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West Palm Beach crash kills one, seriously injuries another

A serious car accident in the West Palm Beach area left one man died and another person hospitalized with serious injuries. The accident involved four vehicles, but the drivers of the other two vehicles were thankfully not hurt seriously.

According to police, the driver who died at the scene approached an intersection driving too fast, all the reason for his speeding was not known. Family members say that the man suffered from seizures and was not medically fit to be driving.

When are punitive damages available?

When a West Palm Beach, Florida, resident loses a loved one to a motor vehicle accident, they may want to see justice done with respect to those responsible for their loved one's death. While no amount of money can bring a person back after a deadly accident, seeing the responsible party held accountable for their misdeeds can give a family some sense of peace and closure, as if an injustice was rectified.

Rectifying injustice is one of the reasons, in certain cases, that Floridians can get punitive damages following fatal car accidents. Punitive damages are not designed so much as to repay victims as they are to make sure the party responsible for the accident, as well as others, do not engage in dangerous and seriously thoughtless behavior. The damages attempt to accomplish this goal via the imposition of a financial penalty.

Husband reluctant to talk with a lawyer about his injury?

In the days following your spouse's injury in something such as a car wreck, your immediate concern was probably whether he would get through it and what any long-term consequences might be. By now, the dust has settled, your spouse has been home for a while and is still in a lot of pain grappling with injuries. You worry about his mental and emotional health and about keeping your family together. Further, the loss of your spouse's income plus the medical bills mean that your family is financially struggling.

It would help greatly if your spouse was willing to at least speak with a lawyer about the possibility of filing a lawsuit. However, he does not seem interested. What can you do?

3 tips for getting the most out of your car accident claim

If you are in an auto accident due to the negligence of another driver, you may be seeking compensation for property damage and medical expenses. The aftermath of your car wreck may be overwhelmingly stressful, but it is necessary for you to follow some guidelines if you want to get the most out of your claim.

Dealing with insurance companies may be an intimidating process. The insurance adjuster may try to give you less than what you need to cover all your expenses. Here are some things you should do to maximize your compensation:

Hit-and-run epidemic continuing in Florida, across country

According to a recent report prepared by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, which is affiliated with the American Automobile Association, there is a hit-and-run crash every minute somewhere in the United States, with an average of 682,000 hit-and-runs happening annually. A summary of this fact and the report's other findings is available via a press release issued by the AAA.

The report revealed that Florida does not fare well when it comes to the number of hit and runs. Along with Louisiana and New Mexico, Florida ranked as among the worst states for the frequency of hit-and-run accidents.

A quick guide to workers' compensation laws in Florida

Florida is more than just a travel destination. While tourism is a major industry here, Florida is home to a wide range of businesses. Whether you work in tourism, health care, retail or any other industry, it is crucial for you to know the workers' compensation laws in the Sunshine State.

When you have an understanding of how the law works, you will be ready to report any injury and get the compensation you need to recover. 

Can I get both SSD benefits and workers' compensation?

As the followers of this West Palm Beach, Florida, Social Security disability benefits law firm's blog know, our office represents Florida clients both in obtaining disability benefits through the Social Security Administration and in getting workers' compensation following a work-related accident or illness.

In theory, there is no reason why an injured Florida worker can, and even should, pursue benefits under both programs, provided of course that they are otherwise eligible to do so.

When to contact an attorney after a car accident in Florida

Luckily, not all crashes involve serious injuries or negligence. However, in some instances, it is imperative to involve a personal injury attorney following an accident, whether that is a car crash, motorcycle accident or a crash with a pedestrian or bicycle. Knowing when you should get an attorney involved in your case is an important first step to getting the compensation you deserve for any injuries you may have suffered, especially as the result of another's negligence.

Look over the following information to see if it applies in your particular case.

Can I get benefits if the injury was my fault?

Many people in West Palm Beach, Florida, go to work every day without thinking about the dangers that their job presents to them. However, if one thinks about it, many workers in the area do jobs that present a number of opportunities for a person to get hurt, such that a worker has to be vigilant at all times.

It's not just construction and industrial jobs where this is the case, although workers in those occupations do have to remember a lot of safety rules and procedures, as well as how to operate a lot of different types of equipment. For example, those who work in a medical environment also have to remember all kinds of precautions in order to prevent falls, strains, infections and the like.

Personal injury and auto insurance in West Palm Beach

In Florida, personal injury lawsuits fall under the state's particular system of laws, which means that a personal injury lawsuit in Florida will not necessarily have the same outcome as it would in a different state under different laws. For example, Florida is one of the few remaining states that still follows a no-fault insurance system, and this plays a significant role in personal injury claims.

If you have suffered an injury in a motor vehicle accident due to the negligence of another driver or another factor that caused the accident, you should consult with a personal injury attorney to understand how to proceed under Florida law in terms of filing a claim. You should not rely on your insurance company to assist you or to have your best interests in mind.

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