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The Goldman & Daszkal, P.L. Blog is full of personal injury resources and articles to help you. If you have questions regarding your case our attorneys are here to answer your questions. You can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (888) 504-4878. We will evaluate the facts and circumstances of your injuries, evaluate how you have been harmed, and determine how best to recover the maximum possible damages for you. We treat each and every client’s case with a high level of dedication. Each client and each case is unique and requires close attention and care. Our lawyers will guide you through each step of the process and help with any questions you have. We will help you recover not only a sum of money for your injuries, but also a way forward for your life.

Fall Newsletter

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In the Firm 

We speak Spanish and Portuguese!  Hablamos español e falamos português! 

¿Cómo puedo determinar si necesito un abogado?
Si usted ha sufrido daño en un accidente o después de usar un servicio o un producto defectuoso, usted puede tener un caso de lesiones personales y debe hablar puntualmente con un abogado especialista en lesiones personales.  Bajo la ley del estado de Florida, hay tiempo limitado en el cual se puede presentar una demanda resultante de una lesión.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. puede aconsejarle sobre los límites de tiempo y la mejor manera de perseguir su reclamo.

Antes de hablar de su lesión, establecer una demanda, o firmar cualquier documento, consulte con su abogado. Para una consulta gratis y confidencial, póngase en contacto con Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., al (954) 428-9333.

Como sei se preciso de um advogado?

Se você foi ferido em um acidente ou foi lesado depois de usar um produto ou serviço com defeito, você pode ter um caso de lesão corporal e precisa falar sem demoras com um advogado experto em lesões pessoais.  Sob a lei da Flórida, há um período de tempo limitado para mover uma ação judicial produto de uma lesão. Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. pode aconselhá-lo sobre os limites de tempo e a melhor forma de prosseguir pela sua reivindicação.

Antes de discutir sobre sua lesão, buscar uma reivindicação, ou assinar quaisquer documento, consulte seu advogado. Para uma consulta gratuita e confidencial, entre em contato com Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., pelo telefone (954) 428-9333. 

In the Community 

GILDA’S CLUB SOUTH FLORIDA – GATSBY CASINO NIGHT 

Goldman and Daszkal, P.A. is a proud sponsor of the upcoming Gilda’s Club South Florida Gatsby Casino Night on Friday, October 20, 2017.  Gatsby Casino Night will take you back to the roaring 1920s and the Great Gatsby era, and will include dining, entertainment, dancing and exciting gaming tables. The fun-filled event will take place at the newly renovated B Ocean Resort in Fort Lauderdale.  

Gilda’s Club is a non-profit organization named in honor of comedian Gilda Radner – one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live.  The organization, an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community, offers free programs for men, women, teens, and children as well as their families and friends who have been touched by cancer.  Click here to learn more.

Looking forward to dressing the part for “The Roaring 20’s” and Great Gatsby? Join us for Gatsby Casino Night and help raise funds for Gilda’s Club South Florida.   For more information on the event, click here, or contact Vilma Rivera at (954) 763-6776 or Vilma@GildasClubSouthFlorida.org.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to workGoldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

 

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month

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The Statistics

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), each year there are nearly 17,000 new cases of spinal cord injuries.  In the United States, the NSCISC estimates that there are between 243,000 and 347,000 individuals living with spinal cord injuries.  Damage caused by spinal cord injuries can lead to paralysis and can be life-threatening.

While the cause of spinal cord injuries is varied, motor vehicle crashes are the single leading cause of spinal cord injuries.  Estimates show that 46% of new spinal cord injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents each year.  Additionally, 22% are caused by falls, 16% by acts of violence including gunshots, and 12% by severe injuries while playing sports.

National Spinal Cord Month

September is National Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Awareness Month.  The bill that created the national awareness month was sponsored by Florida Senator Marco Rubio and was designed to increase public awareness around the prevalence of spinal cord injuries, support and treatment for those with spinal cord injuries, and to highlight the successes of those living with spinal cord injuries.

Each of us can spread the word and increase public awareness of spinal cord injuries.  Acknowledging someone with a spinal cord injury and joining a support group such as the National Spinal Cord Injury Association’s United Spinal Team Advocacy Group can benefit thousands of injured people in the United States.  Donating to charities that support research and treatment for spinal cord injuries is another great way to help.  You can learn more about charities that benefit individuals with SCI by visiting the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation at https://www.christopherreeve.org and the National Spinal Cord Injury Association at https://unitedspinal.org/.

