lawsuit? The Simple Answer When you go to trial

Read More
Personal Injury

Dangers Lurking Within a Well-Cleaned Pool

Tags : 

Keeping kids safe in the summer season is a task to be taken seriously. There are a lot of hazards in Saint Petersburg and beyond, but many of those can be found in your own backyard. The biggest offender, without question, is the pool. Whether in-ground or above-ground, permanent or a temporary variety, the pool

Read More
Product Liability

Sunscreen: Know What You Are Putting On Your Kids

Tags : 

As summer sets in and the warm weather envelops St. Petersburg, there is a lot of opportunity to spend hours under the sun. Of course, for parents, this is a concern as well as a welcome advantage of the warm season. Kids can often go an entire day never stepping foot inside the house, except to

Read More
Personal Injury

Bike Safety: ‘Tis the Season for a Refresher

Tags : 

As we fall in the midst of the busiest cycling season, it is the perfect time to remind bicyclists about the dangers existing on St. Petersburg roadways and to remember basic bike safety. There is always risk involved when traveling, but being on two wheels and with limited protection, cyclists are in greater danger when facing off

Read More
Personal Injury

Air Travel: What to Expect from the TSA

Tags : 

In today’s society, there are ever-increasing fears regarding shootings, bombings, and other such attacks, especially with air travel. With the tragedies linked to such events, there is little wonder why government agencies and private organizations are taking extra steps to ensure the safety of the American public. Unfortunately, though, some of those efforts occasionally cross the

Read More
Personal Injury

Law Definitions: “Enjoyment of Life”

Tags : 

In the previous post, I approached the topic of pain and suffering. This is a difficult concept for many clients new to the world of personal injury law. In fact, it’s a challenging subject for many personal injury attorneys as well, because it often follows very heavy, heartbreaking circumstances. A closely related term is often used in

Read More
Personal Injury

Pain and Suffering: Can I Collect for Heartache?

Tags : 

When filing a lawsuit against a defendant, guilty of negligence, whoever injured you or cost you the life of a loved one, there can be a lot to consider. Your personal injury attorney should help you determine the compensatory damages. That is to say that he or she will help you calculate the costs that have accumulated

Read More
Personal Injury Lawsuit

Choosing A Crib: Mothers Beware

Tags : 

Of all the tragedies that one can face, the loss of a baby or toddler is undoubtedly among the worst. Most people want to believe in the manufacturers of products used by infants, but, unfortunately, the individuals designing and crafting these goods are just as susceptible to mistakes as anyone else and that can lead

Read More
Personal Injury

Accidental Shooting: Who Is at Fault?

Tags : 

With the last post being about firearms insurance, it only seems right to discuss who is considered liable in accidental shootings today. After all, not all tragic headlines start with ill intentions on the part of the shooter. All too often, young children get their hands on parents’ guns or adults make poor choices that

Read More
Personal Injury

Gun Liability Insurance: FAQs

Tags : 

There has been a lot of talk about firearm insurance in recent months. The phenomenon is completely understandable given the tragic stories that continue to litter Saint Petersburg newspapers and those throughout the country. The loss of life as a result of firearms is heart-wrenching, and that emotion isn’t all innocent families will face should shootings continue

Read More
Personal Injury

Pharmaceutical Drug Liability: What You Should Know

Tags : 

In personal injury law, there are a number of topics that arise in case after case each year; drug liability is one of them. Among the most common complaints made by plaintiffs include those having to do with pharmaceuticals. Medications are consistently the source of much debate in courtrooms throughout the country because of the unintended

Read More
Personal Injury

Seatbelt Failures: How This Safety Device Could Hurt You

Tags : 

Unfortunately, the advancements made in vehicle safety devices have not been enough to prevent failures. While they are rare, these failures can be life-threateningly serious. Even in St. Petersburg, there have been documented cases of seatbelt failure. There are a number of reasons that this can occur. In order to understand why and how they fail,

Read More
Personal Injury Lawyer

How Likely are Explosions at Work?

Tags : 

Chances are good that if you work in a high risk workplace, you already realize it, but it is wise to understand where the concerns lie and how likely things are to go wrong. Many people are even more aware of this reality since news broke of the explosion in the Texas fertilizer plant. So

Read More
Automobile collision

How Much Sleep Are You Getting?

