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Zarzaur Law, P.A. Sponsors Upcoming 305 Triathlon in Key Biscayne

305 Triathlon in Key Biscayne Sponsord by Zarzaur Law

On May 15, 2022, athletes will converge on Key Biscayne for Miami’s Premier Multisport experience, the 305 TRIATHLON!  Proudly brought to you by Integrity Multisport™ with Zarzaur Law, P.A. as a proud sponsor and the official personal injury law firm of the Integrity Multisport™ race series.

Athletes will enjoy a saltwater swim in full view of spectators.  The bike course is set against a Miami city skyline & a pristine view of the turquoise waters of Key Biscayne.  Cyclists will have an added challenge of climbing the highest point in south Florida, with a 700-meter climb on the William Powell Bridge.  The Olympic distance athletes will have 2 opportunities to traverse this test, while the sprint distance will conquer this bridge once.

The run consists of a scenic 5K route through the park.  The sprint athletes will complete 1 lap, while the Olympic distance runners will complete two laps. Spectators will have plenty of opportunities to cheer on athletes as they run down the final finishing chute.

Friends, family & music welcome the athletes through the finish line.  The 305 Triathlon is a multi-faceted event featuring 2 race distances and 3 different races (triathlon, duathlon, and aqua bike).  With the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the Rickenbacker climb on the bike, and a flat run, athletes will have a chance to test their limits and make new PRs on this beautiful course.

Learn More About The Race Here! >

Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. ZARZAUR LAW’S 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.

It is also 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.

What Is A TBI And How Are They Caused By A Car Accident?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A motor vehicle accident is the third leading cause of closed head injuries resulting in traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Other causes include falls (#1), an accidental blow to the head (including sports injuries) (#2), and assault.


Those with inherently increased risk for experiencing traumatic brain injury following motor vehicle accident include those with prior brain injury (prior concussion), younger age groupings (0 to 24 years of age), older age groupings (75 years of age and older).

Factors Related To The Passengers Which Are Associated With Increased Incidence Of Traumatic Brain Injury Include:

  • Unrestrained passenger
  • Inappropriately-fitted child car seats or restraints
  • Passengers under the influence of drugs or alcohol

At the core, traumatic brain injury is a process of neurologic injury resulting from biomechanic impacts to the brain by either direct or indirect force which alter the function (and possibly structure) of the nervous tissue which composes the brain.  It is important to note that structure by way of neurologic imaging (CT, MRI) may appear normal despite deranged function.

Factors Related To The Accident Which Can Be Associated With Traumatic Brain Injury Include:

  • Direct impact of the head with another fixed object within the vehicle (dashboard, window, windshield, fellow passenger)
  • Loss of consciousness immediately following the impact
  • Dynamics of the impact between vehicles or between the vehicle and non-vehicle structures (barriers, buildings, utility poles.

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Signs and Symptoms of a TBI

The spectrum of traumatic brain injury manifestation is very broad both in terms of duration of signs or symptoms (days to years) as well as the nature of those signs or symptoms. 

Commonly reported symptom following a traumatic impact can include: 

  • Headache
  • Gastrointestinal distress
  • Dizziness or imbalance
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Changes with visual or auditory acuity
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Disruption of the normal sleep-wake cycle
  • Changes in physical stamina (fatigues easily).

Immediately following a motor vehicle accident the initial focus by emergency services personnel would be for life-threatening injuries such as intracranial hemorrhage, acute blood loss, neurologic dysfunction impacting the proper function of the cardiopulmonary systems, injuries to organs by foreign bodies, and displaced fractures.  Save for these or similar injuries, a common diagnosis following evaluation by emergency medical providers could be “superficial injury to the head” or “scalp contusion” or “concussion.”

TBI Diagnosis

It is important to understand the concept of PROCESS in regard to traumatic brain injury.  Traumatic brain injury is not diagnosed with a single symptom, laboratory test, or radiology study.  Just the same, no treatment course or plan is the result of a single visit with a medical professional and no single medication or drug is used incomplete treatment of the condition.  This process is both limited by and driven by the resilient yet brittle nature of the nervous system in the context of a multitude of diagnostic and treatment options available to clinicians in treating patients afflicted with such an injury.

