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How Does Ged Lawyers Handle Sensitive Medical Data?

Insurance companies will rely on a patient’s medical records when they validate any claim for an injury. When someone has been injured in a car accident, slip and fall accident, or other accident requiring an insurance claim, the insurance carrier will require proof of those injuries.

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Tampa Auto Glass Owners Are Litigating to Get Paid for Windshield Replacements

Windshield damage, while a common occurrence, is more than just a cosmetic repair. A cracked or chipped windshield can impact a windshield’s structural integrity, cause dangerous shattering, and even inhibit the support needed for safety equipment such as airbags. Consequently, Florida has enacted legislation allowing properly insured drivers to get their damaged windshield replaced through an insurance claim without any out-of-pocket costs.

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Car Accidents Caused by Debris

Insurance companies advertise the fact that they are always there for you when “stuff happens,” but whenever something happens that causes you financial losses, the insurance company tries to assign as much of the blame for the accident as possible to you, so that they can pay you less money. If you get into a collision involving two or more vehicles, a car accident lawyer can help you protect yourself against the insurance companies assigning you more than your fair share of fault for the accident.

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When Should I Hire a Lawyer for My PI Case?

The court systems of Florida are meant to be accessible to everyone, and it is possible to represent yourself, as opposed to hiring an attorney, in most kinds of legal actions. It is possible to represent yourself in a personal injury case, where an injured person seeks compensation for their injury-related financial losses.

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When Can I Sue After a Car Accident in Florida?

Most states in the U.S. follow an "at-fault" liability model, where the insurance provider for the driver determined to cause the crash pays for all the damages stemming from the accident, including medical expenses, property damage, and pain and suffering costs.

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Florida PIP Bill Vetoed: What It Means

Florida is one of only 10 states in the nation to have personal injury protection (PIP) as part of its auto insurance coverage. Designed to give injured motorists and passengers up to $10,000 in immediate funds, rather than forcing them to establish liability through the court system, PIP coverage is mandated for all Floridians purchasing auto insurance. This is a no-fault system that makes individuals responsible for their own injuries regardless of who may have caused the accident.

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Hurricane Elsa: Its Impact on Florida

Tropical Storm Elsa formed on July 1, 2021, making this tropical storm the earliest to form in the storm season, since satellite records of these events began. Elsa developed unusually far south and east at this point in the hurricane season. She became a Category 1 hurricane not long after and destroyed parts of Barbados before turning back into a tropical storm and making landfall in Florida.

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Ged Lawyers Acquires The Pittman Firm

Ged Lawyers is pleased to announce they have acquired The Pittman Firm in Panama City, Fla. The Pittman Firm was founded by Wes Pittman who concentrates his practice in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, product liability and employment discrimination.
“By acquiring The Pittman Firm, we will not only be able to continue to help consumers level the playing field by going up against multibillion-dollar insurance companies, but we also will be bringing our other practice areas to the Panhandle,” said C. Glen Ged, one of the firm’s founding partners. “Combining our firms will expand our geographic footprint throughout Florida and offer greater resources and bench strength to both of our firm’s clients.”

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Common Homeowners Property Damage in Florida

Florida residents know that even though the state's weather creates a constant threat of property damage, homeowners property damage coverage can be limited. It's crucial that you understand what types of damage your insurance policy covers and know strategies for maximizing the amount your insurance company pays to settle your property damage claims.

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Slip and Fall Rights in Florida: What if It Happens on Government Property?

Slip and fall accidents can occur anywhere at any time. However, if you slip and fall on government or public property, your case is more difficult to argue than a claim against a private property owner. This is because, while many of the same legal requirements for proving your case remain, special protections or sovereign immunity granted to the government may thwart your claim.

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How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help After a Bicycle Accident

Riding a bicycle is fun and a great form of exercise and transportation, but it can be dangerous, too, with over 300,000 bicyclists in emergency rooms across the country in 2018 alone. For a bicycle rider, an accident can cause significant injuries and even death. Following an accident, it can be hard to figure out how you'll pay for medical costs and make up for missed time at work.

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Reckless Driving vs. Distracted Driving

Everyone makes mistakes when driving, but what determines which mistakes are serious enough to warrant criminal charges? It usually has to do with whether the driver causes an accident and how much harm it causes in terms of vehicle damage and personal injuries.

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Get to Know the Slip and Fall Laws in Florida

Slip and fall accidents in Florida fall under the umbrella of personal injury cases. This type of personal injury case typically involves an individual slipping or tripping on another person or a company's property. Slip and fall cases hold the other person or company liable for the negligence that led to the incident and resulted in injury.

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What You Should Know About Florida Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Under Florida law, if you've lost a loved one because of negligence or wrongdoing of another party, you may be entitled to receive compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. Filing this kind of lawsuit can help your family recover from the financial injuries that you have suffered and provide an important sense of justice and closure.

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Common Causes of Commercial Truck Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,951 people died in commercial truck accidents in 2018. Because commercial trucks are so large, they can do a significant amount of damage when they crash, and when someone dies, it’s usually not the truck driver. Only 18% of commercial truck accident deaths were commercial truck drivers.

