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Practice Considerations – Personal Injury Lawyer – Miami, FL

For the injury lawyer handling a knee case, a working knowledge of the anatomy, terminology and basic pathology is essential.

The AAOS reports in 2010 there were about 10.4 million patient visits to doctor’s offices because of common knee injuries such as fractures, dislocations, sprains and ligament tears. “Knee injury is one of the most common reasons people see their doctors”.

It’s the largest joint in the body – if you are going to represent a client with a knee injury, learn the anatomy – what the component parts are and how they work.

The simple and most cost effective way to learn about your client’s knee injury is to start with the first responder’s records. Pay careful attention to the history, complaints and physical examination findings. Was swelling or effusion documented? Was there a description of redness, bruising or contusion? Look for the term “hematoma”. Was decreased range of motion or “ROM” documented? Did your client require assistance ambulating or were they placed on a stretcher.

The next source of information is the emergency room records. Patient complaints, history and physical findings must be carefully reviewed. X-rays reports, doctor’s notes and discharge instructions are also important points of information.

The initial treatment records with the PCP, family doctor or internist should be carefully examined for knee complaints and findings. Your knowledge of all of these materials in a thorough, comprehensive and chronological order will truly benefit your case presentation to the treating orthopaedic surgeon, claims adjuster and defense counsel.

All doctors, especially orthopaedic surgeons are busy people. When you meet with your client’s treating orthopaedic surgeon, physiatrist or neurologist, knowledge of the minute details contained in the medical records is essential. They will not know as much about these facts as you do! This is how you get their attention and how you get the most out of the brief conference they will give you. Use this time wisely – go in with a goal oriented plan.

I like to have my client’s doctors, especially in knee cases, give me answers to these topics:

1.      What is the injury?

2.      Is it traumatic, and if so, how can we prove that?

3.      What was pre-existing and what was new?

4.      What is the treatment plan: cost, length of time, rate of success?

5.      What effects or limitations will be permanent and can that be proven? (we live in a Daubert world- remember to get your doctor to think in terms of that level of proof).

Remember, timing of the conference with the treating doctor is important.  Too soon and many of the inquiries will go unanswered: too late and all the documentation will have already been created.

If the case warrants it, hire a medical illustrator or visual presentation company. It pays to have your AV person meet with the treating doctor to prepare and later review your exhibits, especially if they are to be used in trial.

Have your client take the time to explain how their knee injury has affected their lives. These details are important to your jury. While the average juror may not appreciate the significance of anterior cruciate ligament instability, they will understand the difficulty associated with knee pain that prevents your client from getting out of their car.

To do the best possible job for your client in a knee injury case, know more about your clients’ knee injury than everyone else involved in the case. Know all the complaints, the documented findings, the dates of treatment, complaints on those dates, doctor’s opinions, treatment and results. Know the knee inside and out. You will be surprised how this body of knowledge will enhance the valve of the case and improve the result for your client.

Good Luck!

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Miami Shooting Leaves One Dead

One dead and two wounded after a shooting in front of a Miami market. At approximately 7:15 p.m. at the Kings Brothers Market on 1304 NW 62 Street, Miami, Florida a young man with two handguns walked up to a group of people and started to shoot. The market is located near the Liberty Square Housing Project commonly referred to as the Pork & Beans by residents. The store does have surveillance video which is currently being reviewed by the Police Department in order to identify and arrest the assailant.

If you are involved in a shooting incident (negligent security), do not trust your case to an inexperience personal injury attorney. Your choice in a Miami personal injury lawyer can make a big difference in the amount of compensation you receive for your injuries, how your case is managed, and how your case is finally resolved. It is important that you obtain an experienced personal injury attorney who understands Florida law, understands the insurance companies and their strategies, and who has resources to fight for your rights successfully.

When choosing an attorney to represent your interests, you must search for an attorney that is the “right fit” for you and your case. Many personal injury cases takes months to several years to resolve. You will be working with your attorney, so it is important that you trust your lawyer and get along with your lawyer. Just alone in Florida, the Florida Bar reports that there are approximately 93,895 barred attorneys as of January 2013. There are many of attorneys to choose from – Do not sell yourself short.

If you are involved in a shooting incident (negligent security) that It is important that you remember the following things:

  1. try to check and identify what your injuries are;
  2. call the police and file a police report;
  3. make sure that you see a doctor or seek medical attention even if you have just a few symptoms or complaints;
  4. take pictures of your your injuries, any other person’s injuries, and the scene of the accident (including any surveillance cameras);
  5. gather any documents proving your inability to work, medical expenses, etc.

The attorneys at Jeffrey R. Davis, P.A., a Miami Personal Injury law firm, specialize in personal injury cases such as workplace violence, wrongful death, car accidents, slip and falls, and negligent security. We pride ourselves in communicating with our clients and putting our clients first. Jeffrey R. Davis has been practicing personal injury law for over 25 years. Olga Porven, a former insurance defense attorney, has the insight into what the insurance companies strategies are in defending personal injury cases.

