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Our Accident & Injury Law Division handles serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. Our Employment & Labor Law Division handles worker's compensation and employment cases.

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Personal Injury

Every action a person takes has consequences. Because of this, our laws require people to conduct their affairs while using an appropriate amount of caution so that their actions do not bring about unwanted consequences.

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Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death or Accidental Death: In our practice we have represented many heartbroken families who have lost loved ones due to the careless actions of another. When these families entrusted us in their time of immense loss and grief, we vowed to them to not leave any stone unturned in our pursuit of justice. We believe we have kept our promise.

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Car or Auto Accidents

Getting in your car and entering traffic is probably the most dangerous thing you do each day. Why? Because people do not exercise the same degree of caution and care on the roads as they do in other areas of their lives. This causes millions of auto accidents in the United States every year.

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Drunk Driving Accidents

Drunk driving is among the leading causes of auto accident deaths in the United States. More than 10,000 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2015 alone. That's an average of one death every fifty-one minutes. If you are hurt in a drunk driving accident -- we can help.

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Trucking Accidents

Truck accidents can and do cause serious personal injury and wrongful death. It is estimated that as many as 500,000 commercial trucking companies operate 15.5 million trucks, including 2 million tractor-trailers, in this country every year. Commercial trucks are involved in as many as 4,050 truck accident related deaths every year, more than 150 of which are caused by truck driver fatigue. While these numbers are certainly alarming, they do not even include accidents in which a commercial truck is involved, but no death occurs due to the truck accident.

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Hurricane Claims

Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on October 10, 2018 making landfall in Mexico Beach, Florida. The resulting devastation to coastal communities is unprecedented. The path of destruction continues well inland through North Florida and South Georgia.

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Motorcycle Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in the last decade alone there have been over 290,000 motorcycle accidents. Of those, over 11,000 proved to be fatal. There are currently over 8 million motorcycles registered in the United States, representing 18.5 billion miles driven per year. According to the NHTSA, there were 24.93 fatalities from motorcycle accidents per 100,000 registered motorcycles in 2011. This number has dropped considerably from the earlier part of this decade, due in part to better safety equipment and motorist information programs encouraging drivers of other vehicles to watch out for motorcyclists.

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Bicycle & Pedestrian Accidents

Scott & Wallace LLP specializes in representing the interests of bicycle and pedestrian accidents in North Florida and Southwest Georgia. If you or a loved one has been injured in such a situation, contact us. We can help. Contact the law office of Scott & Wallace LLP in Tallahassee for an immediate, complimentary review of your case.

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ATV Accidents

While four-wheelers, three-wheelers, gators, golf carts, and other recreational vehicles bring joy to thousands of people every day, negligent operation of these vehicles can cause severe injuries. Scott & Wallace LLP specializes in representing victims of ATV and Recreational Vehicle Accidents in North Florida and Southwest Georgia.

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Nursing Home Negligence

Many people entrust their family members to nursing homes or other assisted living programs when they can no longer care for themselves. The expectation is that these facilities will care for these vulnerable members of our families with compassion and love. Unfortunately, at times, compassion and love are the last things to be found at these facilities. Instead many family members are shocked to learn that their loved one has been neglected or abused while under the care of a nursing home or assisted living program.

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Birth Injury

Each year thousands of newborn babies are inflicted with birth injuries caused by health care providers. Birth injuries are physical injuries that often occur due to medical negligence during pregnancy, the birthing process, or even after birth. Birthing injuries can vary in severity from being a short-term injury to a mental and/or physical disability that can last a lifetime. Many times a birth injury can require a lifetime of support from family and expensive medical care.

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Company Vehicle Accidents

Company cars, trucks, SUVs, vans, and fleet vehicles are used every day by employees to carry out their work functions. While useful for companies, these vehicles are also involved in thousands of accidents every day. If you were injured by accident involving a company vehicle, the driver's employer may be held responsible.

