Imagine that you are involved in a rear-end collision on U.S. 19 in Clearwater. Instead of protecting you from injury, your airbag explodes sending red hot shards of metal into your face and upper body. This has been happening to innocent consumers since at least 2001, when a few Isuzus were recalled, and will continue for the foreseeable future. How could this happen? Where was the media? Where were the government regulators (here and around the world)? Where was the legal system? How could we all be let down so badly over these millions of potentially deadly airbags in BMW, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Honda, and Toyota automobiles? The answer is "corporate greed and deception" has kept this issue off the public radar.
The most annoying and repetitive media advertizing these days might be the TV, radio, and billboard ads by for-profit legal referral services. The Florida Bar Association and the Florida Supreme Court have long recognized the potential for public harm and ethics violations posed by lawyers accepting referrals of clients from these services. It is unethical for a lawyer to solicit or pay for clients and lawyers must avoid even the appearance of conflict of interest with a client.
Over my 35 years of practice as an injury lawyer I have handled a number of wrongful death cases here in Florida. These cases are different, not only because of the huge damage awards that are possible, but because they exist pursuant to a Florida Statute, the Wrongful Death Act, Florida Statute 768.16, and not solely based on the common law. Oddly, there was not claim for wrongful death under the common law we inherited from merry old England.
Serving injured Floridians requires an understanding of the most common injuries (such as whiplash, back injuries, neck pain, shoulder injuries, etc.) and medical treatment (chiropractic, injections, physical therapy, massage, surgery etc.) that a patient needs as a result. To make as complete a recovery as possible often takes many months and the help of several medical specialists to assist the patient. These physicians may review medical records, examine clients, assess any relevant pre-accident medical history, or act as expert witnesses during trial. Auto accidents have historically caused 42.1 % of all reported spinal cord injuries. More than 11,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury each year in the United States. Some of those spinal cord injury victims will recover. Other victims may be permanently paralyzed or disabled. Car accidents can cause other back injuries, such as a herniated vertebral disc. The accident victim may require surgery, years of treatment and physical therapy, and the injuries can completely change the life of the victim.