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The most important part of treating traumatic brain injuries beyond the emergency room is to first diagnose them in a clinical setting.  This includes an involved history and physical examination by a qualified medical professional.  The provider will rely on the history which is provided by the patient (many times also relying on a symptom diary or log) as well as any corroborating history provided by relatives, co-workers, or those who cohabitate with the patient. 

The provider will then best be able to decide which additional testing is indicated:  expanded neurologic imaging, neuropsychiatric evaluation, subspecialist consultation or referral, metabolic testing. 

A combination of these steps coupled with the individual needs of the patient (include the nature of the neurologic dysfunction) will dictate the treatment process. 

Treatment Options

Depending on the nature of the injury, common elements of the treatment plan and process include:

  • Physical Therapy,
  • Occupational Therapy,
  • Speech Therapy,
  • Psychology or Psychiatric consultation
  • Pharmaceutical agents
  • Social support

Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. ZARZAUR LAW’S 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’ve been the victim of an accident, it’s important that you don’t make any rash decisions. Put yourself in the best possible position to receive the justice you deserve. It is also 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.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/basics.html

https://www.brainandlife.org/disorders-a-z/traumatic-brain-injury/

https://www.aans.org/Patients/Neurosurgical-Conditions-and-Treatments/Traumatic-Brain-Injury

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0401/p426.html

https://www.aan.com/PressRoom/Home/PressRelease/1297

Hospitals Taking Advantage of Victims of Car Wrecks

Car Wreck VictimYou’ve been in a car wreck and you have to go to the hospital via ambulance. You get to the hospital and the ER doctor (or nurse) asks you what happened. You tell them it’s a car wreck and you assume that they are asking you that question simply because they need to know how to treat you. Little do you know that the relevance of your injury source is not only applicable to the ER staff but also to the business office, you may ask why?

Hospitals Holding Car Wreck Patient’s Bills

The business office of a hospital is really interested to know whether or not this treatment will be reimbursed by health insurance or possibly paid through an auto insurance policy. As you may be aware, Health insurance and drug companies have always negotiated fees for service contracts with providers which allow them humongous discounts on services. In turn, health insurance can provide its insured with a health insurance policy that covers all types of services in hospitals.

For example, these deals worked out between the health insurance companies and providers function like this:  You go into a hospital for emergency room treatment and the hospital bill is $4,000. The health insurance companies have negotiated (well before you ever walked into the hospital) that their insureds will receive those same services billed at a $4,000 rate, for a much lower rate like $800. So, the hospitals only get their billed rate if someone other than a health insurance company is paying the tab.  The hospitals have then an enormous financial incentive to look for reimbursement sources that are closer to dollar for dollar instead of the lower rate agreed to with health insurers.

All the car insurance companies who are paying car wreck claims and suits are not in the position to negotiate fee for services and therefore if they get a bill for $4,000, they are on the hook for $4,000. Hospitals have realized this and have issued directives that their billing offices should HOLD all car wreck patients bills in a limbo status so that they can determine whether or not they can get dollar for dollar reimbursement versus the health insurance reimbursement rate. As you can see, this practice does not benefit the client who had purchased health insurance and is now paying bills like they do not have it.

The Issue for Patients

If a hospital holds their bill and purposely wait on the car wreck case to maturate through the legal system, they basically place their patients (our clients) in a tough spot.  If the patient’s account is not billed to his/her health insurance within the time frame permitted by their policy then the health insurance can deny the claim.  Many times, patients/clients wait over a year for their car wreck cases to be concluded and they miss the deadline for submitting claims to their health insurance.  These time periods are generally 12 months. The problem gets worse since most drivers that cause wrecks don’t have enough car insurance to pay their medical bills in full. So, what ends up happening is that the full medical bills remain pending and make it difficult to negotiate down at the end of the car wreck case.  Hospitals then look to the client to pay them back.  Their starting point is the full billed amount.  They prefer to do this despite having the ability to bill health insurance at the outset since they are gambling that they will end up netting more if they go through the legal process.  This interest, however, is in conflict with the client’s interest since money being spent to pay for medical bills above the amount that the health insurance would have paid rightfully belongs to the client.


