Personal Injury and Wrongful Death

What is PIP and How Does it Work in Florida?

Personal Injury Protection PIP is an auto insurance coverage that is mandatory in Florida. PIP covers lost wages, medical bills, and other expenses that may arise if you’ve been injured in an accident regardless of who was at fault. While other states also have PIP, Florida has specific rules when it comes to this coverage. How does PIP work? PIP coverage pays a percentage of certain expenses which are incurred if you are in an automobile accident. In Florida, PIP coverage will pay 80% of ...

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Keith 4/1/2020 Comments(0)

What To Look For in a Personal Injury Attorney

When you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you can suddenly find yourself requiring serious medical care, having property damage, and missing work for an extended period of time. The stress of this emotionally jarring experience can be compounded by the need to find competent counsel to advocate for you. By focusing on key characteristics, you can help ensure that you have the right attorney at your side during this vulnerable time. Here are some qualities to look for in ...

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Keith 2/28/2020 Comments(0)

Crossing guard struck by truck while helping child cross street, FHP says.

A truck driver recently hit an Orange County crossing guard who was assisting a child cross the street, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Florida Troopers reported that 78-year-old crossing guard Margarita Martinez was in a crosswalk with a child on Chickasaw Trail shortly after 8 am when a Chevrolet pickup driver made a right turn and hit her. Thankfully Martinez only suffered minor injuries, and the child was not injured. The truck driver, 57-year-old Joel Garcia, was n...

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Keith 2/9/2020 Comments(0)

What Kind of Attorney is Right for me?

Choosing an attorney to represent you in your personal injury case is a critical decision. Your chosen advocate will be someone you trust to look out for your best interest and help you to secure the compensation you need today and in the future. In many ways, you are putting your life in their hands. That is why it is vital that you explore what kind of attorney is right for you. Personal Injury Experience The law is a vast area in which different attorneys can develop specializations. W...

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Keith 1/15/2020 Comments(0)

What to do After a Pedestrian Injury Takes Place

Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents in Florida frequently involve pedestrians. In fact, according to a 2017 report by the Governors Highway Safety Association GHSA Florida ranked second in the nation for pedestrian deaths. Additionally, Florida has consistently been found to be one of the most unsafe places for pedestrians. Some of the reasons for these accidents could be distracted driving, a lack of safe sidewalk areas, and even the pedestrian’s failure to observe crosswalk signals or...

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Keith 1/10/2020 Comments(0)

A Child and Two Adults Hurt After Van Crashes into Lynx bus stop in Orlando

A child and two adults were hurt Friday morning when a car went off the road and crashed directly into a Lynx bus stop in Orlando. It took place around 7:40 a.m. on Silver Star Road, near North Powers Drive in Pine Hills. Florida Highway Patrol said the car was going eastbound on Silver Star Road when it went off the road and hit the bus stop. The FHP said the child was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital, and the adults were taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center. The victims’ injuries were...

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Keith 11/15/2019 Comments(0)

Hand-Held Phone Ban While Driving in Work and School Zones

A new, strengthened Florida law went into affect Oct. 1 — allowing police officers to begin pulling drivers over for using their handheld cellular phone while driving in a designated school crossing, school zone or active work zone area. In those areas, only using hands-free options will be allowed. The message from the Florida Highway Patrol is a strong one — you can’t have the phone in your hand. At all. Officers will issue warnings until January 1, at which point the ...

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Keith 10/3/2019 Comments(0)

Florida Troopers Arrest Wrong Way Driver for DUI Manslaughter

On September 19, 2019 Corporal Kris Neutzling of the Florida Highway Patrol traffic homicide, arrested 32-year old Jason Ray Torrens for DUI Manslaughter. Mr. Torrens was booked into the Orange County Jail after turning himself in at FHP Headquarters. The arrest comes after an eight-month investigation into a fatal traffic crash that occurred at 1:20am on January 29, 2019 on SR 528 near SR 417. Mr. Torrens had been traveling eastbound when he made a U-turn in his Dodge Journey and began travelin...

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Keith 9/19/2019 Comments(0)

Community Comes Together to Assist Hurricane Torn People of the Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian is well past the Central Florida region, and we were very fortunate indeed. So, now you glance at your potentially overstocked food pantry wondering how long will it will be before you cycle through all those extra food items and household supplies. Yes, we are still in the midst of the hurricane season, but perhaps some of these non-perishable food items could help someone, or a family in great need, and right now. The disaster-torn people still staying in the Abaco...

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Keith 9/9/2019 Comments(0)

Orange County Deputy Suffers Broken Arm and Leg, Head Injury After Being Hit By Car

An Orange County sheriff's deputy was struck by a vehicle and seriously injured Thursday morning near Windermere, law enforcement officials said. The crash happened around 4:30 a.m. near South Apopka Vineland and Conroy Windermere roads, east of Windermere. The Florida Highway Patrol reported that an Orange County deputy was removing a sign from the road after responding to a reported crash when a second deputy arrived and got out of his patrol car. According to the Florida High...

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Keith 9/9/2019 Comments(0)

Three Children Sustain Minor Injuries After School Bus is Struck by Pickup Truck in Orlando

Three minor injuries took place when a car struck a school bus from behind with 23 children aboard on Dean Road and Winder Trail in Orlando on Monday August 19th. 33-year-old Adriana Santiago was driving southbound on Dean Road, behind a school bus that was transporting 23 children from Arbor Ridge Elementary. The school bus was attempting to make a right turn onto Winder Road and when Santiago's dodge pickup truck struck the rear of the bus. According to Florida Highway Patrol, three of the chi...

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Keith 8/19/2019 Comments(0)

5-year-old Boy Drowns at Daytona Beach Water Park, Officials Say

A 5-year-old boy died on Saturday after drowning at the Daytona Lagoon Water Park in Daytona Beach, Florida, officials said. A spokesperson for Daytona Lagoon said the boy was taken to Halifax Hospital around 12:45 p.m. after he was found unresponsive in a wave pool. CPR was performed by lifeguards, but sadly the boy died on his way to the hospital, officials said. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family right now, said Tyler Currie, general manager of Daytona Lagoon in a social media post....

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Keith 8/5/2019 Comments(0)

SunRail Train Collides With Car in Orange County

A SunRail train struck a car in Orange County around 9:15pm on Friday night in the area of Oak Ridge Road and Orange Avenue. According to the driver, who is from out of state, his 2019 Ford got stuck on the tracks, but he was able to exit his 2019 Ford before the train crashed into it. Fortunately there were no reported injuries connected to the crash, and Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating the incident. However, when these types of incidents take place, there can be questions t...

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Keith 8/5/2019 Comments(0)

Teen Fatally Struck by Car After Leaving Orlando McDonald's

An 18-year-old man was fatally struck by a car after leaving a McDonald's restaurant in Orlando, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Troopers said the man left the restaurant and attempted to cross the street at Orange Blossom Trail and La Quinta Drive around 1:15 a.m. when he was hit by a Chevy Camaro going south on Orange Blossom Trail. The man, whose name has not been released, was taken to a local hospital, where he later died, troopers said. According to the FHP, the man was ...

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Keith 7/31/2019 Comments(0)

Summertime in Central Florida Means More Swimming and the Need For Pool Safety Tips!

Summertime fun typically means more swimming time in pools, and that means pool safety becomes even more important! One of the most important safety tips to remember is that there’s no substitute for adult supervision when it comes to children and swimming pools. Important Pool Safety Tips: No matter the child’s age, or adult's age, adult supervision can help reduce injuries because of rough play or fatigue during swimming. Always maintain visual contact when...

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Keith 7/18/2019 Comments(0)

Common Pedestrian Injuries

Pedestrian activity can be found almost everywhere. The person may be busy shopper dashing through a parking lot, a jogger getting exercise on a trail, or someone walking down the street. While getting around on foot can be a great way to get around and get exercise, there is also the potential for today's pedestrian to be injured. The individual could be hurt by tripping and falling over an unseen hazard or even be hit by a negligent driver. Here are some common pedestrian injuries : So...

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The Draper Law Office 6/19/2019 Comments(0)

Slip and Fall Case Evidence

When you have a slip and fall accident, it can be extremely disorienting. One moment you are walking along and the next you are on the floor and in pain wondering what has just happened to you. When your accident takes place on property owned by another person or entity, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. However, to prove your case, you will need evidence. Fault or Negligence When you are trying to show that a property owner was negligent or at fault for your slip and fall, ...

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The Draper Law Office 6/14/2019 Comments(0)

Beginning Exercise After Your Slip and Fall

Depending on the extent of your injuries, recovering from a slip and fall accident can take a long time. This can be especially true when you have broken bones and suffered serious soft tissue injuries. During your recovery, you probably had to significantly restrict your movement and avoid being physically active. When you finally have your doctor's okay to exercise you may be eager to jump back into your routine, or you could be scared of re-injuring yourself. Whatever the case may be, there a...

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The Draper Law Office 6/3/2019 Comments(0)

Florida Parking Lot Accidents and Injuries

We have all seen that person speeding through the parking lot, running shopping center stop signs, or cutting off another car to get a parking space. A driver may also fail to carefully back out and crash into another vehicle or even a shopper walking behind the vehicle. Unfortunately, this type of reckless behavior can sometimes result in severe consequences for innocent pedestrians and drivers. Here are some considerations regarding Florida parking lot accidents and injuries: Distracted Drivin...

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The Draper Law Office 5/31/2019 Comments(0)

Common Slip and Fall Injuries

A slip and fall accident can happen almost anywhere and can result in various injuries. Depending on the situation and the health of the victim, some of these wounds can be serious. In some instances, a person who has fallen may not recognize the extent to the damage until hours, days, months, or even years after they were harmed. That is why it is important to get prompt medical attention after a slip and fall incident and to see your doctor for any pain or problems which develop after you have...

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The Draper Firm 5/29/2019 Comments(0)

How an Expert Witness can Help During Your Personal Injury Case

Being injured due to someone else’s negligence can abruptly and negatively affect your physical and mental health, ability to work and function, and relationships with your loved ones. In a perfect world, the responsible party and their insurer would admit their liability quickly and give you the compensation you need to recover and take care of your needs. However, in many instances, the other side will do all they can to deny their culpability and minimize your damages. Fortunately, thro...

