Miami Car Accident Attorneys Discuss the Recent Graco Recall

January 29, 2015

Recently, there has been a lot of attention focused on the potential safety hazards of child seats manufactured by Graco Children's Products, Inc. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) now has opened an investigation into whether Graco handled the report of the potential defects in the child seats properly. The problem with the car seats involves the buckles on these car seats, which might get stuck in the latched position. These buckle defects could compromise the safety features of the car seat and place the child's life in danger during an accident because it might not be possible to get the child out of the car seat quickly.

One of the worst things that can happen to a parent is to have a child injured or killed. However, when that injury or fatality could have been prevented, it is crucial to have attorneys who know how to gather the evidence to prove liability. The skilled Miami car accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have more than 130 years of collective experience in developing strong cases that lead to compensation for the wrongs done to our clients.

The management of the investigation into the problems with the Graco car seats and their buckle systems might have been negligent, leading to unnecessary injuries to the children due to the delay. After the NHTSA placed pressure on the company to act in response to the defect, there were more than six million child seats recalled, which is the largest recall of child safety seats in the history of the United States. The current investigation into whether the recall was handled properly was based on potential delays in reporting the issue and taking appropriate action.

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Miami Construction Defect Attorneys Discuss Condominium Construction Defects

January 26, 2015

There are many different types of construction defects that can happen during a development project, but there are some unique issues that arise during the construction of a condominium property. There are three different types of defects that might arise in a condominium project, which are:

• Improper design for the project;
• Negligent workmanship during the construction of the condominium; and
• Defective or faulty materials used during the construction of the property.

If there have been construction defects in the building of the condominium, then it is important to take action as soon as these problems are discovered. The knowledgeable and tenacious Miami construction defects lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have more than 130 years of collective experience in representing the interests of property owners.

When there is a condominium project, there are many different types of professionals and workers who could have caused the defective construction. These individuals include the architect or design professional, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, trades people, and material manufacturers. Pursuant to Florida law, there are several different types of legal actions that may be brought when there are problems with a construction project. These include breach of contract claims and negligence actions. If the defects were caused by negligence outside the scope of the contract, then the legal system is going to impose liability on the individuals who were directly responsible for the work that was done.

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Miami Car Accident Attorneys Discuss Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving

January 21, 2015

In the holiday season, there are many distractions that can pull a driver's attention off the road at a critical moment. Distracted driving leads to hundreds of thousands of injuries every year, as well as thousands of fatalities. While there are many different activities that can distract a driver, there also are steps that a person can take to minimize the distractions. It is important to do everything possible to keep your eyes on the road and your attention focused.

When a person has allowed distractions to lead to a car accident where another individual has been injured, the knowledgeable and compassionate Miami car accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. are ready to help. With more than 130 years of collective experience in representing the interests of car accident victims, our attorneys understand how to fight for the compensation that our clients' needs.

Before that accident happens, there are some of the steps that a driver can take to limit distracted driving include:

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Florida Truck Accident Attorneys Discuss Contractor Negligence

January 21, 2015

There are many types of problems in construction that can lead to dangerous structures. This is particularly true in Florida, where any weaknesses are especially dangerous when storms move through an areas or there is long-term exposure to the temperature and humidity extremes of South Florida's weather. When a person has contributed or caused the construction defect, it is critical to take immediate action to enforce a property owner's rights.

People who have lost their homes or their livelihoods as a result of construction defects need efficient and effective recourse. The skilled and knowledgeable Miami personal injury lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have more than 130 years of collective experience in getting justice for our clients who have been wronged through another person's negligence. Our goal is to build a strong case against the individuals or companies responsible for the construction defect.

There are many different problems that can arise as the result of faulty construction, including:

• Water leaks;
• Mold growth;
• Roof collapse;
• Unsafe stairs and walkways;
• Foundation cracks; and
• Any other defect that compromises the stability or long-term use of the structure.

