Motorcycle Passenger Injury Claim Motorcycles are becoming increasingly more popular in Florida every year. It is estimated that over the past 20 years, the number of annual motorcycle fatalities reported in Florida has doubled. Sadly, with increased popularity, comes increased roadway accidents. Motorcycles are used both as a form of recreation as well as a convenient mode of transportation. It’s not uncommon to find someone riding as a passenger on the back of a motorcycle. While riding with the wind in your hair on the endless stretches of highways and roads throughout Florida is certainly invigorating and thrilling, it also can be extremely dangerous to both the driver and any passenger on a motorcycle. Motorcycle Accident Statistics Motorcycles offer no outwardly protection from impact, as cars or trucks would. Because of this, motorcycle accidents often end with severe, permanent injury and even death. Nationally, an estimated 84,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2019, a 2-percent increase from 82,000 motorcyclists injured in 2018 (via NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION) In Florida, 2020 was a very deadly year for motorcyclists, with 600 reported fatalities. Passengers on motorcycles usually suffer the same types of injuries as the driver, if not more, since passengers lack any sort of control of the motorcycle. The long-term impacts of being involved in a motorcycle accident can last anywhere from months to a lifetime. Medical bills and lost wages alone can cause severe strain on anyone's life following a Florida motorcycle accident. Motorcycle accidents are terrible, and we urge anyone riding one to wear a properly fitting helmet certified by DOT at all times. Motorcycle Passenger Laws Helmet Laws - If you are over the age of 21 you are not required to wear a helmet while riding as a passenger on a motorcycle. However, you must have an insurance policy that covers at least $10,000. Footrest Laws -. All motorcycles designed to seat a passenger are required to have footrests installed for their passengers. This helps with balance and stability. Child Passenger Laws - Florida law allows children to ride on motorcycles. In fact, there are no age restrictions for children who ride on motorcycles. Children are required to wear a helmet. Carrying Extra Passenger Laws - there has to be a seat for the passenger or the seat must be meant for two. Another person is prohibited from riding on a motorcycle as a passenger unless the motorcycle is designed for more than one person. Motorcycle Passenger Rights After an Accident If you have been injured as a result of a motorcycle crash while riding as a passenger, you have the right to seek compensation for the injuries you have suffered. Not only that, but you may also seek compensation for damages such as lost wages, pain and suffering, and future medical needs. Hiring a lawyer who specializes in motor-vehicle-related injuries will help you maximize the money damages awarded to you. They will also help walk you through this difficult and stressful time so you can focus on healing and getting your life back to normal. An experienced Florida motorcycle accidents attorney will conduct a thorough investigation of the crash, and gather all the necessary evidence to help prove negligence. Who Is Liable? Since all accidents are different, it is impossible to say for sure who would be liable for an accident you were involved in. Depending on the circumstances of your case, the motorcycle driver or the driver of another vehicle (if there was one) could be held liable. In some circumstances, both could be at fault. Statistically, it is usually another vehicle that does not see the motorcycle that causes the accident. The driver of the other vehicle and motorcycle has a responsibility to operate a motorized vehicle with care and safety to prevent any unnecessary accidents. This is known as ‘duty of reasonable care.’ In other circumstances, a motorcycle accident can be caused by faulty or defective parts. For example, if a motorcycle was unable to stop due to faulty brakes, a claim could be brought against the manufacturer of the motorcycle, or even the mechanic who last serviced the bike. If you or a loved one were injured in a crash as a motorcycle passenger, you do not want to take the risk of going at this alone. A skilled Florida motorcycle accidents attorney will sit down with you and listen to the details of your case. With years of experience, they can provide you with feasible options for how you can proceed with legal action. Robert Gluck will fight for your rights so you can receive the maximum settlement available to you. If you would like to schedule your free case evaluation, call Robert directly. For cases in Broward County, call 954-583-8999, and for Collier County dial 239-403-3728. You can also email Robert at [email protected]
Personal Injury Settlement Check Following an accident that has caused you injuries, the last thing on your mind might be how to legally pursue an injury claim. However, as the expenses and lost wages begin to accumulate, you might be wondering how you can recover some of the additional medical and living expenses you have been forced to pay as a result of someone else’s negligence. Robert Gluck often gets asked the question “ How long does it take to get a personal injury settlement?”