Cycling and Bicycle Accident Lawsuits

At the Bruner Law Firm, we are prepared to handle cases involving cycling/bicycle accidents. Oftentimes, these cases are fatal and can even result in death. We feel strongly that many of the motorists in our area do not approach cyclists with the care and caution that the law requires. As avid cyclists ourselves, we feel there are numerous legislative and municipal improvements that could be made in our geographic area that would help ensure better safety for all. Although cyclists are generally permitted to drive on roadways, they must exercise the same care as a walking pedestrian if they take to the sidewalks (where legally permitted to do so.) Tinted windows can make it especially troublesome for cyclists and runners as they are not able to make eye contact with a driver, and thus, unable to make a determination whether they have been seen. Tints also make it difficult for the drivers of such vehicles to communicate through facial expressions and other forms of nonverbal communication. It has often been stated that such nonverbal cues make up the bulk of what we are trying to say anyways.

If you, your husband, or you child has been injured on a bicycle, please contact our firm for a free consultation. Although we don’t accept most cases that contact our firm, we can at least get you pointed in the right direction for pursuing any possible claim you may have.


State Farm Class Action Lawsuit Underway in Lousiana

The State of Louisiana has sued State Farm Insurance Company for engaging in “unsafe and deceptive” auto repair practices. Although for a while it appeared the litigation would be brought in federal court in Orlando, Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has moved the litigation back to Louisiana.

Basically, the suit has alleged State Farm made their customers use knock-off, junkyard parts of a far lesser quality than they are typically obligated to under a standard contract for automobile insurance.

State Farm is the largest auto insurer in Louisiana, writing roughly a third of all policies in the State. The suit also alleges that State Farm steered their insureds to “direct repair facilities,” which are forced through market pressures and contractual obligations to make vehicle repairs as quickly and cheaply as possible—many times leaving the drivers of repaired vehicles in unsafe vehicles.

In a statement last week, Attorney General Caldwell said, “State Farm has violated Louisiana laws by engaging in a pattern of unfair and fraudulent business practices aimed at controlling the auto repair industry and forcing unsafe repairs on vehicles without the knowledge or consent of Louisiana consumers…”

It will be interesting to see how this litigation proceeds. Many of our clients initially reach out to us because they have received an unfair and lowball estimate on their property damage. Hopefully, litigation like this will push insurers to meet their duties and perform all repairs as they are contractually obligated to.


Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Lawsuit

methylprednisolone lawsuit

If you are thinking about a Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Lawsuit the experienced attorneys at the Bruner Law Firm have the experience to help with your claim. Fungal meningitis lawsuits are being filed throughout the nation after contaminated steroid injections from New England Compounding Center were linked to hundreds of illnesses in more than a dozen states; some even resulting in death. A Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Lawsuit is one way to try and obtain justice from an inexcusable tragedy.

NECC Epidural Steroid Recall

In September of 2012, the CDC recalled three lots of preservative-free methylprednilosone acetate from NECC used in epidural steroid treatments to relieve back pain. The recalled epidural steroids were distributed to 76 facilities in 23 states. Some 14,000 people are known to have been injected with one of the contaminated steroids. Following the NECC epidural steroid recall, the company shut down production. NECC ultimately recalled all of its products and lost its operations license on October 6, 2012. The firm is now the subject of a criminal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.

How to tell if you’re infected

Commons symptoms of meningitis associated with the recalled methylprednilosone injections include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Fever
  • New headaches; exacerbation of headaches
  • Light sensitivity
  • Stiff neck
  • Increased pain, redness, or swelling at/near the place of injection
  • Weakness in numbness in limbs or other parts of the body

 Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Lawsuit

If you or a loved one have been inflicted by this terrible tragedy, then it may be time to file a Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Lawsuit. Call the lawyers at The Bruner Law Firm today for help at 1-800-BRUNER-1 or 850-243-2222.


Bay County Florida Personal Injuries

Bay County Florida Boundaries

If you have suffered a Personal Injury in Bay County, FL, you have come to the right place. Although Bay County, Florida is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Florida, unfortunately, there are also many tragic incidences that occur in the area. Our Personal Injury Attorneys have been serving all of Northwest Florida for over 30 years. The US Federal government has designated Panama City, Lynn Haven, and Panama City Beach as the metropolitan statistical area’s principal cities. This action was done in 1981. However, Lynn Haven, Florida, joined as a principal city in 2003. The 2000 census found that roughly 150,000 people lived in Panama City, FL. Bay County is a beautiful place, but that doesn’t mean it is exempt from terrible personal injuries that will unfortunately result in lawsuits. The Lawyers of the Bruner Law Firm are ready to help and protect the injured. Available by phone at or email at any time, don’t hesitate to give us a call.