A good source of information for active wheelchair users is called New Mobility by the United Spinal Association.  New Mobility aims to provide wheelchair users with important information about advocacy, travel, employment, and relationships, and can be found at http://www.newmobility.com/.

Spinal Cord Injury Prevention

In order to help prevent spinal cord injuries, we recommend that you and your loved ones use properly installed child restraints, wear seat belts, avoid distractions such as cell phone use, and never use drugs or alcohol while driving a motor vehicle.  In addition, be sure to keep your home free of hazards and debris to avoid slips and falls in the house.  Installing handrails on staircases helps avoid falls on  stairwells.  Next, avoid extreme and dangerous sports!  Take time to review the pool depth before diving and confirm that it’s at least 10 feet deep.  Finally, never move an individual that you think may have a spinal cord injury.  Call 9-1-1 for help.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

 

Florida Commercial Carrier Trucking Accidents

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There are over 34 million registered commercial trucks on our highways and roads throughout the U.S.  Commercial trucking companies employ over 7 million people and these commercial carriers travel over 280 billion miles and move over 70% of the nation’s freight by weight.  [1]  With this large number of heavy vehicles on our roadways in addition to millions of other motor vehicles of all shapes and sizes, commercial carrier drivers and personal drivers need to be cautious, especially in poor weather conditions.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 100,000 large trucks (defined as gross vehicle weight rating of over 10,000 pounds) or bus accidents occur annually in the U.S.  [2]

Commercial carriers are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.  The regulations are complex, and experienced attorneys work on behalf of the commercial trucking companies.  After a commercial trucking accident, the attorneys that work on behalf of the commercial trucking company evaluate the driver’s schedule to ensure he or she was following procedure, and they may contact the accident victim in an attempt to convince him not to file a lawsuit. If you were in a collision with a commercial truck or bus, follow these recommendations:

  • Call 911 immediately to request emergency medical services.
  • Provide a summary of the accident and injuries to police and EMS/Fire Rescue.  Ask for the police accident report and case number.
  • Once you’ve received medical treatment, take photos of the vehicle damage and the positioning of the truck (including license plate).  Take notes on what happened, the road conditions, and vehicle condition.  Get the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of any witnesses.
  • Once you leave the accident scene or the hospital, contact an experienced attorney such as Goldman and Daszkal, P.A. at (954) 428-9333 for a free consultation.
  • Contact your insurance company to report that you were in a vehicle accident.  IMPORTANT:  Set up your claim by providing a summary of the accident and location of your injury.  DO NOT allow them to take a recorded statement.  Do not discuss the accident details nor fault with anyone else. 
  • Avoid answering calls that are not from your ACTUAL LAWYER. Representatives for the commercial carrier may attempt to contact you.  DO NOT DISCUSS ANYTHING about the ACCIDENT.  Soliciting accident victims is illegal!
  • When you meet with your attorney, bring the photos, notes, witness contact information, case number, police accident report, and any communications you received from insurance companies. Additionally, bring any bills related to EMS, hospitals, healthcare professionals, medicines or medical treatment that you received since the accident as well as damage estimates or receipts from vehicle repairs.

Whether you were in a crash with a bus or a commercial carrier (also known as an 18-wheeler truck, tractor-trailer, delivery truck, or truck and trailer), you need an experienced attorney who understands the intricacies of dealing with these large commercial carrier companies, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, Florida state laws, and has expertise in dealing with commercial carrier legal cases.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

 

[1] American Trucking Association  http://www.trucking.org/News_and_Information_Reports_Industry_Data.aspx

[2] National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  https://www.nhtsa.gov/research-data

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NHTSA’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: New Technology Update

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As we get closer to the start of the school year and the Labor Day holiday, it’s time for the national enforcement mobilization crackdown “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.  In Florida and throughout the country, officers will be out in force to target drivers who may be under the influence

New Technology

As the National Highway Traffic Safety Patrol (NHTSA) works to end drunk driving, they are developing and implementing new technologies.

One innovative technology developed in conjunction with a private company is the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS), which can  automatically detect driver intoxication and prevent a motor vehicle from moving if the driver is intoxicated.[1]  Similar to exciting new safety technologies such as driver assist and automatic braking, DADSS is a new safety option that will be available on cars and trucks.

Another new technology that NHTSA is proud to provide the public is a virtual experience called “Last Call 360” that allows individuals to create a virtual bar scene where one can interact with others in the bar, order virtual alcoholic drinks, play games, and find out about the consequences of driving under the influence.  The immersive “Last Call 360” experience, hosted by YouTube star MatPat, can be found at https://www.nhtsa.gov/lastcall/ and can be used on mobile devices, laptops, or virtual realities systems.

