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Sometimes a very unfortunate event affects those who cannot advocate for themselves because they are under the age of 18. If your child is injured on a playground, in a car accident, in a bicycle accident, at a store or in any way that results in a physical injury to your child and is someone else’s fault, you as their parent have the ability to bring a lawsuit on their behalf.

Children have the same access to remedies for harm to them as adults do and as their parents, you also have a right to recover medical expenses you incur while tending to the needs of your injured child.

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Children have special rules in court. Some of these exceptions are:

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Someone rear ends you or hits you as your driving down the street. At the moment you don’t notice any pain or obvious injuries but as the weeks go on you notice discomfort in your neck, back, knees or other parts of your body. A common misconception among those injured in auto accidents in Miami is if they do not make the claim for injuries immediately after reporting the accident they are barred from recovery for injuries developed or intensifying in the future. Or you notice that the auto shop you took your car to for repairs did not adequately or completely make the fixes to your vehicle. These situations are common in the Miami- Dade, Coral Gables and all other surrounding areas in South Florida.

Hourglass-shutterstock_208770109-e1440429398143Every state has a statute of limitations that dictates how long a party has to bring a claim against those that injured them or breached the contract or duty owed to them. In Florida the statute of limitations includes but is not limited to the following:

Injury to Person 4 yrs. §95.11(3)(o)
Libel/Slander 2 yrs. §95.11(4)(g)
Fraud 4 yrs. §95.11(3)(j)
Injury to Personal Property 4 yrs. §95.11(3)(h)
Professional Malpractice 2 yrs.; Medical: 2-4 yrs. §95.11(4)(a) and (b)
Trespass 4 yrs. §95.11(3)(g)
Contracts Written: 5 yrs. §95.11(2)(b), 1 yr. specific performance§95.11(5)(a)Oral: 4 yrs. §95.11(3)(k)
Judgments 20 yrs. domestic §95.11(1); 5 yrs. foreign judgment §95.11(2)(a)
   

From: http://statelaws.findlaw.com/florida-law/florida-civil-statute-of-limitations-laws.html

For a more complete list of the applicable statute of limitations in Florida see Florida Statute 95.11

Statutes of limitations involve many exceptions and cross reference with other applicable Florida laws. To assist in what can be a difficult area to understand and navigate the Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers at Friedland Law Group are ready and eager to assist you immediately. Having a lawyer familiar with this area of law and experienced in handling all types of cases can make all the difference in the outcome of your claim.

The South Florida personal injury attorneys at the Friedland Law Group handle all types of negligence, product liability, personal injury, negligent security, slip/trip and fall, and car accident cases throughout the state of Florida, including Boca Raton, Homestead, North Miami, South Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Pembroke Pines, Hialeah, Kendall, Aventura, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach. The Friedland Law Group handles all types of personal injury cases, including dog bites, wrongful death, defective products, medical malpractice, slip and falls, negligent and reckless drivers, and automobile and motorcycle accidents. Call the Miami personal injury attorneys today and let our family take care of your family.

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pilPersonal injury law is utilized when someone causes physical harm to another and the injured wants to be made whole or compensated for that injury. The experienced attorneys at Friedland Law Group provide free consultations to those who believe they may have a case and are seeking more information on the options available to them. Examples of situations when people normally seek personal injury lawyers in Miami, Coral Gables, and the surrounding areas include but are not limited to:

Auto accidents,

Trip and falls/slip and fall: There are many dangerous conditions like torn carpeting, changes in flooring, poor lighting, narrow stairs, or a wet floor can cause someone to slip and be injured. Same goes if someone trips on a broken or cracked public sidewalks, or falls down a flight of stairs. In addition, a slip and fall case might arise when someone slips or falls outdoors because of rain, ice, snow or a hidden hazard, such as a pothole in the ground. In any event, the plaintiff must have sustained some kind of injury, however minor, in order to collect, http://injury.findlaw.com/torts-and-personal-injuries/slip-and-fall-accidents-overview.html

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Wal-Mart has over 290 locations just in Florida. Every year there are several cases brought against Florida Wal-Mart’s by customers who are injured while conducting business at the various locations. Wal-Mart has had to pay verdicts involving amounts in the several of thousands to several millions of dollars range due to their negligence in certain cases.

Wal-Mart, as does many businesses throughout the Florida and surrounding areas, invites the general public to come onto their properties lawfully for a multitude of reasons including browsing. Since Wal-Mart receives the benefit of their invitees on the property they have a legal duty to create and maintain a reasonably safe environment for all who enter the premises. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for liquid substances to be left on the floor, shelves to protrude into walkways or fall because they are defective, for merchandise on the top shelf to topple onto someone passing by or for other accidents to occur regularly.

If you are injured at any business location and suffer personal injuries it is important to consult an attorney about the facts and details surrounding your accident. A Florida attorney can assist you in assessing whether the business breached its duty (or broke their obligation) to maintain the premises in a safe enough condition for you to lawfully enter onto and conduct business without being injured.

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Snap chat is the new social sharing phenomenon that people cannot seem to get enough of. With daily filters, geotags, interactive platforms and story sharing, Snap chats over 100 million daily users have little time to do anything else with their day then snap it, including drive.

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Snap chat is most popular between people ages 14-21 but is widely used across many age groups, including new and experienced drivers while they are on the road. Cell phones are the cause of one of every four car accidents according to USA TODAY and in Miami, that percentage is on the rise. Miami is already one of the most dangerous cities to drive in. The city leads to over 5% of Florida’s total reported auto accidents which equate to over 200,000 accidents annually.

Car accidents cost the United States over $871 billion a year on average. With costs that high, it is not hard to understand why states and the federal government are working to make the roads safer. However, more and more distractions are introduced to the smartphone daily. Drivers are distracted by these distractions leading to increased car accidents.