Tags : 

There is a huge portion of the American public currently suffering from serious sleep loss. This is known to lead to decreased concentration, negatively impacted memory, lack of motivation, poor work performance, and an increased likelihood of a St. Petersburg auto accidents directly related to how much sleep people get. It is estimated, in fact, that as

Read More
Personal Injury Lawsuit

Choosing the Best Law School

Tags : 

Recently, US News highlighted the best law schools for students looking to enter the field of law. If you are preparing to enter your final year in your Master’s program in 2013, then now is a great time to start weighing your options for the next step. The vast majority of the schools on this list are located

Read More
Pedestrian Automobile collision

Pedestrian Accidents: What To Do When You Are Involved

Tags : 

Whether as the driver of a motor vehicle or the eco-friendly employee walking to work, you can find yourself in a very serious and scary situation if pedestrian accidents occur. In either scenario – as the pedestrian or driver – you can be blamed for the outcome and should, therefore, speak to a personal injury attorney as

Read More
Medical Malpractice

Plastic Surgery – The Hidden Dangers

Tags : 

A recent USA Today article suggested that arm lift procedures are up 4000 percent, as women become increasingly concerned about how their arms look. Plastic surgery, in general, has been increasing in popularity for the past two decades for a variety of different reasons, but understanding the dangers associated with it is essential before you

Read More
Medical Malpractice

The Legality of Celebrity Doctor Advice

Tags : 

What responsibility do celebrity doctors such as Dr. Oz or Dr. Phil have to the well-being of their viewing public? The recent news that a lawsuit was filed against Dr. Oz for giving advice on his show that caused 3rd degree burns of a viewer, bring the spotlight once again on the questionable direction these doctors lead

Read More
Personal Injury Lawsuit

When Your Vacation Turns Terrible

Tags : 

St. Petersburg is one of the most sought out vacation destinations in the United States, as is the entire state of Florida. Unfortunately, every year, Florida has hundreds of travelers and tourists that suffer injuries; defective equipment, property owner negligence, and security failures are a few causes. Amusement Parks: Many tourists vacation in Florida to

Read More
Lawsuit

At The Old Ball Game – Can You Sue?

Tags : 

With 15 spring training seasons ending in the St. Petersburg area and the new baseball season underway, heading out to the ballpark is clearly the way to go right now. Any baseball fanatic would know what it is like to watch your favorite athletes play, but what happens when one of the players hits a

Read More
personal injury

4 Steps You Should Take After a Dog Bite

Tags : 

It doesn’t matter which side of the leash you’re on, a dog bite is certainly nothing to laugh at. Dog bites are traumatic incidents, emotionally scarring, and can result in a lawsuit. If you have been attacked by a dog, take action, because the next few days can be critical for your health and any compensation that

Read More
Medical Malpractice

Mammograms – Are False Positives Affecting Your Health?

Tags : 

It is estimated that half of all women who have an annual mammogram in the U.S. will need to return for follow-up treatment or testing due an abnormality found on their mammogram. The Susan G. Komen Foundation claims that false-positives are more common with the increase of the number of mammograms a woman has in

Read More

Dangerous Pets: What’s Your Responsibility?

Tags : 

On an almost daily basis, news reports abound with stories of adults, young children and even babies being attacked by dogs that are aggressive to their own owners, family members, and strangers. Gruesome stories of an innocent child being mauled or killed by even packs of dogs seem to be on the increase. What responsibility

Read More

Nursing Home Abuse – The Stories You Don’t Want to Hear

Tags : 

Making the transition to an assisted living facility or nursing home is never easy. It becomes particularly troublesome, though, when you begin to take a look at the statistics. Nearly 3.2 million people live in care facilities across the U.S. Unfortunately, the National Center on Elder Abuse reports that 1 in 3 of those facilities

Read More
Personal Injury

The Limitations of Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Tags : 

The media has made much of the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Katherine Jackson in recent weeks. From the fact that Michael Jackson’s son Prince may be required to testify to the idea that a tortured life will once again be very publicly displayed, it’s enough to scare almost anyone away from a wrongful death

Read More

Stairway Safety: Protect Your Guests and Yourself

Tags : 

Do you have stairs on your property? Whether they are inside or outside your home, commonly traveled by customers, or reserved for the employees of your commercial property only, stairs should always be seen as a potential hazard. A large percentage of the slip and fall accidents that occur in St. Petersburg involve stairs and if someone else

Read More
Personal Injury Lawyer

Should Women Use Birth Control?

Tags : 

The answer to this question may seem obvious. A woman who hopes to avoid pregnancy while sexually active should use birth control, right? The problem is that more and more often, the pills, patches, and IUDs are landing women before personal injury attorneys. In recent years, the courts have been swamped with class action lawsuits

Read More
Personal Injury Lawyer

Why Your Doctor Should Know All Of Your Allergies

Tags : 

For those who make frequent visits to doctors’ offices, the answering of questions such as “Are there any medications that you are currently taking?” and “Are there any known drug allergies?” are very familiar. However, medical professionals will often fail to expand on that latter question. While drug allergies are certainly important, it is also

Read More
Automobile collision

Leading Killers on the Highway, Part II March 19, 2013, by Herman & Wells, Esq.

Tags : 

In a recent post, I discussed some of the greatest dangers on the highway, but I did not cover them all. As a personal injury attorney, auto accidents and their potentially horrific outcomes are among the most common topics discussed in my office. In an effort to be thorough and with the hopes of reducing

Read More
Automobile Collsions

Leading Killers on the Highway, Part I

Tags : 

While everyone takes some risk when sitting behind the wheel of a moving vehicle, there are certain circumstances that substantially increase the danger of a St. Petersburg auto accident. Distraction. This has been a prime target of public service announcements in recent years. There is good reason for such action. Distracted driving has been an increasingly large problem

Read More
Automobile Collision Lawyers

Before You Drink Your Green Beer

Tags : 

It’s that time of year again, when people start seeing green everywhere they look. It might not be in the most desired form and stuffing it in your wallet won’t do you much good, but the decorations for the St. Patrick’s Day events are certainly welcoming. Perhaps even more enticing, for most, is the promise

Read More
Product Liability

Can Your Microwave Kill You?

