West Palm’s Road Safety Laws: E-Scooters, Bikes, And Mopeds

West Palm’s Road Safety Laws: E-Scooters, Bikes, And Mopeds

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Riding an electric scooter, bicycle or moped is a great way to get around town, and it’s fun. However, there are many safety considerations that you need to be aware of before hitting the road. West Palm has put in place some laws that help keep riders safe on the roads! We’ll review those laws here.

Laws Related To E-Scooters, Bikes & Mopeds:

There are several laws related to e-scooters, bikes, or mopeds in place in West Palm. If you don’t follow them, sooner or later you’ll get caught by the traffic police and issued a ticket. So, make sure you learn these laws before driving around. Here are some of them for your reference:

  • It is illegal to ride a bike or moped on the sidewalk
  • Riders must wear helmets when riding an electric scooter, bicycle, or mopeds
  • Drivers and riders of bicycles are required to have a front light and rear reflectors at night. All vehicles ridden after dark should have headlights that can be seen from 500 feet away in normal conditions
  • Riders should not carry anything that obstructs their view or the vehicle’s lights
  • Scooters and bicycles ridden on sidewalks must keep to the right, except when passing pedestrians. Bikes may also ride in the center of a lane if they are overtaking another bicycle or scooter from behind
  • When riding an electric scooter, you cannot hold onto any other person at anytime

Police Enforcement: It is illegal for riders under 16 years old to operate these vehicles without supervision by someone 18 years or older with a valid driver’s license.

These rules help keep you safe while out riding! Now go get your bike tuned up for springtime, so you’re ready to hit the road soon.

If you follow these rules always and still meet with an accident because of someone else’s negligent driving behavior, then report the case to the police and hire a personal injury lawyer like SHW Law without wasting any time to make them pay for their mistake. Doing so will not only let the culprit escape but also ensure that you get compensated for your losses.

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Why Do You Need A Financial Fraud Lawyer?

Why Do You Need A Financial Fraud Lawyer?

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Every working professional or business owner tries to multiply his savings so that he can attain different financial goals on time. For this purpose, people invest in multiple financial instruments or schemes. 

Some do it after conducting thorough research themselves, while others rely on the recommendations given by their financial advisors. It’s hard to recover the money put in these schemes due to the complex nature of the agreement. In such a case, a financial fraud lawyer like https://www.erezlaw.com/investment-fraud-lawyer/ can come to your aid and help you recover your money. 

Here are some of the main reasons you should consider hiring a financial fraud lawyer. 

Need For Financial Fraud Lawyer:

If you have invested money through a broker who promised you a stable rate of return initially, but now he has stopped entertaining your calls, emails, and text messages, then it’s time for you to take the legal route. 

In the same manner, you may have invested money in a liquid scheme from which you could cash out after a specific time period, but now you cannot withdraw the amount. At first, you can consider having a word with your broker. In case you don’t get a satisfactory answer, then connect with a financial fraud lawyer without wasting any more time. 

Some other cases where you must need a professional fraud lawyer can be:

  • Your returns are unexpectedly high for the initial few months but drop suddenly after that. 
  • Your broker is forcing you to invest more money after the initial investment, claiming that your entire investment amount will be lost if you don’t take his advice.
  • The scheme where your broker has put your money has a suspicious past, and you cannot find its registration number online. 
  • Your broker doesn’t treat you professionally.

These are some common examples of fraud investment brokers whose only goal is to snatch money from investors. They keep on asking their investors to increase the invested amount, and after a point, stop answering their calls or messages. If you ever face any of these issues in the future, take the help of a well-known financial fraud lawyer to recover your money.

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LGBTQ Divorce

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As many LGBTQ couples finally won the right to marry in the landmark Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, these couples also won the right to divorce. In many ways, LGBTQ divorce is quite similar to divorce between heterosexual couples. However, there are a few differences and complications LGBTQ couples looking to divorce may encounter. 

Read more about them down below.

What’s the Same

Of course, there are several aspects of LGBTQ divorce proceedings that are the exact same as heterosexual divorces. Here are some of the common issues that may pop up during any divorce. 


