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As the public increases its use of mobile banking apps, partially due to increased time at home, the FBI anticipates cyber actors will exploit these platforms. Americans are increasingly using their mobile devices to conduct banking activities such as cashing checks and transferring funds. US financial technology providers estimate more than 75 percent of Americans used mobile banking in some form in 2019. Studies of US financial data indicate a 50 percent surge in mobile banking since the beginning of 2020. Additionally, studies indicate 36 percent of Americans plan to use mobile tools to conduct banking activities, and 20 percent plan to visit branch locationsRead More →

Every two hours, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic crash. This is a sad but true national statistic. The good news is that traffic accidents and fatalities have declined. But pedestrian accidents have actually increased. This could be in part due to the fact that more people are walking, whether it be to get exercise or to save gas money. And another contributing factor could be the sheer fact that our cities and towns are getting more and more populated. In 2011, pedestrians made up 14% of our national traffic fatalities. This information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The statisticRead More →

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Honda Acura, saying the 2016-2019 Acura MDX and 2019-2020 Acura RDX vehicles possess a transmission defect.  The defect allegedly causes cars to stall, downshift, decelerate, or shutdown while driving, which poses a safety risk to drivers and others.  The Acura transmission defect class action lawsuit asserts that the defect is caused by a miscommunication between the software and computers controlling the vehicles’ transmission, engine and throttle. According to the class action complaint, the problem often occurs when the vehicle is driven at highway speeds, when the driver changes lanes or when accelerating to pass another vehicle. TheRead More →

When you send your child to daycare, you expect him or her to be taken care of and looked after. That is usually precisely what occurs. Unfortunately, though, proper care isn’t always given. There have been several cases of child abuse at daycares in Florida and around the country. As a parent, it is a reasonable assumption that when you leave your child in the hands of daycare, the organization’s staff will work to ensure no harm comes to them. If anything other than their complete safety occurs, you may want to take legal action. In many cases, if your child is injured while atRead More →

What are Damages? Seeking damages after a car accident is not purely about the money, even though money awards help injured parties get back to a life of normalcy, it is about making the plaintiff whole. Damages are awarded to the plaintiff in a personal injury case to help them move on with life in the best way possible. Calculating damages depends on several factors, including medical billed costs, pain and suffering and lost wages. Attorneys at Balkan and Patterson can assist you in calculating your damages. Special Damages: Economic Special or economic damages are generally easy to calculate. If you or someone you loveRead More →

In the state of Florida, a great majority of cyclists qualify for damages in a personal injury lawsuit when they are involved in an accident with a car or motorized vehicle. It is a good idea that you consult with a board-certified personal injury attorney at Balkan and Patterson to find out if you qualify for compensation. Should you or someone you love become injured in a car accident while riding a bicycle, here are 6 critical steps to take to ensure that you can be reimbursed for the costs associated with those injuries. 1.  Call the Police Always stay put and involve the police.Read More →

Florida probate law ensures that the deceased’s estate (or wealth) is properly distributed according to their will. In probate proceedings, portions of an estate are often left to someone unable to manage their inheritance. These individuals, whether minors or incapacitated adults, must enter into probate guardianship to receive their inheritance. What is Probate Guardianship? Guardianship is the appointment of an individual who can manage someone’s inheritance while they are incapacitated or under the age of 18. Guardians are required by law to use and manage the inheritance in the clear, best interest of the inheritor.  Who Needs Guardianship? A legal settlement or inheritance valued overRead More →

Even minor motorcycle accidents can become a nightmare for motorcyclists. Those wearing the proper gear are likely to survive, though they may still suffer injuries as a result of their accident. If you or someone you love is involved in a motorcycle accident, there are a few things that you should be aware of. Here is a quick guide to help you know what to do after a motorcycle accident. What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident It is never helpful to exchange stories with the other driver(s) or admit to any fault. Your focus should instead be about getting treated for your injuries andRead More →

Injuries suffered in a vehicle accident are already terrible, but what if the driver responsible was driving so recklessly that there was no way to avoid an accident? Reckless driving is illegal in Florida, and many choose to sue the reckless driver responsible for their injuries. If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of another driver’s reckless driving, you are perfectly able to sue that driver for damages. Here is a quick guide to understanding the consequences of reckless driving in Florida. What is Reckless Driving? According to Florida statute 316.192, “Any person who drives any vehicle in willful orRead More →

Yes, you can sue the other driver if you caused the accident while on your bike. However, depending upon the circumstances of the accident, it may or may not be in your best interest to do so. The reason that you can (and maybe even should) sue the other driver that hit you on your bike – even if you caused the accident – is due to Florida’s partial fault clause. In this article, we will discuss how partial fault works, steps you should take after a bike accident involving a car, and how to seek a personal injury attorney’s advice on your bicycle accidentRead More →