Tags : 

It is one of the most common appliances in St. Petersburg homes today, as well as all across America. It has long represented quick, efficient, and convenient cooking. But, the microwave has also been the center of some pretty heated (no pun intended) controversy. Emails and social networks were swamped, not all that long ago, with warnings

Read More
Product Liability Lawsuit

Will Gatorade Give Me Cancer?

Tags : 

Not long ago, it was announced to the general public of Saint Petersburg that the popular beverage, Gatorade, would have a new ingredients list. With so many fans, it might seem odd that the company would risk altering flavor. But further investigation will reveal good reason for that important decision and will likely make one wonder why

Read More
Product Liability Lawsuit

Class Action Lawsuits: Women Headed to the Courtroom in Great Numbers

Tags : 

The female body is built much differently than a man’s. Women are capable of astounding things because of these anatomical differences, but, unfortunately, they also find themselves more susceptible to medical complications as well. Some of these problems could be avoided if the manufacturers of certain medical devices took greater care in the testing phase

Read More
Personal Injury Lawyer

Should You Have an Attorney for Mediation?

Tags : 

Before deciding whether or not you should hire an attorney to represent you in your upcoming mediation meeting, it is important to understand what will happen when you arrive. Mediation involves a neutral third party, who oversees the sharing of facts and evidence between two parties involved in a dispute. A mediator can keep conversations

Read More
Product Liabilty

Are Sick Workers Pulling Your Company Down?

Tags : 

‘Tis the season of sickness and millions of people are finding themselves down and out with a cold, virus, or the flu. Unfortunately, this country depends on workers showing up each and every day. Pressures from employers and fellow co-workers will often lead the ill to make the commute to work, despite their body’s protestations.

Read More
Product Liability Medical Malpractice

Sleeping Pill Safety: Know the Risks

Tags : 

For the huge number of people living in St. Petersburg, and throughout the country who simply cannot get a good night’s rest, despite every possible effort, sleeping pills may seem a blessing. However, as more and more research is done, medical professionals are beginning to second-guess the worthiness of the medication. It has been known

Read More
Personal Injury Lawyer

Are Electric Blankets Safe For You and Your Family?

Tags : 

Even in Saint Petersburg, the winter can bring a chill that makes one welcome the cozy warmth of an electric blanket in the evening. However, one must stop and wonder how safe the corded blankets really are. Though they have been in use for quite some time now, there have been incidents that have people

Read More
Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Medical Malpractice: Should Your Physician Administer Your Flu Shot? February 12, 2013, by Herman & Wells, Esq.

Tags : 

The flu is still going strong this winter, in Saint Petersburg and beyond. Throughout the country, people are falling ill as it sweeps through. It is estimated that approximately 9.4 percent of all deaths in the final week of January were due to pneumonia or the flu. Many understand the prolonged agony of suffering through

Read More
Personal Injury Lawyer

Are Police Abusing Their Power?

Tags : 

There are certain people in this world that we must trust for our own safety, security, and peace of mind. When those individuals fail to live up to our expectations, the balance in society falters. Unfortunately, there have been far too many headlines linked to entrusted people falling short of their titles: teachers, religious officials,

Read More
Personal Injury Lawyer

When Does Luxurious Comfort Turn Frightening?

Tags : 

Imagine the peace and serenity that one can find in a Saint Petersburg spa. Light, bright, and well-scented, such places bring one to a place of absolute tranquility and then the masseuse calls. As sore, tired muscles are kneaded into a state of pure relaxation, one can barely recall the stresses of day-to-day life. What

Read More
Personal Injury Lawyer

Seasonal Depression: Are You Increasing Your Risk of Stroke and Lawsuits?

Tags : 

In the last post, I discussed recent research that provided evidence of even the smallest stroke causing lasting damage to brain tissue. Through the study of rats, scientists were able to show, conclusively, that minor strokes harmed areas of the brain in much the same way that dementia would, which could lead to notable differences

Read More
Personal Injury Lawyer

Can Smoking Cause Brain Damage?

Tags : 

A recent study has many smokers in and around the St. Petersburg area wondering just how much they are willing to risk for the next puff on a cigarette. It has long been known that those who partake in heavy drinking, who fail to maintain a healthy physique, and those who light up regularly are at

Read More
Personal Injury Lawyer

Would it Really be Wrong to Return that Holiday Gift?

