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Airplane Accident

Florida is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, meaning that it sees a lot of air traffic. As such, it also sees its fair share of commercial airline and private airline accidents. Whether you have been in an airplane crash and survived, or lost a loved one in a fatal airplane accident, you have legal rights. Contact our experienced Hollywood airplane accident attorney today.

Causes of Airplane Accidents 

An airplane accident is rarely expected or intentional. However, that does not mean that airplane accidents are not preventable. In fact, most of the time, airplane accidents occur because of errors or malfunctions that could have been avoided. Some common causes of airplane accidents include:

  • Airplane pilot negligence (intoxication, fatigue, etc.);
  • Negligent actions of flight staff;
  • Negligence of air traffic control;
  • Dangerous conditions inside or outside of the aircraft (such as turbulence) which may not be preventable;
  • Negligent actions of flight preparation crew; and
  • Defective airplane equipment.

Losses in an Airplane Accident

While airplane accident may be rare, they do occur, and the damages that they cause to victims are tragic. It is rare for an individual to survive a plane crash; if they do, they almost always have severe and debilitating injuries, including burn injuries, a traumatic brain injury, a back or/and spinal cord injury, amputation injuries, and more.

The victims of the airplane accident themselves are not the only one who are wrongfully harmed in a crash; their families suffer severe losses as well. When an injury results in death or serious disability, surviving family members may lose an economic provider, guidance, companionship, and more.

Because the losses in an airplane accident often total hundreds of thousands of dollars when adding up medical expenses, funeral and death benefits, lost wages, and noneconomic damages like pain and suffering, hiring an attorney who is used to handling high value claims is highly recommended.

What You Need to Prove When a Plane Accident Occurs 

If you are injured in a plane accident or lose a loved one and would like to file a legal claim in order to recover compensation, you will need to prove four things: that the negligent party owed the victim a duty of care; that this duty of care was violated (i.e., negligence occurred, such as operating a plane while intoxicated); that the negligence was the direct cause of the plane accident; and that the airplane accident resulted in damages to the victim.

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An airplane accident is terrifying, and can have long-lasting implications for you and your family. At the Law Offices of Alex T. Barak, P.A., our experienced Hollywood airplane accident attorney serving Florida wants to meet with you. We will discuss your claim in more detail, and provide you with our professional legal opinion regarding what to do next. If we think that filing a lawsuit is within your best interest, we will guide you throughout every step of the process, and can even represent you during litigation if need be. To learn more, contact us to schedule your free case consultation at 954-961-6200.

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Boat Accident

Perhaps the most dangerous thing about a boating accident is that it occurs on the water, making drowning and near-drowning related injuries a real possibility. When an individual loses a loved one in a boat accident, or when a person sustains injuries that leave them permanently impaired, knowing where to turn can be very overwhelming. At the Law Offices of Alex T. Barak, P.A., we can help you to understand liability in a boat accident and file a claim to recover the compensation that you deserve, contact our Hollywood boat accident attorney today.

Common Injuries in a Boating Accident

A boating accident can leave a person with very serious injuries. Some of the most common boating accident injuries include:

  • Drowning;
  • Near drowning (leading to a traumatic brain injury);
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Internal injuries;
  • Amputation injuries;
  • Lacerations; and
  • Broken bone injuries.

Many of the injury types above are not permanent in nature, and will heal on their own. Others, however, may require that the victim seek rehabilitation and in-home care for the remainder of their life.

What Are My Rights After Being Involved in a Boat Accident? 

If you are involved in a boating accident that was caused through no fault of your own and by the negligence of  boat operator, you have the legal right to recover compensation for your injuries. You can do this by filing a legal claim directly against the at-fault party. If the at-fault party has boater’s insurance, their insurance party will likely be responsible for paying for your damages.

Understanding Negligence in a Boat Accident 

In order to recover the compensation that you deserve, you will need to prove that the at-fault party acted negligently. Negligence is defined as acting without the proper amount of care. In a boat accident, operating a boat without a boater license, operating a boat while intoxicated, operating a boat while distracted, and speeding are all examples of negligence.

If the at-fault party is found to have acted in a negligent manner, he/she will be held liable for your injuries and other damages, including medical bills, lost wages, physical pain, pain and suffering, emotional anguish, and possibly more.

Work With a Boat Accident Attorney in Florida

There are few things more tragic than accidents involving any type of motor vehicle, boats included. While we sincerely hope that you are never involved in a boating accident, if you are, we want to help you recover the money that you deserve. Practicing law since 1981, Alex T. Barak of the Law Offices of Alex T. Barak, P.A. has the experience that your case deserves. Call our passionate Hollywood boat accident attorney today to set up your free case consultation at 954-961-6200.

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Broken Bones

A bone fracture is a broken bone and is not always a minor injury that will completely heal with time; in some cases, a bone fracture can cause long-term complications for the affected individual, and the individual may never regain full use of the area. When a broken bone is caused because of another person’s negligence, you should consider hiring a personal injury attorney who can advise you regarding methods of recovering compensation. Contact our personal injury and broken bone attorney today.

Types of Bone Fractures

A fracture and a broken bone are the same thing, although there are different types and different degrees of fracture. Some of the most common types of bone fractures, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, include:

  • Compound fractures. A compound fracture can be very painful, as not only is the bone broken, but the skin surrounding the bone is broken as well. This can occur when the broken bone actually pierces the skin.
  • Comminuted fractures. One of the most devastating fractures types, a comminuted fracture is characterized by the breaking of the bone into three or more pieces.
  • Stable fractures. Often considered the least serious fracture type, a stable fracture means that the bones are barely fractured and are still aligned.
  • Transverse and oblique fractures. A transverse fracture refers to a fracture pattern that has a horizontal fracture line; an oblique fracture is a fracture pattern that is angled.

