Cyber Safety: Protecting Kids and Teens Online is Everyone's Responsibility

Over the last decade, cell phones and laptops have become as commonplace as TVs in our homes. Younger and younger children are being given unrestricted access to the internet and all that comes with it. iPhones and iPads are prime for apps like SnapChat, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook and have become the fabric of teenage social lives across the country.

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Deny, Delay, Don't Pay: Insurance Companies Are Hurting Accident Victims With This Common Tactic

The insurance industry in the United States boasts one of the largest budgets in the country. Insurance company CEOs and CFOs are paid in the hundreds of millions of dollars per year and the profits seen by these companies average nearly $20-$30 billion per year. That’s a lot of money. Where is it going? Who does it really “benefit”? This lapse of transparency is where accident victims get hurt. Insurance companies receive monthly premiums that are meant to bolster the protection provided to accident victims in the event of a catastrophe. Then, when catastrophe strikes, the insurance company is nowhere to be found.

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Nursing Home Abuse: The Reality of This Tragic Epidemic

Choosing a nursing home to care for our loved ones isn’t an easy decision to come to, and we trust that the choice we make will be one that keeps our parents or grandparents safe from harm. After all, most of the time the decision to place an elderly loved one in a nursing home is due to their inability to safely care for themselves anymore. As family members who care deeply for our loved ones it’s important that we prevent a situation where an elderly loved one can fall and sustain injuries such as broken bones or TBI.

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Update: Uber and Lyft Lawsuits on the Rise, Riders Stay Safe, Drivers Be Aware

In our first series of articles related to Rideshare apps such as Uber and Lyft, we went into great detail regarding the requirements that need be met to be employed by the platforms. In this article, we’re providing our Uber and Lyft riding readers what they need to know should they find themselves in an accident while on a ride. We'll always provide important information Rideshare drivers (or “partners”) need to know whether or not they’re transporting passengers.

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Deposition, Mediation, Litigation: What Do They Mean For Your Case?

Crime documentaries presented in various formats (news, tv series–fiction or non–and most recently on Netflix) always present witnesses during "depositions". It's often hard for those unfamiliar with the practice of law, or who have not taken part in litigation themselves to fully understand the difference between mediation, litigation, and deposition.

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Another Look at the Legal Side of Traumatic Brain Injury

When it comes to practicing Personal Injury Law, lawyers are frequently met with orthopedic injuries–sometimes on a daily or weekly basis. These injuries are sustained in car accidents, work-related accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, and motorcycle accidents to name a few. Orthopedic injuries, while not straight forward, are usually able to be seen and presented visibly in trial, should the case end up in litigation. Proving an orthopedic-related injury, while not easier per se, does provide a level of evidence right off the bat.

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Pedestrian Hit and Run Accidents Can Be Catastrophic, Fatal: Part 2, Spine Injuries

Spinal cord injuries resulting from an accident can cause severe damage to the central nervous system, leaving the patient in the hospital with months or years of recovery ahead of them. After a hit-and-run accident that leaves a pedestrian injured, many of the most common injuries are sustained in the neck, back, and spine due to the force of being struck by a vehicle. These injuries are considered catastrophic; however, they are not the only injuries that occur as the result of a hit-and-run. Broken bones, CRPS, and concussions are also common. What makes spinal cord injuries catastrophic? This article will delve into a deeper explanation of what our readers need to know when it comes to injuries of such a grave nature.

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Pedestrian Hit and Run Accidents Can Be Catastrophic, Fatal: Part 1, TBI

When a pedestrian is hit by a car or truck, the injuries that can result are catastrophic. Unlike motor vehicle accidents in which another car is hit, providing even the smallest amount of protection around the driver, when a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle there is nothing to protect them from sustaining serious and often fatal injuries. The rate at which these accidents occur is rising, especially in busy cities like Miami.

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Hit and Run Accidents Don't Disqualify Victims From Recovering Damages: Here's How It Works

When a motorist leaves the scene of a hit-and-run accident they are actively committing a felony. This felony doesn't even include the penalties that can occur if someone is injured in the hit-and-run. The penalties sustained when another motorist or a pedestrian is injured and the driver who caused the injuries flees the scene often includes incarceration (jail time) on top of any fines they incur for their reckless actions. When a victim or their loved one becomes the victim of a hit-and-run they must preserve any evidence (when safety allows) of the accident scene.