Tags : 

With the holidays behind us, there are many individuals considering the moral implications of returning a gift. However, there are instances when exchanging a gift is not only acceptable, but highly recommended. Did you receive any of the following in 2012? Fisher-Price recently recalled approximately 800,000 Newborn Rock ‘n Play Sleepers after it was discovered

Read More
Personal Injury Lawyer

In 2013, Here Are 13 Things You Can Do To Avoid The Courtroom

Tags : 

With the New Year upon us, there is a lot to be thankful for and certainly some changes that could be made to better ourselves. As you consider these matters, also think about your habits and how they increase or decrease the likelihood that you end up in front of a judge. To avoid a

Read More
Personal Injury Lawyer

Are the Toys Your Child Received as Gifts Dangerous?

Tags : 

Did you know that nearly a quarter of a million injuries seen in Emergency Rooms across this country are caused by toys each year? Many of those incidents occur right here in St. Petersburg. Despite the efforts of the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) to regulate the safety of the products on the market, a

Read More
Personal Injury Lawyers

New Judges on the Supreme Court This Year?

Tags : 

It is believed that 2013 could bring major changes to our political makeup and much of that will have to do with possible replacements to the panel of Supreme Court Justices. Of the nine judges currently serving in the prestigious positions, four are in their seventies. While appointment to the Supreme Court is a lifetime

Read More
Personal Injury Lawyers

New Year’s Resolutions, Part III: Keeping Your Family Safe in 2013

Tags : 

As the New Year dawns, there is the desire to “start anew” or to improve upon oneself. Perhaps this year, instead of trying to lose weight or quit a bad habit, you should think bigger and consider the ways that you can better protect your family today and in the future. In the Car. Bad driving

Read More
Personal Injury Lawyers

New Year’s Resolutions, Part II: How Tobacco Companies Have Failed You

Tags : 

Typically making No. 2 in the list of most common New Year’s Resolutions, quitting smoking is arguably the very best thing a person could do for himself. So, if you are one of those who are forging ahead with the goal of being a non-smoker in 2013, then read on for further inspiration. The Second

Read More
Personal Injury Lawyer

New Year’s Resolutions, Part I: Choose the Right Athletic Activities

Tags : 

This is the time of year when a large portion of the country’s population is seeking out activities that will help burn unnecessary calories in an effort to lose weight. However, there are certain things that should be considered before a person hops into a new exercise routine. For the Un-Athletic in St. Petersburg. If you

Read More
Personal Injury Lawyer

Proper Holiday Decoration Storage Can Save Lives

Tags : 

It is important to understand that, with the end of the holiday season in Saint Petersburg upon us, storing seasonal décor items it not a chore to be taken lightly. To prevent accidents that could land you or a loved one in the hospital or even lead to a courtroom appearance, one must pack responsibly

Read More
Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Cancer and Medical Malpractice

Tags : 

Millions of people will deal with the heartbreaking effects of a cancer diagnosis this holiday season, whether in Saint Petersburg or elsewhere. Whether they, themselves, were diagnosed or they are witnessing the impacts in their loved ones, they will have a lot of emotional and physical complications to contend with. If the diagnosis wasn’t bad

Read More
Medical Malpractice Lawyer

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Tags : 

A group of disorders that work against the body simultaneously, known collectively as cerebral palsy, affects more than three quarters of a million people in the United States, including those in the St. Petersburg area, and, on average, 8,000 new cases are diagnosed in infants each year. This topic has been one of interest in

Read More
Personal Injury Lawyer

Kennedy Causes Many to Consider Hospital Maternity Ward Rules

Tags : 

If you have given birth in recent years, then you are probably familiar with the strict rules of hospitals’ labor, delivery, and recovery areas. Due to the extreme liability hospital staff carries in the delivery and postnatal care of newborns, these rules are seen as essential. However, some were surprised to hear of such regulations when

Read More
Automobile Collision Lawyer

Parking Accident Every Minute, FaLaLaLaLa LaLaLaLa

Tags : 

With the holiday season in full swing, people are rushing to buy those last minute presents for the ones that they love. As a result, the parking lots around the St. Petersburg area and the country are filling up to maximum capacity day after day and that means an increased risk of accidents occurring on the

Read More
Product Liability Lawsuit

CPSC Limits Holiday Shopping, Part II

Tags : 

I recently posted a blog of the same title that discussed recent recalls ordered by the CPSC just before holiday shopping hits full stride. There were others to mention and, in an effort to keep you and your loved ones safe during this magical time of year, you should be aware of the following gift-giving

Read More
Product Liability Lawyer

CPSC Limits Holiday Shopping, Part I

Tags : 

As you prepare your last minute St. Petersburg holiday gift list, be sure that you aren’t planning to make an unsafe purchase and, if you are one of those who bought gifts weeks or months in advance, now is a great time to check the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website for any recent recalls.