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Florida Car Accident Lawyers Discuss Backover Accidents

January 19, 2015

Backover accidents are a very common type of collision, especially when a person is backing out of a parking space or driveway. During the holiday season, starting with Halloween and extending through the New Year, these types of collisions increase. One of the reasons for this increase is that there are many people in shopping centers, out on sidewalks, and visiting family. This also is a time when drivers may be distracted by the emotional and financial demands of the season, leading to more situations when a person does not pay enough attention and care before traveling backwards. Even low-speed backover accidents can lead to serious harm because victims often get pulled under a vehicle.

A person who is injured in a backover accident or who has had a loved one injured or killed in a backover accident needs experienced legal counsel as soon as possible. The knowledgeable and dedicated Miami car accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. collectively have more than 130 years of experience fighting successfully for the rights and interests of our clients. We are ready to get to work for you quickly in order to get you the help that you need.

Even as technology scrambles to create safer backup scenarios, human negligence continues to lead to devastating harm. Many car manufacturers already have installed back-up cameras in their vehicles in order to comply with the mandates that likely are going to impact every manufactured vehicle in the next few years as part of the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). In addition, there are other safety devices that alert the driver to an object in close proximity to the rear of the vehicle. However, even with all of these safety features, there still are many accidents that happen simply because the driver did not check the rear and side-view mirrors before moving in reverse.

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Florida Car Accident Attorneys Discuss Roundabouts

January 14, 2015

For many years, the only time that American drivers saw roundabouts was when they traveled to another country; however, this is changing quickly. Roundabouts or traffic circles are supposed to increase the safety of drivers by slowing down vehicles in intersections and road exchanges. Although there are advantages to traffic circles under many circumstances, they also can be the scene of serious accidents.

When there are traffic accidents, the resulting harm may lead to extensive medical treatment, lost work, and an inability to meet financial obligations. The compassionate and skilled Miami car accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have more than 130 years of collective experience in getting our clients the compensation that they need to recover and pay their bills.

There are many reasons why municipalities are installing roundabouts rather than traffic lights. These include:

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Florida Car Accident Attorneys Discuss Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving

January 7, 2015

In the holiday season, there are many distractions that can pull a driver's attention off the road at a critical moment. Distracted driving leads to hundreds of thousands of injuries every year, as well as thousands of fatalities. While there are many different activities that can distract a driver, there also are steps that a person can take to minimize the distractions. It is important to do everything possible to keep your eyes on the road and your attention focused.

When a person has allowed distractions to lead to a car accident where another individual has been injured, the knowledgeable and compassionate Miami car accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. are ready to help. With more than 130 years of collective experience in representing the interests of car accident victims, our attorneys understand how to fight for the compensation that our clients' needs.

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Florida Car Accident Attorneys Discuss Surveillance Footage

December 26, 2014

There are many different things that should happen following a car accident, including getting necessary medical treatment. However, one of the most important things that must be done is to gather the evidence that demonstrates the liability of the other driver. This can be done in many ways, but one of the most compelling pieces of evidence may be surveillance video or photographs that are taken at the scene of an accident. In today's technology age, it is common for there to be multiple cameras focused on an intersection or other section of road.

It is crucial to have an attorney who knows how to prove that the other person was responsible for the harm caused during the accident. The dedicated Miami personal injury lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have more than 130 years of collective experience in uncovering the evidence that is crucial to the success of a personal injury case. We know how to demonstrate liability in order to recover compensation for our clients.

At the heart of a car accident case is the determination of which driver took what actions that caused or contributed to the car crash. In some car crash cases, it may be necessary to demonstrate how third-party liability contributed to the collision. The demonstration of causation and liability may be done through accident reconstruction, witness testimony, police reports, and evidence at the scene of the accident. However, there are times when the evidence in inconclusive or unreliable and the drivers or other parties involved in the crash have different versions of events. This is where images that capture the events of the crash can play a pivotal role.

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Florida Car Accident Attorneys Discuss Red Light Accidents

December 22, 2014

There are many different causes of serious accidents, but one of the most common is when a driver runs a red light and impacts another driver who was proceeding through the intersection legally. In fact, there was a recent accident in Northwest Miami-Dade that led to the death of two drivers after one of the drivers ran a red light, according to a recent news article.

