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safety-tips, injuries-from-car-accidents, dog-safety, whiplash-injuryMany Florida drivers love to travel together with their pets. However, many drivers overlook the possibility that their pets can be injured in a car accident. It is important to take the necessary precautions to insure the safety of your pet, as well as be aware of what to do in the event your pet is injured in a car accident.

Although a car accident cannot be anticipated, there many precautions that can be taken to ensure you and your pet is safe while driving. There are safety devices available for pets that can prevent Fido from sustaining a serious injury if involved in a car accident.

Some pet safety devices include:

  • Cages
  • Pet seat belts
  • Car seats
  • Pet travel carriers

Like any other passenger, it is important that your pet is safely secured when traveling. A pet safety device can also prevent a possible car accident by keeping Fido from distracting you while you are driving. In the event that your pet gets injured in a car accident, it is important to immediately get your pet checked out by a veterinarian since pets cannot properly vocalize their injuries.

It is necessary to seek legal counsel from an experienced car accident lawyer if your pet is injured in a car accident. An attorney specializing in auto accidents can help you to receive the best possible compensation for injuries and damages resulting from the car accident; and can also pursue additional damages to cover your pet’s veterinary expenses.car-accidents, dog-safety, whiplash-injury, traffic-accidents, FLORIDA-DRIVING-SAFETY

Attorney, Michael C. Blickensderfer holds over 25 years of legal experience in personal injury law. Grounded in Christian values, Blick Law Firm is proactive and dedicated to seeking justice, and obtaining outstanding case results for its clients.

If you or your pet has been injured in a car accident, call 888-973-2776 for a free consultation with attorney Michael C. Blickensderfer.

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5 Safety Tips | Auto Accident Claim | Social Media

Auto accidents can be very stressful and unexpected, even for safe drivers. Auto accidents can also cause injuries that require extensive treatment and therapy, taking months to complete.

Many people are unaware of the ways in which they can damage their auto accident claim. It is imperative to know what actions to take if you are involved in an auto accident, so that you can avoid damaging your potential personal injury case.  In order to protect yourself and secure a successful claim, here are some important things to avoid:

1. Disclosing information on Social Media: In today’s society, technology has changed ourFacebook  - Social Media - Tampa Law Firm lives and the ways in which we communicate with one another. People can tell the world what is going on in their lives with just a click of a button. Although the use of the internet is very convenient; updating your status, writing blog posts, and tweeting certain information over the internet can make you more susceptible to public scrutiny. Insurance companies and defense attorneys are aware of this, and internet research can be conducted to damage your injury claim in an auto accident case.

In order to avoid discrediting your claim, it is important to practice caution when using social media. For example, do not tweet that you are going to a kickboxing class when are supposed to be suffering from knee pain due to a recent accident. Be careful not to post or tweet any information over the internet that the opposing insurance company could use to hurt your case.

2. Lack of Witness Information: An auto accident can be shocking and stressful. It is important to keep calm and gather the right information that will help your future case. Having eye witnesses are a great way to help your claim if you are not at fault. Authenticate your case with eye witnesses in order to decrease debate with insurance companies. Be proactive and ask witnesses for their contact information directly after an accident, do not expect the investigating office to obtain this information.

firefighter-at-car-accident3. Giving a Recorded Statement to the Opposing Insurance Company:  This mistake is most common. Insurance companies are usually notified promptly after an auto accident has taken place. Once notified, insurance companies move quickly and try to obtain a recorded statement regarding the accident, as well as information regarding your injuries. Many people are unaware that they are not required to disclose any information to the opposing insurance company, nor are they required to answer any of their questions.

Insurance companies are often trying to take advantage of your lack of knowledge and mental state after you have been involved in an accident. It is important to always consult your lawyer before providing a recorded statement.