Read More
Personal Injury Lawyer

Holiday Travel with Pets: Preventing Dog Bites

Tags : 

Hundreds of thousands of people are seriously injured each year as a result of dog bites, tens of thousands will require reconstructive surgery and, on average, two people per month die as a result of a pet mauling them. Those are scary figures, and what makes them worse is that many of those incidents could

Read More
Product Liability Lawsuit

Avoid the Hospital and the Courtroom: Safe Holiday Decorating

Tags : 

Personal injury attorneys are often busy during and just after the holiday season and much of the new business results from product malfunction. With so many new gifts being unwrapped at family celebrations throughout the country, there is little reason to question why this would be the season for discovering faulty products. That being said,

Read More
Automobile Collision Lawyer

Tire Blowout: Know How to React

Tags : 

Part of every great driver education program should be learning the skills needed to control a vehicle after a tire blowout. This is a relatively rare occurrence and many drivers are, therefore, lulled into a false sense of security, believing that they will never encounter such a problem. However, the fact of the matter remains

Read More
Workplace Injury Lawyer 2

What Does OSHA Do for You?

Tags : 

The letters “O-S-H-A” hold a lot of meaning for many people in the US. Standing for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the agency plays an important role in keeping workplaces safe in a wide variety of industries, yet it is not large considering the large number of people who benefit from its existence. There

Read More
Personal Injury Lawyers 7

Understanding Contingency Fee Agreements

Tags : 

If you are considering filing a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent party who left you injured or harmed in some way, then one of the questions that you will have to ask yourself is “will the potential winnings justify the time and money spent in the process?” Many people will become overwhelmed when considering

Read More
Automobile Collisions Lawyer 2

What Damages will be Awarded to Me to Help Cover Injuries?

Tags : 

While no one can predict with 100 percent accuracy what you can expect to walk away with after filing a lawsuit against a negligent party, there are certain facts that remain true from case to case. Among those accepted truths is that there are three types of damages that you could earn as a result

Read More
Personal Injury Lawyers 4

Six Skills Your Personal Injury Attorney Should Possess

Tags : 

Just as any career would dictate the type of skills a person would need to succeed in the field, a personal injury lawyer must have a unique set of traits to be good at his job. Among those skills best suited for the job are the following: 1. Public Speaking Anyone who has ever sat

Read More
Personal Injury Lawyers 5

Personal Injury Lawyers: What You Should Know

Tags : 

Known as a trial lawyer, a personal injury attorney is a person with the educational background and experience needed to take a lawsuit before a judge. He or she accepts a fee to provide legal representation for persons less educated in the field of tort law. The specialization in personal injury means that the attorney

Read More
Personal Injury Lawyers

Do You Want a Hot-Headed Attorney?

Tags : 

In many courtroom drama movies, it is the attorney with passion that wins the case and brings out the unexpected victory. However, while some of those behaviors, such as dedication to the cause, thorough study of the evidence, and convincing speech, are wonderful attributes for an attorney to showcase, an overly confrontational attitude is not.

Read More
Personal Injury Lawyers 02

Steps Taken to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Tags : 

If you have been injured or have suffered a loss at the hands of another person or business entity, then you may be considering a civil lawsuit. It is a wise decision, if you have a good case against the other party, as it can help cover the costs of medical care, repairs, and other

Read More
Personal Injury Lawyers 02

Can I Sue Someone Again, After He was Tried in Criminal Court?

Tags : 

In personal injury law, there are a lot of very sad and tragic cases. There are a lot of examples of people acting with ill-intent or being thoughtless to the safety of others. However, in some instances, the negligent party goes above and beyond, breaking a law in the process of harming another. In those

Read More

Punitive Damages: What are They and will They Apply to Your Case?

Tags : 

Are you taking another person or business to court after suffering serious injuries or loss? Did that person or company act with extreme negligence, despite knowing that it could result in someone being hurt or killed? If you have answered yes to the questions above, then there is a chance that the court would consider

Read More
Personal Injury 2

Personal Injury Law: Frequently Asked Questions

Tags : 

There is so much that happens in the courtroom everyday that the majority of the public remains unaware of. So many small cases take place every day that national news simply can’t cover them all. As a result, there is a lot about the law that remains a mystery to many people. If you are facing

Read More
St. Petersburg Personal Injury Attorney

Witness in the Court: Knowing What to Expect

Tags : 

If you are about to take the stand as a witness, you must realize how much your words will matter to the others involved in the case. What you say before the attorneys, in front of the judge, or while on the stand can make a big difference in how the case turns out. The

Read More

United States Law: What You Should Know About Your Courts

Tags : 

If you are taking a lawsuit to court, then there is a lot to consider. However, one of the most important things to understand is that there are many different courts that you could wind up in. Being fully aware of how the United States Court System works can help you be better prepared for

Read More
Personal Injury Lawyers 4

Judgment Day: Will You Pass the Test of First Impressions?

