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SERVING INJURED VICTIMS IN FLORIDA KEYS AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES

If you have been injured in an accident, you are not alone. You may be out of work, experiencing accident-related anxiety, or facing costly car or medical bills.

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Motor Vehicle Accidents

Auto Accidents

After an auto accident, not only can you and your family suffer serious injuries, but your vehicle also may need expensive repairs. These factors can lead to lost wages, medical bills, and sleepless nights worrying about how you are going to pay for it all.

At John Bales Attorneys, we can help alleviate some of this suffering so you can concentrate on getting better. Our auto accident lawyers have helped countless innocent victims of car accidents move forward with their lives, and we will do everything we can to help you, too.

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Defective Products

Consumer Alerts

When defective medical devices or pharmaceutical drugs cause harm to large groups of people, the Florida Keys injury lawyers at John Bales Attorneys pursue legal claims—or mass torts—to help victims get compensation for their suffering.

Or perhaps, your doctor prescribed a drug and you expected it to help you get better. But some prescription drugs use contaminated ingredients or have inadequate warning labels about the side effects and health conditions they may cause. When drug manufacturers use contaminated ingredients or don not warn patients about the dangers of their drugs, they can be held liable for patients’ medical bills and lost wages.

We want to alert people like you about these potentially harmful drugs and defective products through consumer alerts. We believe that consumer alerts give power back to the people instead of the corporations that make unsafe products.

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Malpractice

Medical Malpractice

Healthcare providers are expected to provide a certain level of care to their patients. When careless behavior fails to meet a standard of care and causes you harm, John Bales Attorneys may be able to help get you the compensation you are owed for your injuries.

If you are the victim of medical negligence, our medical malpractice lawyers are here for you. We will take the time to get to know you and understand the nature of your claim while fighting to protect your rights.

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Unpaid Wages

Employment Disputes

Have you been working more than 40 hours a week, but not getting paid for overtime? Or perhaps, you did not get get paid for all the hours you worked. This could happen because you have been asked to work off-the-clock or your time sheet has been altered. These sort of things happen all the time. Our Employment Attorneys have helped clients get the money they missed out on and more. Don’t wait and contact us now to see if you have a case.

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Personal Injury

Award Winning Attorneys

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We Want To Help

At John Bales Attorneys, we understand the impact an accident or injury of any kind can have on your life, today and into the future. Our attorneys focus solely on personal injury law, and employ their combined 100 years of experience to obtain favorable outcomes and resolution for our Florida Keys clients.

Don’t let this single event overwhelm your life. We can help—whether you’ve been involved in an auto accident; injured as a result of medical malpractice or through the negligence of an animal or property owner; or experiencing additional hardship as a result of lost wages, denied benefits, or rejected insurance claims. Don’t settle for less by battling the insurance companies on your own.

Count on our legal team to fight for you. Let us focus on getting you the money you need … so you can focus on getting better.

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What John Bales Attorneys Can Do For You

Whether you are dealing with a car accident, medical malpractice claim, or wage and hour dispute, getting compensation for your claim can be difficult or even impossible without a skilled Florida Keys personal injury lawyer at your side.

Our commitment to providing high-quality legal service means we will go the extra mile to:

  • Answer any questions or concerns you have about the legal process
  • Give your case the attention it needs
  • Keep you informed of the progress we are making on your case
  • Take the time to connect with you and your family on a personal level

When you get John Bales Attorneys, you will get an experienced law firm that knows how to get results for clients like you. Do not wait another day to take action on your claim—call us today.

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Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor Vehicle Accidents

At John Bales Attorneys, we understand that a motor vehicle accident can irreparably alter your life.

Your immediate concerns may have been on your physical well-being or the condition of your car; and you may not have considered what happens after the accident … You may experience a significant amount of stress as a result of costly car repairs, medical bills, or the frustration of dealing with your insurance carrier. If you sustained injuries in the crash, you may also find yourself unable to work. This situation can quickly overwhelm your life.

You are not alone. Contact John Bales Attorneys now for a free consultation. With John Bales Attorneys, you can expect: Care. Quality. Respect.

Our auto accident attorneys have handled motor vehicle accident cases of all kinds; and are prepared to meet the challenges presented by your unique case with knowledge and experience. Contact us if you’ve been involved in any of these common types of accidents:

We have helped many innocent, injured victims get their lives back—and we’re ready to fight for you. As your advocate, we will take time to listen and understand the circumstances of your accident, the extent of your injuries, and how your life has been impacted by this event.

Then, as you rebuild your life, you can feel confident that you are never alone in the process. We are dedicated to keeping you informed of your case’s progress, and will do our best to answer any questions you may have along the way.

Whether you were injured while driving, riding a bike, or walking, our dedicated personal injury lawyers know the complex Florida motor vehicle accident claim laws; and will work to get you the compensation you deserve.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, don’t wait. Contact us now so we can start working to get you the money you deserve.

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What Can You Expect with John Bales Attorneys?

Care. Quality. Respect.

At John Bales Attorneys, our auto accident attorneys do more we do more than simply review your auto accident case.

At John Bales Attorneys, our approach to helping our many Florida Keys auto accident clients comes down to three simple words: care, quality, and respect. Your car accident injuries can have a huge impact on your life, so we do more than simply review your case; we make you a priority. We do this by taking the time to listen and understand the circumstances of your accident, the extent of your injuries, and how this single event has impacted your life and your livelihood.

And because no two car accidents are the same, our approach to your case—including our planning, investigation, and various strategies—is always as unique as you are. Still, our specialized car accident lawayers have handled every kind of car accidents case imaginable, so there are no case challenges that we won’t be able to resolve in your favor.

Auto Accidents

Auto Accident Resources

Learn More About Your Auto Accident With These Resources

After an auto accident, you have many questions: How did this happen? How could it have been avoided? And what do I do now? At John Bales Attorneys, our auto accident lawyers know this is an uncertain time for you and your family, but the following resources may give you insight into the accident and guide you toward recovery:

  • Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV)
    • Find local office locations, request an auto accident or crash report, and renew your driver license using the DHSMV website.
  • DHSMV: Statistics, Studies, and Publications
    • Download 2003 – 2011 crash data compiled by the state of Florida, reports on distracted driving, and reports on which drivers are most vulnerable on the road.
  • DHSMV: Vehicle Insurance Questions and Answers
    • Read answers to common questions about Florida auto insurance, including the minimum levels of coverage you need to stay legal on the road.
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
    • Learn about the dangers of distracted and impaired driving, get facts on vehicle safety initiatives, and download new research about the automobile industry from the NHTSA.
  • Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
    • Find out safety information about your family’s vehicles, including crash test ratings and rollover test results from the IIHS.
  • Crash Survivors Network
    • Learn ways to cope with grief and loss after an auto accident, including coping skills for children, adults, and your entire family.

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Auto Insurance FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Automotive Insurance

Like so many things in our fast paced world, the ins and outs of insurance coverage can be a very convoluted and intricate subject. At John Bales Attorneys, we’d like to help answer ten of the most fundamental questions most people have regarding automotive insurance.

Q: What does auto insurance cover?

A: Automotive insurance covers you, your vehicle, and others involved in a collision.

Q: Are there different types of insurance coverage?

A: Yes, there are different types of insurance coverage. Some of these types include: Bodily Liability, Property Damage Liability, Comprehensive, Collision, and Uninsured and Underinsured.

Q: Is auto insurance mandatory?

A: Yes, automotive insurance is mandatory in every state.

Q: What happens if I don’t have auto insurance?

A: If you get in an accident and you’re uninsured, you could be sued, lose your life’s savings, and go to jail.

Q: How long does it take to file a claim?

A: Filing a claim with your insurance agent takes very little time.

Q: When should I file?

A: Whenever there has been significant damage to your vehicle or any other vehicle involved in a collision, the accident must be reported.

Q: What happens with a property damage claim?

A: It can be difficult to get a clear picture of what is going to happen to your car after it is damaged in a collision.

Q: When can an auto insurance company deny your claims?

A: They can deny your claims if they have proven beyond a reasonable doubt that you were driving recklessly or lied about accident damages.

Q: What happens when my car is totaled?

A: When your wrecked car is beyond repair, the insurance company will consider it a total loss. They will then pay you for the vehicle’s estimated value. However, the estimated value may be less than the loan amount for a new car, meaning you will have to pay the difference.

Q: What if my insurance company offers me a settlement?

A: Never forget that insurance companies are in business to make a profit. This means that it is in their best interest to get you to accept quick settlements that are often insufficient to pay for all your damages. It is wise to take your time in considering an insurance company’s offer, especially if it is offered quickly. This is where the right attorney can be very helpful.

Although your auto insurance company may not always be helpful after an auto accident, Florida law requires that you carry insurance for any four-wheeled vehicle that you own and operate. If you are involved in a car wreck where someone is injured and you do not have insurance, you can face stiff penalties—including the loss of your license and even jail time.

Florida insurance laws are complex. The level of coverage you need depends on many different circumstances, and sometimes you may not realize your coverage is lacking until after the accident. At John Bales Attorneys, auto accident lawyers are familiar with car insurance laws in the state, and we can help you after your accident—just dial (800) 225-5564 or fill out a free initial consultation form.

Types of Auto Insurance

When you purchase auto insurance in Florida, there are many factors to consider and several types of insurance available, including:

  • Personal Injury Protection (PIP) — or Florida No-Fault Insurance—covers your damages regardless of who is at fault for the accident. You must carry a minimum of $10,000 of PIP coverage.
  • Bodily Injury Liability (BIL) — covers the costs related to the permanent injuries or deaths of others if you are involved in an auto accident. This coverage also provides compensation in the event that you are sued for the accident.
  • Property Damage Liability (PDL) — PDL coverage pays for any damage that occurs to other parties’ vehicles in the accident.
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM) Insurance — UM and UIM insurance covers damages if the person who caused your accident does not carry his or her own insurance policy.

Types of Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims

Many passengers and drivers do not fully comprehend the many instances where uninsured and underinsured motorist claims can arise. This is why it is important to contact an auto accident attorney to fully understand your rights as a motorists.

Uninsured motorist coverage can apply to a variety of situations including but not limited to the following:

  • Possible if you are a pedestrian that is struck by a car with a driver who lacks the appropriate amount of coverage;
  • Can also apply in hit-and-run accidents if there is direct contact between your vehicle and another vehicle;
  • If your vehicle is struck by a driver who does not have enough insurance;
  • If you are riding a bicycle and are hit by a car with a driver who does not have the appropriate amount of insurance coverage;
  • If you are a passenger in another car that is hit by a driver who lacks sufficient insurance.
  • In many cases, a combination of uninsured/underinsured policies may apply to your auto accident case and offer opportunities to help pay your medical bills and pain and suffering.

It’s important that you start a claim soon after your accident as there are time limitations on how long you have to file a claim. If you wish to discuss your accident with a car accident lawyer in Florida Keys contact John Bales Attorneys now. If we handle your case, we only get paid if you do.

Call the auto accidents attorneys at John Bales Attorneys now for a FREE consultation at (800) 225-5564, or fill out our online form.

Insurance May Cover You, Even With An Uninsured Driver

If you were hit by a driver without insurance in an at-fault state, you may think you are out of luck — unable to collect any settlement at all. But before you give up, you should always call an experienced personal injury lawyer. The experienced personal injury lawyer is sure to look at all possibilities for insurance coverage, including insurance covering the driver, the vehicle’s owner, and any user given permission to use the vehicle, as well as a client’s own insurance coverage, before giving up.

In one case, a law firm was able to help a distraught woman who was hit by an uninsured driver in an at-fault state. This driver was clearly at fault for the accident. In fact, he said at the scene that he knew he was at fault, but had no insurance to pay for the damage. The client had purchased collision coverage only, thinking she was doing the smart thing by saving money. Because neither driver had any insurance that applied to the crash, this woman thought she was out of luck. Still, she called a law firm, which agreed to take her case.

After investigating the facts, the law firm discovered that the at-fault driver was driving his girlfriend’s mother’s vehicle — with the permission of his girlfriend, to run an errand. Also, as it turned out, the mother and daughter had an agreement that the daughter could borrow her mother’s car as needed from time to time. That meant the at-fault driver was a “permissive user” could borrow her mother’s car as needed from time to time. That meant the at-fault driver was a “permissive user” under the policy — someone who has permission to drive the car — which meant that he covered by the mother’s liability insurance. In most states, liability coverage will cover permissive users of an insured automobile. This was true even though the driver of both vehicles involved in the accident were personally uninsured.

This scenario is actually quite common. Although laws in almost every state require all drivers to have liability insurance, many violate the law. An experienced personal injury lawyer may be able to help by searching thoroughly for an applicable insurance policy covering any party involved in the accident.

Do I Need Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage?

