Why You Need a Lawyer After a Florida Car Crash

Dear North Miami Car Accident Lawyer Spencer Aronfeld: I got into a car accident the other day. It was pretty serious and I was taken to the hospital. I was driving; my sister was in the passenger seat. My son was in the back seat with my niece.As a result of this accident, I had back survey and my sister had her spleen removed. We are not the suing kind of people. The lady who hit us has Allstate, and when I got home, waiting for me was a check for $50,000.00 and some papers I was asked to sign. I called the number on the letter and the Allstate lady told me that $50,000.00 was the most they could pay and I should just keep the money and sign the paper. I asked her if I needed a lawyer and she told me “no.” Why do I need a lawyer if she already sent me the check? Thanks, Hurting Mom in Miami Dear Hurting Mom: Thanks for your email. Do you need a lawyer? Yes. Because insurance companies have two desires. One is to pay you as little as possible and the other is to keep you away from an experienced and skilled Florida car crash lawyer. Insurance company adjusters are not lawyers and they are not your lawyers. They get paid by the insurance company to not pay you. That is why they are called adjusters. In your case, you may be entitled to far more money than is being offered. ARVE Error: no video ID setbr /> I reviewed the Florida Traffic Crash Report for your...

This One if for you Doc: 5 Ways Not to Get Sued for Malpractice

I am a Florida medical malpractice lawyer and yes, I sue doctors for a living. Like the saying goes “some of my best friends are….doctors.” Two of my friends have actually continued on from medical school to become incredible lawyers. For the most part, when I meet doctors, be it in line at the movies, next to me on a plane or in the court room, their skin crawls when they learn that I am a lawyer. So after twenty years of suing doctors and hospitals for making a wrong diagnosis, or botching a surgery, what can I tell them about how best to keep me or other medical malpractice lawyers from knocking on their doors? 1. Slow down and listen. It might be easier said than done, but most doctors see an inordinate number of patients, rushing from room to room, crisscrossing cities and hospitals. Not being in such a hurry could and should assist them in avoiding a lot of needless mistakes. 2. Admit you do not know something. I do not know if it’s ego, but more good doctors make bad mistakes when a problem spirals out of their areas of expertise or comfort. I see this mistake particularly in post-op infection and wound-care cases. Someone may be a great surgeon, but maylack the skills to treat a complex infection. Call in a consult. 3. Get Technical. Utilize the latest technology in scheduling, scanning and follow ups. I am amazed how many doctors I sue who have no records of how many patients they see on a given day, how many surgeries they performed or how...

“Strax Strikes Back” by Suing NBC News for Libel in Plastic Surgery Death Case

The expression “shooting the messenger” took on new meaning when Strax Rejuvenation the high volume South Florida plastic surgery center we are suing on behalf of a number of patients and their families claiming to be victims of plastic surgery malpractice; filed its own lawsuit against NBC News and its famed reporter Williard Sheppard for libel. Read the lawsuit here: WTVJ – Complaint in re. Strax litigation (00018684).pdf Our Broward plastic and cosmetic surgery lawyers represent victims of botched procedures. One our our goals is to communicate the potential risks of plastic surgery while educating and empowering consumers to make informed decisions about the doctors and facilities they entrust their lives to. As a Florida hospital patent’s rights advocate I hope that this law suit does not deter the media from reporting cases like Lidvian...

1 out of 3 U.S. Hospital Patients: Victim of Medical Mistakes

As a Florida hospital mistake lawyer, I was not surprised when a recent study revealed that one in three people in the United States will encounter some kind of medical mistake during hospitalization. A new and more accurate tool for measuring hospital errors revealed 10 times more mistakes that the older methods. ARVE Error: no video ID set “Without doubt, we’ve seen improvements in health care over the past decade, and even pockets of excellence, but overall progress has been agonizingly slow,” said Susan Dentzer, editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, which published the study. The most common hospital mishaps are food illnesses, bedsores, postoperative infections and persistent back pain following back surgery. Our Miami medical malpractice law firm recommends that these three types of errors receive top priority for immediate intervention and...

HOW TO START YOUR OWN LAW FIRM

On April 6, 2011 Miami personal injury lawyer Spencer Aronfeld will be speaking at the University of Miami School of Law.. The topic will be: how to make your own law firm upon graduation from law school and lunch will be served. The event is open to the public as well as students from both undergraduate and law school. He will be reading portions of the book and signing copies from noon to 1:30 pm. Attorney Bruce Shemrock the book’s editor will also be in attendance. Aronfeld, a 1991 cum laude graduate wrote “Make It Your Own Law Firm” a how-to-guide for law students and graduates starting their own practices. Aronfeld has been teaching law students around the country for nearly twenty years regarding flying solo so that no lawyer will have ever take a job for the wrong reasons or find no job at all. Spencer Aronfeld started his own law firm in 1991 upon graduation from University of Miami and has a nationally recognized Florida plaintiff’s personal injury and medical negligence practice in Coral Gables,...

ELECTIVE PROCEDURES SHOULD REQUIRE INDEPENDENT MEDICAL EVALUATIONS

As a South Florida medical mistake lawyer, I strongly advise any patient considering an elective procedure to undergo a thorough evaluation by a physician not involved in the potential surgery. Since financial gains may motivate some doctors to proceed when the risks of a procedure outweigh any potential benefit there is an inherent conflict of interest when surgeons and anesthesiologists are compensated only if a procedure occurs. Many elective procedures are performed in outpatient or ambulatory surgical centers, outside the safety and restrictions of hospitals. If you are considering an elective procedure, discuss the surgery, the type of anesthesia, and the risks and benefits with your own doctor or a Board Certified Internist. The American Society of Anesthesiologist has adopted a five category physical status classification system to assess the fitness of a patient before surgery. Unless the surgery is an emergency, our Miami patient rights lawyers suggest that if there are any contra-indications or if the risks out weigh the potential benefits, or if you are a smoker, simply cancel the procedure until such time as your health...
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