Tags : 

In the courtroom, your attitude, your appearance, and your ability to speak clearly are all being judged. Like it or not, it is human nature to form a first impression based on these matters. So, before you go to court, you should consider how others might view you. Dress the part. Enter the courtroom looking professional, respectable,

Read More
Lawyers Lawsuit 1

Should You File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Tags : 

There is definitely good reason to consider filing a lawsuit against a person or entity that caused you or a loved one serious harm. Severe injury can lead to lasting financial, emotional, and physical ramifications. Negligence on that person’s (or that organization’s) behalf suggests that the injury might have been preventable had he acted in

Read More
Personal Injury Lawsuit 1

Courtroom Composure: Staying Cool, Calm, and Collected

Tags : 

Are you preparing for an upcoming court date? If so, then you, like millions of others before you, are likely nervous, heated, or overwhelmed. These are not unusual emotions to experience in a time like this. In fact, there are many emotions tied to courtroom appearances. Depending on the specifics of the case, you may

Read More
Automobile Collision 4

Auto Safety: Is it Okay to Buy or Borrow a Used Car Seat?

Tags : 

All too frequently, the headlines make mention of a truly tragic car accident. While all loss of life is heartbreaking, the truly devastating stories are those that involve a child’s life cut short. For that reason, many years have been dedicated to perfecting the child restraint devices on the market. The better they are, the

Read More
Lawsuit 2

The Appeals Process: A Better Understanding

Tags : 

If you are about to go to trial or you are even considering filing a lawsuit, there are many aspects of the legal system that you should understand. Among those is the appeals process. Not only should you be familiar with the term, but you should fully grasp what it could mean to you in

Read More
Personal Injury 3

Are You Going to Be the Downfall of Your Tort Case?

Tags : 

When an accident takes place, there is a lot to consider in a very short period of time. When the accident was the fault of another person or organization, then it is wise to think smart in those scary situations. 1. ALWAYS accept medical care. Failing to receive proper medical care after an accident can

Read More
Personal Injury 2

How Are Jurors Selected for a Personal Injury Case?

Tags : 

The jury selection process is not a short one. However, nearly every American is familiar with the first step of the process, the juror summons. This written notice is received by all potential jurors, selected at random from the American adult population. This first step is the same for all types of court cases, criminal

Read More
St. Petersburg Personal Injury Attorney

Can I File a Civil Case Against a Criminal?

Tags : 

Before you approach an attorney about a possible lawsuit, there may be questions that you would like to answer on your own. Often, people who are not closely affiliated with the court are not overly familiar with the processes of law. Learning some of the basics before finding yourself in the courtroom can give you

Read More
Medical Malpractice 1

Failed Back Surgery and Tort Law: The Facts

Tags : 

If you are among the millions of Americans suffering with chronic back pain, you may have considered surgery in the past. Unfortunately, back surgery is not always successful and the outcome can be worse than the initial problem. Failed BaSurgery Syndrome (FBSS) is a term used to describe this common conclusion, which leaves patients even

Read More
Slip and Fall Trip and Fall 1

Who Can You Sue After Slip and Fall?

Tags : 

While there are certainly those individuals out there who are just waiting for the perfect moment to call ‘foul’ and head for the courts, most Americans are not eager to stand before the judge. Therefore, it is no surprise that there are so many questions after an accident has taken place. Yet, slip and fall

Read More
Automobile Injury Attorney 1

How Long Can You Go Between Accidents?

If you’ve ever been involved in a car accident, you probably feel like one is more than enough. Unfortunately, statistics compiled by the car insurance industry suggest that you’ll have three to four accidents over the course of your driving years, and those numbers fluctuate depending on where you live. A recent report by Allstate

Read More
Automobile Collision 1

Personal Injury Accident Coverage Set to Change in Florida

Tags : 

As with many other states, part of any Florida resident’s auto insurance coverage goes to cover medical bills and lost wages should any injuries be sustained in a car accident, no matter who was at fault during the accident. New changes, though, were made to the laws that require that coverage last spring, and as

Read More

Herman & Wells Named Superlawyers Rising Star Again in 2012

I am pleased to announce that I made it to Superlawyers Rising Stars again in 2012. As background to the Rising Stars list, no more than 2.5% of lawyers in the state are selected each year. While I have heard some say that they worry about an attorney who is under 40 years old, I feel that

Read More

Parental Immunity for Kids’ Negligence Causing Personal Injuries

Tags : 

During my time as a personal injury attorney in Florida, I occasionally come across the question of parental immunity for a child’s personal injuries. This comes up in a few different scenarios. Some times it presents itself in the form of what I call “friendly suits.” It is a term that insurance defense attorneys hate. It is

Read More

Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law – The View from a Personal Injury Attorney

Tags : 

I thought I would write today about a personal injury attorneys’ take on Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. Although this does not necessarily apply to all personal injury claims based on negligence, there has been so much talk in Florida about these laws due to recent events in the news, I thought I would put

Read More

Herman & Wells, Personal Injury Attorney Inducted into “Top 40 Under 40” by The National Trial Lawyers’ Association

Tags : 

Herman & Wells, Tampa Bay Florida personal injury attorney and founder of Herman & Wells, P.A., has been selected as one of Florida’s “Top 40 Under 40” attorneys by The National Trial Lawyers Association. Top 40 under 40 selection is based on a thorough multi-level process. Inductees are nominated by peers, then third-party research, searching for superior

Read More

Pedestrians Beware, Cars, and Trucks are Everywhere

Tags : 

