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Filing For Workers Comp vs. Filing A Personal Injury Lawsuit

It’s never good when a worker gets injured on the job. The injured party may end up with medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, and many other financial blows in the wake of an already devastating event. Many employers offer compensation for workers injured on the job, regardless of fault. Workers’ compensation, however, doesn’t cover all of the financial setbacks that come with an on-the-job injury. If you are partially at fault for your injury, workers’ compensation may be the best option for you, but if you can prove that another person or persons were responsible for your injury, a personal injury lawsuit is your best option. 

One big difference between workers’ compensation and a personal injury lawsuit is that workers’ compensation only covers economic costs such as pain and suffering. A personal injury case can get compensation for medical bills, lost wages, rehab costs, and other bills, meaning you’ll be much more financially secure than if you chose workers’ compensation alone. With a top-notch legal team like the one at BJE Law, P.A., you’ll be well taken care of for the duration of your lawsuit and recovery period. Call us today for more information regarding your case.

There are many situations that can lead to an injury on the job, but some should receive greater financial compensation than others. Some instances that may lead to a bigger payout include if the injury was due to a defective product, the employer’s (not the employee’s) conduct was obviously going to cause injury or death, your injury involves harmful chemicals or substances, or if the injury was caused by the negligence of a third party. In any of these cases, a personal injury lawsuit can be filed, and you can be compensated for your injury. 

An extremely common workplace injury is slip and fall. While most employers would offer workers compensation in the event of a slip and fall injury, the employer can be held liable if the injury was due to their own negligence. Employers are responsible for providing their employees with a safe working environment, and when they fail to do so, legal action can be a good way to receive compensation. 

Don’t let a negligent employer get away with their negligence. Call BJE Law, P.A. today and we can help hold your employer accountable. 

Can Dash Cam Footage Help My Auto Accident Case?

When it comes to any lawsuit, the party with the most evidence to support their claim has the power. Any evidence showing who was at fault can be helpful in a lawsuit. However, many drivers are uncertain as to whether you can use certain types of evidence in a personal injury lawsuit. BJE Law is here to answer your questions about dashcam footage and its utility in auto accident cases.

Video evidence can be used heavily in favor of either party in an auto accident case, since they generally show what happened before, during, and after an accident. This information can often prove very useful in an auto accident case. Video evidence is much stronger than eyewitness testimony, and could be the difference between a dismissal and a big payout in court.

However, if the primary events of the accident can’t be seen due to the placement of the camera or low-quality footage, the footage is useless. In Florida, your dashcam isn’t legally allowed to record audio either, meaning it may provide less evidence in some cases. 

If you’re really concerned about your security in the event of an accident, there are several things you can do. Mounting more than one dash cam will lower the likelihood of the accident taking place outside the view of a camera. While this is a much larger investment, those that spend a lot of time on the road may benefit from it. Investing in a high-quality camera can also improve the chances of the accident being captured in detail. For those that can afford the extra money spent, dash cams may be very beneficial in the event of an auto accident. 

The best thing you can do in the event of an auto accident is to take note of what was happening before, during, and after the accident, Get all necessary information from the other drivers involved, give all information to the authorities, and contact BJE Law P.A. as soon as possible. Our team of highly qualified legal professionals can work with you to get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today, and let us help you get the compensation you are owed.

Five Most Common Causes of Auto Accidents

Auto accidents happen to many people every day. With the number of vehicles on Tampa’s roads increasing, car accidents are becoming more likely. There are many potential causes of auto accidents, but some causes are more common than others. 

The five most common causes of auto accidents are distracted driving, speeding, drunk driving, water on the road, and not stopping at red lights or stop signs. Preventing auto accidents is very simple in theory, but complicated in practice. Here at BJE Law, P.A., we believe that awareness can prevent many accidents from happening.

Distracted driving includes driving while also performing activities that take your eyes, hands, and/or attention away from the road. Cell phone use while driving is the most common form of distracted driving. Other forms include driving while eating, checking a child’s seat belt in the rearview mirror, changing radio stations, driving while fatigued or extremely emotional, and any other action that takes the drivers to focus off of the road. 

Speeding is often coupled with distracted driving leading to catastrophic results. Speeding, however, is extremely dangerous by itself. When a driver is driving marginally faster than other traffic, it can cause accidents when traffic in front of the speeder has to stop, or other drivers change lanes without seeing the speeder coming. Driving within the speed limit is one of the best ways to prevent auto accidents.

Drunk driving causes a staggering number of fatalities every day in the United States. Alcohol can impair reaction time and motor skills causing terrible accidents. Drunk drivers are putting themselves and everyone on the road at incredible risk, so driving sober is another excellent way to prevent auto accidents. 

Rain and snow can make driving very difficult as well. Water collected on the road can reduce friction between your tires and the road, causing you to hydroplane. Hydroplaning takes most if not all control of the vehicle away from the driver and can be very dangerous. Ice and snow reduce friction even more and can be more dangerous than just water. 

