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Mary J’s review of Baird Law Group

From Google Reviews:

I rarely write reviews, but in this case it warrants a 5 star review. One word to describe Cory…EXCELLENT! I did an extensive research before I chose The Baird Law Group and after reading reviews on all websites and reading about Cory’s stellar credentials, I decided he was going to represent me after my nasty accident.

I was very impressed that any time I needed to talk to him, he would be there or return my call within the hour. He took the time to explain all my options and what the process would be. He also got me some of the best therapy and doctors out there.

Cory got me the maximum amount that he could and wrapped my entire case up within a year. I would also like to mention his legal assistant Courtney, who is extremely friendly and helpful.

If you are looking for one of the TOP attorneys in the Tampa Bay Area, I HIGHLY recommend The Baird Law Group. Cory WILL be my attorney should I ever have another accident.

Florida tops the list of boating accidents for the whole country

Florida ranks No. 1 nationwide in both recreational boating accidents and deaths on the water, according to a United States Coast Guard report released in June, 2020. It’s an unfortunate distinction that the state has earned every year since at least 2015. The Florida Keys preserve their spot as the MOST perilous place for boating accidents in the most perilous state.

 According to the Coast Guard’s 2019 Recreational Boating Statistics Report released Wednesday, there were 679 boat accidents in Florida last year. Of those, 55 were fatal, resulting in 62 deaths.

 The report’s authors estimate the accidents caused a total of more than $9.2 million in damage. The Coast Guard report says Florida accounted for 70 boating deaths last year or about 10% of the 701 fatalities, nationally.

Leading causes for boating accidents: Operator inattention or lack of experience

Here are some tips on how to be safe.

  • Wear a life jacket
  • Don’t drink and operate your boat
  • Know the Nautical Rules
  • Don’t boat distracted
  • If you can, have others watching for other boats
  • Make a Float Plan
  • Be courteous to others on the water

Are You Protecting Yourself?

If Florida leads the nation in motorcycle, pedestrian, and bicycle accidents, what can we do to protect ourselves and our families from an unsafe environment? Cory Baird provides helpful tips for maintaining safety in an area prone to accidents.

At the Baird Law Group, we offer personalized solutions to your case and expert guidance as you navigate your claim.

Shocking Statistics on Florida Accidents

Did you know that Florida leads the nation in motorcycle, pedestrian, and bicycle accidents? The cost of these accidents is tremendous. At the Baird Law Group, we offer personalized solutions to your case and expert guidance as you navigate your claim.

The Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Lawyer

 

When you find yourself in a personal injury accident, there will be a lot of uncertainty and many decisions to make. It is advised to seek immediate attention for any injury sustained in an accident as well as contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Tampa, FL to assist with your case.

Once you’ve decided that you need to hire a personal injury attorney for your case, you will need to decide which lawyer is right for you. Not every attorney is cut from the same cloth, you want an attorney who will take your case personally.

Even if you’ve received a referral from a friend or another lawyer, you should still do your homework. Check the attorney’s qualifications, make sure he or she has enough experience to handle your case by asking these Top 5 Questions to make sure you have the right personal injury attorney to help you.

1. What is their experience? What types of cases do they handle? What types of cases have they been handling throughout their career?

You want an attorney who exclusively practices personal injury claims in Tampa, Florida. Take the time to inquire about the attorney’s background and what types of cases they have handled.

2. Who will you be working with?

Many times a firm’s Lead Attorney will conduct your consultation but ultimately, the client will be working with the Legal Assistant rather than the attorney. If you showed up for surgery and you found out the nurse would be handling the surgery, would you be happy? No, you want the Doctor to handle the surgery. Same goes for the attorney you will be working with to win your case.

3. Has this lawyer handled this specific type of case?

While the attorney may be a personal injury attorney, you should still ask if they have dealt with a case that is similar to yours.

4. Have they gone to trial for this type of case?

If they have dealt with a case similar to yours in the past, you should inquire if the attorney has gone to trial for this type of case. Understand if they went to mediation for the case and how that case was resolved.

5. What do past clients say about the lawyer?

Most attorney’s have testimonials posted on their website, Facebook page, Google, and legal resource sites. It’s important to do your research, ensure the attorney has the reputation they have committed to you.

Baird Law Group is considered one of the best personal injury firms in Tampa. With extensive experience handling personal injury cases, Baird Law Group handles your case personally and their clients can attest to that. Check out their raving clients below:

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If you’re looking for a highly rated personally injury attorney in Tampa, look no further. Baird Law Group offers a FREE CASE EVALUATION and always guarantees to take your case personally. Secure your FREE CASE EVALUATION by filling out the form on the right.

STAGES OF A CIVIL LITIGATION

Have you watched enough Judge Judy, People’s Court and Law & Order that you think you know what goes on in a civil lawsuit?  Not so fast. We at the Baird Law Group would like to inform you about the “real deal” behind real life personal injury litigation; explaining the steps in a routine court case. We believe the better educated our clients are, the better we can advocate for you.