Car accidents that occur in intersections often lead to serious injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in this type of collision, or any other, the skilled Miami personal injury lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. are ready to fight to get you the compensation that you deserve. Our law firm has spent more than 30 years getting justice for our clients.

Across the United States, there are approximately 700 fatalities each year as a direct result of a driver running a red light, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Around 100,000 people are seriously injured because of these accidents. One of the reasons that crashes involving vehicles that ran red lights are so serious is because of the high rates of speed that are involved in these collisions. The vehicle that runs the red light often is traveling in excess of the speed limit, especially if they were attempting to beat the light. The other vehicle involved in the accident also tends to be moving through the intersection at normal road speeds because the light was in their favor. The impact forces of the collision lead to serious injuries and, frequently, fatalities. These accidents are very common in urban areas due to the high ratio of intersections with traffic lights.

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Florida Car Accident Attorneys Discuss Airbag Injuries

October 20, 2014

The failure, or potential failure, of airbags has been featured prominently in the news over the past several months. The expansion of the most recent recall of vehicles with Takata Corporation-manufactured airbags makes the severity of the risk of harm even more clear. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has expanded the current recall to 7.8 million vehicles. These vehicles have the potential for failure of airbag deployment during accidents. There even is the potential for an explosion of airbags following an accident. Our Miami personal injury lawyers know that both airbag deployment failures and explosions have the potential to cause serious, if not deadly, harm to the occupants of the vehicles.

When there is a failure of the airbags to deploy or there is some sort of catastrophic event involving the airbags, the resulting harm can alter the life of the victim and/or his family. The experienced and compassionate South Florida car accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. know the devastation that a car crash can cause for a victim and will work hard to ensure that there is justice for those harmed as a result of the negligence of a person or company. Accordingly, the personal injury attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have more than 120 years of collective experience successfully fighting for the rights of their clients.

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Florida Car Accident Attorneys Discuss Permanent Injuries

October 12, 2014

When people have been injured in a car accident, they may believe that the biggest hurdle is going to be getting the insurance company to acknowledge that the other driver was at fault, or that they were injured as a result of the accident. However, many times, it is the nature of the injury that is the most fiercely contested issue. Attorneys for the insurance company will argue that the injuries are only temporary, thereby limiting the amount of damages that will be awarded. In Florida, damages for pain, suffering, disfigurement and for the loss of the enjoyment of life are only permissible when someone has a injury that according to the doctors is "permanent within a reasonable degree of medical probability." Skilled and dedicated Miami car crash attorneys understand the importance of proving that the victims of car accident will suffer for a lifetime as the result of the negligent actions of the other driver.

Even low-impact car crashes can lead to permanent injuries that negatively can alter the life of the victim. The skilled and knowledgeable South Florida car accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. understand how to build a successful case, demonstrating how the victim has suffered from an injury that will hinder his quality of life permanently. Our attorneys have more than 120 years of collective experience obtaining justice for our clients.

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South Florida Motorcycle Accidents and Comparative Fault

October 2, 2014

There are many causes of motorcycle accidents. Causes nclude turning in front of a bike, often at an intersection; changing lanes or entering roadways and moving into the path of a bike; failing to stop in time because of distraction or other negligent behavior; and other dangerous activities of the drivers on the road with the bikes. Often, the driver of the car or truck (thru their insurance counsel lawyers) will try to place some or all of the blame on the biker. Although the other driver usually is responsible, even if the biker contributed to the accident, he still may be entitled to compensation, including damages for pain and suffering.

If you were injured in a motorcycle crash, the Miami motorcycle accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have the skill and knowledge to get you the help that you need. Our firm has spent more than three decades fighting for the rights of bike crash victims. We will advocate aggressively on your behalf in order to get you the compensation that you deserve.