As is clear from these fracture types, some fractures are much more severe than others and may be more difficult to correct. 

Accidents That Lead to Broken Bone Injuries

Nearly any accident type can lead to a broken bone injury, also known as a fracture.

  • Car accidents;
  • Slip and fall/trip and fall accidents;
  • Pedestrian, bike, and motorcycle accidents;
  • Bus accidents;
  • Boat accidents; and
  • Other premises liability accidents.

In nearly all cases, the accident types listed above are preventable. 

Recovering Full Compensation for a Broken Bone Injury

A broken bone injury is more than just painful. Broken bone injuries can be expensive and time consuming to correct, resulting in thousands of dollars’ worth of medical bills and lost wages. A broken bone injury may also never properly heal, forever impairing your ability to do some of the activities you once loved. They usually are accompanied by damage to other structures such as ligaments, cartilage, muscles, and tendons. When you are an innocent accident victim, you deserve full compensation for your broken bone injury. Full compensation means damages for pain, suffering, economic losses, and other noneconomic damages.

Broken Bone Injury Attorney Serving You

At the Law Offices of Alex T. Barak, P.A., our broken bone injury attorney has been serving clients in the state of Florida for ocver 34 years. When a broken bone injury occurs, do not leave recovering damages up to chance. Instead, schedule a free case consultation where you can learn more about how to start a personal injury claim, the forms of compensation you can recover, and why you should hire Alex Barak to fight for you. You can reach us today at 954-961-6200.

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Bus Accident

Based on size on the number of passengers that it holds – and, often times, without seatbelts – a bus accident can result in devastating injuries for dozens in a matter of moments. While bus accidents are less common that other traffic accident types, they are usually more serious when they do occur. From rollovers to head-on collisions, bus passengers and the driver or passengers in other vehicles involved in a bus accident can suffer from injuries that cause lifelong complications. If you are involved in a bus accident, the team at the Law Offices of Alex T. Barak, P.A. wants to represent you, contact our Hollywood bus accident attorney today.

Types of and Liability in Bus Accidents

No two bus accidents are alike. And, because there are multiple bus types, understanding liability in a bus accident may not be straightforward. A bus accident may involve:

  • A public bus;
  • A private bus or charter bus; or
  • A school bus.

In each of these bus accident types, liability may vary. If the accident was the fault of the bus driver, then the company for which the bus driver is employed may be held liable. For example, in a school bus accident caused by a negligent school bus driver, the school district may be legally implicated.

Sometimes, however, another driver may be held liable for the bus accident. Or, the bus accident may have occurred due to something unrelated from driver behavior, including a road defect, a defectively designed auto part, mismarked road signage, a pedestrian error, an animal running across the road, etc.

An attorney can help you to determine who might be held liable for your injuries, and against whom to file suit.

Damages Available after a Bus Accident

When you have been harmed in a bus accident, you deserve compensation for all losses that you have suffered, including both economic and noneconomic damages. In Florida, a bus accident claim/lawsuit may yield compensation for:

  • Medical expenses;
  • Lost wages;
  • Future economic losses;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Permanent disability; and
  • Emotional anguish.
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

If a bus accident results in death, surviving family members may be able to recover compensation for the above, as well as damages for funeral and burial expenses.

Let Our Skilled Bus Accident Attorney Aid You

When filing a claim against a school district, municipality, or large private company, it is important that you have an advocate on your side who not only knows the law, but is skilled in recovering compensation for victims and wants to work hard for you. This is especially true when pursuing a claim against a government entity. You know that the party against whom you are filing a claim will have top lawyers working for them; protect yourself by hiring a skilled Hollywood bus accident attorney whom you can trust.

At the Law Offices of Alex T. Barak, P.A., we are ready to do what it takes to make sure you get the representation and legal assistance that you deserve. To improve your chances of recovering the maximum, call us today to schedule your free case consultation at 954-961-6200.

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Car Accident

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There are motor vehicle accidents reported in the State of Florida every single day. These traffic accidents interfere with people's lives.

Perhaps most tragic is the fact that the vast majority of all car accidents that occur are entirely preventable, and would not occur but for human error. If drivers operated their vehicles more safely, the lives of  of people would not be interrupted through sheer negligence. When you are involved in a car accident in Florida, the team at the Law Offices of Alex T. Barak, P.A. has the resources you need to recover the compensation you deserve. Our experienced car accident attorney can help you today.

Who Pays After a Car Accident in Florida

The most common question that those who have been involved in a car accident have is, “Who will pay for medical bills?” The answer is that it depends. Florida is a no-fault car insurance state, meaning that in most car accidents, each driver is responsible for filing a claim with their own insurance company regardless of fault for payment of medical bills, up to $10,000.00 in coverage.

Damages that Are Recoverable in a Car Accident Claim or Lawsuit

Whether you are filing a claim with your car insurance company or a lawsuit directly against the other driver, it is important that you understand what damages you are entitled to. Available damages include total economic loss, including costs of medical bills, lost wages, and property damage, such as  damage to your vehicle, as well as value of non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering and permanent injuries.

Further, it is also important to understand that an insurance adjuster will not pay top dollar to a private person unrepresented by an attorney. It will try to offer you the lowest settlement amount.  You must be armed with an experienced aggressive attorney to fight for the damages and compensation, to which you are entitled.