. After a long road of recovery, his clients are eager to know when they can start paying off their medical bills, paying for repairs of personal property and begin catching up on other expenses. Because every personal injury claim is different and no two circumstances are ever alike, it is almost impossible to answer this question at the start of any case. These matters take time, and the amount of time it takes from the start of your case to having your check in hand differs greatly from case to case. Personal Injury Claim Process After an accident, it may seem like life will never get back to normal. The thought of filing a personal injury claim seems daunting and scary. However, with a respected and experienced lawyer on your side, it doesn’t have to be. After seeking medical attention, your best course of action is speaking to a lawyer. During your initial consultation, you will explain the circumstances of the accident, and your attorney can begin collecting evidence and start his own investigation. Your attorney will also need to collect important documentation such as medical records, witness testimonies, proof of lost wages, amongst other things. Until your lawyer can adequately calculate your losses, and those injured have fully recovered or can prove what their future or lifelong medical care needs are, your lawyer will be unable to send a demand letter to the insurance company or at-fault party. A demand letter is essentially a written statement in which you describe what your specific demands for compensation are. Once the demand letter is sent, the liable party is alerted that the injured victim is seeking compensation. Settlement negotiations usually commence. Your lawyer should discuss all offers with you and give you advice and recommendations for moving forward. If a fair settlement is not reached, your lawyer will file a lawsuit, and begin the process of litigation. How Long Does it Take To Get a Personal Injury Settlement Check? Before you receive any compensation following an injury, you must agree to the terms of a settlement offer from the at-fault party, usually an insurance company. Your lawyer is a critical part of this process because they will advise you on whether the terms are reasonable, and the offer is acceptable. If your personal injury lawyer is unable to negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company, the next step would be to file an official complaint. The defendant is required to respond to the complaint within a certain time frame. For some of the more straightforward personal injury cases, after you have accepted a settlement offer from the insurance company, it usually takes between 2-6 weeks to receive your settlement check. Once both parties have agreed on a settlement offer, the injured party will have to sign a legal document called a general release which resolves all claims you have against the other party and releases the insurance company from liability from the same accident. Your lawyer will then send the release to whoever is representing the other party involved in the accident, and a check is released. The check is then usually deposited into an escrow account where it is cleared. Once the funds are cleared, your lawyer will pay off expenses such as; - lawyer fees agreed to in your contingency fee agreement - medical expenses - liens on funds - fees paid to witnesses and investigators etc. A check will then be issued to you for the remaining balance. Consult a Florida Personal Injury Lawyer You should never be made to feel rushed into accepting a settlement offer. You should always consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer who will be committed to walking you through this stressful process and assisting you with receiving the maximum amount of compensation. Robert Gluck has been advocating for his clients for 33 years and has a proven track record for helping people regain their lives back. His dedicated staff will work diligently on your case and attempt to expedite your personal injury settlement process to get you a check as soon as possible. Contact Robert Gluck today for a free case evaluation by calling (877) Gluck-Law.
Truck Accident Lawyer in Florida Sadly, Florida is ranked one of the deadliest states in the country when it comes to truck accidents. While trucks and big rigs have become commonplace on our interstate highways and play a vital role in our economy and way of life, they also pose a danger to the cars and other trucks they share the road with. Because loaded trucks can often have a weight of over 80,000 pounds, while the average car weighs 3,000, it’s clear that these types of road accidents tend to be more severe than other car accidents involving two passenger vehicles. While truck accidents are less common than other types of roadway accidents, they are often more severe and likely to cause significant injuries or death. A concerning fact about truck accidents in Florida is that it is usually the passengers and driver in the car that suffer more significant injuries, while the driver of the truck has a lesser chance of severe injury. Truck Accident Statistics According to the National Safety Council, The states with the most deaths resulting from large truck crashes in 2019 were Texas with 652 deaths, California with 408 deaths, and Florida with 349 deaths. Also in 2019, 5,005 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes around the country. A 43% increase since 2010. 118,000 large trucks were involved in crashes resulting in an injury. A trend that seems to keep going up. National Safety Council also states that “The majority of deaths in large-truck crashes are occupants of other vehicles (71%), followed by truck occupants (18%), and non-occupants, primarily pedestrians and bicyclists (11%)’. Large trucks accounted for: 10% of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes 4% of all registered vehicles 7% of total vehicle miles traveled What Causes Truck Accidents in Florida? A study titled “Large Truck Crash Analysis for Freight Mobility and Safety Enhancement in Florida” concluded that a critical reason for crashes was driver error. Overall, driving error was the dominant critical reason for truck accidents, representing 92.3% of the crashes. Another study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation, titled ‘Large Truck Crash Causation Study’ looked at the causes of truck accidents on our roadways. They defined ‘cause’ as: a: factors that increase the risk of a crash such as driving behavior, vehicle problems, road and weather conditions b: something that does not usually result in a crash but increases the chance of a crash The study shows that there a several