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Pensacola Personal Injury Lawyer, Joe Zarzaur, has created this blog in an effort to educate the many citizens and visitors of Destin & Pensacola, Florida about their legal rights. Joe Zarzaur knows the ins and outs of Florida law, and offers friendly-quality legal help whether you have experienced an auto accident, car wreck, have been a victim of medical malpractice or are in need of a personal injury attorney. Call us today 855-HIRE-JOE! 11 East Romana Street Pensacola, FL 32502

An all go, no quit interview on Rankings.io podcast with Joe Zarzaur.

Joe Zarzaur, Zarzaur Law – Multi-Channel Marketing, Candid Conversations, and Healthy Employees

Chris Dreyer / July 09,2020 / The Rankings Podcast
Joe Zarzaur is the founder of Zarzaur Law, a personal injury firm based in Pensacola, Florida. Joe is a Board Certified Civil Trial lawyer, a distinction that only 1% of Florida attorneys can claim. Throughout his career in the courtroom, Joe has won record jury verdicts for injury cases in both Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. In addition to his Board Certification, Joe has also been awarded an AV rating and a 10 out of 10 on AVVO.com.

What’s in This Episode:
– Who is Joe Zarzaur
– What motivated Joe to start Zarzaur Law
– How big wins impact the growth of your practice
– What Joe’s biggest career mistake taught him about candid conversations and when to have them
– How to market a personal injury firm to get both mass volume and quality cases
– Why you should prioritize your employees’ physical health

Listen to the full podcast HERE! >

This transcript was created using an automated transcription service and may contain errors.

Episode 24:
Prologue
Welcome to The Rankings Podcast where we feature top founders, entrepreneurs, and elite personal injury attorneys and share their inspiring stories. Now let’s get started with the show.

Chris Dreyer
Chris Dreyer here CEO and Founder of Rankings.io where we help elite personal injury attorneys dominate first page rankings. You’re listening to the rankings podcast where I feature top business owners, entrepreneurs and elite personal injury attorneys. Speaking of elite personal injury attorneys, I have Joe Zarzaur on the show today. Joe is the founder of Zarzaur Law, a personal injury firm based in Pensacola, Florida. He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, a distinction that only 1% of Florida Attorneys can claim. His career in the courtroom has seen him win record jury verdicts for injury cases in both Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. In addition to his board certification. Joe is also AV rated a Super Lawyer, a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Joe, welcome to the show.

Joe Zarzaur
Hey, thanks for having me, Chris. Appreciate it.

Chris Dreyer
This is awesome. Yeah. Great. Great to have you. Let’s jump right in. So, you know, how did you get started? Where did the idea come from to create Zarzaur Law?

Joe Zarzaur
You know, I think everybody that works for a company thinks fantasizes or think about having their own business, right, at some point in time. And sometimes it’s a fleeting fantasy. Sometimes you’re better off not having your own company, right. But I think there are personalities that are better on their own kind of kind of thing. I just, I had that kind of personality where I was like, Okay, I was, I think I was a decent obedient employee as a lawyer. But at the same time, I’m opinionated. Right, and I think I have a i don’t know i Have a guess. Unlike a lot of lawyers, I like business stuff. So I think a lot of lawyers and doctors and other professionals, accountants, they like their craft. And then the business is sort of second. I like my craft. Okay, don’t get me wrong, I love it, right. But I like being a businessman, to an entrepreneur, an advertiser, a marketer. So I enjoy that aspect of this too. And I think what, what gave me the idea of thinking this is the right move for me was wanting to make all the decisions for the business and not be questioned about it, not have to go through layers of other people. I wanted to make this decision this way. And why don’t we mark it this way? I don’t have to ask somebody permission to do that. I wanted to just do it. So I think that’s really what made the decision for me.

Chris Dreyer
Yeah, and I think that’s great. So you want to drive, you wanted to be innovative and explore unique opportunities that you probably saw weren’t being applied to the firm you’re at previously, and you wanted a little bit more control. So what were those early days to the firm? Like, how are you? How are you hustling to get those clients in the early days?

Joe Zarzaur
A while they’re scary, right? You’re scared to death. You’re, you know, you look back at bills that used to make you like cringe. And you’re thinking, Oh, my gosh, I wish I had that kind of American Express business bill now, right? Like, I was, like, worried about $3,000 a month on my American Express business card. So But yeah, I remember being scared to death. I remember thinking to myself, how am I going to make it? I think it helped me when I went out on my own that I didn’t have a I wasn’t married at the time. I didn’t have a child at the time, and so it was less than Scary. I didn’t have a ton of student loan debt at the time I had retired most of that I didn’t have a lot of other debt. So I think that is that makes it a lot easier for people when they go out on their own to not have personal debt and personal concerns or as many as a lot of people have, right? So it makes the decision and basically makes the risk a lot less, you’re not just risking, you’re only risking you, right? You’re not risking people at home that are counting on you. Creditors that are counting on you to pay your bills. If you have a bunch of debt already, you know, it made it a lot easier for me to branch out and just go

Chris Dreyer
so it would be fair to say Dave Ramsey would be would be really it’s kind of the Dave Ramsey approach. He didn’t carry a lot of debt. You got to make moves and make your cash work for him.

Joe Zarzaur
I don’t know that I agree with everything Dave Ramsey says

Chris Dreyer
but I don’t think we all do

Joe Zarzaur
but The whole debt thing I think the less debt you have in general in the world, the more free you are to make decisions.

Chris Dreyer
Absolutely. I 100% agree. So, you know, taking it to the next level, you started acquiring cases you started building your brand. Is there a big turning point, maybe a case of settled or a marketing initiative that you did that really took it to the next level?

Joe Zarzaur
Absolutely. In this business, in the trial lawyer business, you really don’t know for sure you’re good at this until you get a big you can settle thousand cases right? And you can settle them for millions and millions of dollars. But until a jury after hearing you present your case, gives your client millions and millions and millions of dollars. I don’t know that you know that you’ve made it in this profession until that happens. And until that happens over and over. You may think it’s an anomaly, right? So that is what gave me confirmation until that time. Even though I loved what I did, and even though I felt like I did it better than average, I didn’t have that validation that a jury had awarded my clients, millions and millions of dollars. And until that happened, I didn’t feel like I had validation. So I would constantly be thinking, we know that I like doing this and I feel like I can make some money. And I feel like I’m really good. And I feel like I’m better than average. But maybe I should do something else like sports, marketing or sports agency or do this, do that. And until you really get that verdict that says, No, no, no, dude. You only you know, point 2% of lawyers in this business, get this kind of number verdict, you are doing what you’re supposed to do. Right. So that’s that gay validation? Word.