4. Take Opposing Auto Insurance Companies Lightly: If you are not at fault, it is important to be honest when dealing with the opposing driver’s insurance company. When the opposing insurance company conducts their investigation during your case, they may use photos of damages, surveillance, or video footage of you. Be sure to be honest and admit to any attempted activities that may seem questionable on your part. We are aware that your physical health will improve over time if you are being treated for injuries during the claim process. However, do not deny any thing that can be proven true after an insurance investigation has taken place; it will hurt your claim.

5. Waiting too Long to Get Medical Treatment: When involved in an accident, many people assume that medical attention is unnecessary and their pain will eventually subside. Unfortunately, your pain can worsen overtime if it is left untreated.

Be sure to seek medical attention immediately after an accident.  If your injuries are severe, you must report to the hospital. Insurance companies monitor any gaps between treatments, and will assume that you are not being honest about your injuries if you wait too long to be treated. Request medical care once you visit a personal injury attorney, and make sure your complaints and symptoms are recorded and well documented.

Personal Injury claims vary in severity, and may require lifelong medical expenses and treatment. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the actions or negligence of another, call Blick Law Firm today at (888) 973-2776.

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Auto Injury Lawyer | Attorney At Law | Safety Tips

CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER TAMPA  PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER  CARROLLWOOD FLAccording to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, an estimated 235,461 traffic accidents took place in the year 2010. Automobile accidents can cause severe physical damage, and it is imperative to practice safe driving at all times.  In the event that an accident does take place, it is very important to know what safety tips to take to protect yourself and your personal injury case.

First Steps to Take In an Auto Accident
An auto accident can be a very frightening experience however, it is crucial to keep calm and immediately seek medical attention. It is additionally important to call 911 and go directly to the hospital if you are severely injured.

If your injuries are not serious or life threatening, you must move your vehicle to the side of the road for to avoid disrupting incoming traffic, and to ensure your own safety.  After your vehicle has been moved and you are in a safe location, you should gather the necessary information regarding your accident for a potential legal suit.

Important Information to Gather At the Scene
At the scene of an accident, it is useful to gather the following:

- Identification of all occupants; this includes full legal names, contact numbers and alternative -numbers, residential addresses, and emails

- Take note of acquired injuries inflicted from the accident

- Photographs taken at the scene of the accident can be beneficial to your legal case. Collect and take photos of any property damage from the vehicles involved such as but not limited to:

  • Debris
  • Skid marks
  • Position of the collision in correlation to the road or traffic signs

Seek Legal Representation
Upon injury, it is important to always contact an auto injury lawyer for legal advice. An auto accident lawyer can provide general information on how to proceed after an accident, as well as provide legal counsel. An attorney is necessary to ensure your protection and that of your loved ones against an insurance discrepancy. If you need medical treatment, an attorney can also negotiate your medical bills, as well as additional value to your claim. If an insurance company proceeds to contact you regarding your injury claim, remember not to disclose any information that can be recorded without first consulting with an attorney.

Call Blick Law Firm today for a free case evaluation regarding your personal injury claim. Attorney at law, Michael Blickensderfer has over 25 year’s legal experience. Blick Law Firm is a Christian-based firm located in the beautiful Carrollwood area of Tampa Florida. Blick Law Firm also handles cases throughout the entire state of Florida, New York and New Jersey. Think quick, Call Blick!


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Personal Injury | Firework Safety | July 4th

Independence Day is celebrated in recognition of the Declaration of Independence being approved by the Continental Congress in 1776, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom and liberty. The day is celebrated by parades, fireworks and barbecues across the country.

Fireworks have become an iconic symbol in the commemoration of our independence on the 4th of July, and they play a major role in American’s celebration of this day. Seeing fireworks shoot off in the sky brings fond moments, as bright lights flash in a glittery display for all to see; but, if not used with safety and caution, fireworks can cause harmful situations, resulting in serious damages.

Fireworks not only have damaging effects on property, but also heighten the risk for injury; this is especially true under the influence of alcohol. Firework personal injury claims are especially high in the month of July. Florida fireworks are not only illegal but may result in severe hand, body, arm and/or leg injuries, or even worse, it can result in death.