  • Child Custody: Figuring out who gains custody of the children born between a couple is one of the most contentious and emotional aspects of a divorce. Oftentimes this will be the aspect of the divorce proceedings that take the longest, as both parents have an emotional investment in the well-being of their children.


  • Child Support: Related to child custody disputes, another big aspect of divorce proceedings is the determination of child support. The spouse who does not receive custody of the children will likely be ordered to pay child support to the custodial parent, at least until the children turn 18 years of age. 
  • Alimony: Another aspect of divorce couples may see is alimony, which you may have heard referred to as spousal support. Alimony is the legal obligation one spouse may have to financially support the other spouse following the divorce. The conditions surrounding alimony can change if the financial circumstances of the spouse receiving the alimony change, however.
  • Division of Property: Married couples often share property and assets and must figure out a way to split them up following a divorce. This can be difficult, especially when couples both own something and one must give something up. 



What’s Different


  • The Dating: When a judge is determining how to reward alimony or divide up property or assets, they often look to see how long the marriage lasted. However, with LGBTQ couples, this becomes a bit unclear. Many LGBTQ+ couples have been together and shared property long before the 2015 Obergefell ruling. Do judges consider the relationship beginning in 2015 or when the couple first got together? In some areas, the courts will consider the years cohabiting and in others, they will consider the years legally married.


  • Child Custody: Another thing complicating LGBT divorces are child custody battles. Sometimes if a child is adopted or biologically only related to one of the parents, only one of the parents will have legal rights over the child. The child without that legal standing can find it difficult to maintain a relationship with the child following the divorce. 

If you’re in an LGBTQ relationship and are anticipating a divorce in your future, you should reach out to a divorce attorney as soon as possible to learn about how your divorce may differ from heterosexual couples.

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A Cultural Reckoning

Posted by in Sex Crimes

There has been a seismic shift in the cultural norms around assault, harassment, consent, and other topics associated with the #MeToo movement. For the first time, men and women are holding the powerful accountable for actions that crossed boundaries or left victims feeling vulnerable.

With this new understanding of cultural norms, especially as they relate to relationships between employees/subordinates and employers or people with professional power, people are left wondering how employment discrimination or harassment litigation has changed. Thankfully, there are answers to this pressing concern.

As The Melton Law Firm has discussed, harassment is both provable and actionable. In this piece, I will discuss the topic of harassment and how to take action if you are a victim of this crime in the workplace:

What is harassment?

Litigation around harassment has included multiple definitions or frameworks depending on jurisprudence. However, certain principles remain true. Most definitions of harassment require pervasive and impactful actions. In the workforce, these actions must be tangibly impactful to the point that it affects your health or work performance. This definitional bright line, though not without its faults or flaws, is used to prevent small, annoying actions from being claimed as harassment in lawsuits or settlements.

Additionally, many claims of harassment have been defined in their positioning as discrimination against specific protected classes. It is possible for people not in protected classes (of gender, race, religion, ability, or otherwise) to still experience harassment; it is just much more difficult without those characteristics being present in a harassment case.

An additional characteristic to consider, though it is by nature ambiguous, is that the behavior is unwanted. Though specific company guidelines may differ, it is not a crime in of itself to pursue a workplace relationship. However, pursuing a romantic interest that is not matched or explicitly wanted, is obviously and sadly harassment. Be sure to consider how jokes or compliments are taken by your colleagues if you want to avoid contributing to harassment culture. On the flip side, make it as best known as possible if you are experiencing or hearing behavior that you find inappropriate or uncomfortable.

How is harassment proven?

Though every case differs, broadly speaking, it is best to establish a chronology of when harassing behavior begin (or, if it still continues). This will allow your legal counsel to paint a picture to a judge or jury of the purpose, nature, and context of the bad actions.

Additionally, speaking with other employees or subordinates will be beneficial. If they are willing to testify or act as a witness, agreeing that the boss or powerful figure was inappropriate, it will strengthen your case and prevent or stymie accusations that a person is making a false allegation.

