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Pokémon Go and Personal Injuries | 08.01.16

Recently, you may have noticed more people buried in their cellphone screens than usual. There is a new mobile game called Pokémon Go. This is a free multiplayer online mobile game based on your location. The new mobile game mimics the original Pokémon game. Users look for Pokémon, catch them, train them and battle with […]

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The Dangers of E-Cigarettes | 07.27.16

E-cigarettes are battery operated devices that contain cartridges of nicotine, chemicals, and flavorings (such as pineapple or peppermint). The electronic cigarette turns nicotine into vapor, which is inhaled by the user. The FDA has recently released studies that have analyzed some of the e-cigarette cartridges on the market. The studies revealed that the e-cigarettes contained […]

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Do you have to wear a motorcycle helmet in Florida? | 07.25.16

On July 1, 2000, Florida repealed the legal requirement that all motorcyclists wear protective helmets. State law now requires helmet use only by riders under the age of 21, and by older riders who do not have a minimum of $10,000 medical insurance coverage.  The effects of Florida’s repeal of the helmet law have been […]

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Can my Social Media Accounts Affect my Personal Injury Claim? | 07.15.16

You might not realize that something seemingly innocent, like sharing a photo from your favorite band’s concert Saturday night, or being tagged in a status about enjoying the beautiful beach weather with friends, might come back to haunt you and negatively affect the value of your pending personal injury claim. As a matter of course, insurance companies are routinely checking the internet, especially social media sites, for information regarding injured claimants, to help the companies justify low offers.

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Why should you carry uninsured motorist coverage? | 07.08.16

Despite laws that compel the purchase of auto insurance, many people choose to drive without it. According to the Insurance Research Council, nearly 13% of U.S. motorists are uninsured. If you live in Florida, your odds of encountering an uninsured driver are even greater than the national average. An estimated 24% of Florida’s licensed drivers, […]

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How to Keep Your Teen Safe on the Road this Summer | 06.26.16

Summer has officially arrived for Tampa Bay area students. While students, parents, and teachers are celebrating the beginning of an exciting summer, it is important to remember the dangers that arise during the warmer months when travelers from all over flock to our little piece of paradise.

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Do you have an accident plan? | 06.11.16

We are midway through the year and there have been 160,142 auto accidents in Florida so far in 2016. 103,581 of those accidents have resulted in injuries to the driver or other occupants. It is important to have a plan if you are involved in an auto accident. Review the following tips and consider making them part of your accident plan

Personal Injury Lawyers Can Get Creative | 03.13.16

Lawyers many times have to get creative in representing their clients. An excellent example of this is occurring this week in a St Petersburg, Florida courtroom. Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan) is suing Gawker, a website publisher, for defamation for having released a video tape of Mr. Bollea having sex with a friend’s wife.

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