Chris Dreyer
Yeah, absolutely. validation and confidence. I’m sure there’s just a ton of confidence and momentum that build from that. And then you can, I guess, leverage that that giant case result for marketing, you know, marketing and referral potentials. So, like, do you know very few successful, successful business owners get to where they are without making some mistakes? Are there any mistakes that come to mind that you learn from daily?

Joe Zarzaur
Professional mistake maker actually. I just try to make less mistakes and then then don’t and then also try to fix them when I do right. mistake was. Oh, my god, there’s so many. Let’s just take maybe the biggest mistakes I’ve made is joining up with firms along the way without making sure I had an ironclad understanding On and writing about how we’re going to split fees. So if you want prosecutions with firms, and everybody’s buddies and whatever, everybody’s happy in this business, you know, it’s very, everything’s contingency related, right? So nobody gets paid until the case is over. Everybody’s working towards the same goal. Nobody realizes there’s money until there’s money. And what happens is, we all are working towards that recovery. And then when it happens, everybody’s like, well, everybody’s got an inflated impression of what they did to get the money, right, including me. So when the money’s there is not the time to try to figure out how much you should get and how much you should get whether this is a fair deal or not. Right. So if I learned anything from the biggest mistake I made, the ones that has cost me the most is that when I have co counsel in cases that I feel like or not not pulling their weight, so to speak. And I feel like I’m giving more to the mix than they are, then I need to immediately address that before the recovery happens so that when and if the recovery does happen, there’s not this big fight over.

Chris Dreyer
So candid conversations right when you see him

Joe Zarzaur
hard conversations to have, but they’re a lot harder to have when the money sitting in a trust account, and we’re all fighting Oh, you know what I mean?

Chris Dreyer
That makes sense. And that’s something I haven’t heard before but I totally understand and that’s something just now that you’ve experienced that pain now you can you know, you’ve learned from that situation I’m sure that you’re you’re establishing those boundaries, those situations now in the future.

Joe Zarzaur
I’m a little militant about it now, like, I’ll overdo it too much like, first phone call with somebody to refer in a case i’m very diligent about making sure everything’s clear in an email as soon as we get off the phone, here’s what we decided, right, here are the percentages. Here’s what we decided, put it in writing, done, right. And then if something changes, immediately address it, as uncomfortable as it may be. I may say, Listen, you know, I’m starting to take a lot more depositions than I thought, I think we should revisit these numbers.

Chris Dreyer
That makes sense. And I would say that probably even that experience kind of relates to those hiring situations where instead of pushing stuff off, you’re probably addressing those situations more early. It’s kind of a similar type of thing

Joe Zarzaur
about staffing is by far I think the number one challenge of any business owner is getting good staff, keeping them and weeding out the ones that are aren’t going to ever make it. A lot of businesses I think hire people and they’re mediocre. But mediocrity is it doesn’t ever push anybody to make any big decisions, you know, one way or the other. They don’t pissed you off enough to get fired. They don’t impress you enough to give them big bonuses, so they just sort of wallow around and mediocrity for years. Meanwhile, there’s a candidate out there, that could be taking that position to a whole nother level, right? And you’re not doing that. And I know that grass is greener on the other side kind of thing. But I’m a firm believer in that in the professional setting. Maybe it doesn’t work and in personal relationships, always looking for maybe a bigger, brighter, shiny or object. But I do feel like there if you if you don’t want your staff to be mediocre. You don’t want your brand to be mediocre. Everybody in your facility needs to be doing their best to be better than every day. And if they’re not,

Chris Dreyer
I totally agree and the longer someone’s with your company, the harder it is to have those conversations so just address in early two makes it even easier from a personal feeling. type of situation. So let’s talk about the good. What’s a proud moment that really stands out for you?

Joe Zarzaur
Ah, well, of course, opening your own office is a big deal, right? Getting those verdicts or big or big deal. I think being recognized as a Board Certified civil trial specialist by the Florida Bar is a big deal because you don’t get that it didn’t come along easy. There’s like 90,000 lawyers in Florida, and 1% of those have the certification. And I think that was a big deal. being recognized in the community as someone that cares about the community with awards, that, that, that applaud their the the amount of work we do in the community, helping people is important to us, also. You know, I think I’ve gotten a lot of employees that have worked out, and that ended up going elsewhere. bigger and brighter things have written some really have kept him over the years really nice notes that said to me, You helped me grow into a better worker, human, blah, blah, blah, I think those things that matter. And then, of course, clients that are thankful about their cases. And that’s a weekly thing, when they, it makes me like, a calf to catch my breath every time that happens, because when I read these things, I forget and like, God, you know, I am having an impact on people’s lives, right in a positive way. And of course, I’m not out here saving lives, you know, with my hands, but at the same time, I’m making lives a little bit better that have been pretty much destroyed, right or messed up pretty bad. So those things mean a lot.

Chris Dreyer
Yeah, that’s incredible. And just you get to feel they’re having Happiness and just make an impact like what you said on their lives. These people you know, they have these serious injuries and you can you can help their family they’re even they’re the next generation in some situations. Joe neck. Next let’s talk about what it takes to build a successful law firm. What marketing initiatives should growth minded attorneys invest in?

Joe Zarzaur
Personal Injury Lawyers is what I can really speak to. And I can tell you this, that I don’t think that you can just invest in one medium, you have to be sort of like a shotgun approach. You’ve gotta if you’re going to be on TV, you almost have to be in billboards. If you’re going to be in billboards, you got to be in Google AdWords or some other internet search thing, right? I think everybody wants to use their phone to contact everybody, including lawyers. And if you’re not accessible on your phone, your phone, right. They may know who you are, they may know your name. They may remember your name, but when they go through a traumatic Event they’re going to forget for a second, right? And what they need to do is to be reminded who you are again. And the best way to do that, fortunately, or unfortunately, is SEO and Google AdWords, because they’re going to search Google, they’re going to do some kind of search. And ideally, you want them to see your ad on Google and say, Oh, that’s the TV ad I saw yesterday, or that’s the billboard I saw yesterday, the more you can put the seed in their head. So when they go to look after an event, because it’s almost like they have amnesia when the event happens, and then they personal injury lawyer, and I Oh, wait, that. Why don’t I think of that guy. That’s the guy that I see all the time in the billboard that’s the guy see on television. They use Google as a way of looking it up. Right. And I hate to say it, but Google controls a lot of that business and unless your website is like top notch Which is a daily deal, like daily you have to update the content make sure you’re the algorithm is, is the same hadn’t changed, whatever, tweak it here and there, you can’t guarantee SEO is going to be at the top every time so you got to do something else to make sure you’re at the top. That’s why Google AdWords i think is you know, they’ve got a they’ve got a sort of a monopoly going in a way

Chris Dreyer
Yeah, I 100% agree. You know, so you’ve got your top of the funnel whether you call that in the note, you know, no is no like trust or awareness, engagement in consideration wherever you talk about your TV billboards, that awareness, but then that’s that’s the brand equity place. So then, when someone does type it in Google, you got to be able to show up for them to be able to convert.

