If you’ve been injured in an accident in Florida, you will most likely have to deal with insurance. After all, insurance coverage and personal injury incidents are inextricably linked. In these situations, you need to understand your options for recovering compensation for your damages.
Although Florida auto owners are required by law to carry minimum liability insurance coverage, not all of them do. If you are unlucky enough to be hit by a driver without liability insurance coverage, you need an alternative source of coverage. You need uninsured motorist coverage in your own auto policy.
Under Florida laws, insurance carriers have obligations to thoroughly investigate, negotiate, and settle all injury claims filed by plaintiffs and policyholders in good faith.
Accidents can happen to anyone, and hopefully, we walk away from them with few injuries. However, accidents also occur that leave victims with substantial injuries that affect all aspects of their life. When your life's on the line, it is necessary to pursue a personal injury claim to cover expenses.
Under Florida law, assault and battery offenses involve threats of attacks, offensive physical contact, physical attacks, and intentionally causing bodily harm to another person. While a fight may not seem like a big deal, the incident may eventually lead to an arrest with the defendant charged with assault, disorderly conduct, or battery.
When you get into a vehicular accident, you will need to file an insurance claim for injuries, property damage, or both. In any of these situations, your insurance company – or the at-fault driver’s insurer, or both – will assign a claims adjuster to your case.
In Florida, drug crimes—including mere possession—carry serious consequences. Not only will you face potential prison time, but you may have your driver’s license suspended even if you’re caught in your own home or walking down the street with marijuana in your pocket.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Florida saw 105,298 cases of domestic violence in 2019 alone. If you are charged with domestic violence or battery, the consequences and penalties are important to understand. It can be difficult to know what to expect.
According to data compiled by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, there were 33,873 total DUI arrests in Florida in 2019. Florida DUI laws make it illegal for a person to drive or be in actual physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other controlled substances. A defendant convicted of a DUI may face severe penalties, including jail time, hefty fines, suspension of their license, and other consequences.
It is important to separate a DUI charge from a DUI conviction. I try to remind my clients all the time that just because you have been charged, doesn’t mean you are guilty. In order to get a DUI conviction, the State of Florida has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were guilty of driving under the influence.