Can I sue the driver of the car I was riding in if I was injured in a Florida car accident?

Q:Can I sue the driver of the car I was riding in if I was injured in a Florida car accident? A: Yes, even though you’re a passenger in a car that caused the car accident, you can still make a claim against the driver. ‘Cause you were not at fault, you’re a passenger in the car and theoretically you’re seatbelted in. And if the other driver was at fault, there’s no prohibition for making a claim against the at-fault driver, even though it was Read More +

Can I Split My Florida Lottery Winnings With My Family?

Q: Can I Split My Florida Lottery Winnings With My Family Where Do I Claim My Florida Lottery Prize? A: For those who win over a certain amount, you’ve got to go to the Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee, and can you split your prize with your family? Yes, you can. However, the Florida Lottery Headquarter Office will only wire that amount that you want to one bank account. Any split to any family member would be on you, and whatever wealth care manager or investment Read More +

Can I choose my own repair shop following a Florida car accident?

In general, yes, you can. Some insurance companies will require you to bring your car to their shop in order to have the damages assessed or appraised, but, in general, yes, you can pick any auto body repair shop that you would like and they will deal directly with the insurance company that will pay for the repairs. Image credit: Pixel-mixer

Will I have to go to court for my Florida personal injury case?

I usually tell my clients that about 60 or 65% of the time, their personal injury claim can be settled without filing a lawsuit. In the event we’re unable to negotiate something satisfactory with the insurance company, then in that other 35% or 40% of the time, a lawsuit will need to be filed. But even when the lawsuit is filed, it’s still about 50% of the time that cases settle, ultimately by negotiation between the two attorneys or at mediation. Going to in front Read More +

Can I Be Found Liable In Florida If My Car Was Rear-Ended In A Crash?

It’s very unlikely. Whenever somebody rear-ends somebody else it is presumed that the party who rear-ended the other vehicle is at fault. The only exception to that is basically insurance fraud when somebody will pull directly in front of you and then jam on their brake in order to create a fake accident. Short of that, no. If you’re rear-ended, you will never be found at fault.   Image credit:  

Can Florida Lottery Winners Remain Anonymous?

No. By Florida statute, the Florida lottery office will release certain information about you, mainly your name, your city, how much you won, what lottery device you were playing whether it was mega millions or scratch off or whatever else, and the amount that you won. Picture credit: alphaspirit / 123RF Stock Photo