The Importance of Hiring a Florida Car Accident Attorney

A car accident lawyer in Florida is an essential asset after you have been in a car accident. Your attorney can aid you in:

  • Gathering evidence;
  • Proving fault;
  • Filing your claim;
  • Filing your lawsuit;
  • Negotiating for an excellent settlement amount;
  • Organizing medical evidence;
  • Recruiting experts;
  • Talking to eyewitnesses; and
  • Recovering the maximum amount of damages possible.

An attorney can further guide you in terms of operating within the parameters of the law. For example, all car accident lawsuits in Florida must be filed within four years from the date the accident occurred.

Accident Victims Seeking Justice, Call 954-961-6200 For A Free Consultation

Accidents victims need an experienced personal injury attorney to guide them through their traumatic and difficult times and to deliver to them their full benefits of compensation in accordance with Florida Law. Alex Barak serves Hollywood, Weston, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, all of Broward County, Aventura, Sunny Isles Beach, North Miami Beach and Miami Beach & Bal Harbour, all of Miami-Dade County, Palm Beach County and  statewide.

After an accident or negligence due to another’s fault, attorney Alex T. Barak, who fights for clients’ rights all over the South Florida landscape, will work closely and personally with you to maximize your monetary damages and legal entitlements. We have been successfully handling accident cases in Florida since 1981. Contact car accident attorney, Alex T. Barak.

Why You Should Hire Alex Barak For Your Accident Case

accident1Alex Barak has been a licensed and practicing personal injury law since 1981 and has learned and has experience in virtually in any type of negligence or accident case that can exist and he will put his vast years of experience behind you in your personal injury case.

In 1983, he won his first appeal in an accident case, reversing a Broward County, Florida judge. In 1990, he won a landmark case on appeal in The Florida Supreme Court. It was an accident case in which a ten-year old boy was seriously injured. It concerned he legal doctrine of “Attractive Nuisance,” which is  a special rule of law to protect children. In 2001, he won another important case in the Florida Supreme Court, representing a judge from Miami who was illegally removed from the voters’ ballot in Broward County, Florida. He was active co-counsel in a medical malpractice and wrongful death litigation case which resulted in a $9.1 million settlement. He uncovered the fraud of taxi companies with illegitimate automobile insurance and forced the State of Florida, Department of Insurance, Fraud Division in 1998 to take strong action which has benefited the public, especially those who were injured accident victims.

Mr. Barak handles accident and negligence cases state-wide. He is a member of the Florida Bar, the Broward County Bar Association, and the South Broward Bar Association; he is also admitted and qualified attorney for the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, Federal Court.

Successfully Handling Accident Cases In Florida Since 1981

Whether your accident is caused by a motor vehicle, boat, truck or property owners, all kinds of incidents where one is injured through the negligence of another, that is what makes a personal injury case. You will receive personalized attention and you will be kept informed every step of the way, which will greatly reduce your stress as an accident victim. Most larger firms assign their cases to new attorneys or to paralegals and the attorney is no longer involved with the on-going relationship with the client.  With Alex Barak, you will always have someone to talk to about your case.

Alex Barak has handled accident cases from every aspect, from taking photographs at accident scenes, to interviewing witnesses, and discussing the case with the doctors and experts needed to win the case, as well as legally fighting it out in the Courthouse, on appeal, all the way to the Florida Supreme Court. Put his experience behind your case.

Why Does Alex Barak Handle Accident Cases?

When he was 21 years old and a college student journalist, a limousine went through a red light and struck his first owned car and caused it to be a total loss. Even though the driver admitted his fault to him and to the police and even though there was an eyewitness to the collision, the insurance company for the at-fault party refused to offer more than 50% value of the  total loss car. Mr. Barak was struck by the dishonesty of the insurance company and he would not back down. He sued the limousine company in Court and forced it to pay him full value for the car. The Judge commented to young Mr. Barak: ” You handled yourself very well young man. You should go to law school.” He responded: “I will.” The rest is history. He has dedicated his career to helping accident victims.

Alex Barak has 35 years of experience. He is extremely detailed oriented and is always providing personalized service to his clients in explaining all steps and strategies in the case.  He is the  “hands on” attorney who will guide you through your troubles and he has vast knowledge on the medical issues which you face and has a deep understanding of physical injuries, trauma, their affect on the human body, how physical therapy and medication work with the body, the significance of radiological and MRI findings. All of this knowledge and experience will help you understand your case even more and lead to success. Alex Barak will fight for your justice to the end, when you receive maximum compensation.   No stone will be left unturned. It is noteworthy that Mr. Barak by the zodiac sign is a Taurus, which has been described as productive, methodical, organized, trustworthy, loyal, thorough, patient, persistent, resourceful and dependable. An attorney with these attributes is exactly what you need and deserve!

Handling Your Accident Case

When a person is injured in an accident as someone else’s fault, it is most important to document the incident or accident immediately.  If it is a motor vehicle accident, the police should be called and a report be made. In other locations, make sure a report is made and you obtain a copy of it at the scene. Take names  and telephone numbers of witnesses.

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The accident victim should try to take pictures of the damage to his/her vehicle and to the opposing vehicle and to obtain information about the at-fault driver or drivers.  Taking photographs of the tag of the other vehicle(s) responsible for the accident is important.  Getting the police officer’s name and case number is also vital. If the injury is from some other form of negligence that can be seen, take as many photographs as possible to document the condition. If the person is injured at the scene of the accident, often times an ambulance or fire rescue will come to the scene and the person can be taken to the local emergency room.  The car then will be towed away. In Florida, a car accident injured  person must have medical treatment within 14 days of an accident or they will not be able to make a Personal Injury Protection claim under the automobile policy. If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, you must report it as soon as possible to your insurance carrier and you need to obtain claim numbers for the damages to your car as well as your Personal Injuries Protection (PIP) claim number. 

