Ticket or No Ticket – Protect Your Rights!

Often after a motor vehicle crash occurs a police officer will come to the scene to conduct an investigation. At the conclusion of that investigation the police officer may or may not issue a traffic ticket. It’s extremely important for you to call an attorney regardless of the outcome of this investigation. First of all, in the State of Florida whether a person receives or does not receive a traffic ticket as result of a motor vehicle crash is not admissible in court. Secondly; that police officer who investigated the scene did not in fact witness the motor vehicle crash and can’t testify as to what did or did not happen. Your rights may be affected whether the accident was your fault or someone else’s fault. That’s what makes it critical for you to contact an attorney right away. You may have suffered injuries. You may have a traffic ticket to deal with. As Attorney’s we’re here to help you handle all aspects of your case and protect your rights. Call us so that we can evaluate your case. We’ll look into the facts and circumstances surrounding how the crash happened and then tell you if you have a case. If you do have a case we’d certainly be more than happy to handle it for you going forward. Our toll free number is; 800-332-1992 or email us at info@qlaw.com. Check out our latest podcasts on iTunes or YouTube for free.

Common Sense

“Was there anything you could have done to prevent the accident?” It’s one of the main questions insurance companies always ask when you file a claim. When you get to that question you want to be able to truthfully say, “There was nothing I could do”.
There are many laws to follow when you’re driving. You could follow them exactly, but that doesn’t insure you won’t get into a car accident. A driver also needs to use common sense to prevent accidents. Other people aren’t always following the laws or using good judgment. Just because they’re being careless doesn’t mean you need to be a victim of the indifference to safety. Pay attention to your surroundings. If someone is still attempting to make a left turn across your lane and you’re fast approaching the intersection, slow down because if they don’t stop you’re likely to hit them. You won’t be at fault technically but you could still be injured. Who knows how long it could take for you to get any compensation from the insurance company. A little common sense goes a long way.
But sometimes following the laws and using all the common sense in the world is still not enough. Accidents happen and they can happen to you. When that time comes, give us a call, we can help. Our toll free number is; 800-332-1992 or email us at info@qlaw.com. Check out our latest podcasts on iTunes or YouTube for free.

ER Nightmare

Without a doubt some of the most difficult cases we handle are those involving children. We recently handled a case involving a young fifteen year old; a young fifteen year old girl who was born with a heart defect. She learned to live with that heart defect. Her doctor told the family that as long as she was properly monitored and given the proper medication and saw her doctor regularly that she should still, despite this defect, live a little of a long and happy life.
Unfortunately, when she was around thirteen she contracted a virus of sorts, something similar to a simple cold or flu that you and I might get. But as a result of this virus, given her heart condition, she ended up having to have a heart transplant.
A heart transplant at the age of thirteen is scary, but it went well. She was doing very, very well. She was active in school. She was a beautiful young girl doing very well in academics and sports and participating fully in life.
Just a short while ago, as she turned fifteen, she told her mother that she wasn’t feeling well. She knew she had to go to the hospital. She said, “Mom, I think I’m dying. I don’t feel right.”
Her mother took her to the emergency room of a local facility. She went in to that emergency room and she told the nurses there, “I am not right. I need to see someone immediately. I feel as though I am dying.” For 4 hours this young teenager kept telling the nurses in the emergency room, “I don’t feel well. I feel as though I am dying.”
It wasn’t until 4 hours later that the cardiologist finally arrived in the emergency room. Within moments of his arrival in the ER this young, vibrant teenager suffered a massive heart attack and never recovered. The cardiologist, the nurses, the hospital and facilities each need to be held responsible and accountable so this will never happen again.
Give us a call if this sounds familiar to you. We can help. Our toll free number is; 800-332-1992 or email us at info@qlaw.com. Check out our latest podcasts on iTunes or YouTube for free.

Why Take Your Case To Trial?

This post is from Board Certified Trial Attorney Derek Reams:

With the internet, Google, Yahoo and all of the social media outlets that we have at our disposal, how do you pick an attorney that’s going to best represent you and handle your case?
My suggestion would be to call that attorney directly. Ask them a variety of questions. Ask how many times has that law firm handled your type of case?
Whether your case is a motor vehicle accident case, a motor vehicle vs. pedestrian, medical malpractice, dog bite or any other type of personal injury claim, it’s important to know whether that law firm has handled those cases in the past and has handled them with success.
The next question should be, does that law firm in fact take their cases all the way to trial?
Insurance companies keep a list of attorneys and law firms. On this list are attorneys and law firms that settle their cases and attorneys and law firms that go to court taking their cases to trial. You want the attorneys that go to court and go to trial because the insurance company routinely and regularly offers better settlements to those attorneys and law firms that try cases versus those that settle just to get the case over and done with as quickly as possible.
We at Q Auto and Injury Attorneys go to trial, whether it’s for medical malpractice, slip and fall, motor vehicle crashes, most types of personal injury cases where someone has been injured through the negligence of another. We try all the cases that we can. The reason we do this is it gets the best results for our clients and it sends a message to the insurance companies, “We Mean Business”. It also tells them that no matter what settlement offer they are making, we won’t accept it and we will try the case before a jury if it’s means getting the best results for our client.
Call us at Q Auto and Injury Attorneys and talk to one of our attorneys experienced in the trial process. They can answer most any questions you may have regarding your case. Our toll free number is; 800-332-1992 or email us at info@qlaw.com. Check out our latest podcasts on iTunes or YouTube for free.

