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Florida Car Accident Attorney

As any automobile accident lawyer knows, whether in Florida or elsewhere, personal injury cases arising from auto accidents and truck accidents are among the most common of all personal injury cases. Sometimes motor vehicle accidents are caused by improperly maintained roads or poor signage.

Most accidents occur because a driver is pre-occupied and not fully focused on the task of driving. Other times, drivers are simply going too fast because they are in a hurry to get somewhere. On other occasions, negligent drivers may be talking on cell phones, watching movies on dvd players, adjusting the radio, drinking coffee, picking up an item they dropped on the floor, or any one of a number of other actions that lead to automobile and truck accidents. Because there are more distractions today than at any point in history, the problem may only be expected to intensify in the near future.

Although common in number, the injuries that auto accidents produce are far from common. Indeed, some of the most serious injuries that we have encountered were the result of auto accidents. Auto accidents can produce less severe, but chronic and nagging injuries, such as soft tissue injuries and whiplash. Injuries involving cars and other motor vehicles may also produce very serious trauma such as traumatic brain injury, lacerations, disfigurement, and even death.

Jeffrey D. Starker specializing in the following motor vehicle accidents:
    Car Accidents
    Bus Accidents
    Motorcycle Accidents
    Bicycle Accidents
    Liquor Liability Accidents
    Truck Accidents
    Tractor Trailer Accidents
    Hit & Run Accidents
    Pedestrian Accidents
    Cell Phone Use Accidents

Hiring an attorney is not required following an auto accident but there are a few instances where is could be a good idea. If you or anyone involved has been seriously injured you may want representation to keep the line of communication open between you and the insurance company. If you have to prove that another driver was at fault you may want representation so shot what the rules of the road are in the accident scenario.

If you have any questions about a car accident case, please contact our office 407-644-3921 for a FREE consultation or Visit our Website
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Your Legal Side of Domestic Animal attack (Dog Bites)

Majority of people love pets. Hundreds of thousands of families have pet dogs. However, dogs can be dangerous to outsiders sometimes. Pet owner and the trainer, if there is any, should be careful about this.

Dog owners cannot deny the liability. One Bite Rule or First Bite Rule and Strict Liability Law hold the dog owner responsible for the accident. The owner should compensate the victim for all the damages caused by the dog bite accident.

The one bite rule or the first bite rule exempts dog owners from any liability. However, it is always suggested to know the state laws about dog bite injury. Each state has dog bite laws and it vary from state to state. So to know the responsibilities of the dog owner or to find information about the rights of dog bite victims contact dog bite lawyers of your state.

Look for an attorney who has experience in handling dog bite cases and who knows the related laws of your state very well. If you need legal help against domestic animal bite in Orlando, Florida, look for an Expert personal Injury Attorney so that you can seek imbursement for the damages.

One Bite Rule:

First Bite Rule and First Bite Free are the other terms people use to refer to this rule. One bite rule does not consider the dog owner guilty when the pet dog bites someone for the first time, provided the owner was not negligent.If the dog has any track record of biting or even attacking others, the one bite rule does not apply.If the pet owner was not much careful and let the dog run in public places, the owner can be held responsible making one bite rule invalid. It is better to consult a state attorney to comprehend the meaning of the rules.Florida residents should consider Florida attorneys specialized in dog bite accidents for legal help.

One bite rule cannot help the dog owner if the victim proves that the owner was aware of the attacking nature of the animal. If the owner alerts someone about the violent nature of the animal, or makes the dog wear muzzle frequently it becomes easy for the victim to prove that the owner was aware of the biting nature of the dog. And one bite rule goes invalid easily.

Strict Liability Law:

If the owner is not exempted under one bite rule, the case goes under strict liability law. The owner of a domestic animal is responsible for the activities of the animal.

However, some states offer exemptions for the pet owners. Strict liability law can be avoided if any of the following is proved.

    The victim was a veterinary surgeon and the accident occurred when he was examining the dog
    The victim was an intruder or trespasser
    The victim agitated, provoked or disturbed the dog
    The victim ignored the words of caution and came up to the dog

State laws define who is to be held responsible for the accident - the owner or the keeper? After a dog bite accident.