critical events that happen before a crash with a truck. These events are listed below: Events Number % Over lane line or off road 25,000 32% Loss of control (speeding, etc.) 22,000 29% Other vehicle in Lane 18,000 23% Turning, crossing intersection 8,000 10% Other (pedestrian, fire) 4,000 6% Total 77,000 100% The Critical Reason for these events are: REASONS Number % Driver Non-Performance (sleep, sick) 9,000 12% Driver Recognition (inattention) 22,000 28% Driver Decision (speed, aggressive) 29,000 38% Driver Performance (overcompensate) 7,000 9% Vehicle 8,000 10% Environment (roadway, weather) 2,000 3% Total 77,000 99% What Should I Do if I am Involved in a Florida Truck Accident? The first order of business after a truck accident is to seek immediate medical attention. Not only is it important to have a professional medical team evaluate and treat you for injuries, but it is also very important for your future case. After you have been attended to medically, the next critical step is to hire an experienced Florida Truck Accidents lawyer who can advocate for you and make sure you get the highest compensation you are entitled to. How Much is My Truck Accident Worth? Every truck accident is unique in that the causes and circumstances are always different. Other factors that may affect your claim are your degree of injuries, loss of income, number of dependents, and more. If you were left with a permanent injury, your Florida truck accident claim could be worth much more than if you had injuries that were treatable. While it’s impossible to predict exactly how much money you may be entitled to, an experienced truck accident attorney will be able to analyze the circumstances of your crash and have a clear understanding of what compensations you are entitled to. For instance, you may be able to seek punitive damages if the driver’s conduct was putting your life in danger. Florida Truck Accident Attorney As the population in Florida continues to explode, and new highways are being built while current highways are being expanded, we will likely continue to see an increase in devastating truck accidents in Florida. If you were involved in an accident with a truck in Florida, it may seem like your life will never be the same. Hiring a lawyer like Robert Gluck will assure you that you have someone skilled and experienced on your side to help you navigate through this devastating time, and help you obtain the compensation you so rightfully deserve. If you would like to speak directly to Robert Gluck about a truck accident you have been involved in, call him today at (877) Gluck-Law. ___________________________________ You May Also Be Interested In: SHOULD I SETTLE MY PERSONAL INJURY CASE? 4 STEPS TO TAKE AFTER A PERSONAL INJURY ACCIDENT WARNING TO FLORIDA’S DISTRACTED DRIVERS
Fort Lauderdale Burn Injuries Lawyer Burn Injuries Burn injuries are serious injuries that can be caused by a multitude of accidents, including car and truck accidents. Burn injuries are also a common workplace injury, but sadly can happen anywhere and to anyone. Common causes of burn injuries are electrical burns, chemical burns, or exposure to an open heat source. Burn injuries are considered to be some of the most painful and debilitating injuries one can suffer from. The severity of burns varies greatly, as do the causes. In the best-case scenario, the wound from a burn is superficial and clears up completely or leaves a small scar. In the worst-case scenario, someone can succumb to their burn injuries, causing a fatal outcome. Since burns often take a considerably long time to heal, they often are awarded higher compensation in a personal injury claim than other types of injuries. What is a Burn? Simply put, a burn is a type of injury to tissue on the body that is caused by exposure to heat, radiation, electricity, chemicals, and even the sun. Burns can be superficial, resulting in damage to the outter layer of skin, or they can be deep, reaching to the muscle and even down to the bone. Deep burns are severe burns that can lead to a multitude of other medical issues, mainly due to the body's extreme immune response, and often require skin grafting and long recovery times. Burn Fact Sheet According to the CDC: On average in the United States in 2000, someone died in a fire every 2 hours, and someone was injured every 23 minutes (Karter 2001). Each year in the United States, 1.1 million burn injuries require medical attention (American Burn Association, 2002). o Approximately 50,000 of these require hospitalization; 20,000 have major burns involving at least 25 percent of their total body surface, and approximately 4,500 of these people die. Up to 10,000 people in the United States die every year of burn-related infections. Only 60 percent of Americans have an escape plan, and of those, only 25 percent have practiced it (NFPA, 1999). Smoke alarms cut your chances of dying in a fire in half (NFPA, 1999). Common Causes of Burn Injuries Thermal Burns Thermal burns are burns to the skin that are caused by coming into direct contact with an external heat source. This could be an open flame or fire, steam, or boiling liquid. Extreme exposure to the sun can also cause thermal burns. Thermal burns are the most common types of burn injuries. Inhalation Burns Damage to your respiratory system can be caused by inhaling dangerous fumes and gases, such as carbon dioxide. You may also cause injury to your lungs by inhaling smoke from a fire. By breathing in heavy smoke, you can block your airways and even suffocate from asphyxiation. Electrical Burns Electrical burns are caused when someone comes into direct contact with an electrical current. Electrical burns can also be caused by lightning. Electrical burns can cause superficial damage to the skin tissue or severe internal damage to internal tissues. Chemical Burns When your skin comes into contact with dangerous chemicals such as acids, solvents, thinning agents and more, it can result in damaging chemical burns to your skin tissue. If you have suffered burn injuries in the vicinity of South Florida, you need an outstanding and experienced lawyer who can help you recover financially from the damage your injuries have caused you physically and mentally. Burn injury attorney Robert Gluck is happy to evaluate your case free of charge and help you recover the full amount of damages you or your loved one so greatly deserve. Call Robert directly at (877) Gluck-Law, or email him at [email protected]
