Injuries from a Car Accident can Haunt you for Years

It’s a typical scenario that plays out across the nation every day – you’re in a car accident, you feel shaken but unhurt, you’re examined by medical officials and released with or without further treatment. However, even an injury such as a fractured arm or leg you expect to heal without incident can create problems years down the road.

In other situations, an injury following a car accident will require long-term care, rehabilitation, and can even result in a disability that affects your quality of life, ability to earn a living, and will generate substantial costs for ongoing care. Your concern will be how to meet the immediate expenses, but you may also require a significant amount of recovery time that will affect your finances.

The injuries sustained in a car accident can vary widely. While some people escape with minor scrapes, cuts, contusions, and bruising, you may not be so fortunate. Some types of injuries don’t heal as planned or not at all. You may require hospitalization and your treatment may not end once you’re released. Rehabilitation, services of a specialist, and medical equipment may also be needed.

Your ability to work and earn a living can be affected on a temporary or permanent basis. The physical injuries of a car accident are only part of the potential health issues you may encounter. There is often significant emotional trauma after a car accident that can affect you long after any physical injuries have healed.

There are dozens of potential complications that can arise from an auto accident that may not be readily apparent. For instance, certain types of bone fractures may not be apparent on x-rays immediately following an accident. Signs and symptoms may only appear 7-10 days later. Stress fractures may not show on an x-ray until 4-5 weeks later, while others may never be seen on a traditional x-ray.

Even if you don’t think you’ve sustained a serious injury in a car accident, it’s always best to undergo an immediate exam by a physician. It will be critical for documenting any injuries and pain you’re experiencing in the event that you need to claim benefits or begin litigation.

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Whether you need a Divorce, are dealing with Custody or Child Support issues, or need representation in a Personal Injury matter, the Law Offices of Theodore H. Enfield can confidently assist you.  To learn more about how we can help you or to discuss the facts of your case with our attorneys, call 954-983-1443 to schedule your free consultation.

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Truck Accidents: Why Hire a Lawyer

There are very specific rules about operating a big rig and other types of large commercial trucks. Anyone involved in an accident that includes one of those vehicles should immediately hire a lawyer that has experience in that type of litigation. The injuries sustained during an accident involving a truck can be catastrophic for the victim and result in permanent disability or even death.

Regulations for commercial trucks are set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the state of Florida. During investigations into truck accidents, it’s often discovered that the trucking company was in violation of regulations and can be held accountable. The following are the most common violations.

Cargo Overload/Misload

Commercial trucks have very specific limits about the weight they can carry, along with how the weight must be distributed and how the cargo is secured.

Drunk/Drugged Driving

Drivers of commercial trucks are held to a higher standard when it comes to drugs and alcohol. A driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .04 percent will be considered to be in violation of DUI laws.

Hours of Operation

Truck drivers have limits on the number of hours they can operate the vehicle each day and per week. The limits are in place to prevent the fatigue that can lead to errors in judgment and reduce reaction times. However, time is money for truckers and they are often tempted to exceed those limits.

Poor Maintenance

Commercial carriers have specific federal regulations mandating minimum inspection standards. Unfortunately, many trucking companies skimp on this requirement and don’t take trucks out of service that fail to meet the standards or haven’t undergone adequate repair.

Weight Limits

Each truck driven on an interstate highway has a weight limit that it can carry. The laws are designed to preserve the roads and associated infrastructure from undue damage. The standards also aid in the loss of cargo and work toward making trucks safer while they travel the roadways.

Law Offices of Theodore H. Enfield, P.A.

Whether you need a Divorce, are dealing with Custody or Child Support issues, or need representation in a Personal Injury matter, the Law Offices of Theodore H. Enfield can confidently assist you.  To learn more about how we can help you or to discuss the facts of your case with our attorneys, call 954-983-1443 to schedule your free consultation.

3107 Stirling Road
Suite 105
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Fax: 954-983-1536

Email: [email protected]

Myths when it Comes to Child Support in FL

There are dozens of myths, misconceptions, and misinformation that regularly circulate about child support and that’s especially true in Florida. The following are the facts about Florida child support payments and answers the most commonly asked questions.

Age Limits

Many parents paying child support think their obligation ends when the child turns 18. Florida requires child support be paid until a child graduates or turns 19, whichever comes first.

Bankruptcy

Claiming bankruptcy doesn’t stop child support payments. Even if the parent paying the child support declares bankruptcy, they’re still required to maintain their regular child support payments.

Children Only

The parent receiving payments doesn’t have to inform the other parent about what they do with the funds. The money can be spent for anything that directly affects the child. That includes food, school activities, healthcare, entertainment, and other costs related to everyday living.

Criminality

A parent isn’t held criminally liable if they can’t make their child support payment due to the physical inability to do so. However, there are still serious consequences for failing to pay.

Direct Payments

All child support payments must be made through the Division of Child Support Enforcement or the money won’t be accredited to the account of the parent making the payment. Paying a spouse directly will register as a default.

Garnishment

The court can garnish checks and unemployment benefits, even if the parent hasn’t been late on their payments but have underpaid amounts in the past. The state can also take any federal or state income tax returns.

Income

Child support payments are not declared as income by the parent that receives them.

Joint Custody

There are two types of child support in FL – physical and legal. Support payments are based on the combined income of the parents and amount of time the child spends with each parent. The state has a formula to determine the amount and who pays it. The state alone governs this. Even with joint custody, one parent will pay child support.

Payment Changes

The amount of child support can be adjusted to meet the evolving needs of the child or in a parent’s financial circumstances. Those changes must be approved by the court.

Tax Deduction

The parent paying the child support can’t claim the payments as a tax deduction on their taxes.

Law Offices of Theodore H. Enfield, P.A.

Whether you need a Divorce, are dealing with Custody or Child Support issues, or need representation in a Personal Injury matter, the Law Offices of Theodore H. Enfield can confidently assist you.  To learn more about how we can help you or to discuss the facts of your case with our attorneys, call 954-983-1443 to schedule your free consultation.

3107 Stirling Road
Suite 105
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Fax: 954-983-1536

Email: [email protected]

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