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Bad faith leads to denied insurance claims and policy holder harm

In the last few weeks Americans have watched as Hurricane Harvey ripped through the Gulf of Mexico and slammed communities throughout Texas. Florida residents are all too familiar with the devastation that hurricanes can cause and the terrible challenges that accompany the rebuilding process in the wake of utter and complete loss. One saving grace for individuals who live through natural disasters such as Harvey is their insurance. Insurance policies can provide victims of disasters with the financial support they need to rebuild their lives and move forward.

However, in times of trial some insurance companies do little to support the customers who have willingly paid their premiums and maintained their insurance accounts. Individuals affected by floods, fires and other major disasters have had to wait as their insurance companies drag their feet to send out assessors and evaluate how much money they will be able to provide for their customers to start over. Others may approve insurance claims only to delay payments on those approvals, leaving struggling customers in limbo as they wait for their insurance checks to come through.

Our attorneys are here for you after a vehicle accident

No one expects to get into a car accident but an alarming number of crashes, collisions and incidents occur on the streets and freeways of West Palm Beach. Every time an accident occurs, individuals' lives are thrown into upheaval as they struggle to manage the influx of work that they must do in order to get their lives back on track. When they suffer injuries in their crashes it can be even more challenging to put their accidents behind them and move their lives forward.

Victims of car accidents may have a variety of experiences following their crashes. They may be contacted by insurance companies that want information and releases from liability for their clients who caused the victims' harm. They may lose time from work and see their bills mount as their accident-related medical treatments become more costly.

Why can't I build my business in a residential part of town?

Readers of this Florida business blog may notice that similar types of establishments are built together in certain locations throughout their communities. Homes tend to be built near other homes, stores and retail outlets near shops of similar stature, and industrial and agricultural facilities together in their own parts of town. This organization of similar structures is due in large part to local rules that govern zoning.

Zoning is municipal scheme that establishes where certain enterprises may be located in a community. It helps keep neighborhoods free from retail traffic and parking problems and keeps dangerous manufacturing plants out of retail centers. Zoning is based on the needs of the community to support the residential and commercial communities that operate therein.

Tiger Woods avoids jail with deal on DUI

One of Florida's most famous residents lives just a few miles north of West Palm Beach. In May, Tiger Woods was arrested for driving while under the influence and for reckless driving near him Jupiter home.

His friends, family and fans hope the golf legend has learned a valuable lesson from the arrest. No one was hurt in the incident in May, but we all know that drunken driving can result in accidents, injuries and fatalities in the blink of an eye.

We are available to serve your business litigation needs

A well run business can be a profitable enterprise for a Florida resident to manage and can provide them with opportunities to see their products help serve the needs of members of their community and beyond. While many businesses run smoothly and can weather the occasional challenges that often befall corporate entities, some businesses are hit with legal challenges that may threaten their ability to exist. When business litigation matters arise business owners may need support working through their legal dilemmas.

The law firm of Reid, Burman, Lebedeker handles a wide range of business litigation matters for its clients. The firm's dedicated attorneys and staff are currently available to meet with new business litigation clients to discuss their possible claims and options for keeping their businesses' legal matters in check and responsibly managed.

Broker wins lawsuit over commission on power plant deal

In even a relatively straightforward real estate transaction, the buyer and seller are far from the only people involved. There are real estate agents, bankers and others, all helping to make the deal go smoothly, and, not coincidentally, take a chunk of the proceeds. In larger real estate transactions, there are many parties involved, all with large stakes in the sale. With these more complex financial ties come more complex legal ties.

Recently, a South Florida real estate broker won a lawsuit against Florida Power & Light over what he said was his part in a $75 million deal. He stands to recover $1.5 million.

Is there a single reason you're being singled out at work?

Are you one of many Florida workers suffering stress because of the way people at work treat you? If you survey workers throughout the state (the nation, even) you likely would find no shortage of stories involving various types of discriminatory behaviors in the workplace. Determining whether your particular situation (as uncomfortable as it may be) is also a legal problem can be challenging. There specific laws governing workplace discrimination, most of which have something to do with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

In order to consider particular treatment unlawful, it must meet the legal definition of discrimination in the workplace; typically, the official definition involves behavior enacted against someone because of a specific characteristic, or against someone in a protected category.

Woes within Uber could lead to its downfall

Millions of Americans throughout the United States, including many from West Palm Beach and the surrounding area, are familiar with Uber. Uber is an app that allows self-employed independent contractors to log in to their app and accept ride requests from nearby riders in need of a lift. The app utilizes GPS technology to partner up nearby drivers with riders in need of a lift. While this concept sounds great in theory, the company is not doing as well as people might expect. A lot of that has to do with internal turmoil, including a very serious intellectual property suit against them.

According to many industry experts, the ultimate goal of Uber, as well as rival companies such as Lyft, are to take advantage of state of the art technology and utilize what may become a driverless car world. Uber has invested hundreds of millions of dollars into researching driverless cars, including the purchase of a company called Otto, which had been researching such technology.

How distracted driving affects those on the roads

The popularity of smartphones can be seen throughout the United States. If you are sitting in a bus or at a café, look around and notice the dozens of people with their eyes fixated on their phones and tablets. While this technology is undoubtedly embraced by many Americans, it has also led to a substantial increase in accidents on the roads.

Smartphone use is especially popular among teenagers and younger adults who use their phones to stay in touch with social media on apps such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat. Many of these programs encourage what has been known as the "selfie" or picture-taking of oneself. While this is harmless in most situations, a scary trend throughout the U.S. is taking a selfie while driving. As one might expect, this can be incredibly dangerous and even deadly.

The relationship between credit and homeowners insurance

While some might not realize it, homeowners insurance and credit can be very interconnected here in the United States.

For one, a person’s credit history could impact what they end up paying for homeowners insurance. This is because credit history is one of the things insurers might look into when determining a person’s homeowners insurance rate.


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