Clearwater Personal Injury Blog

  • Manafort Sentence Illustrates Power of Judges

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 14-Mar-2019

    The legal community was collectively astonished last week when Paul Manafort received a roughly four-year sentence for serious financial crimes in federal court. The judge, T.S. Ellis, had already made his contempt for the case clear, and many court watchers expected something relatively mild. But most court-watchers found the sentence Ellis imposed to be shocking: it was about one-fifth of the ...
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  • The Most Common Causes of Brain Injuries

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 13-Mar-2019

    Discovering the potential causes of a brain injury is important for those who have already been affected to take legal action, and for others to understand how to protect themselves. Traumatic brain injuries are most commonly caused by the following situations: Car accidents Truck accidents Motorcycle accidents Pedestrian accidents Slip and falls Birth injuries Assault For those injured, ...
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  • How the Severity of an Injury Can Be Considered Catastrophic

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 8-Mar-2019

    Injuries come in all forms. Many times, they can be minimal injuries likes cuts and bruises. Other times, they can be so severe that they are considered catastrophic under personal injury law. These are the most serious injuries that a person can sustain. While any individual who suffers an injury may consider it serious, there are a select few that the law considers worse than others because of ...
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  • Car Accident Settlement Stories from Roman & Gaynor

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 27-Feb-2019

    There are millions of car accidents in the country every year, most of them causing serious injuries to one party or another. Our Clearwater personal injury attorneys are dedicated to staying hard at work to provide the best possible legal counsel to as many people in our community as possible after they get hurt in a crash. While our team is always at-the-ready to take a claim to court for ...
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  • Silence Is Golden: Why Lawyers Tell Their Clients to Keep Quiet

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 25-Feb-2019

    Any American who has watched a police procedural has heard it: A newly-arrested suspect being told by a police officer that they have the right to remain silent. This protection against self-incrimination is a Constitutional right in criminal cases. However, remaining silent isn’t just a good idea in criminal cases. There are many reasons why lawyers tell their clients not to discuss their ...
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  • Why Having a Lawyer Is Important Moving Forward

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 18-Feb-2019

    You’ve been hurt because of someone else’s negligence in a car accident. What do you do next? How do you get through this without knowing how your finances will be handled? How do you protect your own rights when you’re not sure what to expect? Unfortunately, moving forward after a car accident injury is never easy and often requires skilled legal counsel to do so effectively. ...
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  • How Does the Insurance Company Play a Role In a Lawsuit?

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 5-Feb-2019

    Many individuals are confused when there is plenty of discussion about the insurance company in a car accident lawsuit. Simply put, not everyone understands the role that these corporations play and how they are involved. However, it’s important to note that when you file a lawsuit against a negligent party, you’re not going to receive any compensation from the individual themselves. ...
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  • Study Shows Media Reports on Bicyclist Deaths are Biased

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 31-Jan-2019

    Consider the difference between these two sentences from a hypothetical news story describing the same event: The bicyclist entered the intersection and was struck by a car. The car’s driver made a right turn on red and struck a bicyclist using the crosswalk. The phrasing of sentence number one suggests the bicyclist’s choices caused the collision. Sentence number two suggests just the ...
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  • What to Expect In a Car Accident Lawsuit

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 16-Jan-2019

    When someone sustains significant injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence, they don’t fully understand the importance of taking legal action. They fail to file a car accident claim simply because of fear of the situation and they don’t know what to expect. Understanding the process can help dispel these concerns. Filing the Claim When you file a car accident claim with ...
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  • What You Should Do Following a Car Accident

    Posted By Roman & Gaynor || 3-Jan-2019

    Far too often, individuals are involved in a car accident and do or say something they’re not supposed to. Or they miss doing something that is beneficial to them and as a result, they fail to properly move forward and hold the negligent party accountable. There are very important steps to take after a car accident that can help you protect your rights to pursue compensation for the damages ...
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  • Why Do Many Car Accident Cases End In Settlements?

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

    Why don’t we hear more about lawsuits after a car accident? Why are there not many instances in which we see court cases deciding the fates of those who sustain serious injury because of someone else’s negligent actions. It’s because a large majority of the time, these types of cases end in settlements. What does this mean and is it a good thing to have? We explain why ...
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  • Roman & Gaynor is Safe After Report of Bomb Threat

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

    Reports of bomb threats have resulted in evacuations and lockdowns at businesses, schools, and government buildings in Florida and throughout the United States---including our Clearwater office. Roman & Gaynor received a threat via e-mail, which was similar to others reported across the state and country. On behalf of our experienced legal team, we would like to thank you all for your ...
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  • The Aftermath of a Car Accident: Physical and Emotional Damage

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

    Imagine having to deal with the long-term physical and emotional impact of a serious injury caused by someone else’s negligence. Think of the difficulties that are often present in the aftermath of a car accident; these matters are amplified when already dealing with countless hardships. For anyone who sustains injuries as a result of a negligence-related car accident, there are many matters ...
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  • Understanding Auto Insurance Coverage In Florida

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

    When it comes to auto insurance coverage in the state of Florida, not many people fully understand what is available to them, what laws require them to carry, and why it’s so important to understand what your policy offers. Understanding the different types of auto insurance coverage can help you have more knowledge regarding what to expect if you are ever involved in an accident. Here are ...
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  • Understanding the Basics of Auto Insurance in Florida

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

    If there’s one thing that’s almost universal in our experience as lawyers, it’s this: clients don’t understand how their auto insurance really works. Even highly educated, financially prudent people are typically bewildered by the interaction between various parts of their Florida auto insurance coverage. This isn’t surprising, because it really is difficult to ...
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  • What a Typical Personal Injury Claim Process Looks Like

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

    Seeking fair and deserved compensation from a negligent party that causes you harm is unfortunately not a simple procedure. You cannot just walk up to them, ask for payment, and expect to receive it. Instead, there is an entire legal process that needs to unfold for the typical personal injury claim. To help you get a better idea of what could happen in your claim, our Clearwater personal injury ...
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  • Oklahoma jury issues huge bad faith verdict against Aetna

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

    In early November, the family of an Oklahoma woman who had cancer received a verdict for more than $25 million against her health insurer, Aetna. The jury found that Aetna acted in bad faith in denying proton beam therapy to her as an “experimental” treatment. Proton beam therapy is a targeted form of radiation treatment which generally has fewer side effects than standard radiation. ...
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  • 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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