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  • Boating Accidents

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    • 7 Summertime Water Safety Tips

      Now that summertime is upon us, many people in Miami are sure to be gearing up for an enjoyable season of pool parties, beach trips, and fun in the sun. While water activities can be fun for everyone and an excellent way to keep cool, it is important we remember to keep safety first in order to minimize one’s risk of injury – or worse, drowning. Before you head out on the water or dive into your ...

    Burn Injuries

    The latest posts for Burn Injuries are listed below.
    • What Compensation Can I Receive for a Severe Burn Injury?

      Severe burn injuries are often catastrophic, resulting in permanent nerve damage, scarring, and disfigurement. Victims may have to adjust to a decreased quality of life, and may face long-term medical treatment and therapy. Our firm is passionate about guiding clients through the Florida legal system. We will help you pursue justice from those responsible. Understanding the Types of Burn Injuries ...

    Car Accidents

    The latest posts for Car Accidents are listed below.
    • What Steps Do I Need to Take After a Car Accident?

      Being involved in a car accident is a stressful and emotionally traumatic experience. Many people are unsure of what to do next, and our firm wants you to be informed of steps you can take to protect your personal injury claim. If you are involved in a car accident, it is important to stay calm and to do the following: Check for injuries. The first thing to do after an accident is to check ...
    • Types of Distracted Driving

      Distracted driving results in thousands of accidents each year in the U.S. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has stated that distracted driving caused more than 3,400 deaths in 2016 alone. The problem is so serious that the National Safety Council has declared the month of April to be Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Law enforcement and safety advocates are ...
    • How Long Does It Take to Recover From a Whiplash Injury?

      The timetable for recovering from whiplash varies based on the severity of your injury . Whiplash symptoms can sometimes disappear after a couple of days. Other times, the injury might take weeks or months to heal. Doctor sometimes recommend physical rehabilitation to help your injured muscles and tendons regain their strength and flexibility. Keep in mind that everybody heals at their own unique ...

    Catastrophic Injuries

    The latest posts for Catastrophic Injuries are listed below.
    • What Compensation Can I Receive for a Severe Burn Injury?

      Severe burn injuries are often catastrophic, resulting in permanent nerve damage, scarring, and disfigurement. Victims may have to adjust to a decreased quality of life, and may face long-term medical treatment and therapy. Our firm is passionate about guiding clients through the Florida legal system. We will help you pursue justice from those responsible. Understanding the Types of Burn Injuries ...

    Child Custody

    The latest posts for Child Custody are listed below.
    • Common Mistakes Dads Tend to Make When They Get Divorced

      Divorce is a very emotional and trying experience for many fathers. Your feelings towards your former spouse can become hostile and cloud your judgment. Although you might be angry or hurt, you don’t want to resort to reckless actions that might negatively impact your divorce proceedings. This is why it is important that divorced fathers become aware of the common mistakes other dads have made ...
    • How to Determine Custody Over Summer Break

      For most of the year, the constant cycle of school, work, and other daily activities makes your schedule fairly predictable, and that means it’s pretty simple to create the terms for your child custody agreement. However, when school lets out, the weather warms up, and free time can be found in plenty. That means it’s a great time to take a vacation, plan some activities, or even just get away ...
    • Fathers' Rights in a Divorce

      As Miami divorce lawyers, we are frequently approached by male clients who are concerned about their ability to stay involved in the lives of their children after their divorce is completed. After all, children are precious loved ones and fathers often wish to stay involved and have a constructive relationship with their children as any caring parent would. However, fathers are often concerned ...

    Community Involvement

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    • Attorney P.J. Mitchell Chair of Baptist Health Tour of The Gables 5K

      Attorney P.J. Mitchell of Mitchell & West LLC is the chair of the Baptist Health Tour of The Gables 5K on May 21 st , 2016! The event will be put on by TeamFootworks , a non-profit corporation dedicated to fitness education through the production of events and educational materials. The group’s overall mission is to involve people in physical activity through education, excitement, and fun. ...

