Last year I wrote a story about a Party Mom in St. Augustine who decided to help her child by hosting a party where she was providing booze to her child’s friends  under adult supervision.  I guess the reason was to make her child more “popular” by providing a place and some alcohol for the…

If I were in a serious accident in Flagler county, which ER  would I go to for treatment?  Halifax Hospital without a doubt.  Residents in Orlando, Gainesville, and Jacksonville have access to state certified  Level One trauma centers.  As good as Halifax Hospital in Daytona is, it is classified as a Level II trauma center….

I met a new client last week who wondered how her bills would get paid and if she  would  have to pay one-third of her PIP benefits to me for attorneys for fees. I have some great news for you.  Florida law requires what is known as Personal Injury Protection (PIP).  It is a mandatory part of…

A recent case in Central Florida involving Cell phone use tells us that the sequence of calls following an emergency like a car accident is very important.  It is human nature to want to report an accident to our loved ones to let them know you have been injured, and to get help.  But who…

Occasionally every plaintiff’s trial lawyer will be offered  the opportunity to take a case which may look good but is really  a stinker.  The corollary is also true:  sometimes what appears to be a stinker can in reality be a good case which should be taken to court.  A recent rear end collision case which…

The decision to let your child finally drive the family car is one requiring the ultimate exercise of good parental judgment. A parent must honestly weigh the maturity of their child, their need for independent transportation, the cost of insurance, a car, and the dangers and potential risks the child may face when you, the parent, are…

As I wrote in an earlier blog, there are certain legal presumptions which arise when the rear car runs into a lead car.  But those “presumptions” sometimes evaporate into thin air if the rear driver has a good reason to explain the collision.  This blog explains how that disappearing presumption works. In the case of…

Rear end collisions have been around since cars were invented. (Funny, but I have never seen a pelican in formation fly into another one: Why not?)  I was asked recently by a client whether she had any legal rights when she rear ended the car in front of her. This raises the legal issue of what happens when a driver…

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