Jeffrey D. Starker, P.A. specialized in a dog bite accidents in orlando, Florida. If you or a friend or family member has been injured in a Dog bite Accidents. Please contact Us for FREE consultation or visit our website
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When Food Poisoning Occurs

Unfortunately many people incur food poising as a result of eating out at a restaurant or buying their food from the store. Food poisoning is caused by harmful microbes that live and grow in food. Of the agents that are known to cause food-borne illnesses, they are categorized into toxic agents and infection agents. Toxic agents include pesticides used on food items that are grown, mushrooms and exotic food items that have not been prepared in the correct manner. Infectious agents are made up of parasites, viruses and bacteria.

The common illnesses felt by those who are infected include abdominal cramping, vomiting, fever, upset stomach, dehydration. With the high number of infectious agents there are numerous other symptoms that can occur as well. Often times, food poisoning can be unpleasant diarrhea or vomiting for a period of time as the body's defense to get out the harmful pathogens. Other times it can be much more serious, causing significant or permanent results. If hospitalization is required, the medical bills can be extremely high and may not all be covered by insurance.

Salmonella is a widely known cause of food-borne illness and is one of the cases that is seen the most often. It has made countless news stories, gaining media attention for the outbreaks in common food items such as tomatoes.Salmonella alone can result Huge amount of medical expenses.When a case of food poisoning causes effects such as hospitalization or a wrongful death, it is necessary to take legal action against those who are responsible for providing the contaminated food. A legal expert can be a great asset to any case. Effectively arguing that as a direct result of the contaminated food that was sold, the individual sustained the damaging effects of food poisoning.

The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Starker, P.A.located in Orlando, Florida, dedicated to the practice of personal injury law. He represent clients that have suffered from food poisoning or in other ways. If you or a friend or family member feel that you have been the victim of food poisoning, please contact our office 407-644-3921 for a free consultation.or visit our Website
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Slip and Fall Accident Attorney

If you've been injured in an accident, you know that it is a serious matter that deserves immediate attention from a personal injury lawyer in Orlando who is qualified to handle your claim. I have been helping injured individuals and families for several years in Central Florida area. And personally handle all cases from start to finish.

You can feel confident that my personal and proactive approach to your accident will give you a strong void and will protect your rights during the recovery process.

Slip and Fall Accidents, This type claim typically involves a slip and fall or trip and fall or poorly designed structure, resulting in an accident that causes injury. Most of the time an owner of property has a duty to people who come on their property by invitation as a business invitee or social invitee or a license to maintain that property in a reasonably safe condition and to remove any defect that may cause someone to be injured and to warn those invitees of the potential danger. If the owner fails in their duty and someone is injured, then the owner is responsible to the injured parties for the damages incurred.

Typically, if there is a foreign substance on the floor such as a liquid or debris or hole, and someone becomes injured because of that, the owner may be required to pay damages to the injured party. If the owner is aware of other accidents and does nothing to remove the hazard or warn the invitee of the hazard, the owner may be liable for damages. If there is a structural problem with the property that does not meet various code requirements, the owner may be responsible for injuries to persons.

There may be a history of prior accidents or reports or surveillance films that attach responsibility to the owner. Prior criminal activity which suggests that a prudent owner would warn and provide security for may result in the owner being responsible if a person is injured because of criminal activity in or around their property. If the owner is found responsible the injured party is entitled to recover for past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages or earning capacity, past and future pain suffering, inconvenience, lack of capacity for enjoyment of life, scarring and disfigurement and mental anguish. If a person’s claim for injuries is not settled, the injured party has a right to file suit against the owner to recover their damages. If their claim is not settled prior to trial, a jury of six (6) people would decide whether the owner is responsible and if so what amount of damages the claimant is entitled to.

Mr. Starker is an experienced Personal Injury lawyer in Orlando,  If you have been injured and you need a lawyer with sensitivity and experience you can trust. please contact our office 407-644-3921 for a free consultation.or visit our website
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Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

When family members move into nursing homes, we expect them to be treated with respect, given exceptional healthcare, and afforded a comfortable environment. Understaffing, low pay, and substandard training, however, all contribute to cases of nursing home abuse and neglect, betraying the trust we put in these nursing homes.

