November 17

Slip & Fall Claims

A slip and fall accident is when someone is injured falling down due to a hazardous condition. It could be a slippery floor, an uneven surface, or an obstruction that is hard to see.

In a slip and fall case, a thorough investigation in necessary. The injured party is required to prove through evidence and witness testimony that the owner of the business or property already knew or should have known about the hazard. The owner of the premises on which the accident occurred is usually held liable, but other parties may be found at fault as well. The most difficult part of these cases is proving that the accident could have been avoided, and that the at-fault party was negligent.

Slip and fall accidents can cause costly medical bills, pain and suffering, time off work, and in some cases, permanent injuries or damage. The outcome of your case is based on three factors:

• Who is liable for this accident?

• Was the liable party negligent?

• Did the injured party contribute to the accident in any way?

Sometimes the victim of the slip and fall is held partially at fault for not paying attention, or not seeing signs warning of the hazard. For a victim of a slip and fall case, it is important to gather as much evidence as possible, from photos to witness information. It is also crucial to find an attorney with experience to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Do you believe you have a slip and fall case? Contact an experienced St. Petersburg personal injury attorney at Jones Law Group today. When you contact our office we will immediately set an appointment where you will meet your attorney and be provided with his/her contact information. If you do not have transportation or you cannot drive, your attorney will travel to meet you and discuss your case with you.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident due to somebody’s negligence, you should immediately call an experienced personal injury attorney in St. Petersburg at Jones Law Group at (727) 571-1333 during regular business hours or (727) 753-8657 on weekends or after regular business hours. We will evaluate your case for free and you will never pay us a dime unless we recover compensation for your injuries.

Jones Law Group
5622 Central Avenue
St. Pete, FL 33707

Personal Injury

https://www.hg.org/slip-and-fall.html

https://www.alllaw.com/articles/nolo/personal-injury/prove-win-slip-fall-claim.html

November 16

Can Your Social Media Impact Your Personal Injury Claim?

Social media is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family, and a big part of life for many people. We can share our thoughts, opinions, photos, and updates about our lives with everyone we know, and it hardly takes any effort. If you have been injured, you may wish to share details of your injury and recovery on social media to update friends on the status. However, doing so may negatively affect your claim, even if you are very careful with what you post.

It is difficult for others to determine the amount of pain and suffering you are experiencing, so those you are filing a claim against will seek out your social media profiles to find “evidence”. If there is something on your profile that can discredit your claim, it will be used to minimize your damages. The insurance company wants to make you seem less credible so they can pay you less, and they will try to find ways to do that. Even if you have high privacy settings, there are still ways your information can be accessed.

Let’s say that you had an accident which caused a back injury, and you are now unable to do many things you used to enjoy. If you are posting pictures of yourself dancing, or holding a small child, or even smiling with friends, the insurance company can use these to diminish your claim. They can argue that your back is not as injured as you say it is (even though it very well may be, and you could still be in excruciating pain). The photo of you out with friends could be evidence that “you’re too happy to be suffering”, when in reality you could be putting on a happy face for social media, despite your crippling pain.

You typically want to show your best side on social media. Unfortunately, these moments of happiness could be used as evidence that you appear to be happier than you claim to be.

If you have a personal injury claim, it is best to stay off social media until your case has been settled. Make sure your friends and family are aware not to tag you or discuss your case or your current activities. Search through your past posts and make sure nothing is there that could be found to harm your case. Perhaps you made a complaint about your back being sore months before the accident. That could be used as evidence that the accident did not cause the pain, so you could receive less for your settlement.

Have a personal injury claim? Contact an experienced St. Petersburg personal injury attorney at Jones Law Group today. When you contact our office we will immediately either put you on the phone with one of our attorneys, or set an appointment where you will meet your attorney and be provided with his/her contact information. If you do not have transportation or you cannot drive, your attorney will travel to meet you and discuss your case with you. Call an experienced personal injury attorney in St. Petersburg at Jones Law Group at (727) 571-1333 during regular business hours or (727) 753-8657 on weekends or after regular business hours. We will evaluate your case for free and you will never pay us a dime unless we recover compensation for your injuries.

