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7 Things You MUST KNOW If You’ve Been Injured In An Auto Accident

1- Be Safe
If you can, make sure your car is safely pulled over to the side of the road and as far away from additional harm as possible. Do not leave the scene of the accident.

2- Call 911
Placing this emergency call serves two purposes. First, you must report the accident. Second, you can ask for medical attention. Often, injuries will manifest some time after the impact. In Florida, you have 14 days to seek medical treatment to be able to receive your no fault benefits from your insurance company. It is better to be safe than sorry.

3- Take Pictures
Pictures help gather information for your case. You can either use your cell phone, or have a disposable camera ready in your glove box. Take pictures of any physical injuries to yourself, and damage to your vehicle.

4- Contact With Others
It is necessary to exchange some information with everyone involved in the accident, including witnesses. Information you should obtain includes: 

• contact information of other drivers in the accident
o name, address, phone number
• vehicle information of other drivers in the accident
o make, model, year, color, license plate number
• insurance information of other drivers in the accident
o insurance provider, insurance policy
• witness information
o name, address, phone number, email

5- Avoid The Blame Game
Now is NOT the time to point fingers. Do not assign fault to either party. If the other driver says anything to admit fault, take a mental note and tell your attorney. We know it is a stressful situation, but remain calm and be amicable.

6- Gather additional information
It is important to keep up to date with the accident. Other things you should keep track of include:

• A police report obtained from the police department that came to the scene of the accident
• Keep track of all medical bills, doctor visits and additional medical expenses
• Document any lost work or school time as a result of the accident
• Save any documents pertaining to automobile repairs, estimates and bills
• Any additional expenses that are a result of the accident, no matter how small they may seem

7- Contact Your Attorney
Before speaking with the insurance company - Call the Law Offices of Martin Schwartz at (813) 269-7421 for a free consultation. Our firm has the knowledge, experience, and offers you the personal attention required to deal with any legal needs and concerns related to the auto accident of you or your family member.

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

In 2012, the Obama Administration announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, in an effort to help undocumented youth who have come to the United States as children. As a result, the Obama Administration agreed to not deport youth who met the criteria listed below. DACA allows the children who meet the requirements to stay in the United States for two years, and to renew that deferment for two more.
The Law Offices of Martin Schwartz is dedicated to helping immigrant students and children with their Initial DACA applications and renewals. We strive to help our clients who have come to the United States before the age 16 maintain their legal status, and maintain employment authorization while living in the United States. The following requirements must be met to proceed with your DACA request:

• Be born on or after June 16, 1981
• Come to the United States before your sixteenth (16) birthday
• Continuously lived in the US since June 15, 2007, up to the present time
• Been present in the US before June 15, 2012, and continued to be present at the time of your DACA request
• Have no lawful immigrant status when entering the country; or if you had a lawful immigrant status, that it expired before June 15, 2012
• Must currently be in school, completed high school, or obtained GED certificate
• Cannot have been convicted of a felony
• Cannot have been convicted of a serious misdemeanor offense, or 3+ misdemeanor offenses
• Cannot pose a threat to national security
• Completed a background check

If you have any more questions on your ability to make an initial request for DACA, or for renewal, contact our office at (813) 269-7421, and we will help you determine you eligibility, fill out the necessary documents, and file your documents with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. If necessary, we will also help you with obtaining the proper GED and education requirements, as well as procure the necessary records to prove your residency in the United States.

To better familiarize yourself with DACA reform, click the following link to reach the USCIS Frequently Asked Questions:

Martin B. Schwartz
Private Practice Lawyer

We’ll Fight for your Rights.
No Case Is Too Formidable, No Issue Too Small

Practice Areas
• Personal Injury
• Auto Accident
• Criminal and DUI Defense
• Traffic Ticket Defense
• State and Federal Criminal Defense
• Immigration and Naturalization Law
• Family Law including:
o Divorce 
o Child Support
o Child Custody
• Landlord and Tenant Law
• General Civil Litigation
1991, Florida; 1993, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh and Eleventh Circuits; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, Southern District of Florida
Law School
State University of New York at Buffalo, J.D.
• Memberships
The Florida Bar – member in good standing since 1991
• Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar
• Centre Club
• Westchase Area Business Association
• Carrollwood Bar Association
• Has been consulted by print, radio, and television media on legal issues affecting immigrants’ rights.
• Has made numerous appearances on local (Tampa based) television newscasts including
o Fox News (Channel 14 in Tampa)
o WFLA T (Channel 8 in Tampa)
o “Legally Speaking,” a public access program in Tampa, 
o Programs of Spanish speaking TV such as:
 Univision Telemundo
 Bay News 9 en Español.
• Faulty Speaker, Florida Bar/AILA Annual Course Conferences in Miami, Florida, 2004 and 2003, 
• Published outline on Removal/Detention Issues for 2004 Conference and published article on Post-Criminal Conviction Relief Issues Affecting Foreigners for 2003 Conference
• Lectured, National Conferences of AILA, 2004, 2002 and 2001
• Published outline for discussion on immigration-related Habeas Corpus Action as internet update to 2002-2003 Edition of Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook
• Co-authored article in Volume 2 of 2001-2002 Edition of Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook regarding INS’s Use of Secret Evidence against Foreigners
• Served as speaker and moderator at conferences sponsored by the Central Florida Chapter of AILA in 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, and 1998. 
Published Articles: 
• “Motion to Vacate Guilty or No Contest Pleas Entered Which Have Deportation/Removal Consequences Under Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.850,” published in 2002 conference book
• “Eleventh Circuit Update on Significant Court Decisions Which Impact Non-U.S. Citizen Foreigners,” published in 2002 conference book
• “Quick Review of Old and Unimproved Mandatory Detention Provisions, Section 236(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act,” published in 1999 conference book
• “Challenging the Legality of an Alien’s Detention Via a Habeas Corpus Action, Based on Unlawful or Unconstitutional Actions By the Immigration and Naturalization Service or Office of Attorney General,” published in the 1998 conference book
Staff Attorney: Rural Law Center, Apopka, Florida, October 1991-December 1993; Legal Services of North Florida, Quincy, Florida, October 1990-October 1991.
Languages:   English, Spanish
Reported Cases:   Al Najjar v. Reno, 97 F. Supp. 2d 1329 (S.D. Fla. 2000).
ISLN:   911994160

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