Step One: The Right Court. Civil cases can be filed in one of three courts. The court that is chosen depends on what remedy you want. Cases can be filed in Small Claims, County or Circuit Court.  Our attorneys will discuss this with you fully before filing your claim. Normally personal injury claims are filed in Circuit Court.

Step Two: Discovery. Before the actual trial, each side trades information about their position. This is called the Discovery stage. For instance, you will be asked to produce your medical records showing your injuries, proof of your lost wages, statements of witnesses to the accident, and any other documents that support your case. During this stage, you may also be asked to give a deposition…..a statement by you under oath where you will be questioned by the attorney for the insurance company. You, too, will be able to take similar statements from witnesses on the other side. During all of these statements, our attorneys are with you to prepare you and protect your rights and interests.

Step Three: Mediation.  Prior to filing your lawsuit, our attorneys will do their best to negotiate a settlement on your behalf. If that is not successful, we will file your lawsuit. Either at the request of both sides or by order of the Court, the parties are given a second chance to settle the case. This is called mediation.  Mediation is an informal, confidential, non-adversarial meeting of the parties to discuss a settlement. Unlike the pre-lawsuit talks, mediation is overseen by a certified Mediator. The Mediator is a neutral third party who sits down with each side and discusses the strengths and weakness of their case and what it would take to settle the claim. Sometimes the parties are in the same room during these discussions, but most often they are in separate room. Again, our attorney will be with you throughout the mediation.

Step Four: Pre-Trial Conference. This is often called the “housekeeping” step. At this stage, the parties get together and come to some agreement on issues and evidence to make the trial run soother. Some things that may be discussed are the issues to be decided by the jury and the documents that can be introduced in the trial without objects from either party. Our attorneys attend this stage and your attendance is typically not required.

Step Five: Trial.  This is the most formal step in the process and when you “get your day in Court”. Trials have four basic parts. The first is jury selection. With some limitations, our attorneys will strive to select jurors that we feel are best suited to hear your case. The insurance company will try to do the same. Once the jury is selected, the presentation of evidence begins. You, as the plaintiff, get to go first. Through your attorney, witnesses (including you) will testify under oath and documents will be presented. Your witnesses will also be asked questions by the insurance company’s attorney. That is called cross examination. After your side is presented, the insurance company, known as the defendant, will have a chance to present their side in the same way. Lastly, after both sides present their cases, the jury will go into a secluded room to decide the case.

While this process may appear intimidating, at the Baird Law Group we will be with you at each of these stages protecting your rights and interest. We understand that your injury maybe the most traumatic event in your life. We are committed to thoroughly and professionally advocating for you.

Pre-Suit

Pre-Suit begins the moment a person decides to formally enforce or defend his or her legal rights. Usually this is when one hires an attorney. Pre-Suit is the time between hiring a lawyer and when a law suit is filed at the courthouse.

In the simplest terms; pre-suit is where much of the work is done to determine if a claim is viable and who is responsible. And it is where over 60% of all claims are settled. While it does not include the actual lawsuit, the pre-suit can take a significant amount of time, as you want to have all of your medical records and procedures in place to understand the extent of your injuries.

Investigation

Once we agree to take your case, we first conduct an investigation to verify that there are reasonable grounds to believe that negligence was involved.
We gather your medical records, police reports and insurance information and begin the process of understanding the circumstances of the accident or injury. This might include examining the premises, talking with witnesses and looking at everything from visibility to training and safety practices.

Experts

At this point we may need to hire experts to review your records, or the area involved. We may hire someone to look at the lighting or training practices. All of this helps us to make the case of why the other party was at fault in causing your injury.

Who is The Right Party

It often takes time and research to obtain this information and understand who is at fault. Is there a parent company, a manufacturer, a distributor or sub-contractor who is involved who shares in the liability. We research this to carefully identify any or all parties.

Determining Your Damages

“Damages” is legalese for money that compensates an injured party in a personal injury case. We determine this by looking at your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and perhaps even a loss of future earnings. It is important to keep good records and keep your medical appointments.

Include Emotional Damage or Pain and Suffering

In many personal injury cases, you can recover compensation for emotional damages and pain and suffering associated with your injuries. It may be a mistake to only seek recovery for physical injuries. For example, we may seek compensation for all medical bills related to a car accident as well as accompanying constant pain from a severe hip injury. Pain is arguable, but you should always seek compensation for it.

Write the Demand Letter

The demand letter is where we let the defendant(s) attorneys know that we are seeking damages. Typically we would include a summary, background information, facts, claim for damages and the demand. The more information we have on the specifics of your claim, the more powerful the letter.

Negotiation

This is where we go back and forth with the other attorneys to get the best settlement offer possible. The other side will often make a low offer and we will have to work on your behalf to get the offer closer to our initial demand. We work with you to make sure that the settlement is acceptable to you. If the other party will not settle, or will not settle at the amount you desire, we may need to file a law suit and take the case to court.