Examination Under Oath

Q Auto & Injury Attorney’s Edward Izquierdo, J.D. has some guidance for you if you’re asked to do an “Examination Under Oath” as part of your insurance claim.
More and more of our clients are being required by their insurance company to do an “Examination Under Oath”. An examination under oath is the first time the insurance company gets to talk to you “on the record” regarding your accident and the medical treatment you’ve received surrounding that accident.
Often, these examinations are to help the insurance company figure out if they’re going to pay the full personal injury protection benefits or to value any future settlements you may be entitled to should you carry under insured motorist coverage on your own policy. These questions should be centered on your policy with the insurance company, the accident and any treatments you’ve had with any doctors regarding the injuries from the accident.
Even though all the insurance company wants to know is information about the accident, it’s important that you have your attorneys there with you to make sure the questions asked are appropriate and pertinent to your case. But just because questions should be about your policy and treatment doesn’t mean the adjuster or the representative from the insurance company doing the examination will stick to those questions. You want someone in your corner that can step in if a question goes off topic and into things the insurance company has no business asking about.
These examinations are nothing to be worried about. It’s simply a time for them to gather facts and for you to tell your side of the story. Still it’s important to have an attorney there with you throughout the entire process to protect your rights.
So give us a call. We can help. Our toll free number is 800-332-1992 or email us at info@qlaw.com. Check out our latest podcasts on iTunes or YouTube for free.

PIP UPDATE!

By now you’ve probably heard a million blogs concerning Florida’s PIP, (P – I – P) personal injury protection. It’s a mandatory part of your auto policy in the state of Florida. What is it? More like, what was it? It was sort of a $10,000 health insurance policy you were required to purchase as part of your car insurance.
But what does it mean? At one point it meant, if you were injured in an auto accident you could count on $10,000 worth of coverage for your medical bills and or your lost wages. I say, it used to be that way. It isn’t any longer. Here’s what you need to remember; if you have an automobile accident, you need to go to the emergency room. Now in order for your PIP to be used to pay your medical bills, your injuries have to be declared as an emergency. You have to have sought emergency treatment at the outset of injuries. If you go to the emergency room it’s pretty hard for an insurance company to argue that you didn’t have an emergency medical condition.
If you have an accident, go to the emergency room. If you don’t, $10,000 PIP policy you paid for could be reduced to $2,500. Yeah, I know you paid for $10,000 in coverage. I’ve heard that argument before. But, your insurance company is only going to give you $2,500 to pay your medical bills. Don’t go within 14 days for medical treatment because you’re trying to macho it out? Then you get nothing. You won’t get any money to go towards your medical bills from the PIP of $10,000 you paid the premium for.
So, if you have an accident, be sure when asked if you need to go to the emergency room that you say, “yes”. If you don’t go by ambulance get someone to drive you. But go to the emergency room. If you have any questions call us. We’re Q Auto and Injury Attorneys. Our toll free number is 800-332-1992 or email us at info@qlaw.com. Check out our latest podcasts on iTunes or YouTube for free.

FDA Approved: Doesn’t Always Mean Its Safe For You

Medical Malpractice attorney Sandra Bucha provides this blog entry.
Just because the FDA has approved a particular drug does not mean that in your particular situation it is the proper drug for you. I’m sure you’ve seen the commercials on TV that tell you the drug Xarelto can result in certain individuals hemorrhaging and bleeding which can lead to hospitalization and even death. The drug Celebrex that can result in kidney failure and death for certain individuals or even about the drugs Prednisone and Levaquin, that when taken together can actually, in just a single dose, result in tendon ruptures requiring surgery.
You can’t wait to hear about these drugs on TV. By then it’s too late. You need to ask your doctors, healthcare providers and pharmacists about all of the risks and complications that might occur from your taking any one particular drug.
When you pick up your prescriptions from the pharmacy, be sure to read not only the label instructions and precautions but read the package inserts as well. You need to be fully aware of the possible consequences of taking any particular drug. In the long run it is your responsibility to be informed and really in your best interests.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a medication or malpractice give us a call. We can help. Our toll free number is 800-332-1992 or email us at info@qlaw.com. Check out our latest podcasts on iTunes or YouTube for free.

Compulsory Examination

If you’ve been reading our blog or watching our podcast series you know that Derek Reams, Board Certified Trial Attorney with Q Auto & Injury Attorneys knows the litigation process. To help you understand what can happen with your case better and help protect your rights here is another of Attorney Reams’ description of the journey through personal injury law litigation.

