The qualities you should look for when you go to hire a personal injury law firm in south Florida

Personal Injury Law

There are many personal injury law firms located here in Jupiter, Palm Beach County, south Florida, and throughout the entire country. What you need to figure out is who are the best personal injury attorneys to handle your case and give you the best chance of getting what you think you deserve out of your case.

 

The first important thing for you to know: most personal injury law firms like ours at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. will sit down with you and have a free initial consultation with you. So the first thing we would advise you is to cut out most if not all of the law firms who want to charge you for that initial consultation. There are enough quality firms and lawyers that will look at your case and give you an honest assessment for no charge that you need not consider paying for that meeting.

 

Here are some other important questions you should ask when hiring a personal injury law firm:

  • Do I have a legitimate case?
    • Practically everyone who walks into a personal injury law firm believes they have a case that could get them money… often, a lot of money. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Be willing to listen to what feedback the lawyer is giving you. If you do not agree with the feedback, you can always go and get a second and even third opinion. But also be open to the fact that maybe you do not have as easy a case to win as you think.
  • Who will be working on my case on what are their resources?
    • Will a lawyer be working on your case, or paralegals and legal assistants? Yes, you should expect that the paralegals and assistants will do some of the work, but one of the firm’s lawyers should be involved every step of the way as well.
  • What types of cases has the firm worked in the past?
    • This is an important question as most people do not realize that there are many types of personal injury cases. Make sure to find out if the firm has a positive history in working cases in the area which your case would fall under – including Slip & Fall, accidents, malpractice, workers compensation, defective products just to name a few.
  • What is the firm’s reputation?
    • This can be found by doing some research on google. Look for industry recognition and accolades. And definitely check on their website, and through social media to view testimonials from clients and others who have worked with the firm and the attorneys in the firm.
  • How does the law firm get compensated for working your case?
    • In addition to offering a free initial consultation, The best personal injury law firms also give a “No Fee Unless We Win” guarantee. In the legal industry this is known as a “contingency fee contract.”

 

Arm yourself with these questions and you will give yourself the best chance at winning a personal injury lawsuit.

 

You often here personal injury attorneys and many other types of attorneys say that they give the best service, have the most experience, and will do what it takes to help you win your case, and get you a lot of money in the process. You can see it in the ads on television, hear it on the radio driving to and from work, or see it on the multiple billboards along I-95 that you pass on a daily basis.

 

But you will never see Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. on a television ad, or on a billboard along the highway? Why? Because we believe that our best sources for new business always come from our current and former clients. We pride ourselves on delivering on our promise – to help you get the compensation that you deserve for the injuries you have suffered: physical, mental and psychological.

 

While a television advertisement or a billboard may make an attorney appear knowledgeable and trustworthy, that is not always the case. Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne has stayed away from big advertising and relies on word of mouth referrals from prior clients which is the true test of a law firm’s service to a client. Relying on referrals can only be accomplished when past clients are happy with the dedication and services provided by Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne.

 

The Law Firm of Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. provides:

  • Contingent fee contracts – No Fees or Costs unless we prevail on your injury case.
  • Free confidential initial consultations
  • Attorneys who handle your cases…not just paralegals or support staff
  • We are proud to offer home, hospital and nursing home visits to you in the event that you are unable to meet with us in our office. Let us travel to you.

 

If you are in an automobile, motorcycle or boating accident; or a Slip and Fall accident, Wrongful Death & Serious Injury situation, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products, or many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred, contact us immediately.

You can contact us by phone at (561) 686-3400, via email at info@sswlawfl.com, via fax at (561) 686-5683, or by filling out the contact form on our website at http://www.sswlawfl.com/contact/.

 

We look forward to helping you obtain payment to cover hospital and other medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more, if the situation warrants it. Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A., where we have been devoted to protecting south Florida families for over 40 years!

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Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne advice: what to do if your car breaks down this holiday weekend, or any other time

Broken down car

This coming weekend marks the 2nd of the three major holiday weekends of our summer season here in the United States – Independence Day. In fact, according to a recent survey by the travel organization AAA, over 44 million Americans are expected to travel this weekend, a record number for any holiday since the great recession almost a decade ago. Around 2 million of those travelers are expected to be Floridians, almost 5% of our nation’s total.