At times, we take for granted that our family members and loved ones are being well-cared for. They may not want to use their precious time with loved ones to talk about something as horrible as nursing home abuse, or they may be suffering from a degenerative disease, such as Alzheimer’s disease, that prevents them from speaking out.

When you suspect that your loved one may be suffering in a nursing home facility, contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Starker, P.A. nursing home abuse lawyers. We have experience defending the rights of nursing home residents in and out of court, and we will do everything we can to make sure your family members are treated with respect and are getting the healthcare they need.

If you suspect nursing home neglect or your family member is unable to speak out, there are several signs you can look for:

    Untreated bedsores
    Open wounds, cuts, bruises, or welts
    Torn clothing or broken personal items
    Bruises in a pattern that would suggest restraints
    Excessive and sudden weight loss
    Fleas, lice, or dirt on resident or in resident's room
    Abnormally pale complexion
    Fecal/urine odors
    Poor personal hygiene or other unattended health problems
    Signs of a careless staff
    Lack of proper heating or cooling in nursing home
    Caregiver's inability to explain resident's condition
    Caregiver's refusal to allow visitors to see resident alone
    Caregiver allowing resident to wander off the premises
    Sudden change in resident's medication

Contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Starker, P.A. immediately if you notice any of these signs or still feel uneasy about the treatment your family member is getting. We will investigate your claim and fight to protect the rights of your loved one.
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Injured Through Medical Negligence?

These cases can be heartbreaking for the families involved, particularly when a serious condition has been caused by negligent care.  There have been cases of birth injuries that were caused by the attending obstetrician being unaware that the infant was suffering from lack of oxygen soon enough to avoid brain damage; these concerns should always be at the top of the list when an obstetrician is attending a birth.  In other cases, the doctor failed to note serious complications arising from their treatment and the patient suffered serious injuries during surgery or while under treatment.

When dealing with this situation, it may be hard to consider the legal aspects of the situation.  However, it is very important to the future of the injured patient that they receive compensation for the damages suffered.  These legal actions are often helpful to the community as the negligent doctor or medical facility will thereafter improve their level of care to others in living in the Mobile area.  It is vital that you act quickly if you or a loved one has been the victim of medical negligence, as there is a window of time in which you will have the opportunity to file a lawsuit in such a case.

Medical malpractice cases can arise from a multitude of different situations. If you or a friend or family member have been the victim of medical malpractice, please contact our office 407-644-3921 for a free consultation.
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Product Liability Attorney

 Consumers purchase products with the implicit understanding that they have been properly designed, manufactured and tested. Unfortunately, defects or production errors can lead to serious injuries.

Product liability lawsuits can result in injuries ranging from cutting yourself while opening faulty packaging to catastrophic injury or death caused by the tires or seatbelts failing in your motor vehicle. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury caused by a product defect, Contact Us for a FREE Consultation.

 Products can cause injuries in many different ways, including:

    Manufacturing defects: Problems due to errors in the manufacturing process. For example, injuries may occur if corners are not properly rounded off or screws are not tightened all the way.
    Design defects: A product created or designed without special consideration to the consumer, leading to injury. Perhaps the design of a product fails to recognize sharp edges, exposed staples or missing safety features.
    Packaging or marketing defects: Problems typically centered around the final product that you see on the store shelves. If there are misleading promises made by statements on the packaging, defective or unsafe packaging, or incorrect or hard to understand instructions, the consumer might suffer injuries.

If you have suffered an injury due to Product Liability, we encourage you to contact us immediately. 407-644-3921 or visit Us at
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Trucking Accident Attorney - Why Need One

Semi trucks are a significant element in the commerce industry in the United States, and they transport the vast majority of products all over this nation. Consequently, crashes with commercial trucks take place all the time, and the ensuing injury to people in automobiles as well as other motor vehicles is usually disastrous.

Due to the huge size of these types of trucks, virtually any wreck involving a commercial transport vehicle and any other car or truck will probably cause severe, possibly lethal, injuries. When a one of these vehicles is transporting dangerous chemical substances or combustible products and is in a collision, the ensuing injuries can be much more serious. Secondary traumas, including burns and respiratory system injuries from to the hazardous freight, frequently occur.