Florida Dog Bite Laws Dogs are widely known as ‘man’s best friend’, and in many households are considered to be part of the family. Sadly, when dogs get in the hands of negligent or irresponsible owners, dogs run the risk of becoming dangerous to the people around them. No one wants to imagine that they or a loved one will ever be involved in a dog attack. An attack by a dog is an extremely traumatic experience that can cause significant injuries. While most dog bites result in superficial injuries such as puncture wounds and lacerations, some dog bites can be more severe, causing traumatic injury and in some cases death. According to the CDC, nearly 1 in 5 people who are bitten by a dog require medical attention. Although anyone can be affected by a dog bite, it is usually young children and the elderly who are more at risk for dog bites. Why Do Dogs Bite? Dogs attack for a number of reasons, and there is no specific reason or circumstance for which a dog bite is provoked. Dogs may attack or bite when they feel threatened. Another reason dogs bite is when they become protective over food or toys. Female dogs with puppies are also more likely to bite when they feel threatened. Sick or injured dogs may also be more likely to attack. It’s important to teach young children not to approach dogs that they do not know, to never approach a dog while it’s eating, and never get close to a dog that seems injured, scared or nervous. Who Is Liable After A Dog Bite in Florida? According to Statute 767.04 “The owner of any dog that bites any person while such person is on or in a public place, or lawfully on or in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, is liable for damages suffered by persons bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owners’ knowledge of such viciousness…” In other words, the owner of the dog can be held liable for the damages inflicted by the dog bite, even if they were unaware of the dog’s vicious nature. Since Florida is what is known as a strict liability state when it comes to Dog Bites, then the owner of a dog who bites someone will be held liable if the person bitten was lawfully visiting a public or private property, including the dog owners property. The dog owner did not have to be aware of the potential for their dog to bite in order to be held liable. The injured parties do not have to prove that the dog owner was negligent. There is one caveat to this statute. If the dog bite occurred on the dog owner’s property where an ‘easily readable’ sign that reads “Bad Dog” was ‘displayed in a prominent place on his or her premises’ then the owner is not liable, except as to a person under the age of 6. Comparative Negligence Because Florida is also a pure comparative negligence state, if a victim’s negligence also contributed to the dog bite, his or her compensation could be reduced by the percentage of fault the judge finds the victim to be. If the person bitten by the dog was acting in such a manner that the dog was provoked to attack, they will not receive full compensation. What is a “Dangerous Dog” under Florida Law Florida Law States that a dangerous dog is: - a dog that has aggressively bitten, attacked, endangered, or inflicted a “severe injury” on a human. A severe injury is one that causes broken bones, multiple bites, or disfiguring lacerations that require sutures or reconstructive surgery; - a dog that has on more than one occasion severely injured or killed a domestic animal while off the owner’s premises; - a dog that, without provocation, has chased or approached a person on the streets, sidewalks, or any public place in a menacing fashion or with an apparent attitude of attack. An owner of a dangerous dog must register the dog within 14 days. Furthermore, the dog owner must confine the dog inside or outside. If outside, the dog must be in a properly secured pen that children can not enter, nor can the dog escape. When the dangerous dog is not confined, it must be muzzled and controlled with a sturdy leash or chain. A warning sign must be hung up at all entry points. A dog is not considered dangerous if the dog bite occurred when a person was not legally on the property where the dog resides. Florida Dog Bite Statute of Limitations In Florida, the statute of limitations for a dog bite case is four years from the date on which the injured victim sustained the dog bite injury. The statute of limitations is just like any other personal injury claim. If a claim is not filed in this allotted time, the victim will find themselves forever barred from seeking compensation for their injuries. Florida Dog Bite Injury Lawyer If you have sustained a dog bite injury, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. The next thing you should do is contact an experienced dog bite accident attorney who thoroughly understands the law in this area. Robert Gluck understands the complexities and challenges associated with the laws about animal bites in Florida. He will protect your rights and fight aggressively for justice and work hard to bring you a satisfactory legal outcome. Call him today for a free consultation at (877) Gluck-Law or email him directly [email protected] Here’s How We Can Help: • Do you have a dog bite case? We are here to help you. Schedule your free case evaluation. • Do you need a Florida personal injury lawyer? Hiring a lawyer to represent you can get you a significantly better outcome. • How much will it cost? The Law Offices of Robert Gluck works on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don’t pay unless we collect money for you.