The NHTSA also has a SaferRide app available on mobile devices that allows users to contact a taxi or friend for a safe ride home.

What Can You Do?

Drunk driving accidents kill 10,000 people each year in the U.S.; yet they are preventable.  Americans can do their part to help reduce the number of drunk driving accidents by planning a safe ride home each time they go out.  Whether that means asking a friend or relative for a ride, using Uber or Lyft, or staying over at a friend’s house, never drink and drive.

As a reminder, drinking and driving is against the law in every state, as well as in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.  In the state of Florida, you are considered under the influence when your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 or higher.  Don’t get behind the wheel if you have been drinking.

If you witness an impaired or aggressive driver on the road, dial *347 on your cell phone to reach the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP.)

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., along with numerous groups and individuals across the United States, implores the public to take heed of this campaign and the innovative technology to  help change behaviors and save lives.
Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

 

[1] http://www.dadss.org/

Florida Boating Statistics: Florida Leads the Nation

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The heartbreaking story of the death of famed baseball player José Fernandez made front page news around the country.  Investigators from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission found that Fernandez, a Cuban immigrant and hero in the South Florida community, was killed in a boat crash along with two other passengers when the boat slammed into a rock jetty.  When the story came to light, it brought more attention to Florida boating, boating accidents, and boating under the influence.

Florida Boating Statistics Lead the Nation

Florida has the largest number of boats of any state, with over 900,000 registered recreational vessels.  Florida also has an estimated 1,000,000 unregistered canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards.  Though Florida has over 7 percent of all the registered recreational boats in the country, Florida has more than its share of boating injuries and fatalities, with 11.5% of the nation’s national boating fatalities, according to 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Coast Guard.

South Florida Counties in the Lead

South Florida leads the state in boating accidents.  According to the Boating Accidents Statistical Report for 2016, the Florida counties with the highest number of boating accidents were the following in order:[1]

  1. Monroe
  2. Miami-Dade
  3. Palm Beach
  4. Pinellas
  5. Lee
  6. Broward

What Causes Boating Accidents

The most common problems that lead to boating accidents are capsizing, collisions, flooding/swamping the boat, grounding the boat, and ejection from a boat.  While alcohol is a contributing factor in many boating accidents throughout the United States, alcohol is the primary contributing factor in twice as many accidents in Florida as compared to any other state.[2]  With the warm weather and summer vacations, July is the month with the highest number of boat accidents, injuries, and deaths[3].

The U.S. Coast Guard works to improve boating safety in the U.S. through targeted campaigns and patrols.  The U.S. Coast Guard strongly discourages drinking and boating through the Operation Dry Water campaign.  For more details, click here.  The organization also promotes boater responsibility and the use of life jackets through the Wear It! campaign.  Click here for information.

We urge you to follow these important safety tips when you’re on the water:

  • Wear a life jacket.
  • Take a boater safety course such as the Florida Boater Safety Course found here
  • Conduct a boat safety check before boating
  • Avoid alcohol and other substances that impair your ability to operate a boat

With miles of blue ocean waters and freshwater lakes, South Florida is ideal for boating.  When out on the water, keep in mind these Florida boating accident statistics and follow the tips above to stay safe!

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

 

[1] 2016 Reportable Boating Accidents https://www.boat-ed.com/florida/

[2] 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Coast Guard.  http://www.uscgboating.org/library/accident-statistics/Recreational-Boating-Statistics-2014.pdf

[3] 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Coast Guard.  http://www.uscgboating.org/library/accident-statistics/Recreational-Boating-Statistics-2014.pdf

July 4th Weekend: Fireworks in Florida

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Two years ago, NFL players C.J. Wilson from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jason Pierre-Paul from the New York Giants drew the nation’s attention to the dangers of fireworks.  In two separate accidents over the same July 4th weekend, these famed NFL players suffered significant injuries to their fingers, requiring both to have fingers amputated.

The fact that these two players have celebrity status helped expose the dangers of fireworks.  Each year, hundreds of Americans are injured and some are even killed while lighting fireworks during the holiday weekend.

It can certainly be exciting to light fireworks in your own backyard, but for safety reasons, we encourage friends and family to leave the fireworks operations to the professionals and either attend one of the thousands of professionally-operated July 4th celebrations in cities throughout the United States or cozy up with your loved ones and watch it from home on a large screen TV.  Either way, you’ll enjoy the holiday with loved ones — and stay safe.

