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kneeWhen accidents take place, the risk of being injured is quite high. While some injuries are minor, and individuals can make a full and speedy recovery, in other cases, injuries stemming from auto accidents can result in life-changing disabilities. If you or someone close to you has been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you can recover compensation for your harm. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are here to guide you through the legal process. We understand that this is a stressful and difficult time for you and your family, which is why we will handle your case with the utmost compassion.

Under Florida’s personal injury liability law, you are not liable for another person’s bodily injuries even if you caused the car accident unless those injuries meet a certain threshold. If the injuries do not meet the legal threshold, the injured party cannot recover compensation for any pain and suffering or non-economic damages associated with those injuries. This is because Florida drivers must carry $10,000 in personal injury protection coverage, and the idea is that this policy will pay for medical expenses, lost wages, travel expenses, and other out-of-pocket costs that may arise from auto accidents. This coverage kicks in first, irrespective of who caused the accident.

Under Fla. Stat. Ann. Section 627.737, if a person sustains one of the following types of injuries in a motor vehicle accident, the “threshold” standard will be met:

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carMedical expenses, lost wages, and property damage are just some of the damages that a personal injury plaintiff would typically be entitled to receive after an accident. Every accident is different, and the amount of damages a plaintiff will be entitled to receive will vary based on the specifics of the case. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, our skilled Miami car accident attorneys can help you determine the appropriate amount of damages in your case. With years of experience, we understand how to navigate these types of claims in an effective and efficient manner.

In a recent case, the plaintiff got into a car accident with the defendant. The defendant admitted that he caused the crash but disputed that the accident caused the plaintiff’s permanent injuries.

At trial, the plaintiff’s pain management physician testified that the plaintiff would require palliative care that would cost between $525,000 and $850,000. The plaintiff’s orthopedic surgeon testified that while the plaintiff’s condition was stable, cervical surgery would help increase the plaintiff’s functional capacity and quality of life. The cost of cervical surgery can be between $90,000 and $120,000. He also stated that if the surgery was not entirely successful, a follow-up lumbar surgery might be needed that would cost between $60,000 and $90,000. The plaintiff also sought lost wages, testifying that she was afraid of losing her job due to her injury.

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Sadly, each year, a number of people die in Florida in accidents that were not their fault. If your loved one was killed in a car accident, you may be able to recover damages through a Florida wrongful death claim. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our seasoned Miami wrongful death attorneys are committed to protecting the rights of our clients throughout the whole legal process.

Earlier this month, four members of a British family were killed in a car crash in Titusville as they returned to their rental house from the Kennedy Space Center, where they had gone to watch the launch of Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket. The fatal crash occurred when the car turned into the path of a pickup truck. The family members, ranging from ages 29 to 66, were all later pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the pickup truck sustained injuries, although they were not life-threatening.

Police believe the driver of the car was making a U-turn because the GPS in the vehicle had instructed him to do so. The instruction was likely prompted by an earlier crash that had caused a road blockage ahead. Essentially, the GPS was re-routing the family so that they would not get stuck in a jam up ahead.

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dump truck If you have been injured in a dump truck accident, you may have suffered serious injuries for which you may be able to receive compensation. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our skilled Miami truck accident attorney can review your case and prepare all of the documents needed to move you through the legal process. We understand this is a stressful time in your life, which is why we will try to make the process as seamless as possible for you.

Earlier this month, a 20-year-old man was fatally struck in Tampa after he walked in front of a dump truck. According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, a dump truck was about to turn left on a green left turn arrow. As the truck was approaching the intersection, the pedestrian attempted to cross the street but was not within a crosswalk. As he stepped onto the street, he was hit by the truck and died at the scene of the accident. An investigation into the accident is ongoing.

A dump truck refers to a truck with a body that tilts or opens at the back for unloading. These trucks are typically used for transporting loose material, such as sand, gravel, or demolition waste, for construction. Due to the size, shape, and weight (weighing up to 60,000 pounds) of dump trucks, these vehicles pose distinct hazards to others on the road. Additionally, dump trucks have a higher center of gravity, putting them at a higher risk of tipping over. According to one survey of over 22,000 trucks involving fatality accidents, dump trucks have the highest fatality rate of any type of commercial truck. In fact, per 100 million miles traveled (MMT), these trucks had 5.96 fatalities.

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pillsUnfortunately, medical errors affect many people in Florida every year. If you have been harmed due to a medical professional’s negligence, you need to reach out to a reputable Miami medical malpractice attorney without delay.

In a recent case, the plaintiff filed a claim against a doctor and a pharmacy for overprescribing medication. The deadline for pre-discovery passed, and the plaintiff had not identified any expert witness who would be testifying for her at trial. The court determined that the plaintiff had failed to designate any expert on the applicable standards of care until the day on which the district court had scheduled the summary judgment hearing. The district court ruled that since the plaintiff was late in naming an expert, the expert should be excluded, and without expert testimony, the plaintiff would not be able to establish his or her case based on the alleged standard of care violation by the defendants.

The plaintiff appealed. The appellate court affirmed the lower court’s decision, explaining that trial courts have broad discretion regarding how to handle their caseloads, including imposing sanctions when a party fails to comply with relevant deadlines. For starters, the court pointed out that the plaintiff had not preserved the issue for appeal, and even if the issue had been properly preserved, the plaintiff would not have been able to win because she failed to explain why the notice of expert testimony was filed more than three months past the discovery deadline. Ultimately, the plaintiff’s case was dismissed against the doctor as well as the pharmacy.