As auto accident lawyers, we know that insurance companies do not always play by the rules—and they may deny you money when you need it the most. It is our goal to level the playing field and fight for your rights to compensation. To get the experienced legal team at John Bales Attorneys on your side, contact us today.

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If you’re in an accident, there’s always a possibility that the other person involved doesn’t have insurance. In fact, in the state of Florida drivers are not required to have UM or UIM coverage. UM or UIM coverage is the best way a driver can be prepared to handle the financial burden of an accident. In the event the other driver either has no insurance or not enough, UM or UIM coverage can help. An accident can result is astronomical medical bills, pain & suffering, time away from work, and diminished earning capacity. If you combine all of that with the fact that almost 25% of drivers in Florida do not have car insurance, the cost of adding both UM and UIM coverage is miniscule compared to the costs that often accompany an auto accident.

The Florida state legislature enacted a policy requiring the insurance company to make you sign a separate document if you refuse UM or UIM coverage. Your insurance carrier is also required to offer you uninsured motorist coverage. If you elect to reject UM or UIM coverage the insurance broker will often avoid explaining the importance of the coverage. Because UM or UIM insurance tend to favor the insured person, it exposes the insurance company to a much greater risk.

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Bicycle Accident & Injury

Bicycle Accident & Injury

IN FLORIDA ALONE, AN AVERAGE OF 5,000 BICYCLISTS ARE INJURED EACH YEAR—AND ANOTHER 100 KILLED—WHEN MOTORISTS FAIL TO SAFELY SHARE THE ROAD. [Source: A Safer Florida: Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, “Traffic Crash Facts Annual Report 2012,” October 2012.] If you’ve been hurt in a bicycle accident, you may be facing any number of challenges, including pain and suffering, lost wages, and costly medical bills as a result of your injuries.

At John Bales Attorneys, we understand just how devastating a bicycle accident can be. Contact us now for a free consultation. Our bicycle accident attorney will work to build the strongest claim possible to help you get the compensation you are owed…and to help you get your life back.

Common Causes of Bicycle Accidents

We recognize that even a highly experienced bicyclist can be involved in a serious crash. In addition to unpredictable traffic conditions, cyclists face a number of dangers on the road, including:

  • Failure to Yield When Entering the Roadway: It’s the law: Motorists must yield to oncoming traffic—including bicyclists—when exiting a driveway, alley, or parking lot.
  • Passing Without Maintaining a Safe Distance: Florida law requires that motorists leave a distance of at least three feet when passing cyclists.
  • Right Turn Collisions: Motorists must signal before turning. Collisions often occur when motorists fail to signal before turning, or make sudden turns across cyclists’ lanes of travel—even in the presence of a bicycle lane.
  • Road Hazards: Potholes, broken pavement, or construction debris all pose a serious danger to bicyclists. These, and other dangerous road conditions, oftentimes cause a cyclist to lose control of his or her bicycle. The party or parties responsible for the maintenance of an area where an accident occurred may be held legally responsible for damages.

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, through no fault of your own, you may be entitled compensation. Our experienced bicycle accident lawyers will review the details of your claim and will work to protect your legal rights and obtain the outcome you deserve.

Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle Accident

Injured in a Motorcycle Accident? John Bales Accident Attorneys Can Help.

With its year-round sunshine and warm weather, there are few places better suited for motorcyclists than Central Florida. But no matter where you ride, there are risks every time you head out on the open road. Even minor accidents may lead to serious injuries causing permanent pain, disability, and life-threatening complications.

If you have a motorcycle accident, you may be out of work for a long time and struggling to pay for your medical treatment. At John Bales Attorneys, our motorcycle accident lawyers will do everything we can to help you get the resolution you deserve. Just dial (800) 225-5564 or fill out a free initial consultation form.

How Our Accident Lawyers Can Help Claim Damages

In the hours and days after your motorcycle accident, you may be confused and unsure of what to do next. Call John Bales Attorneys—our motorcycle accident lawyers will begin building your case immediately. When you call us, you can count on our legal team to:

  • Handle the Paperwork: Filing a legal claim after an accident involves a lot of paperwork—but when you call us, we will help take care of all the forms so you can concentrate on getting better.
  • Secure Evidence: We will investigate the crash scene and gather evidence related to the accident. In the process, our attorneys will do our best to determine who or what—including defective road designs or street signs—caused your accident.
  • Negotiate with the Insurance Company: Our legal team will fight to make sure the insurance company respects your rights and gives you the compensation you need to move on with your life.

Not only will our law firm do our best to get you compensation, but we also will stand by your side every step of the way—even if your case goes to trial. Do not try to handle your case on your own. Get experienced and professional legal help from John Bales Attorneys.

Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian Accidents

Injured in a Pedestrian Accident? Pedestrian Accident Lawyers at John Bales Can Help.

A chilling statistic:

Florida reported more pedestrian fatalities than most other U.S. states in 2012. [Source: U.S. Department of Transportation / National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “Traffic Safety Facts: 2012 Data,” April 2014.] Even when a fatality does not occur, a pedestrian accident can be devastating. If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, you may have physical injuries ranging from sprains and fractures to multi-organ trauma or even serious brain injury . You may also face prolonged emotional distress as a result of this traumatic experience. Both physical and emotional injuries can lead to lost wages, medical bills, or insurance claim disputes.

If you are a victim of a pedestrian accident in Florida, or have lost a loved one as a result of a pedestrian accident, get the resolution you deserve. Contact John Bales Attorneys now for a free consultation.

The pedestrian accident lawyers at John Bales Attorneys are experienced advocates for the rights of pedestrian accident victims in Florida Keys and the surrounding area.

We understand the many complex pedestrian traffic laws, and have the experience necessary to help determine who holds the legal responsibility in a pedestrian accident.

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

If you have been injured by a motor vehicle, a John Bales Attorneys pedestrian accident lawyer can help you understand your legal options.

Several common factors contribute to pedestrian accidents, including:

  • Failure to Yield at an Intersection or Crosswalk: As a pedestrian, you have the right of way at intersections, driveways, and legal crosswalks. Drivers who do not exercise care at these locations run the risk of endangering or injuring pedestrians.
  • Reversing into a Pedestrian: Parking lot pedestrian injuries are not uncommon. These accident often occur when a driver backs out of a parking space and is distracted, doesn’t check for pedestrians while reversing, or simply doesn’t see a pedestrian while backing up.
  • Passing a Vehicle Stopped at a Crosswalk: Some accidents occur when many pedestrians would least expect it—while crossing a legal crosswalk in front of a stopped vehicle. These accidents occur as a result of drivers approaching from behind the stopped vehicle who may not see the pedestrians crossing the street.

Florida Keys Truck Accident & Injury Lawyer

Truck Accident & Injury

The trucking companies that send out the big trucks to deliver goods across the nation’s highways and interstates are extremely vital to our economy. It would be very difficult, not to mention inconvenient, if the trucking industry did not make deliveries to stores and restaurants so we could purchase the things that are necessary to maintain or enhance our quality of life. These trucks—many weighing in excess of 5 tons, especially when fully loaded —share the same roads traveled by all drivers, including motorcycles and other motor vehicles; but are much heavier and more difficult to maneuver than automobiles and motorcycles. Unfortunately, truck accidents happen all too frequently, leaving accident victims to pick up the pieces of their lives and carry on in the best way that they can. A car accident involving an 18 wheeler can be very serious, and even deadly, and truck accident lawyers are necessary to help victims navigate the pitfalls of a personal injury lawsuit. In fact, more than 100,000 people are injured (and close to 4,000 killed) in truck collisions each year. [Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Traffic Safety Facts, 2012 Data: Large Trucks,” DOT HS 811 868, http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811868.pdf, revised May 2014. Accessed November 2014.]

If you have been injured in a trucking accident, you may be owed monetary compensation for your injuries, car or truck repairs, and pain and suffering. However, because several parties share responsibility for a single truck—such as the driver, the trucking company, the truck manufacturers, and the truck owners—determining who is to blame after trucking accidents can be very difficult and a little confusing so it’s best to consult with a Florida Keys truck accident lawyer right away.

We are here to help you—contact John Bales Attorneys today for a free consultation. Our experienced truck accident lawyer can help you get the resolution you deserve for your personal injury, pain and suffering, and property damage. You will have a free case and you will not be required to pay anything unless we win.

John Bales Truck Lawyers—Your Legal Resource for Truck Accidents

A truck collision and tractor-trailer accidents occur for many reasons, including but not limited to the following:

  • Hazardous road conditions
  • Mechanical failure
  • Faulty truck maintenance
  • Truck driver negligence/Driver error
  • Driver fatigue
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Speeding or aggressive driving

[Source: Legalinfo.com, “Common Causes of Truck Accidents,” http://www.legalinfo.com/content/truck-accidents/common-causes-of-truck-accidents.html, accessed November 2014.]

Many accidents with big rigs occur due to error, negligence, or just sheer exhaustion on the part of the truck drivers; however, that is not always the case. These accidents could happen due to mechanical failure in the truck, which means that the product manufacturer for the part that failed needs to be added to your injury claim. If your loved one has been in a Florida Keys truck accident that is due solely to improper truck maintenance, then the motor carrier, rather than the truck driver, is definitely at fault. There are state and federal trucking regulations, put in place to ensure federal motor carrier safety, that each truck company must follow. When Florida law or United States federal regulations have not been adhered to by a federal motor carrier, as outlined by the Motor Carrier Safety Administration, then that entity needs to be held accountable if an accident occurs. Our experienced Florida Keys truck accident firm will help determine the cause of the accident and ensure that the proper parties are added to the lawsuit filed by injury victims.

Much like airplanes, semi trucks carry a black box which records information while the truck is in use. Information from this recording device is used to help determine what happened in trucking accident cases. No matter what the cause, a Florida Keys truck accident can be devastating for the truck accident victims, as well as the truck driver. When you need a personal injury lawyer or a truck accident attorney, John Bales Attorneys want to develop a close attorney client relationship with you, guide you through the entire process of your injury claim, and help you achieve the accident resolution which you are seeking.

TRUCK ACCIDENT HELP

As an injured victim of or family member or loved one, injured or killed in a commercial truck accident, you can count on the knowledgeable truck accident lawyer of John Bales Attorneys.

We know that it can be critical file personal injury and death claims as as possible after the tractor-trailer accident happens. Insurance companies often begin building a case immediately following a truck accident…their accident case is often not in your favor. Because of this, your claim—and any payment from the insurance company for injury, death, medical costs and property damages—could be denied. The longer you wait to file your claim, the more difficult it may be to get the compensation you need for lost wages and costly car repairs and medical expenses due to truck accidents. Many times, there are insurance disputes when a serious truck wreck occurs involving passenger vehicles. When that happens, you definitely will need the assistance of an excellent Florida Keys truck accident attorney to guide you through your Florida Keys truck accidents lawsuit so you can get the jury verdicts that you need in order to receive compensation from the trucking company and any other entity who may be deemed to be at fault..

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to obtain the resolution you are owed for your truck accident case—our Florida Keys truck accident lawyers at John Bales Attorneys can help protect your right to compensation. Our trucking accident lawyers will give you a free case evaluation and let you know how much you may be able to expect in your settlement negotiations for your accident cases, based on the results of previous successful accident claims, so call us right away!—John Bales Attorneys to help you with your accident case.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Types of Injuries after an Auto Accident

Did You Suffer Serious Injuries in an Auto Accident? Call John Bales Attorneys.

Whether it is a high-speed interstate collision or a fender bender in stop and go traffic, all auto accidents can result in injuries for both drivers and passengers. While some car crash victims may walk away from accidents with just minor scrapes and bruises, others may suffer serious injuries that are life changing and require immediate medical attention.

No matter what type of injury you suffered in your auto accident, the legal team at John Bales Attorneys has the resources and the experience to help you. Our auto accident lawyers know the difficulties you are facing, and we will do everything we can to help you get your life back. Contact us at (800) 225-5564 or fill out a free initial consultation form.

Common Types of Injuries

The speed, weight, and momentum in auto accidents can cause a wide variety of injuries affecting almost every part of the body. The most common types of auto accident injuries include:

  • Back and Neck Injuries – The back and neck are vulnerable to injury during an auto accident, which can lead to bulging or herniated discs, pulled muscles and ligaments, and whiplash.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries – Rollover accidents, head-on collisions, and other types of car, motorcycle, pedestrian, and truck accidents often can cause spinal cord injuries in auto accident victims. Some victims may experience partial or complete paralysis as a result of these injuries.
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) – While safety features such as seat-belts and airbags can help reduce the risk of traumatic brain injuries, the outcome is still far too common. When the extreme force of a car accident impacts the brain, one can be left with severe damage, swelling, and even hemorrhaging.
  • Burn Injuries – Many Florida car accidents can lead to serious burns due to metal, steam, fire or even dangerous chemicals. Car accident burn injuries often leave people in extreme pain and sometimes permanently disfigured.
  • Facial Injuries – Facial injuries are unfortunately a tragic outcome of many Florida car accidents. These injuries are not only physically disfiguring but they are also emotionally taxing and even with reconstructive surgery can be difficult to recover from.
  • Loss of Limbs – Though not as common as many of the other injuries, this disfiguring car accident injury creates a lifelong disability. Many people who suffer from traumatic amputation are left with the mental and physical anguish long after the car accident itself.