 You Need To Hire An Experienced Florida Personal Injury Attorney As Soon As Possible To Protect Your Rights

If you do not, the insurance companies can take advantage of you and you also may lose out on documenting important matters in your case. Attorneys handle accident cases without any money up front from the client. The cases are based upon a percentage of the recovery, for your injuries, pain and suffering and out of pocket medical expenses,  called a contingency fee. The attorney pays all costs and if he cannot recover money for you, he gets paid nothing. In car accident cases, his services which are included are: helping you get your vehicle repaired, reimbursement for towing and storage, repairs, car rental, loss of residual value to your vehicle, total loss payoff, if applicable, processing the payment of your medical bills.

Auto Accident Medical Treatment

The best type of doctor that treat you for injuries related to an accident would be an orthopedic  medical doctor.  This is the highest level of a health care provider to treat you for your injuries and if any other specialist is needed, this doctor will refer you to them, such a neurologist, neurosurgeon.   Although chiropractors have very convenient hours and provide modern physical therapy, there not medical doctors and have an abysmal record in the court systems of Florida.  Insurance carriers and jurors tend not to believe chiropractors and in a case involving chiropractic-only treatment, unfortunately, it has very low value compared to treatment by a reputable orthopedic medical doctor. While being treated by an Orthopedic medical doctor, a patient often is referred to have a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) examination.  This device can see soft tissues in the body such as disc in the spine, ligaments, nerves, tendons that X-rays do not show.  X-rays generally show bones, and the MRI examinations are very important part of a personal injury claim. Is very important that every accident victim go to an MRI center which has reputable high credentialed radiologist.  They are many of them throughout South Florida. A typical accident victim who results in permanent injuries will be treated by an orthopedic doctor anywhere from three to six months until the person reaches maximum medical improvement and the doctor will provide a final evaluation and released the patient from further care except for any flare ups and/or to come back on as needed basis.

Car Insurance and Bodily Injury Liability Coverage

A person’s motor vehicle or car insurance is mandatory to be presented for insurance for hospital and medical bills arising out of the motor vehicle accident.  The Personal Injury Protection (PIP) section of the car insurance policy pays 80% of medical and hospital bills and 60% of lost wages.   There is a special chart which limits the amount each health care provider can charge for each particular medical service and there is a 25% discount on all hospital bills which involve motor vehicle accident injuries and treatment. Personal Injury Protection (PIP) is limited to $10,00.00 unless a person obtains a supplemental coverage called “Medical Payments.” If you have an accident case and your medical bills are so large that your $10,000.00 in benefits are used up, and you a claim against an at-fault party with bodily Injury liability coverage, the doctors and health care providers will wait until the end of your case to be paid, knowing you  and your attorney will settle up at the end. In order for an attorney to handle an personal injury case involving a motor vehicle accident, or any other type of accident case, there must be insurance in place.  The at-fault party should have bodily injury liability coverage and/or the accident victim needs to have his/her own car insurance with PIP as mentioned above, as well as Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage, which protects you in the event an at-fault party in a motor vehicle accident causes you permanent injuries and does not carry liability insurance for this.  Therefore, if you carry uninsured motorist coverage which should be mandatory in the state, then you have additional coverage for your injuries on that occasion.

Today, too many car insurance companies in trying to sell policies  at lower and lower prices encourage people to reject Uninsured Motorist coverage. This is a  big mistake.  Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage is absolutely vital to every person’s insurance policy. When buying car insurance, it is important to buy from a major company and not from a substandard company.  Do not buy any car insurance until you have asked what is the rating of the insurance company. Obviously, companies such as State Farm, Hartford, Geico, Travelers, USAA, Liberty Mutual, and Progressive are name brand companies that are not the subject of these comments.  However too many of the others that are sold here in South Florida are considered sub-standard and provide the worst service, the worse coverage, and the policies are not worth the paper they are written on. In non-motor vehicle accidents, such as a trip and fall, or active negligence by a store employee, or premises which have defects in their structure, the attorney still must find available liability insurance on the part of the at-fault party.

 BIBLICAL SOURCE OF COMPENSATION

Exodus 21:24-25: ” an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, a foot for a foot, burn for a burn, a wound for a wound, a bruise for a bruise.”

This was not meant to be literal, but monetary compensation had to be paid by the negligent party who caused another person to lose an eye, a tooth, hand, foot or whom was burned. This system of civil compensation to accident victims has been passed through several thousands of  years of development, but it still comes from the BIBLE.

While on the subject of the Bible, always remember: “Justice, Justice You Shall PursueDeuteronomy 16:20

HOW THE ATTORNEY MAKES A CLAIM FOR YOUR COMPENSATION

After the doctor concludes your medical treatment, he sends his/her report, records, and bills to the attorney and your attorney then organizes all the medical records from the case including any and all hospital records, MRI reports, fire rescue records, and will make a demand to the at-fault Insurance company to make a lump sum payment on your behalf.  If the negotiations fail to result in adequate offer, the attorney needs to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party(s).  Personal Injury litigation, which mean lawsuits over accident injury cases,  can take from six month to two years to reached the conclusion.  The court systems will tell you that at least 98% of all lawsuits filed do not go to trial because they are settled at some point.

There is a condition of  requesting a trial; the Court orders the parties to go to Mediation, which is a settlement conference.  A professional mediator, an attorney who also may be a retired judge, will sit with both sides and try to work out a fair and reasonable settlement between the parties.

Many insurance companies refuse to pay fair values until your case is set for trial and you are very close to trial.  Others may try to settle the case earlier, depending on its corporate policy.

