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Distracted Driving is More Dangerous Than You Think

By Velasquez & Associates |

Although the laws in Florida have toughened to try to discourage drivers from driving while using cell phones, distracted driving remains a serious and deadly problem. People often don’t realize just how dangerous it can be to be texting while operating a vehicle. What is Distracted Driving? Distracted driving is prevalent mainly because of… Read More »

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Can You Win Your Injury Case and Owe Money to the Other Side?

By Velasquez & Associates |

Here is a riddle: How can you win your personal injury case, have the jury award you money…and then you end up owing money to the Defendant—the person or business that caused you the injury? Believe it or not this strange scenario happens, all because of Florida’s Offer of Judgment (OJ) statute. Offers of… Read More »

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Privacy Laws Can Make it Hard to Get Records of Prior Accidents

By Velasquez & Associates |

Pretend for a moment that a loved one has been injured by the malpractice of a doctor, or by the carelessness or abuse of a nursing home. It is now on you to prove your case that the Defendant (the doctor, medical provider, or nursing home) did something wrong. Of course, the focus of… Read More »

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Texting While Walking is Dangerous

By Velasquez & Associates |

When you think about the dangers of texting, we certainly hope that you immediately think of the dangers of texting while behind the wheel of a car. There is ample evidence showing how “distracted driving” causes accidents, and in fact Florida law recently changed, allowing police officers to pull over drivers and ticket them… Read More »

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Obtaining Damages for PTSD

By Velasquez & Associates |

If you are in an accident, you may immediately be considering only your physical damages. Certainly, physical damages are important and you deserve compensation for them if they are caused by someone else. But what about mental and emotional damages, specifically, what about post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Do you have PTSD, and if… Read More »

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Criminal Activity Can Lead to Personal Injury Claims

By Velasquez & Associates |

When someone is a victim of criminal activity, we know—or at least hope—that the criminal justice system will bring the wrongdoer to justice. As a victim, you may expect the wrongdoer to go to jail (or worse). However, simply putting someone who commits a crime in jail does little to help the family that… Read More »

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Wrongful Death Suit Filed Against Best Buy

By Velasquez & Associates |

Whenever we do business with a large retailer, especially one that has a physical store as opposed to being online, there is a sense of security. The assumption is that the business has been around for a long time, and only uses reputable employees and contractors. Surely, a large store can be trusted a… Read More »

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What Happens When Evidence is Lost or Destroyed?

By Velasquez & Associates |

There is an inherent imbalance in personal injury cases when it comes to gathering evidence. A victim needs to prove his or her case—that is, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant was negligent. However, in most cases, most of the evidence that would be needed to prove that negligence is owned by, or… Read More »

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Can a Drunk Victim Still Recover Damages?

By Velasquez & Associates |

In personal injury cases, especially those that involve car crashes, there is usually some inquiry into whether the negligent driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident. Drunk driving is obviously clear evidence of negligence (and worse, when it comes to criminal penalties). But what about the victim? If a victim was intoxicated… Read More »

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