Holiday Safety Tips The holidays are meant to be full of love, laughter, family, friends, and enjoyment. So, when accidents and injuries happen during the holiday season it can feel extra shocking and heartbreaking. While the pandemic continues to pose a risk to the global population, many of the other types of common injuries seen during this season still are present and should not be ignored. This article will discuss common safety concerns that arise during these seasons, also including Covid-19. It is our hope that by reading this blog, you can implement some safety measures in your home and travel plans, to avoid injury or property damage, and accidents of any kind. Fire Safety Decorations and Christmas Trees According to the National Fire Protection Association, Between 2015-2019, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 160 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of two deaths, 12 injuries, and $10 million in direct property damage annually. Christmas trees however are not the only fire risk this season. An estimated average of 790 home structure fires per year began with decorations, not including Christmas trees. Commonly, fires happen due to electrical and lighting issues. It is suggested to always read the instructions on any decorative lighting devices and the outlets and surge protectors they are connected to. Always make sure there are no frayed or broken wiring on your decorative lighting. When it comes to your Christmas tree, a helpful safety measure to take is to keep the tree watered. A moist tree will burn much slower than a dry tree. It is always helpful to remember to keep your tree away from heat sources such as fireplaces, candles, heaters, etc. While that might not be a big concern in Florida, do not let your guard down. Fake trees can also minimize fire hazards, so that is another option to consider. Cooking Safety It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day account for many home fires that start in the kitchen. A great way to avoid these cooking-related fires is to never, under any circumstances, leave the kitchen when you are cooking. This is the most common way that fires in kitchens start. Fryers and frying foods tend to pose a higher risk than other means of cooking. Grease and fats from meats easily catch on fire that easily spread. Be sure to have a working fire extinguisher in the home, and know how to use it! Holiday Shopping Retail stores and malls see a huge surge in shoppers looking to snag the perfect gift for loved ones. Sadly, this also gives thieves more opportunities to target unsuspecting victims. When venturing out to the stores, always try to park in a well-lit area close to the entrance of the store you are visiting. Do not have gifts and purchases visible from outside the vehicle. This signals to thieves that your car could be an easy target for a break-in. Also, it is best to not carry large amounts of cash on you, and if you do, do not flash it where other people around you may see it. Holiday Travel Tips While maintaining Covid-19 safety measures continues to be a priority for keeping healthy and safe this holiday season, such as wearing a mask, washing hands, and being current on vaccinations, we must not forget about other safety precautions that help keep our family safe when traveling. Driving If your family is driving to a holiday destination, make sure that all children are using appropriate and properly fitting car seats. Re-read the car seat’s manual to assure that your child is still age and weight appropriate for their seat. It is also a great idea to have your car serviced and checked by a mechanic before heading out on the road. Accidents often happen due to mechanical issues that have not been addressed. Also, breaking down on the side of the road can be very dangerous, especially if you are with young children. Having an emergency kit handy can help, should an unexpected car problem present itself. You might want to study the routes and maps to your destination prior to getting in the car, as maps on your phone can be very distracting and can lead to accidents on the road. You can also give a family member a copy of your itinerary and routes, so someone can alert authorities should something go wrong. Air Travel Covid-19 seems to be the biggest concern for air travelers this season. Always wear protective masks, use hand sanitizer, and keep up to date on your vaccinations. Be sure to help young children properly fit their masks around their face and nose. You may want to practice wearing masks for those who are 2 years and older before a flight. This will help get young kids adjusted to wearing masks for long stretches of time. Always make sure to research Covid-19 requirements for both your destination and the place you return to. These requirements are changing all the time. Taking out a travel health insurance policy might also be helpful if you are traveling internationally. Conclusion The holiday season can be very time-consuming and stressful for a lot of people. That is why we stress the importance of taking a moment to assure that common hazards and risks be mitigated through educated safety measures. It takes just a few moments to implement many safety measures this season that can help reduce the risks of injury or home damage. Feel free to share this article with friends and family, because we can never be too careful. We hope you have a safe and healthy holiday season. We are here for you if you need our support for any injury-related issues. Call Robert Gluck at (877) Gluck-Law for a free case evaluation. 