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Fire Safety: Preventing Burn Injuries is the Smartest Defense Against Catastrophic Injury

Every year catastrophic fire-related injuries take the lives of thousands of people and leave just as many fighting for their lives in hospitals across the country for months or even years at a time. Endless surgeries, painful healing, scarring, and disfigurement can all occur with severe burns. Whether these injuries are sustained as a result of an explosion, house fire, car fire, or any number of other devastating circumstances, they all have one thing in common: they may have been preventable with a better knowledge of fire safety.

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A Closer Look at CRPS: When You Have a Case, Here's What Happens Next

A CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) diagnosis can be a relief to many people. Knowing that their pain is real, valid, and lending a name to everything they've felt possibly for years is a relief. Despite the relief a CRPS diagnosis may bring emotionally, the mental toll chronic pain takes on the psyche of a patient is immeasurable. Living with a disease dubbed "the suicide disease" due to its lack of symptom relief is an endless nightmare of doctors, treatments, procedures, and tests that all lead down the same road: one of pain and suffering that seems endless.

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What Drivers Really Need to Know About Uninsured Motorist Coverage (Don't Sign Up Without This Information!)

According to DMV.org, the go-to source for DMV regulations and amendments to the law by state, the Insurance Research Council–or IRC–has estimated that one out of seven drivers doesn't carry car insurance. This statistic is staggering but not surprising in states like Florida, where most drivers don't carry enough or any motor vehicle insurance at all.

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Why Do Lawyers Turn Down Cases? Hint: It's Not Personal!

A great deal of lawyers will offer potential clients a free case evaluation or free consultation to get a better picture of the legal issue at hand. An initial consultation, it should be noted, doesn't qualify an attorney-client relationship. In fact, there are instances where a lawyer will offer his or her time free of charge for a case evaluation and then decide not to take on the case after all. This line of decision-making has nothing to do with "liking" the potential client, even if the client feels they're being "turned away"; that's simply not the case (every attorney wants to be able to help as many clients as possible seek justice).

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What is a Product Recall? Here's What Informed Consumers Need to Know!

Depending on state and local regulations the process leading to the recall of a product varies widely. Concerned consumers should always look to the official FDA and Product Recall websites for the most updated information. However, this is a standardized process by which the federal government issues its recalls when a product is found to have a dangerous defect or food is found to pose a health risk.

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Talcum Powder Was a Woman's Staple, Now the Manufacturer is Being Sued For Withholding Health Risks

A decades-old brand of popular talcum powder that was once a woman's household staple has come under fire in recent years for the manufacturer's withholding of damaging documentation that could've saved thousands of lives and prevented as many from suffering diagnoses of ovarian cancer after using the product for an extended period of time. So, why did the manufacturer withhold scientific studies linked to undeniable proof that women who utilized their talcum powder as part of a daily hygiene routine were at a higher risk for ovarian cancer? The answer may just lie in the fact that for large companies, money gained is worth more than the lives lost.

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What Your Lawyer is Doing When They're Not Calling You Back

If there's a level of trust instilled between attorney and client, the attorney knows what he or she needs to do and has an entire team (legal assistants, paralegals, and seasoned associates) to get the job done. A client won't need to call or text an attorney they trust multiple times a day, just to "check in" and "see how it's going" if they've researched their chosen law firm, it's reputable, and they've handled similar cases.

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Healthcare Workers Violating Patient Care: an Epidemic That Can't Be Ignored

The last thing a family expects is to come to the realization that their loved one has become the victim of abuse. When the abuse comes at the hands of a healthcare worker entrusted with the care of a loved one, it's not only unfathomable that this could happen to patients in need of medical care, but it's unacceptable on the part of healthcare professionals employed to perform their duties with a reasonable standard of care.

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Legalese: What Lawyers Say, and What it Actually Means

Here on the Blog, we've put together a go-to list of the most frequently used "legalese"–or the acronyms–that clients hear around the office, but may be too afraid to inquire about. We've also included links to other Shaked Law Blog resources with extensive information for each legal term. We hope this helps accident victims and their families better understand what's going on "behind the scenes" of their claims.

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For Women, the Risks of an IUD May Outweigh the Benefits

So why, then, are physicians still prescribing certain manufacturer's IUDs (intrauterine devices)? This article will look at how the risks of a woman's very personal choice to use an IUD as a form of birth control may outweigh the benefits. The Shaked Law Blog always presents the facts and allows readers to get the whole picture, without the added song and dance. The insurance companies will try to convince those injured by defective medical devices that it "may not" have been the device that caused them harm; this is simply a scare tactic. The Shaked Law Blog will delve into the truth about the Mirena IUD and the dangers it has–to the manufacturer's knowledge–caused hundreds if not thousands of women.

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