Oftentimes injuries are worth more than the policy limits which are available and the injured party receives some compensation, but not full value for their injuries.  That is why many people purchase large limits of uninsured motorist coverage so in the event he/she are in a serious car accident and sustains significant permanent injuries, they will have enough insurance coverage to pay for proper compensation.

A person injured in an accident of any kind must seek medical attention immediately. It must be documented, the earlier the better. Every day delayed results in an increased  disbelief in your claim.

You must have an experienced attorney to protect your rights when facing the giant insurance industry, someone who knows what the other side is doing, someone who has a winning formula, and someone who will fight for your justice!

Contact Our Experienced Car Accident Attorney 

We want to help you after you have been injured in a car accident or lost a loved one. To schedule a free case consultation with our experienced Florida car accident attorney at the Law Offices of Alex T. Barak, P.A. where we can discuss your case and your options in more detail, call us now at 954-961-6200.

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CRPS, also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS) and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) are two common names for pain syndromes that occur when the sympathetic nervous system goes awry. Trauma such as that caused by injury or surgery can lead to an abnormal response from the sympathetic nervous system that causes CRPS. The hallmark of CRPS is pain and mobility problems out of proportion to those expected from the initial injury.

CRPS IS RANKED AS THE HIGHEST FORM OF CHRONIC PAIN THAT EXISTS IN MEDICAL SCIENCE TODAY. CRPS HAS NO CURE.

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) multiple system dysfunction, severe and often chronic pain, and disability can be triggered by a minor injury.

Trauma such as that caused by injury or surgery can lead to an abnormal response from the sympathetic nervous system that causes CRPS. The hallmark of CRPS is pain and mobility problems out of proportion to those expected from the initial injury.

Specific characteristics:

Pain

A constant burning and/or aching pain in the extremities is common. Patients also often find that even a light touch on the skin feels painful, and if they are touched repeatedly the pain becomes more severe with each contact. There can also be muscle tenderness and spasms, and sharp jabs of pain.

Skin Changes

Patients sometimes  experience visible changes in the skin, hair, and fingernails near the affected region. Skin in the region may also feel unusually hot and/or cold. Edema is also common. One limb may be colder than the other.

Movement Disorders

Patients may feel a stiffness and pain when moving, and may have muscle tremors. Severe muscle spasms can leave hands or feet disabled in cramped up positions.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Type I (here called RSD/CRPS), is a chronic condition characterized by burning pain and abnormalities in the sensory, motor and autonomic nervous systems. The syndrome typically appears after an acute injury to a joint or limb.

In rare cases, trauma, such as that caused by injury ,can lead to an abnormal response from the sympathetic nervous system that causes RSDS.

"Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is the more modern term for what was previously referred to as and still commonly referred to as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, or RSD. RSD is a nervous system disorder that can be brought on by minor trauma as insignificant as being bumped by a shopping cart."

Many [of my patients] go from doctor to doctor misdiagnosed and some being told it is all in their head. Medical Schools don't teach about it. So physicians don't know to look for it." Joshua Prager, MD, as interviewed by ABC News, June 5, 2009.

Unfortunately, CRPS is not a widely known medical condition by many physicians. Also, it is not well understood, so it is often misdiagnosed. Many patients receive the wrong treatments or no treatment at all.

Many specialists see patients with CRPS only rarely and are, therefore, relatively unfamiliar with the clinical presentation. Further, CRPS mimics a range of other health conditions encountered by these health-care professionals; these factors may contribute to causing delay in confirming the correct diagnosis

Despite the fact that early diagnosis and treatment can make a significant difference for the patient, CRPS is poorly understood by most practicing physicians. This article serves as a primer for physicians who do not usually care for patients with CRPS. The information contained here provides the clinician with a global perspective on the syndromes and dispels many misconceptions.

Very little is taught in medical school and most residencies about CRPS so that most of what is learned about these syndromes by non-specialists occurs when a CRPS patient is encountered. Often, the diagnosis is made later than it could have been, resulting in significant consequences for the patient.

With CRPS, it is especially important to seek treatment early to avoid potentially permanent complications. Treatment is most effective when started early. If treatment is delayed, however, the disorder can quickly spread to the entire limb, and changes in bone, nerve, and muscle may become irreversible.

CRPS: The syndrome is notoriously difficult to accurately diagnose, and medical scientists and clinicians are still struggling to understand its pathogenesis and pathophysiology.

CRPS is generally defined as a chronic neuropathic pain disorder that involves dysregulation of the central and sympathetic nervous systems and results in sensory dysfunction, inflammation, motor deficits and/or trophic abnormalities. Patients with CRPS I typically present with complaints of continuous, debilitating limb pain that extends beyond a specific nerve distribution, is disproportionate to the inciting trauma, and cannot be traced to a demonstrable nerve lesion.

Complex regional pain syndrome type I (CRPS I) is a chronic painful disease of one extremity that may develop as a disproportionate consequence of a trauma affecting the limbs without overt nerve injury. Pain flares in CRPS are normal and should not be considered as a worsening of the condition. Usually a flare will settle over days or a few weeks.

Skin temperature differences in the distal limbs are capable of reliably distinguishing CRPS I from other extremity pain syndromes with high sensitivity and specificity.

 

If you have this condition and need an attorney to fight for your rights,

call ALEX BARAK, 954-961-6200

Motorcycle Accident

There is no doubt that riding a motorcycle offers a certain thrill – whether riding along the Florida coast for a scenic view or commuting along one of Florida’s many highways, there is nothing quite like the rush that accompanies a great ride.

But motorcycles are dangerous, too, and there are nearly 500 motorcyclist fatalities recorded in the state of Florida every year, in addition to dozens of other motorcycle crashes and related injuries.