 

Therefore, with a number of our Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach and Treasure Coast family and friends traveling this weekend (including a number of us here from the Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. law offices) we believe it is the perfect time to offer all of you some important rules for what to do if your car breaks down while you are traveling:

  • As soon as you sense there is a problem, turn on your hazard lights
  • If your car is still moving, try to steer to the right and pull over to the right shoulder as quickly but also safely as possible. If you are unable to get over to the right but there is an area available to stop your vehicle out of moving traffic in the median area, move your vehicle to that area.
  • Wherever your vehicle comes to a complete stop, fully activate your emergency brake. You want to make sure that your vehicle will not start rolling in either direction, which can happen on even a normal, almost imperceptible slope to your naked eye.
  • Call for help – if you do not know the local number for roadside assistance or for the local police, call 911.
  • Stay in your vehicle until traffic clears. For example, if the worst happens and your vehicle stalls on the highway in traffic, do not leave your vehicle until help arrives, no matter how long it takes.
  • Once you are able to exit your vehicle safely (if you are) pop your hood and leave it open to signal other drivers that your vehicle is broken down.
  • DO NOT try to make any repairs or checking under your car if you are on the side of busy roadway or still in the line of traffic. People have been seriously injured and even killed in such situations.
  • If you can, put out some type of flares or other safety devices that behind your vehicle that signal you are in distress and can not move. Put one about 10 feet behind the vehicle, and another about 200 feet behind.
  • Once you have done these things, walk as far away from oncoming traffic as possible to wait for help to come.

 

At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne we strongly believe in sharing any information that can help prevent tragedy from happening – like these tips for what you should do if your car breaks down this Independence Day holiday weekend. We know that automobile accidents and other issues you’re your car happen. To learn more about all areas of personal injury law we practice, please go to: http://www.sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/. You can also contact us directly by phone at (561) 686-3400. We offer a free initial consultation, and there are no fees unless we collect for you on your case.

 

Our main offices are in Jupiter, Florida, and we have handled cases throughout south Florida and the Treasure Coast. We have been devoted to protecting south Florida families for over 40 years!

 

Whether you are in Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Stuart, West Palm Beach or any other city in the state of Florida, you need to find and hire a law firm that has the level of knowledge and experience that will get you the financial results you deserve, while also working with you throughout your case until some type of resolution has been reached.

 

The following video article was used to help create the list in this blog: https://www.statefarm.com/simple-insights/auto-and-vehicles/what-to-do-if-your-car-breaks-down?cmpid=enews-mar17

 

Easy-to-follow guide for safe and stress-free holiday light hanging from Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A.

holiday-lights

Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror and we are now officially in the middle of the holiday season. Across Jupiter just like the rest of Florida and the United States people of all ages are decorating their houses with trees, candles, ornaments and of course, lights. Stringing up the lights around your home can be one of the most entertaining activities of your holiday prep work. Particularly here in Florida, where we can sit outside all night and enjoy the light show without freezing half to death.

Unfortunately, it can also be one of the most dangerous.

In order to help you string up your lights as stress-free and safe as possible, here is a step-by-step guide for hanging your holiday lights by Yourself (or with a helper). Make special note that THE FIRST 5 STEPS happen BEFORE you begin the actual work of stringing!

  1. Preparation: Make sure you have assembled the proper tools and materials. Whether you are putting up lights only, or adding in all kinds of extra decorations, having the proper tools to do the job is important. Unfurl the lights and check them to ensure each and every bulb is working. Have extension cords, your hanging tools (clips, adhesive hooks and light-hanging pole) and ladder (if needed) laid out for easy access. We also recommend that you have some sort of timer so that you do not have to worry about turning the lights on and then off yourself every day and night.
  2. Figure out the best lights for your job: better to do this before you start. There are many different types of holiday lighting out there, and it is a good idea if you evaluate the different types and pick the best ones for your home before you start stringing.
  3. Measure: Always measure the areas where you are putting up your lights. You will find it virtually impossible to know how many strands of lights you will need to adequately complete the job without measuring your surface area first.
  4. Evaluate the surfaces you will be securing the lights to: When you think about it, rarely will you be securing the lights to just one surface. There are the roof tiles, gutters, siding/shingles, porches, poles, doors, windows and other surfaces. All of them can have different types of clips. Be forearmed with this knowledge when you are going to purchase the lights so the expert in the hardware store can tell you exactly which type of clip is best for which surface.
  5. Power: How will the lights be connected to your power source, and how much power will they need: This one seems simple enough, but can turn what looks like a straight-forward job into a complicated mess. You want to calculate the power usage because you want to prevent overloading your circuits or blowing a fuse. Just ask Clark Griswold what can happen when you “wing it”.
  6. Stringing: If you have correctly and patiently gone through the first 5 steps, this step should be relatively straight-forward. Of course if you are having to go up high enough that there will be ladders involved, then you should have a spotter if at all possible. Even the most secure ladder can slip or tip over. And chances are you will get injured, maybe quite seriously, if you fall. It is not worth not asking for help.
  7. Turn on the lights and Enjoy (hopefully)! Now comes the time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. If there are any lights not working, re-checking them to make sure they are screwed in correctly. If they are and still not working, then replace them. Put the lights on the timer, and now you get to enjoy your beautiful display every night during the holiday season!