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The Draper Firm 5/27/2019 Comments(0)

Kissimmee Pedestrian Fatally Struck While Crossing Orange Blossom Trail

Just prior to the start of summer, a Kissimmee pedestrian was fatally struck by a car attempting to cross Orange Blossom Trail. Around 5:10am, 56 year-old Jose Torres of Davenport, was driving a 2014 Nissan vehicle eastbound on Orange Blossom Trail near Pleasant Hill Drive when 66 year old Kenneth Livingston of Kissimmee attempted to cross the Orange Blossom Trail using the marked crosswalk. According to Florida Highway Patrol, Torres had a green light and fatally struck Livingston as...

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Keith 5/22/2019 Comments(0)

Can I Sue After I Slip and Fall?

When you inadvertently have a bad fall, you can suffer serious injuries such as bruising, ligament damage, spinal disc impact, and even fractures. While there can be occasions when this kind of accident is the result of sheer unforeseen bad luck, there can also be instances when another party’s negligence may be the blame. Here are some considerations regarding filing suit after a slip and fall : Premises Liability When a business or person owns a property, they have a responsibility to ma...

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The Draper Firm 5/17/2019 Comments(0)

How can I tell if my Loved One’s Death in a Car Accident was due to Negligence?

When you lose a loved one due to a motor vehicle collision, it is shocking and emotionally devastating. In some cases, the death will be the result of a tragic and unavoidable accident. However, in other instances, your loved one may have lost their life because of another driver's negligence. Negligence Negligence for an accident can be shown when: · The person who injured the other party had a duty not to injure them; · The person did not uphold their duty; · The person’s ...

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The Draper Firm 5/15/2019 Comments(0)

Recovering From Your Slip and Fall Injury

Experiencing a slip and fall accident can mean suffering devastating injuries which can take weeks, months, or even years to heal. Depending on the extent of your impairments, you may be restricted to a bed and have to go through various treatments and rehabilitative therapy to recover. While the process will take time, there are steps you can take to support your recuperation from your slip and fall injury. Take it Slowly Having limited mobility can be frustrating, and when you start to feel be...

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The Draper Firm 5/8/2019 Comments(0)

Paying for your child’s college after divorce

In Florida, when parents divorce, it is likely that one parent will be ordered to pay child support to the other for their children's needs. While this support is intended to cover the children's necessities, the amount is seldom enough to cover most or all of their expenses. One area which parents may be concerned about is how one or both of them will pay for their children's college. Florida Child Support Under Florida law, a parent’s obligation to pay child support typically ends when t...

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The Draper Firm 4/1/2019 Comments(0)

How an Expert Can Make a Difference in Your Personal Injury Case

When you are injured due to someone else's negligence, the consequences can impact your health, work, family, and future. Being suddenly put in this position can mean enduring problems such as mounting medical bills, missed time at work, property damage, pain and suffering, and uncertain future expenses. Unfortunately, sometimes damages are difficult to define and quantify. Having an expert examine and explain your damages can be the difference between getting the compensation you deserve and no...

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The Draper Firm 3/25/2019 Comments(0)

What is Loss of Companionship?

Losing a loved one such as parent or spouse in an accident is devastating on multiple levels. In addition to the financial burdens of this terrible loss, there are severe emotional consequences. In such a situation Florida law provides that certain survivors can file a claim regarding the loss of their loved one’s companionship. What is Loss of Companionship? While it is difficult to summarize everything which is lost when a loved one dies, loss of companionship or consortium essentially m...

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The Draper Firm 3/22/2019 Comments(0)

Common Restaurant Injuries

Having a meal at a restaurant can be a nice break from cooking as well as an enjoyable way to try new foods and spend time with family and friends. However, a restaurant can also be a place where injuries can occur. Here are some common restaurant injuries: Slip and Fall Accidents A slip and fall accident can happen almost anywhere, but the risk can be higher in places where food and liquids are more likely to be found on floors. Restaurants are notorious for having spills which, if not properly...

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The Draper Firm 3/22/2019 Comments(0)

What to do if you are Injured during your Holiday Hotel Stay

Having loved ones for the holidays is an excellent way to ensure everyone has the space they need to relax and be comfortable. Hotels can also be ideal for families or other groups to have a destination holiday. Unfortunately, injuries can happen at hotels which can mar the festivities. Here is what you need to do if you are injured during your holiday hotel stay: Premises Liability An individual or company which owns property is required to keep it safe for those who may come to the location. T...

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The Draper Firm 3/20/2019 Comments(0)

The Risks of a Personal Injury Case without an Attorney

When you are involved in an accident because of someone else's negligent or reckless behavior it can turn your whole life upside down. You may suddenly find that you are so hurt that you can no longer work or normally function during your day to day life. While all of this is going on, the clock starts ticking on how long you have to file a legal claim for your injuries and other expenses. Although you could choose to try and pursue a personal injury case on your own, without an experienced pers...

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The Draper Firm 3/13/2019 Comments(0)

What to do After a Slip and Fall

A slip and fall accident by its very nature is not something you see coming. One minute you are walking down a sidewalk or through a store or restaurant and the next you are on the ground and in pain. It can be a frightening and confusing experience which can cause you to sustain serious, debilitating, and even permanent injuries. In a situation like this, knowing what to do after your slip and fall accident can be the difference between getting the help and compensation you need and facing an u...

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The Draper Firm 3/11/2019 Comments(0)

Senior Citizen Slip and Fall Accidents

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year, millions of individuals aged 65 and older fall. Further, more than one out of four older people fall each year and one out of five of these incidents results in a serious injury such as broken bones or head trauma. Additionally, due to medical issues commonly experienced by this population, slip and fall accidents for seniors can have serious consequences. Conditions that Make Seniors More Likely to Fall For seniors, there ...

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The Draper Firm 2/6/2019 Comments(0)

Child Safety Tips and Avoiding Bicycle Injuries

Riding a bicycle is not only a fun way to get around it is often a rite of passage for children as they transition to being more independent from their parents. Having the freedom to ride bikes means kids can enjoyably explore their communities. With its temperate weather, Florida offers children the opportunity to ride almost year round. With the number of children cyclist on Florida roadways, it is essential to know how to you keep kids safe and help them avoid bicycle injuries. Helmets Accord...

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The Draper Firm 1/14/2019 Comments(0)

Determining Your Lost Wages From Personal Injury

When an individual is involved in a serious car accident or fall, they can sustain severe and debilitating injuries which prevent them from going to work. In some cases, these injuries may be temporary, and in others, the injured party may never be able to return to their former employment. When someone is injured in this manner due to some else's negligence, Florida law provides that he or she may be able to recover lost wages which occurred as a result of the accident. Here is what you need to...

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Proving Your Pain and Suffering

When you were hurt as the result of someone else’s negligence, Florida law allows you to sue for pain and suffering as part of your general damages in a personal injury case. Pain and suffering can include any mental, physical or emotional distress you experience because of your injury. However, this type of non-economic damage is not easily quantifiable. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you need to understand the process of proving your pain and suffering....

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Understanding Premises Liability When You Have Been Hurt due to a Fall

A person can experience a fall practically anywhere. Some falls will result in immediate and severe medical injuries while others which initially seem minor can have significant implications later on. When someone falls due to an unsafe condition in an environment which was supposed to be safe for them, the property owner may be liable for his or her injuries. Here is what you need to know about premises liability when you have been hurt due to a fall in Florida. Premises Liability The doctrine ...

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The Draper Firm 12/28/2018 Comments(0)

Comparative Fault in a Personal Injury Case

After an accident, establishing who is to blame can be a challenging endeavor. Determining whether someone is liable for your injuries will depend on who is at fault. Additionally, it must also be established that responsible party acted negligently. Further, it is also sometimes the case that the injured party has some culpability for what occurred. In some states, an injured party can be barred from receiving any damages if it is found that they contributed in any way to the injury. This is tr...

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The Draper Firm 12/26/2018 Comments(0)

Ways to Support your Recovery After a Serious Injury

When someone is involved in a major accident, he or she may be left with debilitating injuries which can take several months to heal. This can mean being bedbound and then having to go through extensive medical interventions and rehabilitation before being able to function fully. While the healing process may be slow, it is important to be as proactive as possible in supporting your wellness during this time. Here are some ways to promote your recovery after a serious injury: Follow Medical Advi...

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The Draper Firm 12/24/2018 Comments(0)

What You Need to Know About Pedestrian Injuries

Pedestrian injuries can happen virtually anywhere and are a growing problem in this country. According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association GHSA , pedestrian fatalities due to collisions in the United States have increased substantially faster than all other traffic-related deaths. In a recent report, the GHSA found that pedestrian fatalities increased 27 percent from 2007 to 2016, while during the same time period, all other traffic deaths decreased by 14 percent. The report also ...

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The Draper Firm 12/21/2018 Comments(0)

Florida Theme Park Injuries: What You Need to Know

Florida is a well-known and popular vacation destination for thousands of visitors each year. With its white sand beaches and temperate weather, many people come to enjoy the outdoors. What tourist and residents alike also come to experience are the world famous theme parks which can be found within the state's borders. While Florida is home to some of the most famous and magnificent parks in the world, it also has its fair share of smaller operations such as fairs and carnivals. While these pla...

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The Draper Firm 10/22/2018 Comments(0)

What to Look for in a Personal Injury Attorney

Being seriously injured in an accident can be devastating as it can result in an unexpected and lengthy hospitalization, lost time at work, pain and suffering, and may leave you with permanent damage. When you are in this situation, having the right counsel can be the difference between getting what you need to recover and not being fairly compensated. Therefore, it is vital that you select the right person to handle your case. Here is what to look for in a personal injury attorney: Experience, ...

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The Draper Firm 10/19/2018 Comments(0)

Child Trespassers and Your Responsibilities

Children are inquisitive by nature which can lead them to explore places which may present a danger to them. A child may sneak into a neighbor’s pool without their knowledge and end up being at risk because they are not a strong swimmer or the water has just been chemically treated and is not safe their skin and eyes. While it is inevitable that kids will be curious, it is essential to understand the legal concepts pertaining to child trespassers and your responsibilities. What is a Trespa...

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The Draper Firm 10/15/2018 Comments(0)

What to do After You Slip and Fall

You never know when you could be involved in a slip and fall accident. These types of accidents can happen in everyday places such as shopping malls or grocery stores or even in someone else's home. In some cases, a significant fall can result in severe injuries and may be the result of another's negligence. Here are some actions to take after a slip and fall: Get Medical Attention It is important to seek appropriate medical attention following an accident where you sustain an injury. If you hav...

