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Motorcycle Crashes Are Increasing in Florida

Posted on 28 February, 2014 at 0:10 Comments comments (354)
Many Floridians love riding a motorcycle on a warm sunny day. However, the presence of many motorcyclists on the highways and two-lane roads of Florida produces a high number of crashes causing serious injuries and deaths.

In Florida, 491 people died in motorcycle accidents in 2012, more than any other state.

Motorcycle fatalities accounted for one out of every five traffic deaths in Florida in 2012. Many motorcycle riders are very safety conscious, but still suffer serious or fatal injuries in crashes caused by other motorists. Often other drivers simply fail to see a motorcyclist.

Even when motorcyclists wear helmets and protective clothing, they can be badly hurt.  Motorcycle crashes are violent, and motorcyclists typically absorb the brunt of the injuries, even in accidents caused by other vehicles.

Motorcyclists are more than 30 times more likely than people in cars to die in a traffic accident and more than five times more likely to be injured, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

A few weeks ago, a Cartersville, Georgia, man riding a motorcycle on the Florida Turnpike died when another motorist failed to see the motorcyclist brake for traffic and struck the motorcycle from behind. The impact of the read-end collision threw the 64-year-old Harley rider off the motorcycle, and the biker was then hit by another driver. 

Ejection from a motorcycle is a common way for riders to suffer serious or fatal injuries such as head injuries, traumatic brain injuries and internal injuries. 

While overall traffic deaths have been declining, deaths in motorcycle accidents in Florida and across the nation have been increasing.   Motorcycle deaths in Florida have increased for the last three years, with 2012 marking the highest number of deaths in five years, according to recent data from the NHTSA. Motorcycle fatalities increased 5.8 percent from 2011 to 2012 in Florida after a 17 percent surge from 2010 to 2011.  

By age, about 31 percent of the bikers who died in crashes in Florida in 2012 were 20 to 29 years old. Another third of the riders killed were ages 50 or older, reflecting the popularity of motorcycle riding among aging baby boomers.  

In addition to those killed, thousands of riders suffer serious injuries in motorcycle accidents each year. Motorcyclists who are injured through the fault of other drivers have legal rights to seek compensation to help cover medical bills and other expenses. An experienced personal injury attorney can review the details of your motorcycle accident and advise you on your legal rights.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, or know someone who was injured, we would be happy to speak with you to discuss your claim.  An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can help you maximize your recovery, as well as deal with issues that may arise with your medical treatment and repair of your motorcycle. 

Steven Meyer is a board certified civil trial lawyer.  He specializes in handling civil trial matters.  Only board certified lawyers are permitted to call themselves "experts" in this field.

Tips if You Are Injured on a Carnival Cruise Ship

Posted on 18 February, 2014 at 21:40 Comments comments (200)
Before You Depart for your Next Carnival Cruise, Review These Tips from a Cruise Ship Lawyer

It is hard to imagine that an idyllic cruise to distant ports could be anything but the vacation of a lifetime.  You should take certain steps before you embark to ensure that you are prepared to handle any mishaps along the way.   Our cruise ship law firm offers the following tips to help you before, during and after your journey. 

Medical Attention Abroad

If you are injured on board a cruise ship, a local hospital can provide more complete care than the ship’s infirmary.  To prepare for potential injuries abroad:

  • Ask your travel agent before you go what medical treatment options will be available.
    • Is the onboard physician licensed in the United States?
    • Do the medical personnel speak English?
  • Does the ship have the capability of conducting forensic examinations in the event of a sexual assault.
  • Check if your medical insurance will provide coverage abroad.  Medical evacuation to the United States can be extremely expensive.  Many U.S. medical insurances are not accepted in other countries.  The U.S. State Department recommends that you contact your insurance provider to see if coverage applies, and, if it doesn’t, obtaining coverage that does.

Personal Safety Abroad

Traveling to foreign countries in today's security-conscious world presents unique challenges. The State Department’s website can help you become acquainted with local customs and law. The State Department provides country-specific safety information to consider before your travels as well as tips for traveling abroad.  You can also sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service by the U.S. Government to citizens traveling abroad so that the State Department can more quickly assist you in the event of an emergency.