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The Center for Disease Control recently disclosed that more than 4.7 million dog bites occur annually in the United States. While this information may be frightening, even more concerning is the actuality that the average cost of treatment for these attacks in 2015 rose to $37,214.00 per attack and unfortunately some of these attacks, primarily to younger children, end with a fatality. Fortunately for injured parties, Florida is a statutory strict liability state, meaning, as long as the injured was lawfully on the premises where the bite or attack occurred and the injured did not provoke the dog, the owner of the animal is liable for all costs or damages associated with the treatment and damage resulting from the injury.

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Some victims do not file suit against the dog owner because they fear they may be partially or “comparatively” at fault. Florida has special rules for Ft. Lauderdale dog bite victims regarding when someone can be held “comparatively negligent” or partially at fault. For example, if the victim is a child under six years old, it has been decided in Florida courts that the child is incapable of being partially at fault. Swindell v. Hellkamp, 242 So.2d 708 (Fla. 1970). The Florida courts have also held that anyone who is injured by a dog bite would need to have acted so unreasonably that it was blatant that the injured was attempting to provoke the animal to attack and mistake by the injured is not enough. In view of F.S. §§ 767.01 and 767.04, F.S.A, See Also Smith v. Allison, So.2d (Fla. Court of Appeal, 1976).

There are many statutes and a lot of case law that must be evaluated when navigating a dog bite incident and everyone will be highly fact intensive. Having a lawyer familiar with this area of law and experienced in handling Miami dog bite cases can make all the difference in the outcome of your personal injury claim.

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20160229_185924On Monday, February 29, Jon Friedland, managing partner, Michael Carmona, associate attorney, and the rest of the Friedland Law Group staff worked with the Community Partnership for the Homeless, serving food to those in need. Mr. Friedland’s wife and two young sons joined the firm in helping the homeless. Serving the homeless enabled Mr. Friedland, his family, and the Friedland Law Group staff to give back to the Miami-Dade community.

Mr. Friedland is a former president of the Miami Dade Justice Association and continues to participate in as many of their community service activities as he can. Understanding that times are difficult for many families in the Miami-Dade community right now, the attorneys are glad they were able to give back the community this way. The Community Partnership for the Homeless is located on 1550 N. Miami Avenue in Miami.

20160229_185957The attorneys at the Friedland Law Group have always been dedicated to helping their community. Mr. Friedland is an active participant in the Big Brother Big Sister program in Miami-Dade County. Additionally, Mr. Friedland is an active supporter in the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. Mr. Carmona is an active supporter of the Cuban community in South Florida. He is a member of the Cuban American Bar Association and the Florida Justice Association. Mr. Carmona is also dedicated to helping children in the Miami-Dade community– he is an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, helping underprivileged kids in the Miami-Dade area.

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beautytreatment-400x266When people consider going to a spa or a beauty salon, they imagine themselves relaxing, distressing; an enjoyable experience. They go to beauty salons to boost their self-confidence and to feel better about themselves. However, for some people, going the spa experience can become their worst nightmare. As technology evolves, and the search for the fountain of permanent youth continues, cosmetic treatments are using powerful chemicals that may cause serious and permanent injuries when they are handled negligently.

Some of the injuries that occur at these stores include: Infections, burned scalp from hair dyes or other chemicals, disfigurement, baldness from hair braiding or extensions, neck injuries, and, less commonly, “beauty parlor strokes.”

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-fire-damaged-hoverboard-780x439Since at least Black Friday and during the past holidays, hoverboards were the go-to gift.  Thousands of these motorized self-balancing scooters were sold. However, they’ve proved to be a serious and very dangerous safety hazard, catching on fire while charging, exploding, and, consequently, causing fires in people’s homes. Additionally, the device can malfunction and cause a rider to fall and sustain serious, life-changing injuries. According to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Chairman, Elliot F. Kaye, some of these injuries have been serious, including concussions, fractures, contusions/abrasions, and internal organ injuries.

Additionally, top speeds are reached by the rider leaning forward, therefore increasing the risk of facial and head injuries. The agency also recommended riders have a spotter since the hoverboard begins to move quickly the second pressure is applied.

Louisiana-mom-says-flame-spitting-hoverboard-sparked-house-fireIn Louisiana, Jessica Horne lost her family’s home after her 12-year old son’s Fit Turbo hoverboard exploded. A gyroboard caused significant damage to a home in New York. At a mall in Washington, a scooterboard caught fire and shoppers were forced to evacuate. The apparent danger is significant enough that major airlines have banned the two-wheelers altogether. But what is actually causing all these fires? In the New York and Louisiana incidents, the board was plugged in and recharging. In the mall incident, the board wasn’t plugged in at all; there have also been reports of scooters bursting into flames while people were riding them.

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wrongful-death-1 In Florida, an average of 42.7 per every 100,000 people are victims of an accidental fatality, a number that is constantly on the rise. Florida specifically created a Wrongful Death Act to protect the loved ones of those that who are killed due to another person’s negligence.

When is a Wrongful Death Claim applicable?

Florida Statutes §768.18 states that when a person’s death “is caused by the wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach imagesof contract” of another person or some other entity, the estate of the deceased person may bring a civil lawsuit in Florida’s courts, seeking a legal remedy for that death and the losses stemming from it.

Am I eligible to sue for damages in a wrongful death claim?

Florida Statute §768.20 law requires the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate to file the wrongful death claim. The personal representative may be named in the deceased person’s will or estate plan. If there is no will or estate plan, the personal representative will be appointed by the court.

I’m not the personal representative of my deceased loved one’s estate, am I still entitled to recover for damages?

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