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wrong way Car accidents are always scary, but imagine driving down the road only to realize that there is a vehicle driving toward you in the wrong direction. That situation could lead to a serious, even deadly head-on collision. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a wrong-way accident, you need to reach out to an experienced Miami car crash attorney who can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are committed to helping our clients seek the compensation they deserve for their injuries.

Earlier this month, a 98-year-old man killed two teenagers as he drove his RV the wrong way on a Florida road and caused a head-on collision with a pick up truck. The two teenagers, who were both wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident, were pronounced dead at the scene. The man was rushed to the hospital and was last reported to be in critical condition. He had a passenger in the RV, a 75-year-old woman, who also suffered serious injuries. At the time of the tragic accident, the two girls who were killed were on their way to a BBQ dinner.

Wrong-way driving takes place when a person drives against the direction of traffic. This is a serious mistake and can lead to serious, even fatal accidents. Wrong way driving most often results in head-on collisions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that wrong way drivers are involved in 1.5 percent of overall deadly crashes. In addition, NHTSA data reveal that, on average, about 350 people are killed each year nationwide in wrong-way freeway accidents. In Florida, the Florida Department of Transportation reports that 280 wrong-way accidents killed 75 victims on Florida highways between 2009 and 2013.

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Car accidents can be extremely stoy carerious, resulting in injuries and sometimes death. Electric cars are no exception. If you believe you have been injured due to a defective electric vehicle, you need to reach out to a Miami car accident attorney. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we understand how to investigate and establish auto defects. With years of experience, you can rest assured that we will provide detail-oriented and personalized representation at every step of the way.

A Tesla Model X recently crashed through two separate walls of a Florida gym. The vehicle almost hit a man who was just stepping off a treadmill, but fortunately he did not get hurt. No one, including the driver, was injured in the incident. The driver of the car told authorities that she hit the brakes, but the car kept accelerating on its own.

Unfortunately, this is not the first report of a Tesla accelerating on its own and resulting in a crash. In 2016, there were a series of similar claims. Almost all of those cases took place in parking lots as the driver pressed the brake to come to a complete stop, but the vehicle sped up and crashed instead. Tesla investigated those claims, and data logs revealed that the drivers had pressed the accelerator pedal in those cases.

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graveLosing a loved one is never easy, but it can be even more difficult when the death is unexpected. It can be difficult to know what to do after such a loss, but you don’t have to face the process alone. If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another party, you need to reach out to a skilled Miami wrongful death attorney who can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we understand how to move through these claims to help our clients get the maximum appropriate compensation in their case. Time is of the essence in these cases, so it is vital to act quickly.

In Florida, F.S. 409.25656 allows for the garnishment of any personal injury or wrongful death damages for certain financial obligations, including child support. The Tennessee Supreme Court recently addressed this issue in a wrongful death case in which the court held that an individual who owes child support is not able to receive monetary damages from a wrongful death claim.

In a recent case, a married couple had a son named Uriah who was born in 2009. A month later, the husband abandoned his wife, although they never divorced. He never provided any financial support to his wife for the child. In 2010, when Uriah was 18 months old, the wife died unexpectedly in a car crash involving a teenage driver. After the wreck, the court handed custody of the child to his maternal grandmother.

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carIf you or a loved one has been injured in a chain reaction accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may have legal options and should reach out to a knowledgeable Miami car crash attorney as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we understand that the legal process is stressful, but you don’t have to go through it alone. We are prepared to answer your questions and address your concerns in regard to your case.

Earlier this year, a Florida National Guard soldier died and five others were injured in a chain reaction crash involving military vehicles in Sebring. An initial investigation revealed that three Palletized Load System vehicles (similar to a semitrailer truck) collided in a chain reaction crash. The convoy was traveling north on the highway when the third vehicle failed to stop for a red light in time and hit the second vehicle. The driver of that vehicle sustained fatal injuries and had to be extricated from the damaged vehicles. No civilians were involved in the accident.

Chain reaction accidents, also commonly known as multi-vehicle accidents, take place when more than two cars hit each other in a chain of rear-end accidents. Unfortunately, chain reaction accidents are more common than you may think. The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that more than 15,000 people are killed in chain reaction accidents every year, and about 57.2 percent of crashes involve two or more vehicles. In addition, a total of 12 percent of the measured crashes involved three or more vehicles. The NHTSA also reports that around 40 percent of all car accident fatalities arise from multi-vehicle crashes.

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golf cartAn unexpected accident can not only result in painful injuries but also lead to numerous doctors’ visits and even days off from work. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our seasoned Miami accident attorneys understand the nuances of Florida personal injury law and can apply this knowledge to your case. We are here to answer your questions and address your concerns.

Florida is known for its lush golf courses. While most people enjoy the activity without incident, the reality is that Florida golf cart accidents are quite common. Some of these accidents can result in serious and long-term injuries. In most cases, a person who sustains an injury can file a claim for damages against the at-fault party. The at-fault party’s insurance company will then evaluate the case and make or deny payments for medical expenses and other losses accordingly.

A Florida appeals court recently issued an opinion in a case involving a female pedestrian who suffered injuries after being hit by a golf cart. The woman was walking along a path in a retirement community when she was hit by another resident driving a golf cart. Sadly, the operator of the golf cart who caused the crash did not have enough insurance coverage to properly compensate the victim for her harm. As a result, the woman had to file a claim under her own insurance policy’s underinsured motorist (UM) provision.

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