    Criminal Defense

    The latest posts for Criminal Defense are listed below.
    • Shoplifting in Florida: Do I Need a Lawyer?

      Whether you saw something you couldn’t afford and were tempted to take it or your friends dared you to steal, shoplifting is considered a serious criminal offense. If you get caught shoplifting in Florida, you could be charged with retail theft. Charges for retail theft can range from a misdemeanor (petit theft) to a felony (grand theft). Those charges are determined by several factors, such as ...
    • DUIs in Florida: Everything You Need to Know & More

      In an effort to help you obtain as much information needed as possible, our Miami criminal defense lawyers have compiled a list of questions that are most commonly asked about DUI charges in Florida. If you have been arrested for a DUI in Florida, contact us and request a free consultation with Mitchell & West immediately. Question: When can I get charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) ...
    • What to Do if You've Been Wrongfully Accused of Sexual Assault

      An accusation of sexual assault must be taken seriously, because the consequences of a conviction can be life-altering. While you may feel overwhelmed and devastated by the false allegations, you have to take the steps to protect yourself and plan your defense as soon as you suspect you are being investigated. Here is what you should do if you’ve been falsely accused of sexual assault: Hire an ...

    Distracted Driving

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    • Types of Distracted Driving

      Distracted driving results in thousands of accidents each year in the U.S. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has stated that distracted driving caused more than 3,400 deaths in 2016 alone. The problem is so serious that the National Safety Council has declared the month of April to be Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Law enforcement and safety advocates are ...

    Divorce

    The latest posts for Divorce are listed below.
    • 5 Benefits of a Postnuptial Agreement

      Similar to a prenuptial agreement , a postnuptial agreement also outlines a couple’s desires related to property division , alimony , child support , child custody , and visitation in the event of a divorce . However, these types of agreements are filed after a couple has been married. Although everyone can benefit from a postnuptial agreement, there are certain individuals who might need one for ...
    • What Are the 3 Types of Divorce in Florida?

      In the state of Florida, there are 3 types of divorce that you may be eligible for. In order to file for divorce in Florida, you and your spouse must be legally married, at least one of you must have lived in the state for a minimum of 6 months, and the marriage must be irretrievably broken. If you are seeking a divorce, our attorneys will help determine which type of divorce you may be able to ...
    • How Can I Get an Annulment in Florida?

      Many marriages fail and result in divorce , while others are simply not valid in the eyes of the law. When this happens, an annulment must take place as opposed to a divorce. An annulment erases the marriage from existence entirely, while a divorce indicates a legal marriage once took place but is no longer current. While you may feel as though you wish to entirely eradicate your previous marital ...

    Domestic Violence

    The latest posts for Domestic Violence are listed below.
    • What Constitutes Domestic Violence?

      Domestic violence refers to the act of abusing, harming, or instilling the fear of harm to another person. It typically occurs between people who have somewhat of a close or intimate relationship, such as those who are in a romantic partnership, or even between family members. Victims of domestic violence don’t have to face this difficult situation on their own, which is why it is essential you ...
    • The Relationship Between Substance Abuse & Domestic Violence

      We have all heard the same story a million times: a person has an argument with their significant other, gets drunk or high to cope with their frustrations, and gets involved in a physical altercation, leading to charges of domestic violence . But just how often does this actually occur? While substance abuse does not cause domestic violence, studies show that there is a statistical correlation ...

    Drowning Accidents

    The latest posts for Drowning Accidents are listed below.
    • Swimming Pool Safety – What You Need to Know

      According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unintentional drowning is the leading cause of death in children between the ages of 1 and 4. Accidental drownings cause more than 3,500 fatalities each year in the United States, and non-fatal drowning accidents can result in serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, disembowelment, spinal cord trauma, brain ...
    • 7 Summertime Water Safety Tips

      Now that summertime is upon us, many people in Miami are sure to be gearing up for an enjoyable season of pool parties, beach trips, and fun in the sun. While water activities can be fun for everyone and an excellent way to keep cool, it is important we remember to keep safety first in order to minimize one’s risk of injury – or worse, drowning. Before you head out on the water or dive into your ...