As your case proceeds through the litigation process you’ll continue seeing your doctors for treatment and evaluation of your injuries as necessary. But, believe it or not, the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure allow the insurance company to send you to one of their doctors as well. Often times, people question why the insurance company gets to send you to a doctor. Basically it gives your insurance company the opportunity for a full evaluation of your case as the case is being prepared for trial.
Prior to this physical examination, you’ll talk with one of your attorneys here at Q Auto & Injury Attorneys. We will give you a questionnaire that you will take with you to the examination. The insurance company’s doctor will examine you from head to toe and reach an opinion as to what injury or injuries were caused by the motor vehicle accident, slip and fall or other type of accident that you’ve been involved in. It’s very important for you to cooperate with the doctors’ questions and during the physical examination. We will actually have a videographer there videotaping this entire process so that your rights are fully protected and to document everything that the doctor does or does not do during the examination process.
As you can imagine, these doctors are specifically chosen by the insurance company and routinely reach opinions that your injuries were either; caused by the accident but only lasted a short period of time, (such as three or four months); your injuries were pre existing to the accident and the accident didn’t cause any new injuries; or that you did not sustain injuries at all. The real purpose of this examination by the insurance company is so they can present a doctor of their choosing to the jury. The jury can then have information that is different from what your treating doctors might provide, most likely to favor a lower return on your claim for compensation from the insurance company.
As your attorneys we want to protect your rights and get you the settlement you deserve. Our position on the insurance company’s doctor is simple. We believe that the doctors who treated you ever since the accident occurred are the ones that are in the best position to fully evaluate your injuries month after month and can render the clearest and most concise medical opinion as to whether your injuries were caused by the accident and most importantly whether you suffered permanent injury as result of the accident.
Here at Q Auto & Injury Attorneys, we take cases to trial and the insurance companies know that. That fact helps us to the best work for you in motor vehicle crashes, medical malpractice, pedestrian/bicycle crashes, dog bite cases, all types of cases in which you may sustain an injury. If you believe you have a personal injury case, call us. We can help.
Our toll free number is 800-332-1992 or email us at info@qlaw.com. Check out our latest podcasts on iTunes or YouTube for free.

Pill Mill Doctors

Medical Malpractice attorney Sandra Bucha provides this blog entry. You may have read articles in your local newspaper or even online about doctors who seem to be over-prescribing pain medication. In the state of Florida they’re often called “Pill Mill” doctors. They seem to recklessly prescribe medications to certain people who come in complaining of pain. Many times this pain is very legitimate and the patient legitimately needs pain medication to live a normal life. But it’s that doctor’s responsibility to properly oversee the regimen of pain medication he prescribes. Tragically we often have cases where a family member comes and says, “I told the doctor, I begged with the doctor, please stop. My family member, my husband, my son is becoming addicted to this pain medication.” For whatever reason the doctor seemed to ignore their pleas for help, and we’ve represented families as a consequence when their loved one has committed suicide or tragically died from an overdose of pain medication. We need to hold these doctors responsible and as medical malpractice attorneys we will hold the “Pill Mill” doctors accountable. If you faced such a tragic situation give us a call. We can help. Our toll free number is 800-332-1992 or email us at info@qlaw.com. Check out our latest podcasts on iTunes  or YouTube for free.

Q Auto & Injury Attorneys – Accident App

We have a great new tool to help you when you’ve been involved in an auto accident and the best news, it’s free. It’s called the Q Auto and Injury App, and it’s available for both Apple and Android devices. The Q Auto and Injury Accident App allows you to easily create a complete incident report of your accident. Its documentation right at the scene that can be vital if you have to file a law suit or go to court, and it’s easy to use.

The app walks you through what’s most important to collect at the scene of your accident including: pictures and videos of the scene; a date and time stamp with the GPS coordinates from your smartphone; and a place to collect the vital information from other drivers involved in the accident including the driver’s name, phone number, tag, insurance info and make and model of vehicles involved. The app also helps you quickly gather information from any witnesses and law enforcement that may arrive on scene. Then just add your personal contact information, hit send and the app will email all the information to our offices where we can help you get the legal help you might need. The app even helps you find local emergency services like police stations, tow trucks, taxis, nearby hospitals or repair shops.

Even after the accident, the Q App helps you document important information related to your case with an expense log feature. Using the expense log you can keep track of medical bills, pharmacy bills, care and services, and/or lost wages, and email them off to our office to help keep your attorney updated. There is also a call attorney button. It’s a hot line directly to us. Just touch the button and we will be there for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You never know when you’re going to get into an accident, but when it happens you can have the Q Auto & Injury Accident App right at your side to help you through it. Take the time right now to download the Q Auto and Injury Attorney App. Go to Apple App Store for iPhone or Google Play for Android and download it. Put the power of Q Auto & Injury Attorneys to work for you. If you have any questions you can call our toll free number is 800-332-1992 or email us at info@qlaw.com. Check out our latest podcast on how to use the app on iTunes or YouTube for free.