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Legal Defenses in Florida Slip and Fall Injury Claims

If you've suffered an injury in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to receive compensation if a dangerous condition on the property caused the fall. However, no matter how airtight you think your case is, the insurance company will do everything in its power to avoid giving you what you deserve. The most common application of this defense is liquid on the floor of a retail location. Just because there's something on the floor, by itself, is not enough.

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New Law Could Protect Sugar Industry from Sugarcane Burning Lawsuits

The sweetness of sugar is found among the fibers of the inner stalks of the sugarcane plant. Part of the process of harvesting sugarcane involves removing the leafy outer stalks of the plant, leaving the soft, inner stalks, which are then cut down and processed. The fastest way to get rid of the outer stalk is to set the sugarcane field on fire which sends air pollution, in the form of smoke, into the surrounding area.

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Medical Services Covered by PIP in Florida

Florida is one of 12 no-fault auto insurance states in the nation. The law mandates that motorists carry at least $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) coverage instead of having liability insurance. When a person is injured in a car accident, regardless of who may be at fault, they are entitled to receive up to $10,000 in compensation for hospitalization, medical treatment, and lost wages.

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PIP and Palliative Care - What Every Medical Provider Should Know

Florida has long enjoyed its motor vehicle no-fault legislation intended to cover injured drivers after an accident, without first determining fault. This law, adopted by the state in 1979, requires that drivers within the state purchase personal injury protection coverage, otherwise known as PIP. In the event of an auto accident that results in bodily harm, this insurance policy is paid out, up to $10,000 in medical coverage, regardless of who caused the accident.

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Liability in Florida Boating Accidents

With thousands of miles of coastline to enjoy, it's no wonder that Floridians love boating. There's nothing more relaxing than getting out on the water, kicking back with friends, and reeling in the day's big catch. Unfortunately, Florida boating accidents put a damper on this popular recreational activity. In 2019, Florida led the nation in the number of registered vessels: 935,742 in total. The Sunshine State also leads the nation in boating accidents. The state had 679 boating accidents in 2019; more than double that of California, which comes in a distant second.

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Common Boating Accidents in Florida: Tourism Industry Facts

For most people, a Florida vacation means one thing: a chance to be on or near the water. Whether you prefer pontooning around a lake or a deep-sea fishing trip, boating and Florida go hand in hand. Florida’s watercraft owners often tap into the tourism industry as a source of supplemental income. But as with every business venture, boat charters carry risks. Boating accidents are all too real and can have devastating consequences.

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5 Types of Commercial Property Damage Claims

Both small and large business owners often take out insurance policies to cover their brick-and-mortar establishments. Commercial property insurance of this kind is a great way to protect against unexpected property damage in the future. However, it can be easy for business owners to quickly forget the details of their policies, as the demands of the business rightly capture their attention.

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Hurricane Prep: How to Prepare for Property Damage and What to Do in the Aftermath

Hurricanes are a fact of life in Florida. As the winter months come to a close, homeowners across the state are prepping for hurricane season. This preparation routine can involve many moving parts, including fortifying the physical home or safeguarding valuables. One important step to take in this process may involve compiling information that would help you file a property damage insurance claim.

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When Do I File a Property Damage Claim?

Life is picture-perfect in the Sunshine State—until hurricane season hits. Flooding, storm surges, toppled trees, and toxic mold infiltration are just some of the types of property damage in Florida that can destroy the home or business you invested so much time and energy into making yours. Extreme damage requires you to file a property damage claim. But what about cases that are less clear-cut? Knowing when to file a property damage claim—and the proper steps to take—is crucial information that can save you time, money, and a great deal of aggravation.

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What Condo Owners Need to Know About Property Damage Claims

Florida boasts a significant number of condominiums, and the number of townhomes and condos sold in 2020 actually exceeded 2019 sales. A look at the past 10 years reveals that sales remain relatively steady overall. At the same time, there are around 48,500 HOAs in the state, with a collective 9.57 million individuals living in HOA communities. While a significant portion of these figures pertains to single-family homes, condo HOAs account for a great deal of them as well.

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Could Florida be Enacting a No-Fault Bill?

Most states in the country are considered tort states when it comes to auto insurance. Under tort law, when two parties are involved in a collision and one person is at fault, the injured party must file a claim with the negligent party’s insurance company or file a lawsuit against the driver directly [...]

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This Week In PIP - February 9th

This week we will talk about:

  • SB 54—the REPEAL of PIP, mandatory BI & Bad Faith Overhaul
  • SB 54: One Committee Down, Another to Come
  • HB273: Changes to PIP Recovery - If recovery becomes more difficult, can we throw out the system?
  • HB 719: House Version of SB 54
  • SB 54 & HB 719: Impact on Medical Providers & Financial Uncertainty
  • SB 54 & HB 719: Impact on Patients and the Access to Healthcare
  • Recent PIP Cases
  • Events and Announcements
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Leading Causes of Boat Accidents

Boca Raton is close to the ocean and offers easy access to various lakes and rivers. As a result, boating is a major source of fun and recreation for plenty of people here. In addition to attracting local residents who enjoy spending the day on the water or going out on fishing trips, visitors from throughout Florida and across the United States are drawn to our waterways, as well. [...]

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