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The Draper Firm 10/10/2018 Comments(0)

What to do After Being Hit by a Drunk Driver

Drunk driving is an unfortunate reality in every state. While it may seem to be a remote and isolated problem, driving under the influence of alcohol is responsible for thousands of accidents and deaths each year. In fact, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving MADD , drunk driving accounts for 26% of traffic fatalities in the State of Florida . With thousands of Florida drivers on the road, there is a possibility that you could be involved in an accident with an inebriated driver. Here are ...

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The Draper Firm 9/5/2018 Comments(0)

Distracted Driving

Today's driver has more communication and entertainment options than ever before. For many of us, using our cell phones for calls and texts while driving has become commonplace. Further, the development of automotive infotainment systems which allow users to make calls, text, use GPS features, and select radio, music, and information options have made our time the car more enjoyable but also more distracted. Further, as drivers, we are also prone to pay attention to basic diversions such as tryi...

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The Draper Firm 8/31/2018 Comments(0)

Expert Witnesses in a Car Accident Case

When someone is involved in a car accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, there are numerous elements which will have to be proven to establish that the victim is entitled to recover damages. If the person has suffered an injury, they may require compensation for their medical costs now and in the future, lost income and future earnings, as well as for pain and suffering. Sometimes demonstrating all of the elements of the case and the need for compensation is complicated and can...

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The Draper Firm 8/27/2018 Comments(0)

Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

In Florida, there are approximately 683 licensed nursing homes which account for nearly 84,000 beds. People who reside in these facilities have physical and cognitive conditions which require 24-hour care and supervision. Unfortunately, due to their infirmities, nursing home residents are vulnerable to abuse and neglect at the hands of those who are supposed to be providing them with a safe and therapeutic living environment. By being aware of the warning signs of nursing home abuse and neglect,...

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The Draper Firm 8/24/2018 Comments(0)

Contingency Fees in a Personal Injury Case

When you are involved in an accident or suffer a personal injury because of another person’s carelessness or intentional acts, it can be devastating. In the midst of coping with what has occurred, you may be faced with insurmountable medical bills as well as the loss of property and employment. When a circumstance such as this arises having the right personal injury attorney can be the difference between attaining a meaningful amount to pay for your loss and injuries and not having the res...

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The Draper Firm 8/22/2018 Comments(0)

When Should You Have a Personal Injury Attorney

When you suffer an injury due to someone else's conduct or negligence, it can turn your entire world upside down. A serious car accident, for instance, can mean months on lost wages, substantial medical bills, and potentially disabling injuries. Likewise, an injury which occurs due to a building owner's failure to maintain a safe property can also result in significant expenses and damages. When a person has been injured due to this type of experience, it can be difficult for them to understand ...

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The Draper Firm 8/20/2018 Comments(0)

Social Media and Your Personal Injury Claim

Today social media is a central part of most people’s daily life. Many of us use this medium to connect with old friends, stay in contact with those far away, and to keep current on what is happening in the world. When someone suffers a personal injury, it can be a significant event for them which they want to share with their social media community. While it is understandable that an injured person may reach out to their support network, discussing a personal injury matter on social media...

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The Draper Firm 8/16/2018 Comments(0)

What to do if you are in a car accident

According to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles FDMV , there are approximately 14 million drivers on the road in the State of Florida. Each year, the FDMV issues an estimated 800,000 new licenses . Additionally, new residents account for 400,000 more drivers annually. With all of these vehicles and drivers, it is not surprising that many people will be involved in a collision this year. Here is what you need to do if you are in a car accident: Assess the Situation and Call for Help The fir...

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Draper Law Firm 8/14/2018 Comments(0)

Workplace Safety: What you need to know

Millions of Floridians go to work each day with the legitimate expectation that they will be able to work in safe environments which do not have any known dangers. However, workplaces, like any other environment, can have hidden and visible conditions which present a threat to the workforce staff. Here are some considerations regarding workplace safety that you need to know: Ordinarily, when an employee is injured on the job their sole recourse is to file a worker’s compensation claim. How...

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The Draper Firm 8/13/2018 Comments(0)

Common Nursing Home Injuries

Nursing home residents ordinarily have an array of medical conditions and mobility issues. They require daily assistance with routine tasks and round-the-clock support. Unfortunately, members of this medically fragile population can experience injuries in the nursing home environment. Here are some common nursing home injuries: Slip and Fall Accidents A common injury seen in nursing homes are fractures and wounds which are the result of a resident losing their balance and falling. These injuries...

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The Draper Firm 8/10/2018 Comments(0)

What to do After a Pedestrian Injury

Motor vehicle accidents in Florida frequently involve pedestrians. In fact, according to a 2017 report by the Governors Highway Safety Association GHSA Florida ranked second in the nation for pedestrian deaths. Additionally, Florida has consistently been found to be one of the most unsafe places for pedestrians. Some of the reasons for these accidents could be distracted driving, a lack of safe sidewalk areas, and even the pedestrian’s failure to observe crosswalk signals or decision to wa...

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The Draper Firm 8/8/2018 Comments(0)

Qualities to Look for in Your Personal Injury Attorney

When you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you can suddenly find yourself requiring serious medical care, having property damage, and missing work for an extended period of time. The stress of this emotionally jarring experience can be compounded by the need to find competent counsel to advocate for you. By focusing on key characteristics, you can help ensure that you have the right attorney at your side during this vulnerable time. Here are some qualities to look for in ...

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The Draper Firm 8/3/2018 Comments(0)

Summer Camps and Your Child’s Safety

Summer can be a carefree time which gives children a break from the daily pressures of school and extracurricular obligations. During this long holiday, many kids will go to day and overnight camps to experience a host of entertaining activities. While these programs should offer your children a fun and recreational experience, it is essential to be mindful of safety risks which may be present. Here are some factors to consider regarding summer camps and your child's safety: Investigate Online a...

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The Draper Firm 7/30/2018 Comments(0)

Bicycle Injury Accidents in Florida

With its temperate weather and ideal scenery, Florida would seem to be a perfect place to get around by bicycle. Although taking a ride in a sleepy beach community may be relatively safe, most Florida roads are not idyllic for cycling. This is mostly because there is a significant lack of public transportation and biking lanes and a large number of high-speed roads which drivers must travel on when going between cities. These factors, in combination with careless driving, can have dangerous and ...

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The Draper Firm 7/27/2018 Comments(0)

The Dangers of Drugged Driving

When you think about driving under the influence, drunk driving is probably the first thing to come to mind. However, a person’s driving can also be severely impaired by drug use. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse , in the past several years, Florida has seen a dramatic increase in the number of drugged driving deaths, particularly among those related to synthetic opioids. Here are some considerations regarding the dangers of drugged driving. Prevalence of Drugged Driving A...

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The Draper Firm 7/25/2018 Comments(0)

Slip and Fall Accidents: What You Need to Know

According to the National Floor Safety Institute NFSI falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, which represents the leading cause of trips to the ER 21.3% . NFSI estimates that slips and falls are responsible for over 1 million visits , or 12% of total falls. Falls which result from slipping can result in minor and serious injuries. When someone falls in a public place because of a hazardous condition, they may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. Here is what ...

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The Draper Firm 7/23/2018 Comments(0)

What are My Landlord's Responsibilities to Prevent Injuries?

In Florida, thousands of people rent homes, condominiums, and apartments every day. When renting a new residence, renters have the expectation that the dwelling will be in a safe condition and that the landlord will do their part in maintaining the property repair. As with any home, there is always a chance that you or someone else may get hurt while spending time at your rental property. In some cases, your landlord may share in the responsibility for the injury. Here is what you need to know a...

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7/21/2018 Comments(0)

Helping Your Loved One Recover From a Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury can have a devastating impact on the individual and their loved ones. This condition is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States. When a loved one has a traumatic brain injury, it can be difficult to know how to assist them in coping with their trauma as they work towards healing. What is a traumatic brain injury? A traumatic brain injury TBI is a condition which is caused by impact to a person’s head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts t...

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7/18/2018 Comments(0)

Toxic Substances in the Workplace and at Home

We come into contact with chemical substances every day. In many cases, these chemicals are not harmful to us and are a routine part of our daily lives. However, there are some chemicals which we can encounter in our workplaces and homes that are dangerous. By knowing which toxic chemicals are present in your workplace and at home, you can take steps to protect yourself. Workplace Toxic Chemicals Work environments such as a chemical plant or manufacturing facility are expected to have toxic chem...

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7/18/2018 Comments(0)

Filing a Personal Injury Claim on Behalf of an Incapacitated Adult

When a person is incapacitated and suffers a personal injury, it may be necessary to file a claim for relief on their behalf. Fortunately, there are ways in which another person can pursue a personal injury claim for an incapacitated person. Here is what you need to know about filing a personal injury claim in this situation: With a Legal Guardian In Florida, a person can be placed under the care and control of another person, who acts as their guardian provided certain legal criteria can be est...

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7/4/2018 Comments(0)

Can I File a Wrongful Death Claim After a Loved One Commits Suicide?

When a loved one's death is due to suicide, families are left to cope with their loss and try to make sense of what has occurred. While there will be mourning and many unanswered questions, in most cases those left to grieve may not think to turn to the legal system in response to their loved one’s actions. However, there are circumstances which may warrant filing a civil lawsuit premised upon the deceased person’s death being due to someone else’s liability. Here is what you n...

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6/27/2018 Comments(0)

Filing a Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Claim Against the United States Military

The federal government is usually immune from lawsuits under a doctrine called sovereign immunity. What this means is that generally, you cannot sue federal organizations such as the United States Military unless you have permission to do so. However, in certain circumstances, sovereign immunity can be waived. Here are some possible options for considering filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the United States Military: The Federal Tort Claims Act The Federal Tort Claims Act ...

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6/25/2018 Comments(0)

Potential Complications of a Dog Bite

A dog bite victim does not always feel the impact of the bite immediately. Immediate effects of a dog bite include heavy bleeding, soft tissue damage, and broken bones, all of which can be physically very painful. Depending on the nature of the bite, the victim may need emergency medical attention. When this is not the case, he or she should receive first aid followed by a timely examination by a doctor. Dog bites can have long-term complications as well. These complications are not immediately ...