 

The following article was used to help prepare this blog: http://www.christmaslightsetc.com/pages/Hanging-Christmas-Lights.htm

Holiday safety is important to us here at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. We hope that all of our friends and neighbors here in south Florida are able to enjoy a Happy, Healthy & Safe Holiday Season.

If you need more information for yourself or a loved one regarding a potential personal injury case at any time during the year please contact us at http://www.sswlawfl.com. At Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne we offer a free initial consultation, and our phone number is (561) 686-3400.

Our main office is in Jupiter and we serve Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Stuart, West Palm Beach or any other city in the state of Florida. We specialize in cases involving Defective Products including toys, Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Slip and Fall, and many other types of situations where injury or death has occurred.

Pokemon Go – a lot of fun for many, but quite dangerous for others here in Florida

Pokemon Go
California, United State, 15 July 2016 : Pokmon Go is a free-to-play location based augmented reality mobile game developed by Niantic and published by The Pokmon Company as part of the Pokmon franchise. A man driving while playing Pokemon Go indicati

Since its release 4 weeks ago, the Pokémon Go App has taken our country by storm. Downloads of the app broke records after its first week, and have continued since (according to Apple). By mid -July estimates were that the app was generating $1.6 million in revenue PER DAY, a number also sure to continue a meteoric rise. There is no doubt that Pokémon Go has been very positive (and lucrative) for everyone involved in its release.

Unfortunately, we are also seeing that there is a definitive and quickly growing downside to playing Pokémon Go. For anyone who does not already know, Pokémon Go is a free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game developed and published by Niantic for iOS and Android devices. It was initially released in selected countries, including the U.S., just last month. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pok%C3%A9mon_Go)

Accidents, even deaths, have now been directly linked to the playing of this game. The danger is real enough that police departments across the country, including in Florida, have been issuing warning lists against playing “Pokemon Go”. The dangers include:

  • Do not use the application when you are operating a motor vehicle or bicycle
    • Distracted driving already causes thousands of accidents, injuries and deaths in our country each year. Unfortunately this app is going to only add to those numbers.
  • Do not trespass on private property when trying to “catch” a Pokemon
    • Or you will get arrested. Or worse
  • Be aware of your surroundings when walking and do not stare down at your phone not knowing hazards around you, like roadways, drop-offs, waterways, etc.
    • Stories of people breaking their ankles, legs and arms are coming in from all over the country already.
  • Use caution when sharing your location as strangers can see your location information
    • Other stories talk of people getting robbed while playing the game.
  • Travel in groups in public/well lit locations
    • Another warning of common sense. You do not want to go to certain places, particularly at night. Doing so while playing on your cellphone does not make any more sense than it does to do it for any other reason

To read this story in its entirety, go to:

http://www.techinsider.io/first-car-crash-caused-by-pokemon-go-2016-7

We will continue to share information and stories related to issues that arise from the growing craze that is the Pokemon Go App. At Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. we believe if we can help save one life, stop one accident, it will be more than worth it.

If you are injured in an accident because the other driver was distracted playing Pokemon Go, you may have a right to bring a claim for various damages, injuries incurred, lost wages and more. Call us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. We offer a free initial consultation, and our phone number is (561) 686-3400. Our main office is located in Jupiter, Florida. We have been devoted to protecting South Florida families for over 40 years.

If you want to learn more about how we can help you in a situation where someone you love has been in an automobile accident involving Pokemon Go or other distracted driving, then go to this page on our website: http://www.sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/auto-accident/. We also specialize in Slip and Fall accidents, Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products, and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred.