If you or a loved on have been injured as a result of the negligence of another, contact us for a free consultation or call us at 305-577-3777.

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Florida Supreme Court Rules: Car Owners are Liable

On April 10, 2014 the Florida Supreme Court ruled in Christensen v. Bowen that an individual who has his/her name on the title of a vehicle as co-owner is vicariously liable under the dangerous instrumentality doctrine even though he/she never intended to be the car owner and claimed to giving up control of the car to another co-owner. Simply, if your name is on the title and even though you :1) do not have access to the car where it is parked; 2) you do not have keys to the car; 3) you simply intended the car as a gift; and 4) you did not drive the car, you will be found (liable) for any negligence committed by the driver of said car. In the Christensen case, Mr. Christensen the Defendant and Petitioner (the co-owner named on the title) was in divorce proceedings at the time of the accident.  Note to the wise:  Make sure if you are getting divorced that you transfer the interest to the person that will be driving the car.  If you keep the interest in the car, i.e., your name on the title, you could be held liable for any car accidents that the driver causes.

If you or a loved one is injured or is a victim of a  car accident, it is important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. A personal injury attorney will be able to document and preserve evidence that will support your potential claim. A car accident lawyer will also be able to request documents such as a your medical records, police records, and court records which will all potential help your future case.  Jeffrey R. Davis, P.A., has a vast experience representing injured victims in personal injury and car accident matters. Jeffrey Davis has represented hundred of individuals as a result of the careless driving of others. Jeffrey Davis, car accident attorney, may be able to help you obtain the justice you deserve.

It is important that if you or a loved one is injured in a car accident, you obtain as much information that you can regarding the other driver/party (insurance information, tag, name, address, etc.). You should also make sure that you tell police a simple and concise explanation of how the accident happened. Make sure that you do not accept money or sign any type of release at the scene of the accident. Also, do not get into a fight or an argument with the other driver. Make sure that you do not speak to anyone at the scene other than the police. Many times, an insurance company will send out an immediate response team.  They are not on your side. In addition, your insurance may come out to the scene to prove that the accident was your fault or that you were not injured. Olga Porven, Esq., an attorney with Jeffrey R. Davis, P.A., is a former insurance defense attorney. She is well aware of what the insurance companies are capable of and has the experience in dealing with insurance companies to help you obtain potential compensation in your case.

Contact Jeffrey R. Davis, P.A. for a free consultation. One of our attorneys will gladly speak to you regarding your personal injury matter.

 

 

 

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Florida Court Protects Facebook Posts

Great new for all Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram, etc.) – Florida Court protects posts ruling them irrelevant. Throughout the past few years, Courts throughout the United States have ruled that social media posts are fair game and “discoverable” during litigation. On February 5, 2014 the 2nd DCA held in Root v. Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC that although social media posts are discoverable, the party requesting the information still has to prove that the information requested is relevant and not just simply a “fishing expedition.”

Now, it is clear that the Court is stating that a party that is requesting these Social posts has to prove that the information that they are requesting needs to be relevant to the case.  Do not mistake this ruling for any blanket protection of social media posts if you are a party in a lawsuit. In personal injury cases, arguing that social media posts are relevant and reasonably calculated to lead the discovery of admissible evidence can be rather easy with good lawyering.

All Social Media users should always beware ( yes we know you have heard this warning before)… be careful what you post.  It may pop up later.  Although, many people know that it may hurt your prospects of getting a job or getting into the right college, if you are involved in a lawsuit, it can damage your case …  A picture is worth a thousand words.

Personal Injury lawsuits frequently have discovery requests for Social Media posts from Facebook and Instagram. The attorneys at Jeffrey R. Davis, P.A., a Miami Personal Injury law firm, specialize in personal injury cases. We pride ourselves in communicating with our clients and putting our clients first. Jeffrey R. Davis has been practicing personal injury law for over 25 years. Olga Porven, a former insurance defense attorney, has the insight into what the insurance companies strategies are in defending personal injury cases, including seeking Social mediation information.

If you or a loved on have been injured as a result of the negligence of another, contact us for a free consultation or call us at 305-577-3777.

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Beware of Facebook, Twitter and Other Social Media

When bringing a personal injury claim, it is important to consider that many private aspects of your life will not remain private. Many insurance defense firms, private investigators, and defendants search and comb through social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. During the discovery phase of any litigation, most courts will allow the Defense to go through your Instagram, Facebook, and other social network accounts. Just one photograph or video may be taken out of context and destroy or lower the amount of monies awarded.

Recently, a woman who brought a personal injury case in Gwinnett County, Georgia tweeted about her travels and partying during the course of her case. As a result the jury lowered their damages award. The woman, a victim of a car accident, claimed that the injuries she sustained to her arm as a result of the car accident and she was unable to perform her job duties as a hairstylist. However, the Defense attorney provided tweets and pictures of the Plaintiff having fun in New Orleans with her friends and enjoying spring break on the beach. The Plaintiff asked for $1.1 million for her injuries and received $142,000.

