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The Perazzo Law Firm – Dedicated to putting their clients interests first…Always! 

Personal injury accidents that require legal assistance and representation go beyond knowing the law (Tort Law), especially when dealing with insurance companies for compensation from personal injury accidents that lead to medical attention and economic losses. Personal injury accidents stemming from vehicle collisions, slip and fall incidents, dog attacks, premises liability claims, defective products or services, and wrongful death, will most often cast victims and loved-ones into a whirlwind of complications that stem beyond their concerns for physical, mental, and economic recovery. Many times, insurance companies will place obstacles down the road to recovery and resort to the common practice of offering accident victims unfair compensation settlements. Basically, and in layman’s terms, insurance companies like to make money not spend it, especially if the accident victim and/or family requires a large sum of money to compensate for losses incurred. However, it’s not all about money when a dedicated personal injury lawyer is involved. Though Jonathan Perazzo focuses on maximizing the accident victim’s recovery, he and his entire legal staff strive jointly to achieve their client’s 100% satisfaction. How? – By attending to every aspect of their claim throughout the entire legal process and until their case is resolved. When a client is 100% satisfied, Perazzo Law is too!

PERAZZO LAW SERVES VICTIMS OF ATV-RELATED ACCIDENTS.

quads-1432669-300x225Miami-Dade, Florida: A child aboard an ATV crashed into a automobile Sunday afternoon and had to be taken to the hospital in a helicopter. The accident occurred during the annual “Bikes Up, Guns Down” rally at the intersection of NW 16th and NW 5th Court in Florida City.  Aerial footage showed reckless riding by the demonstrators, many of whom performed stunts on I95 and could be seen weaving in-and-out of traffic throughout Miami-Dade County.  Though ATV’s are fun to ride, especially round Miami Beach, some 400 ATV-related fatalities happen every year across the United States, with kids under 16 accounting for 1/3 of all all fatal accidents worldwide. From 2014-16, there were 60 reported ATV related deaths in Florida, which ranks 6th in the USA.  Though purely recreational for about 80% of riders, Florida law dictates that ATVs are prohibited on public streets, avenues, or highways. Furthermore, kids under 16 must wear a helmet regardless of whether they are riders or passengers. Non compliance could lead to fines as well as serious head injury in the event of an accident. Perazzo Law advises ATV operators to refrain from operating an ATV on public roads in order to avoid legal issues in the event of an accident or run-ins with the law.

quad-1448443-300x188Despite the misconception that ATV’s don’t require a license to be operated in public, the DMV and Florida law dictate that a valid license is required to operate an ATV. Operating an ATV, as detailed in s. 317.0003, in Florida is prohibited. However, operating an ATV is permitted by law for daytime use and on unpaved roads bearing under-35 mph speed limit signs. Furthermore, ATVs may only be operated by licensed drivers or minors supervised by a licensed driver. The ATV operator is obliged by law to show proof of ownership if requested by the authorities. Children under the age of 16 may ride or be ridden on an ATV as long as they wear eye protection and a helmet that meets United States Department of Transportation standards. Only individuals authorized by a state or federal agency may operate ATVs on public roads. Police officials may use ATVs on beaches and public roads in order to perform civil duties and uphold the law. First offenders of ATV violations may consist of  a written warning. A second offence will consist of a $100 fine, with third-time offenders on the hook for $250. The fourth offence fine doubles to $500, with the fifth offence equal to a $1,000 fine or 90 days behind bars.

