Accidents Caused by Ambulances

A bus carrying several passengers was hit by an ambulance when it was crossing an intersection. The bus was on a green light and the driver said he did not hear the siren of the ambulance. This accident happened in a different country. But what if it happened in Florida? Who is liable? The bus driver or the ambulance?

For ambulances responding to emergency, every second counts. As a result, some of them go beyond the speed limit in order to save the life of someone in danger. Getting hit by a vehicle running at a high speed can cause serious injuries or death. According to the National Safety Council, 168 people died in crashes involving emergency vehicles in 2018. Out of 168, 47 people or 27.98% deaths involved ambulances. Out of the 47 deaths, 1 was a bicyclist, 1 was a pedestrian, and 21 were other vehicle occupants.

Emergency vehicles are given a certain amount of freedom on traffic rules. According to Florida Statute 316.072, a driver of an ambulance may do the following:

1. Proceed past a red or stop signal or stop sign, but only after slowing down as may be necessary for safe operation
2. Exceed the maximum speed limits so long as the driver does not endanger life or property
3. Disregard regulations governing direction or movement or turning in specified directions, so long as the driver does not endanger life or property

If the example stated above happened in Florida, the ambulance driver can’t be held liable right away. The attorney must prove that the actions of the driver “endangered life or property”. Darfoor Law can help if you are involved in an accident caused by an ambulance. You may call us at 754-812-8444 or email us at info@darfoorlaw.com. You may also visit. www.darfoorlaw.com for more information.

Construction Site Injuries

It is a known fact that construction sites are no place to mess around. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA has provided guidelines and regulations to keep workers safe, but accidents still happen despite all the safety measures. These accidents can cause injuries as simple as a small bruise, or as serious as an amputation, or death. Workers carry heavy objects, climb ladders and scaffoldings, operate machinery, install electrical wirings, and many other hazardous tasks.

The Fatal Four

Fall – Construction workers usually work from elevated or high places likes ladders and scaffoldings. In 2018, 33.5% or 338 out of 1008 deaths in the construction industry were caused by workers falling from high places. Construction sites should have the proper fall protection and personal protective equipment to ensure worker safety.

Struck by an Object – Everyone and everything in a construction site are always moving. This constant movement may cause tools, equipment, and other construction materials to fall. 112 out of 1008 deaths (11.11%) were caused by this in 2018. Remember, tools and other materials should be properly secured so they will not fall.

Electrocution – This is the 3rd leading cause of death in the construction industry. Electrocution can cause nerve damage, burns, and cardiac arrest. In 2018, 86 out of 1008 (8.53%) of the deaths in the construction industry were caused by electrocution.

Caught-in/between – This happens when a worker is crushed between two objects. According to OSHA, 55 out of 1008 deaths in 2018 were caused by objects crushing a worker. One must always be aware when of the surroundings when in a construction site. Stay away from heavy equipment unless necessary and keep your hands-off moving parts.

These fatal accidents and injuries can be avoided by placing warning signs, proper training and communication, providing the proper protective equipment, installing fall protection, machinery guarding, and ensuring that everyone adheres to the safety protocol.

If you need the help of an attorney who specializes in Personal Injury Law after a construction injury, contact Darfoor Law at 754-812-8444 or email info@darfoorlaw.com. You may also visit www.darfoorlaw.com for more information.

Source:

https://www.osha.gov/data/commonstats

Medical Malpractice: What to do?

What to do if you think you or someone you love is a victim of medical malpractice? It is important to have a presence of mind during stressful situations. Remember these useful tips when dealing with medical malpractice.

1. Document everything – document all important details like the dates, medications and dosage, procedures, names of the doctors and nurses, conversations with the medical provider, and anything that can help the attorney. As much as possible, try to document as things are going on.

2. Request your medical records. Your medical records will be very important to your case. When requesting your records, do not tell them you are asking for it because you will be asking a lawyer’s help to file a lawsuit.

3. Do not be afraid to ask questions. Ask questions like what medicine they are injecting into your body and its purpose, the cause of your illness and what they will do to treat it. Ask as many questions as you can. Remember, it’s your body they are treating. You have the right to ask.

4. Contact an attorney who specializes in medical malpractice cases. Schedule a consultation and ask questions. The attorney can tell you if you have a case or not. Once you and the attorney have signed an agreement, tell them everything you know, every single detail. Provide them your complete documentation and your medical records. At this point, your attorney should be your main contact in the case. Avoid talking to your medical providers to the concerned. Your attorney will do this for you.

Darfoor Law, a firm who specializes in personal injury cases, can help you. You may contact us at 754-812-8444 or email us at info@darfoorlaw.com. You may also visit us at www.darfoorlaw.com for more information.

