Roman & Gaynor: 2011 Personal Injury Law Blogs

  • Some Facts About Bicycles And Accidents

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 7-Nov-2011

    Florida remains a high outlier for bicycle deaths, with a rate three times the national average. We have six-percent of the nation’s population, but account for 17-percent of bicyclist deaths. Our traffic laws in Florida do not provide for special treatment or protection of cycling groups, and a group is not considered “one unit” for purposes of stopping at lights and stop signs. ...
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  • Some Facts About Bicycles And Accidents

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 7-Nov-2011

    Florida remains a high outlier for bicycle deaths, with a rate three times the national average. We have six-percent of the nation’s population, but account for 17-percent of bicyclist deaths. Our traffic laws in Florida do not provide for special treatment or protection of cycling groups, and a group is not considered “one unit” for purposes of stopping at lights and stop signs. ...
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  • Florida Court Slams Ford For Enormous Fraud In Civil Trial

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 26-Aug-2011

    Last month, a judge in Central Florida took the drastic step of overturning a jury verdict in a case against Ford Motor Company. Ford had won the trial, but the judge found that Ford committed fraud throughout the trial which misled the jury and tainted the verdict. The case involved a husband and wife who sued Ford after the wife was paralyzed in a car accident. They claimed the accident was ...
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  • Florida Court Slams Ford For Enormous Fraud In Civil Trial

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 26-Aug-2011

    Last month, a judge in Central Florida took the drastic step of overturning a jury verdict in a case against Ford Motor Company. Ford had won the trial, but the judge found that Ford committed fraud throughout the trial which misled the jury and tainted the verdict. The case involved a husband and wife who sued Ford after the wife was paralyzed in a car accident. They claimed the accident was ...
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  • Arbitration Ascends The Throne At The US Supreme Court While Consumers Lose

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 18-Jul-2011

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided that a sex discrimination case brought by female employees against Wal-Mart cannot go forward as a class action (Wal-Mart v. Dukes). The case has attracted considerable public attention. It is generally understood as a massive victory for big business. However, Wal-Mart is not the only recent Supreme Court class action ruling which represents a giant win for ...
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  • The Fine Print Matters: Be Wary Of Consumer Contracts

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 24-May-2011

    We’ve all had the experience. When we do something like buy a car, hire a lawn service, or get a cell phone plan, we first find out the price. After we agree to the price, we’re told we have to sign a lengthy contract which a salesperson assures is just “a formality” or “paperwork.” But the truth is that many consumer contracts are not just formalities. They are ...
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  • Florida Legislature V. Florida Court System: The Power Struggle Behind The Bills

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 5-May-2011

    [W]e set up the courts. We can unset the courts. –Tom Delay, Former House Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives Delay obviously didn’t like courts. He made this comment even before he was convicted in court of money laundering and sentenced to prison. A similar contempt for courts appears to be the common thread running through several bills recently proposed here in Florida. ...
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  • Update from Tallahassee: Big Insurance Rebuffed, At Least for Now

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 1-Apr-2011

    Anyone who cares about the civil justice system in Florida has to be deeply concerned at the moment. So-called reform bills are coming out of the new legislature so fast that members of the bar and judiciary have their heads spinning. It’s impossible to address them all here, so I will focus on just one: proposed changes to insurance bad faith law. Current law requires an insurance company ...
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  • New Poll Reveals Frightening Rates of Distracted Driving

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 23-Mar-2011

    There’s plenty of distracted driving going on, especially among young people. A recent poll conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Consumer Reports magazine confirms this. People who responded to the poll were asked about their driving behavior in the previous 30 days, and here are some of their responses: 63-percent of people under 30 had used a handheld phone while driving; ...
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  • New Poll Reveals Frightening Rates of Distracted Driving

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 23-Mar-2011

    There’s plenty of distracted driving going on, especially among young people. A recent poll conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Consumer Reports magazine confirms this. People who responded to the poll were asked about their driving behavior in the previous 30 days, and here are some of their responses: 63-percent of people under 30 had used a handheld phone while driving; ...
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  • Safety: A Point Everyone's Missing In The Public Transportation Debate

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 28-Feb-2011

    Floridians, particularly those in the Tampa Bay area, have heard a lot about Governor Rick Scott’s rejection of federal money for a bullet train between Orlando and Tampa. Scott cited the potential cost to Florida in rejecting the money. His opponents, on the other hand, have said the death of the project will prevent jobs from being created in the local economy. What almost never gets ...
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  • Don't Believe Big Business Propaganda About Florida's Civil Justice System

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 16-Feb-2011

    Florida’s new governor, Rick Scott, is on the warpath against our civil justice system. Fully supporting Scott’s proposed tort reforms is an organization called the Florida Justice Reform Institute. The Institute’s title makes it sound like an academic think tank. It is not. The Institute was formed by the Florida Chamber of Commerce in 2005. It claims that its mission includes ...
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  • Gulf Oil Spill Report Identifies The Problem With Liability Caps

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 31-Jan-2011

    The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill recently issued its report to the President. Consistent with previous findings, the Commission found that a series of missteps led to what’s been called the worst ecological disaster in U.S. history. In describing the multiple causes of the disaster, the Commission described how the participants missed warning signals, failed to ...
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  • Flexibility: A Sometimes Overlooked Key For Lawyers In Trial

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 19-Jan-2011

    If there is one thing skilled trial lawyers agree on, it is the need for thorough preparation. A lawyer who goes into court must know the case they intend to prove. To the extent possible, they must also know their opponent’s case and be ready to defuse it. Trying to “wing it” through a trial is irresponsible and usually a recipe for disaster. One thing that gets mentioned less, ...
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  • Roman & Gaynor Partners with Gearlink Racing

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 7-Jan-2011

    Roman & Gaynor is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Gearlink Racing, Inc.! Our firm is now a sponsor of the bicycle racing team, which plays a prominent role in the Florida cycling community. Founded in 2008, Gearlink Racing consists of nearly 100 riders - and growing - who participate in competitive cycling throughout the state and on a national level. Riders compete in road, ...
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