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Miami Personal Injury Law Blog

Student agrees to personal injury settlement with Florida college

Attending the university of one's dreams can be an exciting and challenging adventure to which many prospective college students aspire. However, when a student suffers serious personal injury on campus that is caused by another student, and the school administration apparently does nothing to help, the adventure can turn sour. Such seems to have been the case regarding a female student who filed a Title IX complaint against a school football star at Florida State University, but she was sorely disappointed when school officials did nothing about it.

The student, who has since transferred to a 4-year program at another school, apparently reported that the quarterback had raped her in 2012. She stated that FSU was the school of her dreams and that the administration's indifference toward her plight was unreasonable and disappointing. After settling the lawsuit in a U.S. District Court, the school recently agreed to pay the young woman $950,000.

Personal injury and death result of recent Florida crash

Reckless drivers are menaces on Florida roadways. Speeding and other negligent actions often lead to car accidents that result in personal injury or even death to others. Police say a recent crash was caused by erratic driving.

Apparently, the person behind the wheel of the vehicle at the time of the crash was not the owner of the car. The owner, it seems, was traveling as a passenger. The 30-year-old man who was driving the car was reportedly doing so without proper seat restraint and with a suspended driver's license. Authorities claim that an unidentified officer had begun a pursuit of the vehicle because it was being driven in an erratic manner on the road.

Seeking justice after suffering personal injury in Florida

Those in Florida who have suffered serious injury or the loss of a loved one due to another party's negligence may pursue justice in the matter by filing legal claims in civil court. Many personal injury attorneys dedicate their practices to protecting families who have been harmed by someone's negligence. Such situations can be quite challenging for those involved, and it may be comforting to know  that there is experienced assistance available.

At Panter, Panter & Sampedro, P.A., we have a 20-year history of helping clients obtain compensation for damages by aggressively investigating and litigating claims on their behalves. Our experienced legal team has collected more than $50 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients. We are prepared to assist you in any type of personal injury situation by helping you identify possible sources of liability and exercising your rights in court.

Florida medical malpractice re emergency room mistakes

Florida patients entering emergency rooms are often suffering acute symptoms that require prompt diagnosis and medical treatment. Any mistake on the part of medical staff can have disastrous consequences for patients. Injuries that result in permanent disability have sometimes occurred because of doctors' errors; such circumstances may be grounds for medical malpractice lawsuits.

In May 2011, one woman went to the emergency room seeking care and presenting symptoms of weakness and confusion. Records state that she also seems to have suffered a seizure after arriving at the hospital. Doctors diagnosed a low sodium serum and administered a sodium solution as treatment over the next 48 hours.

What to do if when a loved one suffers personal injury or death

For various reasons, many Florida travelers hire drivers to transport them to their destinations, some on a daily basis, others for a one-time occasion. Uber is a  travel network that uses privately owned, everyday vehicles for hire as a modern day taxi-style service. Riding as a passenger when another person is driving is always a risk; however, those whose loved one has suffered personal injury or death in an accident caused by another will want to know that justice can be sought through the legal system.

One family is currently suing Uber and the driver who was operating the vehicle hired by a family member in Dec. 2015. The 20-year-old and three of his friends were riding as passengers in the Uber vehicle. A tragedy suddenly occurred when the driver attempted a left-hand turn on the road.

Driver negligence can lead to personal injury or death

Motorcycles are popular means of transportation in Florida and throughout the United States. Bikers are obligated to act with caution and in adherence to the same traffic and safety regulations as other motorists. However, even when a motorcyclist is acting in accordance with the law, another driver's negligence can cause a sudden accident that results in personal injury or death.

On a recent Sunday afternoon just after 1 p.m., a 58-year-old man, who was visiting family in the area, was traveling by motorcycle when a tragic accident occurred. Apparently, the man was not carrying any passengers on the motorcycle at the time. He was heading southbound when the driver of a northbound vehicle pulled directly into his path.

Excessive speed leads to personal injury, death in Florida

Every Florida motorist is obligated to comply with traffic and safety regulations when navigating roadways. Acting with negligence or driving in a reckless manner puts oneself and others at risk for potentially serious personal injury or death. A recent tragedy occurred when a young man was driving at excessive speeds and collided with another car.

The sport utility vehicle was apparently barreling through the streets at more than 100 m.p.h. on a recent Saturday afternoon. It was being driven by an 18-year-old male. Another nearby vehicle, driven by a 90-year-old individual, was attempting to make a turn when the speeding vehicle crashed into it. The elderly man was then taken to an area hospital for emergency treatment of his injuries. Sadly, he did not survive.

How to know if a premises liability exists re injuries in Florida

Florida is a tourist capital, with millions traveling through the beautiful state as tourists each year. Many visitors patronize a great number of businesses, including hotels, restaurants and theme parks. A joyful vacation can quickly turn sour when an accident occurs that results in an injury. In such situations, injured victims often wonder how to determine if a premises liability exists that can be claimed in a civil court.

Panter, Panter & Sampedro, P.A., is prepared to assist you in determining how best to proceed within the legal system when you believe your injury has been caused by a property owner's negligence. Whether your injury was suffered from a balcony fall, swimming pool accident, dog bite or other incident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for damages. A first logical step to take in determining whether liability exists might typically be to discuss the details of your situation with an experienced attorney.

Hoverboard Personal Injury on the Rise After the Holiday Season

Despite their popularity, hoverboards are proving to be a hazardous product causing a spike in personal injury incidents. This holiday season many children received the futuristic gift, but as parents are realizing, hoverboards require substantial safety precautions.

Hoverboards, also called smart boards or balance boards, are comparable to a motorized skateboard. Unfortunately, they've proved more dangerous than a lot of consumers realized. In fact, the falls, fires, and head and neck injuries attributed to hoverboards have caused enough alarm that retail giant Amazon stopped selling some models.

Defective products may be among toys Florida children receive

All parents delight in giving their children new toys for Christmas. Joy can turn to sorrow, however, when defective products are unknowingly placed under the Christmas tree and children become injured while playing. In Florida and throughout the United States, parents may act on behalf of their children when injuries occur because of another party's negligence.

The potential dangers associated with lasers of all types include a risk for fire and burn injuries. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a request that incidents of injury connected with lasers be reported. The agency has also asked that it be notified when an item that has caused injury was advertised as a toy for children under age 14.