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Will My Personal Injury Case Go To Trial? The reality is that most personal injury cases settle before a lawsuit is even filed. Of the few that are filed, 95% of those cases eventually settle also at some point before reaching an actual jury trial. The details of your case will determine whether your case settles or goes on to trial. There are many factors that come into play when understanding why most cases settle before going to court, but a major factor is that going to court rarely benefits either party involved, and could cost more and be more time-consuming than reaching an agreeable settlement. Why Do Most Cases Settle? When it comes to insurance companies, going to trial could mean considerably more money awarded to the injury victim. Usually, this comes from pain and suffering damages that could cost the insurance company way more than if they had settled outside of court. What Are The Benefits Of Settling? Typically, settlements mean less time, less money, less stress, and fewer costs. These reasons are significant to many people who truly need compensation quickly to pay for medical and living expenses. Guaranteed Compensation - Filing a lawsuit and going to trial does not mean a guarantee of money damages awarded. In fact, you risk walking away with nothing should the jury or judge side with the other party. When settling, you have more control over your negotiations and compensation. Trials are unpredictable, and by settling, the victim ensures they will be compensated for their injuries. Quick Access to Money - While trials could take years and render you zero dollars in recovery, a settlement is much faster. You could receive money damages within months of starting your case. This is a huge benefit to those who have recovered from injuries and need to pay off pending medical bills or those who unfortunately have a permanent injury and will need lifelong care. Less Risk - No party involved in a personal injury claim ever wants to go to court. Going to court is not only expensive and time-consuming, but it could also cost you as the losing side will end up bearing the cost associated with trial and court. Settling your case before court proceedings is a much more straightforward process. When Should I Take My Personal Injury Case To Trial? If the insurance companies involved fail to offer a fair settlement or any settlement at all, then your lawyer might determine that your case is a good candidate for trial, as it is the only option for receiving fair compensation for your injuries. Sometimes just the act of starting the process of a trial is enough to get the attention of insurance companies, and they might offer a more reasonable settlement offer. Some types of complex tort cases with serious injuries or death, and complicated issues as to who was responsible could require a jury trial to resolve the issues. These types of cases could involve traffic fatalities, work-related injuries, product liability cases, medical malpractice claims, spinal cord injuries, and more. Also, if the insurer does not respond to a demand for settlement in a timely manner, filing a lawsuit by your lawyer is an effective way to get their attention. At that point, they have a legal duty to respond to the court within 20 days of receiving the lawsuit. Other reasons a lawsuit might need to be filed would include procedural issues such as a statute of limitations approaching that would bar any recovery if the case is not resolved or a lawsuit is not filed within a certain period of time. (between 1 and 5 years in Florida, depending on the type of case). Hire An Experienced Lawyer In the vast majority of Florida personal injury cases, the risks and costs associated with going to trial are enough to encourage the insurance company to seek a settlement. In most cases, a settlement is likely in your best interest as well. It is always in any party’s best interest to find an experienced lawyer to help them during this troubling and confusing time. A lawyer can help determine whether to settle or go to court and have a better understanding of what a fair settlement is in regards to the types and severity of your injuries. If you have been injured in Florida and need legal representation, call my offices in Plantation and Naples, Florida for a free case evaluation. Our firm works on contingency fees, which means we don’t get paid unless you do. Call me today at (877) Gluck-Law. ___________________________________ You May Also Be Interested In: PREMISES LIABILITY STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS IN FLORIDA TWO TYPES OF BRAIN INJURY AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT 6 FLORIDA MOTORCYCLE SAFETY TIPS
Florida Contingency Fee Lawyer How Do I Pay For Legal Services? The months and years following an injury tend to be financially straining for injury victims. Not only do the injured victims often lose a substantial amount of income due to their inability to perform their work, but they also find themselves with surmounting medical bills and living expenses. Robert Gluck offers a free case evaluation, relieving some of the financial stress during the injured victims’ recovery process. It is also typical for Robert Gluck to work on contingency fee arrangements, which place no financial burden on his clients. Robert gets paid if the case is settled and an agreement is made, or the Florida personal injury case ends up in court and is won. What Is A Contingency Fee? Not everyone has the funds to pay a lawyer to start a case on their behalf. Even less so if your financial situation has been bogged down by medical bills or lost wages caused by your injuries. The Law Offices of Robert Gluck, like most Florida personal injury firms, operate on what is known as a contingency fee. This means that what our law firm makes is contingent on the amount of damages we are able to recover for you. There will never be any upfront costs, and no hourly fees to worry about when you hire Robert Gluck. Contingency Fee Agreement Once a representation agreement is signed, lawyers