Hospitals have become so aware of this reimbursement opportunity that they have actually engaged third-party companies to work on their behalf.


Take for example this summary of a typical car wreck treatment situation: As soon as hospitals get the billing code for anything car wreck related in their system a third-party company is sent all of the bills and they start billing the client dollar for dollar and urge the client to pass on their information to any law firms that may represent them. Instead of submitting these claims to health insurance, which is there and ready to pay the bills, hospitals instead wait on the car insurance claim which typically miss all the deadlines required by the health insurance company.

These companies and hospitals figure that in a worst-case scenario they will negotiate their lien down some, but they still make more money after paying the third-party company and getting reimbursed then they would have had they just sent the bill to health insurance. If you or your law firm is not paying attention to these practices they could end up costing you more of your settlement that should otherwise be paid.

The Loser In All Of This Is The Patient (Our Client)

The patient has been smart enough to purchase health insurance and has been diligent enough to make sure the health insurance premiums were paid on time every month.  So now, when the accident happened, the patient should have been able to take advantage of the discounted rate for the hospital bills. Instead, the hospitals have decided not to send the bills to the health insurance companies and the hospitals have decided that they’re going to take some of your car wreck recovery settlement so they can increase their profits and their margins despite the fact they’ve already agreed with the health insurance companies to take a lower amount for your care.

Watching Out For Our Client’s Best Interest

At Zarzaur Law, as part of what we do for our clients, we watch out for this behavior. When we notice that a healthcare facility or practitioner is purposely evading the lower reimbursement through the client’s health insurance, we strongly urge them to file it with health insurance. We also confirm the health insurance information via letter so that we make certain that once the case is settled, the health care facility or practitioner can’t argue that they did not know there was health insurance. We remind each billing entity or institution that they have an obligation to bill health insurance since that’s in the best interest of the patient (our client) and we also remind them of the deadlines that are required by these providers.

If the healthcare providers then argue at the end of the car wreck case that they are entitled to more money because of the health insurance deadlines have passed, we show them the letter that we’ve written on behalf of the client and urged them to take the reimbursement rate as a full satisfaction of the bill or take nothing since we see this as nothing more than the fleecing of a client at their worst time.

At Zarzaur Law we will strive not only to get our clients the most recovery but also try to ensure that that the recovery ends up in their pockets. We not only see it is our job to gain the most money from the car insurance companies but also net our clients the most money once all the bills are paid. This is especially true if they have been prudent enough to purchase health insurance before the car wreck. It is our opinion that everyone should be able to take full advantage of that especially in the most dire of circumstances.

Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. ZARZAUR LAW’S 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’ve been the victim of a car wreck, it’s important that you don’t make any rash decisions. Put yourself in the best possible position to receive the justice you deserve. It is also 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:

Florida Car Wrecks and Health Insurance

 

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 lawyer. For more information, visit: https://www.zarzaurlaw.com

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

 

Jury Duty: A New Perspective – An Honor, Not a Burden.

The Jury Duty Misconception.
I had only been summoned for jury duty once, and it was right near the holidays a few years ago and in the middle of a couple of major deadlines. Needless to say I was irritated having to waste my Monday waiting around in a room with at least 200 of my fellow citizens feeling the same way. We were all trying to continue working in some capacity with all of our mobile devices. I did not get chosen to serve on a jury…. didn’t even make it to the first round of jury selection and was relieved to be back at work by noon.

Part of the Bigger Picture.
I work in a personal injury law firm, Zarzaur Law, PA, here in Pensacola, Florida. I have learned a lot about the law in the year and half I have been here, especially, the process and the time it takes to prepare for a case to go to trial. Prior to working at Zarzaur Law P.A. as the marketing manager, I worked in an ad agency…so I did not have a lot of exposure to law firms. I am fortunate to work for Joe Zarzaur, an award-winning board certified civil trial lawyer, who is a part of only 1% of lawyers in the state of Florida with these credentials.

