Texting While Driving: What You Need to Know

Texting while driving is distracted driving, and it is so dangerous that 46 states, including Florida, have banned texting while driving. Distracted driving causes accidents, leading to injuries and even death. In fact, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 3154 people were killed in distracted driving accidents in 2013. Texting While Driving Creates […]

What Is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice occurs when a medical practitioner or another health care provider provides treatment that does not meet the accepted standard of care, resulting in injury or death. In an emergency setting, the risks of receiving negligent care increase due to the chaotic, fast-paced nature of the situation. Mistakes made by first responders or emergency […]

What Is Restitution?

Consider this scenario: the defendant has stolen an expensive watch from an individual. The individual wants the watch back, but the defendant has already sold the watch and can no longer locate it. Since the court cannot order the defendant to return the stolen watch, the court instead orders the defendant to pay the the […]

Punitive Damages: What You Need to Know

The goal of any civil lawsuit is to return a plaintiff to the position he or she was in prior to an accident or situation. In order for a plaintiff to return to their “normal” life, the defendant is responsible for compensatory damages. For example, if you were in a car accident at the fault […]

Definition of the Week: Negligence

In a personal injury case, the injured party must be able to establish negligence to prove that another person is at fault for their injuries. According to the Florida Supreme Court, negligence is “the failure to use reasonable care.” Negligence is the cause of thousands of injuries and deaths across the U.S. every year. Citizens […]

Definition of the Week Medical Malpractice

Having surgery to amputate a leg is terrifying enough, but imagine waking up and realizing the doctor amputated the wrong leg. This was the scary reality for Florida resident, Willie King. In 1995, King, who had a diabetes-related circulatory disease, underwent surgery to have his right leg cut off below the knee. King’s surgeon, Dr. […]