At John Bales Attorneys, we know that not all auto accident injuries are obvious right away. In fact, some injuries may be internal and could go unnoticed for days or weeks after the accident, only to cause extreme pain and disability weeks later. That is why it is so important to seek medical attention immediately after your accident, even if you do not think you were seriously injured.

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Personal Injury

Damages & Compensation in a Personal Injury Case

The cost of your injuries can be difficult to estimate because no two auto accident cases are exactly alike. To calculate the damages or the amount of compensation the injured party may receive, a jury will take into account many factors including the costs incurred and the pain suffering.

  • The direct financial cost or out-of-pocket cost
    • The direct damages are the specific and general damages related to the accident including:
    • Lost wages
    • Loss of earning capacity
    • Property Loss
    • Cost of medical bills
  • Pain and suffering, emotional damages, and other indirect damages are harder to predict because they do not have a monetary value assigned to them, making it more a difficult and subjective task. They include:
    • Pain and Suffering
    • Emotional Distress
    • Inability to conceive due to accident-related injuries
    • Loss of relationships
    • Loss of limbs or extremities

In extreme cases where the defendant was grossly negligent and put lives at risk, a judge may allow a victim to seek punitive damages as a form of punishment for the offending party. However, Florida law makes it almost impossible to recover them.

How Much To Expect From a Car Accident Settlement?

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Your auto accident injuries can have a huge impact on your life. Not only is it difficult for you to return to work, you also may need months of expensive medical treatment that you cannot afford. This can be a frightening time, but you do not have to deal with it alone. Our auto accident lawyers will fight to get you the compensation you deserve for your accident-related expenses. Call us now at 1-800-CALL JOHN (1-8000-225-5564) or complete our FREE consultation form.

When to File an Auto Accident Claim

There Is No Time to Waste After Your Accident—Call John Bales Attorneys

If you’ve been in an accident, the clock is ticking to file a claim for damages. And, if you wait too long, you could lose out on the money you deserve for your medical care, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other expenses.

Let’s talk about when you should file an accident claim and how John Bales Attorneys might be able to help.

In Florida, there are time limits for filing an injury claim. Depending on the nature of the accident, these time limits may vary.

For instance, if you were in an auto accident that was caused by another person’s negligence, you have 4 years from the date of the accident to file a claim against the at fault party. However, if someone involved in that same accident doesn’t have insurance or is underinsured, you have 5 years from the date of the accident to file a claim. John Bales Attorneys can help you determine the appropriate time period.

Dealing with Insurance Adjusters

Do Not Talk to the Insurance Adjuster — Talk to John Bales Attorneys Instead

After your auto accident, all you want is for you and your family to get better. But in the days or even hours after the accident occurred, you may be contacted by an adjuster who works for the insurance company. The adjuster may use tactics to get you to admit you were at fault for the accident, which means the insurance company can avoid paying you for your damages.

The auto accident lawyers at John Bales Attorneys know that insurance adjusters have one job: to pay you as a little as possible—or in some cases nothing at all—for your accident. Insurance companies rely on profits, but our legal team can turn the tables on them. If you have been in an auto accident, call us at (800) 225-5564 or fill out a free initial consultation form.

Be Careful When Speaking to the Adjuster

The best thing to do when you get a call from the insurance adjuster about your injury claim is to simply hang up. The longer the adjuster keeps you on the line, the more likely he will gain evidence to use against your claim. If you do talk to the adjuster, there are a few important things to keep in mind:

  • Do not volunteer information. Stick to the facts. If you volunteer too much information, the adjuster may be able to twist your words into a statement that looks like you admitted guilt for the accident.
  • Do be honest about your injuries. You may be tempted to describe your injuries as being worse than they actually are. It is important to be honest about your condition, as any exaggeration can be harmful for your case.
  • Do not talk about your medical records. Adjusters are known to search through accident victims’ past medical records to find evidence of pre-existing conditions or injuries. Never admit to any prior conditions and do not discuss any of your medical records.

The more straightforward, honest, and concise you are with your answers, the better. But remember, in many cases, speaking to the adjuster is a no-win situation—you could have everything to lose and nothing to gain.

John Bales Attorneys Can Protect You

At John Bales Attorneys, we are familiar with insurance adjusters’ tactics. Do not try to deal with the insurance company on your own—let us put our years of experience to work as we build a strong case for you.

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Florida’s Laws Regarding Cell Phones & Distracted Driving

Without a doubt, one of the most dangerous forms of driver distraction is texting and driving. As a matter of fact, electronic devices are currently one of the largest driver distractions plaguing safe highway travel. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there was a total of 2,777 fatalities out of the 379,928 car crashes in Florida in 2017. Even worse, Florida is currently ranked the second worst state in the nation when it comes to distracted drivers.

In recent years, Florida has enacted a number of laws meant to combat the increased number of distracted driving incidents, laws that place specific limits on electronic devices. These regulations make up the Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law, and they vary depending on the type of driver and the form of communication involved.

Cell Phones

Surprisingly enough, there are currently no laws in Florida prohibiting the driver of a passenger car from talking on cell phones while driving. It’s totally legal for drivers to make and answer calls, use handheld devices or use their vehicle’s integrated hands-free system.

Texting

State law forbids drivers from texting, e-mailing, or instant messaging while driving. As a matter of fact, it’s against the law to type anything into an electronic device’s keyboard. It should be noted that the ban on texting does not apply to drivers who report emergencies or criminal activity to law enforcement. Additionally, the law still allows drivers to use cell phones for navigation purposes and when in autonomous vehicles being operated in self-driving mode.

One interesting note is that police in Florida are not permitted to pull over a driver for texting alone. Law enforcement officers must have another valid reason to stop the vehicle before adding distracted driving to the ticket. Running a red light would, for example, be a legitimate reason to stop a vehicle.

Truck and Bus Drivers

As you might expect, commercial truck drivers and bus drivers are held to a higher standard than the typical driver of a passenger car, and the laws are much tougher in this case. Truck and bus drivers are only allowed to use wireless devices if they are hands-free. Should they violate that law, they can find themselves facing charges if found using a handheld device.

For the first time violation, a commercial driver is likely to pay a fine of $500, and additionally their company could be charged a separate fine of $2,750. Furthermore, if a driver commits three texting violations or more, he or she can be liable for a $2,750 fine and the employer will have to pay an $11,000 fine. The driver at fault will also have his or her license suspended for 120 days.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a distracted driving accident, John Bales Attorneys is here to help. We’ve been helping victims of auto accidents across Florida for many years, and through careful examination of the evidence, we can help determine if a driver was illegally texting at the time of your accident. Let us put our expertise and dedication to work for you. Give us a call today.

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Drunk Driving and DUI Accidents

Drunk Driving & DUI Accidents

During their lifetime, two out of three people will be involved in a drunk driving accident. [Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “The Economic and Societal Impact Of Motor Vehicle Crashes, 2010.” National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, May 2014, DOT HS 812 013. http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812013.pdf. Accessed November 2014 at http://www.madd.org/statistics/#sthash.TS9MbXiP.dpuf.]

A driver under the influence of alcohol can cause a serious, or even deadly, accident. Even after consuming just a small amount of alcohol, a driver can engage in risk-taking behavior behind the wheel; and may experience impaired judgment, dulled reflexes, and blurred vision.

If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident, you understand the lifelong impact one person’s decision to drink and drive can have on others. We do, too. At John Bales Attorneys, we have zero tolerance for drunk drivers.

You may have sustained serious physical or emotional injuries; and may be unable to work as a result of someone else’s poor judgment. In addition to lost wages, you may also find yourself with a number of bills—including those for emergency room and doctor’s visits, physical therapy, or expensive car repairs. As you struggle with the continued physical and financial repercussions of the drunk driving accident, you may even feel re-victimized.

Take your life back—contact John Bales Attorneys now for a free consultation. Our drunk driving accident lawyers will do everything in their power to hold that person accountable for your pain and suffering, and to get you the compensation you deserve.

Count on John Bales Attorneys to Help You Resolve Your Drunk Driving Claim

Don’t try to deal with the aftermath of this traumatic event on your own—the experienced drunk driving lawyers of John Bales Attorneys know what it takes to navigate the time-consuming and sometimes confusing accident-related paperwork.

Count on us to:

  • Collect evidence from the crash scene to investigate whether the accident occurred as a result of the other driver’s impairment, and to help determine the driver’s degree of intoxication and level of responsibility for the crash.
  • Help resolve your personal injury claim. Our drunk driving accident lawyers can help ensure that the necessary paperwork and other requirements are completed correctly and within the determined time frame.
  • Calculate your current and future accident-related expenses. Drunk driving accidents can have long-lasting effects on your physical, emotional, and financial well-being. Our drunk driving attorneys will help you determine the amount you will need to cover the costs of your vehicle repairs, medical bills, and lost wages.

If you, or a loved one, have been injured in a drunk driving accident, get John Bales Attorneys on your side today.

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Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death

Most Trusted Wrongful Death Attorneys in Florida

The unexpected loss of a loved one is both shocking and painful; the heartbreak only worsened upon learning that this tragedy was caused by the negligence of another person or organization. Surviving dependents, including a spouse or children, may also face significant financial difficulties.

If you have lost a family member due to the negligence of another person or organization, you may be entitled to compensation. If this negligence resulted from an action that any reasonable person could have and should have avoided, you may have cause to file a wrongful death claim. It is essential that you speak with an experienced wrongful death attorney to understand your rights and recourse under the law.

Some common types of wrongful death claims include:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents – If your loved one—as a motorist, pedestrian, or bicyclist—was killed in a motor vehicle accident, the driver at fault may be held liable for the death.
  • Hospital or Medical Staff Negligence –You may be entitled to compensation if your family member died in surgery, as the result of receiving the wrong treatment in an emergency room, or because of a doctor’s misdiagnosis.
  • Product Defects – Did your loved one die as a result of a faulty product? The manufacturer may be held liable for their negligence—whether the death was the result of faulty construction, poor design, or even unreported, serious safety issues in a well-designed, high-quality product.
  • Dangerous Medication Side Effects – You may be able to file a wrongful death claim if your loved one was killed as a result of taking medication without first being told of dangerous side effects.

It is important to understand that in the case of a car accident, medical malpractice, or any event resulting in death, negligence may not be involved… Deadly accidents occur every day; and sometimes no one is to blame. However, the way in which an accidental death relates to the legal framework of wrongful death can be complex; and may require a knowledgeable attorney to determine whether there is a case for wrongful death.

If you have lost a loved one as the result of someone else’s negligence, contact John Bales Attorneys today for a free consultation. Our experienced and compassionate wrongful death lawyers can determine whether another’s negligence caused your family member’s death; and will fight to get the resolution you deserve.

Wrongful Death FAQs

The lawyers of John Bales Attorneys understand the complex wrongful death laws. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions on wrongful death. While the information contained here provides a general overview of wrongful death claims, you should meet with an attorney to gain an accurate view of your legal rights or available recourse in your unique situation.

Who can bring a wrongful death claim?

A. A number of people my file a wrongful death claim. However, the identification of those holding legal standing to bring a claim depends upon the state in which the legal action is brought to court.

In every state of the union, legal claimants include the surviving spouse and any surviving children; or, in the case of an unmarried decent, one or both parents.

In Florida, both the spouse and children can bring a wrongful death claim, as well as the parents of the deceased—if they were partially or fully dependent upon the deceased for financial support—and a representative of the deceased’s estate. However, Florida law limits the monetary compensation based upon the claimant’s status and the circumstances involved; so it is imperative to consult a wrongful death attorney.

Who can be sued for a wrongful death?

A. The party at fault can be an individual; a business; or a federal, state, county, or municipal government agency. The key component to bringing a wrongful death claim is the existence of a negligent act that caused the person’s death … Or, that that something should have been done that any reasonable person would have done in the same situation.

Who cannot be sued for a wrongful death?

A. Even when it seems there is a clear case of wrongful death, it is entirely possible that the individual who caused the death is immune from a wrongful death claim. This can occur when certain types of government employees or government agencies are involved—federal laws continually change, and laws vary from state to state. A wrongful death attorney can help you determine whether the individual or entity can be held responsible for the death of your loved one.

Is there a statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim?

A. Yes. The law limits the time in which those who have legal standing to file a wrongful death claim can do so. This is referred to as the statute of limitations; and it is designed to protect people and businesses from frivolous and unnecessary legal actions. In the state of Florida, the lawsuit must be filed within two years of the date of death.

