Clearwater Personal Injury Blog

  • Corporate Employers & The Problem of Trade Secrets

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 9-Nov-2018

    Most people have some sense of the term “trade secrets.” When you hear it, you probably think of things like the recipe for Coke, or customer lists stashed in the boss’s office. However, corporate America interprets the term in a much broader way — and employment relationships can get complicated and contentious when employers assert their expansive trade secret claims. In ...
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  • Terrible New York crash shows even limos aren't always safe

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

    Twenty people were killed recently when a limousine barreled through a stop sign and crashed in upstate New York. It was the deadliest transportation crash in the United States since 2009, and an extraordinary number of deaths for a land motor vehicle case. Numbers that high usually come from aircraft or train crashes. The 20 people killed consisted of 17 limo passengers, along with the limo ...
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  • Why Should You Work with a Board Certified Lawyer?

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

    Did you know that lawyers, like doctors, can become Board Certified? But what does this mean, and, more importantly, why does it matter? Read on to learn more. Experience the Benefits of Hiring a Board Certified Trial Attorney As defined by the Florida Bar, board certification “recognizes attorneys’ special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism ...
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  • Death of Man in Dallas Might Be First Fatal Electric Scooter Accident

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 6-Sep-2018

    Electric scooter accidents are known to be dangerous, but after a mysterious death in Dallas during the early morning hours of September 1 st, 2018, they might also be potentially fatal. According to police reports, a young man, Jacoby Stoneking, passed away after he told his friend he had been in an electric scooter accident. However, while talking with his friend on the phone, he only said he ...
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  • Recent events further support ditching secret settlements

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 28-Aug-2018

    We’ve criticized confidentiality agreements (otherwise known as secret settlements or “hush money” deals) for years. Several months ago, this blog discussed how confidentiality agreements allowed Harvey Weinstein to continue his abusive behavior for years. Now a Pennsylvania grand jury has come out with a deeply troubling report about abuse in the Catholic Church. The report ...
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  • Judges shouldn't be the star of the show during trial

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

    The trial of Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chair, is chugging along in federal court near Washington, D.C. Manafort is accused of various financial crimes such as bank and tax fraud. Financial crime cases make for some pretty dry testimony. In trials of this type, witnesses may pore over financial statements and loan papers for days. To try and find something interesting ...
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  • Roman & Gaynor Proudly Supports The Backpack Lady Project

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 1-Aug-2018

    At Roman & Gaynor, we are always looking for ways to get involved with our local community. From participating in charity events to volunteering in nonprofit organizations, our firm constantly strives to support those in need. We are excited to partner with Rob Ditro and The Backpack Lady Project. About The Backpack Lady Project The Backpack Lady Project is a local nonprofit based in Dunedin. ...
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  • Phones Aren't the Only Electronics Responsible for Distracted Driving

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 25-Jul-2018

    We are suffering a gravely unfortunate epidemic of distracted driving in the United States. The rate of fatal accidents has increased in the last few years, reversing a trend of decline which had been going on for decades. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 3,450 people were killed in distracted driving crashes in 2016 alone, and countless more ...
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  • Depression and suicidal thoughts are real concerns for injured clients

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

    We recently suffered two celebrity suicides within one week. Anthony Bourdain, the chef and TV host, recently took his own life in Paris, while Kate Spade, the fashion designer, ended hers in New York. These two high profile cases are part of an unfortunate trend: a dramatic increase in suicide rates. The numbers in America are alarming. The U.S. suicide rate rose by 25 percent over the past two ...
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  • Research Shows Concussion Symptoms Don't Always Go Away

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

    Most people think of concussions as scary, but temporary, injuries to the brain. Unfortunately, that’s not the experience of everyone who suffers from them. Many clients of ours have been frustrated by concussion symptoms which hang on for months or even years. Doctors even have a name for this: post-concussive syndrome, or PCS. Nevertheless, one of the standard defense arguments about ...
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  • Parkland Shooting Survivors Get A Nasty Surprise When They Fight City Hall

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 14-May-2018

    After the horrifying shooting at the South Florida high school in Parkland, families of victims understandably began asking questions. One of the first questions was about why a police officer assigned to the school (“school resource officer”) failed to intervene and stop the bloodshed. While there is still considerable dispute about the events, many families are placing part of the ...
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  • Florida Court's Ruling Points Out Flaws In Buying Online Auto Insurance

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 1-May-2018

    Many insurance companies now offer you the chance to buy auto insurance over the phone or through a website. Companies like Geico and Progressive have aggressively marketed these online buying systems. Geico claims one can buy insurance and save money in 15 minutes, while Progressive touts a name-your-price online buying tool. When you use these systems, you don’t ever meet an agent, and you ...
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  • 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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