will then request their clients to sign a contingency fee agreement. It is important to read through the agreement in detail. The lawyer should always explain the agreement to you clearly so that you have a good understanding of what terms you are agreeing to. While 33.3% is a typical fee for lawyers who settle your claim, or higher if the Florida personal injury case goes to court, the fee for attorney services can vary depending on different factors of the case. Usually, a fee of 50% of money recovered and higher is not typical and should be questioned. Make sure to not allow your lawyer to take advantage of you. No Fees Unless You Win Essentially, if our team does not collect money for you, we don’t get paid. This will further motivate us to win the case for you. Florida Bar Rules of Professional Conduct The Rules of Professional Conduct outline the percentage of contingency fees and costs that attorneys can charge. According to the Rules, lawyer’s fees may vary depending on the case. Florida personal injury lawyers are bound by these rules. Attorney’s may charge less than the fees set forth by the Florida Bar’s Rule of Professional Conduct, but they are prohibited from charging more. Additional Costs Often there are additional costs to a case that may be unknown at the beginning of the claim. These costs are separate from an attorney’s fees and are the responsibility of the injury victim. These can include medical records, expert testimonies, witness depositions, filing fees, any visuals for the case, and a number of other costs. There are several ways to handle these additional costs and can be discussed with your lawyer. Some additional costs are paid upfront by the lawyer in order to develop a strong case for you and are simply reimbursed once the case is settled or won in court. Be sure these terms are written out specifically in the contingency agreement, so there is no misunderstanding about additional case costs. Free Consultation Robert E. Gluck makes every effort to provide relevant general legal information in response to inquiries. The South Florida Law Offices of Robert E. Gluck requires a written representation agreement before an attorney-client relationship is created and before the firm represents you. Please take a moment to complete a quick form by clicking HERE and we will contact you in a timely manner. We look forward to our professional relationship and helping you get the justice you deserve. Florida Personal Injury Lawyer Our legal team is dedicated to each and every case while showing a high level of concern and empathy for each client's situation. Once you have hired personal injury lawyer Robert Gluck to represent you, he, along with his dedicated legal team, will work diligently and tirelessly to maximize the compensation you receive. Call our offices today at (877) Gluck-Law, and speak directly to Robert. No Fees Or Costs Unless We Collect Money For You! You May Also Be Interested In: PREMISES LIABILITY STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS IN FLORIDA MOTORCYCLE HELMET LAWS IN FLORIDA HOW ARE FLORIDA SLIP AND FALL SETTLEMENTS CALCULATED?
South Florida Injury Lawyer Personal injury refers to any injury that someone sustains due to the negligence of someone else. The term ‘personal injury’ refers to a wide range of injuries, such as a car accident injury, an injury sustained from a defective product, a slip and fall accident where someone is injured, and more. In the aftermath of an accident, it may seem like your life will never be the same, especially when the accident has caused you or a loved one severe and traumatic injury. There are many emotions that often result from an injury, such as anger, fear, and helplessness. As the medical bills stack up, and lost wages surmount, it may seem as if getting your life back to normal is an impossible feat. However, there are certain actions you can take after an accident that can significantly help your future personal injury case. We have compiled a list of steps to take after a personal injury accident. Seek Medical Attention In the event you have sustained injuries caused by an accident, the most important thing you can do is seek medical attention. If the injuries are life-threatening or you are in an emergency situation, you should immediately call 9-1-1 and have an ambulance sent to your location. Receiving prompt medical attention could greatly increase your chances of making a full recovery. Not only that, being seen by a doctor or medical professional will provide documentation of your injuries that can help your case in the future. Contact a Personal Injury Attorney After medical care, this is the most important step to take. It is imperative you do not attempt to give a statement to your insurance company before obtaining legal representation. You should however quickly notify your insurance provider about an accident. Failure to notify your insurance company right away about an accident you are involved in could potentially lead to a rejection of your claim. While you may be required to notify your insurance company of an accident, you are under no obligation to give a formal statement to the other party’s insurance companies. The moment the insurance company senses you will be seeking compensation for your injury, they will begin collecting information that will help them limit the settlement amount they offer you. What may seem like an innocent and harmless statement can end up being used against you. Understanding the steps to take and your rights after an accident can feel overwhelming and challenging. That is where an experienced South Florida injury lawyer comes into play. The right lawyer will advocate for you and walk you through this stressful process and help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Document the Scene and Collect Evidence If it