Ice on the road can cause people to not be able to stop at red lights or stop signs as well. However, many people decide not to stop at stop signs anyway, or come to a “rolling stop” without fully ensuring their safety at the intersection. Not stopping can lead to driver side collisions, which are often the most dangerous. Stopping at stop signs and red lights reduces your risk of being in an accident drastically.

If you do find yourself the victim of a car accident, you’re going to need high-quality legal representation. Call BJE Law, P.A. today, and find out more about your case. With a highly qualified team of attorneys, we have the resources you need to get the compensation you deserve. Call us today!  

What To Do If You Were The Victim Of A Drunk Driver

Drunk driving is a very huge problem facing the United States today. 30 people die every day in the United States due to drunk drivers, and in 2014, 20% of deaths amongst children aging from 0-14 were due to drunk driving. With this many people dealing with drunk driving incidents, one would think the law would have the victim in mind, but sadly, this isn’t always true. 

If you find yourself the victim of a drunk driving incident, you’re going to need top-notch legal representation. Look no further than BJE Law, P.A. We have a team of highly qualified and experienced attorneys that can help guide you through the legal process and get the justice you deserve. 

Any auto accident can be rather traumatic, but there are steps you should always take when you find yourself the victim of an accident. Remain calm, and get your vehicle to a safe location if possible. Your first priority in the event of a crash is your safety and the safety of those around you. Once your vehicle is in a safe location, call 911. If you aren’t hurt too badly, exit the vehicle and note the details of the crash such as how many vehicles were involved, weather conditions, visibility, and any details that may help determine who is at fault. If the other driver is intoxicated, use your best judgment and keep yourself safe. Drunk drivers can be very confrontational following a crash and may threaten your safety and the safety of those around you. One the police arrive, let them handle the talking and exchange of legal information. Once you’re home and safe, call BJE Law, P.A., and we can work through your case and get the compensation you deserve. 

Victims of drunk drivers can often suffer serious physical and emotional trauma, severely impacting their ability to work and maintain a social life. BJE Law, P.A. will make sure you’re adequately compensated for all lost wages, medical bills, therapy, and any other expenses that come up due to your accident. Don’t let a careless drunk driver walk away without paying. You deserve to be compensated for your physical and emotional trauma, and BJE Law P.A. can you that compensation. Call us today for more information regarding Florida law surrounding drunk driving.

Florida Accident Facts

Let’s be honest, accidents happen. That is why Tampa car accident attorney Brian Esposito urges you to be safe when you hit the road. Every time you get behind the wheel, you are at risk of being involved in a Florida car accident. The State of Florida tracks all traffic accidents as reported by local law enforcement agencies and state agencies. The traffic data is used to prepare annual reports that are made available to the public. According to the latest reports in Florida, here is a summary of some interesting Florida car accident and Hillsborough County car accident statistics:

FLORIDA 2009

Traffic Crashes
There were 235,778 traffic accidents; the reports show that it was approximately 646 crashes per day.

Fatalities and Fatal Crashes
There were approximately 2,563 fatalities in 2,372 fatal accidents.

Injuries in Auto Crashes
There were 197,214 injuries in 125,675 injury crashes.

Alcohol Related Crashes
Alcohol related car accidents are completely unnecessary and very costly in injuries, damages to vehicles, lost driving privileges and most importantly lost lives. In 2009 in Florida, 20,085 alcohol related traffic accidents occurred resulting in 1,004 deaths and 14,130 injuries.

Pedestrians Involved in Car Accidents
Hitting someone with a car is a nightmare but it happens thousands of times a year in Florida. Drivers can help avoid these accidents by slowing down in residential neighborhoods, looking twice as they approach intersections, and always remembering that the pedestrian always has the right of way. If you are on foot always use the crosswalk and don’t pop out in the road from behind things where approaching drivers cannot see you. Following are statistics of Pedestrians involved in car accidents.

Bicycle Related Crashes in Florida
There were 118 bicyclists killed in 4,775 bicycle crashes.

Motorcycle Crashes in Florida
Motorcycles are big part of life in Florida with our excellent year round weather, Bike Week, and Biketoberfest. Drivers should always look for motorcycles before you pull out, change lanes, and enter the highway. I couldn’t find 2009 statistics, but in 2008, 502 motorcyclists were killed, and 8,519 were injured in 9,618 crashes.

Source of Data: The data used to generate this summary came from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and the Florida DMV website.

 

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA

In 2010, there were 17,480 traffic accidents in Hillsborough County, Florida. Tampa accounts for the majority of the car accidents in Hillsborough County recording 6,788 accidents in 2009. Tampa was number 3 in Florida for total number of car accidents in a city in 2009, which was behind Jacksonville and Miami.

Source of Data is the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
Florida Department of Motor Vehicles website.