Call it coincidence or perpetuity, but I received a jury summons as an employee at Zarzaur Law, PA. At first I thought this to be another burden, but then realized that I am getting to be a part of the judicial process. Since my job at the firm does not involve the practice of law, I was interested in being a part of the process.

A New Perspective.
We all started sitting in a very large room where Pam Childers welcomed us and proceeded to have us take the oath. We were informed that all cases on the docket that week were criminal cases. Ms. Childers then went on to explain our obligation as a citizen of our state and our country. Our form of government calls us to service as be a part of the judicial process. It is important for us to be here to keep the process moving forward. We are helping the court fulfill its responsibilities and maintain our rights for due process. This is our judicial system to help resolve disputes. Cases can be resolved even while we wait and we are here willing to take time to participate in this democratic process. I never realized that some cases do get settled prior to going to jury, just because of our presence.

The Juror’s Role.
Our role as jurors is to provide a fair, impartial and just decision based on facts received in case. All of this was certainly providing me an education first hand at what my firm does and must be prepared for. The amount of time and evidence that must be prepared is substantial. Also … it’s not like the TV show Law and Order – cases and trials could take as long as 6 months to a year to get on the docket. This is why having full juries are so important. We are final authorities on the facts, judge has final authority in the law.

It felt overwhelming but exciting. You are no longer watching TV, this is real life. A big responsibility is expected of you, and I felt honored to be chosen. The experience is humbling, intimidating and empowering all at the same time. Judge and lawyers and defendant asking questions and awaiting to see who will be the panel to hear the case, weigh the facts and provide the verdict. We hold the power of democracy and fairness in our hands. We decide the fate of a person who is considered innocent until proven guilty. We actively uphold the law and its ability to help keep our country free from minority tyranny.

A Rewarding Experience.
While I was not chosen for the case, it was an unbelievable experience. I was actually disappointed not to be chosen. I just hope those that served on this jury were fair and in the end made the decision that is based on the facts.

Jurors perform a vital role in the American system of justice. … Jury service is a high duty of citizenship. Jurors aid in the maintenance of law and order and uphold justice among their fellow citizens. Their greatest reward is the knowledge that they have discharged this duty faithfully, honorably, and well. Jurors perform a vital role in the American system of justice. The protection of our rights and liberties is largely achieved through the teamwork of judge and jury who, working together in a common effort, put into practice the principles of our great heritage of freedom. The judge determines the law to be applied in the case while the jury decides the facts. Thus, in a very important way, jurors become a part of the court itself.

I challenge you to re-think jury duty the next time you receive your summons and not look at it as a burden, but as an honor and a right as a part of our Democratic society.

As one of the leading personal injury lawyers in Pensacola, Florida, Joe Zarzaur has dedicated his life to helping car wreck victims protect their rights. One major way that Personal Injury Law Firm, Zarzaur Law achieves this mission is by fighting extremely hard for the clients he represents. But a second and equally important component of Zarzaur Law Firm’s work is providing the community with the resources they need to keep themselves protected.

Read more:
http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/juryseminar/EvolutionJury.html

Juries – Modern Juries – Jury, Court, Civil, and Trial – JRank Articles http://law.jrank.org/pages/22535/Juries-Modern-Juries.html#ixzz4yLbXuRNE

https://www.mow.uscourts.gov/jury/history_of_jury_duty

Delayed Symptoms After a Car Wreck

After a severe car accident most people will feel pain from their injuries immediately, but this is not always the case. When your body is put in a dangerous situation, your adrenaline kicks in with fight or flight, and you may not even notice that you are injured right away. Some injuries will even take days, weeks, or months to show symptoms. You may even get a clean bill of health from the ER physician, but it is important to note that the ER physician’s job is to assess and make sure that you will not die or lose a limb in the next 24-48 hours. Many people think that just because they went to the ER and were checked out, that this is the end and there is nothing else to be done – this is not the case, especially with delayed symptoms.