8 Steps to Take If You Are the Victim of a Crime on a Cruise Ship

Cruise ships pack thousands of people onto one vessel. During the course of the cruise, a variety of employees, including butlers and cleaning staff, will have access to your cabin. Crimes aboard cruise ships sometimes occur. If you are the victim of a crime during the course of your cruise, you should:

  1. Immediately report, in writing, the incident to the security department on the ship.
  2. Document who you reported the crime to, when you reported it and who was with you.
  3. Obtain a copy of your written report.
  4. Take photographs of the scene of the incident before it changes, if possible. Even if the scene has changed, take photographs.
  5. Write down the name, address, and telephone number of each person who was a witness to the incident.
  6. Visit the ship's doctor to seek treatment for your injury.
  7. If necessary, visit a shore-based doctor at the next port of call.
  8. Contact an experienced lawyer to discuss the incident as soon as possible

Review our Cruising Guide

If you are interested in learning even more, please read our firm’s “know-before-you-go” cruising guide.   It is available upon request from our cruise injury law firm.  Download it and take it with you on your smartphone, iPad or Kindle.  

Injuries at Walt Disney World and Orlando Hotels and Resorts

Posted on 30 November, 2013 at 22:21 Comments comments (568)
Have you been injured at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida (FL) or at any other hotel, resort or amusement park in Florida?  If so, then you may need a lawyer who is an expert in handling civil trial matters.  This area of law includes injury cases, such as cases in which guests are injured at Walt Disney Word, or other Florida resorts, amusement parks or hotels.

While amusements parks are great fun for families, there can also be dangerous places.  If you have been injured at Walt Disney World or another hotel, resort or amusement park in Florida, you should contact an experienced injury attorney in Florida.

While there are a number of accidents that persons may experience while at Walt Disney World, here are some of the most common:

Slip and Fall Accidents:

With the thousands of people at Disney World every day, there are many spills and other hazards that are caused by inattentive or careless persons. Disney employees  have the responsibility of cleaning up surfaces and removing unsafe objects.

Bus Accidents/Monorail Accidents

To transport the many guests within its parks, Disney uses buses and monorails. Unfortunately, these are susceptible to accidents that cause injury and even death.

Ride/Roller Coaster Injuries

While injuries during an amusement park ride are rare, people often are injured while entering or exiting a ride. Whether due to lack of assistance or an improper safety check, guests may trip or fall. 

Food Poisoning

With all Disney World's many restaurants and eateries, there is a chance that guests may become ill from food that was cooked improperly or contaminated.

Hotel Accidents

Disney World operates a number of hotels and resorts.  Guests may be injured from slip and fall incidents, pool accidents, bed bugs, security negligence, and defective products. If you've experienced injury from one of the following hotels, then please notify our legal team at Steven H. Meyer, P.A.

  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas-Jambo House & Kidani Village
  • Disney's Contemporary Resort
  • Disney's Beach Club Resort
  • Disney's Boardwalk Villas & Inn
  • Disney's Old Key West Resort
  • Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Disney's Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney's Polynesian Resort
  • Disney's Yacht Club Resort
  • Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort
  • Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney's Port Orleans Resort- French Quarter & Riverside
  • Disney's All-Star Movies Resort
  • Disney's All-Star Music Resort
  • Disney's All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney's Art of Animation Resort
  • Disney's Pop Century Resort
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Swan Hotel

To learn about accidents that have occurred at Disney World, then please read "Incidents at Walt Disney World".

The Disney Corporation operates Walt Disney World, Epcot Center, Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom.  There are also two water parks and twenty-four resorts on Disney World's 30,000 acres. To get more information about Disney World, you can visit the links below.

What to Do After an Injury at Walt Disney World

If you were injured at a Disney theme park, then there are a few steps that you should take to put yourself in the best position of obtaining compensation.
  1. Document everything! Take photographs, record contact information from witnesses, photocopy medical bills and anything else you thing may be related to your case. This will make your injury and damages easier to prove.
  2. Call our injury law office. Before taking any further action, make sure to obtain legal advice from a lawyer who is an expert in handling civil trial cases, such personal injury cases. Don't sign any forms or admit to any responsibility. The responsible party often does everything they can to try to get out of their rightful payment.

At the law office of Steven H. Meyer, can find the perfect mix of aggressive litigation and compassionate support. We will handle all of your legal needs and so you can focus on rebuilding your life.  Schedule a free consultation with us to take action immediately.