Of course, any evidence such as texts, photographs, recordings, or other physical collections of proof is incredibly useful for your legal representation. The worst thing to happen to a sexual harassment case is to turn into a he-said, she-said dispute.

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Why Do Drainage Systems Matter?

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Do you have mildew issues, especially in your basement? Have you struggled with standing water in your front lawn? Are mosquitoes killing you with their pesky bites?

There may be a root cause: drainage issues. Water collection is a natural and essential process for a home to experience. However, ideally, the water would only partially collect to water the lawn and nourish plants. Excess water is designed to drain to the streets and away from your home’s yards and foundation.

What Are Drainage Systems

Drainage systems include devices like gutters and spouts meant to pool water and push it to collect away from a home. We will explain later why it is important to not collect near your home!

Exterior rainwater drainage is meant to catch water falling onto your roof and channel it off the roof, through pipes, and into the street. Another important aspect of exterior house drainage systems regards the home’s slope and grading. These terms describe the angle of the ground outside of your home, ideally (and legally required to be) angled to prevent standing water in your lawn.

There are other drainage options that may be employed in your house’s landscaping plans, dependent upon the design and needs of your home. These include complex options like in-ground drainage systems that require a higher amount of construction and cost.

The Impacts of a Drainage System

If a drainage system is improperly installed, fails to drain away water, or is significantly blocked, it can be harmful to the health of your lawn and to the structural integrity of your house’s foundation.

If water does not drain, and small puddles turn into standing water, plants may struggle to grow. The water can also seep into your foundation, causing cracks and damaging your home. The problem is even worse with temperature changes, in which water can freeze — and expand — inside of the cracks.

Standing water from poor drainage can also seep into your basement, causing mold and mildew to collect within the pipes and walls of your home. The potentially detrimental health effects of mildew in your home are obvious, but sometimes the cause of such a problem is not — might be faulty pipes, leaking issue, or as we have stated, foundation issues. Circumventing the issue entirely is your best option, and that can only be done by hiring a qualified professional company like Daybreaker Landscapes to take care of your drainage issues.

What to Do with Drainage Issues

Lawn grading and sloping is an incredibly intensive process for lawn service amateurs. The stakes are high as well. If you make an error with regrading your lawn to better channel off the water, you may permanently/drastically damage the foundation of your home or make your standing water issues worse.

Your best bet is to trust the professionals to assess your drainage issues. Something as simple as leaves blocking drains from properly clearing out water from a gutter could be the issue causing your severe drainage issues. On the other hand, you may need advanced solutions for an advanced problem. No matter what, leave it to the people who know what they are doing.

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Why More Lawyers Are Better Than One

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There’s a lot of comfort in going to a single lawyer with his own small practice when seeking a divorce. “This feels pretty comfy,” you might think, and that’s just what you’re looking for when your house is in disorder. You want comfy, and here’s the small office of your local lawyer, and he or she seems nice, and isn’t that all you need anyway?

When it comes to divorce, that’s a definitive “no.” What you need is the best lawyer, not the one with the comfiest office (although that’s a great bonus if you find it with a great lawyer attached as well).

In fact, when you’re pursuing a divorce, and particularly when you’re worried it will be nasty, what you really need is not one lawyer that you like but a big law firm.

Some people are reticent to go to big law firms for some reason. They worry they’ll get lost and their case forgotten, that they’ll call for information and never talk to a real person with a real update.

That can be the case at some big firms, and you should be careful about which firm you choose for that reason, but a firm is exactly what you need.

Why? Why go with a law firm with multiple lawyers instead of that single small office lawyer you liked?

There are a lot of answers to those questions. First, having multiple lawyers is a sign of success. You want your divorce lawyer to give you the best legal assistance, right? Well, then you want a divorce lawyer that is connected to a firm that has proven over and over they know how to win for their clients.

You also want a law firm with the resources to handle your case. Divorce is complex, and your lawyer may need to use a great deal of knowledge and skills to get you the best outcome. Can that single lawyer pull that off? Maybe, but you have to hope in a way you don’t with a bigger firm.

