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after-an-accident-289x300In Miami, the Perazzo Law Firm informs Florida residents that Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance and Property Damage (PD) are mandatory for registered vehicle owners and operators. Unfortunately, PIP insurance is an extremely complicated vehicle accident insurance policy, especially following an accident that leads to injuries to individuals or damage to property and in light of a lawsuit that leads to an accident claim for compensation. It is very important for Florida motorists to understand the basics behind PIP insurance and how it covers the medical expenses of the vehicle owner and the individuals listed on the policy, as well as any relatives residing in the same households and potentially any passenger in the vehicle should they not have their own coverage under the law. In Florida, PIP was made mandatory because most accidents would cause under $10,000 in damages or injuries. Thus, PIP aims to solve the problem of medical bills not getting paid, people suffering from reduced credit scores, and accident victims fearing lack of treatment accidents and claims. Since PIP is mandatory for all Florida motorists or registered vehicle owners, treatment at a medical facility will be covered by the insurance carrier which must be notified of the accident to proceed accordingly following an accident. In this case, the injured party will visit his or her medical practitioner and sign an assignment of benefits which grants the doctor the right to bill the insurance provider directly on their behalf. Furthermore, individuals that have suffered personal injury as a result of the accident in Miami, may opt to file their own PIP claim treatment coverage. PIP provides accident victims with the legal right to visit a doctor for treatment regardless of whether they have medical insurance. Also, PIP allows you to seek medical treatment no matter who was at fault for the accident and PIP pays up to $2,500 subject to a deductible and co-payment unless there’s an emergency medical conditions that entitles $10,000 in injuries or lost wages. The Perazzo Law Firm strongly recommends that those who can afford it, to supplement PIP with other insurance policies such as uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage. Following an accident in Miami or and Florida city or suburb, additional insurance coverage policies will help protect against medical costs for treating serious personal injury or even third-party wrongful death. If you, a friend or relative has been in an accident that has resulted in personal injury or damages, one of our Miami personal litigation or insurance claims lawyers can provide all the right answers to any questions concerning PIP and PD insurance coverage. The Perazzo Law Firm offers a FREE initial Consultation and ZERO OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS to its clients seeking compensation for injuries or damages from an insurance claim following an accident. Find out more about PIP and PD by visiting the Perazzo Law Firm page.