Crestview Attorney

Okaloosa County Court House

If you need a lawyer in the Crestview area, the Bruner Law Firm is willing to help. Our experienced personal injury Crestview Attorney has handled numerous cases in Crestview as well as all surrounding communities; including Baker, Milton, Niceville, and Defuniak Springs. Our Crestview Attorney has been helping the people of Crestview obtain justice for over 30 years. Our Crestview Attorney is ready to help with any personal injury, product liability, paralysis, motorcycle or boat wreck case that you or a love one may have. The Bruner Law Firm Crestview Attorneys are available by appointment any day of the week to help with a Crestview Car Wreck, Boating Wreck, or most any other type of legal question relating to personal injuries in Crestview, Florida.

Interesting Facts about Crestview, Florida

Crestview, Florida is the county seat of Okaloosa County, Florida. It is located in the North end of Okaloosa county and sits between the Yellow River and Shoal River. It also happens to be one of the highest geographic points in the state of Florida, sitting at 235 above feet sea level. The city is often referred to as “Hub City,” a nickname given to its central location between Pensacola and Panama City/Apalachicola. According to the U.S. Census in 2010, the population sits at 18,987. It is currently one of the fastest growing regions in Northwest Florida and is the largest city in Okaloosa County.

The city of Crestview, Florida has also become home to the U.S. Army’s 7th Special Forces Group. A newly built facility sits on Eglin Air Force Base approximately six miles south of the city limits.

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Filing a Lawsuit

File a Lawsuit

Filing a lawsuit is not itself a very difficult process. However, there are many questions that must be answered before filing a lawsuit. One of the first questions is whether or not it is necessary under the specific circumstances of your case? For instance, in many personal injury cases, the parties are very cooperative and the the insurer will pay the amount owed. However, when negotiating with an insurance company, they always keeping their best interests at hand. Which, in many cases, means filing a lawsuit will be necessary in order to obtain a fair result.

In most personal injury cases, (i.e. car, motorcycle, and boating accidents) the negligence standard applies. Before filing a lawsuit, lawyers must be careful to analyze whether or not they have a meritorious cause of action. In most personal injury claims, this means that the attorney must believe it it likely they will be able to put on evidence to prove each individual element of a negligence claim beyond a “roughly 50%” standard. Then, if all attempt at negotiation and good faith efforts to resolve a dispute have been made, it is probable time to begin filing a lawsuit.

Filing a lawsuit is often necessary to preserve a statute of limitations. When this happens, lawyers will weight the concerns of negotiating against the huge need to retain the ability to file a lawsuit at all. In most any tort action, a statute of limitations will affect the filing of a type of claim. If you have been injured, please contact our Personal Injury Law Firm today (850) 243-2222.


Car Accidents

CAR ACCIDENTS

There is a better than 50% chance you personally know someone who has been injured in a car wreck in the last year. After a car accident, car accident victims are usually focused on their car damage, getting back to work, dealing with the insurance company, continuing to provide for their families… everything except their own health. A lot of the times people involved in car wrecks will try to downplay the seriousness of their injuries. However this is almost always a major mistake. Injuries of the neck, back, and spine can often change one’s life forever. Obtaining medical care immediately and speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney can help relive you of expenses, pain, and suffering often associated with car wrecks. If you know someone who has been in a car accident or sustained a car accident injury, contact an automobile accident lawyer now at the  law office of the Bruner Firm. We provide legal help for car accident victims, car wrecks and other motor vehicle accidents involved in Panama City, Destin, Crestview, Fort Walton Beach, Defuniak Springs, Baker… Basically anywhere in north Florida. Call us today at 850.243.4227 or 1-800-BRUNER-1.

 

CAR ACCIDENT INJURIES

You may be in pain after an car accident. You may also have some obvious scarring and physical signs of injury. However you may also have latent injuries… the kind of bodily injury that occurs and worsens sometime after the impact. Car accident injuries may take months or longer before you feel them — this is why it is so important to receive medical and legal help right away after any serious car accident.

 

If you have been in a car accident, contact an car accident lawyer even if you aren’t sure about your injuries. It’s best to speak with a qualified personal injury lawyer whose expertise can help you understand the important decisions you will be forced to make following car accidents. Car accident pain and injury may not reveal itself right away. It’s very important to protect yourself from future expenses related to the car accident by getting care and attention right away. Suffice it to say, car accidents are not something to take lightly.

 

AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT LAWYER

Contact an automobile accident lawyer after a car accident, even if you have no symptoms. You may have accident injuries that you cannot yet detect. Get a thorough evaluation from medical professionals after any motor vehicle accident and consult with an auto accident lawyer. Together, your medical and legal team will help you navigate the questions you have after a car accident.

 

After a serious car accident when another person caused the accident, if you need help achieving a car accident settlement, you want a trial lawyer who knows car accident cases inside and out.

 

WINNING CAR ACCIDENT CASES

The Bruner Firm has been winning car accident cases for over 30 years. Contact the Law Office of Vince Bruner at the Bruner Law Firm to speak to an automobile accident lawyer who can answer your questions about car accidents, a car accident injury, compensation to cover expenses related to a car accident injury, and other questions about car accident lawsuits.

