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What Do I Need to File a Personal Injury Claim?
  • By: Micah Longo, Esq.
  • Published: March 24, 2020

No one wants to be injured. Yet, one day- you are. What makes this situation even worse is the fact that your injury was not your fault, but due to the carelessness or malice of someone else. In an instance like this, a personal injury claim is often the right move. A Davie, FL personal injury claim is filed when you have suffered injuries at the hands of someone else that result in pain, medical bills, and other inconveniences. Common personal injury claims include car accident injuries, dog bites, and slip-and-fall cases. In order to file a personal injury claim, you’ll need a few things: #1 First, see a doctor or other medical professional. One of the most important things you must do after an accident is to see a doctor. Your full injuries may not be…Read More

  • By: Micah Longo, Esq.
  • Published: August 11, 2017

A fall can injure much more than your pride, especially if you are a senior citizen or suffer from a pre-existing health problem. While some people may slip in a puddle and be fine, others can suffer long-term and even lifelong issues, such as broken bones and mental trauma. It is also possible to need to miss quite a bit of work while you recover, resulting in serious financial losses. If this has happened to you, you don’t need to be told how upsetting it is to have your life turned upside down by just a moment. Even more upsetting is how your fall could have been prevented if someone else were doing what they were legally supposed to. If your fall was the result of a property owner or someone else not taking the…Read More

Florida’s Pip Emergency Medical Condition 14-day Rule Explained
  • By: Micah Longo, Esq.
  • Published: May 13, 2017

In this article I’m going to explain Florida’ PIP emergency medical condition (“EMC”) 14-day rule.  Suppose you go to the ER immediately after an accident, but don’t see another doctor until 20-days later.  Are you entitled to the full $10,000 in PIP benefits? Initial Treatment:  14-Day Rule In Florida, you have 14-days to seek “initial treatment” after an accident to get the full $10,000 of PIP benefits.  The key phrase is initial treatment.  Initial treatment can be with a chiropractor, medical doctor, emergency room, or urgent care clinic.   You’ll still need a certification from a doctor (other than a chiropractor) confirming you’ve suffered an emergency medical condition (“EMC”).  An EMC certification doesn’t have to be issued within 14-days, only initial treatment.  Often times a patient goes to the ER after an accident but doesn’t follow-up with another doctor for…Read More

How Much is a Slip and Fall Case Worth in Florida?
  • By: Micah Longo, Esq.
  • Published: March 10, 2017

How much a slip and fall case is worth in Florida depends on three (3) basic things: liability, damages, and insurance coverage. Every case is different but these factors determine how much money you could get from a slip and fall case. For the purpose of this article we’ll assume there is insurance coverage. This is rarely an issue because most slip and falls occur on commercial property which carry million dollar policies. You’ll want to find out how much coverage is available by contacting the property owner and demanding they report the incident to their insurance carrier. If you hire an attorney, which I highly recommend, they will handle this for you. Liability Answering the question do I have a good slip and fall case starts with determining liability. Liability means fault. Florida property owners have a…Read More

Should I Keep a Journal After an Accident?
  • By: Micah Longo, Esq.
  • Published: March 2, 2017

Every once in awhile I get to step into the shoes of my clients. Recently I was doing some heavy lifting and I hurt my trapezius muscle. The trapezius muscle is one of the major muscles of your back and extends into your neck and shoulders. Today, I’m in excruciating pain. It hurts to even move. Forget about turning the right. I have to move my entire torso to look to my right while driving. The thing is in a few days the pain will go away. I will have little memory of the living hell I’m going through today. That is why keeping a daily journal after an accident is so important. Write Everyday After an accident I suggest that you pick up a small composition notebook. In that book you’ll document how your feeling and…Read More

Do I Have a Good Slip and Fall Case?
  • By: Micah Longo, Esq.
  • Published: February 24, 2017

After a slip and fall case it’s perfectly normal to wonder if you have a good case. What makes a good slip and fall case depends on a few key factors. Generally, it will come down to fault and injuries. Notice Rule If you slipped and fell because of liquid or some other foreign substance in Florida you’ll need to first prove “notice.” This means that the property owner knew (or should have known) that the liquid or “transient substance” was on the ground. This sometimes can be challenging. For example, if fell because a young child spilled juice on the grocery store floor just moments beforehand, you may not have a case. This is because the grocery store did not have enough notice to clean up the spill. So how do you prove the store or property owner had notice?…Read More

Should I Give Recorded Statement to Insurance Company?
  • By: Micah Longo, Esq.
  • Published: December 22, 2016

After an accident the insurance company will ask you to give a recorded statement. Should you give a recorded statement to the insurance company? The answer depends on who is asking. You are under no obligation to make a recorded statement unless your own insurance policy requires it. Almost every insurance policy has such a provision. Then, and ONLY then, should you make a recorded statement. Do Not Volunteer Information If you must give a recorded statement please remember DO NOT volunteer information. This cannot be emphasized enough! You should never volunteer statement to ANYONE if you don’t have to. Not to the police, witnesses, or insurance adjusters, unless required by law. Florida is a comparative negligence state. This means, if you are found partially at-fault, your claims can be reduced by the amount of…Read More

How Accident Lawyers in Florida Play the Claims Game
  • By: Micah Longo, Esq.
  • Published: October 5, 2016

The best accident lawyers in Florida are excellent salesmen. They’ve been to law school and have years of experience in negotiating claims.  Accident lawyers know they are selling a product. In the accident claims game the product is damages. The sale includes pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages. Since you can’t go back in time, the product used to settle claims of damages is money.  It’s easy to find the best accident attorney in Florida based on the following: Good Working Relationship The best accident lawyers in Florida spend time with their opponent. This can be an insurance adjuster or a defense attorney.  They always treat their opponent with respect and professionalism. No one likes being treated like a second-class citizen. This is especially true of insurance adjusters. Now this doesn’t mean an accident lawyer should become…Read More

Should I See a Doctor Immediately After an Accident?
  • By: Micah Longo, Esq.
  • Published: September 20, 2016

You should see a doctor immediately after an accident in Florida. This is best, but if not immediately after an accident, then as soon as possible thereafter. Any delay in treatment could have an adverse effect on your case. Immediate treatment does not mean you must go to the emergency room. You can go to an urgent care facility or your primary care physician.  I do, however, recommend that you first see a medical doctor, as opposed to a chiropractor, at least in the beginning. You will want to see a doctor immediately because if something is seriously wrong, you’ll want to know it early on. Also, insurance companies track when you first treated. If you waited too long to seek medical treatment, the insurance company will argue that you’re really not hurt. Many times people are hurt but…Read More

  • By: Micah Longo, Esq.
  • Published: August 27, 2016

Getting medical records after an accident in Florida is an essential part of handling the injury claim. Medical records provide a view of the pain and suffering endured by the patient during treatment. They are vital components in building an understanding of medical treatment and pain and suffering management. In this article I will discuss obtaining medical records after an accident, assuring completeness of the medical records and some basic information on organizing and analyzing the medical records. Obtaining Medical Records The assessment of pain and suffering sustained in any Florida personal injury case, must be done in the initial evaluation of a potential new case.  The first step in reviewing a potential client’s personal injury case is obtaining medical records. Obtaining medical records can be tricky. Sometimes even Florida injury attorneys face resistance or…Read More

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