Monthly Archives: October 2015

Boating Accidents & Safety

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Boating in Florida

While many people across the country are putting their boats up for the winter, many Floridians feel as if it just the perfect weather to take it -some even for the first time this year as our summers are so hot.

It is all too easy for people who are boating and swimming in Florida all of their lives to become complacent and overly confident in their abilities while out on the water. And because alcohol often goes hand-in-hand with water activities, people participating in these activities may have impaired judgment and underestimate the risks of injury or death.

The two biggest boating related injuries are drownng and head and neck injuries.

Equipment Recommended For Safe Boating

Boating safely means having the right equipment on board for all emergencies, big and small. Make sure to bring or keep these items on the boat at all times:

  • Boating First Aid – Maintain a first aid kit stocked with basic supplies (gauze, bandages, alcohol cleaning pads, aspirin, etc.).
  • Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) – The U.S. Coast Guard and/or state laws require you to have at least one approved PFD (also called life jackets and life vests) for each passenger when you are in a boat. Some types of vessels are also required to carry a cushion or ring that can be thrown to a person in the water.
  • Signaling Devices – Keep day and nighttime signaling devices on your boat including a sound maker,horn or whistle, distress flag, flares and/or a fog system.
  • Fire Extinguisher – Hopefully you’ll never need it, but you must have a fire extinguisher with you while you’re on the water.
  • Boat Anchor – To keep from running aground in bad weather or as a result of engine failure, every boat needs an adequate anchor.
  • Tow Ropes & Dock Lines – Make sure you have an extra tow rope in case you or another boater is stranded and needs a lift. Dock lines also come in handy when you need to tie up to someone’s pier.
  • Marine VHF Radio & Cell Phone – Keep a VHF radio on your boat at all times and bring your cell phone along too.

Boating Accidents in Orlando

More than half of all fatalities resulting from boating accidents involve alcohol to some extent. And although operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol is absolutely illegal in Florida, there still plenty of boaters who take the risk every year, only to find it end up with disastrous results.

Implications of BUI in Boating Accidents

Any time an accident results in serious injury or death the at-fault party will come under extreme scrutiny regarding whether or not he or she was impaired at the time of the accident. In the end, the risk of injury and death from an alcohol-related boating accident simply isn’t worth the trouble of drinking while operating the boat. Have a designated driver- even when on the water.

5 Steps To Take After Being Involved in an Automobile Accident

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5 Steps to Take After Being In A Car Accident

After an accident, people are often unclear on what to do next. Statistically, most accidents involve people who have never been in one before.
The team at Pardy & Rodriguez has provided this guide to help you successfully navigate this difficult period. As always, feel free to call or contact us at anytime and we can answer any question you may have.

The first and most important step is to:

1. SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION

Seek medical attention If you’ve been injured in an accident the first thing you want to do is seek a qualified medical professional. Make sure to keep detailed records of every doctors visit, x-rays, MRI’s or any other applicable medical files.

Here are the 5 steps to take, following an accident

Following an accident, it can be confusing to know which steps to take. We have provided this handy guide to help you successfully navigate this difficult period.

1. SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION

Seek medical attention If you’ve been injured in an accident the first thing you want to do is seek a qualified medical professional. Make sure to keep detailed records of every doctors visit, x-rays, MRI’s or any other applicable medical files.

2. CONTACT AN ATTORNEY

You should have an attorney represent your case because they know how to fight and negotiate the legal system in order to get you the highest possible compensation. Make sure to hire an attorney who specializes in Personal Injury Law.

3. APPOINTMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE

If you are unable to keep an appointment with your doctor, our office, or anyone else regarding this case, notify them that you are canceling and arrange for a new appointment date. If you receive calls or letters from us, please reply at once. Delay may be detrimental to your case. Mail all correspondence and forms you receive from others to our office (including those from your own insurance company). PLEASE DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING WITHOUT FIRST CONTACTING US.

4. KEEP TRACK OF EXPENSES

Keep a record of all expenses connected with your case. Save all bills and receipts from doctors, pharmacies, hospital, repair estimates and other bills, and mail them to us.

5. KEEP YOUR ATTORNEY UP TO DATEChanges in your address or phone number; Change in your employment; Changes in your physical condition; Date of your return to work; Date of your discharge from the hospital and doctor; Material facts which occur after our initial interview, such as the names of possible witnesses.

We hope that you never have to use our services, but we are willing to fight for you if you do.