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Miami Personal Injury Law Blog

Are motorcyclists required by law to wear helmets?

Riding a motorcycle can be a risky business. It's all too easy to get caught up in the thrill of the open air, the freedom and the speed. It might not even be so bad if there were not so many other vehicles on the roads. Sadly, accidents happen and many motorcyclists will be involved in a crash at some point in their lifetime. When this happens, the consequences can be devastating, leaving riders permanently injured, or worse.

As is explained by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there are a couple of things you can do to make it a little less dangerous to ride your motorcycle. These include the use of anti-lock brakes and wearing a helmet while riding. The value of a helmet in the event of an accident is such that many states have laws requiring their use. In the majority of states, the law only applies to certain people. However, in 19 states it is a requirement for all motorcyclists.

When a loved one dies you may want to challenge those responsible

The chances are that the last thing on your mind after losing a loved one is whether to take legal action. Unfortunately, as we have seen before, there is only a limited window within which to make a claim. Aside from the potential compensation which could help to mitigate the financial burden of bereavement, a successful action may also help to bring you some closure.

If your loved one's death was brought about as the result of the malicious or negligent action of another person, chances are it counts as wrongful death. As part of the lawsuit, you may be able to seek punitive damages from those responsible. Furthermore, matters such as the deceased's potential future earnings will also be taken into account.

If you suffer a TBI, you may want to seek compensation

Any blow to the head can be worrying, no matter how minor it may seem at first. The brain is extremely delicate and the skull cannot protect it from everything. Even a slight knock can have life-changing effects, so it is vital to seek medical attention immediately if you suffer any form of head injury. Furthermore, you will need to pay careful attention to your health over the following weeks as the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury do not always present themselves immediately.

In a recent article, we looked at the effects a brain injury can have on your health and well-being. As we saw, every injury is different and the effects can be devastating. Your entire way of life could be altered and you may even be left in need of long-term care and support. It could affect your ability to work and you might find yourself unable to interact with friends and family as well as you used to.

How are burns classified and what damage can they do?

Suffering any form of injury is generally an unpleasant experience. Whether it is a minor scratch, or something more serious such as a broken bone, it is something you would likely rather avoid. Burn injuries can be particularly serious, having potentially life-changing or even fatal consequences. We saw in a previous article the devastating effect a burn acquired from a faulty car seat had on one woman.

Burns are classified based on their severity, ranging from first to third-degree injuries. First-degree burns are the most minor, causing harm only to the skin's outer layer. Second degree burns go a little deeper, damaging the layer underneath as well. The most severe burns are classed as third-degree. These damage or destroy skin down to the deepest layer and can even cause harm to underlying tissues.

Florida man killed in motorcycle accident

As many motorcyclists will agree, the thrill of riding a motorcycle is one that is hard to match. Unfortunately, like most thrills, it comes with its risks. Every year, countless motorcyclists and their passengers suffer serious injuries in motorcycle accidents throughout the United States. Such was the sad case of a 65-year-old man from Florida after becoming involved in a crash in Kentucky.

Sexual abuse should not be stood for

Sexual abuse is never a matter to be taken lightly. Even an act that may seem minor to one person can be deeply upsetting for another. Furthermore, this act does not even need to be physical. Verbal threats, stalking and harassment can all be forms of sexual abuse and none should be tolerated.

The effects of sexual abuse can last a lifetime. Many people affected by these crimes are unsure how to confront them, or may even feel unwilling to report them or discuss them with others. The harm caused by such abuse is also often difficult for others to see. While some people suffer physical injuries, many others are affected on an emotional level. We saw in a previous post how a number of clients were affected by the conduct of their masseur.

Drowning accidents may constitute wrongful death

Losing a loved one is a devastating experience. Sadly, it is one that many families in Florida will face at some point in their lives. It can take time to come to terms with such a loss and in some ways that void might never be filled. However, although you will need time to grieve, as we saw in a previous post, you may need to take action quite quickly if you want to begin legal proceedings regarding your loved one's death.

Filing a wrongful death claim is a means of seeking justice and closure for your loss, as well as potentially receiving financial compensation to help you cover the costs associated with bereavement. These may include funeral costs, medical bills and even loss of earnings. It may be of little comfort in this difficult time, but it could at least serve to relieve you of some of your financial burdens.

What are the potential effects of a brain injury?

Any form of head trauma can be a worry. The brain is a very delicate organ, responsible for an individual's ability to function and interact with the world around them. Damage to this sensitive organ can have any number of effects, some of which can be life changing. We saw in a previous article the effects one such injury had on a teenage girl. Furthermore, the symptoms of a brain injury do not always present themselves immediately.

Each region of the brain is responsible for different functions of the body. Consequently, the location and severity of a head injury can make a significant difference to the long-term repercussions. For example, damage to the cerebellum at the base of the skull can affect a person's motor skills, balance and coordination. In contrast, damage to the frontal lobe might affect a person's emotions or their ability to solve problems.

The majority of motorcycle accidents involve other vehicles

It is a sad fact that many motorcyclists in Florida are at risk of becoming involved in an accident on the roads. Furthermore, it may not matter how careful they are, as there is a good chance that the accident will not be caused by them. Although alertness is highly beneficial, it is impossible to predict everything and negligent drivers can easily catch you by surprise. Unfortunately, in many of these accidents, it is the motorcyclist who comes to the most harm.

We have seen previously the potentially fatal cost of such an accident. It is a sad fact that this is not an uncommon occurrence. Often, motorcycle accidents occur because another motorist simply failed to see the motorcyclist, or spotted them too late.

Paraplegic woman sues GM over burn injuries

If you have ever been burned, you probably already know how painful and uncomfortable it can be. Even a seemingly minor burn injury can take a long time to heal and cause considerable discomfort in the meantime. On a larger scale, burns can have far more serious consequences. They can cause permanent and potentially disabling scarring. Furthermore, the toll such injuries take on your body means burn injuries can often be fatal.

In Maine, a 26-year-old woman is suing General Motors Co. after a burn injury she suffered in a vehicle manufactured by the company left her bedridden for almost three months. Paralyzed from the waist down since the age of 15, the lower part of her body is unable to sense heat or cold. As a result, she was unaware when the heated seat of the vehicle began to warm up.