If you or a friend finds fireworks on the 4th of July irresistible, then you should first find out if fireworks are legal in your state – many states have outlawed fireworks.

In the state of Florida, individuals without special permits are only allowed to use the types of fireworks that are categorized as “sparklers.”  These include sparklers, fountains, glow worms, and snakes.

It’s true that retail stores in Florida may sell fireworks beyond the category of “sparklers.”  While you are permitted to buy them in the state, you aren’t permitted to use them unless you have a special permit or are using them for special purposes on a farm or fish hatchery.  If you are caught with illegal fireworks and don’t possess a permit, you can be arrested, fined up to $1,000, or required to spend up to 1 year behind bars.

While we discourage the use of fireworks at home, if your friends or family insist on using fireworks, please follow these general safety measures:

  • Store fireworks in a dry, cool location that is inaccessible to children or pets
  • Never allow small children to handle or be close to fireworks
  • Read and follow instructions on packaging
  • Maintain a large bucket of water and a fire extinguisher at the site when lighting any fireworks
  • Avoid igniting fireworks in or near glass or metal
  • Wear eye protection; never put fireworks in a clothing pocket
  • Do not relight a firework that has malfunctioned
  • Light fireworks one at a time in a clear, outdoor location
  • Do not aim, point, or throw fireworks toward any people, animals, vehicles or structures

As you make your plans for the holiday weekend, please keep in mind that the safest way to enjoy fireworks is watching a show operated by professionals.  However you decide to spend the weekend, stay safe while having fun and celebrating the reason behind the holiday — the independence of the United States of America.
Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

 

Summer Newsletter

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25th Work Anniversary

Goldman and Daszkal, P.A. is delighted to celebrate the 25 year work anniversary of Lorraine Lambert.  Over the last 25 years, Lorraine’s hard work, dedication, and loyalty have been vital to our success.  Lorraine joins our Office Manager, Mary Fredericks, who also celebrated her 25th anniversary with the firm last year.  Both Mary and Lorraine are assets to our work family, and we are extremely proud of their accomplishments.

Goldman and Daszkal, P.A. is also proud to celebrate several employees who have completed 10 or more years with the firm.  We are thankful for their dedication and hard work and honored to have such a great staff who provide our clients with stability during difficult times.

In The Community

Gilda’s Club South Florida held its 21st annual “Live from South Florida…It’s Saturday Night!” in Fort Lauderdale on April 8th, 2017.  As a supporter of Gilda’s Club, Goldman and Daszkal, P.A. attended this entertainment event that brought comedians to center stage while raising funds to enable Gilda’s Club to operate in South Florida.

Gilda’s Club is a non-profit organization named in honor of comedian Gilda Radner – one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live.  The organization, an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community, offers free programs for men, women, teens, and children as well as their families and friends who have been touched by cancer.  Click here to learn more.

Congratulations to Attorney Sean Pleus who was recently elected to serve as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for Gilda’s Club.  Sean has been a member of the Board of Directors at Gilda’s Club since January, 2016.

 

Leadership Broward Class 35 Graduation:

Sean Pleus recently finished a 10-month leadership development program with Leadership Broward, an organization created to cultivate and expand community leadership across Broward County.  As part of the development program, each program member was given a community project.  Sean’s project was to help Children’s Harbor, a 501(c)(3) child welfare organization that aims to ensure foster children stay united as a family – keeping siblings together, raising them, and giving them the professional guidance they need to rebuild their lives.

Sean, along with seven of the other members, ended the project with a presentation to the entire class about what they accomplished.  After the presentations were complete, the entire class of 55 members participated in a graduation ceremony.  “This has been a very rewarding experience for me, as I have been able to learn more about myself, how to become  a more effective leader, and how I can impact others and the community in a positive way.  Having the opportunity to give back to such a great organization like Children’s Harbor has been very rewarding and an experience I will never forget.”

The hosting group, Leadership Broward Foundation, Inc. is Broward County’s premier leadership development training organization with a 34-year history of preparing and connecting leaders from the business and civic communities to strengthen community leadership.  To learn more about Children’s Harbor, click here.  For more about Leadership Broward, click here.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to workGoldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

Premises Liability: Summertime Slip and Falls

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Hot summers in South Florida are usually packed with fun ways to cool off.  Pool gatherings, beach outings, and boating are great ways for South Floridians to enjoy the heat.  Hot summers also translate into informal wardrobes and laid-back attitudes.  It’s not uncommon to see adults and teenagers alike popping into stores to pick up food and beverage in little more than a bathing suit and flip flops.  They may not realize it, but the unsteady flip flops make it easy to take a spill on any smooth surface, and even more so on a floor with some spilled liquids or oils.

