Identity theft is a serious issue which can impact your life and finances for years to come. Unfortunately, identity theft is relatively easy to perpetrate and is profitable, meaning there are many fraudsters out there. It can also be difficult to get compensation after falling victim, which is why you will want to speak to a Key Biscayne personal injury attorney if you have been affected.
When you are visiting friends and family in their Hollywood home, you of course expect to make new memories. However, what happens if you are seriously injured during your visit?
In Florida, you do have the right to file a claim if someone’s negligence has led to your injury. This may mean you may have a claim in many “visit” instances:
Zantac is a popular antacid medicine, which for years was used both as an over-the-counter and prescription option for heartburn, acid reflux, ulcer pain, and other gastrointestinal issues. However, studies have shown that when stored incorrectly and exposed to heat, Zantac’s main ingredient can become cancerous.
Unfortunately, some patients who have taken Zantac for years to deal with gastrointestinal discomfort have now developed cancer or have even passed away from cancer. The medication may be linked to stomach cancer, liver cancer, testicular cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, and other cancers.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, patients in Hollywood who suffered from misdiagnosis may have pursued a medical malpractice claim. These claims were possible if a doctor treating a patient did not meet expected standards of care and the patient was injured as a result. In cases of cancer and other deadly illnesses, a patient could possibly suffer significant harm and even fatalities because of a misdiagnosis.
With COVID-19, unfortunately, misdiagnosis continues to be a concern. The symptoms of COVID-19 include high fever, coughing, and respiratory problems. However, the illness is new and understanding of this coronavirus is imperfect. Authorities have found that some patients have a rash or have atypical symptoms. Some have no symptoms at all. This has made diagnosis difficult.
The current pandemic is a very stressful time for business owners. Many businesses are closing or facing significant revenue losses because they have been forced to close due to stay-at-home orders. In addition, measures may mean that businesses have to pay for personal protective equipment, may need to limit the number of people in their store or establishment, or may be losing employees who must self-isolate or who are ill. Industries such as tourism and retail—major parts of the economy in Hollywood and across South Florida—are especially affected.
In addition to this, many businesses are concerned about possibly being held liable if their employees, customers, or visitors get COVID-19. If you run a business, fortunately, there are several ways you can protect yourself against a premises liability claim in Hollywood and other COVID-19 related claims:
Many people are concerned about the government’s actions when it comes to the pandemic. Some people feel that more strict measures are needed to protect the population from the COVID-19 pandemic. Others feel that mandates to stay-at-home or to close businesses effectively endanger their livelihood and their rights. Both sides have been suggesting lawsuits again against the government in Homestead and beyond.
Whether you feel the government has too slow in promoting safety or if you feel your business collapsed due to harsh measures, you may wonder whether you have a claim against the municipal or state or federal government. You may also be considering all your legal options if you have been personally affected.
Unfortunately, as the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, scams and fraud are a concern for individuals and small businesses. More people are staying home and working virtually, which means some scammers are targeting online hacks. Since people are dealing with technology, they may be more at risk to identity theft and fraud in Hollywood and online.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from fraud:
If you’re travelling to Miami or South Florida for a holiday, you of course want to have a pleasant time. As part of your stay, you will likely be arranging accommodation. Today, you have more options than ever before, with short term rentals, vacation homes, beach houses, resorts, hotels, corporate housing, and other options.
In addition to having lots of choices, you probably expect your accommodations to be safe. Unfortunately, each year people are injured or even killed due to unsafe hotels, short term rentals, and other vacation properties. When choosing a place to stay, make sure that you:
E-scooter rentals have become very popular around Hollywood, Miami, and South Florida in general as a way to get around. Many companies, including Lyft, Bird, Lime, and Uber’s Jump now rent these small vehicles to tourists, who happily zip around the area.
Unfortunately, E-scooters are not without their dangers. They can easily topple over and when tourists use them incorrectly on sidewalks, roads, bike lanes, or in parks, injuries to pedestrians and other drivers can occur. When E-scooters are incorrectly returned and left on sidewalks, ramps, or even streets, they can also cause secondary accidents.
The companies you trust with your business may be storing more information about you than you realize. In order to make transactions fast and to market their products effectively, some companies keep your name and address on file. Other organizations may have your credit card or financial information, Social Security number, or even driver’s license number and other data stored digitally. If companies fail to keep your information safe, they can be held liable and you may have a legal claim against them in Homestead or your community.
How Can I Be Impacted by a Security Breach and Class Action Lawsuit?
Security breaches occur when data or computer systems are compromised in some way. It could be that personal data is stolen from a company by an unscrupulous employee or is not protected carefully. In some cases, breaches occur due to hacks committed by criminals.