Steven Meyer has nearly 25 years of experience handling hotel and amusement park injury cases.  Our law firm is used to dealing with large corporations and has the ability to handle your case against Walt Disney World or any other hotel or resort company. 

Steven Meyer has been board certified by The Florida Bar as an expert in civil trial law.  This area of law includes personal injury cases.  Only board certified attorneys are permitted to call themselves experts or specialists in an area of law.

Florida has strict time limits for bringing an injury claim.  Consult with an experienced Disney hotel and resort injury lawyer as soon as you can. 

What To Do If You've Been in a Car Accident in Florida

Posted on 29 October, 2013 at 23:43 Comments comments (278)
First 10 Minutes, First 10 Hours After a Road Accident

Before contacting an attorney, think about what type of attorney will be the best one to handle your case.  Just because an attorney has a fancy website, a big Yellow Pages ad, or his or her face on the side of a bus advertisement, doesn't mean that he or she is a good lawyer for your Florida accident case.  It doesn't mean anything other than they spent some money on advertising.

Steven Meyer is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer.  That means that The Florida Bar has designated him as an expert and a specialist in handling civil trial cases.  This area includes accident cases. 

Your case is important to you.  Make sure that the lawyer whom you hire to represent you in your automobile, motorcycle or cruise injury case has the experience that is needed to handle your case the right way.  Consider hiring a Board Certified specialist.

How Florida Motorcycle Injury Lawyers Increase Your Chances of Financial Recovery

Posted on 24 October, 2013 at 22:31 Comments comments (240)
Trying to fight a large insurance company while dealing with physical injuries from a motorcycle accident can be overwhelming. Fortunately, a Florida motorcycle accident lawyer or Boca Raton injury attorney can save you from a lot of frustration and stress, and help you understand and benefit from available legal options.

A motorcycle rider does not have the same protection as a person riding in a car; therefore motorcycle injuries are more likely to be severe and life-altering. Conditions such as poor weather and road conditions, unsafe vehicles, distracted drivers, and even road rage are all contributing factors in serious Florida motorcycle accidents.

According to a University of Southern California (USC) study, evidence was found that almost all motorcycle accidents involve a collision with another vehicle, more often then not a passenger automobile, and in the majority of these instances the driver of the other vehicle caused the accident by violating the motorcyclist’s right of way.

The predominant cause of motorcycle accidents is the failure of other motorists and drivers to recognize motorcycles in traffic—other drivers often do not see motorcyclists at all before the collision, or they notice the motorcyclist when it’s too late to avoid an accident. Because motorcycles are smaller in size, they disappear into the blind spot of most vehicles and for that reason are more prone to collisions, even though most motorcyclists are generally safe motorists.

Motorcyclist's turn signals are also difficult to see. Insurance companies don’t always provide fair settlements to motorcyclists after accident evaluation, and may prompt accident victims into less-informed decisions. This is true even in cases where the motorcyclist is no way to blame, including left turn or "failure to yield" crashes, where the insurance company may accuse the motorcyclist of inattention, speeding, or other negligence.

In most cases, Florida motorcycle accident victims have limited knowledge of insurance, as well as the law, and therefore, won't know if they are getting fair deal from insurance companies. Settling with the first offer from an insurance company is more often than not, a mistake. Fortunately, Florida motorcycle lawyers who are experienced can assist motorcycle accident victims.

A Florida motorcycle lawyer will take on your case if you’re a victim of negligent driving and can work with you to ensure that you are provided the settlement you deserve—one that may cover medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and damage to your motorcycle. A Florida motorcycle lawyer can guide you through the process and advise you about your legal options.

Passenger Injured on Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Stranded

Posted on 14 October, 2013 at 14:52 Comments comments (1915)
What would you do if you were injured on a cruise ship and found yourself stranded in a foreign country without adequate medical care?  

Major news networks reported that a passenger on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in the Mediterranean slipped and fell on board the ship, breaking his hip.  The next port was in Turkey.  The ship's crew called a taxi that transported the passenger and his wife to a local hospital.  

The hospital was so dirty that the man's wife worried that he would get an infection if he had to stay there long.   To make matters worse, no one at the hospital spoke English, and they did not allow women inside their facility because of strict cultural mores.  Then, the couple found out that the hospital was not equipped to conduct the surgery that the husband needed. 