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Dog Attacks & Dog Bites

Dog owners in Florida and Georgia have a duty to prevent their dogs from causing harm to other people. In fact, when a dog causes injuries to a person, Florida and Georgia courts automatically hold the owner guilty of negligence, and the plaintiff must only prove that the dog caused the plaintiff’s injuries and the amount of damages. This relaxed standard is available whether a plaintiff is the victim of a dog bite or suffers injuries due to other acts by a dog.

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Slip & Fall Accidents

When you enter someone else’s property, the owner of that property has a duty to make sure that property is free of danger. Whether it is a wet floor, a loose hand-rail, cracks in the sidewalk, or some other danger, property owners are responsible for taking the precautions necessary to protect their visitors. If they fail to protect their visitors, and someone is injured, property owners are held accountable.

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Dangerous and/or Defective Products

There are many defective and dangerous products on the market that are unreasonably dangerous. In addition, there are far more products that have become dangerous over time due to manufacturing or design defects. Any household item can cause an injury if it is defective or dangerous.

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Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is a serious issue in the United States. The law states that doctors are held to a higher standard of care when practicing medicine than the ordinary reasonable care owed by a lay person in conducting his or her daily affairs. This is most likely because doctors’ patients are very vulnerable when seeking doctors’ opinions. As a result, when a doctor fails to maintain this heightened standard of care, the consequences can be disastrous. At Scott & Wallace, we handle medical malpractice cases for our clients. The legal profession serves as a check on accountability in the medical profession, and Scott & Wallace is here to represent your interests in the event that you are harmed by your medical provider.

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Dangerous Drugs

The Federal Drug Administration is constantly approving new drugs to be put on the market. However, FDA approval does not always mean that these medications are completely safe. Defective drugs that make it into the market can cause serious injury or death. Deadly side-effects are often missed during clinical research and trial of many drugs. Additionally, incorrect dosages can turn a primarily safe drug into a killer.

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Train Accidents

Because of the sheer size and power of a train engine, its cars, and all its working parts, accidents involving trains are some of the most catastrophic accidents that occur. In fact, according to the Federal Railroad Administration, in the last ten years there have been almost 200 train accidents in Florida involving death or injury. Even more staggering, there have already been 20 such accidents this year.

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Aviation Accidents

General aviation safety has improved greatly, and flying has become safer than ever before. Nevertheless, aviation accidents still occur. According to National Transport Safety Board data, there were 1554 civil aviation accidents in the United States in 2009. According to this report, “Most general aviation accidents involve personal flights in single-engine airplanes. The volume of personal flying has declined substantially over the past decade, while the number of accidents has remained relatively flat, thus the accident rates have trended higher. The total accident rate per 100,000 flight hours is above 12, while the fatal accident rate is slightly above 2 per 100,000 flight hours.”

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Industrial Accidents

Many of America’s finest work in plants and textile mills every day, and they are too often at risk for industrial accidents. Without these workers, however, we would simply not have the necessities of life that we too often take for granted. It is our obligation as a society to ensure that they are safe at work, and it is the responsibility of employers to ensure that employees and others present on job sites are safe from the risk of industrial accidents. At Scott & Wallace, we understand the sacrifice these workers make. We understand the extensive hours they work and the dangers they face just doing what they do.

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Insurance Bad Faith

Insurance companies are self-interested, which is why it is necessary for the law office of Scott & Wallace LLP to sometimes pursue insurance and bad faith claims. Insurance companies profit by delaying payment on good faith claims, because delay makes them money. Insurance companies receive thousands of claims every day and wrongfully delay or even deny many of them in order to save money. Since few people take the time to dispute their claim with insurers, insurance companies are able to retain millions of dollars by denying, delaying, and underpaying claims. Such delays often constitute bad faith claims.