    Drug Crimes

    The latest posts for Drug Crimes are listed below.
    • The Relationship Between Substance Abuse & Domestic Violence

      We have all heard the same story a million times: a person has an argument with their significant other, gets drunk or high to cope with their frustrations, and gets involved in a physical altercation, leading to charges of domestic violence . But just how often does this actually occur? While substance abuse does not cause domestic violence, studies show that there is a statistical correlation ...

    Family Law

    The latest posts for Family Law are listed below.
    • How Can I Get an Annulment in Florida?

      Many marriages fail and result in divorce , while others are simply not valid in the eyes of the law. When this happens, an annulment must take place as opposed to a divorce. An annulment erases the marriage from existence entirely, while a divorce indicates a legal marriage once took place but is no longer current. While you may feel as though you wish to entirely eradicate your previous marital ...
    • What Not to Do During Divorce

      When you are embarking on the journey of divorce, it is important you handle it as carefully as possible in order to make the process as seamless as possible. This means sometimes avoiding following your instincts, which may lead you to a disadvantage. While it may feel good or okay to engage in certain behaviors, especially since you are no longer in obligation to do what your ex wants. However, ...
    • Fathers' Rights in a Divorce

      As Miami divorce lawyers, we are frequently approached by male clients who are concerned about their ability to stay involved in the lives of their children after their divorce is completed. After all, children are precious loved ones and fathers often wish to stay involved and have a constructive relationship with their children as any caring parent would. However, fathers are often concerned ...

    FAQ

    The latest posts for FAQ are listed below.
    • What Is the Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims in Florida?

      The statute of limitations is designed to protect defendants from the threat of a lawsuit for years or decades after an incident. Plaintiffs must file personal injury lawsuits within the required time frame, which varies from state to state. In Florida, the statute of limitations is set forth in the Florida Statutes 95.11. Our firm stays up to date on federal and state laws, and will help you file ...
    • What Steps Do I Need to Take After a Car Accident?

      Being involved in a car accident is a stressful and emotionally traumatic experience. Many people are unsure of what to do next, and our firm wants you to be informed of steps you can take to protect your personal injury claim. If you are involved in a car accident, it is important to stay calm and to do the following: Check for injuries. The first thing to do after an accident is to check ...
    • Have You Told the Children Yet?

      Although divorce in general is never easy, divorcing parents have an especially difficult task. When a couple begins the divorce process, they will face a lot of issues including having to tell their children that they are separating. If you and your spouse have been faced with the question of, “Have you told the children yet?” our firm is here to offer guidance on this difficult action. The ...

    Firm News

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    • Attorney P.J. Mitchell Chair of Baptist Health Tour of The Gables 5K

      Attorney P.J. Mitchell of Mitchell & West LLC is the chair of the Baptist Health Tour of The Gables 5K on May 21 st , 2016! The event will be put on by TeamFootworks , a non-profit corporation dedicated to fitness education through the production of events and educational materials. The group’s overall mission is to involve people in physical activity through education, excitement, and fun. ...

    Pedestrian Accident

    The latest posts for Pedestrian Accident are listed below.
    • Safety Tips for Older Pedestrians in Florida

      According to studies conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one-in-ten pedestrians on the sidewalks or streets at any given time in America will be someone over the age of 65. However, about 20% of all pedestrian fatalities involve this same age group. The information shows that elders are disproportionately more likely to be struck by vehicles, either due to ...

    Personal Injury

    The latest posts for Personal Injury are listed below.
    • Swimming Pool Safety – What You Need to Know

      According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unintentional drowning is the leading cause of death in children between the ages of 1 and 4. Accidental drownings cause more than 3,500 fatalities each year in the United States, and non-fatal drowning accidents can result in serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, disembowelment, spinal cord trauma, brain ...
    • How to Avoid a Grill Fire This Summer

      Summer is a great time to have backyard barbecues with friends and family. However, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), grill fires are responsible for more than 7,000 injuries each year in the United States. Our firm wants you to be informed of steps you can take to avoid a grill fire while barbecuing this summer. In order to stay safe while grilling, you need to: Keep ...
    • What Is the Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims in Florida?