PerazzoLawFirm-GoogleImageTHE PERAZZO LAW FIRM SERVES PASSENGERS HURT IN CAR ACCIDENTS IN MIAMI-DADE AND BROWARD

miami-posters-1-1416986-300x225Just like in most cosmopolitan cities throughout the U.S.A, dealing with traffic is an inevitable part of the everyday hustle and bustle for residents and visitors. And when it comes to driving, Miami has its fair share of rules and regulations with which to make getting around a safe and enjoyable experience.  A mecca for entertainment that appeals to visitors from all over the world, being a passenger in Miami can either be a moment to remember or one you wish to forget. Motor vehicles ranging from large and loud trucks to small and silent scooters can be spotted cruising Miami’s streets, avenues, and roads. To boot, modern rideshare and convenience delivery services such as Uber, Lyft, Amazon Prime Now, DoorDash, and InstaCart, can turn driving into a nightmare. Furthermore, when it comes to cluttering urban streets, the scooter craze has swarms of riders wreaking havoc on unexpecting motorists. This motorized reality has its dire consequences, as when combined with negligent cellphone use, the chances of an accident surge.

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PASSENGER ACCIDENTS  Passengers and drivers are almost always hurt when cars collide, especially at high speeds and on highways. Studies find that passengers are just as likely to suffer the same, if not worse injuries than the driver of the car in which they were riding. Fortunately, passengers injured in car accidents have the legal right to hire a personal injury lawyer with whom to seek compensation for damages or losses incurred from an accident. Even though there are accident cases in which a motorist will have no right to claim for damages or injuries, the passenger will be found free of fault in 9 out of 10 accident cases. A driver’s insurance policy, (See TOP TEN INSURANCE POLICIES), will often be limited to how much it can offer in compensation for medical expenses and other damages. This point becomes crucial when the passenger has suffered severe personal injuries which exceed the driver’s insurance policy limit. If legal proceedings follow the incident, a court ruling will have to determine fault for the accident. When a motorist is found to not be at fault, he/she will not be held legally liable for the passenger’s claim for personal injury compensation. This does not particularly mean that the passenger should not seek compensation for serious injuries or losses incurred by the accident. When an accident involves two or more motor vehicles, the passenger should hire a Personal Injury Lawyer to seek compensation from the insurance providers of the other motorists. Perazzo Law reminds passengers hurt in car accidents that they have the legal right to seek compensation for their personal injuries, damages, and losses in Miami. 

The Perazzo Law Firm Serves Victims of Animal Attacks in Florida Zoos and Wildlife Theme Parks

Humans Beware – We are Animals 

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Jungle Island, Miami. Though some wild animals can be trained to live and dwell alongside humans, this does not necessarily mean they are harmless. In a recent incident involving a wild animal, an orangutan held in captivity and showcased at the Jungle Island Theme Park in Miami, attacked and injured a volunteer worker this past Wednesday afternoon. Though the injuries sustained by the worker were not life threatening, the incident raises awareness as to the risks that employees that work with animals, be they domestic or wild, must face on a regular basis.  According to Jungle Island officials, the emergency response team and primate keepers were able to respond quickly to the attack. Miami Fire Rescue units were also called to attend to the incident as the rescue captain stated that the worker, a female volunteer, was taken to a local hospital. The park, originally called Parrot Jungle reopened after undergoing major improvements as it was devastated by the fury of Hurricane Irma. The park features wild animals which include large felines such as Hercules, a 900-pound Liger, (a cross between a lion and a tiger) as well as other wild animals like snakes, kangaroos, and vultures, which can be dangerous to visitors and workers alike. The incident, which is being investigated, places emphasis on the safety of workers that deal with wild animals for the amusement of humans.

The Perazzo Law Firm serves victims injured from accidents involving Texting & Driving in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties

