Personal Injury

Wellness Surveys Say A Lot About the Lives of Injured People

Every year, media organizations publish articles about “well-being” indexes for various places in the United States. Well-being indexes, as the name suggests, attempt to measure happiness and wellness among various groups of Americans. These groups are usually categorized by where they live, and wellness index articles often show lists rating cities or states across the… read more

Life After a Cycling Injury

Bicyclists are in a dangerous position. They are entitled to the same rights and privileges as automobiles on the road, yet they face a far greater risk of getting into an accident. And, because bicyclists are not as protected as other motorists, their injuries are often catastrophic and sometimes fatal. If you were involved in… read more

Roman & Gaynor Participates in Curious George Bike Day

In an effort to support children’s bicycle safety, Roman & Gaynor was proud to participate in Curious George Bike Day at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park last weekend. Roman & Gaynor teamed up with Gearlink and Chainwheel drive for this event. Some 500 to 600 children aged three to six came out for this event… read more

Reimbursement Claims Can Tie Personal Injury Settlements in Knots

Most people who make personal injury claims think their case is over when they reach a settlement or a jury returns a verdict. That remains true in some cases. Unfortunately, other cases remain complicated even after the primary claim is resolved. That’s because injured people must sometimes contend with health insurers, providers of employee benefits,… read more

The Incredible Vanishing Court Order: Insurance Company Settlement Manipulation

By: Morgan Gaynor I recently heard from a fellow lawyer in Tampa who had won a homeowner’s insurance case. The insurance company had denied coverage to his client, but a judge ruled that the claim was covered. The insurance company then wanted to settle the claim. That sounds straightforward enough, but there was a huge… read more

Lawsuit Against Allstate Demonstrates That Insurance Companies Can’t Get Away with Unpaid Medical Bills

Last June, a woman from Hollywood, Florida successfully filed a lawsuit against Allstate Insurance for unpaid medical expenses. This car accident case went to trial where a jury eventually agreed to award the plaintiff $1.29 million to cover her medical bills. The plaintiff, 56, possessed a UM/UIM policy that provided coverage in the event that… read more

Be Careful What You Wish For: Defense Industry Rule for Expert Testimony May Backfire

For years, the insurance industry complained about “junk science” in Florida’s courtrooms. According to its lobbyists, juries were reaching large verdicts because they were duped by expert witnesses using dubious science to testify for injured people. Whether that was ever true is highly debatable at best. Nonetheless, the insurance industry got what it wanted this… read more

Bizarre New York Case Illustrates “Sudden Emergency” Defense

An unusual and terribly unfortunate auto accident case from New York has recently garnered a lot of media attention. But there is a legal point to the case which is important everywhere, including Florida. The New York case began when a young woman from Manhattan was driving her friends from the Jersey Shore back toward the New… read more

We’ll Pay if You Keep Quiet About It: The Problem of Secret Settlements

In general, papers filed in a lawsuit are public record. Anyone who wants to look at a court file can go to a courthouse and do so. One can read through the files and see all the motions, notices, and court rulings in a case as it winds it way through the judicial system. Settlements… read more

Corporate Defendants May Have to Say They’re Sorry When They Settle

Settling a lawsuit for money damages seems pretty simple. A party who suffers a loss agrees to accept a certain amount of money, the defendant agrees to pay it, and the case is over. But alas, things are never so simple in lawsuit world. In lawsuit world, even agreements to settle cases are usually written… read more