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Uber-accident-Lawyer-in-Miami-Perazzo-Law-200x300La Firma de Perazzo Law sabe que en Miami, al igual que Hialeah, Little Havana, Doral y muchas ciudades dentro de los condados de Miami-Dade y Broward, servicios como Uber, Lyft y Cabify son responsable de transportar una enorme cantidad de pasajeros todos los días y noches. Estas empresas compiten agresivamente entre ellos y a veces dentro de esta competitividad, se encuentran los mismos conductores, quienes compiten para conseguir viajes. En Miami, Uber, Lyft y Cabify operan sin parar día y noche en búsqueda de viajes y pasajeros, los cuales muchas veces están ajeno a algunos de los peligros que existen cada vez que una persona se sube a un auto de Uber, Lyft o Cabify. Algún los riesgos no son muy obvios, no dejan de existir. En Miami, por ejemplo, usuarios de Uber, Lyft o Cabify corren ciertos riesgos cuando usan estos servicios en horarios nocturnos y a las salidas de bares y clubs nocturnos. Junto con conductores negligentes que operan vehículos bajo los efectos del alcohol o narcóticos, se encuentran aquellos que conducen mientras usan sus celulares para mensajear, hablar, o navegar redes sociales. La combinación de conducir intoxicado y conducir mientras usando celulares aumenta significativamente las probabilidades de estar involucrado en un accidente mientras dentro de un Uber, Lyft o Cabify. Aunque los conductores de Uber, Lyft y Cabify por la mayor parte operan con seriedad y responsablemente, están ellos mismo en riesgo de estar involucrados en un accidente de tránsito. En Miami, la Firma de Perazzo Law les recuerda a los usuarios de Uber, Lyft y Cabify que ellos están protegidos legalmente en caso de un accidente que resulta en lesiones o pérdidas económicas, ya que Uber posee cobertura para compensar a victimas por una suma que llega al millón de dólares. En otras palabras, si un Uber se da un cantazo, los daños y les lesiones a las victimas están protegidos económicamente para cubrir gastos médicos y reparo de los vehículos involucrados que no sean culpables por el accidente. En un Uber, los usuarios deben saber como responder al momento de un accidente. En Miami, la Firma de Perazzo Law tiene amplia experiencia litigando con accidentes de transito y sabe que no hay dos casos iguales. En un accidente dentro de un Uber, Lyft o Cabify, los usuarios deben permanecer tranquilos y verificar sus lesiones. Tras verificar si existen lesiones se debe contactar a las autoridades para que haya un registro oficial del accidente de Uber, Lyft o Cabify. En Miami, los abogados de Perazzo Law Firm, recomiendan que la víctima del accidente, o en este caso el pasajero, pueda obtener el contacto de algún testigo para luego verificar y dar testimonio del accidente. El pasajero mismo puede tomar registro del accidente tomando fotografías o video del accidente y los vehículos involucrados. No necesariamente el conductor de Uber, Lyft o Cabify tiene que ser encontrado culpable del accidente para poder cobrar el seguro para cubrir gastos y perdidas por lesiones o daños ocasionados por el accidente. Mientras el pasajero este en el auto, esta protegido por hasta un millón de dólares. Tras el accidente con un Uber, Lyft o Cabify, el usuario o pasajeros deben contactar a la firma de Perazzo Law para consultar gratuitamente sobre el accidente y nuestra firma no cobra nada hasta la resolución del caso.

abogado-miami-300x300Si usted, un amigo o familiar estuvo involucrado o lesionado mientras viajaba en un Uber, Lyft o Cabify, no dude en comunicarse inmediatamente con la firma de Perazzo Law. En Miami y North Miami Beach, nuestra firma atiende con orgullo a la comunidad Hispana y hablamos español, ya que el fundador de la firma, Jonathan Perazzo (hijo de hispanos) esta 100% dedicado a las mejores intereses de sus clientes perteneciente a la comunidad hispana.

Subcontractor Found at Fault

outdoor-1436934-300x226The Third District Court of Appeal in Miami has ruled that a subcontractor was at fault for a fire that started within a condo during its renovation. According to the court facts, painters hired by the Brother’s Painting and Pressure Cleaning Corp, acted negligently when they failed to properly dispose of a stain-soaked rag, which was placed inside a plastic trashcan. Somehow the rag caught fire and led to damages to the condominium’s interior.  Meanwhile, the court has ruled that the general contractor is a passive actor in the case and worthy of indemnification on the grounds that the subcontractor was hired to carry out the painting work without causing property damage or injury to its dwellers. However, the subcontractors disagree on the basis that the general contractor was indeed negligent, and no indemnification is owed for damages to the condo. The final ruling is awaiting confirmation by the Circuit Court for Monroe County.

Services Providers and Liability


GIN-300x199Spring break crowds & tourists may be in for a surprise when going for a drink after two a.m. throughout March. A 2 a.m. last call is what the Miami Beach Mayor is pushing for during spring break at popular places in & around Miami Beach. These areas would include hot spots like Ocean Drive & Collins Avenue among others. At present, last call for alcohol at Miami Beach pubs and bars stands at just before sunrise at 5 a.m. The 2 a.m. last call law will be voted upon this Wednesday and if passed, go into effect March 6th and last until March 23rd and apply to the sale of alcohol to be consumed at restaurants, outdoor cafes, bars, and clubs. The last call measures aim to lower the risk of incidents which may lead to aggressive or negligent behavior by the spring break festivity partakers. The proposed law is highly favored by Miami beach residents, who sometimes fall victim to the negligent behavior stemming from the irresponsible sale of alcohol to spring breakers. However, the 2 a.m. last call measure is somewhat frowned upon by Miami Beach businesses like hotels, bars, restaurants, and entertainment events. Operators and owners claim it hurts business and discourages tourism. At present, those wanting to purchase beer or wine at supermarkets and convenience shops can do so until 8 p.m. throughout the Miami Beach entertainment district. Many times it’s not bars and restaurants where rowdiness happens but rather at the beach when Spring Breakers take six packs and kegs to the sands by the breaking waves of Florida coast.


