The Cochran Firm is standing by Ms. McDonald in this difficult time

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

South Plantation’s Alex Collins got his father’s signature on his letter of intent to Arkansas. But his mother, who prefers UM, has hired a lawyer.

What’s the latest on the Alex Collins’ signing decision?  The Miami Herald reports:
Alex Collins got to enjoy National Signing Day — just one day later.

With his father, Johnny, his aunt, Loretta, and his grandmother, Betty, by his side, the South Plantation star running back signed a national letter of intent to attend the University of Arkansas on Thursday afternoon. The school received his fax and announced it.

His mother, who ran off without signing those same papers Wednesday at a scheduled signing day event at his school, wasn’t at the private event held Thursday at Bokamper’s Sports Bar and Grill in Plantation. Instead, she hired attorney Jack Paris of The Cochran Firm South Florida, according to a news release, to represent “the family’s interests while she contemplates” where her son should decide to play football.  See the full story http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/02/08/v-fullstory/3222161/alex-collins-headed-arkansas.html

Alex Collins Family Overwhelmed

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Cochran attorney Jack Paris says “Alex’s family has been overwhelmed with media inquiries regarding their impending decision.  They want to make a clean choice that is free of any outside influences. This is a very tough decision and they are weighing their options very carefully. In the meantime, they have requested The Cochran Firm’s assistance in clearing up any false or inaccurate statements in the press.”  See the story as reported on ESPN  http://espn.go.com/college-sports/recruiting/football/story/_/id/8926291/alex-collins-signs-arkansas-razorbacks-commitment-letter

Defective Vehicles and Car Accidents

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Not all car accidents are caused by driver error. Sometimes a defective vehicle is to blame. Vehicles that were not properly maintained or not properly designed, manufactured and tested before being sold to consumers can cause serious injury when they malfunction.

Common vehicle defects that can cause personal injury include:

  • Improperly designed or installed brakes
  • Faulty tires
  • Unreliable acceleration systems
  • Airbags that fail to deploy
  • Exploding fuel tanks

Injuries caused by defective vehicles can be especially harmful if the equipment you were relying on to protect you in a crash, such as the air bags or seat belt, malfunctioned. Some manufactures will recall a car model for major design flaws, but they may only issue a general advisory notice that tells the consumer to see a dealership to have a known problem corrected.

If you suspect a defective vehicle was involved in your car accident, you should meet with our experienced car accident attorneys to evaluate your claim and determine if you have a cause of action against a vehicle manufacturer.

If you have been injured in an accident and need to speak with a car accident attorney in West Palm Beach, Miami, or Ft. Lauderdale, please contact The Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule your free consultation.

How to Choose a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

If you’ve been injured on the job and are having trouble getting compensation for your injuries, you need to find a workers’ compensation lawyer to fight for your rights. Choosing a workers’ compensation lawyer to represent you is an important decision and can seem like an insurmountable task, but if you consider the right factors, you will make the right choice.

Experienced Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

First you should check the lawyer’s experience. Is this a lawyer or firm that regularly handles workers’ compensation cases and has been winning them for their clients for years? That is the kind of lawyer you want on your side. You don’t want a lawyer who isn’t familiar with work injuries.

Advice from Friends and Referrals

Word of mouth can be one of the best ways to find a good workers’ compensation lawyer. You don’t have to only rely on the friends and acquaintances you see every day. Remember to look online for recommendations and reviews of lawyers you are considering.

Your Comfort with the Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

You should feel comfortable with the lawyer you choose and confident in their ability to represent you in your workers’ compensation case. Make sure they answer your questions when you meet with them and make sure they take time to help you understand your case. 

If you have been injured on the job and are looking for a West Palm Beach or Miami workers’ compensation lawyer, please contact The Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule your no-cost consultation.

Back Injuries Following a Car Accident

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Back injuries can have long-lasting, debilitating effects on your life. Our auto accident attorneys at The Cochran Firm South Florida have seen them time and again from car accidents. Not all back injuries are created equal. Some will affect you more seriously than others.