Joe Zarzaur
Now, I do think this, I do think that there is a way to get a mass volume of cases which I just described, and there’s also a way to get quality cases with people that are going to take time to hire a lawyer, they’re not going to just put a Google search in and and say our guy’s name, they’re going to want to say, well, let’s compare his credentials to her credentials. And let’s see who’s actually better suited for our case. I want to have, frankly, I’d rather have three quality cases than 30. My neck hurt cases, right? So not only are those going to provide the internal satisfaction for the firm and for the client and for me for actually helping somebody that you’re in really bad situation and helping the community by making a wrong Right, right. But it’s more valuable. Right three is is what would take 40 neck my neck hurt cases right. So And I’m not making fun of our little of people’s neck because neck injuries are bad things. But what I am saying is non herniated disc cases did cases where you can’t show something in an objective film. But the person has soft tissue injuries for certain injuries, but perhaps those cases are just not as valuable as a neck surgery case. Right? Right. You got to be doing both you got to be you got to be appealing to the to the folks who may not research you very much, because there are good cases there too. But you also have to be making sure that people that are going to be smart about the process, that you’re providing them the content they need to make intelligent decisions, and so that you appear and sound as different as your

Chris Dreyer
I 100%. Agree I, you know, the multi channel approach is, first of all, how you’re getting your name out there, but It also complements each other TV in, and billboards compliment the SEO because then you capture those clicks. And then the other thing, you know, the higher your brand perception and expertise raises, the more likely you are to get those great cases through a referral to just in another different avenue, not only from directly from the consumer, so I 100% agree and i i think the multi channel approach is what you have to do nowadays to capture attention,

Joe Zarzaur
right? I can’t agree more.

Chris Dreyer
So next let’s shift to let’s shift to kind of like a personal development. What’s one book that comes to mind that you’d recommend?

Joe Zarzaur
That’s a tough question. I try to read a lot of current events. Non like nonfiction. for business purposes, Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike. I thought That was a great book. I read it about a year ago, but it sticks out from a business standpoint as one that I enjoyed a lot. Richard Haass just wrote a book called The World. It’s brand new, just started it a couple nights ago, but it seems like it’s a really, he basically calls an introduction to the world. And it’s almost like everybody is coming through school should be required to read it, because it basically introduces you to every part of the world and what their interests are, right? And how they’re different than ours, and how we can use that knowledge of everybody’s differences to get along better, and to understand why people do things, right. So I think that would be those two books or stick out for purposes of this conversation?

Chris Dreyer
Yeah, I’m gonna have to read The World you said and then Shoe Dog. I did read Shoe Dog and it was kind of nice because it exposed the good and the bad kind of Nike’s journey. So it was nice to see them like at a human level. What about mentors or influences? Or is there a specific mentor that comes to mind that helped you develop your expertise?

Joe Zarzaur
I don’t know that I have any one particular person, but there are lawyers in Florida that are older than me, that are sort of, you know, through my trade groups, the Florida Justice Association, we get together two or three times a year and you just sort of, you put your arm somebody you’re like, that dude’s got it, got to figure it out, right? Or that lady’s got to figure it out. And so I’ve quietly watched people that, you know, I don’t really care to name and I don’t know that they would care, to name them, but, and I’ve admired them from afar and thought to myself, maybe I can build my practice to be with theirs. That’s right. And this is the level of respect they command from their peers is so impressive, that you know, it means more than any verdict actually, you know, the idea that your peers Think that much of you is really success, right? If you in any particular industry, if your peers respect your abilities to do that job, you’ve really succeeded, right? Regardless of how much money you have, or how many boats and cars and planes you have, if you’ve gotten their respect, you’ve done something because there’s a ton of people that make money in this business that have no respect. I mean, I was really, there’s a lot of people that advertise and they get a lot of volume cases who I wouldn’t hire to handle a speeding ticket, literally a speeding ticket, right? Like they have no clue what they’re doing, right. But they’re great marketers and they’re great business. But that doesn’t mean anything when it comes to this trade. Going to trial or so.

Chris Dreyer
Yeah, and when you when you when you congregate with those people that are successful, it’s kind of you you kind of immerse yourself you get ideas that maybe you know It leads to innovation and I’ve seen that myself and our digital agency masterminds work with a dozen different digital marketing company and I’m like, well, that’s that’s a great idea the to implement that. Joe, what one final question. Is there anything you wanted to talk about? We haven’t discussed.

Joe Zarzaur
I think it’s important for people to be physically healthy. Yep. One of the big things here at the firm is we do the firm does a required yoga session every week. I pay for their Y memberships. I encourage people and was just like right across the street from us a brand new sparkling, beautiful YMCA. And I encourage people to take an extra pay for them to take an extra long lunch if they’re working out. So I don’t the women want to take a shower afterwards they get an I give him an hour and a half instead of an hour. You know, ah, personally have to work out every day or I don’t feel like I’m ready to work. And I feel like the healthier people are physically, the more productive they’re going to be, the happier they’re going to be, the more mentally healthy they’re going to be. It’s just the better they can be with their family, the better they’re going to be with themselves. I mean, it’s just, it’s a priority. And I feel like businesses that don’t put that as a priority for their staff are making huge miscalculations because you work them to death, right? And then you reward them with like, beer, wine and food, and you’re not paying attention to promoting their health and well being. They’re just gonna crash and burn like you are at some point, right? Now, of course, I’m not saying I’m going to live forever, but, you know, I want to be living until I drop, right. And so, it may be a sudden drop, but it ain’t gonna be Any one of those long, extended sickness kind of drops, you get my drift.

Chris Dreyer
I think that’s a great piece of advice. And I know that my wife if she’s listening, this episode is going to push me more on it. Yeah, so I 100% agree and I applaud you for that. I think that’s tremendous. That’s a way better benefit than uh, you know, munities other types of benefits you can be provided as a business owner Besides this, the standard health, health insurance and all those types of things. Guys, we’ve been talking to Joe, elite personal attorney at Zarzaur Law. Joe, where can we learn more about you?