Stranded and left without any assistance by Royal Caribbean, the couple managed to get into contact with an English-speaking tour guide who found alternative transportation for the couple to a hospital in Istanbul, after Royal Caribbean’s insurance company cancelled their first attempt at transportation.

According to New York Daily News, the husband was safely transported to a better hospital where appropriate medical care was provided, thanks to the Turkish tour guide who even donated his own blood for the passenger's surgery!  

The couple was shocked by Royal Caribbean’s actions, especially since they were only on the cruise because they were offered a free ticket as a goodwill gesture after their last cruise ship caught on fire.

Even though the accident occurred in a foreign country, maritime law requires cruise lines to provide passengers with reasonable care in the case of an on board injury.  If you have been injured while on a cruise, please don't wait to contact an experienced attorney.  When making a claim against a cruise line, you probably only have six months to notify the cruise line in writing about the injury, and only one year in which to file a lawsuit.  

Most lawsuits against cruise lines must be filed in South Florida.  Therefore, if you have been injured while on board a cruise ship, it is imperative that you contact an experienced cruise ship injury attorney in Florida as soon as possible.  

Our office has handled many claims against cruise lines on behalf of injured passengers.  In fact, in a jury trial in Miami against Celebrity Cruises (which is owned by Royal Caribbean), we obtained a jury verdict of over $2,676,000 on behalf of an injured passenger, which is believed to be the largest jury verdict in a passenger-injury claim against in a cruise line in the country in the last several years.  

Steven Meyer has been board certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in Civil Trial Law, which includes personal injury claims.  Only a small percentage of attorneys in Florida hold this certification, which indicates that the attorney is an expert in this area of the law.  

We offer a free initial consultation.  Please give us a call at (561) 864-0007.  

Hotel Guest Injured by Falling Television

Posted on 13 August, 2013 at 1:44 Comments comments (423)
A U.S. State Department employee filed a lawsuit against the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club for an injury that occurred in 2011.

The 26 year old employee lives in Connecticut.  While on vacation in Hawaii, she alleges that a television fell off the wall and struck her.   She suffered a herniated disk in her lower back, which might lead to long term consequences for her job.

 “She was working out in the newly-remodeled workout facility when she leaned over a fountain to fill up her water bottle,” the injured woman's lawyer said. A 27-inch flat screen television that was mounted above the water fountain fell and struck her on her lower back. She was unable to stand and walk on her own and an ambulance brought her to the emergency room.

A spokesperson for Kauai Marriott said the claims department could not comment on the matter during litigation.  However, the Kauai Marriott has accepted responsibility and apologized to the injured woman.

Hotel injuries often lead to complex cases.  Many visitors to Florida are injured each year at hotels, resorts and theme parks, as well in auto accidents.  If you have been injured while visiting Florida, whether in a hotel, resort, automobile or otherwise, you need to contact an experienced hotel injury lawyer.  Steven Meyer is board certified by The Florida Bar as an expert in civil trial cases, which include most injury claims.  Contact us for a free consultation.

Carbon Monoxide Kills Three in Hotel Room

Posted on 12 June, 2013 at 2:23 Comments comments (255)
Three deaths over two weeks, all in the same guest room at a Best Western Hotel in Boone, North Carolina, have been attributed to carbon monoxide poisoning. 
An elderly couple visiting from Washington State were found dead in the hotel room, and the authorities initially said that they could not determine the cause of death.  Then, two weeks later, an 11-year-old boy died in the same room.  This time, all three deaths were attributed to carbon monoxide. 
Left unsolved is the source of the smothering gas.  "As of today, the business remains closed and under the control of investigators," said the local police chief.  Examiners from the state board overseeing plumbing, heating and fire sprinkler contractors will going through the hotel.
Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that is colorless, odorless and tasteless.   It is often produced in domestic or industrial settings by older motor vehicles and other gasoline-powered tools, heaters, and cooking equipment.
Symptoms of mild acute poisoning include lightheadedness, confusion, headaches, vertigo and flu-like effects.  Larger exposures can kill or severely injure a person. 
Twenty-five states have laws that require carbon monoxide detectors in hotels.  Florida has such a law, but North Carolina, where this unfortunate tragedy occurred, does not. 
If a hotel is not required to have carbon monoxide detectors installed, then the only way to protect yourself is to bring your one.  There are a number of small, battery powered devices that you can easily carry with you.
Our office has handled many claims involving injuries at hotels and motels.  If you or a loved one was injured in hotel or motel, you need an experienced Florida hotel or motel injury lawyer to handle your claim.  Steven Meyer is board certified in civil trial law by The Florida Bar, which indicates that he is a specialist in handling civil cases, including hotel or motel injuries.  Our office offers a free initial consultation.  Please give us a call if you or a loved one have been injured in a motel or hotel in Florida.

