Why the black Box downloads are important in automobile accidents

Many law firms do not litigate your case. Here at Ken M. Frankel, P.A., we file many lawsuits to maximize your recovery. Some firms wait years trying to settle your case when you could be in litigation and not lose valuable time. Additionally, it sends a message to the insurance company that you mean business. Not every case needs to be filed early but this is something you should discuss with your attorney. Another important aspect of serious injury cases is that early in the process the at fault car’s “black box” be downloaded for important data. If this download is not done timely and quickly this valuable information will be lost forever. It is very expensive to do this download so discuss with your attorney the viability of doing it on your case. It is not mandatory to do on all cases, but it is appropriate on many. Another important discussion to have with your attorney is what experts need to be retained on your case. Does my case...

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LAWSUITS AGAINST UBER AND LYFT AND OTHER RIDE SHARING COMPANIES

Ride sharing lawsuits have increased exponentially in the last few years. Companies like Uber and Lyft have become more popular than ever. So, the question is; When do I have a case against one of those companies? Obviously, the easiest and most often case is when you are a passenger in an Uber or Lyft vehicle that is being driven by an apparent agent of those companies who gets into an at fault accident. If the driver is the cause of the accident and you are injured, you have a viable cause of action against the Uber, Lyft or other company for the injuries you sustained. Not only are you able to recover money for your injuries you are also entitled to past and future pain and suffering, Past and future medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, past and future lost wages as well as other damages. A lesser known viable lawsuit or claim against a ride sharing company including Uber or Lyft occurs when one of their vehicles are on the...

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Florida’s New Ban on Texting and Driving

Texting while driving has led to 1.6 million car crashes in the United States each year. This epidemic is the cause of 1 out of every 4 car accidents. These statistics may be off the charts due to Florida previously handling texting and driving as a secondary law. This ban requires police to pull over any driver who is using their phone while driving, as opposed to it only having been a secondary law in the past- not allowing police to pull you over for texting and driving alone. If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, visit the Law Offices of Ken Frankel, P.A.   

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What to do if you are hit by a Drunk Driver

As with any car accident, the first thing you do is call the police to report the accident. While you are waiting, take a photo of all the damages and the other driver’s license plate. If you have a smartphone, take a video of the scene, especially if the other driver is clearly intoxicated as this will be used as evidence if the driver denies being under the influence.  Look around for witnesses and exchange phone numbers and information which supports your claim.  Usually, after a car accident involving a drunk driver, the victim may be injured and taken to the hospital. Following up with your medical provider is crucial to providing evidence during your claim in court.  If you have been injured in a car accident involving a drunk driver, come to the Law Offices of Ken Frankel, P.A.

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What is the Difference Between Car and Truck Accidents? 

If you are involved in an accident with a semi-truck, the process of a claim is entirely different than that of a car accident.    A truck accident can cause severe injuries and extensive property damage due to it’s the high center of gravity, increasing the risk of turnover. This means that some accidents are specific to semi-trucks such as jackknifing. This is why trucks usually carry more insurance. Due to the higher likelihood of an accident occurring, there is a higher risk of fatality in a trucking accident. According to the United States Code of Federal Regulations, for a truck weighing 10,000 lbs and carrying non-hazardous cargo, the liability insurance must be at least $750,000. If a truck weighs 10,000 lbs and carries hazardous cargo, the insurance rate surges to $1,000,000. If a truck weighs 10,000 lbs, carries hazardous materials and explosives, this truck is now covered with $5,000,000 in liability insurance.    Truck drivers receive extensive training and their operations follow strict regulations while their vehicles are on...

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How to: Maximize Compensation for Personal Injury Case

Firstly, document the scene of the accident. Take pictures of the location, license plates, property damages, and bodily injuries. By preserving this evidence, you have a higher chance of convincing the jury of your case. Second, make sure you see the appropriate doctor and tell him of your complaints so he can document your injuries. By having a clear medical record of the injuries suffered from the accident, your evidence will speak for itself to the court.  Another way to ensure maximum compensation for your personal injury case is to see all of the right specialists for the claim. After an accident, bodily injury is not the only pain endured, emotional pain follows as well. Lastly, get to work on your case immediately, as not to risk the statute of limitations expiring before you are able to be compensated.

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What is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

A personal injury arises when harm is caused by one person to another. Whether it was intentional or indirect, personal injury cases emerge from negligence on the defendant’s behalf. The goal at the end of a personal injury case is to recover lost wages, medical bills, or pain and suffering. Triggers of a personal injury lawsuit most commonly arise after medical malpractice in which a doctor mistreats a patient, leading to permanent injuries, or even after a car accident in which another party caused a victim pain and suffering due to negligent behavior, or, finally, slip and fall cases involving maintenance of retail stores.  Filing a personal injury lawsuit with Frankel Injury Law entitles you to recover all your damages, lost wages, medical bills of the past and future and, most importantly, pain and suffering from the defendant. Call us now to schedule your free consultation.

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Tips on Being a Safe Motorcyclist

Riding a motorcycle may make you look cool, but how safe is it really? There's something about the adrenaline and the speed of riding that some people cannot get enough of. However, riding a motorcycle can be dangerous due to the high risk of getting into an accident. If you are a rider, you may want to follow these quick and easy tips to increase your safety and the safety of others while riding: Make sure you are wearing the correct protective gear: Always make sure that you are wearing a helmet when riding your motorcycle and always make sure you have a spare helmet as well. In some states it is mandatory by law that all riders wear a helmet. You would also want to have a good motorcycle jacket that offers interior protection in case you fall. Also, you may want to get yourself a good pair of riding gloves. Wearing gloves will not only give you the extra protection that you need but a tighter grip on...

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Medical Malpractice

In the United States, medical malpractice is a term used for when a hospital or doctor causes injury to a patient due to negligence. Medical malpractice can be any of the following: Misdiagnosing a conditionFailure to follow up with patientSurgical errors or unnecessary surgery Improper medication or doses Failure to diagnose symptoms To have a medical malpractice case you must have the following four requirements: Professional relationship between the doctor and patient: A professional relationship proves that it is the doctor’s duty to take care of the patients’ needs to treat them accordingly. An injury or malpractice was caused by the professional’s negligence: The patient must be able to prove an injury resulted from the doctor’s carelessness. For example, if you needed knee surgery on your right knee, and before performing the surgery the doctor failed to look at your medical papers and ended up performing surgery on the wrong knee, you now have a case for medical malpractice.The patient must be able to prove that his injuries were caused...

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Should You Discuss Your Personal Injury Case with Your Doctor?

After getting into a car accident, it is very important that you see a specialist about your injuries. This should be done whether or not you file a personal injury case with a lawyer. If you got into a car accident and visited your primary physician for your injuries, they will likely recommend you to visit a specialist. Rather than primary physicians, specialists are equipped to document your medical problems with specific details that are important for an insurance claim. When seeing a specialist in regards to a personal injury, it is important to disclose all information. If you have previously suffered from knee pain, it is important that you tell this to your specialist. Many people tend not to tell their health specialist about minor injuries. For example, suppose that during the car accident you happened to hit your head on the steering wheel and, due to the impact, you now suffer minor headaches. You decide not to tell the specialist about your pain because you believe it is...

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