Free Download: A Valid Florida Living Will

Death is never an easy subject to tackle. Some ignore the subject matter completely until it is too late to work pro-actively, leaving a spouse or family to react to a mess. Often this results in the need to retain lawyers and experts in order to determine the final wishes of the incapacitated person in question. Case-in-point:  You may recall the tragic case of Terri Schiavo in Florida who fell, hit her head and was left in a (near) vegetative state for more than a Read More +

Some Misconceptions About DUIs

Most people associate DUIs with alcohol intoxication only. Not completely. Driving under the influence means under the influence of a number of different “intoxicants”. Alcohol is one, but not nearly the only one. Some of you may have read that a number of people have been arrested for DUI in the middle of the night while they’re operating their car under the influence of……Ambien. A sleeping pill. Did they mean to get behind the wheel while sleepwalking and cause mayhem on the road? Of course Read More +

I’ve Just Been In A Car Accident. What Should I Do?

As a personal injury attorney, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten calls from friends, relatives or clients who were just in a car crash, they’re calling me from their cell phone and have no idea what to do. Ouch, I’m hurt. What do I do? First, let common sense rule: If you’re hurt, immediately call 911 and don’t worry about anything else. Stay in your car and wait for the ambulance. Then maybe call a loved one to advise your family of Read More +

Patient Privacy Laws (HIPAA), Social Media and the Law

Many of you have heard of the patient privacy law, called HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Acountability Act). It’s been around since 1996 and it’s something that we personal injury lawyers face every day in our practice. While it is a far reaching act, the way that you are most familiar with it is the aspect of the law that attempts to ensure your privacy as a health care patient, sometimes to absurd lengths. It is why at a pharmacy they sometimes separate the “drop Read More +

Closed Head Trauma – A Bruise to the Brain

A few years ago a personal injury client of mine experienced typical aches and pains after a car wreck, but noticed that when she went back to graduate school after taking some time off to recuperate, she just couldn’t function. “Sue” was able to go about her daily activities just fine, but noticed that anything necessitating concentrated thought was difficult. She had a hard time balancing her checkbook, cooking became a chore because she couldn’t remember her family’s recipes and she found herself “spacing out” from time Read More +

It Was an Uneventful Friday in New Port Richey, Until …

This sounds like something I made up as a personal injury attorney, but I swear it happened very recently. A friend of mine, “Joe”*, was driving around New Port Richey on a Friday afternoon and he called me from his cell phone.  We were chatting for a short time when his phone went dead. Oh well, I guess his cell battery died, I thought, and I went about my business here at the office. About two hours later Joe called me back. His first words Read More +