Slips, trips, and falls                               

A slip, trip, or fall can happen without warning and can cause injuries ranging from sprains and strains to broken bones and serious spinal cord injuries.  An accident caused by a hazardous condition on someone’s property may also be referred to as a “premises liability” in the legal world.  Premises liabilities can may include tripping on a poorly maintained sidewalk or slipping on a floor that has not been cleaned of hazardous debris.  What may seem like an inconsequential injury should be taken seriously because the full extent of the injury may only be seen days later.  In other words, after a slip or trip and fall injury, get evaluated by a medical professional.

Property owners must take reasonable care

Property owners are required to take reasonable care to ensure that their property is safe.  This is true not only for grocery stores, but also for office buildings, retail stores, as well as residential homes and land owners.  Although invitees may have different classifications under the law, generally speaking, it is the property owner’s responsibility to fix any hazards or warn any visitors or tenants of any unsafe conditions on the property if they are unable to fix the problem.  Hazardous conditions may include slip and falls due to a foreign substance or tripping on debris or uneven sidewalks/pavers due to a poorly maintained building or common area.

Since property owners have the obligation to keep visitors safe, if an injury is sustained on a premise due to owner negligence, the owner of the premises may be liable. If the injured person can prove that the owner was aware of, or should have been aware of a potential hazard on the property but did nothing to correct it, or failed to warn them of the hazardous condition, the injured person may be eligible to receive injury compensation including medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages related to the injury.

What to do after suffering an injury

If you or a loved one sustained an injury due to unsafe conditions at a commercial establishment or private location, you may have a claim for damages.  Here are the steps you should take to prepare yourself or your loved one in case you need to file a claim:

  1. Contact 9-1-1 or seek medical attention immediately if you are injured.
  1. Report the accident immediately to the “property owner” (store manager, homeowner, or landlord.)
  1. Gather evidence by snapping photos of the location, your injuries, and any contributing factors to the fall. Make detailed notes of any dangerous conditions that caused the incident and note date, time, and clothing/shoes worn.  Save clothing or shoes worn during the incident.
  1. Request contact information of witnesses or anyone with whom you discussed the incident (names, addresses, and telephone numbers.)
  1. Avoid discussing your injuries and feelings other than with your attorney, police, or emergency professionals.

Once you receive medical treatment, we recommend that you find an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you and recover any lost wages and injury compensation to which you are entitled.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., is a reputable Florida based law firm and has been representing those injured in personal injury claims for the past 27 years.

When you contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., the firm will provide a free consultation to help you understand your rights and obligations.  A firm representative can meet with you at the law office or at a convenient location for you.  Then, your attorney can then take over the handling of your claim and contacting any remaining parties, allowing you to have peace of mind while you recover.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

 

National Safety Month South Florida Summers: How to Avoid Heat-Related Illnesses

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June is National Safety Month, and along with the National Safety Council (NSC), we seek to raise awareness for the many preventable injuries and deaths that occur each year in the U.S.  We want our clients and all Floridians to be safe at work, at play, and on the road.

According to Injury Facts 2016, the NSC’s annual publication on unintentional injuries and deaths, over 136,000 Americans lost their lives from accidental injuries in 2014.  These deaths were caused  by injuries sustained while engaging in recreational activities, chores at home, and driving.

In this post, we’ll focus on one of the common hazards encountered daily by South Floridians — the hot, Florida sun.  From May through September, our South Florida heat and humidity can cause unexpected consequences if residents and visitors don’t take precautions.  According to Injury Facts 2017, 244 Americans died from “exposure to excessive heat” in 2014. [1]

Illnesses caused by too much exposure to heat include heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.  Heat illnesses can become severe quickly, compromising the body, damaging organs, and potentially even leading to death.  As with many diseases, certain populations including the elderly, infants, and children have a higher risk of developing complications from heat-related illnesses.  In addition, pets, athletes, alcoholics, drug users, people who work outside, and those with other serious illnesses are at higher risk for heat-related illnesses. [2]

Here is what you need to know to help combat these dangerous, heat-related conditions:

Heatstroke occurs when a body is not able to sweat sufficiently to cool off and the body temperature rises.  This condition can severely damage organs and lead to death.  Someone experiencing heatstroke may have skin that feels hot to the touch, have seizures, and appear delirious, confused, or in a coma.  In the case of heatstroke, treat the person by:

  • Moving them to the shade and putting them in a reclining position.
  • Call 911
  • If there is high humidity (as is typical in South Florida), put ice on the neck, groin and/or armpits.
  • Do not give any liquids, aspirin or acetaminophen.