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6/15/2018 Comments(0)

Can I File a Dog Bite Claim if my Dog was the Victim?

For many of us, our dogs are members of our families. We love our dogs like we love our children, and when our dogs are injured, we spare no expense getting them the medical care they need. But dogs are not humans and as such, do not have the same legal protections that human victims enjoy. If your dog is injured in a fight with another dog, you can seek compensation for the damages you suffer as a result. However, this is not a dog bite claim in the typical personal injury sense. Rather, it is ...

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6/11/2018 Comments(0)

When you can File a Personal Injury Claim After being Hurt at Work

When you are injured at work, you can file a Workers’ Compensation claim to take advantage of certain benefits offered by the policy, such as compensation for your medical bills and in some cases, vocational rehabilitation . Often, filing a Workers’ Compensation claim waives your right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the employer. In some cases, though, this is not the case. When your workplace injury was caused by negligence, whether negligence on the part of your employer...

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6/6/2018 Comments(0)

What Not to Say to an Insurance Adjuster

After an accident, you might receive a phone call from an insurance adjuster. This could happen even before you file a personal injury claim, possibly even before you see the doctor for your injury. During this first phone call, it can be easy to be caught off guard and make a statement that hurts your chance of recovering compensation through a claim later. Keep this conversation short and polite and do not consent to having the conversation recorded. I’m Fine No, you are not fine. That i...

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6/4/2018 Comments(0)

Three Ways you can Invalidate your Personal Injury Claim

When you file a personal injury claim, there is no guarantee that you will recover compensation for your damages. In fact, the insurance provider handling your claim will do everything they can to reduce your claim’s value or even render it completely invalid. The effort you put into developing your claim and your actions while the claim is pending play a big role in your claim’s strength. Below are three ways a claimant can inadvertently invalidate his or her personal injury claim. ...

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6/1/2018 Comments(0)

Wearing a Helmet can Save your Life in a Bicycle or Motorcycle Accident

In Florida, motorcyclists over the age of 21 are not required to wear helmets. Bicyclists over the age of 16 are not required to wear helmets, either. But choosing to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle or bicycle can potentially save a rider’s life by cushioning his or her skull and brain from impact in an accident. When a bicyclist or motorcyclist falls from his or her vehicle and suffers an impact between the ground and his or her head, the helmet’s foam interior absorbs the s...

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5/23/2018 Comments(0)

Do I have to Pay Taxes on my Personal Injury Compensation?

Typically, no. When you receive compensation for the damages you suffered in an accident, that money is yours to use to offset the expenses you faced because of the injury, like your medical bills and the wages you could not earn while you were out of work to recover. Like many other legal situations, though, there are exceptions to this. Certain parts of a personal injury settlement may be taxed, and the cause of the victim’s injury can render his or her settlement taxable. Scenarios wher...

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5/21/2018 Comments(0)

The Different Types of Burn

There are many different ways a victim can be burned in an accident. The type of burn the victim suffers depends on the cause of the burn. The degree of the burn is determined by the burn’s severity. A burn can have many severe side effects and complications like permanent nerve damage, chronic pain, and shock. Below are four different types of burn. If you suffer a burn in an accident caused by another party’s negligence, you have the right to seek monetary compensation for your dam...

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5/18/2018 Comments(0)

Strict Liability in Defective Product Claims

With most personal injury cases, the victim must demonstrate that another party was somehow negligent and that this negligence caused his or her injury. If the victim cannot demonstrate how the other party’s negligence directly caused his or her injury and subsequent financial damages, the victim cannot recover compensation for those damages. This is not the case when the doctrine of strict liability applies. There are a few different types of claim where individuals and companies are stri...

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5/16/2018 Comments(0)

What is Strict Liability?

Strict liability is the legal doctrine that states that an individual or company is liable for injury damages related to the use of their property regardless of their level of negligence to cause those damages. In other words, when a victim is injured and strict liability applies to the case, the victim does not have to prove that the other party’s negligence directly caused his or her injury in the way that he or she would in a case where strict liability does not apply. All the victim mu...

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5/14/2018 Comments(0)

Common Hotel Injuries

When you are staying at a hotel or resort, there is always the possibility that you can be injured in an accident. Many of us let our guards down while we are on vacation, which can increase our risk of being injured. Stay vigilant to stay safe, and remember that if your injury was caused by the hotel owner or manager’s negligence, you could have grounds to file a personal injury claim to seek compensation for your related damages. Below are a few common ways hotel guests can be injured. S...

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4/9/2018 Comments(0)

Sharing the Road with Motorcycles to Avoid Accidents

On any roadway, you can find a variety of vehicle types. Cars, passenger vans, personal and commercial trucks, buses, and motorcycles all use the same roadway despite their wildly different weights, handling styles, speeds, and capabilities. As a motorist, it is important that you keep these differences in mind at all times to share the road appropriately with each type of vehicle. Keep the following tips in mind to reduce your chance of being involved in an accident with a motorcycle. Motorcycl...

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4/6/2018 Comments(0)

Can I File a Personal Injury Claim for Food Poisoning?

Yes. Any time you are injured or become sick because of another party’s negligence, you are entitled to seek compensation for your related damages through a personal injury claim. These damages can include your medical expenses, your lost wages, and your pain and suffering damages like counseling to handle your emotional trauma related to the injury. Food poisoning claims can be quite different from other types of personal injury claim because often, the victim does not realize he or she i...

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4/4/2018 Comments(0)

How Can I be Injured in a Restaurant?

Although eating in a restaurant is generally regarded as a treat or a special occasion, it can also lead to injuries and even tragedy. As any restaurant worker knows, it is quite easy be be burned, cut, or injured in a fall in a restaurant. Guests can also face these and other injury hazards. Next time you go out to eat, be aware of the following ways you can be injured and take precautions to prevent them. When a restaurant owner’s negligence causes a guest to suffer an injury, the owner ...

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4/2/2018 Comments(0)

Filing a Wrongful Death Claim After an Act of Medical Malpractice

Any type of negligence can end a victim’s life. When this happens, the victim’s loved ones can file a wrongful death claim to pursue compensation for their damages related to the loss, such as their emotional trauma and the loss of the victim’s companionship. Losing a loved one to an act of medical malpractice can be particularly devastating because we trust doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers to always act in our best interest. But healthcare providers are human, a...

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3/30/2018 Comments(0)

Filing a Wrongful Death Claim for a Child’s Death

When a child dies, the fallout is quite different from the fallout that follows an adult’s death. Children typically do not have financial dependents – though this is possible, such as cases of teenage parents – and the type of emotional support and companionship they provide to their loved ones is not the same as the companionship that comes from an adult. Parents of children who die in accidents can recover compensation for certain damages they suffer resulting from their chi...

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3/28/2018 Comments(0)

Can a Minor File a Wrongful Death Claim After Losing a Parent?

When an individual dies in an accident caused by another party’s negligence , that individual’s loved ones may recover monetary compensation for the damages they suffer as a result of the death, such as the loss of the victim’s financial support and the victim’s companionship. Under Florida law, a victim’s children can recover this compensation. Often, they are the ones who suffer the most from a victim’s death. If a child is under 18, he or she cannot file a ...

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3/26/2018 Comments(0)

Loss of Companionship Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim

When a victim dies in an accident, his or her loved ones can file a wrongful death claim to seek compensation for the damages related to the victim’s death . These include damages suffered by the victim’s estate, such as the victim’s lost earnings and his or her funeral costs, as well as the damages the family experienced directly, like the loss of the victim’s companionship and love. In Florida, a surviving spouse and minor children can recover compensation for the loss ...

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3/23/2018 Comments(0)

I was Injured in an Uber Accident, Who is Liable for my Damages?

In Florida, you are required to carry personal injury protection PIP coverage. If you are driving your own vehicle and you collide with another vehicle being used as a rideshare, you can seek compensation for any personal injury damages you suffer through your own PIP coverage in most circumstances. But what if you are the rideshare passenger in that scenario? Now the scenario becomes more complicated. Although car accident victims in Florida typically pursue compensation from their own provider...

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3/21/2018 Comments(0)

The Stages of Drowning

Drowning is not an instant death. When an individual is unable to move through the water, whether due to a lack of swimming ability, being physically restricted and submerged, or being knocked unconscious and thus unable to swim to safety, he or she is at risk of drowning. From the initial moment water enters the lungs, the victim’s body goes through five stages, ending with his or her death. Surprise The sensation of water entering the lungs is a surprise. At this stage, the victim does n...

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3/19/2018 Comments(0)

What is More Dangerous, Drunk Driving or Distracted Driving?

Everybody knows drunk driving is dangerous. As the dangers of distracted driving become more and more widely publicized, many Americans are realizing that it, too, puts their lives and the lives of others in danger when they choose to drive distracted. Although drunk and distracted driving are both dangerous, they do not impair drivers the same way. Read on to learn more about the differences between drunk and distracted driving. Distracted Driving is More Dangerous It is actually more dangerous...

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3/12/2018 Comments(0)

Working through your Emotional Distress After an Accident

Your physical and mental health are linked . That is a fact. So when you are physically injured, it is possible and even likely that you will experience emotional and psychological distress as a result. Do not dismiss your mental state or tell yourself that your feelings are not valid. Your feelings are valid and they are as much a result of your accident as the physical injury you suffered. As you focus on your physical recovery by attending doctor appointments, physical therapy, and taking med...

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3/5/2018 Comments(0)

Which Types of Car Accident are Most Likely to Kill Victims?

Any type of car accident can result in an injury or death. But some types of car accident are more likely to result in serious injuries like head trauma, severe cuts and burns, and limb amputations than others. The type of accident a victim experiences is not the only factor that can determine how he or she is injured – the speed at which the collision occurred, whether the victim was wearing a seatbelt when it occurred, and the victim’s age, health, and overall fitness level can als...

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2/28/2018 Comments(0)

Why you Need to See a Doctor as Soon as Possible After your Accident

When you are involved in a car accident, you are advised to seek medical attention for your injury as soon as possible. In fact, you are advised to seek medical attention as soon as you can regardless of whether you think you are injured or not, because there is the chance you are suffering from an invisible injury like a traumatic brain injury . There are numerous reasons why it is in your best interest to head to your doctor in a timely manner after your accident, some of which have to do with...