veterans-stadium-1231877-e1580602450426-209x300SUPER BOWL 54 AND STADIUM SAFETY

Super Bowl 54 is expected to host over 60 thousand fans, with thousands of service providers working behind stage to make sure one of the greatest sporting events of the year makes for a memorable moment. But how important is it to remember to stay safe? Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens will be the site of Super Bowl 54 and its facilities and service providers must meet strict safety standards guided by the  Florida Department of Agriculture, which has given the stadium the green light for service food and beverage provision during the event. However, the same law does not apply to food trucks & restaurants, which are inspected by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Public business operators that provide access to their public premises owe a duty through premises liability to provide safe environments & security in & around the establishment. This includes safe walking surfaces, installations & food service providers. In this case, Hard Rock Stadium owes a duty to attendees and workers alike by making sure parking lots, ramps, stairs and exits pose not risk of injury, damages or losses during events such as Super Bowl 54 in Miami-Gardens. Hard Rock Stadium and Super Bowl 54 is just one mere example of the magnitude of safety precautions visitors and fans must take when attending a sports venue or stadiums used for other forms of entertainment. Stadium accidents are quite common; stemming from areas such as slip and fall, food poisoning, or injuries from a structural collapse for example. Ramps, steps and aisle space are common places for stadium accidents as those that have consumed an over excessive amount of beer may find it hard to keep their balance. Intoxication from beverages sold at stadium concession stands can be justifiably questions if the staff member negligently served an obviously intoxicated fans more alcohol. In Miami, the Perazzo Law Firm understands slip and falls in stadiums and entertainment venues. Slippery steps can lead to accidents that result in injuries that can be the result of negligence. Food poisoning from eating contaminated substances can lead to serious illness and injury in a stadium; especially while on sloped and narrow steps or ramps. Falling while intoxicated can lead to fractures and other injuries. Food and beverage business operators are obliged to meet strict controls to guarantee the foods they sell is safe to consume. Failure to meet health safety standards that cause injury or losses may justify an accident claim for compensation. The Perazzo Law Firm staff and attorney strive to provide the best possible legal advice to help sport stadium visitors stay safe and know what to do if hurt or injured in a stadium. In Miami, stadium accidents can result from many factors. Some may include:

  • Intoxication


Expiration dates on goods such as foods, medications and cosmetics are many times overlooked by consumers. When this happens, the chances of someone falling ill or being injured appear. Facial products for example, can lead to temporary and sometimes permanent damage to a person’s skin. Such was the recent recall of a popular facial glow-glow boosting mask called Grapefruit Vitamin C Glow-Boosting Unicorn Paper Mask.

The FDA, the governing body that regulates and controls consumer goods, has recently posted a recall of Grapefruit Vitamin C Glow-Boosting Unicorn Paper Mask after the apparent irritating reaction it had on some children’s faces. There are social media reports of adults suffering skin irritation after using the facial cosmetic. A spokesman for the fruity sparkly paper mask has requested that consumers return the item for a full refund.

MOPED-300x200The Perazzo Law Firm shares insight on accidents involving mopeds and scooters in Miami.