Compression Fractures

Compression fractures are seen most in older adults and are relatively minor as far as back injuries go. Healing from a compression fracture requires rest, bracing and pain medication, but they generally heal in 8-10 weeks. Some can require surgery.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Car accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. These are serious injuries. Damage to the spinal cord should be treated immediately. Depending on the location of the injury, you can experience numbness, pain, or complete loss of sensation. These injuries can be very costly. An auto accident attorney can help you get the compensation you need for recovery.

Disc Injuries

Pressure on your spine can push a disc out of place. This is often called a slipped disc or a herniated disc. Pain from this injury stems from the disc pushing on a nerve. Surgery is often the remedy for this type of injury.

If you have been injured and need an auto accident attorney in West Palm Beach, Miami, or Ft. Lauderdale, please contact The Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule your free consultation.

Failure to Notice Fetal Distress

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Failing to notice fetal distress puts your child at risk for serious physical and mental disabilities. As medical malpractice attorneys in the West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale areas, we’ve seen the mistakes of health care professionals permanently alter the lives of otherwise healthy infants far too often.

Your doctor and his medical staff are responsible for monitoring your baby during labor and delivery. They are trained to look for signs of fetal distress in your baby, such as:

  • Low heart rate
  • Reduced movement
  • Fecal matter in the amniotic fluid
  • No response to stimuli

When signs of fetal distress are present, the doctor must make an emergency decision to reduce the fetal stress. Often this results in a cesarean section.

If the doctor and nurses do not act to reduce the fetal distress, the result can be serious birth injuries, which include:

  • Brain damage
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Erb’s palsy
  • Fetal asphyxia

The effects of birth injury as your child ages can be financially and emotionally taxing on your entire family.

If your child suffered a birth injury and you would like to schedule a consultation with a medical malpractice attorney in the West Palm Beach or Ft. Lauderdale area, please contact The Cochran Firm South Florida.

Complications of Brain Injuries from Birth Trauma

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Thousands of children each year are injured during delivery. Infant brain injury is a preventable birth injury that affects too many in our technologically advanced society. At The Cochran Firm South Florida, our birth injury lawyers may be able to help you recover the compensation you need to cope with these life-long injuries to your child.

When medical professionals ignore the accepted standards of care and make wrong decisions during your child’s birth, the results will follow your child for the rest of their life.

Bleeding in the brain (intracranial hemorrhage) is caused by blood vessels rupturing within the skull. It is more common among premature infants.

Permanent brain damage (neonatal encephalophathy) is caused by low blood flow and low oxygen to the baby during birth. It can result in permanent cell death in the baby’s brain.

These birth injuries can result in different types of cerebral palsy and other conditions that will affect the quality of life of your child. These brain injuries will lead to life-long care taking of your child and high medical bills.

If your child suffered a brain injury during delivery and you need to talk to a birth injury lawyer in West Palm Beach or anywhere in Florida, please contact The Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule your no-cost consultation.

What Questions Do I Ask a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

If you are looking for a criminal lawyer in Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, or Florida in general, you will want to ask your prospective criminal defense lawyer a few questions before asking them to take your case.

What is your background and experience?

You want to know that your criminal lawyer has defended clients facing criminal charges like yours. An attorney who only defends DUI clients will probably not be a good choice to defend you against an embezzlement charge. 

What are my legal options?

You don’t want surprises in your case. Ask your criminal lawyer what happens if you plead guilty or go to trial. You’ll want to know what possible sentence you’re facing. Is it a fine or incarceration?

How will you manage my case?

Is this the criminal lawyer who will be handling your case or does he rely on an associate? How can you contact the attorney and how soon can you expect responses?

At The Cochran Firm South Florida, our experienced criminal lawyers welcome your questions. We want you to feel confident in our defense of your criminal charge. 

If you are facing criminal charges and need a criminal lawyer in Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach or anywhere in Florida, please contact The Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule your free case evaluation.