Joe Zarzaur
As ZarzaurLaw.com if you want to read my website or read about me, JoeZarzaur.com. And one of the first big verdicts I got. I saw a lawyer out at a retail store and he said, Man, you beat that lawyer and that lawyer worked for Johnson and Johnson. And that lawyer hates your guts. I was like, What are you talking about? And that lawyer had been litigating against him for 10 years and then went to trial. And the most he had offered was like $200,000. And the verdict was like 9.3 million or something. And in the course, the guy was pissed off. He had all these Ivy League, you know, crew in the courtroom, and he was talking down to everybody, including the jury, the whole trial, you know, using words, nobody understood how to look up. And at the end of the case, he was telling people that he hated me. Like, he hates me for the verdict, right. And so I took that statement, and I made it into an advertising campaign. IhateJoeZarzaur.com. And so I put that all around town and do like what the heck What is that? IhateJoeZarzaur.com. And you go to the website and he explains that whole story about why this lawyer hates me because I beat he’s, you know, he and his client to oblivion in bed. And, and so in any event, IhateJoeZarzaur.com is also a way to get my story.

Chris Dreyer
That’s great. We’ll share that our audience and I’m gonna have to check that out right after this. Hey, Joe. It’s been awesome having you on the show. Thanks so much.

Joe Zarzaur
I enjoyed Chris. Y’all Take care. Thanks for having me. Thank you.

Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. OUR AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Community Safety, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, it is important to consult with a Board Certified Trial lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to help you. We know accidents can be stressful and want to make the process as easy as possible for you. Call Zarzaur Law, P.A. today at (855) Hire-Joe for a free legal consultation or visit www.zarzaurlaw.com.

Zarzaur Named One of Florida’s Legal Elite™


Joe Zarzaur
Joe Zarzaur, a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and founder of Zarzaur Law, P.A., has been voted by peers as one of Florida’s Legal Elite™. This distinction was based on success in service to the State of Florida and Zarzaur’s exceptional legal skills in civil trial law in representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases. As a member of the is prominent group for 2020, Zarzaur will be a part of the Legal Elite special report in the July 2020 issue of FLORIDA TREND.

The Legal Elite elections process invited all members of the  Florida Bar to provide the names of Florida lawyers they hold in the highest regards – lawyers they have worked with personally or would recommend to others. The votes were tallied by an independent research firm, and a Blue Ribbon Panel of prominent lawyers reviewed the list of attorneys who garnered the most votes.

Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial lawyer and has record jury verdicts in both Escambia and Santa Rosa County in injury cases. He obtained a 9.3 million dollar verdict from an Escambia County jury and has a 2.5 million dollar verdict from a Santa Rosa County jury. These were both injury cases that did not involve death. Only about one percent of Florida lawyers are Board Certified and there are only a handful lawyers between Pensacola and Panama City who have the same Board Certifications that Mr. Zarzaur has earned.

About Zarzaur Law, P.A.
Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. OUR AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida.
www.zarzaurlaw.com
(855)hirejoe
850-444-9299

Can You Fire Your Lawyer, Even After Signing a Contract?

 What happens if you hire a personal injury firm for your injury case and realize that you made a mistake?

The short answer is nothing happens and you can leave without any concern of being charged for that time. The fact is that most every Florida personal injury lawyer works for free unless you hire them and then they win. So, the first meeting and all meetings for that matter are free until you hire a firm. Hiring a personal injury firm in Florida requires that you sign that firm’s contingency fee agreement. This agreement is virtually the same in all Florida personal injury firms since the Florida Bar requires that each firm use a standard form for this purpose.

Not The Same Person As Advertised?

But if you meet with a personal injury lawyer and the person is not the same person who was in the advertisement for the firm or the person does not seem as qualified as they sounded in their advertisement, then you should thank them for their time and let them know you want time to consider their firm along with others.

This is an important decision and will impact your life forever. You should not feel pressured to hire any lawyer simply because they agreed to meet with you. They agreed to meet with you for FREE and making you feel like you must hire them is just not part of the deal.

Here Are Some Things to Look for During the First Meeting:

• Are you meeting with the lawyer that led you to the firm in the first place?

• If not, will that lawyer be involved in your case and are they even located in this particular office? There are many firms advertising in Pensacola that only have small satellite offices here and the advertisements are run by the main lawyers who work in other cities in Florida and in same cases other states. So ask questions about who will be handling your file start the finish.

• Is that lawyer meeting with you or is some support staff meeting with you? If it is not a lawyer that is meeting with you at the first meeting then how are they going to have time for you during the case. The first meeting should be the “good” first impression and if not showing up is their idea of a “good” first impression, its going to be a long case. Remember most personal injury cases last between 6 and 18 months.

• If you feel pressure to sign anything, there must be a reason they are applying pressure. No law firm worth having is going to make you feel like you have to hire them. In fact, most lawyers worth having should make you feel free to take as much time as you need. They should be completely secure with their qualifications so that even if you left without signing you would end up returning to sign with them later.

• What if I sign a contract hiring a personal injury firm and then get home and realize that I should have considered another firm first? That is no problem since all of the Florida personal injury contracts have a 3 day grace period in which you can cancel for any reason. Further, even beyond the 3 days, so long as the firm has not engaged in substantial action or expense on your behalf which usually doesn’t occur for months after signing, your cancellation of the contract will not cause you any expense. All that is required is that you notify the firm that you wish to terminate the agreement hiring them. I would suggest that this be done via US Mail or email, making certain that you retain a copy for you file. You should confirm the email address before sending. Many clients feel intimidated by the idea of firing a lawyer they just hired. You should not.

The First Three Days

In the first three days, the firms actions on your behalf at their peril since the contract allows an absolute right of cancellation. Thereafter, so long as the firm has not engaged in substantial work for you, they do not have a basis to claim anything in your case. Even if they did, whomever you end up hiring will handle those expenses and see that the old firm’s costs (if any) are paid back once the case is completed.

If you find yourself in the situation where you signed a Florida personal injury lawyer contingency fee contract and regret it, do not worry. The Florida Bar anticipated this situation when it required the 3 day grace prior clause in all agreements and further requires that Florida lawyers allow their clients freedom to chose their lawyer so long as substantial work has not already occurred.

Watch the video where Joe Zarzaur explains the process >

If you have questions about this situation and need advice, you can consult with us at zarzaurlaw.com or 855HIREJOE.

Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. OUR AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Community Safety, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, it is important to consult with a Board Certified Trial lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to help you. We know accidents can be stressful and want to make the process as easy as possible for you. Call Zarzaur Law, P.A. today at (855) Hire-Joe for a free legal consultation or visit www.zarzaurlaw.com.

Evan Malone, M.D. Joins Zarzaur Law, P.A.

Zarzaur Law, P.A. announces the addition of Evan Malone, M.D. to the firm. Dr. Malone joins the firm as the firm’s full time medical expert. Dr. Malone has been a part time medical consultant to the firm since 2012. The firm’s business has increased over the last several years and its concentration on medical malpractice cases has necessitated more time from Dr. Malone.

Dr. Malone, a Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician, will continue to bring experience, knowledge, and expertise as an essential part of the Zarzaur Law, P.A. team on a full time basis. His work with the firm not only provides expert medical advice to our attorneys and legal staff, he also advocates for public safety with Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer Joe Zarzaur through Zarzaur Law’s ZTV video series on its YouTube Channel.

Dr. Malone’s expertise provides a full suite of consulting services to include medical record chronologies and case analysis for medical malpractice cases. Zarzaur Law, PA will offer these services as well for referral attorneys and firms needing guidance and insight on potential medical malpractice cases. Dr. Malone has been involved in a number of multi-million dollar settlements with the firm prior to coming on full time. He is also available as a resource to the firm’s injured clients to assist them with understanding the science behind their treatment and recovery.

Dr. Evan Malone graduated from The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2003 before beginning his residency in Internal Medicine at The Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati. He was the recipient of the Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati Internal Medicine Resident of the Year in 2004-2005. His work experience includes Physician Advisory work in regards to medical necessity, acute treatment of hospitalized patients, along with his work as a Research Assistant with human genetic diseases while at The Ohio State University. He was re-certified by The American Board of Internal Medicine in 2016.

In his quest for promoting personal health and well-being, Dr. Malone is an accomplished Ironman triathlete with more than 20 completions, including Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, 8 time marathon finisher, including the Boston Marathon, a Past President of Tri Gulf Coast, the region’s premier program for multi-sport athletes, recipient of the Tri Gulf Coast Mentor of the Year Award and Pensacola Sports Foundation Volunteer of the Year Award in 2016.

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About Zarzaur Law, P.A.
Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. OUR AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida.
www.zarzaurlaw.com

COVID-19: Vigilance, Hygiene, and Symptom Recognition Should Not be Abandoned.

Virtual Office to Careful Transition

Thirteen weeks ago the Zarzaur Law office staff moved to a completely remote, work-from-home operation.  While the majority of client meetings, hearings, mediations, and depositions remain “virtual” a careful transition to return some of the office staff back to the office has taken place.

At the outset, thirteen weeks ago, the daily counts and statistics would be the focal point – national, state, county, local.  For Zarzaur Law, the interest in this data hasn’t waned though the addition of many other layers has broadened the overall menu of considerations:  antigen vs antibody testing, airborne droplet vs surface transmission, symptomatic vs asymptomatic, vaccination immunity vs passive immunity, high-risk vs low-risk, and the like.

The Virus Still Remains and Zarzaur Law Continues to Monitor the Statistics

On every level, even locally, the data depicts that the virus remains and that transmission of infection is present in the community.  For this reason, maintaining a sense to physical distancing, practicing routine handwashing, and workspace disinfection are cornerstone to the operation of the office.  Parlaying some of these practices to personal life in the home environment perhaps contribute to keeping this office setting safe as well.

Zarzaur Law remains vigilant and will continue to monitor and follow the measures which are available for public consumption in concert with operating in a way which allows for safety and health for the staff and clients.

All of this is in the context of data which reveal that over the last many days, overlapping the phased reopening of our community, positive antigen tests continue to result.  That’s the not-so-great news and may cause concern for many.

In an attempt to drill down a bit more into this, consider hospitalizations.  A glimpse at the hospitalization data is not entirely possible as the only published data on local and state hospitalizations is in cumulative instances beginning greater than thirteen weeks ago as opposed to real-time data.  But, what is available is the Emergency Department (ED) presentation data which details a decreasing percentage of complaints related to viral signs and symptoms.  Perhaps this indicates a return to par for ED management of injuries and non-viral illness which come with reopening, hence increasing the pool of patients in the ED and thus decreasing the viral presentation percentage.  Counter that notion and look at the total number of presentations related to viral signs and symptoms – also decreasing.

Coronavirus: summary for Escambia County (page 17)
In Summary – Stay Vigilant

Transmission in the community continues.  Vigilance, hygiene, and symptom recognition should not be abandoned.  Acute viral illness warranting ED presentation (and possible hospital admission) trends indicate there is capacity to manage those who are more-severely impacted by ANY illness thus warranting inpatient care.

The Zarzaur Law firm remains fully operational and the staff is working hard on client’s behalf (safely and remotely). Attorneys will still be seeing clients either safely in office or via video conferencing.

Joe Zarzaur, founder of Zarzaur Law, P.A., a Pensacola Personal Injury law firm, has created this blog in an effort to educate the many citizens and visitors of Pensacola, Florida about their legal rights. Joe Zarzaur knows the ins and outs of Florida law, and offers friendly-quality legal help whether you have experienced an auto accident/car wreck, have been a victim of medical malpractice or are in need of a personal injury attorney. For more information, visit: https://www.zarzaurlaw.com

11 E Romana Street
Pensacola, FL 32502
Telephone: 850-444-9299
Email: info@zarzaurlaw.com

Sources:

http://ww11.doh.state.fl.us/comm/_partners/action/report_archive/county/county_reports_latest.pdf
(Escambia County – page 17)

https://covidtracking.com/data

COVID-19 Tracker

What is a Compulsory Medical Exam and Why Does an Injured Plaintiff Have to Undergo this Medical Exam?

Preface
As a preface to this discussion, the issue of compulsory medical exams typically becomes a possibility only after a lawsuit is filed.
Since a high percentage of personal injury cases resolve prior to having to file suit, this procedural technique allows for a medical exam by a third party physician hired by the insurance company, once a case has entered the lawsuit stage. Remember only about 10 % of Florida personal injury cases require the filing of a lawsuit and therefore this compulsory medical exam only applies to those that are actually part of a filed lawsuit.

