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I don’t like to comment on what other attorneys are doing because I believe it to be bad form, but the Tampa Bay Times did an article on Culpepper Kurland. If you are a Tampa Bay area resident you can’t drive any where without seeing these guys on a billboard. http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/culpepper-kurland-law-firm-long-on-image-short-on-trials/1272324

 

Very interesting article, Whether you are in acar accident, motorcycle accident, or medical malpractice case, John Morgan is right, less people will jump in the ring with you if they have seen you knock others out. My father started our firm in 1955, I have 30 years of legal experience under my belt alone, running a law firm is not like used car sales. We have been around for so long  because we try to build relationships with the community by earning good will through charity and hard work. That’s why most of our cases are referred to us from former clients. My father, Guy Perenich, worked for an insurance company before starting  Perenich and Carroll (now Perenich Caulfield), he saw the little guy getting the short end of the stick time and time again. That’s why he would reduce his fee if he felt he did not make an adequate recovery for a client. You don’t see my face every where because we are not trying to create a plaintiffs mill, we try to provide quality representation to each of our clients. In they article they claim to be gain 2 clients a day there is no way 2 attorneys can represent 520 clients (if we assume they got 2 clients per working day) , perhaps they will hire more attorneys.

In sum, if you are looking for an injury lawyer, look for someone that has experience, a track records, awards and distinctions.  These people will provide you with the best representation.  If you are interested in hiring Mark Perenich, or you need a referral please do not hesitate to call 727-386-9677 or use our contact Mark Perenich page  

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Veternarian malpractice: should animals be treated as chattels?

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Picture of my son Michael and our dog Zowie before we had to put her down.

Here is a story about a Dead Dog and ‘Parents’ Sue Vet for Malpractice http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/dead-dog-and-parents-sue-vet-malpractice

It’s sad to hear stories like this one, we recently had to put down our family dog. She was 13 years old, since that time the house has felt empty.  It’s unfortunate that the law has not progressed with society.  Years ago dogs were considered to be a chattel because they were thought of as functional things, moreover it was a way to cut down on damages one might incur by hitting another dog.  When the law treats an animal as a chattel is values the animals according to it’s fair market value e.g. how much is a X year old black lab worth?  Now people have embraced pets as members of their families, rightfully so I might add. I would be interested in seeing this case go to trial, the law may constrain the damages award, however I don’t think a jury would be happy about treating a family member like an inanimate object. In which case the jury would be  inclined to award proper damages.

Veternarian malpractice is an emerging field, the cases are tough.  If you have a case you’d like me to look at I’d be happy to. Please contact me by clicking on my name here –> Mark Perenich  or by calling 727-386-9677

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5 things you need to know about the new PIP law

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Tampa injury Lawyer ? Mark Perenich

Happy New Year Everyone!

There are some new laws that were ushered in this year, and it is important that you and your families know about them so you can act appropriately when that time comes.   The law I want to address is the new Personal Injury Protection or PIP statute. The original PIP Act was enacted by the Florida legislature in 1971 and took effect on January 1, 1972. The purpose of the Act was to provide benefits to a person injured in an automobile accident/ car accident in an expeditious manner without regard to who was at fault in the accident.  That’s why you may hear the term “no-fault” used from time to time.  Or you may have heard this called the “No-fault statute”.

Here is what you need to know about the new Personal Injury Protection PIP statute:

1) Do not wait to see a doctor if you are having any pain or injury at all. You have 14 days to do so.

  • If you are in car accident/auto accident you have 14 days to see a MD, DO, PA, DMD, or ANRP. You CANNOT be diagnosed by a Chiropractic physician.  However, if you choose to see a Chiropractor they will probably refer you to a Doctor. The other option is to call a lawyer right away, they will be able to tell you what you need to do to preserve your rights.

2) Insurance coverage will be limited unless you have an “Emergency Medical Condition”.

  •   If the MD, DO, PA, DMD, or ANRP does not find an emergency medical condition your insurance will only provide you with $2,500 of PIP coverage.  The only way your insurer will cover bills totaling more than $2,500 (up to $10,000) is if your doctor diagnoses you with an “Emergency Medical Condition” which is defined in the statute as:
  • “[A] medical condition manifesting itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity, which may include severe pain, such that the absence of immediate medical attention could reasonably be expected to result in any of the following: (a) Serious jeopardy to patient health. (b) Serious impairment to bodily functions. (c) Serious dysfunction of any bodily organ or part.”

  • See Ch. 2012-197, §9, Laws of Fla. (§627.732(16), Fla. Stat., effective 1/1/13).

Confused yet? Concerned as to why you are paying to $10,000 worth of coverage if it is hard to get? So are we.

Note that you can see a Chiropractic physician after your injury has been diagnosed.

3) Your follow up treatment is limited to your initial diagnosis.

  •   Say you are in an auto accident and you go see a doctor, the doctor diagnoses your shoulder and neck pain.  Then the next morning you get out of bed, and your lower back and legs are in terrible pain.  Your insurance will only cover treatment for your next and shoulder pain.

4) No more massage, acupuncture, or acupressure.

  •   Many of our clients are able to get pain relief from massage, acupuncture, and acupressure.  When your back muscles are in spasm massage, acupuncture, and acupressure can provide instant relief, and in some cases are more effective than pharmaceutical drugs.  The new PIP law does not cover these treatments, nor does it cover other treatments that are mechanical in nature, such as hydrotherapy, thermal therapy, or any electrical or mechanical device.  The sad part of this is that some of our clients only get relief from these treatments

5) Deductibles can still be as high as $1,000.

  •   So if you do not have an “Emergency Medical Condition” you may pay $1,000 before you get access to your $2,500 of PIP coverage.

There are other changes in the new PIP statute, however if you are in an auto accident your attorney will be able to help you understand and navigate the new pitfalls of the PIP law.  These are the important provisions you need to know about.

If you have any questions about any of this please contact me Mark Perenich.

Thanks for Reading

Tampa Car accident lawyer Mark Perenich