Jones Law Group
5622 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33707

Personal Injury

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephanie-r-caudle/could-social-media-impact_b_9858366.html

https://www.hg.org/legal-articles/social-media-and-your-personal-injury-lawsuit-38159

https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=c244a1d7-e017-4798-9279-35ced6dc7f9b

November 3

The Impact of the Texting and Driving Law in Florida

Cell phones are everywhere these days. 95% of the United States population owns a cell phone, and many have it on them at all times to conveniently check messages, emails, and social media. This instant connection to friends and information becomes an addiction that is sometimes hard to put down. But there are times when safety should come before the impulse to look at your cell phone, such as while driving.

In Florida, texting while driving is a secondary law. You cannot be pulled over by police for simply texting and driving. However, if the officer sees another offense, such as speeding or reckless driving, you can be cited for texting as well as the other offense.

In 2017, Florida was named the second-worst state in the country for distracted driving. A major contributing factor to this is Florida’s secondary law of texting and driving, which it shares with only four other states (Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio, and South Dakota). Most states take texting and driving more seriously for its ability to create distracted drivers.

There are three types of distracted driving:

Visual: When you take your eyes off the road

Manual: When you take your hands off the wheel

Cognitive: When you are thinking about something other than driving

Texting while driving is the ultimate combination of all three distracted driving types, which explains why it is so dangerous. In 2017, Florida had over 50,000 accidents caused by distracted drivers. Many of those could have been prevented by eliminating distractions such as cell phones.

Have you or a loved one been injured in a car accident involving texting and driving? Contact an experienced St. Petersburg car accident attorney at Jones Law Group today. When you contact our office we will immediately set an appointment where you will meet your attorney and be provided with his/her contact information. If you do not have transportation or you cannot drive, your attorney will travel to meet you and discuss your case with you.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash, you should immediately call an experienced personal injury attorney in St. Petersburg at Jones Law Group at (727) 571-1333 during regular business hours or (727) 753-8657 on weekends or after regular business hours. We will evaluate your case for free and you will never pay us a dime unless we recover compensation for your injuries.

Jones Law Group
5622 Central Avenue
St. Pete, FL 33707

http://jlgtampabay.com/home/personal-injury/

https://www.dmvflorida.org/florida-traffic-laws/texting-and-driving

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/transportation/fl-reg-florida-second-most-distracted-20170412-story.html

https://www.flhsmv.gov/safety-center/driving-safety/distracted-driving/

November 2

Florida Dog Bite Injury Law

Every year, around 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in the United States. Attacks by dogs can be unpredictable; they can be unprovoked and can range from minor injuries to death of the victim.

Florida’s dog bite law states that if the bite happens in a public place, or to a person lawfully located on private property, the owner of the dog will likely be held liable. A victim, for example, who is trespassing on private property, is not considered to be “lawfully” on the property, and may not be entitled to damages.

Florida law tends to be more favorable to dog bite victims over the dog owners. The owner is usually deemed responsible for the dog’s behavior whether or not the owner has any prior knowledge of the dog’s capability of attacking.

Should You Consult a Lawyer for a Dog Bite or Attack on You or a Loved One?

If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, you may benefit from a consultation from one of our experienced attorneys:

• Did the attack take place on public property or lawfully in a private place?

• Was the dog’s owner in violation of a leash law when it occurred?

• Was the attack unprovoked?

• Did the bite or attack cause any medical expenses and/or long term medical issues?

Victims of dog attacks can recover compensation for lost income, pain and suffering, medical bills, and future medical treatment.

Have you or a loved one been injured from a dog bite or attack? Contact an experienced St. Petersburg personal injury attorney at Jones Law Group today. When you contact our office we will immediately either put you on the phone with one of our attorneys, or set an appointment where you will meet your attorney and be provided with his/her contact information. If you do not have transportation or you cannot drive, your attorney will travel to meet you and discuss your case with you.

Call an experienced personal injury attorney in St. Petersburg at Jones Law Group at (727) 571-1333 during regular business hours or (727) 753-8657 on weekends or after regular business hours. We will evaluate your case for free and you will never pay us a dime unless we recover compensation for your injuries.

Jones Law Group
5622 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33707

http://jlgtampabay.com/home/personal-injury/

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0700-0799/0767/Sections/0767.04.html

https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local-news/i-team-investigates/i-team-dog-bite-cases-in-fl-cost-owners-millions

Florida dog bite statistics

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