Clearwater Personal Injury Blog

  • Recent FBI raid shows limits of the attorney-client privilege

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 19-Apr-2018

    One of the most sacred forms of confidentiality in the law is the attorney-client privilege. Most people know the things they tell their lawyers will never be revealed to the world. In the great majority of cases, that’s true. This is for a good reason: a lawyer cannot effectively represent a client unless the client is free to tell the lawyer everything about their situation. This bond of ...
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  • Driverless car technology: the future ain't what it used to be

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 3-Apr-2018

    Futurists have been raving about driverless cars for years. They foresee a world where fuel efficient cars glide safely through cities, avoiding the kinds of crashes routinely caused by humans. People won’t have to own cars at all in that world. They’ll just summon them when they need them, and relax while the car’s artificial intelligence gets them where they want to go. We all ...
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  • Can I Sue If My Child Was Injured?

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 21-Mar-2018

    If your child has been injured because of another person’s negligent actions or careless behavior, you are entitled to pursue financial compensation for their injuries and any subsequent medical treatments required for their recovery. But before you attempt to get started filing your lawsuit, it is important to know that child injury cases are different than personal injury cases for adults. ...
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  • Legislative session shows continuing power of corporate lobbyists

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 12-Mar-2018

    Coming into this year’s legislative session, we hoped Florida would finally ditch our outdated “no fault” auto insurance system. Several legislators wanted to change Florida to the type of fault-based insurance system used in most other states. Unfortunately, it was not to be. Insurance companies may complain about paying PIP benefits, but they love collecting PIP premiums. They ...
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  • Ride-sharing services must now provide coverage for their Florida crashes

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 16-Feb-2018

    For many decades, there weren’t many changes in the way Americans got around in motor vehicles. People either owned their own cars or motorcycles or took taxis and public transportation. Things have changed dramatically in the last few years. Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft have changed the landscape in the transportation world. The explosion in use of these services has left many ...
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  • Daycares: An Unsafe Environment

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 13-Feb-2018

    Do you drop off your little ones to daycare each day you go to work? Parents over depend on daycare centers to provide a safe, secure, and supervised space while they are away. Caretakers and daycare staff members need to take their responsibility seriously and never act negligently when looking after children placed under their temporary care. Otherwise, a variety of unexpected dangers can arise, ...
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  • Insurance companies are fighting repeal of Florida no-fault auto insurance

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 10-Feb-2018

    For years, insurance companies in Florida have been railing about fraud and abuse in our no-fault auto insurance system. Those companies complain that health care providers are overbilling patients to grab personal injury protection benefits the no-fault law provides. They also complain about outright fraud in the system. Maybe those companies never thought anyone would call their bluff. However, ...
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  • Possible change to auto insurance coverage will protect consumers

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 2-Feb-2018

    There are several bills pending in the Florida legislature which may end up changing our auto insurance laws. One bill, which would repeal the Florida no-fault auto insurance law, has received a lot of attention in the press in the last few months. Another one, which involves which people auto insurance policies must cover within a household, has received less coverage. But as this blog will ...
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  • Geico files racketeering suit against referral service and seeks millions

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 26-Jan-2018

    Geico recently filed a lawsuit in a Florida federal court against the parent company of 411 Pain, the medical-legal referral service. The breadth of the suit is astounding. Geico’s legal complaint is almost 200 pages long, and alleges the referral service, along with many co-defendants, engaged in racketeering, illegal kickback schemes, fraud, and other serious forms of misconduct. The ...
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  • President Trump draws rare attention to mental status exams

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 17-Jan-2018

    President Trump recently took a physical to assess his overall health. Although these physicals are routine for sitting presidents, this one has gotten unusual attention because it included an additional component: a mental status exam. According to media reports, Trump had a memory screening exam added to his usual physical by White House medical staff. They apparently wanted to rule out early ...
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  • How Do I Know if I Have a Traumatic Brain Injury After My Accident?

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 3-Jan-2018

    Much like burns, amputations and spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are categorized as catastrophic injuries. They disrupt all facets of your life: how you walk, how you eat, how you interact and communicate with others and even how you think. However, unlike other catastrophic injuries, the symptoms of a TBI may not appear until days or weeks after an accident, or may be even ...
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  • Complete vs. Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 22-Dec-2017

    A spinal cord injury (SCI) occurs when the protection surrounding your cord is damaged. Trauma, from a violent motor vehicle accident or a vicious sports injury, can cause this damage, which can result in the loss of the ability to send and receive messages from the brain to the body’s system that controls sensory and motor function. One of the terms you’ll often hear in reference to ...
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  • Why Coup-Contrecoup Brain Injuries are Difficult to Recognize

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 13-Dec-2017

    According to the Brain Injury Association of America, roughly 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. These injuries can manifest in hundreds of different ways and while some are easily diagnosed, others are harder to recognize; a coup-contrecoup brain injury falls under the latter. What Is a Coup-Contrecoup Brain Injury? When there is a direct blow to the head, the ...
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  • It's Time To Get Away From The "A" Word For Car Crashes