Big cities are known for cars and trucks languishingly creeping along avenues, highways, and streets.  Despite its colorful cement setting and ocean backdrop, Miami is no different, as moving about the city and its surrounding suburbs can be frustrating and costly. But what about getting around on a Moped? A New York-based company called Revel, believes that many Miami locals, visitors, and tourists will hop on a moped instead of hopping in an Uber or Lyft to get from A to B. Through an agreement with the Miami Parking Authority, Revel unveiled its rentable moped plan in late December with 750 units and expects to compete aggressively against ride share service providers and vehicle rental agencies.

Through an app, users will be able to rent a moped in all Miami neighborhoods for the price of $0.29 per minute and a $1 fee, which makes it a highly affordable means of transportation. However, those looking for two-wheeled transportation options can choose from a vast variety of transportation options such as scooters, which can cost anywhere from $60-$85 per day. In fact, there is a wide range of commuting options to choose from at present, which include scooters, Segways, Lime electric scooters, electric cars, and the ever-humble bicycle.


IMG_0852-e1578173094871-225x300Los carriles para bicicletas no siempre son bienvenidos con los brazos abiertos en las comunidades del condado de Miami-Dade; y Coral Gables es solo uno de ellos. Desde 2004, la comisión de la ciudad ha rechazado todas las propuestas para construir carriles para bicicletas; principalmente de quejas en nombre de los vecinos y propietarios de viviendas que desaprueban. En 2014, se presentó un plan para construir 27 millas de nuevos carriles para bicicletas, aceras y cruces peatonales, pero eso nunca se desarrolló. En 2018, los residentes expresaron su oposición en una reunión de la comisión para agregar carriles para bicicletas a lo largo de Riviera Drive. Según Robert Ruano, presidente de la organización sin fines de lucro Bike Walk Coral Gables; “En este momento, hay muy poca infraestructura para bicicletas realmente segura en la ciudad que realmente aumente a las personas que usan la carretera para andar en bicicleta de manera segura”. Para 2020, una nueva propuesta tiene como objetivo crear carriles para bicicletas y ampliar las aceras a lo largo de Alhambra Circle desde Coral Way hasta la Universidad de Miami. Este tramo de 2.3 millas podría provocar la pérdida de árboles, según los residentes preocupados; por lo tanto, el plan para más carriles bici puede ser desechado una vez más. Sin embargo, Silvia Pinera-Vázquez, una abogada que reside en Alhambra Circle, está presionando para obtener carriles para bicicletas a través de una carta abierta fechada el 6 de diciembre a los funcionarios de la ciudad, escribió Pinera-Vázquez; “Es evidente que existe una agenda concertada por parte de ciertos miembros del personal de la ciudad y grupos de bicicletas de interés especial para avanzar con carriles para bicicletas en toda la ciudad a pesar de la posición de nuestros residentes y nuestros funcionarios electos”.

bike-no-helmet-300x199El 10 de diciembre, el abogado local habló antes la Comisión de la Ciudad y unos cincuenta residentes y propietarios de viviendas opuestos. Si bien faltan meses para una decisión final, el vicealcalde Vince Lago declaró que la decisión de la comisión de abandonar el proyecto Riviera Drive “sentó un precedente” que hará que sea difícil no ponerse del lado de los propietarios de viviendas opuestos una vez más. En 2015, se otorgó una subvención de $ 597,000 a Coral Gables en nombre del Departamento de Transporte de Florida para llevar a cabo el proyecto Alhambra Circle, lo que condujo a una conexión importante que incluía vecindarios residenciales, el área del centro de la ciudad, UM y Underline, que incluía un tramo de 10 millas para peatones, corredores y ciclistas debajo de las vías elevadas de Metrorail. Sin embargo, cuando se trata de construir carriles para bicicletas Alhambra Circle, aumenta la preocupación por el daño a casi 200 árboles y los posibles cambios en su calidad de vida. El tráfico de vehículos motorizados y los posibles accidentes también son motivo de preocupación, ya que la construcción de carriles para bicicletas conduce a carriles de conducción más estrechos. Por lo tanto, aumenta el potencial de accidentes automovilísticos que involucran a peatones y ciclistas por igual. Mientras tanto, los residentes de Coral Gable tendrán que esperar hasta más tarde en 2020, cuando se espera que el proyecto se vote.