Reasons Why Pain from Injuries Are Delayed
There are a few reasons injuries may take a little time to show symptoms. The first is swelling and inflammation. This takes place over time, so you may not immediately notice anything out of the ordinary. The second is that people normally “take it easy” from strenuous activities after a car accident, however when they return to daily life and activities, they begin to notice all kinds of injuries and pain. 

See Your Doctor
If you are experiencing no pain after a car accident, it is still recommended that you see your general practitioner or treating physician right away. This way, a doctor will be able to thoroughly examine you to ensure nothing is wrong, or they may discover an injury that would not have shown symptoms until weeks or months later. It is important to allow your physician to conduct these tests and then order additional, more thorough tests, with a referring specialist.

Symptoms Can Worsen Over Time
Many studies have found a significant number of individuals to be symptomatic for many months and even years after a motor vehicle accident. In one such study, 75 percent of individuals remained symptomatic 6 months after the accident.

Another study, published in the European Spine Journal, found that during the period of time between the first and second years following a motor vehicle accident over 20 percent actually had their symptoms worsen.

So what now? It’s not unusual for injury-related pain after a car accident to be delayed, and in many cases you may not even know you have a serious injury until later. 

Below are some guidelines to help ensure that you get the compensation you need if car accident-related pain doesn’t show up until days or even weeks after the incident.

Types of Pain After a Car Accident That are Often Delayed

Sometimes a headache is just a headache. But if you were recently involved in a car accident, neck or head pain could indicate a more serious injury that wasn’t discovered at the time of the accident or in the ER. If you have suffered any of the following types of pain after an accident, even if it’s delayed, get immediate medical attention.

  1. Headaches – Pay special attention to the location and severity of the pain. It could be stress-related or a sign of concussion, brain injury, whiplash, neck injury, or even a blood clot. A serious headache also could be a sign of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following the accident.
  2. Pain in the Neck or Shoulders – This is often a sign of whiplash (a catch-all term for several different injuries), which is sometimes experienced right after an accident but sometimes doesn’t emerge until several days later. Neck and shoulder pain could also indicate a spinal injury such as a herniated disc.
  3. Back Pain – Back pain, especially in the lower back, may also indicate a whiplash-related injury. It also could signal a sprain, herniated disc, or other soft-tissue injuries (such as muscle damage). If accompanied by tingling or numbness, it could also point to pinched nerves.
  4. Numbness, Tingling, etc. – These types of sensations, in addition to weakness in the limbs, often indicate a herniated disc that pinches or presses up against nerves in the spine. This pinching can cause pain, tingling, numbness, and other sensations throughout the body.
  5. Abdominal Pain – Internal, soft-tissue injuries can be very serious — even fatal — if left untreated. If you experience abdominal pain after an accident (which may surface days after the incident), get immediate medical attention. Internal bleeding also may cause headaches, dizziness, and deep bruising.
  6. Emotional Pain and Suffering – After the initial post-accident chaos subsides, you may experience depression, anxiety, or even PTSD. This could be related to the actual incident, a result of physical injuries, or both. Brain injuries also may cause emotional pain or personality changes.

Do Not Settle Right Away

Following a car accident, the other driver’s insurance company may contact you and try to get you to sign a release of any claims you might have. The insurance company may even offer you a sum of money to entice you to sign the release.

You should wait until you have been fully evaluated by a medical professional,  and consulting with your lawyer, before signing anything the adjuster puts in front of you. You should also wait long enough to make sure all injuries from the car accident have fully manifested themselves. Your doctor can help you determine how long this needs to be. If you sign a release, and an injury shows up later, you cannot then go back to the insurance company and ask them to pay for your medical treatment. You waive your legal right to pursue that compensation when you sign the release. This is why consulting with a board certified civil trial lawyer specializing in personal injury law, like Joe Zarzaur, is important.