Driver fatigue is among the main reasons for these kinds of crashes involving commercial truckers. It may cause a truck driver to go to sleep at the controls or make a fatal driving miscalculation. Driver fatigue incidents take place primarily early in the day or the middle of the afternoon. The most up-to-date research shows that grogginess after awakening from sleep is really hazardous. It's been demonstrated that fatigue-related accidents tend to be worse kinds of accidents.

It's essential to start investigating an accident like this without delay to ensure that evidence is preserved. There is a lot of information that needs to be collected, as it is important to the injured party's claims. This will include details about prior regulatory infractions by the transportation firm or the driver concerned, the vehicle's routine maintenance information, the speed the truck as well as your car or truck were going, location of the vehicles' damage, the trucker's log book. There will be statements from witnesses and initial responders to the collision, for example ambulance workers and law enforcement officers. An additional crucial bit of evidence will be the truck's black box, which records information before, during and following an impact.

There is a big difference is the size of accident settlements when a semi is involved, compared to other accidents. This is because trucking companies typically have much higher coverage on their semis than an individual will have on a passenger car.

Representatives of the transportation company will frequently make an effort to negotiate a settlement with injured parties out of court, and often for significantly less than the injuries (or death) that have been suffered are actually worth. This is one of the reasons an accident victim should contact a trucking accident attorney as soon as possible. To find this type of legal representation, look for a personal injury attorney that has experience handling trucking accidents, who is a seasoned trial attorney, and is willing to prepare and take the case to court rather than quickly negotiating a settlement.

Once an attorney is involved, the insurance reps will be required to talk to him instead the victim, who does not need that kind of stress added to all the emotional trauma, personal injuries and property damage the collision has caused.

If you have been involved in an accident,it is essential that you contact a Personal Injury Attorney in Orlando to protect you.Jeffrey D. Starker has a broad range of trial experience in both personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.He prepares all his court cases personally, will guide you through the process, and will help you every step of the way. Contact 407-644-3921 for a Free Consultation. or visit Us at
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The new Personal Injury Protection Statute

The New PIP Statute and its Effects on Accident Victims:

The new Personal Injury Protection PIP Statute that was recently passed in Florida may be a triumph for insurance companies. The law places new limits on the amount of benefits a person can receive as well as the amount of money awarded during a claim. This may result in substantial personal expenses for individuals involved in pedestrian and bicycle accidents, car accidents and motorcycle accidents. The course of litigation may be affected as well because of the new PIP provisions.

The large number of personal injury lawsuits filed in the past may be to blame for the new legislative changes. Whether individuals were involved in truck, pedestrian and bicycle accidents, car accidents and motorcycle accidents, the old insurance Statutes did not provide boundaries on certain aspects of coverage. Limits on lawyer fees and restrictions on medical treatment were not clearly defined in recent PIP laws. As a result, many insurance companies raised their rates in response to the increase in PIP claims.

This new law may significantly affect urgent care due to the strict classifications of injury protection and medical treatment. Individuals who need medical care must seek treatment from an acceptable health-care provider within a two week period. This can adversely affect anyone who needs a longer time frame to initiate medical care. Drunk driving victims and those involved in pedestrian and bicycle accidents may need immediate care, but victims of car accidents may take longer to begin treatment.

New guidelines in the PIP Statute restrict coverage for various types of
alternative treatments as well. Car accidents and motorcycle accidents victims or anyone suffering from a spinal cord injury will only receive a $2500 cap for all treatment if a victim does not treat within 14 days of the car wreck under the new law. Acupuncture, massage therapy and other holistic treatments are completely omitted from PIP coverage. Victims of motorcycle accidents and those involved in truck and bicycle accidents may need to pay exorbitant out-of-pocket expenses.

The changes in PIP coverage may provide insurance companies with substantial monetary gains. Although the new law details a plan for the gradual reduction of rates, the savings is minimal for consumers when compared to the total premium payments. When it comes to more severe damages such as a spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury, the 25% rate reduction may do little for the victim's wallet. Because the amount of medical benefits has decreased, an injured party may need to use his or her primary health insurance to cover treatment.

Individuals who are involved in accidents have rights that need to be protected due to the nature of the new PIP law. A qualified attorney will put the victim first. A decrease in funds for policy holders should not affect the type of therapy, treatment or legal protection an individual receives. If there are any questions about this new law and for victim rights you should contact a legal lawyer immediately.
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