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Defining a Jones Act Employee

The Jones Act is designed to protect the rights of seamen and provide for compensation in the event of injury. However, as used in the Jones Act, "seamen" is a term of art, not explicitly defined in the Jones Act, passed in 1920, or anywhere in the United States Code.

Slip and Fall Accidents in Cruise Ship Restaurants

If you are dining in one of the numerous restaurants on a cruise ship, you have a right to expect that you will be reasonably safe before, during, and after your meal. However, there are significant slip and fall, as well as trip and fall risks associated with cruise ship restaurants.

How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

In general, two years, but it may depend on the type of personal injury lawsuit you are pursuing. For example, a wrongful death lawsuit has a strict statute of limitations that begins on the date of death and expires exactly two years later.

Understanding Wrongful Death Law

Wrongful death has not always been a recognized area in personal injury law. It used to be that when a person died, any claim they had to a personal injury lawsuit died with them. However, we have come to recognize that every person's life is intertwined with many others, and that the death of a parent or spouse is an injury to the surviving family members.

Paralysis Injury Claims Lawyers

If you or a loved one has suffered full or partial paralysis as a result of an accident, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries. The personal injury lawyers at The Cochran Firm South Florida are prepared to fight for you. After a spine injury, you not only deserve compensation, you need it just to be able to make ends meet.

Medical Malpractice: Res Ipsa Loquitur

If you're thinking, "Huh?" you're not alone. Few people know about this approach to medical malpractice lawsuits. Res ipsa loquitur is Latin for "the thing speaks for itself," and it's an approach to proving medical malpractice that, despite its erudite name, is very commonsense.

Wrongful Death as a Result of Medical Malpractice

Sadly, it seems doctors may kill nearly as many patients as they save. Based on studies from a number of different research groups, including the Institute of Medicine, as many as 200,000 Americans may die every year as a result of preventable medical errors, legally described as medical malpractice resulting in wrongful death. That would make it the third leading cause of death in this country, after heart disease and cancer.

Symptoms of Mild TBI

Mild TBI, also known as concussion or minor head trauma is the most prevalent form of traumatic brain injury. However, names such as "mild" or "minor" are misnomers as even seemingly insignificant injuries can have serious consequences. Up to  15% of people who suffer mild TBI will have symptoms that persist for a year or more. And once a person suffers an initial mild TBI, the risk of serious brain injury associated with additional minor head trauma goes up significantly.

Your Insurance after a Car Accident: Ally or Adversary?

We have all seen the television commercials where an actress calls her insurance company immediately after a car accident. She is unsure what to do and fearful of the outcome. The insurance company not only sends out a representative, generally a handsome mild-mannered man, but they call a tow truck, give her a ride home, and take care of all the actress's concerns.

How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

In a wrongful death lawsuit, you only have two years to file a claim. This time limit cannot be extended by what is known as the delayed discovery rule. The Florida Supreme Court has decided that the delayed discovery rule does not apply to wrongful death cases.

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