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 car accident and are suffering from delayed symptoms, 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://injury.findlaw.com/car-accidents/what-if-my-pain-after-a-car-accident-was-delayed.html

https://www.arrowheadclinic.com/category/blog/3-common-myths-about-car-accident-injuries

https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/what-if-my-accident-injuries-dont-show-up-right-away.html

Top pain treatments for the first 72 hours after an auto accident

7 delayed injury symptoms after a car crash

Auto Injury Related Statistics

Zarzaur Law, P.A. To Host a FREE Kid’s 
Halloween Event in Downtown Pensacola

PENSACOLA, Fla. (Oct. 22, 2018) — Zarzaur Law, P.A., a personal injury law firm based out of Pensacola, Florida, has partnered with local downtown businesses to host a FREE, safe and fun filled kid’s Halloween event on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 4-6p.m., The event will be held at the intersection of Palafox and Romana Streets in Downtown Pensacola. “Zalloween,” hosted by Zarzaur Law, will include candy, games, a fire truck that kids can explore from the Pensacola Fire Department, meet and greet the K-9 unit from the Pensacola Police Department, arts and crafts station with First City Art Center, and more! A kid’s costume contest will kick-off at 5p.m. with four age group categories and a $100 first prize for each age group. The first 250 kids in costume will also receive a reflective trick-or-treat bag and a pumpkin strobe light.

“We wanted to continue to give back to our community and revive the Downtown Pensacola trick-or-treat event that was very popular a few years back.” Joe Zarzaur, owner of Zarzaur Law, P.A. “This event is a safe and family friendly block party that provides another Halloween activity for kids.”

In addition to the fun and games, the KlaasKids organization will be on hand to provide fingerprinting for any children (parents or legal guardian must be present). The parents will receive a fingerprint card that they will take home that will have their child’s picture and fingerprint on the card.

Participating businesses include:
Gulf Coast Kid’s House
The Tin Cow
Pen Air Federal Credit Union
Dog House Deli Downtown
First City Art Center
Pensacola Fire Department – Fire truck
Pensacola Police Department
KlaasKIDS Search Center for Missing & Trafficked Children
Pirouettes Dance wear and Children’s Clothing Store

Zalloween will also be a fundraiser. Donations will be accepted and 100% of the proceeds will go to Gulf Coast Kid’s House.

Event details can be found on Zarzaur Law’s Zalloween event page on Facebook, or call 850-444-9299.

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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

Distracted Driving Is Now More Dangerous than Drunk Driving

Driving while Texting

The State Department of Highway and Safety and Motor Vehicles reported nearly 50,000 distracted driving crashes in Florida in 2016, including 233 deaths. Drivers are twice as likely to crash “text-driving” as drunk-driving, a coalition of motoring groups and road safety bodies have warned.

3 main kinds of distractions:

  • Visual: taking your eyes off the road
  • Manual: taking your hands off the wheel
  • Cognitive: taking your mind off of driving

Distracted driving activities include taking your attention away from driving, such as sending a text message, talking on a cell phone, using GPS system, and eating and drinking while driving. Any of these distractions can endanger the driver and others in proximity. According to Transport Research Laboratory research, reaction times are twice as long text-driving as drink-driving yet there is still a prevalence of high-profile court cases of drivers causing death and serious injuries because of texting, calling or searching for music while driving.

According to the NHTSA, distracted driving is classified as any activity that takes your focus off the road. At 55 mph, sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds, long enough to cover a football field. There were 3,477 deaths and 391,000 injuries due to distracted driving in 2015. About 660,000 people use their cellphones during daylight hours and that number is growing.

5 Common Distractions:

  • Using mobile device (texting) while driving
  • Eating or drinking
  • Adjusting radio or temperature controls
  • Other vehicle occupants
  • Driving on autopilot

Disturbingly:

  • 1.3 million car accidents involve use of cell phones
  • 70% of smartphone users are on their phones while driving
  • 61% of drivers text while behind wheel

Safety and prevention techniques reduce the likelihood of having an auto accident. However, sometimes accidents still happen.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car 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.