Perhaps the best reason, though, is that a law firm with multiple lawyers can rely on the experience and expertise of multiple lawyers. A law firm with several lawyers can give your case to the lawyer that knows best how to work with the specifics of your case. You don’t have to wonder if your lawyer knows how to handle a complex custody case; at a firm with several lawyers, you’ll know your lawyer is an expert in that area.

Just look at the breadth of issues a law firm like Kessler & Solomiany, LLC can handle, and then compare that to what you see on that individual lawyer’s site. A bigger law firm can use its team to give you the best outcome, while that single lawyer can only rely on what he or she knows and their individual experience.

When you look at it like that, the choice should be obvious. Just ask your lawyer from your bigger firm to meet you in a more comfy location than their office.

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Memories of crashes

Posted by in Car Accidents

I was just reading about a crash that killed a pedestrian around Fort Worth today, and it made me so sad. I always get so upset thinking about such things. How can people be so reckless? You know?

Stories like that, they always bring back thoughts of friends I’ve lost through tragedies, particularly cars. I’ve had more than my share of loss due to other people driving without regard for others. My sister, Sarah, when she was just twelve, she was hit by a car. Thank God, she survived, but she still has lasting problems due to that. Her early onset arthritis I’m convinced came about because of that accident.

Then, my friend Nick in college died crossing the street. It was a big party weekend, and someone, of course, was driving drunk. He went to jail for it, and I bet that ruined his life, so that’s really two lives that were ended by that accident.

I just don’t know what to do about such things. On some level, I want some vengeance for the victim. I want their family to sue whoever did this, to take them for everything. I have a good mind to call up that family and recommend a lawyer (another friend had some success with these lawyers, so I have a number handy).

But then, I think about that poor boy who hit Nick. I remember seeing him afterward, during the whole process when they were charging him and gathering evidence. He was broken, believe me. I don’t know how you cope with making a mistake like that, and then prison on top of it. And as far as I know, Nick’s family may have sued him too, or his family at least. Was that fair? I just don’t know. I can’t help but feel angry for a victim like Nick, but I hurt for the boys like the one who hit him too.

Was the person who hit that pedestrian in Fort Worth as easy to sympathize with? I don’t know. I couldn’t finish the article, so I didn’t see if the driver was drunk or speeding. I don’t know if they were simply not paying attention or if the pedestrian stepped out in front of them. Maybe I don’t want to know. I don’t want to put that burden on myself, to decide, even if just it’s a decision just for myself.

What I want is to let such stories go and not think about them. I don’t want to make the associations I always make with my own life, and I don’t want to imagine every victim as Nick or Sarah. I want to just let it out and let it go.

That’s why I’m going to start writing here. Hopefully, putting everything down here whenever I start remembering and getting upset, will help me do more of that letting go. I want to put it on this page and then forget it. I hope it works.

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Medical Malpractice: Surgical Errors

Posted by in Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury

You go to the doctors to help treat your medical condition, but sadly, there are instances where the doctors do you more harm than good, like on the instances of medical malpractice.

Medical malpractice happens when a medical professional who has the duty of care to a patient has violated that duty of care, either through action or action, and this violation has resulted into the harm of the patient. According to the website of Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C., negligent medical professionals can be held accountable and forced to provide much-needed compensation to the victims through a medical malpractice lawsuit.

There are different negligent acts, such as misdiagnosis, medication error, and lack of informed consent. But whatever negligent act you have experienced, it doesn’t change the fact that it has health and monetary consequences. One of the most devastating, both in terms of health and monetary consequence, is surgical error.

A surgical error happens when a medical professional has made a mistake before, during, and after a surgical procedure. This is an extremely dangerous mistake because it can lead to the rise of new complications and worsening of existing ones, and the worst thing about it is the fact that the patient doesn’t deserve it. It has only happened because of the negligence of a medical professional.

Below are some of the most common surgical errors:

Anesthesia Error – Too much or too little anesthesia can have devastating effects, including brain damage and extreme pain during surgery.

Foreign Object Error – Surgical tools that are left in the body can be dangerous. Aside from the obvious pain, leaving foreign objects inside the body can lead to organ punctures and infections.