is physically possible, it is a good idea to collect evidence of the scene where you were injured directly following an accident. In the moments following an accident, do your best to take photos of the scene and the surroundings. If there is something unusual or irregular at the scene, make sure to document it. Write down the time and location of the accident, as well as details such as the weather, lighting, road conditions, etc. It is also a good idea to collect the information of the other parties involved in the accident, and if possible get their insurance information. Take notes on exactly what happened leading up to the accident, the accident, and the aftermath of the accident. Speak to any witnesses and get their names and contact info. You may think you will remember these details, however, it is best to document the details of your accident when your memory is still fresh. Request Police Report A police report is full of vital information about your accident. Some of this information is the time, date, and location of the accident. Other important information within the police report is the contact and insurance information of all the parties involved in the accident. If for any reason you were unable to acquire this information following the accident, the police report will be of great help when you and your lawyer are piecing together your case. If you or someone you love was involved in an accident that caused bodily injury, it is important to contact a legal professional to better understand your options. Robert Gluck has over 32 years of experience helping injury victims receive the compensation they deserve to get their life back on track. If you want to discuss your case with Robert, call his office and schedule a free case evaluation at (877) Gluck-Law. Robert has offices in the Fort Lauderdale and Naples, Florida areas, and serves clients all over the state of Florida. You May Also Be Interested In: 5 Slip and Fall Prevention Tips 5 Steps to Take After A Car Accident What Are Common Injuries From A Slip and Fall Accident
Why Choose The South Florida Law Offices of Robert Gluck? Ft Lauderdale Personal Injury Lawyer Although we hope you never find yourself in the circumstance where you need to find a personal injury lawyer, sometimes unfortunate and unforeseen events happen in our lives that cause us to seek out the help of a lawyer. While you cannot prepare before an accident occurs, you can make important decisions in the aftermath that will have a significant impact on the final outcome of your personal injury case. One of these decisions is which personal injury lawyer you will hire to help you with your case. There are many injury lawyers in South Florida, and trying to decide which one you will hire can be overwhelming, especially in the aftermath of an accident. Below you can find a few of the reasons why clients from all over the state of Florida have chosen to work with Robert Gluck and his expert team. Experience: Robert Gluck has been providing dedicated legal representation to clients for over 32 years. His extensive legal experience provides his clients with the effective legal services they deserve. After Robert graduated from the University of Miami Law School (cum laude) in 1989, he went on to become an Assistant State Attorney, working for Janet Reno in the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office. In 1998, he went into private practice and opened The Law Office of Robert Gluck in the Fort Lauderdale / Plantation, Florida area. A few years later he opened his second office in Naples, to better serve his growing list of West Coast clients. Aggressive: Whether a case ends in settlement or trial, The Law Offices of Robert Gluck will make sure their clients get compensated exactly what they deserve. Robert will fight to make the at-fault parties responsible for the harm they caused. With his decades of experience, Robert Gluck has become an expert negotiator who will advocate for his client's needs in difficult mediation situations. If Robert finds the settlement offer does not align with the scope of the injuries and damages, he will not hesitate to go to trial. Determined: Robert Gluck will personally go to the scene of an accident and analyze every detail and fact of what happened, and how. Robert and his team take their time to build a strong case through interviewing witnesses, gathering evidence, and bringing in experts when needed. Accessible: It’s great to find an experienced Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer to have on your side, however, it’s not so great if you have a hard time contacting your lawyer. Personal attention directly from South Florida personal injury lawyer Robert Gluck is a top priority for the firm. Each of their clients is treated as if they are the only client. Robert and his wonderful legal team are available around the clock to answer calls and emails. Robert gives all of his clients his personal cell phone number for any questions or issues that arise during the course of their case. Not only do Robert and his team strive to help their clients get the justice they deserve, but they also hope to lift the burden that legal matters may cause by being fully accessible to their clients at all hours of the day. While you are under no obligation to work with a personal injury lawyer, doing so will lessen the stress of negotiating with your insurance provider, and will likely substantially improve the amount of compensation you recover. If you have a case you’d like to discuss with Robert Gluck, don’t hesitate to call him for a free case review at (877) Gluck-Law. You Might Also Be Interested In: 3 Secrets Insurance Companies Don’t Want You To Know How to Prove the Seriousness of an Injury in a Personal Injury Case Why You Should Only Let Your Lawyer Speak to the Insurance Adjuster