Tips for safe boating during the summer season in Florida

Family in Life jackets on a boat on a lake

Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, and schools are on summer vacation. The summer boating season has begun. Now is a great time to remind all of you out there who plan on boating this summer here in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens and throughout south Florida of some important boating safety tips to help keep you, your family and friends healthy and happy out on the open water this year.

Here is a list of 8 boating safety tips that you, your family should follow each and every time you go out on a boat here in south Florida at this time of year:

  1. Do not drink if you are driving or planning to drive the boat. First of all, it is just as illegal to drink and drive a boat as it is an automobile or motorcycle. Furthermore, drinking dulls your senses, greatly increases your response time if something happens. And boats do not maneuver as fast as cars to begin with. Leave the drinking for later.
  2. Check the weather before you go – have an idea what is supposed to happen throughout the time you are out on the ocean. People who have lived here a while already know this, but the summer season on the east coast of Florida sees many afternoon rain storms that also go out over the Atlantic Ocean. If you are unaware or not paying attention, you can be caught in a dangerous rain squall in a relatively short amount of time.
  3. Make a “float plan” and share it with someone. Let at least one other person (several, optimally) know of your travel plans for that day. Include your name, address, phone number, make and model of the boat, departure and arrival time and any stops you are planning along the way.

** There are mobile phone apps available for just this purpose. Here is a list of a few of them from Discover Boating.com:

http://www.discoverboating.com/appsandtools.aspx?c=681

  1. Check the boat for sea-worthiness before putting it in the water. The middle of the ocean is no place to figure out that your boat has a problem that you could have detected before leaving.
  2. Make sure you have all the proper safety equipment onboard. In addition to having and wearing life jackets, make sure to carry at least the minimum required equipment by the U.S. Coast Guard. Here is a list, depending upon the length of your boat: http://www.boatus.org/guide/equipment_6.html
  3. Once onboard, wear a properly fitting life jacket; make sure to outfit any children with life jackets as well. The United States Coast Guard recently released estimates stating that over 80% of the people who died in boating accidents could have been saved if they had been wearing a life jacket.
  4. Ensure the safety of every child on board your boat:
    1. Make sure they have a life vest made for their size
    2. Teach them not to run around the boat; to stay seated while the boat is moving, and to keep their hands and feet inside the boat at all times
    3. If they are your children and you plan on having them out on the water with any consistency, have them enrolled in swimming and boater safety classes.
  5.  Watch for swimmers and other smaller water craft. You are in control of a vehicle that can turn into a deadly weapon very easily. You can neither slow down, reverse or maneuver anywhere near as quickly as you can when manning most other types of vehicles, particularly in the canals and Intracoastal Waterway areas. Therefore, you need to anticipate what moves anyone else within your vicinity might make at least 8 to 10 seconds in advance, if possible.

Our Board Certified lawyers from Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, P.A. are the right lawyers to get you the best legal advice based upon your unique set of circumstances when you have been involved in a boating accident or any type of incident out on the water.  We have more than 40 years of experience specializing in protecting families here in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Stuart and throughout Florida. We make sure to ask the right questions of all companies and interested parties in your case. We represent clients anywhere in the state of Florida.

If you or someone you know is involved in a boating accident or any other marine legal issue, contact us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne. We offer a free initial consultation, and we will try to help you through this very difficult and emotional time. Our phone number is (561) 686-3400. Or go to our website at http://www.sswlawfl.com.

Accidents can and do happen. We help our clients and their children obtain payment to cover hospital and other medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more, if the situation warrants it. We also specialize in Slip and Fall accidents, Automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products, and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred.

The following additional articles were referenced in the compilation of this blog:

https://blog.boatsetter.com/boating-safety-tips/

http://www.coit.com/blog/boating-safety-tips

Car seat laws improved but need to go further in Florida to protect more of our children

Beautiful happy girl with teddy bear sleeping in the car

Schools across the state of Florida are letting out for summer break this coming week. That means that the summer driving season is upon us, where families will be driving around the state of Florida and to much more far-flung places around the country to visit relatives, friends and the multitude of tourist attractions that this great country of ours has to offer. Now is the perfect time to remind all of you who will be traveling this summer Florida’s most up-to-date car seat and restraint laws for children.

 

The most recent changes went into effect about a year and a half ago, on January 1st, 2015. Here is a quick refresher of the series of requirements, as stated in the 2015 Florida Statutes:

  • Children through the age of 3 must be secured in a federally-approved car restraint seat.
  • Children through the ages of 4 and 5 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat. Which one depends upon their size.

