I Got Injured at a Friend’s House – What should I do?

injured_at_a_friends_houseHomeowner Insurance Claims: What You Need to Know

It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. To many people’s surprise, accidents happening within the home are more common than they seem. Instances like slip and fall accidents, food poisoning, deep cuts and even dog attacks are common causes for homeowner insurance claims.

Getting injured at a friend’s house can be an awkward situation to handle. Whatever the nature of your relationship with the homeowner is, we at McIntyre Law Firm believe that your safety and health come first.

If you were injured at a friend’s house, we strongly recommend you take these four steps towards protecting yourself and getting the compensation you deserve.

Notify the homeowner

It may be uncomfortable at first to ask the homeowner to provide you with their insurance information, especially if the homeowner is a friend or family member of yours. Regardless, you should ask the homeowner the name of his or her insurance company in the event your injury results in medical bills, prescription medications, the cost of additional doctor’s visits and more. You can get the coverage you need while still remaining civil with the homeowner.

Acquire your medical records

The homeowner might try to dispute that your injuries were obtained on his or her property. To prevent this from happening, obtain copies of your medical records as quickly as possible. For instance, if you fall down in your friend’s kitchen because the fridge was leaking and you end up suffering a herniated disc injury, it’s wise to have your medical records as proof that your disc injury happened as a result of the homeowner’s negligence and not from a previous accident.

Document, document, document

Take photos of your injuries as much as you can, gather statements from witnesses (if any) and keep track of your medical expenses caused by your injury on the homeowner’s property. It’s always a good idea to document the scene of the injury and keep track of whatever results from it.

Consult with a trusted lawyer

When in doubt, talk to a helpful professional. Our goal at McIntyre Law Firm is client care. The reason our attorneys stand out from all other Tampa Bay lawyers is because we truly care about granting you the service and justice you need.

If you are dealing with injuries from a slip and fall incident, our lawyers at McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi & Guito, P.A. are here to help you recover and receive the compensation you need. Call our attorneys today at (844)511-4800.

Slip and Fall Accidents: What you need to know

In a slip and fall legal case, it often feels like one person’s word against another. Injuries can happen upon falling down stairs, on a wet floor, on dangerously uneven ground, on a slick rainy sidewalk and more. Regardless of where or how the fall takes place, safety is top priority and justice follows closely behind, especially when someone’s injury is due to another’s negligence in maintaining the area, property or establishment.

If you or someone you know has suffered injuries from a slip and fall case, you can find the justice you seek. At McIntyre Law Firm, your well-being is our priority. Our Tampa lawyers can assist your case and bring closure to any trials caused by your injuries.

Before filing your slip and fall claim, there are a few things you should know.

Was there a caution sign clearly visible?

Most people think if there was a “Caution: Wet Floor” sign at all present during the time of the slip and fall, the property owner has no responsibility for compensation or legal action. While this is may be true depending on specific circumstances, if the sign is not clearly visible to bystanders, the property owner may be found at fault for the slip and fall incident.

Were the property owners taking action to prevent injury?

In the Tampa Bay Area especially, flash flooding and slippery roads are a common occurrence. If you obtain injuries due to your slip and fall, survey the surroundings to see if the property owners had taken any clear precautions to prevent that from happening.

Were you behaving in a relatively safe manner during the time of your slip and fall?

Accidents happen, of course. However, the property owner may not be found liable if you were deliberately being unsafe or putting yourself in a position to suffer injury. If you were conducting in a reasonable manner and the cause of the slip and fall was unrelated to your behavior, the property owner can be responsible for compensation.

We at McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi & Guito, P.A. strive to support people in the Tampa Bay Area in a spectrum of legal issues. If you are dealing with injuries from a slip and fall incident, we are here to help you recover and gain the closure you need. Call our attorneys today at (844)511-4800.

Divorce and Finances – What You Need to Know

Divorce affects couples in ways they do not always expect, often leaving them feeling stranded. If you are faced with a divorce, your finances are likely to take a hard hit. Even so, while this life decision comes with many changes, it is not impossible to navigate them.

Our divorce lawyers at McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi & Guito, P.A. are primarily concerned with one thing: getting you the help you need to make it through this transition.

It is important to keep these three things in mind leading up to your divorce:

  1. Prepare.

Sometimes life’s circumstances require you to jump into something without laying out a game plan first. If possible, do not let that happen with your divorce. Sit down before filing and review all of your assets. Determine what is marital property and what is entirely your own. You will want to go into your divorce already aware of what is at stake so you and your divorce lawyer can handle the negotiations maturely and as easily as possible.

  1. Keep track of assets.

On the topic of assets, be sure to keep track of yours. Sometimes intense measures must be taken in order to assure you get to keep what is rightfully yours. If necessary, take photos of artwork, jewelry and any other item that may hold value – sentimental or monetary. Be sure to properly distinguish what items belong to whom. This will help prevent litigation over every issue, which will be easier on your bank account and your emotional health.