When a motorcycle accident occurs, the injuries are often serious, and victims are in need of financial compensation to help them pay for their injuries and maintain their quality of living. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, let an experienced Hollywood motorcycle accident attorney help you.

Most Common Injuries in a Motorcycle Accident

With few protections, motorcyclists who are involved in a crash are at risk for myriad serious and debilitating injuries. Some of the most common motorcycle injuries include: 

  • Head and traumatic brain injuries. When a motorcyclist is knocked off of their bike, their head is often the thing that is most severely impacted. When the motorcyclist is not wearing a helmet, a head injury can be especially severe, and may result in long-term complications.
  • Broken bone injuries. Of course, when limbs and body hit the ground, another car, or another object, they may be impacted with such force that they break or shatter. Broken legs, arms, clavicles, and ribs are all common.
  • Road rash and lacerations. A motorcyclist who is involved in an accident will often travel along the ground at a high speed prior to coming to a stop, with the skin making direct contact with the earth. This can result in severe lacerations and friction burns, common called road rash. While road rash may seem like a minor injury, it can be both incredibly painful and leave permanent scarring. In some cases, it may even be serious enough to cause concerns about health. Road burns and lacerations are more common when the motorcyclist is not wearing proper gear.
  • Crush, amputation, and internal injuries. Other common injuries that a motorcyclist may suffer include crush injuries where a limb or body part is literally crushed, typically by another vehicle; amputation injuries, where a limb is severed; and internal injuries that lead to internal bleeding. 

Recovering Compensation after a Motorcycle Accident

The injuries types above are both painful and often debilitating, and may necessitate immediate and long-term medical care. Not only is this care expensive, but a motorcyclist may also suffer psychological injuries, may be unable to return to work, and more. In order to recover compensation for these losses, a motorcyclist has the option of filing an insurance claim, or filing a lawsuit for damages directly against the at-fault party.

Contact an Experienced Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today

If you have been harmed in a motorcycle accident, you do not have time to delay – take action now by calling an experienced Hollywood motorcycle accident attorney. At the Law Offices of Alex T. Barak, P.A., Alex Barak will work hard on your behalf. Call us today at 954-961-6200.

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Negligence of others causing you injuries

No matter what type of negligence it is which caused you injuries, you should call Alex Barak, for a free consultation to determine what are your legal rights. Tel: 954-961-6200

Negligent Security

Those who own a business or other premise have a very clear duty to those who enter the property: to maintain the property in a safe condition. Generally, this duty means that if a hazard is on the property – such as a broken staircase – the property owner must correct it within a timely manner to ensure that no one is injured. However, in addition to correcting obvious hazards, the duty also extends to taking preventative measures to prevent harm. In some cases, maintaining property security of a premise is a necessity. If you have been injured due to negligent security, you may have a claim for damages. Contact our experienced Hollywood negligent security attorney today.

Examples of Security Measures That May Be Necessary

The owners of various property types need to maintain security of their premises in order to ensure customer or guest safety. Some of the types of properties that may have a duty to maintain security include:

  • Hotels;
  • Condominium or apartment developments;
  • College campuses or dormitories;
  • Bars;
  • Clubs;
  • Sports arenas or centers;
  • Amusement parks;
  • Shopping centers; and
  • Other public areas or businesses.

The type of security measure that the business chooses to implement will be dependent upon the types of risks posed to its customers or employees, the location in which the business is located, and the business’ industry type. For example, a club will likely have different security needs than would a college campus. Types of security measures that may be necessary include installing security cameras, ensuring adequate lighting, locking doors, building a fence, performing background checks on employees, or/and hiring security guards.

When Negligent Security Leads to an Injury

“Negligent” means the failure to act with the same level of care that a person in a similar circumstance would execute. Negligent security, therefore, means that the business/property owner failed to implement security measures that are reasonably necessary in order to protect customers or guests. For example, the lack of proper lighting at a bus stop could make that area more prone to crime, or the failure to lock doors to apartment common areas could increase the risk of an intrusion. If you have been harmed because a company failed to maintain necessary security, you may have a negligent security claim directly against the owner. You will have to prove that your injuries would not have occurred had adequate security been in place.

Do Not Wait to Take Legal Action

Filing a claim against a business or property owner can be intimidating. To back you up with resources, knowledge, and legal experience, the Law Offices of Alex T. Barak, P.A. are here to help. If you believe that you may have a negligent security claim, it is important that you schedule a consultation with our law firm and begin the claim’s process as soon as possible, as time is quickly running out. To schedule your free case consultation and learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Hollywood negligent security attorney today at 954-961-6200.

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Premises Liability

Premises liability is a legal theory that is relevant in instances when a person is harmed on another person’s property due to some form of negligence on the part of the premises owner. The theory holds that a property owner has a legal duty to maintain the property in a safe condition, and that if he/she/it fails to do so, and an injury occurs, they may be held liable for damages. If you have been injured on someone else’s property in Florida, speak with an experienced Hollywood premises liability attorney as soon as possible.

Property Owners and Duty of Care

Property owners have a duty of care to those who enter their property. However, the duty varies slightly depending upon whom it is that is entering the property, be it a licensee, invitee, or trespasser.

The duty to licensees — those who have a right to be on the property but who have not been invited, such as an individual responsible for checking a gas meter — and invitees — those who are invited onto the property by the property owner — is generally the same: the property owner has a duty of care to keep the property reasonably safe. If a dangerous condition does exist, the property owner has a duty to correct it within a timely manner, or/and to make the condition known to the invitee/licensee.