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 8-Dec-2017

    People have talked about car accidents for as long as there have been cars. But there’s something about this term which isn’t quite right: “accidents” suggest car crashes are random, unforeseeable events, like lightning striking. In reality, they’re not. Car crashes are actually predictable, explainable, and most importantly, preventable. Professionals in the auto ...
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  • Beware of These Common Winter-Time Accidents

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 21-Nov-2017

    The holiday season is upon us, which means the first official day of winter is fast approaching. Although Florida may not see as picturesque a change in season or weather as other states across the country, there are certainly seasonal trends that make the holiday and winter months a unique time of year. Unfortunately, many of those same trends also pose increased safety risks to the public ...
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  • Florida auto insurance laws may change in a good way soon

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 10-Nov-2017

    Changes in the Florida auto insurance system may happen soon, and Florida drivers may be better off for it. Last year, Florida lawmakers pondered ditching our state’s beleaguered “no-fault” auto insurance system. That system, which requires drivers to initially use their own insurance to pay for things like medical bills and lost wages, has become increasingly unpopular. ...
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  • Your insurance company calls the shots on claims against you

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 24-Oct-2017

    One of our firm’s clients was in the news recently because he got a rude shock from his insurance company, Geico. He found out the hard way how insurance companies really operate. The story begins in August. At that time, Ricky Melendez was driving to work in the morning on U.S. 19. As he passed through the Tampa Road intersection, a stolen car full of teenagers ran a red light at more than ...
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  • The Bizarre Behavior of Florida Car Insurance Companies

    Posted By Mark Roman || 11-Oct-2017

    The law firm of Roman & Gaynor is currently representing Ricky Melendez, a 29-year-old man who was hit by a 16-year-old driver who had stolen a car and ran a red light at 112 mph. The Tampa Bay Times recently published an article covering the details of the incident and subsequent struggles with Menendez’s insurance company. Attorney Mark Roman shares his thoughts. You may have heard of ...
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  • Worrisome Trends Revealed In Latest Bicycle Safety Study

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 21-Sep-2017

    The Governor’s Highway Safety Association just released a major report on bike safety. Rather than analyzing brand new data, the report reviewed fatal crash data from 1975 to 2015 in detail to try and figure out trends. Overall, the news is not good. Bike fatalities declined steadily year after year until 2010. Since then, they’ve started going back up again. In 2015, 818 bicyclists ...
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  • What Makes an Injury "Catastrophic"?

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 20-Sep-2017

    Preventable accidents can cause a range of injuries, all of which have the potential to create physical, financial, and emotional repercussions for victims. However, in personal injury law, more serious injuries are often deemed “catastrophic.” Not only are catastrophic injuries characterized by severe physical trauma and the need for serious and / or long term medical care and ...
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  • Roman & Gaynor Sponsors 2017 Edinburgh Cyclocross Challenge

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 18-Sep-2017

    We are proud to announce that Roman & Gaynor is the main Title Sponsor of the 5th Annual Edinburgh Cyclocross Challenge, an event we have sponsored all five years of its existence. The event takes place October 7 th and 8 th at Highlander Park in Dunedin and is open to riders of all ages. Cyclocross is a fall and winter cycling sport where riders need to traverse a wide range of terrain, ...
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  • All Bay Area Counties Now Eligible for Federal Disaster Relief

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 15-Sep-2017

    People all over Florida are trying to get their lives back to normal following Hurricane Irma. While no part of the Florida peninsula was unscathed, the Tampa Bay area fared better than many feared. Irma tracked a little further east than projected and weakened as it moved north, sparing our area the worst of the wind, rain, and storm surge. Nevertheless, there was still major damage and ...
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  • Why You Should Have Uninsured Motorist Auto Insurance

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 12-Sep-2017

    We would like to take a moment to tell you about a problem we encounter on a daily basis that could have a major impact on your life. The problem is the all too common occurrence of people being victimized by uninsured and under-insured drivers who use our roads. This problem is real and serious. It could spell disaster for those who aren’t prepared for a car accident caused by a financially ...
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  • Preparing for Hurricane Irma in Florida

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 7-Sep-2017

    Natural disasters are often unpredictable and extremely damaging. With Texans still recovering from the recent damage from Hurricane Harvey, Florida residents are now preparing for the worst with Hurricane Irma just a few days away. According to recent estimations, the storm is projected to hit Southern Florida this coming weekend. With winds consistently set around 185 mph, and gusts of up to 225 ...
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  • Safety Tips for Motorcyclists

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 5-Sep-2017

    Thousands of motorcyclists are injured in traffic collisions in the state of Florida every year. Motorcyclists are not protected in the same way that vehicle occupants are – nothing separates them from the open road. Unfortunately, this means that catastrophic injuries are a likely outcome in a collision with another motorist. If you're a motorcyclist, then check out the following safety ...
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