In Florida, it is illegal to buy, sell, or explode consumer fireworks.  You can do so, however, if you have a city permit.  Be aware that if you are shooting off fireworks without a permit, you are breaking the law, which may result in unnecessary fines and a possible police investigation. If law enforcement decides to crack down and you’re caught buying or shooting off illegal fireworks, it is a first-degree misdemeanor.

It is important to be aware that most of the fireworks sold in Florida are illegal. Consumers are usually unaware that the only fireworks that are allowed for personal use without obtaining a special county permit are those classified as “sparklers”. This category of “sparklers” includes a very limited amount of incendiary items.

Legally, the fireworks merchants have their customers sign liability waivers explaining that the fireworks are illegal for personal use; the costumer attests that he is aware of the illegality of the purchase, and signs that he will be using the fireworks for a legal purpose. The legal purpose for use of these consumer fireworks only includes the following:

(A) you have a city permit to shoot off fireworks for the public to enjoy;

(B) you will use the explosives to scare off birds from a farm or fish hatchery; or

(C) you work on a railroad and need to light or clear a path for your train.

These reasons are rarely examined by the purchasers, and most times the customer makes the purchase unaware of the consequences of their illegal use. The reason that persons continue to make the fireworks purchases is because they are unaware, and the law is rarely enforced.

If you or a loved one is injured while using or observing fireworks celebrations, call Blick Law Firm today at (813) 931-0840 to schedule a free 15 minute consultation with attorney Michael Blickensderfer.

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Holiday Legal Aid

With the Holidays winding down quickly and the New Year approaching, everyone is now returning to their daily routine. Spending time with family and celebrating the gift-giving Holiday provided a pleasant break from the rigors of daily life. While everyone looks forward to starting the New Year off right, it is important to consider that the burden of legal trouble can happen to anyone at any time; and knowing where to turn in the event you encounter legal problems is critical.

Blick Law Firm offers a wide array of legal services to help serve the public including Personal Injury, Criminal Law, Real Estate, and Bankruptcy; we also provide help in Family and Probate Law matters. As a result, our blog topics range from auto accidents to short sales.

Grounded in Christian values, Blick Law Firm strives to not only meet the legal needs of its clients and their families, but also to provide physical and emotional support. We treat each client equally and with the utmost respect; offering high-quality legal representation and counsel to those who need us most. We pride ourselves on our motto of Helping the Hurting, and reach out to the community in a variety of ways.

Our website Blicklawfirm.com provides useful information on our blog that may be helpful in addressing your legal concerns; additionally, we offer details about our services aimed at providing reassurance that your legal needs will be handled effectively. With over 25 years of knowledge and practice, including a broad range of trial and courtroom experience, we will work hard for you.

If you or a loved one have legal concerns and are seeking quality legal representation, call Blick Law Firm today at (813) 931-0840. Schedule a free 15-minute consultation with attorney Michael Blickensderfer. Think quick, call Blick.

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Holiday Safety Tips

It is important to remember that injuries can occur anywhere; and during the holidays many people fail to take adequate safety measures to prevent injury. With the Christmas holiday approaching and a growing influx of travelers, a steady trend of increased traffic on Tampa roads continues to create safety concerns. In an effort to encourage safety, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges that people help ensure their own safety while traveling. Remember to always keep in mind the following:

  • Don’t drink and drive; and don’t allow other to drink and drive.
  • Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle.
  • Always buckle your child in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt according to his/her height, weight, and age.

Furthermore, note that most residential fires occur during the winter months, so keep candles away from children, pets, walkways, trees, and curtains. Never leave fireplaces, stoves, or candles unattended; and don’t use generators, grills, or other gasoline- or charcoal-burning devices inside your home or garage.

If you or a loved are injured over the holidays and need legal advice, call Blick Law Firm today @ (813) 931-0840. Schedule a free 15-minute consultation with attorney Michael Blickensderfer.

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