      The statute of limitations is designed to protect defendants from the threat of a lawsuit for years or decades after an incident. Plaintiffs must file personal injury lawsuits within the required time frame, which varies from state to state. In Florida, the statute of limitations is set forth in the Florida Statutes 95.11. Our firm stays up to date on federal and state laws, and will help you file ...

    Premises Liability

    The latest posts for Premises Liability are listed below.
    • How to Prove Negligence in a Premises Liability Claim

      Being injured on someone else’s property can be stressful and scary. Whether you were shopping at a grocery store or visiting a friend’s house, you have the right to pursue compensation in a premises liability lawsuit. Property owners, landlords, easement holders, tenants, and others responsible for maintaining a property could be held liable for your injuries. Our firm has helped hundreds of ...

    Property Division

    The latest posts for Property Division are listed below.
    • Preparing for High-Asset Divorce

      Divorce is rarely easy. The process of separating unified lives can be long, arduous, and filled with emotional strain. This is particularly true for the process of dividing marital property between spouses and determining who will get to keep what as well as what will happen to some of the marriage’s most important assets. When a marriage has a substantial amount of these assets, including ...

    Safety Tips

    The latest posts for Safety Tips are listed below.
    • Swimming Pool Safety – What You Need to Know

      According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unintentional drowning is the leading cause of death in children between the ages of 1 and 4. Accidental drownings cause more than 3,500 fatalities each year in the United States, and non-fatal drowning accidents can result in serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, disembowelment, spinal cord trauma, brain ...
    • How to Avoid a Grill Fire This Summer

      Summer is a great time to have backyard barbecues with friends and family. However, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), grill fires are responsible for more than 7,000 injuries each year in the United States. Our firm wants you to be informed of steps you can take to avoid a grill fire while barbecuing this summer. In order to stay safe while grilling, you need to: Keep ...
    • Should I Consent to a Search of My Car if an Officer Pulls Me Over?

      Being pulled over can be a frightening experience and if the police have any suspicions, it is likely that they may ask to search your vehicle. Law enforcement may phrase the request to sound like an order in the hopes that you will comply, but you are not legally obligated to consent to a search. While it may feel strange or wrong to say no to an authority figure such as a police officer, you are ...

    Visitation

    The latest posts for Visitation are listed below.
    • Fathers' Rights in a Divorce

      As Miami divorce lawyers, we are frequently approached by male clients who are concerned about their ability to stay involved in the lives of their children after their divorce is completed. After all, children are precious loved ones and fathers often wish to stay involved and have a constructive relationship with their children as any caring parent would. However, fathers are often concerned ...
    • Tips for Dealing with Visitation and Custody During the Holidays

      While traditionally thought of as a time of family unity and joyous get-togethers, the holiday season can be particularly rough for parents and children of divorce . In addition to triggering feelings of loneliness, this time of year can be made even more stressful due to the difficulty many couples encounter when attempting to coordinate an acceptable custody or visitation schedule. Fortunately, ...

    Wrongful Death

    The latest posts for Wrongful Death are listed below.
    • Overview of Florida Wrongful Death Laws

      The loss of a loved one due to the negligence or misconduct of another is an extremely painful ordeal to endure. Though Florida laws are subject to change, there are certain laws put in place to protect the families of victims if such accident occurs. If someone else is responsible for your loved one’s death, it is essential you enlist in the help of a Miami wrongful death lawyer you can trust, ...
    • Wrongful Death Lawsuits in Car Accident Cases

      Every family’s worst nightmare is to receive a call informing them that their loved one has lost their life in a fatal traffic collision. Unfortunately, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), approximately 2,500 people are killed in car accidents in Florida alone each year. While nothing will ever replace a loved one’s presence, families of victims of fatal motor vehicle ...
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