You guessed it! One more tax payer funded study was performed and apparently shows that the Tampa Bay area is a dangerous place for pedestrians including walkers and bicyclists. As if we did not know? As if all the stories we hear on the news or read online and in the paper are fictional? This

Read More

The Best Closing Argument of All Time

Tags : 

Today’s blog is paying homage to in my opinion one of the greatest closing arguments of all time. It was giving in 1870 in a lawsuit regarding a dog which was shot by a neighbor. Although it has little to do with personal injury specifically, as a lawyer I study speeches like this one and

Read More

Malfunctioning Signals and a Fiery Crash in Temple Terrace

Tags : 

When practicing personal injury law in Florida, we often come upon times when the traffic signals are damaged or broken. It would seem that everyone knows to use extra precautions during those times. You must slow down, you must give the right-of way to someone else in the intersection first. However, as my time in court has

Read More

Safety Harbor Florida Bicyclist Downed in Crash with Truck – 7/26/11

Tags : 

In the decade I have spent here in Florida practicing as a personal injury attorney, I have spent a lot of my time representing people injured in bicycle wrecks. So much so, that I have devoted a page of my site to nothing but bicycle versus automobile collisions. While the rules of liability (who is at

Read More

Slip and Falls Escalate in 2011

Tags : 

Plaintiff personal injury attorneys and our experts rely heavily on statistics for everything from slip and falls, which fall under “premises liability” to automobile collisions. One of the greatest provider of unbiased statistics on injuries and their causes comes from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC estimates that Americans involved in slip and fall accidents

Read More

11-year Old Girl Crashes SUV in Brandon, Florida

Tags : 

From time to time, personal injury attorneys have to deal with property damage resulting from car crashes. While small property damage cases are typically be handled without an attorney because the damage is measurable, from time to time, when the damage the crash caused is extensive, we are needed to get involved. From time to time,

Read More

Semi Tractor Trailer Collision v. Pedestrian v. Alcohol Withdrawal? Haines City, FL

Tags : 

Yes, negligence can be caused by all kinds of things, radios, text messages. Today’s personal injury attorney blog is my first time reading about a semi tractor trailer crash involving a pedestrian which may have a contributing cause being “alcohol withdrawal.” Willie Don Surles, 51, of Haines City was supposed to be safe in a hospital room.

Read More

Drug Dealing and Driving Leads to Crash – Saint Petersburg, Florida

Tags : 

All of the personal injury attorneys I know in Florida all preach the same thing to our friends and families; please make sure you have UM coverage on your automobile insurance policy. Today’s blog is yet another story with that main theme. In a wrongful death claim such as the one I will summarize for

Read More

Two Linux Buses – Two Bus Crashes in Orlando, Florida

Tags : 

Today’s personal injury blog is about an interesting story out of Orlando, Florida. Usually, scary moments are not what we should encounter when we hop the bus, but for some passengers on board, not one, but two LYNX buses scary moments are exactly what they encountered during two separate accidents in the same day. I

Read More

Motorcyclist Killed in Crash – Clearwater, Florida 7/10/11

Tags : 

As a personal injury attorney, I spend most of my time allocating fault. Today’s blog is actually about a crash in Clearwater on July 10, 2011 which may have been the motorcyclists, fault but it brings up a lot of things to learn about motorcycling safety in general. Saturday nights are nights that many people look

Read More

Seniors Behind the Wheel in Saint Petersburg, Florida

Tags : 

As a personal injury attorney who specializes in car crashes, I too had to make some gentle adjustments when I moved to Florida in 2001. As you can imagine, I do see far more personal injury cases involving elderly as my mid-western injury attorney counterparts. The fact is that Florida has the highest percentage of people

Read More

Longboat Key, Florida Parasailor Dies

Tags : 

This is the second time in a year that a tourist has died in a parasail accident off Florida’s west coast. The safety of Florida’s parasailing brings up numerous issues for personal injury attorneys. Any time someone is injured on the water there are perils awaiting the unsuspecting personal injury attorney. There are occasions where maritime

Read More

Teens Killed in Fatal Tampa Car Crash

Tags : 

As a personal injury attorney, you see a lot of what can change in an instant. Again and again, every crash gets categorized into the framework of liability and damages. Last week, news reports indicated that Alicia Dawn Shaheed, 18, of Morgantown, WV, was killed and three others were airlifted to Tampa General Hospital in a

Read More

Product Liability Law in Florida

Tags : 

Product liability is the area of law in which an injured person holds manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers, and others who make products available to the public are held responsible for the injuries those products cause. Although the word “product” has broad connotations, product liability attorneys practice in product liability as an area of law, which

Read More

A Public Service Announcement on Drinking and Driving in Saint Petersburg, FL by a Personal Injury Attorney to Prevent ever having to Meet One

Tags : 

A public service announcement on drinking and driving by a personal injury attorney to prevent ever having to meet one. We have all been there at some point in time. Out with friends, dinner, movies, dancing, a few cocktails, and “hey, how about a few more cocktails?” Before we know it, we have gone over