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2/16/2018 Comments(0)

What is Pain and Suffering?

When you read about filing a personal injury claim to seek compensation for accident-related damages, you read about three categories of damages: Medical expenses; Lost wages; and Pain and suffering damages. This final category can be confusing because it is not specific like the others. Unlike damages in the other two categories, pain and suffering damages cannot easily be quantified. It can be more difficult to recover compensation for these damages because they are less easy to identi...

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2/12/2018 Comments(0)

What to Do if you’re Injured in an Accident but Don’t Have Automobile Insurance

In most cases, when an individual is injured in a Florida car accident, he or she can file a PIP claim with his or her own insurance provider to utilize the medical benefits he or she purchased. In Florida, drivers are required to carry at least $10,000 worth of personal injury protection PIP coverage. This coverage compensates them for the damages they suffer in car accidents regardless of the accidents’ fault. It is illegal to drive without valid automobile insurance. If you cannot produ...

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2/5/2018 Comments(0)

What does PIP Cover?

In Florida, drivers are required to carry personal injury protection PIP coverage. This is a portion of the driver’s automobile insurance policy that covers his or her financial damages related to injuries sustained in accidents regardless of which driver was at fault for the accident. This type of insurance is known as no fault car insurance . Unlike a personal injury claim, an injured driver does not have to demonstrate that another party was at fault for the injury in order to recover c...

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2/2/2018 Comments(0)

How Can I be Injured in a Theme Park?

Florida is home to many theme parks and water parks. Disney World, Universal Studios, and many smaller theme parks make Florida a popular vacation destination for people from around the world. Theme parks are known for being crowded, high-energy, and home to extreme rides that launch, drop, and thrill riders. When reasonable precautions are not taken to ensure theme park visitors’ safety, injured guests can seek compensation for their damages from park operators. Theme park owners, just li...

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1/1/2018 Comments(0)

I Witnessed a Car Accident, Can I be Forced to Testify?

In many car accident claims, witness testimonies are an important piece of evidence. If you were riding in a car when it collided with another, walking down the street when you watched an accident occur, or if you were driving at the time of an accident and watch two or more other cars collide, you are a witness to the accident. Come Forward and Discuss the Accident when Asked At the scene of the accident, one or more of the drivers involved might ask for your contact information so they can be ...

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12/22/2017 Comments(0)

Your Legal Actions if you are Injured during an Interaction with Law Enforcement

Police officers sometimes need to use physical force to restrain and subdue an individual suspected of committing a criminal offense. This can include tasering, handcuffing, and using other forms of physical force deemed necessary to keep the suspect of harming him- or herself or others. Officers can use reasonable force, the keyword here being reasonable. When unreasonable force results in an injury to a suspect, the suspect can seek compensation for his or her resulting damages, such as medica...

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12/18/2017 Comments(0)

Potential Long-Term Complications of a Slip and Fall

There are many different ways to be injured in a slip and fall accident. Bones can break, skin can be pierced, and the head can suffer a trauma that injures the brain. Older adults have a greater risk for falling than younger adults , but it is important to remember that anybody can fall and be injured. There are short- and long-term complications a slip and fall victim can suffer. Receiving prompt medical attention and appropriate care after the accident are key to preventing long-term complica...

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12/15/2017 Comments(0)

Understanding Traumatic Brain Injuries

When the head suffers a blunt trauma, the brain can be injured. The brain can also be injured when the head is penetrated. In both of these scenarios, the victim can suffer a traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries TBIs come in a variety of forms. Because the brain is critical to all body functions, a TBI can impact a victim physically, psychologically, neurologically, and cognitively. With a penetrating injury, the damage to the brain is obvious. TBIs from non-penetrating head trauma a...

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12/13/2017 Comments(0)

Who is Liable for my Damages if I Suffer from Food Poisoning?

Food poisoning can come in many forms. E.Coli, Norovirus, Listeria, and Salmonella are just a few of the types of bacteria that can cause a victim to become ill after eating contaminated food. In many cases, tracking a food poisoning illness’ cause is difficult or even impossible. But when a case of food poisoning can be tracked to a specific party and linked to that party’s negligence, the victim may recover compensation for his or her damages through a personal injury claim. Food p...

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12/11/2017 Comments(0)

Swimming Pool Hazards

On a hot summer day, the pool can be the perfect place to cool off. But like nearly every other fun summer activity, a day at the swimming pool is not without its injury risks . Take the time to educate yourself about the injury and illness risks associated with swimming pools and discuss them with your children. If you or your child are injured because a pool owner did not take reasonable care to mitigate these risks, you could have grounds for a personal injury claim. Drowning Even indiv...

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12/8/2017 Comments(0)

Easing yourself Back into your Fitness Routine After an Injury

Keeping yourself fit and at an active weight is important to your recovery after an injury. But because your range of motion, flexibility, and simple ability to push yourself physically are impaired when you are injured, it is easy to re-injure yourself if you do not ease yourself back into your fitness regimen properly . Follow the guidelines below to make this transition safe and painless. Follow your Doctor’s Instructions Always talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise regimen...

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12/6/2017 Comments(0)

What To Do if you Recognize a Drunk Driver on the Road

When you see a vehicle swerving in and out of lanes, driving at erratically changing speeds, stopping and accelerating illogically, or tailgating, you could be looking at a drunk driver. Drunk drivers are a hazard to themselves and others on the roadway. If you recognize a drunk driver on the road, be a hero and report the drunk driver . You could save your life and others’ lives, including the drunk driver’s life. Stay Calm It is important not to panic when you recognize a drunk dri...

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12/4/2017 Comments(0)

Foods to Eat During your Recovery from an Injury

When you are recovering from an injury, it is important that you follow a nutritionally optimized diet for recovery. There are two reasons for this. One is that while you are recovering, you will be doing less exercise. This will put you in a position where it is easy to gain weight, which can impede your recovery and put additional pressure on your bones and joints. The other is that certain foods can make your inflammation and pain worse. Avoid these foods and instead, choose foods that reduce...

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12/1/2017 Comments(0)

I was Injured While Vacationing in Another State. Which State’s Personal Injury Laws Apply to my Case?

Whether you are enjoying a weekend skiing in the Rockies or taking in the city sights of New York, you can be injured while you are on vacation. This can bring the vacation to an abrupt end and force you to think about issues you never imagined facing while away, like getting medical care in an unfamiliar place or seeking compensation for your damages. In most cases, the laws of the state where your accident occurred are applied to your case if you file a lawsuit. But this is not always the case...

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11/29/2017 Comments(0)

If I Have a Slip and Fall in a Hospital is That Medical Malpractice?

That depends on the cause of the fall. Premises liability claims and medical malpractice claims are both types of personal injury claim. As such, both require the claimant to demonstrate that his or her injury was the direct result of another party’s negligence . In a premises liability case, the property owner or manager was negligent by failing to remove a hazard from the property or by failing to conspicuously mark a hazard as such to prevent injuries. In a medical malpractice case, a p...

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11/27/2017 Comments(0)

Who is Liable in a Pedestrian Accident?

In a collision between a pedestrian and a car, the party whose negligence caused the accident is liable for the victim’s damages. To be negligent, one must fail to uphold his or her duty of care to others, which generally means he or she failed to drive or walk in a safe, responsible manner while obeying posted traffic and pedestrian laws. In Florida, most car accident victims are required to seek compensation for their damages through their own car insurance policies by filing personal in...

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11/17/2017 Comments(0)

Duty of Care Explained

In nearly everything we do, we have a duty of care to others. Duty of care is actually a simple concept: it is the responsibility to act in a manner to reasonably prevent accidents that can injure yourself or others. Exercising your duty of care can be as simple as driving at or below the speed limit or building a secure fence around your swimming pool. Negligence is a Lack of Providing One’s Duty of Care When a victim files a personal injury claim, he or she must prove that the negligent ...

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11/15/2017 Comments(0)

How Long Will my Personal Injury Claim Take to Resolve?

There is no good answer to this question. Many injured victims want to know how long it will be until they receive their compensation, but the truth is that there is no guarantee they will receive compensation at all and if they do receive it, it can be very difficult to predict how long it will take for the claim to be resolved. Generally, personal injury claims take a few months to one year to resolve. Some can be settled more quickly and others take longer to resolve because of complicating f...

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11/6/2017 Comments(0)

What is Dry Drowning?

Dry drowning is a condition that occurs when an individual inhales water and causes his or her vocal cords to spasm, which can make it very difficult to breathe. It is not the same as secondary drowning, which is a serious condition that occurs when water enters the lungs. Both conditions can be very serious and in some cases, deadly. The term dry drowning describes where this condition occurs – on dry land, rather than in the water – and what it does to the body, which is similar to...

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11/3/2017 Comments(0)

How Does Case Settlement Work?

It is rare for a personal injury lawsuit to be resolved through a court’s ruling. Most cases are resolved by settling out of court. This is a preferable scenario for all parties because it is less time-consuming, less expensive, and protects the parties’ privacy. Settling a case outside of court is not a perfect solution and in some cases, has drawbacks that make a courtroom resolution a better choice. Generally, the claimant can recover larger sums of money through a court ruling. I...

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9/18/2017 Comments(0)

What is the Likelihood of Trial for my Personal Injury Case?

Not very likely. The majority of personal injury claims are resolved through settlements between the claimants and the insurance providers without involving the court. There are a few reasons for this, which include: Trials are expensive and time-consuming. Rather than becoming tied up in a process that can take years to complete, personal injury claimants and insurance providers prefer to settle cases quickly and move on with their lives; The details of a trial are public information, t...

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9/15/2017 Comments(0)

What is a Deposition?

A deposition is a critical part of the discovery process , the portion of a case where each party conducts research about the other party’s position and evidence. There are many different ways parties involved in a legal case can conduct the discovery process, such as interrogations and the issuing of subpoenas to have witnesses and documents brought to court. Depositions are basically interviews between parties involved in legal cases and their witnesses and the opposing parties’ la...

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9/13/2017 Comments(0)

How to Deal with Insurance Disputes

After you file an insurance claim, the insurance company then evaluates the claim and decides to either accept it or deny it. In many cases, insurance denials are due to incorrect details on insurance claims. When this happens, the filer can correct his or her claim and resubmit it. Insurance claims can also be denied when the insurance company deems the claim to be invalid. This could be for a number of reasons, such as the claim being for something that is not covered by the policy or because ...