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Spinal Cord Injury

A spinal cord injury can be one of the most devastating and life-changing injuries a person can incur. Unfortunately, this kind of injury commonly occurs because of the negligent actions of another person. The catastrophic damage associated with a spinal cord injury can include paraplegia, paralysis from the waist down, or worse a quadriplegia, paralysis from the neck down. Accidents that most commonly result in a spinal cord injury include automobile, bicycle, and motorcycle accidents. Other common causes of a spinal cord injury include medical or surgical error, terrible falls, violence, and sports injury.

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Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries can occur in the blink of an eye and sometimes result in debilitating lifelong conditions or death. According to data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year approximately 1.7 million Americans sustain traumatic brain injuries, in which 52,000 are fatal. These injuries result in 275,000 hospitalizations and make up nearly a third of all injury related deaths each year. In most cases, traumatic brain injuries are caused by auto accidents and terrible falls. Brain injuries can also occur due to medical negligence during a patient’s medical care. If a patient is misdiagnosed or has a threatening problem that is not treated properly, a brain injury can result.

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Burn Injury

Being the victim of a burn injury can be a life-shattering event. Last year, in the United States alone, over 450,000 burn victims received medical attention. Even more shocking is that 3,500 of these victims lost their lives due to their injuries. Burn injuries are not uncommon and can come from a variety of sources. The following are the various types of burns, as noted by the American Burn Association:

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Workers' Compensation

Last year, over 55,000 new worker’s compensation claims were filed in Florida (Florida’s Division of Worker’s Compensation). Over 31,000 new worker’s compensation claims were filed in Georgia (Georgia’s State Board of Worker’s Compensation).

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Racial Discrimination

State and federal laws prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of race. Various remedies are available for employees who have been discriminated against on the basis of one or more of these categories.

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Gender Discrimination

State and federal laws prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of rgender. Various remedies are available for employees who have been discriminated against on the basis of one or more of these categories.

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Age Discrimination

State and federal laws prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of age. Various remedies are available for employees who have been discriminated against on the basis of one or more of these categories.

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Sexual Harassment

Being the victim of sexual harassment can be a very troubling and emotional time for any man or woman. Unwanted sexual advances or remarks can make any working environment effectively unworkable. Most sexual harassment claims are advanced under one of two theories: (1) the sexual harassment has led to a hostile working environment or (2) the sexual harassment is quid pro quo harassment.

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Overtime Wage & Hour

Many people are not aware that federal and state laws require employers to pay most employees 1.5 times their hourly rate for any time worked in excess of 40 hours in a week. Additionally, many overtime violations go unreported because the employee is afraid that they will be fired or demoted if they report an overtime violation.

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The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides certain employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year. It also requires that their group health benefits be maintained during the leave. Employers are prohibited from interfering with or limiting an employee’s benefits and protections under the FMLA.

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Whistleblower Claims

The law prohibits an employer from firing or otherwise retaliating against an employee who reports the illegal or unethical acts of an employer. Both private and public employees are protected from such retaliation under the Florida Whistleblower's Act.

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Retaliation

Generally, laws that prohibit employment discrimination also forbid retaliation against an employee who has sought protection of antidiscrimination laws. In other words, an employer may not terminate or otherwise take adverse action against employees who engage in activities protected by state and federal law.

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$3,075,000

Wrongful death in a trucking accident.

$1,000,000

40 year old man suffered a fractured pelvis requiring two surgeries in serious motorcycle accident

$550,000

Woman suffered pelvic fracture in serious car accident.

$531,000

$500,000 policy limits from primary tortfeasor for estate of minor killed in an accident after being provided alcohol illegally.

$350,000

Elderly lady injured in a south Georgia car accident.

$300,000

Man who worked for an air conditioning company fell from attic space when pull-down ladder and casing collapsed under him. Recovery made against homeowner who was aware of the dangerous condition but failed to warn.

$300,000

Policy limit settlement for Gadsden County man who was severely injured when he fell through a negligently maintained roof of a commercial property while working.

$300,000

Trucking accident in Gadsden County, Florida resulting in head lacerations and MTBI to 10 year old boy.
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