Injuries caused by Defective Household Appliances

Almost all households have at least one appliance. The most common are TVs, refrigerators, heaters, air conditioners, microwaves, stoves, and toasters. The manufacturers of these appliances implement strict quality control protocols to ensure their products are safe to use. These devices were designed to make our lives comfortable, convenient, and enjoyable. But no matter how strict the manufacturer’s quality control is, there are some appliances that malfunction and cause serious injuries. And as we all know, treating these injuries can be very costly. Some appliances can even cause residential fires.

Injuries caused by common household appliances:

Cuts and burns
Electrocution
Choking
Bruises
Poisoning and chemical burns

Types of Product Defect Claims

Defects in design – products that are were not designed properly or did not go through testing. All the products are likely defective and dangerous.
Defects in manufacturing – the product was properly designed and tested but something went wrong during the manufacturing process. A limited number of products are defective.
Defects in labeling and/or warning – failure to provide instructions on the how to use the product or a warning on the product’s limitations.

No matter how common an appliance is, it is important that we read the manual and follow the instructions given by the manufacturer on how to use it.

If you or a family member were injured by a defective or malfunctioning appliance, contact Darfoor Law at 754-812-8444 or email us at info@darfoorlaw.com. You may also visit www.darfoorlaw.com for more information.

Injuries Caused by Defective Products

Every year, countless number of people are injured due to a defective product. Products that have been poorly designed or incorrectly labeled. If the product is defective or is not performing as promoted, you may be covered by warranty or have the option to return it for an exchange or a refund.

A product liability claim for personal injury happens when a person is injured by a defective product. The manufacturer or vendor is responsible for compensating the person who has suffered injuries caused by their defective merchandise.

Three Types of Product Defect Claims

– Defects in design – products that were not designed properly or did not go through testing. All the products are likely defective and dangerous. Example: a cellphone battery that was not designed to stop charging once it is full causing it to explode.

– Defects in manufacturing – the product was properly designed and tested but something went wrong during the manufacturing process. A limited number of products are defective. Example: wrong type of speaker was used in a fire alarm causing it to produce a sound with a low volume.

– Defects in labeling and/or warning – failure to provide instructions on the how to use the product or a warning on the product’s limitations. Example: a food product that does not list its ingredients or a warning that it contains peanuts. This could cause severe reaction to its consumers who are allergic to peanuts.

Some of the injuries caused by defective products are choking, burn injuries, organ failure, head and spine injuries, electrocution, and a broken arm or leg.

Feel free to reach out to us at Darfoor Law Firm for a FREE consultation if you think you have a case against the manufacturer of a product that has cause you injuries. You can call us at 754-812-8444 or sent us an email at info@darfoorlaw.com. You may also visit our website www.darfoorlaw.com for more information.

Recorded Statements

After going through the stress of an accident, one of the questions you have to ask yourself is “Do I have to give a recorded statement to the insurance company in an auto accident case in Florida?”.

You might receive a call from someone asking for a recorded statement. You must know who you’re talking to, if it’s your own insurance provider or the negligent driver’s insurance company. The insurance company will assign an adjuster to your claim and they will be tasked with getting you to provide a recorded statement (sometimes referred to as “statement under oath”).

If your own insurance provider asks for a recorded statement, you have to cooperate. You are required to give your own insurance company a recorded statement under the terms of your policy. However, we do not recommend you providing a recorded statement without the representation of counsel. But you can always say no if it’s the at-fault party’s insurance provider asking for a statement. Anything you say can be used against you or aid them in denying your claim.

Before giving a statement, ask for the help of a lawyer that specializes in car accidents. You can contact Darfoor Law at 754-812-8444 or email us at info@darfoorlaw.com. You can also visit our website www.darfoorlaw.com for more information.

Do’s and Don’ts After A Car Accident

DOs and DON’Ts after a Car Accident

Car accidents, most of the time, are traumatic events. It is normal for those involved to be afraid and confused. Below are some things to do and not to do after a car accident.

The DOs:

• Keep yourself safe. If the vehicle is burning, get out immediately and call for help.
• Call the authorities immediately after the accident.
• Take photographs before and after the vehicles are moved. It is important that you take photos of the damages to your vehicle.
• Seek medical help immediately. You may not feel any pain after the accident but there might be internal injuries. This can help your lawyer recover
the full compensation you are entitled to.
• Get information from the other driver like his name, address, phone number, and insurance information. If the other driver is driving a commercial
vehicle, get the name of the business and their contact details.
• Keep a record of your medical treatment. List your medical providers, their contact details, date of service.

