July 18

Guest Columnist – Brandi Brooks

Below is this week’s article from Brandi Brooks–our firm’s summer intern who is experiencing the hectic life of a personal injury attorney. Brandi is a local high school student who has given up her summer break to intern in our Clearwater personal injury law office through the Clearwater Bar Association Student Legal Intern Program. One.

July 1

Before You Let Off Fireworks At Your House . . .

What happens if someone is injured at your house while fireworks are going off? No worry, you have homeowner’s insurance? Think again!! Your homeowner’s insurance policy may NOT cover injuries from fireworks. Since Florida law prohibits fireworks from being sold to general consumers, someone who let fireworks off in their backyard is technically breaking the.

June 24

Fighting to Get Social Security Disability Benefits

Few things are more devastating than suffering from a serious injury, medical or mental illness that leaves you unable to work? If you are unable to work for 12 months or more, you may qualify for benefits under the Social Security Disability program. If you think you might qualify, you should apply online or at.

June 2


Now that school is just about out for most, it is important that everyone refresh themselves on summer safety tips. Too many children (and adults) get seriously injured or die because of the negligence of another person. Taking just a few safety steps can avoid injuries and lawsuits. This article will focus on boating safety.

May 22

Too old to drive?

My client was just standing on the sidewalk when a car came driving up on the sidewalk and striking him. After a helicopter ride to the trauma center where he spent days in the critical care unit, he is now trying to recover from his injuries. We later found out that the driver that forever.

January 31


Anyone who has a small child–me included–knows the difficulty of selecting the right child safety seat for your car. We parents want to make sure we buy the right one to avoid injuries to our babies in the event of a car accident. The U.S. Department of Transportation has provided some new guidance in our.

December 20

It’s Not Easy Being Santa Claus

A change of pace from my standard blog article … . It’s been a rough week for Santa Claus. During a Santa Run in Spokane, Washington, Santa was beaned in the head while waiving to people. No one who did it or with what, but when he woke up, Santa was being attended to in.

October 31


According to Safe Kids USA, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween night than the rest of the year. As drivers, we need to do our part to keep trick-or-treaters safe from harm. Here are a few pointers: 1. BE ESPECIALLY ALERT: Remember that popular.

October 30

Stay Out of the Emergency Room This Halloween

Too many kids get hurt in car accidents; bike accidents; and walking accidents as they trick-or-treat on Halloween night. Thus, you can never be reminded too many times of how to avoid your little one from being hurt. Here are a few tips from the American Red Cross: Walk, slither, and sneak on sidewalks, NOT.

October 29

Prepare Now for a Safe and Fun Halloween

The streets will soon be filled with little ghosts and goblins carrying their pillowcases full of candy. Plan now to prevent disaster later! Parents, check out your child’s costume. Long costumes are tripping hazards. Use make-up or face paint instead of masks to ensure you child’s vision and breathing are not impaired. For safety on.

October 26

Money, Money, Money — Allstate Corporation is Rolling In It!!

How would you like to have net income (revenue – expenses) of $978 MILLION dollars? Not for a year, but just one quarter of the year!! Well, if you’re the Allstate Corporation, you could do that. Recently, Allstate Corporation’s President & CEO announced that revenues increased $9 BILLION dollars in the third quarter and that.

September 4

This Week is National Childhood Injury Prevention Week

Nearly 1,500 children ages 14 and younger died is occupants in car accidents in 2005. Approximately 203,000 other children were injured in car accidents. This week (September 1st-7th) is National Childhood Injury Prevention Week. Although a few weeks from now is National Child Passenger Safety Week, we can never focus too much on our kids’.

August 16

Avoiding Injuries on the Playground

I know, a bit off topic, but after taking my 18-month old to some dangerous playgrounds (we didn’t stay), I think the issue needs attention. According to the National Safety Council, more than 200,000 children visit hospital emergency rooms each year because of playground injuries. Also, approximately, 15 kids die each year because of playground.

August 7

“Purple Ribbon” Awareness Month May Save A Child’s Life

This year, 117 children died in non-traffic related car accidents with 19% of them dying from heatstroke after being left in a car. In the last decade, 102 children have died in these types of accidents in Florida. One Florida County Fire Rescue hopes to prevent more of these deaths with a new public safety.

July 17

Watch Out for A Pulmonary Embolism

A husband without his wife. Two kids without their mother. Why? We suspect she died from a pulmonary embolism. I met two wonderful people yesterday on the saddest day of their lives. They came into my office to discuss the sudden death of their wife/mother. This fine lady–I know because she was a previous client.

June 23

The Opportunities of a Personal Injury Attorney

Where There Is Despair In Life, Let Me Bring Hope People ask me why I decided to become a personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney is just above used car salesman and the likability chart. Personal injury attorneys are called names such as “ambulance chaser” and accused of increased insurance premiums and filing too.

June 23

After a Short Absence (for very good reasons), I’m Back!

I’m Back!! It’s been a little bit since I prepared my latest blog, but I have a great reason! My wife and I just returned from Guatemala after finalizing the adoption of our son. He is now 17 months old and with his 19-year-old sister, all things are great in my life!! That being said,.

May 28

Boating Deaths On the Rise

BOATING ACCIDENTS SPEEDING TOWARDS RECORD It’s been the deadliest year on Florida’s waterways. Law enforcement officers fear that this year could surpass the deadliest year for boaters on record when 82 people died in 1995. So far this year, 34 people have died in Florida in boating accidents. Three more are missing. These numbers don’t.

May 21


PREVENT ACCIDENTS WITH JET SKI SAFETY TIPS It’s almost summer time! That means more beach time and enjoying activities on the water. This weekend was a reminder of the tragedy that negligence can cause on the water. A 4-year old little girl was seriously injured in Tampa’s water after her uncle pinned her against the.

May 18

Are They Reading My Blog??

PAPER ON AIRBAG DANGERS FOR SMALL PEOPLE TO BE PRESENTED For those you regularly read my blog, you will know that I wrote a post about the dangers of airbags for smaller people about a week ago. You can read the post by clicking here. Now, today the 2007 Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Annual.