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Releasing your documents in Florida: Medical paperwork

Your medical information is private in Florida. You and the doctors who work with you to help you get the care you need are the only people who see these documents outside administrative needs at the hospital. When you've been injured and are seeking compensation, you will need to provide information about your injuries to the court and your lawyer. You need to have the right medical paperwork in order to put together a strong personal injury case.

Can I help my son or daughter get a Green Card?

In immigration matters, children of naturalized U.S. citizens are granted special priority. The law makes a distinction, though, based on the marital status and age of the child involved. That is, unmarried children under 21 years of age are categorized as immediate relatives, while married children and children over 21 are placed in the family preference category. Immediate relatives living in Florida or elsewhere have a simpler path to permanent residency because an unlimited number of visas have been made available for people who meet the requirements of the category. Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens need not wait for a visa number and may begin the process of securing permanent residency by filing Form I-485 at the same time that the citizen sponsor files Form I-130. Other forms may be required as well.

How common are misdiagnoses?

One of the most common forms of diagnostic failure in Florida, and the United States in general, is the failure to diagnose a condition. The most common types of lawsuits for failing to diagnose or for a delayed diagnosis are for breast cancer, lung cancer, heart attack, appendicitis and colon cancer.

How could I have been diagnosed with something I do not have?

As some Florida residents already know, doctors may, despite their education and training, fail to properly diagnose a patient's illness or injury. In some cases, a doctor may not only miss the correct condition but also provide the ailing patient with a diagnosis for an incorrect condition. This can be cause for alarm. For, an incorrect diagnosis may not only lead to ineffectual treatment but can even exacerbate the actual illness or injury.

What is a K-1 visa?

U.S. immigration law provides a prescribed way for American citizens, both in Florida as well as elsewhere, to be able to bring their significant other from a foreign country into the United States in order to get married. To facilitate this, the foreign-born fiancé of a U.S. citizen must apply for and obtain a K-1 visa. If that individual has children, they may then apply for K-2 visas based on their parent's status.

How is a person's worth defined during a wrongful death case?

Have you lost a loved one who was still a baby? Maybe you lost an elderly parent to mistreatment at a local nursing facility in Florida. Whatever happened, you have rights as a family member of those people.

Does your firm's success hinge on employment immigration?

Employment immigration is a critical resource for many Floridian firms. Companies use it to add talent to their workforces, gain fiscal benefits and explore vital new modes of operation. It's critical that your firm employs employment immigration correctly in order to derive the results you desire while avoiding the negative consequences of failing to stay compliant with the law.

Florida car accidents: You have options to pursue

If you've been in a car or truck accident in Florida, then you need to seek the compensation you need to pay medical bills, repair your damaged vehicle and to cover the time you have lost off work. If you're now disabled, you may want to collect money that can be used to add handicap-friendly ramps or other items to your home.

Florida health care facilities and liability issues

A patient expects to receive competent care at a medical facility, but the actions of an unqualified or inadequately trained staff member could result in the quality of care being substandard. In some cases, such issues can even result in adverse events for a patient. Problems could range from medication errors to inability to deal with a medical emergency. While the pain or injuries resulting from such incidents may vary, the occurrence of medical errors due to unqualified staffing can undermine the reputation of a medical facility while posing risks to future patients.

3 common injuries in newborns

Nothing should spoil the joyous moment of birthing a child. More often than not, however, newborns can suffer serious injuries at the hands of a doctor, nurse or other hospital staff. It is important that Florida residents are aware of the more common birth injuries including stretch, avulsion and rupture.

What are some statistics about motorcyclists in the U.S.?

As a motorcyclist in Florida, you are at risk every time you drive on the roadways. Other drivers may not always see you, your motorcycle or perceive you as being as close to them as you are. Because of your lack of protection in a crash, you're more likely to be seriously injured or even killed.

Employers must follow strict standards when hiring immigrants

Since Florida is a popular destination for immigrants, it is imperative that employers keep tabs on the legal status of those individuals who are working for them. The state's immigration law statutes make several requirements of employers when it comes to verification and storage of workers' data.

Motorcycle insurance in Florida: What's the law?

As a motorcyclist in Florida, you know what you need to do to be safe on the road, but are you certain you're covered by insurance if someone hits you in an accident and doesn't have insurance? What about if you're involved in a hit-and-run accident? There are several different kinds of auto insurance in Florida, and Florida motorcycle insurance differs by law. You need to carry motorcycle insurance, just like other motorcyclists do.

Immigration concerns as families fail to report

As a state affected by the massive immigration of young families into the country earlier in the year, Florida is dealing with its share of the individuals who have been released into communities. Although those released have been instructed to report to immigration agents, representatives of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have noted that only 30 percent have followed through. Reports were made confidentially as ICE met with advocates who are working on policy development, but an audio recording of the meeting in question was obtained.

Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook

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Our firm is a recognized leader in immigration law and litigation. We handle the spectrum from family and employment-based visas to deportation defense and immigration appeals. Founding partner Ira Kurzban authored the Immigration Law Sourcebook, widely used by immigration lawyers, judges and government officials as the authoritative field reference.

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