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9/11/2017 Comments(0)

Smaller Cars are Not as Safe as Larger, Heavier Cars

According to a report published on , smaller cars are not as safe as larger cars. There is far more to this finding, though. The report discussed the factors used to compare vehicles side-by-side and how safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety IIHS do not compare across vehicle categories. It also cleared up the lingering myth that SUVs are unsafe because of the risk of rollovers. Despite this categor...

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9/8/2017 Comments(0)

Senate Bill on Florida’s No-Fault Car Insurance System and PIP Withdrawn

In March 2017, SB 1766 was filed in the Florida Senate. This bill, if passed, would have repealed the state’s no-fault car insurance law that requires drivers to carry personal injury protection PIP coverage in their automobile insurance policies. Following this action, drivers would have to carry bodily injury protection coverage, which covers damages suffered by the victims of accidents caused by the insured’s negligence. In May 2017, the bill was indefinitely postponed and died in...

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9/6/2017 Comments(0)

Study Finds Better Headlights Can Help Prevent Car Accidents

Approximately half of the fatal collisions that occur in the United States each year occur during evening hours . Low visibility makes collisions more likely in all driving environments because it can obscure hazards like pedestrians, bicyclists, and potholes and debris in the road. Although all vehicles are equipped with headlights to reduce their drivers’ chances of being involved in collisions due to low visibility, recent studies have found that many vehicles on the market today do not...

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9/4/2017 Comments(0)

Hands-free Devices Might Not Prevent Distracted Driving

Using a handheld device while driving is dangerous. Cell phone and tablet use while driving is so widely recognized as dangerous that many states, Florida included, have enacted laws banning text messaging while driving. Some states have even banned the use of handheld devices while driving outright. Hands-free systems, such as bluetooth headsets and software that integrates a driver’s phone into his or her vehicle to speak through the car’s speakers, are often hailed as safe alterna...

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9/1/2017 Comments(0)

What to Do if you are Injured in a Bicycle Accident

If you are involved in a bicycle accident, pull off the road to a safe area immediately. If you or another party needs emergency medical care, call 911 to have an ambulance sent to the scene. Otherwise, use this time to gather the evidence you will need later if you choose to file a personal injury claim. In most cases, injury victims actually seek compensation from their own insurance providers, rather than the negligent parties’ providers, because of Florida’s no-fault insurance sy...

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8/23/2017 Comments(0)

Water Park Injuries in Florida

There is no shortage of water parks in Florida. Universal’s Volcano Bay is now open, joining Florida favorites like Legoland Florida Water Park , Reunion Resort Water Park , Aquatica , and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon . Water parks, like amusement parks and even regular municipal parks, contain equipment that can cause injuries to users if it is not maintained or used properly. Injuries can also occur in these settings due to poor design, low lighting, and unmanaged hazards. When this hap...

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8/18/2017 Comments(0)

FAQs About Personal Injury

Personal injury claims can be complicated. This is why it is in your best interest to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer to pursue compensation for your damages, rather than attempting to pursue your claim on your own. When you first meet with a personal injury lawyer to discuss your claim, arrive ready to ask questions and discuss your claim specifically. Below are five common questions personal injury victims ask during these consultations. Use these to jumpstart your conv...

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8/16/2017 Comments(0)

Are Trampoline Parks Dangerous?

In a word, yes. But there is some debate over whether trampoline parks are more dangerous than other activities children and teens enjoy, like playing sports. As trampoline parks, indoor playgrounds comprised of multiple trampolines linked together, continue to grow in popularity, so will the number and publicity of trampoline park injuries. Annually, more than 90,000 patients are admitted to emergency rooms across the United States for trampoline-related injuries . The bulk of these injuries ar...

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8/14/2017 Comments(0)

How Long Do I Have to Sue in Wrongful Death Case?

When an individual dies as a result of another party’s negligence, his or her loved ones may be entitled to recover compensation for their damages through a wrongful death claim. The family members may seek compensation for the loss of the victim’s income and employment benefits, his or her noneconomic contributions to the household, and the loss of his or her companionship and love as well as their own mental anguish over the death. The victim’s loved ones can also seek compen...

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The Draper Law Office 8/11/2017 Comments(0)

3 Locations in Central Florida, Draper Law Office

At Draper Law Office we are dedicated to giving the best possible legal representation to our clients. We represent clients in the areas of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death , Family Law , and Criminal Defense . We have 3 locations in Central Florida. Our offices are conveniently located in Kissimmee, Orlando, and St. Cloud to best serve you. Kissimmee Office 705 W. Emmett Street Kissimmee, FL 34741 407 486-0075 Click here for...

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Draper Law Office 6/29/2017 Comments(0)

How Long Do I Have to Bring A Personal Injury Claim in Florida?

Florida has a statute of limitations which sets a deadline for the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries caused by another. The statute of limitations varies depending on the type of law suit you file. The Florida statute of limitations on personal injury claims is four years from the date of the accident. This means you must file your lawsuit within four years of the date you were injured, or you will be precluded from bringing an action. If you miss t...

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Draper Law Office 6/27/2017 Comments(0)

Safe Fun in the Sun: Summer Safety Tips

Summers in Florida are the perfect time for fun in the sun and creating memories with friends and family that will last a lifetime. Whether it's splashing around in the ocean, taking daring roller coaster rides, or relaxing at a campsite, our beautiful state offers it all! To keep you and your family safe during your summer fun, follow these summer safety tips! Swimming Summer Safety Tips Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of injury death among children ages 1-4 in Florida? To addre...

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Draper Law Office 6/16/2017 Comments(0)

Be Wary of Insurance Company Questionnaires After A Car Accident

After a car accident you will be dealing with insurance companies. These are powerful corporations who are known to use unsavory tactics in an effort to pay out the least amount possible on any claim. If you are involved in a car accident, the insurance company may send you a questionnaire. Questionnaires about the accident are not just standard paperwork. We recommend speaking to an attorney before filling out paperwork or speaking to an insurance company. Be Wary of Insurance Company Questionn...

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Draper Law Office 6/9/2017 Comments(0)

What is Traumatic Brain Injury?

Each year there are a reported 1.7 million brain injuries in the United States. According to a Traumatic Brain Injury TBI "is a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain." An estimated 5.3 million Americans that's about 2% of the population currently have a long-term or lifelong need for help with everyday activities due to a TBI. A TBI is one of the most serious injures a person can sustain. The brain is the most complex organ in...

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Draper Law Office 6/8/2017 Comments(0)

Facts About Drowning Accidents

Florida loses more young children to drowning than any other state. Drowning is the leading cause of injury death among children ages 1-4 in Florida. Across the nation, drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death. The Center for Disease Control CDC reports that every day about 10 people die from unintentional drowning, and two of them are children 14 years old or younger. Facts About Drowning Accidents Florida's drowning death rate among children ages 1-4 is the h...

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Draper Law Office 6/6/2017 Comments(0)

What to Prove in a Slip and Fall Accident Case

Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere – supermarkets, shopping centers, restaurants, hotels, theme parks, apartment complexes, or even in private homes. Generally speaking, a slip and fall is any time a person falls after losing their balance or footing, and is injured while on property owned by another person or entity. What to Prove in a Slip and Fall Accident Case To successfully prove fault or negligence on the part of the property owner, you must first prove that an unreasonably...

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Draper Law Office 5/30/2017 Comments(0)

Do I Have A Personal Injury Case?

Personal injury and wrongful death cases are life-changing events for you or your loved ones. They are caused by the negligence or intentional conduct of others, resulting in serious injury or sometimes death. There are many situations that can be classified as personal injury cases, including vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents, slip and falls, defective or faulty products, animal attacks, and much more. Further, personal injury cases can happen anywhere, including restaurants, shopping mal...

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Draper Law Office 5/25/2017 Comments(0)

What is a Defective Product?

We expect the products we buy and use to work properly and be safe for use. Unfortunately, sometimes injuries and even death are caused by a defective or dangerous product. A defective or faulty product is an imperfect product that has either a manufacturing or design defect, or is faulty due to inadequate instructions or warnings provided with the product. Injuries caused by defective or faulty products may give rise to a products liability action. If you've been injured by a defective or fault...

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Draper Law Office 5/24/2017 Comments(0)

Dog Bites and Other Animal Attacks

In the State of Florida a person who has been bitten or attacked by a dog or other animal may have the legal right to recover damages from the animal's owner. This is true regardless of prior viciousness or the owner's knowledge or lack of knowledge of prior viciousness. Dog bite or animal attack injuries can happen any day, and anywhere, and can have serious side effects. The sharp teeth of canines and other animals can tear through skin, muscle, and other tissues, causing damage to the body. A...

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Draper Law Office 5/23/2017 Comments(0)

Know Your Rights If You've Been Injured In A Slip and Fall Accident

The term Slip and Fall is used to cover a variety of accidents. Personal injury accidents often involve slipping and falling. In general, a slip and fall is any time a person falls after losing their balance or footing, and is injured while on property owned by another person or entity. Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere – supermarkets, shopping centers, restaurants, hotels, theme parks, apartment complexes, or even in private homes. There are a number of types of slip and fall ac...

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Draper Law Office 5/19/2017 Comments(0)

Insurance Company Disputes Over How Much Money You Should Receive

Insurance policies can sometimes be tricky. They are often long and complicated, and involve many different stipulations and clauses that are contingent on one another. Because of this, you may believe that you are entitled to a certain amount of compensation or help with your bills after an accident or illness, while the insurance company may believe you are entitled to a different amount. These arguments can drag on, causing you more financial burden as you wait to see if the insurance company...

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Draper Law Office 5/15/2017 Comments(0)

The Costs of Pursuing A Personal Injury Case

If you've suffered serious injuries in an accident, you do not have to let financial worries prevent you from exploring your legal rights. Nearly all of our clients are at first worried about how much pursuing their personal injury case will cost them. We want you to know that Draper Law Offices covers all costs and fees up front. We only charge a fee if and when we negotiate a successful settlement with the insurance company or you win a jury award at trial. Consultations Are Free We invite you...