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0300-0399/0316/Sections/0316.613.html

 

These additions to the state law increased requirements up through the age of 5. Before the beginning of last year, car seat requirements for children in the state of Florida only covered up through the age of 3. Although this is certainly an improvement, a number of child safety advocates continue to lobby for Florida state politicians to bring our laws in line with other states or to the standards recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ that children by restrained in a booster seat until they are at least 4 feet, 9 inches (57 inches) tall.

 

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital child advocacy supervisor Bevin Maynard was quoted as saying by the Tampa Bay Times that the magic number “is not weight or age. It is height.”

 

She has had quite a bit of experience working with children and their families when a child has been seriously injured in an automobile accident. She knows that statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration state that the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 5 and 14 in the United States is improper restraint when in a traffic accident.

 

Some information for this blog post including the quote from Bevin Maynard was shared from the following article:  http://www.tbo.com/news/politics/new-florida-car-seat-law-takes-effect-jan-1-20141221/

 

If your child or the child of someone you know is injured in an auto accident you probably need a lot of comfort, in addition to expert legal advice on what to do. Call us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. We offer a free initial consultation, and we will try to help you through this very difficult and emotional time. Our phone number is (561) 686-3400.

At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, we know that car accidents unfortunately happen all the time. We help our clients and their children obtain payment to cover hospital and other medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more, if the situation warrants it.

If you want to learn more about how we can help you in a situation where someone you love has been in an auto accident, then go to this page on our website: http://www.sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/auto-accident/. We also specialize in Slip and Fall accidents, Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products, Premises Liability, Boating Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred.

Our main office is in Jupiter, Florida at 1015 W. Indiantown Road, Suite 101A. We have litigated cases in Palm Beach County and throughout the state of Florida.

 

Teens still need to be pushed to wear their seat belts in cars in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens and everywhere else in America

Safety: Female Driver Fastening Seat Belt

Even with the additional emphasis by practically everyone – the media, automobile companies, the government (through their “Click It or Ticket” campaign) and even society in general – the percentage of teenagers who drive without wearing their seatbelts has remained largely unchanged over the last decade and a half. That according to statistics published by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Approximately 20% do not wear their seat belt now, or 15 years ago; the percentage of male teen drivers not wearing seat belts is still about 10% higher than female teen drivers; and the percentage of teens who died in motor vehicle accidents who were not wearing their seat belt still hovers around 50%. To read more on these sobering and sad statistics, please go to the following articles:

http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/teen_drivers/teendrivers_factsheet.html

and

http://www.gallup.com/poll/6145/teens-buckling-up.aspx

Advocates of increasing teenage driver safety point to driving programs that “Driving programs that combine education, peer-to-peer strategies, publicized enforcement, and parental monitoring may show potential for increasing teen seat belt use.” – See more at:

http://www.teendriversource.org/stats/support_teens/detail/59#sthash.0KQmDMyw.dpuf

At Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. we agree that driving programs that emphasize better education combined with stricter laws for those who refuse to wear seat belts could work to lower the numbers of teenager injuries and deaths in auto accidents. Ultimately, though, the greatest effect can most likely come from responsible parents, and peers who help to make wearing seat belts fashionable, and a must for all teenagers. WE applaud websites like the CDC and Teen Driver Source that are pushing every day to educate teenagers and their parents on the dangers of not wearing seat belts.

If you are injured in an auto accident because you or someone you love was not wearing a seat belt, you may have a right to bring a claim for various damages and injuries incurred. Call us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne. We offer a free initial consultation, and our phone number is (561) 686-3400.

At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, we know that automobile accidents involving people not wearing their seat belts happen all of the time. If you are in an accident where someone got hurt because they were not wearing their seat belt, then you need to contact us right away. We help our clients obtain payment to cover hospital and other medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more, if the situation warrants it.

If you want to learn more about how we can help you in a situation where someone you love has been in an auto accident, then go to this page on our website: http://www.sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/auto-accident/. We also specialize in Slip and Fall accidents, Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products,  Motorcycle accidents, Boating accidents and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred.

Our main offices are located in Jupiter, Florida at 1015 West Indiantown Road, Suite 101A. We service Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach and anyone who needs help with their potential personal injury case anywhere throughout the state of Florida.

  • 1015 W. Indiantown Road, Suite 101A
  • 1015 W. Indiantown Road, Suite 101A