Florida Rules of Civil Procedure and Medical Condition

However, once a case is past the settlement stage and becomes a filed lawsuit, there are rules of procedure that govern how the parties must handle the case. These rules are called the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure. Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.360 , it permits a defendant to examine the medical condition of a plaintiff when that condition has been placed into controversy by the person bringing the claim. In our personal injury cases clients are always placing their physical condition into controversy. Personal injury cases naturally involve questions about the extent of an injury diagnosis and treatment. In some cases, the insurance company will argue that the injury is not related to the alleged negligence of their insured. In other cases, they will admit that their insured’s negligence caused the injury but the extent of the injury is much less severe than alleged by the injured party (our client).

Many times the insurance company will adopt both lines of defense, both that the injury is not related and even if it is the extent of the injury is less significant than claimed by the insured. This dispute calls into question the relationship and degree of injury in the case and makes it a question for the court or jury to decide.

The Independent Medical Exam

The insurance company will refer to this medical exam as a “independent medical exam” since it is being performed by a physician that has nothing to do with the case and technically is not a direct employee of either party. In reality, however, the physicians used by the insurance companies for this purpose tend to be the same one or two physicians over and over again. These physicians establish a professional relationship with these insurance companies and travel hundreds of miles to perform these exams on all different types of injured clients. As you may suspect, the insurance company has an incentive to have the physician find that the injury is not related or is not has bad as the injured party’s treating physicians think it is. Many times the injured party will have several treating physicians who are in complete agreement as to the relationship and extent of the injury only to have the insurance company physician disagree with both of those conclusions.

The Compulsory Medical Exam

The compulsory medical exam itself is usually about an hour in length and is typically not performed in a medical office. It is usually conducted in a non medical office building like a court reporter’s office or sometimes even a law office. We, as the injured party’s lawyer, has the option to videotape or attend the exam to make sure that the exam is conducted fairly. However, many of these insurance doctors use the opportunity of a video to help their insurance company out by trying to get the injured party to say things about their injury or limitations that can be used against them later. So, it is always better to leave the small talk to a bare minimum. This physician is not looking to help you at all. She is there for the insurance company and it makes her employer happiest if they can find no injury or that any injury is unrelated to their insured’s conduct in the case.

Treating Physician vs Insurance Company Physician

Most times the physicians doing this exam will conclude that your injury is either not related or not that bad. They will then be available to counter the evidence we submit from the treating physicians that link the injury to the event and who also speak to the extent of the injury. Naturally treating physicians have credibility because they are not being paid by the insurance company who is looking to save money. Insurance companies use the compulsory medical exam as evidence at trial. When the case goes to court and a jury has to determine the cause and/or extent of an alleged injury the jury will be asked to weigh the evidence provided by our firm through the treating physicians versus the insurance companies physician’s conclusions following the compulsory medical exam.

If the CME doctor prepares a report you believe to be unfair, let your lawyer worry about it. You need to be concerned with what your treating health care providers tell you about your condition and getting your life back to a new normal after your injuries.

The lawyers and staff at Zarzaur Law will prepare you for the compulsory medical exam and will see that each insurance company physician is throughly cross examined both in deposition and at trial. If you have further questions about a personal injury case you can contact our firm on the web at zarzaurlaw.com or call us at 855HIREJOE.

Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. OUR AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Community Safety, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, it is important to consult with a Board Certified Trial lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to help you. We know accidents can be stressful and want to make the process as easy as possible for you. Call Zarzaur Law, P.A. today at (855) Hire-Joe for a free legal consultation or visit www.zarzaurlaw.com.

Sources:
https://www.hg.org/legal-articles/what-to-expect-during-an-independent-medical-examination-30945

 

Renewed Popularity of Riding Bikes: Safety is More Important Than Ever.

May is National Bike Month and bicycling has certainly seen a recent resurgence. During the COVID-19 quarantine, the beaches in Florida were closed, along with gyms – so many people have turned to a pastime favorite to stay in shape or get back in shape: bicycle riding.

Stores all over Florida, and the country, have seen a boom in bicycle sales and some are even sold out. There has been a certain uptick in seeing whole families riding bikes. A byproduct of the quarantine that has provided a silver lining. People are embracing health, wellness, active family time, togetherness and safety.

Bicyclists and shop owners say people are thinking more about their health and looking for safe ways to be together. It’s all about family and getting back to the basics.

Bicycling is also a cost-effective mode of transportation as well as way to reduce air pollution.

In general, roads are getting safer due to reduced traffic while businesses and schools are closed. It is very important however to think about safety on the roads now and as automobile traffic begins to pick back up with the loosening of restrictions. It is extremely important to not only have the proper protective equipment – helmet, lights, bright colored clothing, etc., but it is also about how cyclists interact with motorists, pedestrians, and other cyclists.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and bicycling.com reminds us to keep in mind the following guidelines when riding a bicycle to reduce the risk of accidents and avoid injuries.

BE VISIBLE – Use protective equipment such as a helmet, a white front light, and a red rear light. Don’t forget to use reflectors on the bicycle, helmet, and clothes.

GO STRAIGHT – Plan a safe route. Choose roads with less traffic and slower speeds. Always ride in a straight a line as possible so drivers can sense how far left they have to go to get past you safely. Don’t weave in and out of traffic.

DON’T GET DOORED – Avoid getting clotheslined by a car door! On a road line with parked cars, take up more of the lane. Assume that the person in car does not know you are coming and will open the car door. Look over your left shoulder to check that traffic is clear and give the car a wide berth. Also, look at wheels and be prepared to take defensive maneuvers if the car’s wheels are turned and they pull out in front of you. The driver may honk at you…but at least they saw you.

USE COMMON SENSE – Do not use your cell phone or listen to music during your trip. It requires that your vision and attention stay focused on the road.

SIGNAL A WARNING – Before passing a pedestrian announce yourself with “on your left” or “passing on your left” or using a bell so they can be aware of your presence. It is also important to use your ears in vehicle traffic, since many engine sounds can tip you off to any danger, with possibly the exception of hybrid engines that don’t make much noise. When a potential dangerous encounter occurs, a scream is instant and can get a driver’s attention.

STAY TO THE RIGHT AND BE PREPARED FOR AN EMERGENCY MOVE – Drive in the same direction as traffic. If the driver passes you and immediately begins to turn right, you have two choice: a panic stop or instant turn. If you must panic stop, then shift your butt to the right of your saddle, straighten your arms as you lower your chest, and squeeze both brakes firmly. Never squeeze just the front brake or you’ll pitch forward. Or you can avoid the collisions by making a right turn with the car. If possible, brake before the turn, not during it. Keep your right pedal up so it won’t hit the curb. Be fair and take your fair share of the lane to avoid being overtaken by a car.