Nerve Damage Error – Speaking of organ punctures, foreign objects are not just the culprits of such, as even the wrong or incompetent use of surgical tools during surgery can also cause such injuries. The most common culprit is the scalpel.

Site Operation Error – This may sound ridiculous because of how incompetent it is, but operating on the wrong body part does happen, resulting into the extraction of the wrong kidney, amputation of the wrong limb, and many other scenarios.

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It is a Sad Thing that Preventable Injuries due to Harmful Products are inflicted onto Minors all too Often

Posted by in Car Accidents, Personal Injury

As reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls, drowning, burns, poisoning and motor vehicle accidents (which is at the top the list) are the leading causes of unintentional injuries and deaths among children in the U.S. Every year, more than 12,000 children (aged between 0 and 19) die and at least 9.2 million more are injured due to these causes.

As dangerous as those mentioned above are the many different products that people stuff in their homes and, it cannot be denied, so many of what Americans purchase are often causes of severe injuries or even death. The thousands of injuries and deaths caused by these products can be verified through the records of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). These products include home furniture and décor, tools, children’s outdoor activity equipment, sports equipment, inflatable amusements, nursery products and children’s toys.

Between 2007 and 2010, millions of children’s toys were recalled by the CPSC due to the dangers that these presented, such as sharp edges that could cause lacerations, small parts that were considered as choking hazards, toxic substances and chemical contents that exceeded federal limits. The CPSC is charged with enforcing toy safety standards laws, laws that set guidelines on toys, like: the required sizes of children’s toys; the inaccessibility of the toys’ batteries and magnets to small children; noise and toxicity limits; and, the display of labels containing the possible risks of choking hazards.

One major issue with toys is that their labels often do not include their content or material. Since there are no laws regarding this, many local and foreign manufacturers, therefore, do not put on toys’ labels information regarding any possible harmful elements. This leaves consumers without any clue about the actual safety of the products that they buy (everyone can only assume that all products made available in stores are totally safe).

As explained by the law firm Mazin & Associates, PC, “Instances of child injury can be very frightening for all parties involved. It is a parent’s deepest wish that his/her child has the opportunity to grow up happy and healthy. Sadly, preventable injuries are inflicted onto minors all too often.”

The family of a child, who has been injured in an accident or due to the use of a toy or any other product that is proven harmful, has the legal right to file a lawsuit against the responsible party. In so many cases accidents occur and defective products continue to be manufactured and sold due to the grave negligence of some individuals. It would be wise to seek the help of a seasoned personal injury lawyer who will see to it that all the documents required in the lawsuit and that the child’s and his/her family’s rights and interests are strongly defended.

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Slip and Fall Accidents

Posted by in Workplace Injuries

A slip and fall accident refers to when someone falls, trips, or slips and is injured due to a dangerous condition on someone else’s property. Slip and fall injuries occur for a variety of reasons and can be very painful. Some common causes of slip and fall injuries include poor lighting, uneven flooring, narrow staircases, and wet flooring. Slip and fall accidents also include those injured due to a fall caused by snow, ice, an uneven sidewalk, or hidden pothole.

Slip and fall accidents can occur almost anywhere, but there some locations where these accidents are much more common. Some of the most common locations include grocery or big box stores, public parks, private homes, sidewalks, and workplaces. The biggest issue in regards to slip and fall accidents is that of responsibility. Determining whether or not someone is legally responsible for a slip and fall injury is particularly tricky. Each slip and fall case is different and legal responsibility depends on if the property owner acted carefully to ensure that slipping or tripping would not be likely to occur. The property owner may also be held responsible if they created the unsafe condition, for example making floor extremely slippery after waxing. The other determining factor of legal responsibility is whether the person who fell and injured themselves was careless in not avoiding the hazardous condition that caused the fall. For example, a customer who trips over a large display in a grocery store aisle will typically not be compensated for their injury since the displays are clearly visible and very commonplace in stores.

The best way to prevent slip and fall accidents is to simply exercise caution when walking in areas that may have dangerous conditions.

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