What are the damages that can be claimed?

A. Although some of the money awarded to the plaintiff is related to punitive damages, most of the award is related to compensation for economic loss (including medical bills and funeral expenses). Economic compensation from a wrongful death suit can also help maintain the living standards of a surviving spouse and children. To determine the amount of economic compensation, the court considers the income the deceased would have earned during the rest of his or her life—which represents money that would have provided survivors with a higher standard of living.

Trip and Fall Accidents

Trip & Fall Accidents

Your Trip & Fall Accident Lawyer in Florida

Property and business owners and managers have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of walking surfaces. Yet, accidental injuries sustained in falls account for millions of emergency room visits each year and serious injury—many caused by unsafe walking conditions, including uneven surfaces, improper stairs, improperly placed floor mats, broken or uneven steps, cluttered walkways, or unsteady walking surfaces.

If you tripped and fell on someone else’s property as a result of their negligence, the property owner may be liable for your injury-related damages.

If you have been injured in a trip and fall accident, you may have sustained injuries ranging from sprains or bruises to broken bones, brain injury, or even paralysis. You may have received emergency medical care; or you may need ongoing, costly medical treatments. As a result of the trip or fall, you may be out of work; and, as a result of these lost wages, unable to pay growing medical bills.

Our Fall Accidents Lawyer Can Help You to Prove a Trip & Fall Case

Proving a Trip and Fall Case

From time to time, we all trip and fall down. And if you are injured from a fall that takes place on someone else’s property, you may well have a trip and fall case. Yes, the property or business owner may be at fault, but how do you go about proving it? To begin with, your attorneys need the right information.

In the end, it will all come down to whether there was a dangerous condition on the property that a reasonable property or business owner could have addressed prior to your accident. Let’s examine these two terms more closely.

Defining a “Dangerous Condition”

To be considered a dangerous condition, the situation in question must be an anomalous condition creating a risk of injury to those on the property, and must be one that a reasonable person would not expect to encounter. To put it another way, a dangerous condition is not an obvious, avoidable danger.

Examples of dangerous conditions that could lead to a trip and fall include:

  • Spills on the floor of a supermarket that should have been cleaned up
  • Faulty stairs in a movie theater that should have been maintained and repaired
  • Damaged or uneven sidewalks caused by improper design or maintenance
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Inadequate lighting in public areas leading to tripping hazards
  • Hotel showers with improper drainage or that do not have anti-slip tape

Defining “Reasonable Property Owners”

As mentioned above, not only do successful trip and fall cases depend upon dangerous conditions, they also require proof that the property or business owner did not act as a reasonable property or business owner should. When it comes to the possibility of dangerous conditions, a reasonable property or business owner always has a plan in place, a plan to competently protect one from getting hurt. A negligent property or business owner, however, fails to do this, creating a condition for possible injuries, and leaving themselves vulnerable to possibly paying for another’s medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Taking all this into consideration, the lawyers at John Bales Attorneys will do their due diligence in seeking answers to the following questions as they investigate your trip and fall claim:

  • Did the dangerous area exist long enough for the property owner to be aware of it?
  • Is there a standard procedure in place for examining the premises, and does the owner have proof of this procedure?
  • Was there a legitimate reason for the area to be dangerous, such as an uneven or slippery floor?
  • If there is a reason for the area to be dangerous, was there any way to make it safer?
  • If an object was responsible for the trip and fall, was there anywhere else the object could have been placed to make the location in question safer?
  • Could a warning sign or barrier have been created to prevent injury?

Was the Law Violated by the Property or Business Owners

If your injury stems from a property or business owner’s neglect, such as the owner or business failing to follow local building codes, an experienced attorney could use that to prove negligence. For example, local building codes could dictate where railings and other safety features must be installed. If you fell and were injured due to a lack of appropriate railings, you could have a claim.

A Case of Your Own Carelessness

From the very beginning of the trip and fall case process, you must determine whether your carelessness contributed to the accident. This is where the rules of comparative negligence come in. The rules of comparative negligence help quantify your own reasonableness in going where you did, the way you did, just before the accident took place.

Below you will find some questions to ask yourself regarding your own behavior. It would be wise to be prepared for an insurance adjuster to ask you these questions after you file your claim. They almost certainly will.

  • Did you have an appropriate reason for being where you were when the accident occurred? And is this reason something the owner should have anticipated?
  • Would a normally careful person have noticed the hazardous area and avoided it, or walked carefully enough as to not trip?
  • Were there any warnings or indications that the area might be unsafe?

Were you engaged in any type of behavior or activity that could have distracted you from paying appropriate attention to where you were going? Were you running, jumping, or engaged in any kind of tomfoolery that would have made the accident more likely?

Don’t worry. You don’t have to prove to the insurance adjuster that you were being careful, but do think about what you were doing and the time of the accident, and describe it clearly so that he or she will understand that you were not acting in a careless manner.

If you or someone you care about was injured in a trip and fall accident, we can help. Please contact John Bales Attorneys today for a free consultation.

If your accident was the result of someone else’s negligence, the knowledgeable trip and fall accident attorneys of John Bales Attorneys will do everything we can to hold that person responsible for your injury. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Slip and Fall Accident

Slip & Fall Accident

Your Slip & Fall Accident Lawyer in Florida

Property owners and managers have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of walking surfaces. Yet, accidental injuries sustained in falls account for close to nine-million emergency room visits each year—many caused by unsafe walking conditions, including wet or slippery floors, broken or uneven steps, cluttered walkways, or unsteady walking surfaces. [Source: National Safety Council, NSC Injury Facts 2011, http://www.nsc.org/safety_home/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Falls/Pages/Falls.aspx, accessed November 2014.]

If you slipped and fell on someone else’s property as a result of their negligence, the property owner could be liable for your injury-related expenses.

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may have sustained injuries ranging from sprains or bruises to broken bones, brain injury, or even paralysis. You may have received emergency medical care; or you may need ongoing, costly medical treatments. As a result of the slip or fall, you may be out of work; and, as a result of these lost wages, unable to pay growing medical bills.

Our Fall Accidents Lawyer Can Help You to Prove a Slip & Fall Case

Proving a Slip and Fall Case

From time to time, we all slip and fall down. And if you are injured from a fall that takes place on someone else’s property, through no fault of your own, you may very well have a strong slip and fall case. Yes, the property owner may be a fault, but how do you go about proving it? To begin with, your attorneys need the right information.

In the end, it will all come down to whether there was a dangerous condition on the property that a reasonable property owner could have addressed prior to your accident. Let’s examine these two terms more closely.

Defining a “Dangerous Condition”

To be considered a dangerous condition, the situation in question must be an anomalous condition creating a risk of injury to those on the property, and must be one that a reasonable person would not expect to encounter. To put it another way, a dangerous condition is not an obvious, avoidable danger.

Examples of dangerous conditions that could lead to a slip and fall include:

  • Spills on the floor of a supermarket that should have been cleaned up
  • Faulty stairs in a movie theater that should have been maintained and repaired
  • Damaged or uneven sidewalks caused by improper design or maintenance
  • Inadequate lighting in public areas leading to tripping hazards
  • Hotel showers with improper drainage or that do not have anti-slip tape

Defining “Reasonable Property Owners”

As mentioned above, not only do successful slip and fall cases depend upon dangerous conditions, they also require proof that the property owner did not act as a reasonable property owner should. When it comes to the possibility of dangerous conditions, a reasonable property owner always has a plan in place, a plan to competently and meticulously ensure that no one gets injured. A negligent property owner, however, fails to do this, opening the door for possible injuries, and leaving themselves vulnerable to possibly paying for another’s medical bills and lost wages.

Taking all this into consideration, the lawyers at John Bales Attorneys will do their due diligence in seeking answers to the following questions as they investigate your slip and fall claim:

  • Did the dangerous area exist long enough for the property owner to be aware of it?
  • Is there a standard procedure in place for examining the premises, and does the owner have proof of this procedure?
  • Was there a legitimate reason for the area to be dangerous, such as a slippery floor?
  • If there is a reason for the area to be dangerous, was there any way to make it safer?
  • If an object was responsible for the slip, trip, or fall, was there anywhere else the object could have been placed to make the location in question safer?
  • Could a warning sign or barrier have been created to prevent injury?

Was the Law Violated by the Property Owners

If your injury stems from a property owner’s neglect, such as the owner failing to follow local building codes, an experienced attorney could use that to prove negligence. For example, local building codes could dictate where railings and other safety features must be installed. If you fell and were injured due to a lack of appropriate railings, you could have a claim.

A Case of Your Own Carelessness

From the very beginning of the slip and fall case process, you must determine whether your carelessness contributed to the accident. This is where the rules of comparative negligence come in. The rules of comparative negligence help quantify your own reasonableness in going where you did, the way you did, just before the accident took place.

Below you will find some questions to ask yourself regarding your own behavior. It would be wise to be prepared for an insurance adjuster to ask you these questions after you file your claim. They almost certainly will.

  • Did you have an appropriate reason for being where you were when the accident occurred? And is this reason something the owner should have anticipated?
  • Would a normally careful person have noticed the hazardous area and avoided it, or walked carefully enough as to not slip?
  • Were there any warnings or indications that the area might be unsafe?

Were you engaged in any type of behavior or activity that could have distracted you from paying appropriate attention to where you were going? Were you running, jumping, or engaged in any kind of tomfoolery that would have made the accident more likely?

Don’t worry. You don’t have to prove to the insurance adjuster that you were being careful, but do think about what you were doing and the time of the accident, and describe it clearly so that he or she will understand that you were not acting in a careless manner.

If you or someone you care about was injured in a slip and fall accident, we can help. Please contact John Bales Attorneys today for a free consultation.

If your accident was the result of someone else’s negligence, the knowledgeable slip and fall accident attorneys of John Bales Attorneys will do everything we can to hold that person responsible for your injury. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Negligent Security Claim

Negligent Security Claim

John Bales Attorneys Stands Up to Negligent Business Owners

Did you know that Florida law requires business and property owners to make sure their customers and visitors are safe? That means, if you were physically harmed at a location—such as an apartment, hotel or motel, shopping center, mall, or other public area—you may have a negligent security claim.

Even if the property owner says he or she was not aware of a particular hazard, the negligent security lawyers at John Bales Attorneys can help. We may be able to prove that the owner should have known about and prevented the potential danger.

Business & Property Owner Responsibility

The law states that anyone who invites guests or customers onto his or her property has certain responsibilities for the safety of those people. In fact, in certain situations, property or business owners have a duty to protect customers from foreseeable criminal acts.

  • Business owners are required, under Florida law, to be aware of prior crime in the area. When an area has had significant criminal activity in the past, the owner must provide security, such as sufficient lighting.
  • Property owners have a responsibility to ensure that safety hazards are not present on their properties. For example, homeowners who have pools must take steps to prevent children from entering the pool area without adult supervision.

Whether you tripped on a broken step or fell down a poorly lit stairwell, as negligent security lawyers, we are here to help you recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other expenses resulting from someone else’s failure to provide a safe and secure environment.

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Florida Brain Injury Attorneys

Brain Injury

Florida Brain Injury Attorneys

Each year, approximately 2.5 million Americans are injured or killed as a result of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) (Read more). In fact, TBI— an injury causing a disruption in brain function—accounts for 30% of all injury deaths nationwide. [Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: Fact Sheet,” http://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/get_the_facts.html, accessed November 2014, updated June 2014.] Effects of a TBI can range from mild to severe or even deadly, and can cause impairment to thinking, sensation, language, and emotion [Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “What are the Potential Effects of TBI?” http://www.cdc.gov/TraumaticBrainInjury/outcomes.html, accessed November 2014, updated September 2012.] Consequences of TBI can range from impaired mental capacity to severe physical disabilities, impacting you and your family for the rest of your lives.

If you have sustained a TBI, you may be out of work. As a result, lost wages may prevent you from paying for the medical treatment have received, as well as for any ongoing treatment you require—thus, limiting your ability to recover. The aftermath of a TBI can devastate your life—physically, emotionally, and financially.

At John Bales Attorneys, we understand the difficult road that lies ahead after a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Our experienced brain injury lawyers have helped many TBI victims just like you. John Bales Personal Injury Attorneys today for a free consultation —we will work to get you the resolution you deserve, so you can focus on your recovery.

Traumatic Brain Injury: Head Injury and Brain Damage

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be caused by a penetrating injury or a closed head injury. [Source: FindLaw, a Thomson Reuters business, “Brain Injury Overvew,” http://injury.findlaw.com/car-accidents/brain-injury-overview.html, 2013, accessed November 2014.] A penetrating injury occurs at the time of the injury—when a foreign object (such as a bullet, a nail, a car windshield, or the ground) fractures the skull; and is complete following the trauma.

