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Common Injuries on Halloween

Common Injuries on Halloween

personal injury
As Halloween quickly approaches, you should stay aware of what common accidents and injuries happen on this holiday. While October 31st is often a cause for celebration for people of all ages, Halloween can quickly be ruined when a serious injury occurs to you or your child. If you suffer injuries in a Halloween accident and believe someone else was at fault, contact a Casselberry and Oviedo personal injury lawyer for help right away. Pedestrian Accidents When there are a great many children wandering about the streets in costumes after dark, the potential for pedestrian accidents increase. More children in the streets require that drivers be more attentive and careful, but this is not always the case, and trick-or-treaters may be hit by cars. Halloween often logs more pedestrian accidents…
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Proving Your Personal Injury Claim

Proving Your Personal Injury Claim

Car Accident
Personal injury claims require that you prove that someone else was at fault for your accident and injury. You need to meet the necessary elements to receive compensation, whether you are filing a claim directly with an insurance company or filing a lawsuit in civil court. Namely, you must demonstrate that: The liable party or parties owed you a duty of careThe party breach its dutyThe breach led to the accident and your injuriesYou suffered losses as a result of your injuries All of these elements prove that another party was negligent and, therefore, should be liable for covering your medical bills, lost income, and other losses. You Have the Burden of Proof As the injured victim, you have the burden of proof to show these elements regarding the claim…
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It is Boating Accident Season in Florida

It is Boating Accident Season in Florida

Boat Accident
With the summer heat, many Floridians take to the water on boats and other watercraft. Boating is a longtime favorite activity in Florida, but it can also be a highly dangerous one when something goes wrong. Boating accidents can result in severe injuries to victims and, too often, tragic fatalities. When you are getting ready to go out on a boat, you should always remember to be cautious. However, no matter how careful you might be, you cannot control how others on the water conduct themselves. Negligence can happen in many ways and lead to serious crashes and injuries. Common Causes There are many possible causes of boat accidents in Florida, including: Inexperienced boat operatorsOperators impaired by drugs or alcoholDistracted boat operatorsBoat operators who violate the rules and regulations of…
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Keep Bike Safety in Mind this Month

Keep Bike Safety in Mind this Month

personal injury
 May is National Bicycle Safety Month, and with good reason. With much of the country coming out of the cold winter months, many adults and children alike are getting their bikes out and hitting the road. Unfortunately, as fun as it is, cycling exposes people to a risk of serious injury in the event of an accident. If you have been injured in an accident while riding, call us today to speak to a Casselberry and Oviedo Bicycle Accident Attorney Be a “Roll Model” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) urges everyone on the road to be a “Roll Model” - whether they are driving or riding. This means: Never driving or riding distractedBeing ready for unexpected situationsAlways wear a helmet when riding and a seatbelt in the carFollow the…
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Don’t Wait for a Foreclosure Action to Call an Attorney

Don’t Wait for a Foreclosure Action to Call an Attorney

Foreclosure defense
There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic crisis have caused financial stress for many households, and many homeowners have fallen behind on their mortgage payments. If you know you do not have the money to catch up on payments, you might be tempted to ignore the problem. When you receive notice of default or a foreclosure action being filed, you might then decide to contact an Oviedo and Casselberry foreclosure attorney. However, it is important to know that you do not have to wait until the foreclosure is in process to call an attorney. The right lawyer can help in many ways before your lender initiates your foreclosure case. Finding Other Solutions There are many solutions that might avoid a foreclosure case altogether. First, you might…
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Tenant Bill of Rights Considered in Hillsborough County

Tenant Bill of Rights Considered in Hillsborough County

Landlord/Tenant
The coronavirus pandemic exposed many problems in the American housing market. Herein Florida, a lack of affordable housing has been created over years of rising home prices that have not been offset by higher wages. This has created a widespread problem of housing instability for many Florida families. When the pandemic hit, it took special legal protections and extensive financial programs to prevent thousands of families from losing their homes. The United States economy is slowly recovering from the prolonged impact of theCOVID-19 crisis. But local governments are now considering the long-term changes that need to occur in the Florida housing market. The Tampa Bay Times reports that a Hillsborough County commissioner has proposed a renters’ bill of rights. This would enact legal protections for tenants to help ensure their legal…
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Orange County Switches From Eviction Diversion to Emergency Rental Assistance in March 2021

Orange County Switches From Eviction Diversion to Emergency Rental Assistance in March 2021

Landlord/Tenant
Orange County has provided more than $11 million in housing aid to local residents under its eviction diversion program. There are still many residents who are still in need of assistance, and the county has funds available to help Orange County tenants stay in their homes. But the program will be a little different starting in March 2021. It is important for residents to understand these changes, so they are able to access funds under the new program. Click Orlando reports that both the eviction diversion program and the emergency rental assistance programs have the goal of distributing federal funds to help ensure that local residents can stay in their homes. But there are some changes that make funds more available under the new program guidelines. Tenants need only be…
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Zoning Changes Could Create More Affordable Housing Units in Sarasota

Zoning Changes Could Create More Affordable Housing Units in Sarasota

Landlord/Tenant
For years, a housing crisis has been developing across the United States. Real estate has become more and more expensive at a time when wages have remained largely stagnant. This has created a growing gap in housing affordability. The lack of affordable housing has reached crisis proportions, and this problem became painfully apparent during the coronavirus pandemic. Serious federal relief was required to prevent hundreds of thousands of American families from experiencing homelessness. State and local housing authorities are exploring many creative solutions in order to address the affordable housing crisis. Here in Sarasota, one proposed solution would tackle the problem with zoning changes. Your Observer reports that the Sarasota City Commission is showing support for zoning changes that would allow homeowners to add small “accessory dwelling units” onto properties…
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How Rising Lumber Prices Could Make Florida Housing More Expensive

How Rising Lumber Prices Could Make Florida Housing More Expensive

Landlord/Tenant
In many parts of Florida, aggressive appreciation has driven up the cost of housing at all price points. This has occurred during a time when wages have remained mostly stagnant. The result is a lack of affordable housing, and this crisis has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Many workers have had hours cut or their jobs terminated entirely. These financial burdens have eased slightly as the nation’s economy slowly recovered from COVID-19. Unfortunately, there are still other factors that continue to drive up the cost of housing in Florida. WEAR reports that lumber prices “skyrocketed” more than 180 percent between the spring of 2020 and spring of2021. This has had a drastic impact on the cost of building a new home, which now costs an average of $24,000 more…
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Manatee County Opens Applications for 2021 Housing Assistance Program

Manatee County Opens Applications for 2021 Housing Assistance Program

Landlord/Tenant
All across Florida, local housing assistance programs are finally seeing the funds from the second coronavirus relief bill. Congress authorized billions of dollars for housing aid and eviction prevention in late 2020. Unfortunately, it has taken weeks for these funds to be distributed to state governments and allotted to the local programs that actually distribute this money to the residents that need it. But the funds are here, and local Florida tenants will finally get the help that is so desperately needed in these challenging times. According to My Sun Coast, Manatee County opened its online application system back on February 16th. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program will pay funds directly to landlords. These funds can be applied toward rental payments or to utility payments that are made by a…
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