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Archive: 2015

Product Liability: Can Your Car Cause an Accident?

In most cases, car accidents result from driver negligence. Whether speeding, drinking and driving, or texting behind the wheel, failure to meet the standard of care that all motorists owe to one another can have serious consequences – including life-changing and sometimes fatal injuries. When this happens, injured drivers and passengers can seek compensation for their losses by filing a lawsuit for personal injury or wrongful death.

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Bad Faith: When Your Insurer Won’t Pay for Your Personal Injury

If you have suffered injuries that are covered under your insurance policy, your insurance company has a legal duty to pay you according to the terms of your policy. Your policy is a legally-binding contract, and under Florida law, your insurance company must meet its contractual obligations in good faith.

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Non-Economic Damages: Pain and Suffering After a Motorcycle Accident

When you suffer serious injuries in a motorcycle accident, your financial losses will typically include property damage, medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages and maybe even the cost of paying someone to do things (like mow your lawn) that you would ordinarily be able to do on your own. However, in addition to these financial losses, you may also suffer what is known in legal terms as “pain and suffering.”

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When Big Trucks Cause Car Accidents: Going Up Against Commercial Lawyers

In a typical car accident case, if the other driver was negligent in causing your injuries, your attorney will file a claim against his or her insurance company. There are other possibilities – such as when a vehicle defect contributes to the accident – but in most cases auto accident claims are resolved through a settlement or litigation with the negligent driver’s insurer.

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Overcoming Bias: Standing Up for Motorcycle Accident Victims

If you are a motorcycle rider, do you: Often sit in other drivers’ blind spots? Regularly weave in and out of traffic? Speed everywhere you go? 

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The Owner’s Fault: Strict Rules About Florida Dog Bites

If you are injured in a dog attack, do you know your legal rights? Florida’s dog bite law is more favorable to victims than similar laws in other states, and as a result dog bite victims were able to recover $5.6 million in financial compensation in 2014 alone.

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Hurt on The Job: Your Employer’s Responsibilities

You go to work to earn a living and, in most cases, do your best to take care of your bills, family and goals. Nobody goes to work intending to get hurt, but sometimes accidents occur and you find yourself hurt on the job. When this happens, the process of resolving the issues can bevery confusing and stressful.

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Determining the Costs Associated With Car Accident Injuries

When you’ve been in a car accident, you may find that the costs associated with the accident far exceed what you expected. When you consider your medical bills, lost time at work and damage to your car, you notice that the numbers just keep rising. It is at this point you may be considering filing a personal injury claim with an experienced lawyer on your side. 

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Slip and Fall: Who Is Responsible for Your Injury?

A nasty fall can be a devastating life event. Suddenly, you may find yourself with mounting medical bills, physical rehabilitation, a great deal of pain and no ability to work to help you make ends meet. When a fall happens under certain circumstances, it may not be your fault --it may be the fault of the person who owns the property where you were hurt. 

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Auto Accidents: When The Other Driver Claims You Contributed

If you are involved in an auto accident, you may quickly find yourself in a debate with the other party when it comes to determining fault. Even if those involved were fairly civil at the accident scene, once the time comes for people to pay for the damage they’ve caused, you might face some reluctance. 

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Distracted Driving: When Texting Causes a Car Accident

Driving is a serious responsibility; yet, car accidents happen throughout Florida all the time. Many of these accidents are the result of distracted driving or when a driver is paying attention to something besides the road — like a text message on a cell phone. 

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What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident: Tips for Your Claim

Motorcyclists face serious harm when involved in an accident. Exposure to the road and other vehicles, combined with a smaller profile than cars, can lead to serious injuries and property damage. If you or a loved one is in a wreck, contact a Niceville motorcycle accident lawyer at Powell, Powell & Powell for help with your claim. 

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Going After Drunk Drivers: How Car Accident Lawyers Help

Drinking and driving is never an acceptable situation, but the truth is it happens all over Florida every day. Many of these drunk drivers cause accidents that are not just costly in terms of property damages, but are also costly — or deadly — in terms of physical injuries. 

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Strict Liability: How Florida Personal Injury Law Protects Victims

Florida law provides a variety of rules for how the courts approach personal injuries. However, certain injuries are considered "cut-and-dried." The responsibility for such injuries is placed solely on one party under the doctrine of strict liability. These cases usually include injuries incurred from a dog bite or product defect.

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Wrongful Death Claims: When a Motorcycle Accident Kills a Loved One

If your loved one was involved in a motorcycle crash that resulted in his or her death, you may find yourself on the verge of collapse. The shock, grief and other emotions may cause you to shut down mentally, but it’s crucial to begin working with an attorney immediately. At Powell, Powell & Powell, we offer our condolences for your loss and invite you to contact a Destin motorcycle accident lawyer at our firm.

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Catastrophic Injury: Why You Need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

No one rides a motorcycle expecting the worst to happen, but even with the most vigilant of precautions, accidents can — and do — occur. Unfortunately, the stakes can be a lot higher in motorcycle accidents than car accidents. Catastrophic injuries are distressingly common in motorcycle wrecks. Contact a Fort Walton motorcycle accident lawyer from Powell, Powell & Powell to help you recover compensation for losses related to catastrophic injuries.

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Damage Caps for Car Accidents: How Much Money Can You Receive?

After a car accident, you may soon realize that your expenses and bills are piling up. Maybe you’re not sure how everything will get paid or how you’ll ever get back the money you’ve already spent, particularly if you have been unable to work. The Destin car accident lawyers at Powell, Powell & Powell can help you recover damages against the other driver's insurance company or your own insurer, depending on the circumstances of the accident and your situation.

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Personal Injury Protection: What You Can and Can’t Claim

When you’ve been injured in a car accident in Florida, personal injury protection (PIP) insurance benefits help cover the expenses and losses resulting from the accident. In recent years, however, the state made sweeping changes to personal injury protection  — and these changes didn’t favor people who carry insurance.

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No Fault Auto Accident Laws: When Your Insurer Has to Pay

Florida is a no-fault state, which means that when you get in an auto accident, your insurer is responsible for paying the costs associated with the wreck, including medical expenses and lost income while you heal.

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Comparative Negligence: When Fault Matters in Florida Car Accidents

After a car accident in Florida, you may try to bring a lawsuit against the other driver for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering or other damages. 

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Compensation for Motorcycle Injuries

Motorcycle accidents often cause serious, life-changing injuries or result in the death of the motorcyclist. When you are hurt or a loved one is killed, you can make a claim for compensation if someone else is responsible – even if they are in part responsible – for your accident. A motorcycle accident lawyer can help you understand your options and take legal steps designed to maximize the compensation you receive.

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Staying Safe on Two Wheels

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of motorcyclists killed in collisions has increased almost annually for more than a decade.  While motorcycle riders represent just three percent of vehicles on U.S. roads, motorcycle riders comprise 14 percent of victims killed in collisions. 

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What Martindale-Hubbell AV Ratings Mean in the Legal Profession

Martindale-Hubbell, the largest and most comprehensive source of lawyer ratings in the world, awarded Powell, Powell & Powell the highest possible rating, which is an “AV Preeminent” rating. 

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