What is the insurance and defense attorney looking for in Social Networks?:

  • Pictures of you having fun, showing that you have not been injured, and that you have returned to your normal routine;
  • Videos of you performing acts that you now claim you have difficulty with or cannot do;
  • Statements regarding the incident or accident;
  • Potential friends to interview and depose;
  • To catch you in a lie to damage

If you are involved in any type of legal matter, including a personal injury case here are a list of tips when using social networks:

  • If you can live without Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. CLOSE DOWN YOUR ACCOUNT. This will be the safest way that you will ensure that you will not damage your case;
  • Set your settings as private as possible;
  • Ask your friends and family to not tag you in any posts or photographs;
  • Do not discuss any aspects of your case on these social networking site;
  • Do not “check-in” anywhere.

In fact, many insurers are not trying to challenge liability as must as causation and whether the victim has a permanent injury.

The Miami based attorneys at Jeffrey R. Davis, P.A. are experienced personal injury attorneys who understand the techniques used by defense attorneys and insurances. The use of social media is just one of the ways that the other side will try to lower the damages awarded to a victim of another’s negligence. If you or a loved have been injured because of the negligence of another, contact us for a free consultation to discuss your potential case.

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What to Look for in a Personal Injury Attorney – Miami

Your choice in a Miami personal injury lawyer can make a big difference in the amount of compensation you receive for your injuries, how your case is managed, and how your case is finally resolved. It is important that you obtain an experienced personal injury attorney who understands Florida law, understands the insurance companies and their strategies, and who has resources to fight for your rights successfully.

When choosing an attorney to represent your interests, you must search for an attorney that is the “right fit” for you and your case. Many personal injury cases takes months to several years to resolve. You will be working with your attorney, so it is important that you trust your lawyer and get along with your lawyer. Just alone in Florida, the Florida Bar reports that there are approximately 93,895 barred attorneys as of January 2013. There are many of attorneys to choose from – Do not sell yourself short.

What Do I Look for In a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Not every attorney is a personal injury lawyer. It is important that you ask the attorney that you are about to hire what type of law they specialize in.  I always like to compare it to medicine: You wouldn’t want a cardiologist checking out a problem with your bones. Similarly, you wouldn’t want a family lawyer handling your personal injury case.

These are the factors you should consider when picking your lawyer:

  • How many years has the lawyer been practicing?
  • Has the attorney ever been disciplined by the Floria Bar?
  • Does the attorney have a list of past results?
  • Does the attorney have a list of the past type of cases that he or she has handled successfully?
  • Will the lawyer take your case to trial?
  • What is your lawyer’s policy on communicating and speaking to clients?

The attorneys at Jeffrey R. Davis, P.A., a Miami Personal Injury law firm, specialize in personal injury cases such as workplace violence, wrongful death, car accidents, slip and falls, and negligent security. We pride ourselves in communicating with our clients and putting our clients first. Jeffrey R. Davis has been practicing personal injury law for over 25 years. Olga Porven, a former insurance defense attorney, has the insight into what the insurance companies strategies are in defending personal injury cases.

If you or a loved on have been injured as a result of the negligence of another, contact us for a free consultation or call us at 305-704-7415.

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What is My Legal Case Worth? – Florida

Potential clients commonly ask the attorneys of Jeffrey R. Davis, P.A., Jeffrey Davis and Olga Porven, during their free consulation, “What is my case worth?” Many clients create their own case value expectations merely on a result obtained by their friend or family member with a case that they consider similar to theirs. Unfortunately, there is no secrete formula which allows any lawyer to determine the value of your case. There are too many factors to entertain when attempting to place a value on a case for personal injury, especially after the initial consultation. There are many questions that must be answered during the course of the case, questions that usually do not have clear answers.

For example a personal injury lawyer will need to determine:

  1. fault;
  2. the medical attention sought and compliance with medical attention;
  3. the severity of the injuries;
  4. the permanency of the injuries;
  5. the future medical treatment in the future;
  6. the future ability to work;
  7. how much were the medical bills;
  8. did this affect any members of your family;

When discussing your personal injury matter, wrongful death case, or any other case with an attorney, you should be cautious of any lawyer who promises you a certain value for your case. The value of your case has to be evaluated after looking at medical records and having a face to face meeting. Many times it is several months after the accident and treatment that a lawyer may be able to begin evaluating the value of a case. Beware many times insurance companies will approach you early in the case with settlement offers. Before accepting a settlement offer and signing a release, you should consult with a lawyer in order to determine whether the settlement is a fair offer for your injuries. Insurance companies have been known to send field representatives to accident scenes in order to release any potential claims against their insureds.

Jeffrey R. Davis, P.A. evaluates every case individually. Because each case has different injuries, different damages, different circumstances, and different people, each case is given the attention that it deserves.  If you would like to meet with an a personal injury attorney and receive a free consultation regarding your Florida personal injury case, contact us at Jeffrey R. Davis, P.A., North Miami based attorneys, Jeff Davis and Olga Porven will work hard to try and obtain a fair value for your case.