Bicycle lanes are not always welcomed with open arms in Miami-Dade County communities; and Coral Gables is just one of them. Since 2004, the city commission has rejected every proposal to build bike lanes; mainly from complaints on behalf of the disapproving neighbors and home owners. In 2014, a plan was presented to build 27 miles of new bike lanes, sidewalks and crosswalks, but that never developed. In 2018, residents voiced their opposition at a commission meeting to add bicycle lanes along Riviera Drive. According to Robert Ruano, the chair of the Bike Walk Coral Gables nonprofit; “There’s very little really safe bike infrastructure in the city right now to actually increase people using the road for biking safely.” For 2020, a new proposal aims to create bike lanes & broaden sidewalks along Alhambra Circle from Coral Way to the University of Miami. This 2.3-mile stretch could result in the loss of trees, according to concerned residents; thus, the plan for more bike lanes may be scrapped once again. However, Silvia Pinera-Vazquez, an attorney residing on Alhambra Circle, is pushing for bike lanes through an open letter to dated December 6th to city officials, Pinera-Vazquez wrote; “It is evident that there is a concerted agenda by certain city staff members and special interest bicycle groups to forge ahead with bicycle lanes throughout the city despite the position of our residents and our elected officials.” On December 10th, the local attorney spoke before the City Commission and some fifty opposing residents and homeowners. Though a final decision is months away, Vice Mayor Vince Lago stated that the commission’s ruling to ditch the Riviera Drive project “set a precedent” that will make it difficult to not side with opposing homeowners once again. In 2015, a $597,000 grant was given to Coral Gables on behalf of the Florida Department of Transportation to carry out the Alhambra Circle project, which led to an important connection that included residential neighborhoods, the downtown area, UM, and the Underline, which included a 10-mile-stretch for pedestrians, joggers, and bikers below the elevated Metrorail tracks. However, when it comes to building Alhambra Circle bike lanes raises concern over of damage to almost 200 trees and potential changes to their quality of life. Motor vehicle traffic and potential accidents are also a concern as the construction of bike lanes lead to narrower driving lanes. Thus, increasing the potential for motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians and bikers alike. In the meantime, Coral Gable residents will have to wait till later in 2020 when the project is expected to come up for a vote.


DRY PALM TREE BRANCH CRUSHES TOURIST 46-year old woman from Argentina was crushed by a dry palm tree branch that came swooshing down from atop a 100 ft palm tree overlooking the pool of a quaint and quiet family hotel. The hotel pool accident victim was resting on a lounge chair when a 15-foot-long dried-out branch broke-off from an overhead palm tree. According to the accident victim’s family, the woman, a mother of three, screamed as the branch came thundering down and landed on top of her. “I was in the pool when I heard a loud swooshing sound. At first, I thought it was a wild animal like an alligator or lizard in the bushes, but then I noticed something huge falling from the tree,” recalls the victim’s husband. Hotel staffed quickly assisted the woman by tending to the multiple cuts, scrapes, and bruises extending throughout her entire body. She was later taken to a local hospital for further treatment to wounds and evaluation. Her husband in the meantime, has contacted the service of a trusted personal injury lawyer in Miami to help with a possible premise’s liability claim for compensation. According to the hotel accident victim’s husband, a 52-year-old schoolteacher, the pool has at least three very tall palm trees, many of them full of dry branches just waiting to fall. “I’m no lawyer but I know that hotels and motels need to make sure trees don’t fall on their guest’s heads while they’re sitting by the pool. My wife is lucky to be alive, but she’ll never sit by a pool the same way again!” stated the victim’s angry husband.


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