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The effects of a traumatic brain injury

Car accident victims can be subjected to countless injuries. From minor cuts and bruises to complete paralysis, these injuries can have a significant impact on the lives of the victim and their family. One of the most serious injuries one can experience in a personal injury accident is a traumatic brain injury.

Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, typically occur as a result of a forceful blow to the head. Some brain injuries are caused when the head comes into contact with a hard surface, while others are caused by objects penetrating the skull. The severity of the injury will often determine the severity of the consequences. Mild concussions may result in temporary loss of consciousness, dizziness, headaches, nausea, and short-term memory loss.

Florida house bill calls for tougher distracted driving laws

It is no secret that distracted driving has become a major problem in our society. As a result, many Fort Lauderdale residents are injured in accidents caused by distracted drivers. These victims of distracted driving accidents may then pursue damages through a personal injury lawsuit.

Texting and driving is now one of the leading forms of distracted driving. That is why Florida representative Richard Stark is attempting to improve upon Florida's Ban on Texting While Driving Law. Stark recently filed House Bill 47, which will be evaluated during the regular session in 2017.

Purchasing property can impact the lives of Florida residents

One of the biggest purchases a person will make in life is a new property. Whether it be your first home or a new office for your latest business venture, leasing or buying property requires an in-depth knowledge of complicated real estate law as well as the process involved.

In order to lease or purchase property, a person will have to partake in a number of real estate transactions. One crucial step for leasers will be negotiating the lease and ensuring lease compliance. Purchasers will have to review the purchasing agreement and make sure that all title concerns are addressed.

What causes a truck accident?

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, accidents involving large trucks caused 111,000 injuries and over 4,000 fatalities in 2014. As you travel this holiday season, you need to be aware of the dangers that you will face as you share the roads with commercial trucks. If you are injured in a truck accident, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against those responsible.

Truck accidents in Florida are caused by a number of factors including a variety of driver errors. Some accidents are caused by drivers of passenger vehicles who do not take the truck's large size and performance limitations in to account when driving near them.

When quiet is a bad thing: NHTSA requires noise in certain cars

We all like a little peace and quiet. This is especially true during the holiday season, when it seems like every time we turn around bells are ringing and carols are singing. Although the festivities are enjoyable, a moment of quiet to catch our breath is often welcome.

But quiet isn't always a good thing. The United States Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released a safety standard that focuses specifically on making things louder which, according to the federal agency, is for our own good.

Florida couple files suit after blender accident

Every year, millions of injuries are caused by another party's negligence. Many personal injury suits in Florida stem from the negligence of a manufacturer. Under product liability law, any party within the product's chain of distribution can be held responsible for defective products that are released to consumers. These parties may include the designers, manufacturers and sellers of the product. Generally, product liability lawsuits are brought under state law, alleging negligence, breach of warranty and strict liability.

A Florida man and woman have filed a lawsuit against NutriBullet LLC and Capital Brands LLC after a blender accident caused serious injuries and property damage. Nearly two years ago, the woman was using her NutriBullet blender when it exploded. The hot liquids left her with severe burns to her face and body. The explosion also resulted in property damage to the kitchen and interior ceiling. The couple is seeking over $75,000 in damages for numerous losses, including loss of consortium and loss of affection.

Shoe companies sue claiming 'unfair competition'

Many federal and Florida laws are intended to protect consumers and companies against deceptive business practices. Business law claims often stem from unfair competition and other wrongful business actions. Unfair competition laws help prevent trademark infringement, trade defamation and false representations.

Trademark infringement is a common occurrence among businesses. Businesses acquire certain rights when they register a trademark. Violating these rights without the trademark owner's permission is illegal. A violation involving trademark infringement typically means that one party used a trademark that is the same or extremely similar to another company's registered trademark to sell products. As a result, many consumers may be tricked into buying a counterfeit product, causing the company with the authentic products to lose business and cause irreparable damage to the authentic company's reputation.

Avoid these mistakes when buying a short-sale home

A short-sale in Florida occurs when a lender permits the homeowner to sell their home for less than the amount they owe. Short-sales are typically reserved for those struggling financially who need a way to avoid foreclosure. Many people rush to buy a short-sale or foreclosure home, thinking that they are getting the deal of a lifetime. However, those in real estate law know that this is not necessarily the case. Many short-sale homes require extensive renovations, which can cost buyers an arm and a leg.

Experts suggest that Florida homebuyers protect themselves by avoiding certain mistakes. First, property buyers should be aware of any problems with the property. In some cases, homeowners who are forced to give up their homes are not happy with the situation and will damage their homes out of anger. As a result, the new buyers will be faced with a multitude of issues from termites to squatters. For this reason it is important for buyers to attend the home inspection and ask for repair estimates. Buyers should also make sure that the inspector is highly rated and that they use the time given for inspection wisely.

Should truckers be able to keep violations a secret? Court says no.

Some truckers are voicing frustration over the disclosure of various violations to potential employers. The truckers are upset that employers are receiving reports of violations like speeding tickets and other non-serious violations when considering whether or not to hire the driver.

The truckers argue that this is a violation of privacy. The government and trucking companies counter that disclosure of this information helps to better ensure safe drivers are operating these massive vehicles.

The argument has led to a lawsuit that calls into question the federal program responsible for these disclosures.

Florida-based NextEra announces two major transactions

Structuring deals is a major part of the business world and requires careful planning. Business law issues, including mergers and acquisitions, require an in-depth understanding of your company's financial health and clearly defined goals for the future. NextEra Energy, Inc., a Florida company, recently announced two corporate transactions that will greatly affect the future of the company.

NextEra is currently in the process of acquiring Oncor Electric Delivery Co., an electricity-transmission company. NextEra has been trying to own the company since 2014. A $2.4 billion deal is now in place for a NextEra affiliate to merge with Texas Transmission Holdings Corp. This deal will give NextEra Texas Transmission's 20 percent interest in Oncor. As part of this deal, NextEra will buy a 0.22 percent interest in Oncor for $27 million owned by Oncor Management Investment LLC.

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