But the duty that a property owner owes to a trespasser is much different; for trespassers on a property, the only duty that a property owner has is to refrain from causing the trespasser willful or wanton harm.

Attractive Nuisance and Premises Liability

There is an exception to the premises liability standard that is applied to trespassers; if the trespasser is a child, the doctrine of attractive nuisance may hold. This doctrine states that a property owner may be held liable for injuries to a child that occur on the owner’s property if the child was drawn to the property by a hazardous object or condition that is likely to attract children (such as a trampoline or pool), based on a child’s inability to reasonably understand the risk or danger of the hazardous object/condition. Alex Barak won a landmark case on the “attractive nuisance” doctrine in the Florida Supreme Court, so he is the perfect attorney to hire.

Types of Premises Liability Cases

There are dozens of injury cases in which premises liability laws may apply. These include:

  • Slip and fall/trip and fall cases;
  • Dog bites;
  • Negligent security;
  • Swimming pool accidents;
  • Fires;
  • Amusement park accidents;
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals; and
  • Elevator/escalator accidents.

How a Premises Liability Attorney Can Help You

Liability of the premises owner when you are injured on another person’s property can be complicated, and the property owner is liable for injuries if a hazardous condition existed, the property owner knew of should of known of the hazardous condition and the property owner failed to remedy the condition within a reasonable amount of time; if the premises owner actually created a dangerous condition; if  a third party created the dangerous condition on the owner’s property, but the owner failed to maintain his property and failed to clean  or remove the dangerous condition. To help you to determine whether or not you have a case, you should consult with an experienced Hollywood premises liability attorney.

At the Law Offices of Alex T. Barak, P.A., we are ready to get to work on your case today. To schedule your free case consultation with our skilled Florida premises liability legal team, call 954-961-6200 now.

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Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS) and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) are two common names for pain syndromes that occur when the sympathetic nervous system goes awry. Trauma such as that caused by injury or surgery can lead to an abnormal response from the sympathetic nervous system that causes CRPS. The hallmark of CRPS is pain and mobility problems out of proportion to those expected from the initial injury.

CRPS IS RANKED AS THE HIGHEST FORM OF CHRONIC PAIN THAT EXISTS IN MEDICAL SCIENCE TODAY. CRPS HAS NO CURE.

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) multiple system dysfunction, severe and often chronic pain, and disability can be triggered by a minor injury.

Trauma such as that caused by injury or surgery can lead to an abnormal response from the sympathetic nervous system that causes CRPS. The hallmark of CRPS is pain and mobility problems out of proportion to those expected from the initial injury.

Specific characteristics:

Pain

A constant burning and/or aching pain in the extremities is common. Patients also often find that even a light touch on the skin feels painful, and if they are touched repeatedly the pain becomes more severe with each contact. There can also be muscle tenderness and spasms, and sharp jabs of pain.

Skin Changes

Patients sometimes experience visible changes in the skin, hair, and fingernails near the affected region. Skin in the region may also feel unusually hot and/or cold. Edema is also common. The affected limb is often colder.

Movement Disorders

Patients may feel a stiffness and pain when moving, and may have muscle tremors. Severe muscle spasms can leave hands or feet disabled in cramped up positions.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Type I (here called RSD/CRPS), is a chronic condition characterized by burning pain and abnormalities in the sensory, motor and autonomic nervous systems. The syndrome typically appears after an acute injury to a joint or limb.

In rare cases, trauma, such as that caused by injury ,can lead to an abnormal response from the sympathetic nervous system that causes RSDS.

"Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is the more modern term for what was previously referred to as and still commonly referred to as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, or RSD. RSD is a nervous system disorder that can be brought on by minor trauma as insignificant as being bumped by a shopping cart."

many [of my patients] go from doctor to doctor misdiagnosed and some being told it is all in their head. Medical Schools don't teach about it. So physicians don't know to look for it." Joshua Prager, MD, as interviewed by ABC News, June 5, 2009.

Unfortunately, CRPS is not a widely known medical condition by many physicians. Also, it is not well understood, so it is often misdiagnosed. Many patients receive the wrong treatments or no treatment at all.

Many specialists see patients with CRPS only rarely and are, therefore, relatively unfamiliar with the clinical presentation. Further, CRPS mimics a range of other health conditions encountered by these health-care professionals; these factors may contribute to causing delay in confirming the correct diagnosis

Despite the fact that early diagnosis and treatment can make a significant difference for the patient, CRPS is poorly understood by most practicing physicians. This article serves as a primer for physicians who do not usually care for patients with CRPS. The information contained here provides the clinician with a global perspective on the syndromes and dispels many misconceptions.

Very little is taught in medical school and most residencies about CRPS so that most of what is learned about these syndromes by non-specialists occurs when a CRPS patient is encountered. Often, the diagnosis is made later than it could have been, resulting in significant consequences for the patient.

With CRPS, it is especially important to seek treatment early to avoid potentially permanent complications. Treatment is most effective when started early. If treatment is delayed, however, the disorder can quickly spread to the entire limb, and changes in bone, nerve, and muscle may become irreversible.

CRPS. The syndrome is notoriously difficult to accurately diagnose, and medical scientists and clinicians are still struggling to understand its pathogenesis and pathophysiology.

CRPS is generally defined as a chronic neuropathic pain disorder that involves dysregulation of the central and sympathetic nervous systems and results in sensory dysfunction, inflammation, motor deficits and/or trophic abnormalities. Patients with CRPS I typically present with complaints of continuous, debilitating limb pain that extends beyond a specific nerve distribution, is disproportionate to the inciting trauma, and cannot be traced to a demonstrable nerve lesion.