Many times, there are multiple parties who are responsible for the harm suffered by the victim in a motorcycle crash. There are times when the biker himself contributed to the harm that he suffered, but this does not mean that he is not entitled to compensation. As part of a personal injury case, whether that is a motorcycle crash or a slip and fall, it is necessary to determine fault. Under Florida law, there is something referred to as comparative negligence, which was adopted in 1973. Under this legal doctrine, the trier-of-fact, whether that is judge or jury, can apportion responsibility for the victim's injuries.

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Warns of Parasailing Accidents Caused by Faulty Equipment

September 22, 2014

Recently, an investigation conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) revealed concerning safety issues surrounding the sport of parasailing. The NTSB found the entire parasailing industry to be almost entirely unregulated with serious accidents often caused by faulty equipment. Our Miami personal injury lawyers found that this report is the first of its kind published by the NTSB concerning parasailing. Investigations started as a result of the eight parasailing accidents that recently occurred, two of which were in Florida.

Christopher Hart, Acting Chairman of the NTSB, stated that something as simple as a worn harness, strong winds, and a weak towline could lead to serious accidents. As such, it is critical that operators are competent and aware of all the risks associated with parasailing. Unfortunately, absent any regulation as to the training of operators or inspection of equipment, the risk for accidents continues to exist.

Based on its troubling findings as to a lack of regulation and minimum standards for operators and equipment, the NTSB has recommended that the United States Coast Guard require a special license for parasail operators. The NTSB also announced five other recommendations to the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Heavy Summer Rains Cause Accidents in South Florida

September 10, 2014

South Florida summers are well known for their deluge of heavy rains. In Florida, heavy rain can strike unexpectedly and often leads to car accidents. Our recent wet weather has caused several accidents throughout the Miami-Dade area, and many more throughout the state. Rain causes thousands of car accidents nationally each year as rain diminishes visibility and creates slick conditions.

One of the main problems with heavy rain is that many drivers simply do not understand how to drive safely in it. Rain tends to lead to two types of drivers: the reckless drivers and the excessively timid. Both types of drivers can cause accidents during slick conditions. Overly timid drivers tend to exaggerate the dangers of rain and drive at unreasonably low speeds. It irks me when drivers who are moving put their 4-way emergency flashers on. It is against the law to put on a vehicle's emergency flashers due to rain. It makes sense if you think about it. When you see a car or truck with it's flashers on you naturally assume it's broken down and stopped. This ca and has caused many serious injuries. In heavy rain you should pull safely off the road if you are not confident or slow for the conditions. When the weather limits the number of available lanes, as heavy rain can do, this type of driver can cause traffic to back up and increase the risk of rear end accidents. Reckless drivers, on the other hand, ignore the dangers of wet weather and drive at full speed or even greater, even when conditions are slick and visibility low. These drivers pose a major hazard to all road users.

Our Miami car accident lawyers have prepared the following list of tips designed to help you stay safe during this summer rainy weather:

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Amusement Park Accidents

September 3, 2014

When people think about the injuries that happen at theme and water parks throughout Florida, the images of roller coasters derailing, safety bars failing to engage, and other dramatic events likely spring to mind, but there are many more basic safety problems that exist at these locations. A guest at one of these parks is more likely to slip and fall on a wet bathroom floor or trip over a piece of landscaping that has made its way into the middle of a walkway than be injured in a sensational ride incident.

There are hundreds of amusement parks and attractions in the State of Florida, leading to injuries every day. The skilled Miami premises liability attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have more than 130 years of collective experience in getting the results that our clients deserve after someone else's negligence led to a serious accident. If you were injured while enjoying an amusement park, regardless of the nature of the accident, we will do everything possible to get you the compensation that you need to recover from the harm that you suffered. We have successfully brought injury claims against the Dade County Youth Fair, Disney, Universal and many other parks and carnivals in Florida.

One of the big problems at an amusement park is the water rides, wading pools, lazy rivers, and other attractions involving water. Although there are potential dangers from the pools themselves, there is a big problem that results from the puddles of water that guests leave all around the attractions, including on surrounding decks, walkways, and restroom facilities. These wet areas are a real safety hazard. Although there are some falls where a child simply will suffer from a skinned knee and there are no further complications, if these wet areas are not handled properly, there can be dangerous falls leading to the following:

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