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Vehicle accidents can result in fatalities

Although today's motor vehicles are built with a bevy of standard safety features, it is a sad fact that Florida residents die every year in collisions on roads and highways. Many of these accidents are caused by the poor driving choices of other motorists and the negligence that individuals practice when they allow distractions to take their attention off of their driving responsibilities. A death from a motor vehicle accident can be compensable, though, and may require a wrongful death lawsuit.

A wrongful death claim is usually based upon a death caused by another party's negligence or recklessness. Since the victim of a fatal accident cannot serve as a party to a civil lawsuit, it is the personal representative of their estate that may sue for the recovery of damages. That personal representative may seek compensation for the surviving family members of the victim, such as their kids, spouse, parents, and other possible dependents.

Make sure not to violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

If you own a small business here in West Palm Beach, you rely on your customers to follow through with their part of the bargain, which is to pay you for the goods or services you provide them. Even though you may understand someone being late, and you don't want to be the "bad guy," there comes a time when you have to put your business first.

You will need to initiate collection efforts in order to obtain the payment you deserve. More than likely, you want to attempt to salvage the business relationship with your customer, so you know that you need to be firm, yet understanding, at the same time.

What is a confidentiality agreement?

Confidentiality can be an important part of protecting a business's trade secrets and other proprietary information. When an employee may have contact with such sensitive information, their employer may ask them to sign a confidentiality agreement. Also known as nondisclosure agreements, Florida entities often use these contracts to keep their secrets in-house and out of the hands of their competitors.

Nondisclosure agreements must meet certain criteria in order to be valid. For example, a nondisclosure agreement cannot be overly broad. Generally, these agreements must provide clarity regarding the information they seek to protect and what is included as protected information.

Actions that may show bad faith in denial of an insurance claim

After an accident or other stressful event, a Florida resident may take comfort in knowing that they have insurance to help them recover from the harm that they suffered. After submitting their paperwork for their insurance claim, they may discover that their request was denied. While not all insurance claims are valid and compensable, those that are and that are denied may have been subject to bad faith practices by insurers.

Bad faith insurance practices happen when claims that should have been paid are not and the reasons for not paying them are unreasonable. Those who have experienced this difficult situation should know that they have rights. Individuals who are struggling with this frustrating and costly form of legal trouble may want to contact legal professionals who practice this specific form of law for detailed assistance on their unique cases.

Legal help during Florida residential real estate disputes

One of the biggest purchases that a West Palm Beach resident may ever make is a home. A residential property, whether it is a condo or large single family residence, can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars or even more to make it someone's own. When it comes to putting down or financing that much money in order to secure the rights to buy a property, a person may want to do whatever they can to ensure that the process will occur without problems.

There are many ways that problems can be introduced into the residential real estate purchase process. If a person decides to buy an existing home, they may face issues when negotiating a contract with the home's seller. If they elect to buy new construction, they will have to negotiate with a builder or other entity that manages the building of their new home. It can be helpful for a prospective home buyer to have a relationship established with a trusted real estate attorney in place before they decide to make an offer on a property.

What is unfair competition?

In athletics different sports organizations have in place protocols to ensure that individual athletes and teams do not reap unfair benefits through the use of banned substances, equipment that does not meet regulations, and other deceptive practices. For example, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency tests athletes from a variety of fields to ensure that they are keeping their sports free and clear of illegal drugs and performance enhancing substances.

These organizations have their protocols in place to make sure that sports are competed on fair playing fields and without allowing some to benefit to the detriment of others. In business, similar protocols are set up in Florida state and federal law to make sure that some corporate entities cannot act illegally to harm other businesses or even consumers.

Drunk drivers cause accidents and fatalities in Florida

A drunk driving accident can result in significant damage and hardship in the life of a victim. That individual may have to suffer through years of recovery in order to mend their injuries and overcome their fears of being involved in a life-altering crash. For others, surviving a drunk driving accident may not be a guarantee. Fatalities from drunk driving crashes in Florida are both devastating and common.

According to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 8,500 people died in drunk driving accidents in Florida between 2003 and 2012. That means that around 850 people lost their lives to drunk drivers in each of the noted years or more than two people per day perished in alcohol-related crashes over the 10-year period.

Can a business be a nuisance if it is properly zoned?

Zoning is the area of local law that establishes where certain types of businesses may be built and operated. For example, Floridians may visit commercially zoned areas of town when they wish to shop at the grocery store or fill their vehicles up with gas. When they leave, they may drive back to the residential zones where their homes are located.

Communities use zoning to keep similarly-operated buildings close to each other and to prevent nuisances from bothering others that operate with different schedules and needs. For example, if an all-night dance club opened in the middle of a quiet suburban neighborhood the individuals who lived in the area may find the noise and traffic brought to their streets to be disruptive and dangerous.

Take proactive steps when it comes to your company and lawsuits

Lawsuits are almost an inevitability when individuals start a business. Numerous factors could result in a client, customer, partner, another business or other person or entity becoming disgruntled with your business in such a way that it may take litigation to settle. While you should certainly look forward to business growth and successes, you should also keep the potential for conflicts in mind.

Rather than just sitting back and waiting for someone to file a lawsuit against your company, you may want to take a proactive approach, work to lessen the likelihood of claims and protect your interests in the event that a lawsuit does come against your company.

Understanding the process of a business lawsuit

In the eyes of the law, a business is considered a person and therefore, can be sued by other corporate and private entities. In West Palm Beach, a business owner can be well-prepared for possible litigation by developing a general understanding of what a lawsuit is and how it proceeds through the courts. This post is offered to help readers understand the business lawsuit process, but is not legal advice.

A lawsuit against a business begins when a person or other entity files a complaint alleging that the business breached some duty and caused harm. The business must receive notice of the complaint, and generally, that notice will be directed to a director or other ranking employee of the entity.


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