The DON’Ts:

• Do not move your vehicle unless instructed by the authorities to do so. They need to see the point of impact to document it.
• Do not leave the scene. This can be considered a hit and run and can cause more problems.
• Do not admit fault. Don’t say sorry for the accident.
• Do not agree to a settlement without an attorney. Your lawyer will assess whether it is fair and just compensation.
• Do not agree to a recorded statement without counsel. What you say could be used against you. Insurance companies will try to find loopholes to avoid
paying for an accident. Your lawyer will be there to help protect your legal interests and will make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

It is always best to seek the help of an experienced attorney when you are involved in an accident. Darfoor Law is here to help. You can contact us toll free at (833) DARFOOR or at (754)812-8444 or send us an email at info@darfoorlaw.com. You can also visit our website www.darfoorlaw.com for more information.

COVID-19 and Negligence

COVID-19 and Negligence

According to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), a vaccine or drug is currently unavailable for the COVID-19. Wash your hands frequently, stay at home if you are sick, and cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing.

Also, hoarding toilet papers, hand sanitizers, and face masks will only help spread the virus. You are preventing those people who are vulnerable like the elderly, the children, the people with compromised immune system, and the front-liners (doctors, nurses, and other medical staff) from protecting themselves.

Most importantly, don’t spread fake or unverified information on social media. Always check the source before sharing the news. For more information, you can visit CDC’s website (CDC Corona Virus Information).

If you believe your health or safety has been compromised because of the negligence of a company or individual or you’ve become sick with the virus because of another’s negligence, please contact a lawyer for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Darfoor Law Firm specializes in Car Accident Law, Personal Injury Law, Consumer Protection Law, Insurance Law, and Business Litigation. Contact Darfoor Law at 754-812-8444 or send us an email at info@darfoorlaw.com. You can also visit Darfoor Law Firm website for more information about the firm.

Wrongful Death of A Basketball Star

Wrongful death of a basketball star

Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna died in a helicopter crash. A lot of people were saddened by this incident. We lost a basketball star, an icon, an inspiration, a philanthropist, an artist, and for many, a good friend. We continue to pray for the families of Kobe, Gianna, and everyone who died because of that accident. May they find enough strength during these difficult times.

The helicopter didn’t just crash for no reason. Accidents like that typically don’t just happen. They’re usually caused by the negligence of a person, a series of critical events, or both. And because someone has to be held responsible for that horrible even, Kobe’s wife, Vanessa, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the helicopter’s operator and the estate of the pilot.

The lawsuit says “Defendant Island Express Helicopters authorized, directed and/or permitted a flight with full knowledge that the subject helicopter was flying into unsafe weather conditions”. It also says that Kobe Bryant died “as a direct result of the negligent conduct of Zobayan”. It’s now up to the attorneys of the plaintiff to prove the claims made in the wrongful death lawsuit.

May this tragic incident teach us all to follow rules and regulations. They are in place to protect us and to keep us all safe.

We at Darfoor Law pray for the eternal rest of the souls of Kobe, Gianna, and to everyone else who perished in that accident.

If someone close to you has succumbed to an untimely death because of the negligence of another person or company, contact us at (754) 812-8444 or toll free at (833) DARFOOR for a free consultation. Feel free to visit our website at www.darfoorlaw.com.

Claim Denial

Claim Denial

You followed the rules by stopping at a red light. But the driver of the red sedan behind you was running at 40 mph and was also busy taking selfies. As a result, the sedan hit your car causing damages and injuries. You asked for the at fault party’s insurance, took pictures and notes. You called the other party’s insurance company to file a claim. You called them after a couple of weeks and found out your claim was denied.

What Happens Next?

The at-fault party’s insurance company will do everything they can to delay the payment, undervalue your claim, or find other reasons to deny it. The best thing you can do is to hire an attorney to fight the denial.

The attorney will create a demand letter which contains the details of your side of the story, details of your injury and damages, the total amount of your medical bills, and the reason why the other party was at fault. The attorney will then send this demand to the insurance company and will give them a deadline to respond.

If they haven’t denied the claim yet, the insurance company will make an initial offer. The initial offer is usually very low and often not even enough to cover your medical bills. The attorney will then try to negotiate with the at-fault’s insurer until they reach an amount that they can both agree. The at fault party’s insurance provider will then issue a settlement check.

The process gets complicated when the client will not agree to the amount offered by the insurer. Is it wise to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party’s insurance provider? Your attorney will tell you if the case has a big chance of succeeding or not.

A claim denial may be discouraging to those who are injured. With the help of a lawyer who is experienced with these issues, it is possible to obtain a full compensation for all your expenses and injuries caused by the accident. You may contact Darfoor Law at 754-812-8444 or send us an email at info@darfoorlaw.com. You may also visit our website https://darfoorlaw.com/.