A closed head injury occurs after the trauma, and can be potentially more dangerous than a penetrating injury because of the risk of brain swelling and blood clots. [Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, “Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI),” http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/TBI/, accessed November 2014.] By the time treatment is administered for this type of secondary injury, it is often too late to reverse the life-altering brain damage.

Brain damage is categorized as either primary or secondary:

  • Primary Brain Damage occurs at the moment of impact. The blow physically damages the brain, potentially tearing or destroying neurons and brain tissue. Side effects are often immediate and the victim may lose consciousness. [Note: much of this left intact.]
  • Secondary Brain Damage occurs after the initial trauma and may cause additional brain damage over a period of hours or days. Swelling and bleeding can increase pressure in the skull and decrease the flow of oxygen to the brain, and can cause serious complications or even death.

If you or a loved one suffered primary or secondary brain damage because of someone else’s careless actions, contact a professional brain injury lawyer from John Bales Firm today for a free consultation.

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Boating Accident

Boating Accident

Hurt in a Boating Accident? Give John Bales Attorneys a Call.

With its countless lakes and rivers—not to mention its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico—Central Florida is a boater’s paradise for both recreation and fishing. But that does not mean serious accidents do not happen when boats are operated by people who are intoxicated, distracted, or reckless. At John Bales Attorneys, we have helped many victims of boat accidents get the compensation they need for their medical bills, lost wages, and boat repairs. If you were injured in a boating accident that was not your fault, call our boating accident lawyers at (800) 225-5564 or fill out a free initial consultation form.

Common Causes of Boating Accidents

Although some boating accidents are unavoidable, many are the result of boat drivers’ negligent—or careless—behavior. The boating accident lawyers at John Bales Attorneys can help if your boat accident is the result of a driver who was:

  • Intoxicated: Boat drivers and operators are subject to the same rules as car drivers—including a responsibility to remain sober while behind the wheel.
  • Distracted: With their large seating capacity, open air environment, and recreational capabilities, it is easy for boat drivers to look away or become distracted momentarily, which can lead to serious accidents.
  • Reckless: Just like multi-lane highways, waterways have speed limits, traffic lanes, and right-of-way rules. When drivers disregard these rules, they could collide with other boats or injure passengers in their own boats.

It can sometimes be difficult to prove if a boating accident was caused by someone’s negligence. At John Bales Attorneys, our boating accident lawyers have the knowledge and the resources to determine if the responsible driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, using an electronic device, or speeding when your accident occurred. Get the help you need for your boating accident—call John Bales Attorneys today.

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Child Injury

Child Injury

We Are Child Injury Lawyers

Negligence that leads to an injury of a child is especially heartbreaking. John Bales Attorneys are here to help you. Our birth child injury lawyers know you need the best possible care for your child. So you can get the compensation you deserve to help cover your child’s medical bills for much needed treatment and for pain and suffering we will fight to hold the responsible parties accountable.

We will protect your family’s legal rights if your child suffered an injury due to some else’s negligence. Our legal team will do everything we can to answer your questions and keep you informed while we work on your claim. We are available to take your call anytime—just dial (800) CALL-JOHN or complete a free initial consultation form.

Investigating Your Child’s Injury Claim

If you believe someone else’s negligence caused your child’s injury, a injury lawyer with John Bales Attorneys can investigate your claim, including:

  • Actions and recommendations of your treating physicians.
  • Prescription medications your child was prescribed.
  • Medical records from healthcare facilities where he or she was treated.

If your child’s injury was caused by preventable complications—such as failure to run tests, a misdiagnosis, or medical malpractice —we are here to gather the evidence needed to build a strong claim.

Common Child Injuries

As we all know. injuries can occur at any time. Many of the most common injuries can cause lifelong physical and emotional trauma. Some of these injuries include:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Erb’s Palsy (Brachial Palsy)
  • Uterine Rupture

You should not have to pay for an injury that could have been prevented. It is our job to fight for your family’s best interests and help you get the full amount of compensation you deserve for your child’s medical bills, future treatment, and pain and suffering.

Dog Bite Injury

Dog Bite Injury

John Bales Dog Bite Attorneys Help Dog Bite Victims

Dog bites injuries are capable of causing both physical and mental suffering. That is why dog owners are responsible for keeping their pets restrained and away from potentially dangerous situations.

If you have suffered a dog bite injury, the dog bite attorneys at John Bales Attorneys will fight to help you get the resolution you deserve. Our legal staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—call (800) 225-5564 or fill out our free initial consultation form today.

Florida Dog Bite Laws

Florida is a statutory strict liability state, meaning dog owners may be liable—or financially responsible—to pay for a dog bite victim’s damages, whether or not the dog showed vicious behavior prior to the attack. There are several common factors surrounding dog bite attacks that may affect a victim’s ability to collect compensation:

  • Did negligence contribute to the attack? Negligence is grounds for liability in Florida. If it can be determined that a dog owner’s careless behavior led to the attack, that person may be held responsible for the victim’s damages.
  • Was a landlord or property owner involved? In certain cases, a landlord may be held responsible for dog bite damages if he or she was aware a tenant possessed a dangerous animal and failed to ensure the safety of other people on the premises.
  • Did the incident involve a child? When a child age 6 or older is the victim of a dog bite injury, it must be determined if the child’s behavior provoked the attack. Parental supervision at the time of the incident may also affect a case.

Circumstances like these are often complex and can impact the outcome of your injury claim. An experienced dog bite lawyer from John Bales Attorneys can help protect your legal rights after a dog bite.

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Surgical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice

Helping Medical Malpractice Victims Get Compensation

Healthcare providers are expected to provide a certain level of care to their patients. When careless behavior fails to meet a standard of care and causes you harm, John Bales Attorneys may be able to help get you the compensation you are owed for your injuries.

If you are the victim of medical negligence, our medical malpractice lawyers are here for you. We will take the time to get to know you and understand the nature of your claim while fighting to protect your rights. Contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—call (800) 225-5564 or complete our free initial consultation form.

Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Claim?

When doctors, nurses, surgeons, or other healthcare workers fail to uphold a standard of care, medical errors can occur that may be grounds for a medical malpractice claim. Medical malpractice includes dental malpractice as well. These errors include:

  • Ambulance accidents
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Birth-related injuries
  • Failure to diagnose
  • Lack of resident supervision
  • Incorrect medication or improper dosages
  • Surgical mistakes and post-operative complications
  • And more

If you have experienced any of these errors, it is important that you take action now. Florida law limits the amount of time you have to file a medical malpractice lawsuit, so let us help protect your legal rights to collect compensation today.

Birth injury

Birth Injury

A medical professional’s negligence during your child’s delivery can leave your family with serious injuries requiring expensive medical treatment. John Bales Attorneys can help. Our birth defect and child injury lawyers know you want the best possible care for your child. We will fight to hold the responsible parties accountable so you can get the compensation you deserve to help cover your child’s medical bills for much needed treatment and for pain and suffering.

We want to protect your family’s legal rights if your child suffered a birth injury or was born with a birth defect that could have been prevented. Our legal professionals will do everything we can to answer your questions and keep you informed while we work on your claim. We are available to take your call anytime—just dial (800) 225-5564 or complete a free initial consultation form.

Investigating Your Birth Injury Claim

If you believe someone else’s negligence caused your child’s birth defect, a birth injury lawyer with John Bales Attorneys can investigate your claim, including:

  • Actions and recommendations of your treating physicians.
  • Prescription medications you were prescribed during your pregnancy.
  • Medical records from healthcare facilities where you delivered your child or were treated during pregnancy.

If your child’s birth injury was caused by preventable complications—such as failure to run tests, a misdiagnosis, or medical malpractice during delivery—we are here to gather the evidence needed to build a strong claim.

Common Birth Defects & Injuries

Birth injuries can occur before, during, or after delivery. Many of the most common birth injuries can cause lifelong physical and emotional trauma. Some of these injuries include:

Cerebral Palsy

The severe physical and developmental disabilities caused by cerebral palsy—such as tremors, seizure, and difficulty speaking—are the result of brain and nervous system disorders that can occur in premature or early infants after suffering:

  • Brain bleeding or infections
  • Head injuries
  • In-utero exposure to mothers’ infections
  • Lack of oxygen during delivery

Erb’s Palsy (Brachial Palsy)

The brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves surrounding the shoulders. When these nerves are stretched during delivery, it can result in a condition called brachial palsy, often referred to as Erb’s palsy. Symptoms can include lack of movement in a child’s arms or a lack of grip or moro-reflex (startle response) on the affected side of a child’s body.

Uterine Rupture

When the wall of the uterus tears during childbirth, it can be fatal for both the mother and child. Uterine rupture often occurs during the initial stages of labor, but it can be prevented with constant monitoring by medical professionals.

You should not have to pay for an injury that could have been prevented. It is our job to fight for your family’s best interests and help you get the full amount of compensation you deserve for your child’s medical bills, future treatment, and pain and suffering.

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Dental Malpractice

Dental Malpractice

Injured By a Negligent Dentist? We Can Help You!

Whether it is for a cleaning, a filling, or a routine procedure, most people see their dentists at least once or twice each year and without complications. But when a dentist makes a mistake while treating you, it can lead to serious injuries and long-term health problems.

At John Bales Attorneys, our dental malpractice lawyers know that dentists are held to the same standards for patient care as other doctors. And when they do not uphold that standard, they should be held accountable. If you were injured because of a dentist’s negligence—or carelessness—we want to help you. Call us at (800) 225-5564 or fill out a free initial consultation form.

Types of Dental Malpractice

The dental malpractice lawyers at our law firm handle a variety of dental malpractice claims, including:

Surgical Mistakes

Dentists use sharp instruments, which means mistakes during oral surgery or even cleanings can lead to bleeding, swelling, and nerve damage that may affect your ability to taste or talk.

Anesthesia Complications

Many dental procedures are performed with anesthesia, and if the right amount is not used, you could experience severe pain, illness, coma, or death.

Misdiagnosis

Dentists have a responsibility to detect oral diseases, and a misdiagnosis can lead to health problems and worsening of conditions such as oral cancer and periodontal disease.

Dental malpractice also can result in infections from contaminated dental instruments, wrong-site surgeries, failure to obtain your consent before a procedure, and more. When you call us, our dental malpractice lawyers can investigate your injury and determine if dental malpractice may have occurred.

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Malpractice

Surgical Malpractice

Injured by a Surgical Negligent? We can Help You!

When undergoing any type of surgery people hope for no complications and a speedy recovery. While this is normally the case, a doctor’s mistake while treating you, can lead to serious injuries and long-term health problems.

At John Bales Attorneys, our surgical malpractice lawyers know that doctors are held to high standards for patient care. When they do not uphold that standard, they should be held accountable. If you were injured because of a doctor’s negligence—or carelessness—we want to help you. Call us at (800) 225-5564 or fill out a free initial consultation form.

Types of Surgical Malpractice

The surgical malpractice lawyers at our law firm handle a variety of surgical malpractice claims, including:

Surgical Mistakes

Dentists use sharp surgical instruments, which means mistakes during surgery can lead to bleeding, swelling, and nerve damage that may affect your quality of life.

Anesthesia Complications

Many surgeries are often performed with anesthesia, and if the right amount is not used, a patient could experience severe pain, illness, coma, or death.

Misdiagnosis

Doctors have a responsibility to detect signs and symptoms of diseases, and a misdiagnosis can lead to health problems and worsening of conditions.

Surgical malpractice also can result in infections from contaminated surgical equipment, wrong-site surgeries, failure to obtain your pre-procedure consent, and more.

Nursing Home Abuse/Neglect

Nursing Home Abuse/Neglect

Know a Victim of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect? Call John Bales Attorneys

You trust nursing homes to treat your loved ones with dignity and respect. But when a facility’s carelessness or cruelty harms someone you love, you should know that residents are protected under Florida law. At John Bales Attorneys, we can stand up for your loved one’s rights.

Our nursing home abuse lawyers understand the emotional impact elder abuse can have on victims and their families, and we will give your claim the personal attention it deserves. Contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—call (800) 225-5564 or fill out our free initial consultation form today.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse occurs when a facility’s improper personal care harms a resident. And because elderly victims cannot always speak for themselves, detecting signs of nursing home abuse can be difficult. Common signs of abuse include:

  • Broken, damaged, or missing personal items
  • Bruising that suggests use of physical restraints
  • Excessive or rapid weight loss
  • Fecal or urine odors
  • Fleas, lice, or dirt on your loved one or in his or her room
  • Open wounds, cuts, bruises, or welts
  • Pale complexion
  • Poor hygiene
  • Untreated bed sores

Residents within a nursing facility have rights to a safe, clean, and dignified living experience. If you suspect your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse, you can count on our nursing home abuse lawyers to help get your lives back to normal.

Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing home neglect occurs when a facility’s carelessness or dishonesty causes harm to patients. Warning signs include when a facility:

  • Is unable to explain or answer questions about your loved one’s condition
  • Lacks sufficient heating or cooling
  • Refuses to allow private visits
  • Suddenly changes your loved one’s medication or daily routine, or
  • Permits your loved one to wander off the premises

If you encounter warning signs such as these, John Bales Attorneys is here to help ensure the safety of your elderly relative. Let us answer your questions and address your concerns today.

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Disability

Disability

Most Trusted Social Security Lawyers

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can provide necessary financial assistance to those who are unable to work as a result of a physical or mental disability. However, the application process can be confusing and time consuming, and the outcome uncertain.

On average, 58% of SSD applications are denied annually. Of those, a mere 3% are approved following reconsideration and another 13% approved following a SSD hearing. [Source: U.S. Social Security Administration, Office of Retirement and Disability Policy, Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2012, http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/di_asr/, November 2013.]

Approval of your application depends on properly submitting complicated paperwork with detailed medical evidence and work history. That means, not understanding all of the fine print can result in a denial of benefits. If you are disabled and considering applying for SSD benefits, don’t feel discouraged by the process.

The experienced Social Security lawyers and client managers of John Bales Attorneys have guided many others through this process—and they are ready to help you. Contact us today for a free consultation or to request an informational handbook from our staff.

John Bales Attorneys Can Help You Navigate the SSD Application Process

In 2010, 2.7 million disabled workers applied for SSD benefits; but only about 940,000 applications were approved. [Source: U.S. Social Security Administration, Office of Retirement and Disability Policy, Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2012, http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/di_asr/, November 2013.] SSD claims can be denied for nonmedical reasons (such as too few “work credits”) or medical reasons.

To qualify for SSD benefits, you must meet the U.S. Social Security Administration’s strict definition of disability. You can qualify for SSD if you meet all of the three criteria listed below:

  • You cannot do the work you did before;
  • You cannot adjust to other work because of your medical conditions or disabilities; and
  • You have a disability that has lasted for one year, expect your disability to last for one year, or expect to die as a result of your disability.

If you apply for SSD, the Social Security Administration will evaluate whether you are disabled, and whether you have enough “work credits” (meaning, whether you have paid enough into Social Security through your taxes).

In addition, you must also meet certain eligibility requirements relating to work history, income, medical condition(s), and more.

Contact John Bales Attorneys today for a free consultation. Our team of experienced Social Security lawyers and client managers understand the application and appeals processes; and can help you navigate this process. Contact us today to learn more or to request an informational handbook from our staff.

Veterans Disability

Veterans Disability

As a veteran of the United States Armed Forces, you are eligible to receive a wide variety of benefits for your years of service and dedication. One of those benefits includes disability payments if you are ever injured and cannot return to work. But it is not always easy to get benefits, and your claim may even be denied.

If you were injured and cannot earn a living for your family, the veterans disability lawyers at John Bales Attorneys want to help you get the benefits you are owed. We are grateful for your service to our country, and we will do what it takes to build a strong claim for you. Contact us at (800) 225-5564 or fill out a free initial consultation form.

What You Need to Apply for Benefits

To apply for benefits with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), you will need the following items:

  • Dependency Records: This includes paperwork like marriage certificates, divorce papers, and your children’s birth certificates.
  • Discharge and Separation Papers: Use the eVetRecs system to create a request for your DD Form 214 (Report of Separation) to show your dates of active duty military services.
  • Employment History: Contact your most recent employer to obtain a copy of your W2 form.
  • Medical Evidence: To prove the extent of your injuries, you may need to contact the hospital or doctor’s office where you received treatment to obtain copies of your medical records.

Gathering these items and completing the necessary forms accurately and submitting them before the deadlines can be difficult to do on your own. Let the veterans disability attorneys at John Bales Attorneys handle the legal paperwork while you spend time with your family.

We Know Veterans Disability Claims

At John Bales Attorneys, we have helped many disabled veterans get the benefits they deserve, and we will do our best to help you, too. Do not wait to get professional legal help for your veterans benefits claim. You fought for our rights—now let us fight for your rights to receive the benefits you deserve.

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Social Security Lawyers

Most Trusted Social Security Lawyers

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can provide necessary financial assistance to those who are unable to work as a result of a physical or mental disability. However, the application process can be confusing and time consuming, and the outcome uncertain.

On average, 58% of SSD applications are denied annually. Of those, a mere 3% are approved following reconsideration and another 13% approved following a SSD hearing. [Source: U.S. Social Security Administration, Office of Retirement and Disability Policy, Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2012, http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/di_asr/, November 2013.]

Approval of your application depends on properly submitting complicated paperwork with detailed medical evidence and work history. That means, not understanding all of the fine print can result in a denial of benefits. If you are disabled and considering applying for SSD benefits, don’t feel discouraged by the process.

The experienced Social Security lawyers and client managers of John Bales Attorneys have guided many others through this process—and they are ready to help you. Contact us today for a free consultation or to request an informational handbook from our staff.

John Bales Attorneys Can Help You Navigate the SSD Application Process

In 2010, 2.7 million disabled workers applied for SSD benefits; but only about 940,000 applications were approved. [Source: U.S. Social Security Administration, Office of Retirement and Disability Policy, Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2012, http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/di_asr/, November 2013.] SSD claims can be denied for nonmedical reasons (such as too few “work credits”) or medical reasons.

To qualify for SSD benefits, you must meet the U.S. Social Security Administration’s strict definition of disability. You can qualify for SSD if you meet all of the three criteria listed below:

  • You cannot do the work you did before;
  • You cannot adjust to other work because of your medical conditions or disabilities; and
  • You have a disability that has lasted for one year, expect your disability to last for one year, or expect to die as a result of your disability.

If you apply for SSD, the Social Security Administration will evaluate whether you are disabled, and whether you have enough “work credits” (meaning, whether you have paid enough into Social Security through your taxes).

In addition, you must also meet certain eligibility requirements relating to work history, income, medical condition(s), and more.

Contact John Bales Attorneys today for a free consultation. Our team of experienced Social Security lawyers and client managers understand the application and appeals processes; and can help you navigate this process. Contact us today to learn more or to request an informational handbook from our staff.

Insurance Claims

Insurance claim lawyer Florida Keys

Homeowners insurance, car insurance, medical insurance … These are all examples of protection you can rely upon following an unforeseen event, like a roof-damaging storm, a rush-hour car accident, or an unexpected illness or injury. Or, can you?

You may find yourself fighting with your insurance company to obtain the benefits promised under your coverage. Insurance companies sometimes deny valid claims, delay payment, or even make unreasonable demands before providing relief. This experience may have left you feeling abandoned by the company you paid to protect you in this type of situation as they act in bad faith.

Insurance law can seem complex, and it is, but John Bales Attorneys is a top Florida Keys insurance law firm and we simplify the process for you. During a free initial consultation, we will learn the details of your case, take a look at your insurance coverage, and let you know whether your insurance company is acting in bad faith.

As your legal counsel and insurance claims attorney, we operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning we won’t get paid unless we win your insurance claim dispute. Therefore, we will never recommend a legal action against your insurance carrier unless we believe them to be in the wrong and your case to be strong.

You are not alone in this fight—contact John Bales Attorneys today for a free consultation. Our experienced insurance claim attorneys can help protect your legal rights to get the compensation you are owed for your claim.

Let John Bales Attorneys Take on the Powerful Insurance Companies

In Florida Keys, and throughout Florida, insurance companies are held to a required set of ethical standards as defined by the 69B-220.201. Ethical Requirements. The s 69B-220.201. Ethical Requirements help to ensure insurance companies comply with their promised coverage and pay what you deserve. Whether you’re dealing with property damage, personal injury protection, a natural disaster, bodily injury, wrongful death, or other insurance claims, allow John Bales Attorneys of Florida Keys to represent you as your insurance claims attorney! We will figHt your insurance carrier on your behalf to get you the insurance benefits due you under your insurance policy.

Despite the premium you pay, your claim affects the insurance company’s bottom line. Terms of coverage are often specific and can be difficult to understand. Insurance companies sometimes deny or delay coverage—or make seemingly unreasonable demands before paying you the money you are owed.

John Bales Attorneys has experience obtaining favorable resolution and compensation in a variety of insurance claim disputes:

TYPES OF INSURANCE CLAIMS

AUTO INSURANCE CLAIMS

Before you sign an insurance company document or miss an important filing deadline, call John Bales Attorneys. Our insurance dispute lawyers understand the ins and outs of the auto insurance business; and can help you understand where coverage may be available to you.

DISABILITY INSURANCE CLAIMS

It can be difficult to obtain payment of disability insurance benefits—even if you believe you have clearly become disabled. We will research your policy, explain what compensation may be available to you, represent your interests in benefit disputes, and even pursue legal action in the courtroom.

HEALTH & MEDICAL INSURANCE CLAIMS

Your insurance claim can be denied for a simple mistake in completing or submitting paperwork. Our knowledgeable legal staff can decode the complex health insurance policy guidelines, explain any available recourse, and guide you through the claims process.

HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE CLAIMS

Following a natural disaster or vandalism, your home may require potentially expensive, necessary repairs. However, getting the insurance company to pay your claim can be difficult at best—or even seemingly impossible. With our knowledge and resources, we can take the frustration out of the process and help resolve your insurance dispute.

LIFE INSURANCE CLAIMS

When a loved one passes, the loss can devastate a family—emotionally and financially. The fact is, your loved one held a life insurance policy to provide for his or her survivors. [Sentence left intact] So when an insurance company disputes your ability to collect benefits, our insurance dispute attorneys can help you collect the compensation that your loved one intended you to receive.

MOLD DAMAGE CLAIMS

Mold damage—common in Florida’s humid climate—can lead to a variety of health issues if not quickly eliminated. However, remediation and repair can be expensive; and may not be covered under your home insurance policy. Our experienced insurance dispute attorneys can determine your eligibility to file a mold claim and will guide you through the claims process.

SINKHOLE CLAIMS

Florida’s large, underground limestone formations often cause sinkholes. Our sinkhole claims attorneys understand the state’s unique geology—and will fight to protect your legal rights after a sinkhole damages your property.

STORM DAMAGE

Unfortunately, we have no control of the weather. And by its very nature, severe weather is unpredictable, and the damage it can cause to personal property is often catastrophic. It can be extremely frustrating and taxing to deal with the results of a particularly nasty storm or another naturally occurring event, but dealing with your insurance company can easily take your stress level to new heights.

WATER DAMAGE

When your Property or Home get damaged due to Water Damage the last thing you want to think about is how you will pay for any damages and replace your possessions. Sadly, insurance companies will often not live up to their obligations. This is where we at John Bales Attorneys can help you.

Don’t try to fight the mighty insurance company on your own—contact John Bales Attorneys today for a free consultation. We have represented insurance claimants throughout Florida; and have the legal knowledge and resources to help you get the compensation you are owed for your damages.

Fire Damage Claims

Fire Damage

Are you at odds with your insurance company because of Fire Damage to your home or Property? We at John Bales Attorneys can help. We know how to make sure that you get what is your from the insurance company.

Contact us now to get a Free Consultation. And remember: We win, or you don’t pay us anything.

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Sinkhole Damage Claims

Sinkhole Damage

Throughout all of Florida, the ground is made up of limestone. This sedimentary rock can erode over time from contact with the acids found in rainwater and in soil “pore spaces,” or the spaces between soil particles. This erosion causes large cavities to form in the ground—often referred to as sinkholes. While some areas of Florida experience more of these ground depressions, the entire state is susceptible to sinkholes. [Source: Florida Department of Environmental Protection, “Florida Geological Survey – Hazards – Sinkholes,” http://www.dep.state.fl.us/geology/geologictopics/hazards/sinkholes.htm, updated November 2014, accessed November 2014.]

If a sinkhole forms on your property, your home’s structural integrity and your family’s safety may be at risk. A sinkhole can render your home uninhabitable, or could cause serious injuries to you and your loved ones.

Sinkholes located near or underneath your home can cause damage including warped floors and cracks in interior walls, around windows, or in your home’s foundation. Some sinkholes have been large enough to swallow one or more homes! [Source: Earth Tech, “Sinkhole Warning Signs,” http://www.earthtech.net/residential/sinkhole-truth/sinkhole-warning-signs/, accessed November 2014.] Because of the state’s geological makeup, architects, city planners, and neighborhood have a legal responsibility to determine the land’s sinkhole susceptibility before building.

If a builder’s negligence led to your home’s sinkhole damage, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact John Bales Attorneys today for a free consultation. Our experienced sinkhole claims lawyers can help protect your legal rights to get the resolution you deserve.

Your may be entitle to compensation if a builder’s negligence led to injury or your home’s sinkhole damage, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact John Bales Attorneys today for a free consultation. Our experienced sinkhole claims lawyers can help protect your legal rights to get the resolution you deserve.

