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Accidents happen, and when they occur, it does not always means that injuries ensue. However, some accidents can be serious, resulting in much harm and damages suffered. Victims of an accident are often left vulnerable and confused. He or she is not only dealing with the pain and suffering associated with their injuries, but they are also faced with medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages and other damages. It can be very overwhelming, causing many victims to seek ways to reduce these growing hardships.

Because it is a trying time on a victim, it is important that they are well informed of their options and rights. At the Andres Lopez Law Firm, we are dedicated to guiding our clients throughout the process. One does not need to deal with financial hardships and pain and suffering caused by another person. Thus, we take the time to protect the rights of those injured in the Coral Springs area.

Fuddruckers sued Trump Tower developer

A seemingly routine lawsuit in Florida involves one of President Trumps' business partners and a developer of Trump Towers, a Fuddruckers restaurant and possibly James Bond's cars. Owners of the Fuddruckers on International Drive in Orlando commenced business litigation against their landlord, the president's former business partner Michael Dezer, over a plan to convert a shopping mall into an automobile museum and tourist attraction.

The Artegon mall and its former owners were sued by Fuddruckers and eight tenants when it suddenly threw out most of its tenants in Jan. 2017. Fuddruckers, along with a movie theater and a Bass Pro Shop remained as tenants and have separate entrances. Dezer's company was recently added as a defendant.

Florida court rules on foreclosure time restrictions

The date of maturity of mortgage debt in contracts is not always clear cut. In a recent decision, a Florida appeals court ruled that a reverse mortgage may be due and payable at maturity date instead of the borrower's debt. This ruling can impact the foreclosure defense for all types of mortgages.

This case concerned an action by the borrower daughter's action to fight foreclosure. After the borrower's 2008 death, the property was left to his daughter who moved into the home. The holder of the reverse mortgage filed a foreclosure action the following year and claimed that the case was closed in 2013. The subsequent holder of that mortgage filed this foreclosure case in Sept. 2014.

Car accident lawsuit basics

There is a lot to deal with following a traffic accident such as injuries, medical and repair bills and insurance. Having the legal option for filing a lawsuit requires knowing the basics about insurance and personal injury law governing motor vehicle accidents in Florida.

Florida is a no-fault state where each insurance company must pay for their insured policy holder even if they were not at fault for the accident. This is different than the principles underlying legal personal injury where the party who violated their duty to act safely or responsibly is liable for damages.

How will you resolve partnership disputes?

If you own a business with a partner, you will likely disagree because you chose a partner that both supports and challenges you. At one point, you probably valued their input more than anyone else’s, but over time relationships can fracture and crumble and your business might suffer as a result.

Darkness sheds light on pedestrian deaths

Pedestrian and cyclists have virtually no protection from vehicles and their fatalities rose between 2010 and 2017. Darkness is apparently a major factor in personal injury accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists, especially in the southern United States.

Nighttime deaths for pedestrians and bicyclists rose by 46 percent from 2010 through 2017. By comparison, daytime fatalities also grew but by only 15 percent. There were 4,804 pedestrian and bicyclist deaths in this country in 2017.

English-only signs lead to lawsuits

Florida and the rest of the nation are becoming bi-lingual. Failure to recognize this may have legal consequences, even at locations designed for amusement. A Guatemalan family recently filed a personal injury lawsuit against Universal Orlando after their 38-year-old father died because of its allegedly negligent failure to post ride-warning signs in Spanish.

Their father had a fatal heart attack in 2016 after riding on its Skull Island: Reign of Kong attraction. This ride, which was open for almost six months before his death, recreates a truck expedition based upon recent versions of King Kong movies.

Hazards to office workers

It can be hard to imagine sustaining an injury while you are working in an office-setting, however it does happen. Injuries in a typical office setting, sitting at a desk for most hours of the workday, lead to many injuries that you may not often think address or relate to your job.


Fire suppressants spark lawsuit

Products intended to provide safety can, at times, cause harm. In a personal injury class-action lawsuit, six former employees of the Florida State Fire College claimed that exposure to fire suppressants used at the college caused them to develop cancers and diseases.

The lawsuit was filed in federal district court for the Middle District of Florida against 10 manufacturers of this product. Plaintiffs include firefighters and instructors, administrative employees and others who could have been exposed to the chemicals in contaminated water around the college.

Florida homeowners floating but face choppy seas

A few years ago, half of Florida home mortgages were underwater with homeowners owing more than their home's worth. However, many Florida cities still have a high number of underwater mortgages. Many homeowners with little equity may have to seek foreclosure defense when they struggle paying their mortgage.

After the last recession, Florida homeowners faced negative equity and dropping resale prices. Almost half of Florida homes were underwater and it was not uncommon for homeowners to owe twice their home's worth. Foreclosures rose with personal bankruptcies and plunging credit scores.

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