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Draper Law Office 5/5/2017 Comments(0)

Our Firm Fights For Pedestrian Accident Victims in Central Florida

It can happen anytime you're out and about... maybe you're walking your dog, enjoying a brisk jog, or merely crossing the street, when you're struck by a motor vehicle. Without warning, without time to react. Being hit by a car is nothing short of a traumatic experience. While the laws governing right of way when it comes to pedestrians and motor traffic are there to protect all parties from injury, unfortunately sometimes injuries still happen. Under Florida law, drivers are required to exercis...

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Draper Law Office 5/3/2017 Comments(0)

What To Do After Being Injured on Vacation

Being injured on vacation is a painful and stressful experience. It is especially challenging when you're out-of-state and not local to the area, and you don't necessarily know your rights or who to turn to for help. Because our law office serves Central Florida, home to dozens of amusement parks, theme parks, and other popular tourist attractions, we often help clients who suffered injuries while on vacation get the compensation they need and deserve. What To Do After Being Injured on Vacation ...

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Draper Law Office 5/2/2017 Comments(0)

Proving Wrongful Death Cases

When a person dies due to the negligence or misconduct of another party, that victim's family can bring a claim for wrongful death. There are a number of different types of wrongful acts that cause fatalities and give rise to wrongful death claims. These include accidents, like car accidents, as well as intentional acts, like murder. To learn more about wrongful death, read our article Wrongful Death Explained . Of course we cannot put a money value on the life of a lost loved one. Financial com...

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Draper Law Office 5/1/2017 Comments(0)

Theme Parks Have A Duty To Their Patrons

Theme parks can be the happiest places on earth, but they can sometimes also be the most dangerous. A theme park has a duty to operate and maintain the premise properly. This duty creates the potential for massive liability for the park. Theme Park Accidents & Injuries With so many theme parks in the Orlando area and tens-of-thousands of visitors each day, accidents happen. There are many types of injuries that can occur while in a theme park. While some injuries are relatively minor, some i...

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Draper Law Office 4/27/2017 Comments(0)

What "You May be Entitled To Compensation" Means

When it comes to personal injury, you may often hear "you may be entitled to compensation." Upon meeting for a free consultation , many of our clients ask us what this actually means. "Compensation" in a person injury or wrongful death case is a monetary award that is the result of a settlement agreement, or if the case goes to trial, an amount awarded in a verdict. The purpose of compensation is to make a person "whole" again, to put them in a situation as if the injury had never occurred. Of c...

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Draper Law Office 4/25/2017 Comments(0)

Wrongful Death Explained

If a person dies because of the wrongful conduct of another party, the victim's family can bring a claim for wrongful death. But how can we put a money value on the life of a lost loved one? The truth is, we can't. There is no amount of money that can make up for the premature loss of a loved one. Financial compensation in wrongful death cases is designed to help with expenses and financial losses, not to make up for the loss. The Florida Wrongful Death Act Under t he Florida Wrongful Death Act ...

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Draper Law Office 4/24/2017 Comments(0)

Wondering If You Need A Personal Injury Attorney?

Personal injury and wrongful death cases are life-changing events for you or your loved ones. They are caused by the negligence or intentional conduct of others, resulting in serious injury or sometimes death. Wondering If You Need A Personal Injury Attorney? The answer is: it depends . If you or a loved one has been in an accident that caused bodily injury or loss of life, the guidance and benefits of having a personal injury attorney may prove invaluable. On the other hand, if you were involve...

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Draper Law Office 4/21/2017 Comments(0)

Get To Know Two of The Attorneys of Draper Law Office

Our attorneys and staff are dedicated to giving the best possible legal representation to our clients. We are proud to announce that the majority of our staff has been with us in excess of 10-years. We believe that concentration in specific areas of law promotes successful results. Therefore, we only represent clients with cases in the areas of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death , Family Law , and Criminal Defense . Our firm is small, but mighty! Our commitment to practicing in specific legal ar...

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Draper Law Office 4/7/2017 Comments(0)

Did You Know Facebook Posts Can Harm Your Personal Injury Case?

Many of us use Facebook to keep up with old friends and let people know what we're up to. But did you know that Facebook posts can harm your personal injury case? It's not uncommon for defendants in personal injury cases to examine Facebook and other social media posts made by the accident victim. The defense lawyer's job is to use any evidence they can find to defend their client. Don't give them the evidence they seek. Posting Certain Photos to Facebook The kind of photos posted to social medi...

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Draper Law Office 4/4/2017 Comments(0)

Tactics Insurance Companies Use To Take Advantage of Accident Victims

Insurance companies are powerful corporations that use pressure and well-honed tactics to convince injured accident victims to settle their claims for far less than they are worth. Learn their tactics so they cannot take advantage of you. Insurance Company Tactic: Insurance adjustors are known to misinform . It is not uncommon for an insurance company to deny a legitimate claim as a strategy, in the hope that you will simply give up. An insurance adjustor may even tell you directly that your cla...

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Draper Law Office 4/3/2017 Comments(0)

Dog Bites and Attacks: Attorney

We all know most dogs are sweet, loving companions who wouldn't hurt anyone unless specifically provoked and sometimes not even then . However, there are dogs that do bite, whether they have a history of vicious behavior or not. If a dog has bitten you or your child, your state's laws will affect how and under what circumstances you can collect damages. Types of Injuries Most commonly, when people think of injuries from dogs , they think of bites. But dogs can also cause other injuries, especial...

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Draper Law Office 10/3/2016 Comments(0)

What to Do When Your Child is Hurt in a Personal Injury Accident

Personal injury cases are always difficult, but when it's your child who's hurt, it's vital that you ensure you get the best outcome possible, especially if it's a permanent injury. If your child has been injured, it's important to handle things exactly right from the beginning. Common Injuries for Children Kids can suffer any number of injuries, many of them like broken arms or severe lacerations the same as adults. But there are some hot-button injuries children are more susceptible to. Obviou...

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Draper Law Office 8/11/2016 Comments(0)

How Social Media Can Affect Your Kissimmee Personal Injury Case

We post pictures of our kids to Facebook, share our thoughts on the latest news on Twitter, snap images of our meals to post to Instagram. We live in an age of social media, where in a matter of seconds, you can update friends, family and like-minded acquaintances or strangers on every detail of our lives. But when you're involved in a personal injury case , what you say can be used against you. It may not seem fair that these seemingly harmless posts can be misconstrued and used against you, bu...

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Draper Law Office 7/26/2016 Comments(0)

How Much is Your Injury Claim Worth?

When you've been injured due to someone else's negligence, it’s typical to wonder how much your claim is worth. To determine what a personal injury case is worth requires a careful examination of many factors. There are a number of websites that attempt to calculate a value based upon a formula. We caution you, that this is typically inaccurate. Every claim is different and the factors that determine value vary greatly, as does the weight of each of those factors. No personal injury la...

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Draper Law Offices 6/8/2016 Comments(0)

What to Do When an Accident Aggravates a Pre-Existing Injury

Accident claims are hard enough. But when the injured party was already suffering due to another injury or condition, it can get more complicated. Thankfully, complicated doesn't mean impossible. Pre-Existing Injuries A pre-existing condition or injury is one that existed before the accident happened. Pre-existing conditions include a variety of general conditions like degenerative joint disease, arthritis and the like. People may also have prior injuries like spinal injuries, a broken arm...

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Draper Law Offices 5/19/2016 Comments(0)

Filing a Personal Injury Claim and Statute of Limitations

If you're injured due to someone else's negligence, there is a limit as to how long you have to file a lawsuit. This time limit is called the statute of limitations. What Is a Statute of Limitations? Simply put, the statute of limitations is a time limit on filing a lawsuit. It starts from the date of the incident you might sue for and lasts for a period of time specified by state law. These times limits vary by state and based on the type of incident. In Florida, the statute of limitations for ...

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Draper Law Offices 5/3/2016 Comments(0)

5 Steps to Take For a Personal Injury Case

If you're injured due to someone else's negligence, fear and pain can quickly give way to anger, especially when those medical bills start rolling in right after you realize how much money you lost when you were off work. But it's important to keep your cool and make sure you take the steps necessary to help your lawyer build a successful case. Step 1: See a Doctor Even if you don't think you're injured, if you have an accident, you need to seek medical attention. There are several types of inju...

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Draper Law Offices 4/20/2016 Comments(0)

How Can a Doctor Affect My Personal Injury Case?

When you're involved in an accident, your doctor has an important impact on the outcome of your case. The good news is, you do actually have some control over how it all goes, and the answer isn't seeing some specialist who only works with accident victims. 1. Get treatment immediately after the accident This may seem like common sense, but far too many people neglect to do so. Even if you don't think you're injured, you need to see a licensed physician as soon as possible preferably in the imme...

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Draper Law Offices 4/11/2016 Comments(0)

When to Hire a Kissimmee Personal Injury Attorney

When you're injured because of someone else's negligence, it can be a very stressful situation. Your first priority is always your medical needs, but when the bills come in, that's when your stress doubles. People think of suing, then wonder whether they need to hire an attorney… "Can I handle this myself? If not, how much will a lawyer cost? Is it really worth it?" All completely valid questions. A personal injury lawyer can always help you, assuming you have a case, but there are certain...

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Draper Law Offices 4/7/2016 Comments(0)

4 Things to Do After a Personal Injury Accident

If you're in an accident and injured, what you do next can potentially make or break your future case. And you should do them even if your first instinct is not to pursue a claim. You never know what could happen later, and sometimes a lawsuit is the only way you can recover potentially significant amounts of money for medical bills, future medical care, lost income or to repair or replace property that was also damaged in the accident. 1. Get Medical Attention This may seem like a no-brainer, b...

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Draper Law Offices 1/11/2016 Comments(0)

How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help After an Accident

When you're injured or your property is damaged in an accident, bills can start to rack up even if your injury isn't all that serious. You could quickly find yourself drowning in high-cost emergency bills especially if you don't have health insurance , missing out on income due to days off attending to your injury or because your injury prohibits you doing your job… perhaps even temporary or even permanent lack of a vehicle or ability to drive a vehicle… and potentially shelling out ...

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Draper Law Office 9/11/2015 Comments(0)

Slip-and-Fall Accidents Among Older People

For those of us with aging parents, it is a frightening statistic: 40 percent of fatal yes, fatal injuries among people 65 and older are the result of slip-and-fall accidents . It is the fifth-leading cause of death among the elderly. It's so dangerous, the CDC has an entire fact page on it. But falls aren't always fatal. They can also lead to permanent reduction in quality of life, making it hard for them to get around or live independently. And fewer than half ever receive guidance or assistan...