John Bales Attorneys—Our Lawyers Know Sinkholes

The sinkhole claims lawyers of John Bales Attorneys thoroughly understand Florida’s geology, as well as the causes and consequences of sinkholes. Our experienced attorneys have successfully identified, investigated, and obtained compensation for many sinkhole claims.

As a resident of Florida, you must watch for warning signs that a sinkhole may be forming. Sinkholes form for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Cover-Collapse: Sinkholes can occur when water gradually dissolves limestone near the ground’s surface.
  • Cover-Subsidence: Sand, soil, and clay filling underground cavities left by dissolved limestone can cause sinkholes to form.
  • Limestone-Collapse: This type of sinkhole happens as a result of a limestone ceiling cavity collapse.
  • Limestone-Solution: When rainwater erodes limestone, common in high-water table conditions, sinkholes can form.

Do not try to handle your sinkhole claim on your own—contact the experienced lawyers at John Bales Attorneys right now. Our legal team is available to speak with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Don’t try to handle your sinkhole claim alone—contact John Bales Attorneys today for a free consultation. Our experienced legal staff has the legal and geological knowledge required to file a strong sinkhole claim.

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Storm Damage Claims

Storm Damage

About Insurance Claims: Storm Damage

Unfortunately, we have no control of the weather. And by its very nature, severe weather is unpredictable, and the damage it can cause to personal property is often catastrophic. It can be extremely frustrating and taxing to deal with the results of a particularly nasty storm or another naturally occurring event, but dealing with your insurance company can easily take your stress level to new heights. Even the best of insurance companies can be difficult to deal with in regard to a claim, and they will often look to exploiting legal loopholes within your policy for their own benefit.

It can’t be overstated how important it is to possess a thorough understanding of your insurance policy. But with that said, should storm damage to your home or property occur, you may find yourself in need of help when it comes to receiving an equitable payout. Specializing in storm damage claims, John Bales Attorneys can help you with just that. We can assist you in getting the money you deserve. Call us today at 1-800-CALL-JOHN (800-225-5564) or fill out our free consultation form.

Does Your Insurance Policy Cover Storm Damage?

In today’s world, there’s no getting around having the kind of homeowner’s insurance needed to protect your family’s financial future should disaster strike. But just exactly what does that insurance policy cover? This is an extremely important question.

Regardless of what you may think, your current insurance policy does not cover all types of damage resulting from different types of storms. As a matter of fact, certain kinds of storm damage often require entirely different policies. It’s easy to see how important it is to familiarize yourself with the most common types of storm damage you could be confronted with. Let’s start with lightning.

Lightning Strikes

As all Floridians know, thunderstorms are not uncommon. And where there are thunderstorms, there is lightning. Lightning bolts strike the Earth’s surface 100 times each second, and each strike can deliver up to one billion volts of electricity. Needless to say, lightning strikes can cause some serious damage to your home and property.

Power surges are often the biggest problem experienced by a policyholder and often result in a plethora of ruined electronic devices. Sure, most homeowner’s policies cover damage related to power surges—as well as fire and smoke damage—however, coverage often varies from policy to policy. Be sure to learn all the details of your policy.

Heavy Winds

High and powerful winds spawned by hurricanes and tornadoes can do an incredible amount of damage to the average home. They can damage roofs, sometimes ripping them off altogether, as well as the sides of your house. In addition, extremely strong winds can blow down trees, which in turn can fall over on your home, your vehicles, and other property.

The average insurance policy typically covers damage caused by rain driven by high winds, as well as damage caused by fallen trees if, in fact, it was the storm winds that caused the tree to come crashing down in the first place.

Floods

More often than not, flood damage is usually not covered by your standard homeowner’s policy in the state of Florida. It is recommended that you purchase separate flood insurance, regardless of what caused the flood, in order to protect yourself from the severe water damage that usually accompanies a flood.

Earthquakes

Like floods, earthquake damage is normally not covered by your standard homeowner’s insurance policy. To protect yourself against a destructive earthquake, a separate insurance policy will likely need to be purchased.

Hurricanes: What To Do After

Unfortunately, even the best attempts to protect one’s property will likely end with some kind of damage in the event of a hurricane. But there’s no need to worry. In the event of hurricane damage to your property, John Bales Attorneys will help you in taking the following measures to guarantee your insurance claim is resolved quickly and fairly.

Be certain to cover any damage property with a tarpaulin or similar item to prevent any further damage. As is standard with most insurance companies, they are trained to look for any reason to avoid paying you. That said, insurance companies sometimes assert your property was damaged after the hurricane in order to deny your claim.

Be sure to document everything, and this cannot be overstated. It’s our recommendation that you begin documenting outside. Take photographs, being careful to get your entire home in each photo if possible—this includes every side of the house as well as the roof. Be sure to take pictures of the yard, too. Because they show more, wide shots are highly recommended. Once the exterior wide shots have been taken, you can move in closer to capture more detail. Go inside once you’re finished outside, being sure to get photos of the entirety of every room. Once the rooms are photographed, you can start taking pictures of individual items. As you take these photos, it’s best to make a written inventory of everything. This will all come in very helpful later.

Don’t procrastinate—be sure to file your insurance claim as quickly as possible.

Be Forewarned: You May Not Get the Money You Need

Even if your home or property has been damaged by a storm, and even if you’ve done everything required of you to file your claim, you may still run into hassles getting your insurance company to play fair.

As mentioned before, it’s vitally important to understand everything there is to know about your particular insurance policy, including how your insurance company will pay out. The following is a list of common problems experienced by policy owners attempting to file a claim:

  • Insurance companies look for excuses to justify denying your claim, such as subtle loopholes and vague wording within your policy. Be aware!
  • The evaluation of damage to your home or property might be much lower than what you expected and need—and truth be told, much lower than what is fair. The insurance company may also try to minimalize your incurred expenses, such as overnight hotel stays, rental vehicles, and more.
  • The insurance company will sometimes refute their obligation to provide you with defense to claims made under a liability insurance

In order to avoid being taken advantage of, you must learn all the ins and outs of your policy. Additionally, should a damaging storm occur, be sure to do whatever you think is necessary to prevent or reduce any further damage.

All that being said, should you find yourself involved in a policy dispute with your insurance company, John Bales Attorneys is here to help you get the money you have coming to you.

Call John Bales Attorneys Now Fight For You

The devoted attorneys at John Bales Attorneys know how to deal with stubborn insurance agencies—we deal with them on a regular basis. And based on our many years of experience, here’s a list of what we believe to be the basic rights of every insurance policy holder:

  • You have the right to a just and reasonable settlement.
  • You have the right to fight delays, denials, and inequitable payment offers.
  • You have the right to know why your claim was denied.
  • You have the right to be treated fairly and with respect.

We’re here to help home owners, condominium owners, property managers, associated boards, and public adjusters get the highest amount of benefits they deserve after a storm (including hurricanes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters) or an accident.

A natural disaster, especially one that destroys your home, can leave you feeling vulnerable and helpless. We understand this, and that’s why we’ll never accept any offer less than what you and your family truly deserve.

We will never stop fighting until you receive the maximum benefits you have coming to you under your policy, and we will not charge you a single nickel unless we win for you.

CALL US TODAY AND LET US HELP YOU WEATHER THE AFTERMATH OF THE STORM.

CALL JOHN BALES ATTORNEYS NOW AT 800-225-5564 OR LOG ON TO JOHNBALES.COM. WE’RE HERE TO HELP YOU.

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Water Damage Claims

Water Damage

When your Property or Home get damaged due to Water Damage the last thing you want to think about is how you will pay for any damages and replace your possessions. Sadly, insurance companies will often not live up to their obligations.

This is where we at John Bales Attorneys can help you. We know all the tricks and tactics employed by insurance companies so that they do not have to give you your money.

Contact us now and one of our Water Damage Insurance Dispute Attorneys will evaluate your case and help you get what is yours.

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Employment Dispute

Employment Dispute

Most Trusted Employment Lawyers for all Your Workplace Discrimination Needs

If you are like many Americans, you may spend more waking time working than engaging in activities outside of work. [Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, “American Time Use Survey – 2013 Results,” www.bls.gov, June 2014, accessed November 2014.”] When you encounter workplace harassment or discrimination of any kind, this home away from home can suddenly change—from a safe and welcoming environment to one fraught with danger or hostility. The resulting stress can negatively impact your health, your relationships, and even your job performance. [Source: American Psychological Association, Stress in AmericaTM: Missing the Health Care Connection, https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2012/full-report.pdf, February 2013, accessed November 2014.]

However, you may have hesitated to file a claim against your employer for fear of termination—and the resulting lost wages and benefits. At John Bales Attorneys, we don’t want you to worry about supporting your family or trying to deal with the situation on your own. Whether you were discriminated against, sexually harassed, wrongfully terminated, or retaliated against, you have rights. What you need is an employee’s attorney, who fights for your workplace disputes and discrimination.

We are here to help you—contact John Bales Attorneys today for a free consultation. Our experienced employment lawyers may be able to help get you back pay, restoration of your job, a court order to stop discrimination, or compensation for your pain and suffering.

John Bales Employment Lawyers—Protecting Your Rights from Unlawful and Uncomfortable Behavior in the Workplace

According to both state and federal laws, employers are forbidden to discriminate against current or prospective employees based on:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Genetic information
  • National origin
  • Pregnancy
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sex

Laws also prohibit sexual harassment, wrongful termination, and employer retaliation.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT:

Examples of sexual harassment include unwanted sexual advances, demands for sexual favors, or any other sexual conduct at work—such as repeated inappropriate remarks, emails, or text messages. It is important that you follow your company’s grievance procedure to report any incidences. If that does not work, or if you continue to be harassed, you may have a legal claim.

WRONGFUL TERMINATION:

Under Florida law, most employees are classified as “at will” employees (unless a written employment agreement changes this status). This means that your employer can fire you for any reason—with or without cause—so long as you are not terminated for illegal reasons, such as your age, disability, or sex.

EMPLOYER RETALIATION:

If you filed a sexual harassment charge against your employer, questioned your employer’s results during a grievance investigation, or offered to assist in a sexual harassment investigation and then were retaliated against, the law may provide you with relief against the employer.

If you feel that you have been discriminated against or subjected to harassment in the state of Florida, you may need to file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR).

Because the EEOC and FCHR have set strict deadlines for filing a claim—or, statutes of limitations—it is critical that you contact John Bales Attorneys immediately. Our experienced employment lawyers will determine whether you should file with one or both of the agencies, investigate the circumstances surrounding your experience, and help you file your complaint within the required time-frame.

Florida Unpaid Overtime and Hours Attorneys

Under state and federal laws, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers are required to pay employees at least minimum wage—and overtime pay of at least 1½ the regular pay rate. Overtime applies to any hours worked above and beyond 40 hours in one week. However, sometimes employees go unpaid as employers fail to pay employees the wages they have earned.

If your employer failed to pay you overtime—or forced you to work off the clock—it may be in violation of the FLSA and Florida law. Even if you have questioned your employer, the answer you’ve received may be incomplete or inaccurate. Employment law can be complicated; so it is important that you get help from a qualified and experienced unpaid wages and hours attorney.

You may be hesitant to demand the overtime you have earned, and worried that your legal action may result in termination, reduced hours, or other unfair treatment. We at John Bales Attorneys want you to know, the law is here to protect you from retaliation. In some instances, the law allows for additional claims against your employer for relation.

If you have not received overtime pay that you have earned, get in touch with your employment lawyer at John Bales Law Firm today for a free legal consultation. Our unpaid wages and hours lawyers will review your case and explain your potential rights or available recourse.

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Do You Have Unpaid Wages? Employment Lawyers at John Bales Attorneys Can Help.

Under state and federal laws, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers are required to pay employees a basic minimum wage. Unfortunately, employers sometimes fail to pay employees the correct amount of wages.

It is your right to collect the wages you have earned according to the FLSA and Florida law. In Florida, the minimum wage is recalculated yearly on September 30, and is in effect beginning January 1 of each year.

2014 / 2015

  • Hourly employee: $7.93/hour $4.91/hour + tips
  • Tipped employees: $8.05/hour $5.03/hour + tips

[Source: U.S. Department of Labor, “Minimum Wage Laws in the States – September 1, 2014,” http://www.dol.gov/whd/minwage/america.htm#Florida , accessed November 2014.]

If you are being under-compensated, talk to the unpaid wages lawyers at John Bales Attorneys. We are committed to upholding your rights under the law. Call us today at (800) 225-5564 or consult with our employment attorney at John Bales for free legal advice.

If your employer is not paying you the minimum wage as specified by law—or forced you to work off the clock—it may be in violation of the FLSA and Florida law. Even if you have questioned your employer, the answer you’ve received may be incomplete or inaccurate. Employment law can be complicated; so it is important that you get help from a qualified and experienced unpaid wages and hours attorney.