Heat exhaustion can occur when a person loses too much water and body salt.  Someone suffering from heat exhaustion may feel thirst, nausea and exhaustion, and may begin vomiting or have diarrhea.  The individual may also experience an increased temperature and a rapid heartbeat.  If someone has heat exhaustion, help them by:

  • Moving them to shade or air conditioning
  • Apply cool, wet towels or encourage a cold shower
  • Give them cool, non-alcoholic beverages

Heat cramps occur when exercise and heavy sweating reduces salt in the body, producing leg or abdominal cramps.  Athletes or people working outside experiencing these symptoms should:

  • Recline and stretch out cramped muscles in the shade or air conditioning
  • Drink cool water or drinks with electrolytes
  • Call 911 if individual has heart problems
  • If cramps don’t subside within 60 minutes, obtain medical attention

In general, the NSC recommends the following to avoid complications from the heat:

  • Limit exposure outdoors on hot days, especially from 11am – 3pm
  • Wear light-colored, lightweight, loose clothing
  • Always use a hat to shade your face
  • Drink plenty of water and supplement salt lost from sweating by consuming drinks with electrolytes such as sports drinks or even fruit juice

Whether you are heading to the beach, playing in the pool, or taking a brisk morning walk, follow the aforementioned recommendations to enjoy  our South Florida summers and stay safe.   Additional information on preventing heat-related illness can be found at the NSC and CDC websites.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

[1] NSC Injury Facts 2017

[2] NSC Heat Illnesses Can be Fatal; Would You Know What to Do?

The More You Know: Headaches After Accidents

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Vehicle crashes occur daily on our busy South Florida roads.  Unfortunately, injuries and even fatalities are often the result of these automobile accidents throughout the state of Florida.

Sometimes the collision results in what may appear to be only very minor or no apparent injuries.  In fact, those with head and neck injuries may experience delayed pain…feeling the damage only hours or days after the accident.  Whiplash symptoms may take days to materialize because adrenaline and cortisol flowing through your body right after the accident can mask the pain, allowing your brain to move beyond pain and respond to what it perceives as danger.  When the adrenaline and cortisol begin to dissipate in your system, the swelling and pain caused by the injury become apparent.

Brain injuries can cause severe, long-lasting damage.  Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can be caused by a strong jolt to the head.  Traumatic brain injuries most often arise from injuries such as skull fractures and concussions, however, they may also come about from other less apparent trauma to the head.  Resulting health repercussions may include headaches, mood changes, sleep disorders, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, nausea, loss of coordination, speech or vision problems, and comas.  Traumatic brain injuries often require a high level of care, rehabilitation, and ongoing medical treatment.  Sadly, some accidents leave victims unable to care for and/or support themselves.

Individuals often assume that if they did not seek medical attention promptly after a vehicle accident, they are no longer entitled to obtain medical treatment paid for by an insurance company.  Under the Florida no-fault law, motorists may be entitled to benefits under their own insurance policy, or that of the vehicle they are a passenger, if treatment is received within 14 days after the accident.  The amount of coverage and benefits may differ as well depending on the severity of the injuries.

Generally speaking, you should always seek medical treatment promptly after an automobile collision if you feel you have sustained injuries.  If the medical problem is urgent, call 911 or go immediately to the ER.  If the injury is not an emergency, call your insurance company to report the accident and make sure they are aware you plan on seeing a medical professional.  Make sure to let your doctor know that you were involved in an auto accident and provide them with any claim information so their office can submit any bills and reports timely.

Once you receive medical treatment, we recommend that you find an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you and recover any lost wages and injury compensation to which you are entitled.  Goldman and Daszkal, P.A., is a reputable Florida based law firm and has been representing those injured in auto accidents and other personal injury claims for the past 27 years

When you contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., the firm will provide a free consultation to help you understand your rights and obligations.  A firm representative can meet with you at the law office or at a convenient location for you.  Then, your attorney can then take over the handling of your claim and contacting any remaining parties, allowing you to have peace of mind while you recover.  Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.