READ THE LIGHTS – Obey road signs and drive predictably. Stay clear of traffic by staying ahead of it, however, don’t gain ground at red lights by passing a lane of cars on the right. It’s illegal and you can get “doored” from either side.

KEEP PEDALING & RIDE ASSERTIVELY – If you have the right of way in an intersection, don’t coast through or drivers may assume they can cut in front of you. Keep pedaling, but be prepared to stop.

Drivers should also keep in mind the following key points when sharing the public roads with other cyclists.

BE COURTEOUS – Give way to cyclists in the same way you would with another vehicle on the road.

RIGHT ON RED – Avoid hitting a cyclist when you turn right on red. Observe to your right and behind you to make sure there are no cyclists nearby.

OBEY SPEED LIMITS – Reduce speed if road conditions are hazardous and drive defensively to avoid a crash with a cyclist.

PASSING – Do not pass a cyclist too closely. Pass a cyclist only when it is safe if you need to cross into the adjacent lane.

Sharing the road is mandatory, so it is important to to have a sense of safety and security for both cyclists and drivers. Practice the guidelines above to keep roads free of accidents. Remember that sharing the streets is about promoting mutual understanding and above all avoiding accidents and injuries.

Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. OUR AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Community Safety, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident, it is important to consult with a Board Certified Trial lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to help you. We know accidents can be stressful and want to make the process as easy as possible for you. Call Zarzaur Law, P.A. today at (855) Hire-Joe for a free legal consultation or visit www.zarzaurlaw.com.

Sources:

Association for Psychological Science. (n.d.). Bicyclists beware: The psychology of car-bike crash risks. Retrieved from https://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/motr/bicyclist-beware-cars-view-less-risk-in-crashes-with-bikes.html

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (2016) Crash and Citation Reports & Statistics [Statistics]. Retrieved from https://www.flhsmv.gov/resources/crash-citation-reports/

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (n.d.). Bicycle safety. Retrieved from https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/bicycle-safety

333 Secrets of the Lifetime Rider. https://www.bicycling.com

https://www.wri.org/blog/2020/04/coronavirus-biking-critical-in-cities

https://www.consumerreports.org/bikes/bike-riding-safety-during-coronavirus-pandemic/

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-bikes/wary-of-public-transport-coronavirus-hit-americans-turn-to-bikes-idUSKBN21Z1BX

Bicycle Traffic Law

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/coronavirus/fl-ne-south-florida-booming-bike-shops-20200506-h3pudf7kcrg45aaylc4ducdsoi-story.html

What Zarzaur Law, PA is Doing to Keep All Employees Safe While Returning to Work.

As Zarzaur Law, PA prepares to gradually bring staff back into the office, it is very important to protect everyone and safety is priority one!

Here is what the firm is doing to keep everyone safe during this transition time from teleworking to re-entering the office full time.

ZARZAUR LAW, P.A. + COVID-19

Before Reporting To Building:
Stay home if you are sick (fever, myalgia, cough, shortness of breath), except to get medical care.

Notify management if you become acutely ill (above) or have a sick close contact (co-habitants, significant other).

Commuting To Building:
Do not park in close proximity to others, park in open area while maintaining a safe walk to building entrance.

Do not touch handrails, elevator buttons, parking meters, door handles (besides office building).

Entry to building at Romana Street entrance (upstairs) – OR – Palafox Street entrance (downstairs).

Upon Entering Building (Before Doing Anything Else):
Wash your hands with soap and warm water, at least 20 seconds.
(Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and warm water not available – 30 seconds).

Exterior of all personal items brought into office must be disinfected with antiseptic wipe – coffee cup, water bottle, mobile phone, handbag, purse, wallet.

Wash hands again after disinfecting personal items.

Check temperature (see below).

Body Temperature Checks:
Three times daily: upon entering building at start of shift, mid-shift check (lunch break (full day staff), mid-morning or mid-afternoon (half-day staff), end of shift check upon leaving building. Wash hands (or use hand sanitizer) prior to handling thermometer.

Wipe handle and buttons of thermometer with alcohol swab after use of thermometer.

Document each temperature reading with a Slack message to Joe – temperature with date/time

Wash hands (or use hand sanitizer) after using thermometer.

Movement Within Office:
Maintain six foot separation from others in the office, including hallway and stairwell traffic.

One person at a time in common spaces – hallway, kitchen/coffee, copier/fax/scanner, water cooler, stairwell.

Only use your assigned workspace.

No use of conference rooms without permission.

Diligence on need to leave building at any time besides end of shift.

*** Three times daily = start of shift, mid-shift, end of shift.

Hygiene:
Cough and sneeze – cover mouth with tissue, immediately dispose of tissue.

Immediately wash hands and re-sanitize workspace and electronics.

All paper towels are single use and to be placed in provided receptacles immediately after use.

Workspace:
Surfaces disinfected three times daily. ***

Electronics:
Use only your assigned machine (computer) and office phone.

Sanitize machine (keyboard, mouse, mousepad) and phone (handpiece, earpiece, keypad) three times daily. ***

Personal Items:
Do not allow others to borrow or use pens, mobile phones, keys, coffee cups.

Make your own coffee.

Sanitizing The Office:
Handrails, coffee/water, copier/fax/scanner, sink handles/faucets, and door handles (inside and outside) must be sanitized three times daily ***
> management to decide on rotating assignment vs single owner of this task

Kitchen and coffee counter surfaces to be sanitized thee times daily ***

Conference room tables to be sanitized before and after every use – permission required for use.

Visitors:
Front door guests – utilize doorbell, reception wears mask/gloves when interacting, inform of closed office protocol.

All visitors, vendors, clients must be approved prior to permission into building.

Visitors must follow hand washing protocol upon entry to building.
Disinfect all surfaces and touch points when visitors exit building.

*** Three times daily = start of shift, mid-shift, end of shift.

The Zarzaur Law firm remains fully operational and the staff is working hard on client’s behalf (safely and remotely). Attorneys will still be seeing clients either safely in office or via video conferencing.

Joe Zarzaur, founder of Zarzaur Law, P.A., a Pensacola Personal Injury law firm, has created this blog in an effort to educate the many citizens and visitors of Pensacola, Florida about their legal rights. Joe Zarzaur knows the ins and outs of Florida law, and offers friendly-quality legal help whether you have experienced an auto accident/car wreck, have been a victim of medical malpractice or are in need of a personal injury attorney. For more information, visit: https://www.zarzaurlaw.com

11 E Romana Street
Pensacola, FL 32502
Telephone: 850-444-9299
Email: info@zarzaurlaw.com

 

Zarzaur Law, PA Offers Virtual Meetings in Wake of Cornonavirus (COVID19) Outbreak.