Sources:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/20/drivers-who-text-twice-as-likely-to-crash-as-those-who-drink

https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving

https://www.flhsmv.gov/2017/04/03/save-life-dont-drive-distracted/

Wrongful Death: Who Can Sue?

The worst situation for any family is a sudden death of a loved one especially when it is due to the carelessness or negligent behavior of another.

wrongful death claim A wrongful death claim is a personal injury lawsuit made when someone is killed due to another party’s negligence or intentional act of harm. Wrongful death claims allow the estate of the deceased person to make a claim against the party liable for the death.

Although a criminal case related to the death might also be filed in court, it addresses different concerns, and it typically does not result in damages being paid to the estate or the surviving family members.

Who can bring forth a wrongful death action in Florida?

Survivors of the decedent are those that can make a wrongful death claim:

  • Spouse, children and parents of the deceased
  • Dependent blood relatives and adoptive brothers and/or sisters

What damages can be sought through a wrongful death claim?

 Survivors making a wrongful death claim in Florida can obtain compensation for damages including:

  • pain and suffering to the deceased occurring before death (degenerative diseases/debilitating injuries)
  • losses incurred by the deceased’s family: lost support and services to survivors-loss wages; mental anguish; financial support; lost companionship and pain and suffering; parental guidance (in case where deceased has children)
  • funeral, burial, medical, and/or hospital expenses

How long do you have to file a wrongful death claim?

In Florida, the statutory deadline for bringing forth a wrongful death claim is two years from the date of death.

If you have lost a loved one, it is important to consult an expert board-certified lawyer with the experience and knowledge to represent you through such a difficult process. Here at Zarzaur Law, P.A. we want to help you get the justice and compensation you deserve. We understand the sudden death of a loved one can impact family members for a lifetime and that is why we, at Zarzaur Law, P.A., make it a goal to fight for your rights. Call us any time at (855) Hire-Joe for a free legal consultation with a lawyer.

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 lawyer. For more information, visit: https://www.zarzaurlaw.com

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

Sources:
https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/wrongful-death-lawsuits-florida.html

 

Be Aware: Dangers of Blind Spots by Zarzaur Law

Blind spots can be tricky and dangerous because they can hinder your view of another vehicle, and prevent you from seeing children or other obstacles that are behind you when backing up. Serious, sometimes fatal accidents happen due to blind spots. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 840,000 blind spot accidents occur annually in the United States, with 300 of these resulting in deaths.

Changing lanes is a common blind spot related accident. Blind spot related accidents often can be avoided. These collisions occur when drivers fail to check traffic patterns and driving in another car’s blind spot.

Blind Spot Auto Accidents

Prevention and Safety Tips to Avoid Blind Spot Collisions

· Adjust your side and rearview mirrors to the proper position. Side mirrors should be adjusted in a way where a small part of the end of the car is visible. Rearview mirror should frame the car’s rear window.
· Check all mirrors for cars AND look over shoulder for oncoming traffic prior to changing lanes or backing up. Make sure to use your signal to notify other drivers if you are changing lanes.
· Be conscious of how your line of vision changes as you travel along intersections and crosswalks, keeping in mind the large objects and obstacles that could be present. Be aware of your surroundings and what is happening around you. Be prepared for situations, such as pedestrian jaywalking if you see someone alongside the road.
· Watch traffic patterns in multiple lane highways so you do not change lanes into the same lane as another car.
· Avoid driving in another car’s blind spot. They may not be able to see you and if they change lanes in front of you, it could result in an accident.

Safety and prevention techniques reduce the likelihood of having an auto accident due to a blind spot. Unfortunately, these accidents still happen and if it does happen to you or someone you love, it is important to consult an expert.  Hire a Board Certified Trial lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to help you. Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Trial lawyer based in Pensacola and Destin, Florida.  We, at Zarzaur Law, know accidents can be stressful and want to make the process as easy as possible for you.  Legal consultations with a lawyer at Zarzaur Law, P.A. are free. And there is no cost, no fee, unless you win. You can call us any time of day, any day of the week at (855) Hire-Joe.