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Ft. Lauderdale personal injury lawyer John M. Castellano tells you straight up: “When the doc asks you how you’re doing, don’t say, ‘I’m OK,’ if in fact you’re NOT, as the docs and nurses write down everything you say.”

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“Sounds simple enough, and yet it’s true that many people will routine and habitually say they’re ‘OK,’ just as a polite response, or because they don’t want to sound like a whiner or complainer. The problem with this rote response, is that the nurses and doctors will then write down, ‘patient states, ‘feeling OK,’ which will then be used against you LATER, when you legitimately claim to have truly injured and that you have been in pain all along. The ...

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Q. “Why should I tell them I had an accident before — and it’s not their business to know, if I’m truly hurt in the new accident, right?” A. “Wrong,” explains Ft. Lauderdale personal injury lawyer John M. Castellano, “and here’s why:”

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“I know you think it’s none of their (the insurance company’s) business to know of your earlier accident and earlier, historical injuries, since you were legitimately injured yet again in this new car accident, for example; BUT if you lie or omit the truth under oath when asked about historical accidents and earlier injuries (what the law calls ‘preexisting conditions’) then the adjusters (or a jury if the case is not settled) will NEVER believe you when you say ...

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Q. “Should I sign the release form and take the check if my own insurance company offers it after I’m hurt in an accident?” A. “No,” says Ft. Lauderdale personal injury lawyer John M. Castellano … “and here’s why:”

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“Think about it … Whose interests are they protecting, yours or theirs? — Florida personal injury lawyer John Castellano

“Never, ever sign forms or releases with any insurance carrier or its representative, adjuster or investigator, without your lawyer first reviewing the form or “release” — even if the representatives are offering you a check or settlement money.”

“Do not speak with an investigator, adjuster or any representative of an insurance company — even your own, before consulting with your lawyer … ...

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” ‘Texting while driving’ in Florida is NOW illegal, and I’d tell you more, except I”m texting this as I’m driving!” :) — Florida wrongful death lawyer John M. Castellano

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“The bill to make texting while driving illegal in Florida was signed into law, hurting nobody except your friendly neighborhood Florida wrongful death lawyer and Ft. Lauderdale personal injury lawyer :)! I received this update (the below legal update) from one of our local Florida Senators, who apparently wants to cut down on the number of car accidents …

” … and as a consequence, this will cut into our Florida personal injury business; and sadly enough, this will consequently limit ...

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Q) “Can I be sued if some drunk leaves my house after a party, and kills someone in a DUI accident ?” A) Ft. Lauderdale wrongful death attorney and criminal lawyer John M. Castellano: “Yes, but only if … “

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I’m writing this answer from the experiential perspective of a  Ft. Lauderdale personal injury attorney:

“Yes, you WILL be sued, no doubt, if the deceased individual’s family hires a Florida wrongful death lawyer and they have any evidence to support the fact that YOU served alcohol in your home to the DUI driver.” — Ft. Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer John Castellano

“To be more precise and complete in this analysis, however, let me add a couple of conditions to this scenario for victory ...

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Q. “What if I’m partially responsible for what happened, and I’m told I’m negligent too, does this mean I can’t recover for my injuries in an accident, when the other guy was more at fault?” A. Florida trial lawyer John M. Castellano tells you straight:

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“Most people in Ft. Lauderdale know me as a Florida criminal defense lawyer and yet I thankfully get the opportunity to help families all the time in other types of cases, especially Florida wrongful death and Florida auto accident and personal injury cases.” Florida wrongful death lawyer John Castellano

“Regardless of what area of the law we tend to focus on and develop a reputation in, All Florida lawyers routinely answer questions and help people every week on a myriad of ...

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