 

 


Texting and Driving: Teenagers

Texting and Driving Dangerous

As recently as August of this year, a Wisconsin teen was named the fastest texter in the United States. Austin Wierschke of Rhinelander, Wisconsin was able to outpace the competition in a number of tests that measured speed, accuracy, and dexterity. Technology had invaded every aspect of our society. Sparse is the place where you don’t see someone in front of their screen, intently focused on whatever app, text, or website happens to be of importance at the moment. Its not just limited to texting and driving. Any time you use your phone, tablet, or handheld device while driving, you’re diverting your attention from the roadway. Like driving under the influence of alcohol, your reactions are slowed, judgement is skewed, and responses are delayed.  In fact, if you’re text while driving, the chances of a wreck increases 23 times. On average, reading or sending a text diverts the driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds; nearly the same as distance as driving the length of a football field at 55 mph.

In 2006, a survey of almost 1,000 teenagers showed that 37% of students found texting to be “very” or “extremely” distracting. A study by the American Automobile Association found 46% of teens said they were distracted behind the wheel of a car because of texting. This is especially alarming because 40% of teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger.

There is little debate that texting and driving is dangerous. It is especially dangerous for our youngest drivers who will not be able to put down their electronic devices for just few minutes each day. If you, your spouse, or someone you love has been injured because of texting and driving, call us today. Our Fort Walton Beach Lawyer or Panama City Lawyer today. We have extensive experience in handling automobile accident lawyer and staff will work our hardest to help you obtain the justice you deserve.


Causes of Car Crashes

Bay County FL car wreck

Cars. There’s nothing really more American than the automobile. They’ve impacted nearly every aspect of our society. From the layout of our cities and towns, to our lives as adolescent youths, few things have escaped the influence of the automobile. Although automobiles have served to improve society in a countless number of ways, one problem that has plagued their existence since day one has been safety.

Cars will kill more young people than any other cause. Among 5-34 year olds, the Automobile is the number one cause of death. Each year, more than 2 million people will be treated in hospitals for injuries sustained from cars, trucks, or other automobiles.  The lifetime cost of crash-related deaths and injuries among drivers and passengers was $70 billion in 2005. Although the statistics are alarming, there a few simple precautions you can take improve your driving safety. (Statistics from Center for Disease Control) Note the following:Whether it is a simple fender-bender in town or a serious accident on the highway, all car accidents can result in high medical bills, property repair costs, and other expenses for those involved. Five common causes of car accidents include:

Whether it is just a fender-bender or a serious accident on the interstate, all car accidents can result in high medical bills, property repair costs, and other expenses. Seven of the most common reasons cars crash are:

  • Reckless driving
  • Speeding
  • Texting and Driving
  • Auto defects or malfunctions
  • Driving while distracted
  • Poorly maintained roads
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Injuries from a car wreck can be life changing. You don’t have to go it alone. Contact an Panama City personal injury attorney today to learn more about your rights. Call the Bruner Firm at 1.800.Bruner.1. With offices in Panama City and Fort Walton Beach Florida, we can help.


Power Tools Accidents, Electrocutions, and Injuries

Dangerous Power Tool

Every day someone is hospitalized due to an injury caused by some sort of tool. Weather it be something as simple as a hammer and nails to a skill saw, high-powered and high performing tools have led to some fairly catastrophic and debilitating injuries. When the manufactures of various tools design, construct, and market such devices, they are held to a very high standard of care. A lawyer can help you determining if a manufacturer breached their duty to make a product reasonably safe.

How common are hand and power tool injuries?
The number of injuries that power tools cause each yeah is really quite alarming. Consider the following:

Power tool injuries account for roughly 400,000 annual emergency room visits. Among the dangerous tools are:

  • Power Nailers: 37,000 Emergency Room Trips per year
  • Chain Saws: 36,000 Emergency Room Trips per year
  • Table Saws: 29,000 Emergency Room Trips per year

Electrical appliances and hazards also pose a substantial risk for injuries that happen on the job. 6% of all workplace fatalities (places employing 11+ people) are the result of electrocutions. All it take is one-tenth of an amp of electricity passing through the body for two seconds to kill.

If you or someone you love has been harmed on the job while using a machine, power tool, or some sort of electrical device, you may need legal help. At the Bruner Firm we have dealt extensively with workplace injuries and other personal injuries in the past. Our Panama City Lawyer / Fort Walton Beach Lawyer is ready to help you obtain the compensation you may need and deserve. Medical bills can sink a family. Call us today at (850) 243-2222 or fill out our contact form.

If you find yourself saying, “I need a lawyer in Fort Walton Beach” call us today. We can help.

Sources:

“The Most Dangerous Power Tools,” Forbes.com, December 2009.
MEM Safety Materials, 2009.


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