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Ever since the smartphone started riding shotgun in 2007 with the launch of the first iPhone, texting and driving has been an ever-growing cause of motor-vehicle related accidents in modern cities around the world. Negligent cell phone use while behind the wheel of cars, buses, trucks, recreational and construction vehicles is said to account for some 2.0 million accidents per year. According to statistic reports, over 650,000 motorists are distracted by cell phone use during daytime driving. Reports show that close to 400,000 individuals are hurt each year from texting and driving related incidents, with 25% occurring in major U.S cities such as Miami.  According to research conducted throughout 2018, 69 % of motorists between the ages of 18 and 64 admit to using their cell phone while driving and admitted to being aware of the increased chances of crashing. A recent survey by AAA, revealed that 94% of teenage motorists admitted to ignoring the dangers that negligent cell phone use while driving represent. Teenagers also rank at the top when it comes to texting and driving fatalities, with more than 58% of all fatal accidents involving negligent cell phone use. Sadly, everyday in the USA, 11 teenagers die in texting and driving related accidents.

crash-car-1180834-300x242The Perazzo Law Firm Shares Latest, Important Developments Regarding PIP Insurance

Orange County, Florida – PIP insurance or Personal Injury Protection, has the world of motor vehicle insurance providers on tenterhooks as the Supreme Court rules against an insurance company and in favor of the Florida Hospital Medical Center in the 5th District Court of Appeal. Personal Injury Protection(PIP) is mandatory insurance coverage for all registered vehicle owners in the state of Florida and serves to cover up to $10,000 in medical bills, damages, or losses stemming from a motor vehicle accident regardless of which driver was legally found at fault. Nevertheless, not everything is as simple as it seems as insurance providers as well as healthcare providers are all looking out for their best economic interests. Thus was the underlying basis for the PIP case brought on by the Florida Hospital Medical Center, which held the Progressive Insurance Company liable for $200 in unpaid reimbursement for medical services rendered to one of their policyholders. A Progressive Insurance customer, a car accident victim, suffered personal injuries that accounted for $2,781 in hospital expenses. According to the official court records, his PIP insurance policy had a $1,000 deductible which the hospital subtracted before calculating the total amount using the formula under Florida PIP law. It turns out that the insurer did not apply the same method for determining the legitimate amount owed to the hospital and reached a total amount due of $868. This $200 difference, brought-on by subtracting the car accident victim’s  $1000 deductible, prompted the legal battle by the Florida Hospital Medical Center. The case, which has insurance providers around the USA on edge, ruled against the formula used by the insurer company to calculate the amount owed. The decision was based on the grounds that the insurance company should apply the deductible to the overall charges in line with the statutory provisions. The ruling will ultimately lead to all insurance providers in Florida ultimately having to pay more to hospitals and healthcare practitioners treating motor vehicle accident victims.

So where does PIP stand now? The new rule states (in a nutshell) that the deductible needs to be exhausted at the start. Statutorily, the minimum deductible is $1,000, so the first $1K is the responsibility of the insured person and the insurance provider doesn’t have to pay it. Until now, the insurance company was spreading out the deductible.