Complex regional pain syndrome type I (CRPS I) is a chronic painful disease of one extremity that may develop as a disproportionate consequence of a trauma affecting the limbs without overt nerve injury. Pain flares in CRPS are normal and should not be considered as a worsening of the condition. Usually a flare will settle over days or a few weeks.

Skin temperature differences in the distal limbs are capable of reliably distinguishing CRPS I from other extremity pain syndromes with high sensitivity and specificity.

 

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Slip, Trip & Fall

You are walking through a parking lot, into a store, or across your neighbor’s doorstep when – bam! – without warning, you are suddenly on the ground and in a lot of pain. You think that you may have broken your wrist, and your hip is giving you excruciating pain. Upon review from a medical professional, it turns out you did indeed fractured some bones. What’s more, you also suffered a minor concussion.

Slip and falls/trip and falls can result in thousands of dollars worth of medical bills, missed time from work, and serious pain and suffering. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries, and that one out of every five falls causes a serious injury. If you have suffered a fall that was due to the negligence of another, be sure to contact an experiencedHollywood slip and fall attorney.

Florida Premises Liability Laws

Liability for a slip and fall is almost always based on premises liability laws. These laws require that a property owner maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition. For example, if a customer experiences a slip and fall on a business property, the business may be held liable if the customer can prove in accordance with 2015 Florida Statutes Section 768.0755:

  • The dangerous condition existed for a length of time that the business should have known of the condition; or
  • The business had actual knowledge of the dangerous condition; or
  • The condition was regular and therefore foreseeable; and
  • The business should have taken action to remedy the condition based on its knowledge of the condition; or
  • The business actually created the dangerous condition.

Therefore, the failure of a property owner to correct a hazardous condition on their property — of which they are aware or should be aware —  is a violation of premises liability laws.

Damages Recoverable in a Slip and Fall Claim

If you can prove that the property owner where your slip and fall/trip and fall occurred should have prevented your injury from occurring, then you can recover damages for your injury. Damages available might include compensation for:

  • Medical expenses and future medical expenses;
  • All lost wages related to the injury, past, present and future;
  • Physical pain;
  • Disfigurement and permanent scarring; and
  • Emotional suffering.

Usually, these damages are paid by the home or business owner’s property/homeowner’s insurance.

Contact a Florida Slip and Fall Attorney Today

At the Law Offices of Alex T. Barak, P.A., our skilled Hollywood slip and fall attorney has a firm grasp of theories and legal terms such as negligence and premises liability, and can assist you in proving both. Whether you need an advocate who can collect evidence, one who can negotiate on your behalf, or both, Alex T. Barak is ready to work with you. To request your free case consultation to learn more about what damages you may be entitled to recover, call us today at 954-961-6200.

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Truck Accident

Large trucks and their drivers are an important component of the American economy, responsible for delivering the goods and products that we use every day. Despite their importance, however, large trucks are also dangerous, contribute to traffic, and can result in devastating injuries when involved in crashes. Unlike traffic accidents involving standard passenger cars, injuries in a truck accident are often much more severe based on the sheer size of the vehicle(s) involved, and liability can be much more complex. If you are harmed in a Florida truck accident, you need an experiencedHollywood truck accident attorney on your side.

Causes of Truck Accidents 

Like most vehicular accidents, the majority of truck accidents are the result of human error. Some of the most common causes of truck accident include:

  • Speeding;
  • Distracted driving;
  • Intoxicated driving;
  • Fatigued driving;
  • Aggressive driving;
  • Cargo shifts (caused by loading or cargo securement errors); and
  • Defective automobile products (defective brakes, tires).

These errors may be the fault of the truck driver, the driver of the passenger vehicle who is involved in the crash, a third party driver, a manufacturer of a defective auto part, or another third party.

Truck Accident Liability

Understanding who is liable for a truck accident is often a complex process that requires a thorough investigation. Further, even when fault is clear – for example, if the truck driver was operating their vehicle while intoxicated – liability may not be. This is because most drivers of large trucks are employees, and therefore are protected by the theory of vicarious liability, which holds that employers are liable for the actions of their employees.

In other cases, liability is even more elusive because fault is unclear. For example, if a truck accident is caused by shifting cargo, why did the cargo shift? Was it loaded improperly? Negligently secured? Inherently dangerous? Or did it shift because the truck driver took a turn too quickly? All of these questions must be answered to determine who is responsible for paying for a victim’s injuries and losses.

How an Attorney Can Help

A truck accident can result in injuries that forever change a person’s life, and may even be fatal. If you are the victim of an accident that has left you with serious losses, an attorney can assist you in recovering the financial compensation you deserve to pay for your economic and noneconomic damages. To do this, your attorney will conduct a thorough investigation that involves hiring accident reconstruction experts, will help you to gather and organize your medical documents, will speak to eyewitnesses, will assure your claim is filed in an accurate and timely manner, and will negotiate for a fair settlement amount on your behalf.

Reach Out to Our Experienced Hollywood Truck Accident Attorneys Today

At the Law Offices of Alex T. Barak, P.A. our experienced Hollywood truck accident attorney will advocate for you every step of the way. To learn more about our services and how we can assist you after a crash, contact us now at 954-961-6200.

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Wrongful Death

Wrongful death, when used in a personal injury/negligence discussion, is a term used to describe when an individual is killed through the legal fault of another person or entity, such as a company, business or a government agency. It is a horrific time for the surviving family members. There is a lot of mental pain and suffering. Lives are interrupted and completely changed. Alex Barak will be there for you when you feel ready to discuss how your loved one died as the result of the negligence of another. He will provide you with aggressive personalized representation to obtain the maximum monetary recovery allowed by law.

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