This is the briefest of overviews of what happens and how we work for you to gain a settlement without having to go to court. While that sometimes happens, settling in pre-suit is less costly and more timely then a lawsuit.

Tampa Motorcycle Safety Tips – Staying Safe on Your Bike

These motorcycle safety tips can help keep you safe while allowing you to enjoy your ride.  While you want to experience the wind in your hair and sun on your shoulders, keep in mind that motorcycle pleasure comes with motorcycle responsibility.

There are some certain motorcycle safety tips and road etiquette rules to follow while on your bike. A healthy knowledge of Florida’s laws, plus a little common sense about motorcycle safety will not take away from the freedom of riding the open road.  Here are a few simple rules that will help you stay safe as you become a true member of the pack:

Three Key Motorcycle Safety Tips:

  1. Give Notice When Passing a Fellow Rider: Most riders know that factors other than  usual road conditions, such as wind,  can affect their travels. Therefore, give plenty of notice and room to other motorists before you change lanes or pass.
  2. Know your hand gestures: Just like cars have signals so do motorcycles. Know them to show your intentions to all on the road, not just other cyclists.
  3. Don’t force the Pace: While riding in a pack of motorcycles has its appeal, if you chose not to, remember you do not have anti-lock brakes, air bags or others similar safety equipment. Maintaining a two-car length distance is the safest way to travel. That way you have plenty of room to react.

Motorcycle Safety Tips for the Novice:

Mark Parco of Tampa Harley Davidson also stresses the following Motorcycle Safety Tips:

  1. Safety is the first priority. He suggests that even the most seasoned riders can stay safe with refresher courses in road training.
  2. Before you mount, check your T-CLOCS—Tires and wheels, Controls, Lights and electric, Oil and other fluids, Chassis, Stands (tire pressure is uber important)
  3. Lastly, wear protective gear. Even with Florida’s loose helmet law, riders can benefit with wearing one along with gloves, long pants and eye protection.

Motorcycle Awareness Month

Here are some fun facts for you in addition to the Motorcycle Safety Tips we’ve already shared.

  1. The first motored-cycle was actually “steam-powered”
  2. 80% of all motorcycle accidents can be prevented by a cyclist’s proper response.
  3. Easy Rider and The Wild One are classic motorcycle films.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) has launched a motorcycle awareness campaign to alter the motoring public to the presences of motorcyclists.

Teens and Distracted Driving: How Parents Can Teach Them to Drive Safely

Recent studies consistently show that parents underestimate the dangers of distracted teen driving. AAA Foundation for Traffic and Safety researchers have analyzed the six seconds leading up to a crash in nearly 1,691 videos of crashes involving drivers ages 16-19 and found that distraction was a factor in 58% of crashes. Distraction played a role in 89% of road-departure crashes and 76% of rear-end crashes. As parents, it is critical to educate our children who drive about distracted driving and its potentially fatal consequences.

The Leading Distractions
According to the report, passengers are the most dangerous distraction for teens, with 15% of crashes being caused when the driver was interacting with one or more passengers.

Twelve percent of crashes were caused due to cell phone use including calling, texting, app usage and adjusting music, making digital distractions a close second.
The study reported that digital distractions caused teens to take their eyes off the road for “an average of 4.1 of the final six seconds leading up to the crash.” Digital distractions also limited reaction time. In rear-end crashes, teen drivers using cell phones were more likely to crash without steering away or braking.

While parents may concentrate on teaching their teens to put their phones away while driving, they also need to remind them about ordinary distractions they may underestimate. A surprising percentage of crashes were caused by common distractions.

10% — looking at something in the vehicle
9% — looking at something outside the vehicle
8% — singing/moving to music
6% — grooming
6% — reaching for an object

What Parents Can Do
Create a Safe Driving Contract —AAA offers a free PDF agreement that outlines rules and consequences of driving. Using a safe driving contract to set boundaries and expectations for your teen’s driving helps eliminate grey areas and can help parents enforce consequences of irresponsible driving.

Limiting the Number of Passengers — Because interacting with passengers was the number one cause of accidents for distracted teen drivers, parents might choose to limit the number of passengers that your teen can have in the vehicle. As the gain more driving experience, they can work their way up to having more passengers.

Texting Can Wait — Remind your teens that they don’t need to respond to text conversations while they are driving. There isn’t a text, post, or tweet that is worth the physical and emotional toll that an accident causes. Find an app that will help your teen stop texting and driving.

Don’t Add to Your Child’s Distracted Driving — Parents who expect their children to answer their phone at all times could be increasing the amount of distracted driving their teens are involved in. Research shows that parents were the number one contact they talked to while driving.

Set a Good Example — Parents need to reinforce that distracted driving is dangerous by setting an example and never driving while texting or talking. No excuse is worth the risk of inadvertently teaching your teen that distracted driving is a normal driving habit. When teens see so many examples of distracted driving, they begin to believe it is common.

We are always available to answer your questions about legal proceedings, personal injury attorneys, and filing personal injury cases. Give us a call at 813-849-2679 to schedule a consultation.