Florida residents and visitors frequently take full advantage of the warm weather, ample bodies of water and areas that allow boating and other water-based activities. It is a significant part of the allure of the state and attracts a great many people to take part. However, it cannot be ignored that there are inherent dangers with being on a boat. There could be a number of reasons for this, but one thing is certain: those who are injured or lose a loved one in a fatal boating accident need to understand who to seek compensation through a wrongful death legal filing.
The number of drivers who are operating their vehicles while distracted is a troublesome trend that is causing auto accidents with injuries and fatalities. Although state governments and law enforcement are trying to reduce its frequency, the number of fatalities on the road has risen by 14 percent since 2015 based on information from the National Safety Council. Miami is on the list of one of the cities with the highest incidences of distracted drivers in the U.S.
Distracted driving is becoming an increasingly worrisome problem in Florida and across the U.S. While many people who are concerned about a crash due to a distracted driver feel that way due to anecdotal evidence of having seen it happen, studies are conducted to determine just how prevalent the problem is. One recent study has shown that Florida is the second worst state for people using their smartphones while driving behind Louisiana. For those who have been in an accident or suffered the loss of a loved one in a fatal car crash and believe it was due to a driver who was texting or otherwise using their smartphone while behind the wheel, this information can be essential to pursuing compensation in a legal filing.
A fatal accident in Florida can come in many different ways, but one of the most frequent causes is a car accident. These crashes happen for a multitude of reasons and cause pain and turmoil in an emotional, personal and financial sense to the family that has suffered the loss of a loved one. Although it will not alleviate the pain they feel at the fatal car crash, a wrongful death legal filing can be useful in receiving compensation for all that was lost with the fatality.
Since Miami is a warm-weather locale with a lively population and many people involved in boating, accidents are unavoidable. Some of these accidents are circumstantial and lead to minor injuries. Others, however, are more serious and lead to severe injuries and death. Given the nature of Miami, there are many people who are prominent and famous who live and work there. When they are in an accident, it draws attention with the results there for all to see. Such is the case with the late pitcher for the Miami Marlins, Jose Fernandez.
Under Florida law, when a person's negligence or wrongful conduct causes another person's death, the decedent's personal representative may pursue a wrongful death lawsuit for the benefit of the decedent's estate and certain surviving relatives. Each of the decedent's survivors can recover damages for loss of the decedent's support and services from the date of the injury to the date of death, and future support -- reduced to present value -- from the date of death forward.
Bicycling as a means of getting around has been increasing in popularity in recent years. But as more bicyclists share busy roads with automobiles, fatal accidents become more likely. One such tragedy took place recently in the Miami area.
Florida patients have some important legal rights when they seek medical treatment. One of the most important of these is the right to informed consent. This means that before submitting to a course of treatment or a medical procedure, the doctor must advise the patient of the benefits, risks and alternatives and then get the patient's consent before proceeding.
For years insurance companies and their allies in the state legislature have been spreading a fiction that Florida is in a medical malpractice lawsuit crisis. According to the insurance companies, doctors have been fleeing the state and those who remain have been forced to practice "defensive medicine" and avoid performing many procedures, all because of skyrocketing malpractice lawsuits. The insurers' PR strategy has been very successful, and the fable of a medical profession beset by frivolous litigation has become widely accepted. But, as data from the National Practitioner Data Bank shows, it's a myth.
Drunk driving is a serious problem in Florida. Police and prosecutors are doing all they can to keep drunk drivers off the road. The penalties for drunk driving are more severe today than they have ever been, and years of public awareness campaigns have educated the public about the dangers of intoxicated driving. And yet there are still some people who don't get the message, and they continue to cause accidents - many of them fatal.