Legal Process for Florida Accident Victims

After a car accident injury, the legal process to achieving compensation may seem equally and unnecessarily painful. There are few things that are to be carefully noted and try not to do this after a car accident. Although the legal experts among North Miami Beach car accident lawyers assure an easy process, it is not the same everywhere. Personal injury attorney, TJ Grimaldi, breaks down the detailed process that happens inside the law firm during his representation of injured parties.

Attorney TJ Grimaldi says that the first thing an injured parties should do is to retain legal representation by knowing and read more about Massachusetts car laws. An attorney will be able to guide you through the entire process, including when and where to seek treatment. Next, the injured party must seek treatment within 14 days of the accident. Once the injured party has sought treatment and retained an attorney, the seemingly long process begins. However, having attorney representation relieves the injured party from dealing directly with the insurance company during the process. Here is the injury attorney from Gideon Asen LLC that you can get help from in case of accidents and injuries.

First, the attorney sends out a letter of representation stating that he or she represents the injured party. All further communication must go through his or her office and will prevent the insurance company from calling or harassing the injured party. Next, the attorney works with his or her client to collect the paperwork, records, and invoices for the treatment. The medical costs along with an assessment of other damages, such as emotional damage resulting from the accident, are added together. The attorney sends out a demand letter to the insurance company asking for compensation for this amount. It usually takes between 20 to 40 days for the insurance company to respond.

The insurance company assesses the alleged injuries and the treatments for them. They look to see if the treatments were necessary and the injuries were consistent with the severity of the accident. The insurance company then responds to the demand letter, usually with a lower number. The next step for the attorney is to negotiate a higher settlement. Injured parties should always keep their attorneys up to date with any further treatments, which have taken place after the original demand letter was sent. The attorney could reach a settlement during this time, and once a settlement is agreed upon that is the maximum amount of compensation the injured party can receive.

If the attorney is not able to negotiate a high enough settlement, then he or she will discuss with the client the option to file suit. Filing a suit essentially begins the process again. The insurance company will turn the case over to an attorney. The facts are exchanged again. The costs of the injuries are reevaluated.

A disagreement over what information to exchange often results, and mediation is often attempted before an injured party even steps into a courtroom. The process can be lengthy and frustrating, and if a suit is filed it can take literally years to reach a resolution. However, having an experienced attorney guiding you can help you decide the best course of action in order to receive your compensation as quickly and fairly as possible.

Pinellas Park school accused of failing to report sexual attack

When parents send their children off to school, many do not worry about their safety as they honestly believe the school administration and teachers are going to be doing everything in their power to keep their children safe. At the very least, if there were an incident where a child was injured, the belief is this would be reported to the parents and appropriate action would be taken as needed.
However, as one distraught family in Pinellas Park, Florida, is learning, this is not always the case.

According to the family, their 15-year-old daughter was sexually attacked in school and the school’s administrators did nothing to stop the attack. The school also failed to report the incident to the parents. It was not until the 15-year-old told her parents that action was taken.

By action, the parents have hired attorney TJ Grimaldi. Their hope is that by taking action and telling their story, other children will not have to go through what their daughter did.

According to the family, it was on the morning of April 22. The 15-year-old was at her school getting ready to take the FCAT. She was sitting in the front of the class with roughly 30 other students getting ready to take the test. This was when a boy in the class tried to touch her bra strap before putting his hand down her pants.
The 15-year-old said she told him to stop and threw his hand out of her pants. Again, she told him very loudly to stop. However, the claim is the administrator in the room did nothing about the situation.
The 15-year-old ended up telling a friend about what happened. This friend told another teacher. The 15-year-old also reported what happened to her parents.
Now the family wants answers, which is why they hired an attorney. They want to know why the school did not notify them of the attack.

Grimaldi said he wants immediate action to make sure the teen feels comfortable and safe. He thinks relocation may be the best. Additionally, Grimaldi and the parents want to see the school held responsible for not reporting the alleged attack.
In reading about this case it is normal for any parent with a child to become nervous. As was mentioned at the beginning of this post, parents put a lot of trust in school officials. When that trust is broken, it can be hard to trust again.

Going forward, the hope is that something is done and that school officials face some sort of repercussions for not reporting the attack. For the boy accused of attacking the girl, the family’s attorney said he was suspended for 10 days, but could end up coming back to the exact same homeroom as the victim.
The case has also been referred to the State Attorney’s Office, where police are requesting battery charges be pressed against the boy.

Source: ABC Action News, “EXCLUSIVE: Family of teen demands action after they say daughter was sexually attacked during FCAT”, Sarina Fazan, July 29, 2013

Personal Injury Attorney in Tampa FL – TJ Grimaldi

Recently Attorney TJ Grimaldi was a featured attorney on the Business Leaders Spotlight Radio Show. As the featured personal injury attorney on the show, he discussed his career as a personal injury attorney and how having representation as you go through a difficult time can help.
Listen to radio show here.

Source: Business Leader Spotlight, “Personal Injury Attorney in Tampa FL – TJ Grimaldi”, Randy van Ittersum, April 23, 2014