Carnival Triumph passengers should contact a cruise ship accident lawyer

Posted on 15 February, 2013 at 2:01 Comments comments (361)
We have all been following the story of the Carnival Cruise Line ship Triumph, which was stranded in the Gulf of Mexico after a fire damaged the ship's engine.  That passengers have been trapped on board the ship, which has no electricity and few working toilets. 
Those of you who have been on cruises know how big these ships are.  Imagine how difficult it has been on the Carnival Triumph for many passengers to move from deck to deck without elevators. 
The cruise lines' passenger tickets limit the rights of passengers to sue the cruise line.  Do the passengers aboard the Carnival Triumph have any right to sue Carnival Cruise Line?  Possibly. 
Certainly, if a passenger was injured aboard the Carnival Triumph or any other cruise ship, he or she can make a legal claim against the cruise line to recover for his or her injuries.  Injuries can occur from falls, illness caused by the food or unsanitary conditions on the ship, defective equipment or furniture on the ship, altercations with other passengers or crew members, or in many other ways.
Any claim against Carnival Cruise Line must be filed in court in Miami, Florida, no matter where the passenger lives.  Also, there are strict time limits in which to make a claim, so it is very important for an injured passenger to contact an experienced cruise ship injury lawyer in Florida right away to preserve his or her rights.
If a passenger was aboard the Carnival Triumph and was not physically injured, he or she should still consult an experienced cruise ship injury attorney to review his or her rights. 
Steven Meyer is board certified by The Florida Bar as an expert in civil trial cases.  This field includes injury cases, such as injuries or accidents on a cruise ship.  If you were on board the Carnival Triumph, a consultation with an experienced cruise ship accident lawyer is well worth your time.

Carbon Monoxide Dangers in Hotels

Posted on 29 January, 2013 at 2:07 Comments comments (560)
Most hotels do not have any type of carbon monoxide detectors. This has led directly to serious injuries and deaths across the country due to this invisible, odorless gas.  If you you have been injured in any way in a hotel, motel or resort, you should contact an experienced hotel injury lawyer right away.
The Rising Death Toll
We expect to be safe when staying in a hotel.  However, across the country, more than 170 people have died in their hotel rooms from carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is heavier than air. It kills by smothering its victims – essentially choking them due to a lack of oxygen.
However, the death toll doesn’t really tell the whole story here. Nationally, more than 1,300 people were evacuated in 2010 alone due to high levels of carbon monoxide within hotels. Many of these people were hospitalized for their exposure.
The Law on CO Monitors
Given the significant threat, it would seem logical that hotels would install carbon monoxide monitors, and that there would be laws mandating this simply for public safety. However, no such laws exist, and few, if any, hotels have any type of carbon monoxide monitoring system in place. Part of the problem is that the monitors are relatively expensive  and hotels would need to install one monitor per room, which equates to a significant expense per property.
For Those Injured
For those who have been injured and the families of those killed by exposure to carbon monoxide in a hotel, the best solution is to retain a lawyer who specializes in handling civil trial cases, such as personal injury cases, including carbon monoxide exposure cases.  This can help ensure that medical bills are paid and that any pain and suffering is compensated, something that may be very difficult to do on your own when dealing with a hotel’s insurance company.
Steven Meyer is a board certified expert in handling civil trial cases.  Our office offers a free initial consultation.  We have represented many clients who have been injured in hotels, motels or resorts.  If you or family member have been injured in a hotel or resort, or in any way while on vacation in Florida, please give us a call.  Florida has strict time limits for pursuing an injury claim.  Consult with an experienced accident attorney as soon as you can.