  1. Document, document, document!

The last thing you want while dealing with a divorce is uncertainty. Make copies of all your records: bank statements, mortgages, insurance policies, tax returns, loan applications and any other financial documentation. By keeping track of these up front, it will help prevent you from feeling overwhelmed with financial management during your divorce.

The divorce attorneys at McIntyre Law Firm are here to help you with moving through your divorce as seamlessly as possible. There is no reason to let your financial worries stop you from taking care of yourself. You will have to make adjustments and develop new spending habits, but overall our lawyers are here to make your divorce as painless as possible.

If you are looking for an accomplished Tampa divorce lawyer, call our attorneys today at (844)511-4800.

What happens if your Uber driver gets in an automobile crash?

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When you click on that familiar Uber or Lyft logo and indicate where you are and where you want to go, there’s an assumption of ease. Most of the time, you’re picked up from your location quickly by a clean car that takes you to your destination for a fraction of the price. Generally, a pleasant experience. However, Ubers, Lyfts and other ride share cars are driven on the same roads with thousands of drivers each day. Crashes happen and when they do you may face a set of circumstances that differ from a typical car crash.

If you are in an Uber car and your driver gets in to a crash with another driver or a pedestrian, there are a set of procedures that you must follow to have the best chance to receive compensation. However, there are no guarantees. After a car crash in an Uber:

  1. Report the crash immediately: This step doesn’t differ from when you get into a crash with your own vehicle. However, along with contacting the police and, eventually filing a claim with your insurance company, your driver will required to contact Uber to inform them of the crash. When dealing with Uber and other ride share platforms, it’s important to note that they are attempting to absolve themselves of as much responsibility as possible for crashes. One way they are attempting to do this is by lobbying state government to designate Uber drivers as independent contractors instead of employees. If they are considered independent contractors, Uber will not be held responsible should drivers get into car crashes. The responsibility would fall on the driver and their insurance company. However, they would be responsible if the drivers are considered employees of the company, just as businesses are responsible for their delivery drivers. At the time this article was written, legislation in Florida was still pending.
  2. Seek medical attention: Even if you don’t think that you’re injured, it’s important to seek medical attention. Injuries, at times, don’t appear until days later.
  3. Dealing with Uber and Insurance: Uber and other rideshare companies have insurance that covers passengers in case of injury while being transported. A representative of ride share’s insurance company will contact you in the days after the accident to receive information about the crash and assess the situation.
  4. Talk to an attorney: Receiving compensation from Uber’s insurance company or from an Uber driver may prove challenging. Ridesharing companies deal with numerous claims. They will work diligently to deny your claim. The driver’s insurance may not allow them to use their car for business purposes (a recent study showed that 77 percent of ride share drivers don’t have additional ridesharing insurance coverage). It’s critical to have representation on your side that will work diligently to ensure that the rideshare company is held accountable.

If you are in an accident while riding an Uber, contact personal injury attorneys at McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi & Guito, P.A. today. They will assess the situation and make the moves necessary to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at 844-511-4800.

5 Tips for Avoiding Rollover crashes

There’s something utterly heart stopping about the site of a car flipped on its roof. You naturally slow down to look. Your mind drifts to thoughts of the pain the victims may be feeling or the fear they may have for their well-being. We’d never want to trade places with that individual. However, our driving practices may bring us closer than we can imagine to this dangerous reality.

Rollover crashes are among the most dangerous. While they only account for 2.1 percent of the over nine million vehicle crashes that take place each year, they account for nearly 35 percent of deaths in vehicle crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Below are tips that will help you avoid these deadly incidents.

  1. Pick the right car: Some cars are more likely to roll over than others. Automobiles with a high center of gravity and less weight on top, like SUV’s and pickup trucks are particularly susceptible to a rollover. Standard automobile types with a lower center of gravity are less likely to roll over. If you want to greatly reduce your chances of this type of crash avoid SUV’s and trucks all together.
  2. Stay focused when driving: This applies to any driving scenario, but it holds especially true when it comes to avoiding rollover crashes. Sudden stops or slowdowns can cause you to switch lanes or swerve quickly. This greatly increases your chances of a rollover, especially if you hit a curb or if your car runs onto soft ground. It’s also critical that you don’t engage in any activity that can distract you while driving, including texting or talking on your cell phone.
  3. Take extreme caution when driving in poor weather conditions: Rainy weather brings an additional set of concerns when avoiding rollover crashes. Sudden braking to avoid cars or objects can lead to skidding, which can cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Avoid driving in these conditions, if possible. If you have to travel in rainy conditions, use a higher level of caution than you would normally use while driving.
  4. Check the condition of your tires: Tires are your direct connection with the road, if they are worn, you could be putting yourself in a potentially dangerous situation. Worn tires may burst causing a “blowout”. If your tire blows out at a high speed, it can cause you to lose control of your automobile. Also make sure that your tires have an equal amount of pressure. Uneven tires can be dangerous as well.
  5. Don’t put a large load on the roof of your vehicle: This tip is especially important for SUV’s. Since the tops of these vehicles are light in comparison to the rest of the body, placing heavy items on the top makes them much less stable. What margin of error you had for quick turns and swerves becomes greatly diminished. Consult your owner’s manual to learn about your car’s load ratings.