The Perazzo Law Firm Serves Victims of Amusement Park Accidents in Florida

rollercoaster-series-5-1550126Orlando, Florida: Amusement Parks offer lots of excitement and entertainment for the young and old alike. However, not everyone can handle the thrill that comes from rides that pump an overdose of adrenaline into fragile hearts and minds. Though amusement parks post warning signs for certain rides, not all visitors can understand what they say. Such was the case for a 38-year old man that suffered a fatal heart-attack while aboard the “Skull Island: Reign of Kong” ride at Universal Studios in Orlando. Apparently, neither the man nor his family, all visiting from Guatemala, did not speak or read English, thus failing to catch the gist of the warning sign posting the dangers for those with heart conditions. The deceased man’s family later filed a wrongful death lawsuit on the grounds that Universal acted negligently by not posting warning signs in Spanish, as well as in other foreign languages. A spokesman for Universal refused to comment on the subject regardless of the fact that Universal is quite aware of the vast number of foreigners that visit the amusement park on a daily basis. In the meantime, the personal injury lawyer representing the man’s family stated that not having warning signs posted in other languages other than English is unreasonable, especially after Orlando ranked at the top as one of the USA’s most popular destinations last year. Though it’s hard to determine exactly how many theme park visitors lack basic knowledge of the English language, local figures reveal that some 6.1 million of the 72 million Orlando visitors come from abroad. With these whopping numbers, it’s hard to believe that Universal hasn’t contemplated posting signs in other languages; or at least Spanish for that matter. According to Premises Liability laws, business operators owe a duty to notify individuals of any possible dangers that visitors may incur. Thus, any failure to provide clearly posted warnings could result in a Premises Liability claim based on negligence on behalf of the business owner or operator. Rides such as the one that led to the death of the 38-year-old man from Guatemala, who had a previous heart condition, usually read “Warning! This ride is an expedition through the rough terrain of King Kong’s natural habitat. The movement of the truck is dynamic with sudden accelerations, dramatic tilting and jarring actions.” Thus, individuals with past or present heart conditions,  irregular blood pressure, spinal cord problems, or pregnant women, should refrain from going on the ride. Sadly, neither the man nor any member of his family took notice of the sign, and if so, they failed to notice the captions accompanying the printed text warning. Apparently, the man had complained about feeling nauseous after getting off the ride and sat down for a while as his wife and son boarded another ride. By the time they got back, the victim had passed out and later died at a local hospital. The lawsuit presented by the family’s lawyer also holds the Universal responsible for the tardiness in providing medical attention by the park operators.

uh-oh-1313048-225x300If you, a friend or relative has been hurt in an amusement park, or has suffered damages or losses as a result of negligence or a mechanical flaw while on or around a ride, Perazzo Law urges accident victims to contact their Miami Law Office ONLINE for a FREE consultation.

Perazzo Law Shares Insight into Electric Scooter Accidents in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties
vespa-headlamp-1454647-225x300Miami Beach, Florida: They’re practical and fun yet silent and dangerous. Electric scooters boomed in Miami and other trendy cities around the United States. Local and tourists alike were until recently, hopping on electric scooters and taking to the streets in hoards to sightsee and get around. Their fast, cheap to rent, require no driver’s license or insurance, and users can dump them anywhere they want once their ride ends. The combination of all these facets led to a rise in electric scooter related accidents in around Miami. People would rent them, use them, and abandon them on the ground, which reflects a sense of negligence evident in the way they ride them. They would just pop-out of nowhere posing a silent threat to the well-being of pedestrians, motorists, and other electric scooter riders alike. Furthermore, residents and motorists both agree that their presence clutters sidewalks, block handicap ramps, and cause accidents. Fortunately, the rules and regulations regarding electric scooters and motorized skateboards in Florida are changing.
Legal Facts Regarding Scooters that have a Seat or Saddle: 

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The Perazzo Law Firm Shares insight into Premises Liability Accident Claims in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties

I was injured in a shootout at a shopping mall.

CHRISTMAS EVE: Last-minute shoppers were cast into a whirlpool of panic when a shootout between the Palm Beach police and a notorious gang member broke out at The Mall at Wellington Green this Christmas Eve.

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Miami Beach, Florida: A 35-year-old construction worker fell approximately 12ft. at a Miami Beach construction site this past Monday and died shortly after being assisted at Jackson Memorial Hospital, according to the local authorities that arrived to the accident scene. Miami Beach Fire Rescue units reported that the construction worker, an outsourced mason working for the Rinaldi Group, fell from the third floor onto the second floor of a building that was being constructed at 2000 Washington Ave. The construction work accident that led to the worker’s tragic fall is being investigated by officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which according to sources, requires that rebar caps be placed on the ends of any protruding rebar in the event a worker falls onto them while on the job. In this case, officials will have to determine if the construction firm acted negligently by leaving the rebar unprotected. If that is determined to be the case, the construction company may face severe fines to compensate for any wrongful death claims brought on by the victim’s family. Though it is hard to put a price on life, legitimate negligence on behalf of an employer and his/her insurance provider must.

Perazzo Law Shares Insight Into Construction Workers Accidents