Zarzaur Law's Joe ZarzaurIf you have a serious injury case, action shouldn’t be delayed.

If you are unable to meet in person due to the coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak or any other reason, please contact us.

We’re still here working. We conduct virtual meetings with our clients regularly, and will do it for you.

 

 


Zarzaur Law, P.A. is aware of the coronavirus (COVID19) concerns of everyone in our community.

For over two weeks, the firm has taken steps to insure that our office is sanitized for each client. We have also taken extra steps to make certain that all staff members are symptom free and that their body temperatures are normal prior to coming to work. Further, we have inquired and insured that no staff member has come into contact with any international travelers or national travelers that may be coming from domestic hot spots in their free time. If they have we have asked them to self quarantine for two weeks.

We will continue to see clients, one at a time, to make sure that all clients with personal injury legal issues are handled in a timely and professional manner. The firm also recognizes that given the cancellation of schools and other institutions, many potential new personal injury clients cannot attend meetings “in person”. To address this issue, our firm -which has always offered “virtual meetings” with potential clients- has stepped up our technological capabilities and is utilizing Zoom® video conferencing software/hardware to provide high quality video conferencing for any potential personal injury client to have a free face to face consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers. As always, the firm will continue to speak to each potential client first by phone and if the matter results in a meeting we will provide the potential client to attend such meeting via video conferencing and provide all documents to you electronically. This will permit the hiring of our firm for your personal injury case to be consummated without requiring you to leave your families and home.

Exact instructions for these consultations will be provided during the initial call with our firm. These procedures will go into effect immediately and will continue until our community is completely on the other side of this COVID19 issue.

We urge everyone to heed all recommendations provided by our state and federal scientific communities and to stay put in their homes and not to congregate in crowds, adhere to stringent personal hygiene protocols, and make certain to be aware of those in your families that make up the high risk group for coronavirus.

The following is a list of links to various reliable sources for the latest information on the virus both local and federal:

CENTER FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASE AND RESEARCH AND POLICY >

FL DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH >

CDC >

Zarzaur Law, P.A. will continue to provide excellent legal services to our clients and remain committed to offer those services even as we all deal with the challenges of this time.

Joe Zarzaur, founder of Zarzaur Law, P.A., a Pensacola Personal Injury law firm, has created this blog in an effort to educate the many citizens and visitors of Pensacola, Florida about their legal rights. Joe Zarzaur knows the ins and outs of Florida law, and offers friendly-quality legal help whether you have experienced an auto accident/car wreck, have been a victim of medical malpractice or are in need of a personal injury attorney. For more information, visit: https://www.zarzaurlaw.com

11 E Romana Street
Pensacola, FL 32502
Telephone: 850-444-9299
Email: info@zarzaurlaw.com

The Coronavirus – A Serious Health Crisis

The updates and reports on the the COVID-19 (coronavirus) have been changing daily, but what has not changed is that this virus is a serious threat and everyone should take precautions and be vigilant on proper hygiene and disinfecting of surfaces.

Important Links!

CENTER FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASE AND RESEARCH AND POLICY >

FL DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH >

CDC >

https://patch.com/florida/pensacola/s/h1lva/flurry-of-new-coronavirus-cases-reported-in-florida?utm_source=alert-breakingnews&utm_medium=email&utm_term=lifestyle&utm_campaign=alert

What are the Symptoms and When Should a Person Get Tested?

COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when someone coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract the virus by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

Testing is conducted through local DOH (Department of Health) locations – via self-presentation or medical provider referral

CALL ahead to either DOH, physician office, urgent care, or Hospital PRIOR to presentation

If symptoms or backstory of concern (common cold vs Influenza vs seasonal allergies vs COVID), need to isolated and prevent spread +/- testing +/- more than symptom control in home setting (i.e. IV fluid, breathing treatments, systemic medications to treat co-morbid infection or disease), this will slow progression of the spread and buy more time for measured, communal response.

Persistence of Coronaviruses on Inanimate Surfaces and Their Inactivation with Biocidal Agents

“Coronavirus can persist on inanimate surfaces like metal, glass or plastic for up to 9 days, but can be efficiently inactivated by surface disinfection procedures with 62-71% ethanol, 0.5% hydrogen peroxide or 0.1% sodium hypochlorite within 1 minute”

What Else Can Be Done:

– Influenza vaccine – limiting viral infection in general will limit impact on entire community
– Pneumococcal vaccine – limiting bacterial infection will limit co-infection if suffer viremia
– hand washing – 20+ seconds with soap and WARM water  (tip – say the alphabet)
– limit touching own eyes/mouth
– FDA approved retail/commercial hand sanitizer – 60%-95% alcohol content
– rubbing alcohol – 91% isopropyl alcohol – needs to DRY on the surface being applied to
– ethyl alcohol (ethanol) – need to be 120 proof undiluted to be 60%  (Grain alcohol 120 – 190 proof)
– discourage handshakes
– “mildly ill” = stay home  (employers encourage telecommute options)
– surface cleaning – FDA approved list of products:
https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-03/documents/sars-cov-2-list_03-03-2020.pdf

Surfaces to Consider with Day-to-Day Activity:

Exercise towels
Gym equipment
Exercise/Yoga Mats
Kitchen counters and Cutting board
Mobile phone / charger cords
Appliance knobs/buttons/handles
Sinks
re-usable Water bottles
Purse/bag handles
Washcloths/sponges
Lightswitches
Keys
Pet food/water bowls
Cash
Doorknobs
Jewelry
Ride sharing vehicles
Public transportation
Elevator buttons
Handrails
Keyboard/Mouse
video game controllers
TV Remote Control / video game controls
touch screen controls

Joe Zarzaur, founder of Zarzaur Law, P.A., a Pensacola Personal Injury law firm, has created this blog in an effort to educate the many citizens and visitors of Pensacola, Florida about their legal rights. Joe Zarzaur knows the ins and outs of Florida law, and offers friendly-quality legal help whether you have experienced an auto accident/car wreck, have been a victim of medical malpractice or are in need of a personal injury attorney. For more information, visit: https://www.zarzaurlaw.com

11 E Romana Street
Pensacola, FL 32502
Telephone: 850-444-9299
Email: info@zarzaurlaw.com