If you or someone you love was involved in a rollover crash, please don’t wait to take action. Contact the personal injury attorneys at McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi & Guito, P.A. right away. They can evaluate your case and help you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at 844-511-4800.

Researchers Create A Blood Test That Detects Concussion Symptoms

In recent years, the national consciousness has turned to the dangerous nature and prevalence of concussions in football, primarily the NFL. Detailed studies, first-hand accounts from former players, and recent movies, like the Will Smith hit, Concussion, have further hammered home the importance of protecting against the damages brought on by head collisions. These collisions can lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE. CTE is a degenerative brain disease found in people who have suffered severe or repeated head trauma.   In 2015, researchers at Boston University found CTE in the brains of 87 out of 91 former NFL players who had passed away.

The NFL and the NFL Players Association have recently enacted new measures to better protect players from suffering brain injuries, including assigning league representatives to monitor teams and ensure that they are following the concussion protocol properly. They’ve also created steeper fines for violating the concussion protocol.

However, a new medical discovery may prove critical in determining if a player has suffered a concussion as well as the severity. Researchers from the department of neurochemistry at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Molndal, Sweden, created a blood test that can detect not only if a player has had a concussion and its severity, but can also determine how long it will take the player to recover. They have determined that a protein called total tau (T-tau) is released when the brain is injured. According to their research, large amounts of T-tau can be found in a player’s brain when they’ve been injured. Also, the amount of T-tau discovered in the first hour of the injury can determine how long it will take to recover. This research can help concussions to be detected faster and more thoroughly, giving athletes a better opportunity to recover properly. The research was first reported in the journal JAMA Neurology.

If you are still feeling the lingering effects of a concussion long after your playing days are over, contact the NFL concussion attorneys at McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi & Guito, P.A. They will have the knowledge and the diligence to help you. Contact them today at 844-5

Tonya Pitts on Real Estate Unplugged

Recently, Tonya Pitts, a Sarasota consumer rights attorney, appeared on the Real Estate Unplugged Show with Kay Winefordner. Real Estate Unplugged is a weekly radio show that can be found on WSRQ (106.9 FM and 1220 AM) in Sarasota. The interview can be found here.

During the interview Pitts touched on a number of topics of pertinent to consumers and gave sage advice for anyone dealing with debt or debt collectors. The following topics were covered during the interview:

  • What Pitts does as a consumer right attorney: Pitts discusses in detail how she defends clients in situations involving credit reporting, debt collection, foreclosure and bankruptcy.
  • Consumer right when dealing with debt collection agencies: Unfortunately, many people aren’t aware that they actually do have rights when dealing with debt collectors. For instance, if a debt collector sues you to reclaim a debt, you can countersue them. If they have done something that’s in violation of your consumer rights, your likelihood of winning the case increases.
  • How it is determined that a debt collector has violated your rights: Pitts gives tips for determining if debt collection agencies are in violation and discusses how she defends her clients’ rights in these cases.
  • Tips for dealing with debt collection agencies: Did you know that you can tell a debt collection agency to stop calling you? You can. Pitts gives those and other tips to quell the aggravation of dealing with debt collection agencies.
  • The bankruptcy process: Pitts demystified the bankruptcy process by explaining step by step what happens when she works with clients.
  • How to keep lawyers on task when talking with you: Pitts even gave a little advice on preventing lawyers from charging you when not talking about your case.

If you are facing a bankruptcy, foreclosure or the harassing tactics of a debt collector, contact the consumer rights attorneys at McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi & Guito, P.A. Their personal and precise approach will give you the results you need. Contact them today at 844-511-4800.

 

The NFL and The Players Association Agree to a New Policy to Enforce the Concussion Protocol

This week, the NFL and NFL Players Association announced stiffer policies aimed at enhancing enforcement of its concussion protocol. The new policy calls for fines or harsher penalties, including the loss of draft picks, if teams are found to be in violation of the rules.

Here’s how it will work. The NFL and the players’ union will assign a representative to monitor teams to determine if they are properly following the protocol. Teams may be fined $50,000-150,000 for a first violation. The second time that it has been determined that a team violated the protocol, a $100,000 fine will be assessed. Subsequent violations will also net a $100,000 fine. If it’s determined that a team ignored the protocol for competitive reasons, they may be forced to give up future draft picks.

The new ruling gives the NFL an additional way to ensure that the health of its players is held in higher regard than their ability to win football games for their teams. The NFL had 271 reported concussions in 2015. This included all preseason, regular season games and practices.

In the long run, if teams are held more accountable for how the administer the concussion protocol, there is a chance that fewer players will suffer from the symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), once their careers have ended. CTE is a degenerative brain disease found in people who have suffered severe or repeated head trauma.   In 2015, researchers at Boston University found CTE in the brains of 87 out of 91 former NFL players who had passed away.

If your career has come to an end but symptoms of CTE have intensified, consider discussing your case with the NFL concussion attorneys at McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi & Guito, P.A. They will work with you to ensure you get the justice you deserve. Contact them today at 844-511-4800.