You may be hesitant to demand a fair wage, and worried that your legal action may result in termination, reduced hours, or other unfair treatment. We at John Bales Attorneys want you to know, the law is here to protect you from retaliation. If your employer takes a negative employment action against you for asserting your right to paid a fair wage, you may have an additional claim against your employer.

If you are being under-compensated, contact John Bales Attorneys today for a free consultation. Our unpaid wages and hours lawyers will review your case and explain your potential rights or available recourse.

What Is FMLA?

An employee may be covered for leave under the FMLA if they meet specific criteria. These criteria include (a) being a covered employee under the FMLA, (b) being employed by a covered employer under the FMLA; and (c) have taken leave for specific family and/or medical reason under the FMLA. To be a “covered employee” under the FMLA, you must have been employed by a covered employer and work at a worksite within 75 miles of which that employer employs 50 people; have worked at least 12 months (which do not have to be consecutive) for the employer, and have worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12 months immediately before the date FMLA leave began. A “covered employer” under the FMLA includes private employers, and certain public employers, who engage in commerce, or in any industry affecting commerce, and who has 50 or more employees each working day during at least 20 calendar weeks in the current or preceding calendar year.

Under the FMLA, a covered employee is entitled to take job-protected, unpaid leave for specified family and medical reasons. Eligible employees are entitled to:

12 workweeks of leave in any 12-month period for:

  • Birth and care of the employee’s child, within one year of birth;
  • Placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care, within one year of the placement,
  • Care of an immediate family member (spouse, child, parent) who has a serious health condition;
  • For the employee’s own serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job, and
  • Any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son , daughter, or parent is on active duty or has been notified of an impending call to order to active duty in the U.S. National
  • Guard or Reserves in support of a contingency operation.

26 workweeks of leave during a single 12-month period to care for a covered service member with a serious injury or illness if the employee is the spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin of the service member.

Additionally, if an employee was receiving group health benefits when leave began, an employer must maintain them at the same level and in the same manner during period of FMLA leave as if the employee had continued to work.

An employee may take FMLA leave intermittently or on a reduced leave schedule when medically necessary. Taking intermittent leave for certain reasons such as birth of a child is subject to the employer’s approval. Employer approval is not necessary in certain circumstances as medically necessary.

When the need for leave is foreseeable, an employee must notify the employer at least 30 days in advance, or as far in advance as is reasonable. When the leave is not foreseeable, the employee must provide notice as soon as practicable under the circumstances. An employer may require supporting documentation from an employee’s care provider and request periodic reports of the employee’s intent to return to work.

DO YOU HAVE A FMLA CLAIM?

Upon returning to work from FMLA leave, an employee is entitled to be restored to the same or an equivalent job with equivalent pay, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment. [1]

We will assist you in calculating the amount of any recovery owed with a FMLA Claim based on the information and documentation you provide to us. As discussed and authorized by you, once we have calculated and you have approved the amount of recovery an employer owes you, we will generally use this amount to make the initial demand to employer to resolve your claim. As discussed, this amount is the potential recovery a jury may award at trial if you are successful and the jury rejects all of the defenses from employer. You should not view this initial amount as the amount you will recover in your case because it usually is not. Instead, it is a negotiation tool to assist in our efforts to maximize your recovery by giving you the “room” to negotiate with employer. The reasonable settlement amount for your case will likely be less especially after we are advised of the employer’s defenses. We have several negotiation tools that may help you maximize your recovery, which we will evaluate with you based on the facts of your case.

Don’t wait another day, contact our attorneys now so that we can start working on your claim.

Florida Keys Wrongful dismissal / wrongful termination attorneys

John Bales Attorneys is a Florida Keys employment lawyer and your Wrongful dismissal legal team. If you’re the victim of wrongful termination or other breaches of your employment contract, you could be entitled to significant compensation under federal law.

Employment law is incredibly complex, but our job is to simplify it so that your compensation claim invokes all applicable wrongful termination laws. Whether your former employer has allowed or engaged in sexual harassment, withheld wages, or has fired you because of issues surrounding the Family And Medical Leave Act (FMLA), or has discriminated against you because of marital status, race, sexual orientation, national origin, religious beliefs, gender, or other illegal reasons, we will fight for punitive damages for you.

As your wrongful termination lawyer, we answer all your questions, inquire about the unlawful reasons for termination and illegal actions of your former employer, and counsel you regarding all your options for justice. We will aggressively pursue maximum compensation, including for lost wages, an appropriate severance package, and any and all other applicable indemnification and redress permitted by federal and state laws.

John Bales Attorneys is one of the most successful Florida employment dispute and employment discrimination law firms, and we take wrongful termination and breaches of your employment agreement very seriously. We handle many wrongful termination lawsuits and have a very good track record at successfully prosecuting our wrongful termination claims for our clients. If you’ve been the victim of a wrongful discharge or unlawful termination in the Florida Keys area, please allow us to fight for you and your family!

Class Actions

Class Actions

When defective medical devices or pharmaceutical drugs cause harm to large groups of people, the Florida Keys injury lawyers at John Bales Attorneys pursue legal claims—or mass torts—to help victims get compensation for their suffering.

We want to alert people like you about these potentially harmful drugs and defective products through consumer alerts. We believe that consumer alerts give power back to the people instead of the corporations that make unsafe products.

Consumer Alert & Mass Tort Cases We Handle

At John Bales Attorneys, we handle consumer alert claims for:

Defective Products

Defective products can range from household items that cause fires to medical devices that cause life-threatening injuries. Product manufacturers are responsible for testing their goods and making sure they are safe. When they do not, they can be held liable for victims’ accident-related expenses.

Drug Injuries

When your doctor prescribes a drug, you expect it to help you get better. But some prescription drugs use contaminated ingredients or have inadequate warning labels about the side effects and health conditions they may cause. When drug manufacturers use contaminated ingredients or don not warn patients about the dangers of their drugs, they can be held liable for patients’ medical bills and lost wages.

If you or someone you love was injured by a defective product or medication, John Bales Attorneys wants to help. Our consumer alerts team is always researching recalled medical devices and drugs in order to build stronger claims for our clients. You can count on us to give your case the attention and professionalism it deserves—call us at (800) 225-5564 or fill out a free initial consultation form today.

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Drugs class action lawsuit

Drug Injury

Injured After Taking a Drug? John Bales Attorneys Can Help.

Every year, new medications capture the public’s attention promising to improve the quality of life for their prescribed users. Yet months or years later, many of these drugs make headlines again following an FDA recall or reports of innocent people being harmed. When a drug causes you more harm than good, John Bales Attorneys wants to help you.

“Reuters states that between 2004 and 2011, researchers counted more than 1,700 drug recalls listed in the FDA’s enforcement reports.”

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We believe pharmaceutical companies and other responsible parties must be held accountable when their medications injure the public. If you have been injured by a drug, talk to a drug injury lawyer from John Bales Attorneys today.

What Causes Drug Injuries?

Drug injuries can result from:

  • Contamination or a defect in the manufacturing process
  • Harmful interactions with other prescription medications
  • Inadequate warning labels or documentation
  • and more

No matter how you were injured, the legal issues surrounding a drug injury can be complex. The drug injury attorneys at John Bales Attorneys will get to know you to help ensure your rights to collect compensation are protected—so you can focus on getting your life back to normal.

Experience Helping Drug Injury Victims

After a drug injury, victims are often left with medical bills, lost wages, and lingering pain and suffering. If you’re suffering from a drug injury, our legal team will help answer your questions and address your concerns as we build a strong claim on your behalf.

At John Bales Attorneys, we have years of experience helping drug injury victims in Florida Keys and Orlando get the compensation they deserve. Contact us today, and let us fight for your rights. Call us at (800) 225-5564 or fill out our free initial consultation form 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Antidepressants

Antidepressant Birth Defect

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are widely prescribed for the treatment of depression, anxiety, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and social phobia. Recently, the use of SSRIs during pregnancy has been linked to babies born with birth defects that can be severe and even life-threatening.

WHAT SSRI DRUGS ARE IN QUESTION?

Due to the similar way SSRIs interact with our brains, the entire class of drugs has been linked to instances of birth defects. Specific products include:

  • Celexa® (citalopram)
  • Lexapro® (escitalopram)
  • Luvox® (fluvoxamine)
  • Paxil® (paroxetine)
  • Prozac® (fluoxetine)
  • Symbyax® (olanzapine/fluoxetine)
  • Zoloft® (sertraline)

What Should I Know About The Link Between These Drugs & Birth Defects?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that one study showed infants born to mothers who took SSRIs after the 20th week of pregnancy were six times more likely to have persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) than infants born to mothers who did not take antidepressants during pregnancy.

What is Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of The Newborn (PPHN)?

A mother who takes an SSRI drug may have a child born with this serious condition, which occurs when a newborn is unable to adapt to breathing outside the womb. This results in the child suffering from abnormal blood flow through the heart and lungs, leading to a lack of oxygen supplied to the rest of the body. Babies with PPHN can become very sick and may die.

What Should I Do If I Took an SSRI & Had a Child With a Birth Defect or PPHN?

If you or someone you care about has suffered the anguish of having a child born with birth defects after taking prescription drugs, you may need a drug injury lawyer. Your initial consultation is free, and we will handle your inquiry with the utmost level of care and professionalism.

Celexa® and Lexapro® are registered trademarks of Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Luvox® is a registered trademark of Solvay Pharmaceuticals. Paxil® is a registered trademark of GlaxoSmithKline. Prozac® and Symbyax® are registered trademarks of Eli Lilly and Company. Zoloft® is a registered trademark of Pfizer Inc. All trademarks are used to identify the products in question.

This law firm is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Solvay Pharmaceuticals; GlaxoSmithKline; Eli Lilly and Company; Pfizer Inc.; or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Actos

Actos® Bladder Problems

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that use of the diabetes medication Actos® (pioglitazone) for more than one year has been associated with a 40 percent increase in risk for bladder cancer. The FDA urges patients who have taken Actos to contact a medical professional immediately if they experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Blood or red color in urine
  • Urgent need to urinate or pain while urinating
  • Pain in back or lower abdomen

Information about the risk of bladder cancer associated with Actos has been added to the “warnings and precautions” section of the label for pioglitazone-containing medicines as well as the patient medication guide.

In April 2014, a jury found that the manufacturers of Actos, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited and Eli Lilly & Company, hid the cancer risks of the drug. The two companies were ordered to pay a combined $9 Billion in punitive damages—the seventh-largest jury award in U.S. history.

Different Products, Same Risk

The active ingredient in Actos (pioglitazone) is also sold in combination with metformin (Actoplus Met®, Actoplus Met XR®) and glimepiride (Duetact®). From January 2010 through October 2010, approximately 2.3 million patients filled prescriptions for a pioglitazone-containing product from outpatient retail pharmacies.

Get The Help You Deserve

If you or someone you love has taken a diabetes medication containing pioglitazone and was diagnosed with bladder cancer, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us immediately for a free and confidential case evaluation, and get the help you deserve.

Never stop taking any medication without first consulting your doctor. Actos®, Actoplus Met®, Actoplus Met XR®, and Duetact® are registered trademarks of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited and are used here only for the purpose of identifying the products in question. This law firm is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, Eli Lilly & Company, or Bloomberg.

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Defective Products

Defective Products

Representing Defective Product Injury Victims

Every year, thousands of people are injured by defective products. Whether it is a defective medical device or an appliance off a store shelf, you should be able to trust that products are safe to use.

If you have been injured by a defective product, you should not have to fight the insurance companies alone. A defective product lawyer from John Bales Attorneys will work hard to build you a strong claim, so you can concentrate on getting better. Contact us by calling (800) 225-5564 or filling out our free initial consultation form today.

Types of Product Defects

Depending on the product, more than one party may be responsible for a defect. From initial design to distribution, there are three common types of product defects that may result in personal injury:

  • Design defects are flaws stemming from a product’s creation. A product may be missing a key safety feature, or designers may have overlooked a way in which the product may be dangerous when used as intended.
  • There are errors or defects resulting from the manufacturing process. A mistake during production or poor workmanship may result in serious injury.
  • Proper warnings or instructions are not provided. Products must feature warning labels that alert users to potential safety hazards and instructions that explain how to safely operate products.

At John Bales Attorneys, we take the time to understand what happened to you and listen to your concerns. Our team of defective product attorneys will investigate the circumstances of your injury to help ensure the parties responsible for your injuries are held accountable.

Get Help Now

Florida law limits the amount of time an injured victim can make a defective product claim. These laws—known as the statute of limitations—can vary depending on the nature of your injury. We understand product liability law, and we will help make sure the proper deadlines are met so you can get the compensation you deserve as quickly as possible.

Our legal staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so contact John Bales Attorneys today to get the legal help you deserve. We have years of experience helping injured victims throughout the Florida Keys.

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