Read More

A Two-Car Crash Tuesday Morning Leaves Bradenton Florida Man Dead

Tags : 

A two-car crash happened on Tuesday morning at U.S. 301 and 51st Avenue East involving a 79-year-old Bradenton man who later died according to Florida Highway Patrol. News is reporting that according to FHP, a Honda Civic headed south on U.S. 301 entered the intersection and collided with a Chevy Uplander driven by Robert Zandstra,

Read More

Over the limit and under arrest! Another DUI causes a personal injury crash in Pinellas County, Florida

Tags : 

Another person was arrested for DUI after causing a personal injury car crash that he caused and fleeing from the scene in Pinellas County. 6/22/11, Pinellas County, Florida. News reports indicate 57-year-old Jeffrey Braden crashed the Ford Explorer he was driving into John Svoboda’s Toyota Tacoma pickup truck on Pasadena Avenue last week. According to the Pinellas

Read More

Mistakes People Often Make When They Go to a Doctor After a Collision

Tags : 

Plaintiff personal injury attorneys have to deal with savvy, well paid insurance attorneys who will use common behavior while you are at the doctor’s office to deny your claim. Your attorney may have instructed you on some of these issues, but if not, or if you do not have an attorney, consider the following when you

Read More

Another Hit and Run Car vs Pedestrian Collision in Clearwater, FL – this time a Deputy Bailiff

Tags : 

Clearwater– From time to time, personal injury attorneys have the experience of having to hearing about a friend or acquaintance involved in an automobile crash. Because we see so many crashes, it is always worrisome to see a person we knew before the crash and it hits a little closer to home. Today’s blog is relating to

Read More

Plant City, Florida Crash Kills Two

Tags : 

PLANT CITY — The main issue personal injury attorneys run into dealing with multiple car pileups like this one is, as you can imagine; insurance coverage. I represent people all the time who are one of many that are injured in such crashes and the outcome is all too familiar. The person who caused the

Read More

Construction Worker Killed by a Truck on I-75 in Tampa, Florida

Tags : 

BRANDON — Another automobile – pedestrian fatality occurred in Brandon when a 19-year-old construction worker, Robert Armstrong, was killed early Tuesday after being hit by a vehicle on Interstate 75. This is like some of the other local crashes that I want to mention in my blog. According to news outlets, Armstrong was one of

Read More

Another Bicyclist’s Life Ends in an Automobile Crash in Largo

Tags : 

LARGO — A bicyclist died early Saturday along Starkey Road after he was hit by a van, according to Largo police. News outlets report that the van, a 1996 GMC driven by 62-year-old Lonnie Baumbach, was going northbound on Starkey Road when it hit Gregory Gancarz, 55, at 4:48 a.m. ending in yet another fatality on

Read More

Automobile Accident in Tampa, June 14, 2011, Claims Life

It only takes a minute for us to take your eyes off the road and for an automobile accident to happen. It is not always necessarily due to texting or answering our cell phones while driving. Sometimes it could be as choosing to take your eyes off the road to play with the radio or watching a

Read More

Motorcycle Crashes in Florida Rekindle the Helmet Law

Tags : 

Two separate motorcycle accidents occurring on Florida highways this past Memorial Day weekend resulted in a fatality and a life-threatening personal injury, reigniting the familiar motorcycle helmet law controversy. News outlets report that 40 year-old Eric Von Schnetzer of Tampa died Tuesday morning at Bayfront Medical Center in Saint Petersburg, Florida as a result of critical head wounds and

Read More

St. Petersburg Traffic Cameras to Fend Off Car, Motorcycle and Truck Crashes

Tags : 

Saint Petersburg, Florida has officially made an agreement to allow a company to install traffic cameras in a stated attempt to decrease traffic crashes related to people running red lights. Whether you are the type to think of the cameras as big scary brother, or a safety net, there are a number of issues which

Read More

Personal Injury Lawsuits: Separating Fact From Fiction

Tags : 

Between 1985 and 2003, the number of lawsuits for personal injuries and medical malpractice tried in the federal courts DROPPED by 79%, and, in the largest state courts, the number DROPPED almost 32% between 1992 and 2001. Despite these statistics, it seems as if you hear nothing but complaints about the greed of clients and

Read More

Motorcycle Truck Crash in St. Petersburg and Resulting Wrongful Death – May 14, 2011

Tags : 

A motorcyclist named Robert Ross’s life was cut short late last week when a pickup pulled out in front of him in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Unfortunately, this type of crash is all too common not only in St. Petersburg, but across Florida. Although we see motorcyclists every day, people simply do not pay them enough

Read More

Automobile Leaves Scene After Crashing into Pedestrian in Tampa

Tags : 

News outlets have reported on the pedestrian who was run down by a car on Kennedy in Tampa early Friday Morning of May 6, 2011. Apparently, a pedestrian had left The Kennedy, a popular bar on Kennedy Blvd in Tampa at around 3:00am. We all know what probably happened; the driver was drunk after Cinco

Read More

Contact us Today

Managed WordPress Hosting