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The family of Michael Waddle, 50, told The Palm Beach Post the former firefighter always insisted on kisses and hugs whenever someone left the home because, “You never know when you might see them last.” driving6

It turned out to be wiser than perhaps he would ever realize. After working 20 years as a firefighter, he was forced to retire due to a work injury. He was on his way to his new job as a security guard when was killed on his way to work, just miles from his home, when his Ford F350 struck another vehicle before rolling over and then striking a cement pole near Summit Road in Palm Beach Gardens. The driver of the other vehicle, a 54-year-old woman, was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Now, Waddle’s wife and three children say the man who was always their hero is now their angel, who will continue to inspire them in new ways. Continue reading

Because there are so many people who drive on a regular basis for work, it’s inevitable some of those individuals will be involved in crashes. When injuries occur on-the-clock, there is the possibility of collecting workers’ compensation benefits to cover expenses. However, that can impact a person’s ability to collect uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage if the at-fault party was not adequately insured.accidentreport

West Palm Beach car accident lawyers note Florida allows an uninsured motorist carrier to offset payments made by a workers’ compensation carrier, per Florida Statute 627.727. Your attorney can help you navigate these provisions. Uninsured motorist coverage might provide more overall protection, but workers’ compensation benefits are usually secured faster, so long as there is little question you were working at the time of the crash.

Insurers are going to still try to limit their level of liability, and one of those ways is by arguing certain methods of determining that set-off amount. Some policies indicate the insurance company will not compensate a claimant for injuries that were compensated or could have been compensated by workers’ compensation insurance.

The defendant in Zelaznik v. Isensee never denied she was the at-fault party in a crash that prompted the plaintiff to seek medical treatment.atthewheel

But despite a $1.1 million verdict in favor of the plaintiff for damages as a result, the defendant insists the crash wasn’t the true cause of the plaintiff’s injuries. Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal, however, disagreed with her, allowing the verdict for the injured woman to stand.

Our West Palm Beach car accident lawyers know one of the key elements in these cases is showing a causal connection between the crash and the specific injuries suffered.

Speed limits on Florida highways are already some of the fastest this side of the Mississippi. speedometer

But traffic doesn’t move quickly enough for some Florida legislators, who are trying to green light a bill that would raise the speed limit from 70-miles-per-hour to 75-miles-per-hour in some portions of the state. The measures could also result in increasing speed on rural four-lane stretches of road from 65-miles-per-hour up to 70-miles-per-hour.

Our West Palm Beach car accident attorneys learned that some lawmakers may have more of an incentive to change the current limits than others. The Scripps Florida Investigative Team recently analyzed the driving records of every current state legislator.

The installation of a single ignition switch could have saved dozens of young lives and spared many more the heartache of life-altering injuries, according to federal lawmakers and regulators probing a decade-long delay in a General Motors recall of some 2 million vehicles. onecarkey1

As investigators sift through the evidence and comb over the recent testimony of GM CEO Mary Barra and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Acting Administrator David Friedman, one fact is becoming apparent: The defect in the affected models appears to have disproportionately impacted young drivers.

West Palm Beach car accident attorneys understand that this is primarily because the affected models, like the Saturn Ion and the Chevrolet Cobalt , were specifically marketed to young, first-time buyers and parents who were seeking a vehicle for their children.

You may have heard of the phrase “compulsory medical examination” if you’ve ever tried to file an injury claim in West Palm Beach. These exams are sometimes deceivingly referred to as “independent medical examinations.” Make no mistake, however: There is nothing independent about them. medicaldoctor

Many insurance companies include a requirement for a compulsory medical exam before you are allowed to collect damages. However, under these terms, the insurance company picks the doctor. The insurance company pays that doctor. Some physicians earn hundreds of thousands of dollars annually solely conducting examinations for insurance companies, and then testifying about them in court. Make no mistake about where it is these doctors’ loyalties lie.

In the recent case of State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Curran, an appellate court reviewing an underinsured motorist claim sided with the plaintiff, who refused to undergo a compulsory medical examination in order to collect for injuries she sustained in a crash.

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