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Draper Law Office 7/24/2015 Comments(0)

What to Do After a Dog Bite

We all know that dogs are usually friendly creatures, but some dogs — either due to mistreatment or because they feel threatened — may sometimes viciously attack humans, even if the human they attacked isn't the one who threatened them. If a dog attacks someone, the owner of the animal may be liable for the injuries you suffer, and the steps you take immediately following the incident may have a serious impact on both your healing and your legal case. Medical Care Comes First —...

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Draper Law Office 4/16/2015 Comments(0)

What Kinds of Product Defects Are There?

If a consumer purchases a product in the United States, they have the right to assume the product is safe if used as instructed. If someone is injured, it's often tough for them to know what to do. Who do you sue? How do you know who's responsible? Your product liability attorney will help you sort out all the details, but it certainly helps if you have an understanding of what's going on, too. Who Do You Sue? That depends on who caused the defect. Anyone in the manufacturing chain may be respon...

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Draper Law Office 3/20/2015 Comments(0)

What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident

Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents and trip and fall accidents occur frequently in various types of establishments. Whether or not you have a case depends on several factors, but regardless of the circumstances, it's imperative you gather proper evidence and get attorney representation as quickly as possible, especially if the case is complicated by your potential culpability, a number of potential defendants, a lack of eyewitnesses or even the fact that you'd be suing a large company with...

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Draper Law Office 2/25/2015 Comments(0)

Nursing Home Personal Injury and Wrongful Death

It's hard enough to make the decision to place your loved one in a nursing home. There are financial considerations, of course, but you also want to choose the best possible environment — the place where they'll get the best possible treatment from dedicated, caring professionals. Unfortunately, that's not always the case. ABC News reports that the abuse takes place at one in three nursing homes , including serious physical, sexual and verbal abuse. Signs of Nursing Home Abuse Signs of nur...

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Draper Law Office 12/31/2014 Comments(0)

High Rate of Florida Pedestrian Accidents Requires Caution

The good news is that after much effort to make it safer for pedestrians in Florida, the number of injuries and fatalities are going down. The bad news is that for years, they climbed so high, the numbers are still far too high. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, in 2010, there were 499 pedestrian traffic accidents that resulted in deaths, 2,072 nonfatal hospitalizations and 7,650 nonfatal emergency room visits. These are just a few examples of pedestrian accidents we...

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Draper Law Office 8/19/2014 Comments(0)

5 Tips If You're Injured at a Concert or Music Festival

One of the best things about summer is the wide variety of summer concerts and music festivals available, especially here in Florida where the weather is sunny and tourists are likely to be out in force. Whether you like to rock all night and snap to the sultry sounds of smooth jazz, one thing remains the same. Concerts and music festivals aren't just fun, they're full of hidden ways to get injured. Paramedic Malcom Moss has seen it all. Most of the injuries are crowd injuries that is, injuries ...

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Draper Law Office 7/23/2014 Comments(0)

Top 10 Deadliest Cities for Pedestrians

The National Complete Streets Coalition , a branch of Smart Growth America, released a study in May 2014 that compared pedestrian deaths, including total deaths, annual deaths per 100,000 residents and the percentage of pedestrian commuters that have the most dangerous metro areas to walk. They call it the Pedestrian Danger Index, which they calculate by looking at five years of available data on pedestrian fatalities and the number of locals who commute to work on foot every day. And there's ba...

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Draper Law Office 7/9/2014 Comments(0)

Types of Defective Product Liability Claims

We've all purchased a product that just didn't work quite the way it should, but when that product causes an accident that results in injury or death, someone needs to be held responsible, especially since that's probably not the only defective product . This area of personal injury is called product liability. There are three types of product liability claims. Fortunately, every state has pretty much the same laws, so it's easy to understand the basics, even if it's not easy to try the case. Be...

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Draper Law Office 6/12/2014 Comments(0)

Pedestrian Accidents in Florida

If there's one thing we know for sure, it's that a human isn't going to win the battle of car vs. person. Literally thousands of people are injured or killed every year as the result of being hit by vehicles. While bicyclists must follow the same rules as vehicles if they're actually on the road, they're still at risk. So, what happens if a person is involved in an accident with a vehicle? Determining Who's At Fault Being hit by a car doesn't automatically mean you have a case. There are laws yo...

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Draper Law Office 5/1/2014 Comments(0)

A closer look at wrongful death suits

Losing a loved one is a terrible experience for anyone. But when someone you can't live without loses their life in a preventable accident due to someone else's negligence, many of the negative emotions associated with the loss are heightened significantly. But Florida law does allow you to get compensation from the person or entity who caused the accident. The Florida Wrongful Death Act is the primary law governing suing someone for negligence that ends in someone else's death. Who Can Sue? In ...

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Draper Law Office 4/4/2014 Comments(0)

Theme Park Slip and Fall Attorney - What to do at an Orlando Theme Park?

Ah, Florida — there's a reason they call it the Sunshine State. And when you get as much sunshine as we do, it's no surprise so many theme parks make their home here. In Orlando alone, there's Walt Disney World, Aquatica Orlando, Legoland, Sea World, Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios just to name a few . But with all that fun to be had, there are sure to be some injuries along the way. Theme park accidents do happen, but that doesn't mean they don't have a responsibility to make s...

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Draper Law Office 1/30/2014 Comments(0)

Swimming Pool and Drowning Accidents

According to the CDC , about 10 people per day two of which are children under 14 years old die from unintentional drowning. It's the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death in the U.S. But death isn't the only concern. For ever child who dies, five others get emergency care for nonfatal submersion injuries. Many of these accidents happen in public pools or beaches, especially in an area like Orlando, Florida, where the weather is warm and inviting and swimming activities are popular a...

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Draper Law Office 1/21/2014 Comments(0)

Parents: Prevent Young Children From Dog Attacks

When many of us think of dog attacks, we imagine the terrible stories that make national news, which usually feature a dog breed known to be aggressive and possibly some of his gang owned by an irresponsible owner who didn't ensure the dog was properly secured attacking an innocent bystander who had no way to see it coming. The reality is, many dog bite cases in Orlando and beyond involve dogs the victim knows, and according to , most of the 5 million victims annually are children w...

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Draper Law Office 1/8/2014 Comments(0)

What does an Orlando wrongful death attorney do in a case?

Losing a loved one is devastating enough, but when that loss is based on the actions of another person, the sudden loss to a preventable accident can leave close friends and family members feeling betrayed in the case of medical malpractice or the careless actions of a supposed caregiver , guilty if they survived the same accident, helpless, angry and remorseful. These are difficult feelings to deal with, and it's hard to know where to turn. If you've lost a family member, one option to consider...

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Draper Law Office 12/31/2013 Comments(0)

What should I look for when selecting a personal injury lawyer?

When you search for "Orlando personal injury lawyer," Google returns 1,720,000 results. With all those pages to wade through, how do you decide which law firm is right for you? It's important to make the right decision to ensure you get the results you need. But how do you know what the right decision is? Most personal injury lawyers offer free initial consultations. If they don't, choose someone else. When you meet with them, you'll explain your situation and they'll ask you questions trying to...

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Draper Law Office 12/17/2013 Comments(0)

Tree Safety and Accidental Damage. What can you do?

Accidents and injuries can be caused by many things we encounter in our everyday lives. The most obvious, of course, are our motor vehicles, our pets, the stores we shop in and even our own homes. Less common, but still frequent enough for our notice, are those accidents on the golf course, at amusement parks and at restaurants and social activities. This comment, however, deals with accidents much less frequent yet still potentially serious: Accidents caused by trees. First, it must be said...

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Draper Law Office 9/27/2013 Comments(0)

What To Do After You Have a Slip-and-Fall Accident

Many people think slip-and-fall accidents are something that only happens up north during those icy winters, but the reality is, they happen here in Orlando, too. With the proliferation of theme parks especially water parks and other recreational activities for locals and tourists, you're just as likely to fall and hurt yourself after a slip here as anywhere else. But after you slip and fall, it's vital that you know what to do just afterward, especially if you're hurt badly. Generally, you'll b...

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Draper Law Office 8/1/2013 Comments(0)

Golf Injuries

Florida is a golfer’s paradise. We have golf courses of all types, levels and cost, just about everywhere. There are country club courses, public courses, municipal courses, par 3 courses and driving ranges. Unfortunately, people are injured and property is damaged at all of them. There are some things to know about the injuries and damages that may occur from golf. Golf Injuries The most prevalent injury is the result of being struck by a golf ball or golf club. Perhaps surprisingly, not ...

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Draper Law Office 4/4/2013 Comments(0)

Bicycle Laws in Florida

Bicycles are covered under Florida’s motor vehicle laws and we all need to know what is required, whether we are a cyclists, or drivers who will encounter them, or pedestrians. We all share the use of the roads and should understand our rights and responsibilities. The most important thing to understand is that bicycles are considered vehicles and are subject to the same duties as cars and other motor vehicles, except where a requirement is plainly not appropriate to a bicycle such as seat...

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Draper Law Office 3/1/2013 Comments(0)

Auto Insurance Basics

Most of us have automobiles and we all know a little bit about auto insurance—or at least we think we do. This article discusses the basics and just may tell you something you did not know before or explain something you had some questions about. First, it may come as a surprise that Florida only requires two kinds of insurance for motor vehicles. One is Property Damage Liability and the other is Personal Injury Protection PIP . Perhaps oddly, there is no requirement to carry insurance aga...

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Draper Law Office 1/29/2013 Comments(0)

Dog Bites and Other Injuries

Florida has some pretty specific laws governing dog bites and other injuries caused by dogs. These laws help determine who is responsible for the animals’ actions and under what circumstances. It can become fairly technical sometimes and each situation will depend on the specific facts involved. An attorney can help interpret the law and advise what can be done. Whether you are the victim of an attack or the owner of a dog, you need to know what the law provides. Dog Bites The most c...

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Draper Law Office 10/22/2012 Comments(0)


Linda was an exceptional lawyer. This was a divorce from (Hell) and was drug out over more than a year. My Ex's lawyer actually quit. Linda was very professional yet had a really personal touch. She actually felt like a friend through this. I really am glad I chose your law firm and would recommend you to others, especially Linda.