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Bullying is now receiving more attention via Florida bullying law. We understand Florida bullying law and are uniquely suited to address cases involving bullying.

Bullying used to be thought of as a part of growing up, a phase that children outgrew. As research has shown, however, the effects of bullying can be long lasting. That’s why Florida bullying law is starting to address these issues. According to researchers at Duke Medicine, children who are bullied are at risk of developing anxiety disorders. They also suffer from depression and can have suicidal thoughts. Later on in life, these same children can become bullies. A child who was both a victim and later on a bully, is prone to higher levels of anxiety and depression. They can have suicidal thoughts. They can also have anxiety and panic disorders. Bullies themselves are also at risk for antisocial personality disorder.

As per Florida bullying law, bullying can be a criminal offense. In cases of involving abuse or assault, teachers and parents may contact law enforcement to request an investigation. Teachers and parents may also report incidents involving repeated harassment of a victim. Bullies can also be held civilly liable for the damage they inflict on their victims as per Florida bullying law. Additionally, parents of bullying victims can hold schools, teachers, and staff members at fault. Even if the bully or school is not charged with a criminal offense, the offense can result in monetary damages paid to the victim.

It is essential that bullying is addressed promptly. The effects of bullying can be devastating to a child’s health, self-confidence, and mental well-being. Bullying can be a humiliating experience for children. They may be uncomfortable confiding in parents or other trusted adults. Additionally, children may fear retaliation from the bully, further social isolation, and being seen as weak.

Bullies are really powerless individuals who lack self-confidence on the inside.

Instead of addressing their own faults and foibles, bullies focus on bringing others down by exhibiting a false sense of power on the outside.

When a bully attempts to “power trip” you, short-circuit them by cutting their power off at the source.

Say, bye bye to bullies!

Nikki Kavouklis Attorney, Author, Inspirational Speaker

At Zen 4 Law, we offer a compassionate approach to working with you and your child. Bullying can leave victims feeling hopeless, out of control, and with depleted self-confidence. This is why we believe our approach can be a healing experience. We focus on the legal matters at hand. We also help to address the emotional needs of your child.

Many adults face bullying in the workplace as well. Just like playground bullies, workplace bullies target those individuals they perceive as weak. They focus on disabled, pregnant, or elderly employees or coworkers. When a bully targets a victim on the basis of disability, religion, gender, race, or age, they may be engaging in unlawful discrimination. Florida’s anti-stalking statute may also provide protection to some victims of bullying.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of bullying at school or in the workplace, contact Zen 4 Law today to discuss Florida bullying law. We want to help you take back your life. We want to uplift and inspire you to move forward with your life.

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Nursing Home Abuse

At Zen 4 Law, we have experience handling nursing home abuse. It is our experience and caring approach that help us excel with this type of case.

Nursing home abuse is a horrible act which affects people who are the most vulnerable in our society. Sadly, the elderly and infirmed are not always given the respect and care they deserve. This often results in a claim for nursing home abuse.

If someone is injured by the actions of a nursing home employee, the facility may be held liable for damages. Damages in a case for nursing home abuse may include past and future medical expenses. They may also include scarring, disability, and pain and suffering.

There are several grounds for bringing a claim for nursing home abuse. A nursing home is required to hire qualified personnel. It must perform checks to ensure an employee has no history of abuse. The nursing home may be found liable if it does not hire qualified personnel and residents get hurt.

Further, many nursing homes are understaffed. This can be very dangerous for residents. When facilities lack a proper staff to resident ratio, staff can become stressed. They often lose a sense of empathy and compassion for those in their care. Facilities that are understaffed can be liable for nursing home abuse if a resident suffers injury or death.

When someone abuses or takes advantage of you, it isn’t a reflection of something wrong with you.

It’s a reflection of a character flaw present within that person.

Nikki Kavouklis Attorney, Author, Inspirational Speaker

Nursing homes are also required to protect their residents from acts by third parties within the facility. The nursing home may be found liable for nursing home abuse if it fails to prevent such an incident.

Inadequate training of nursing home personnel is another instance giving rise to nursing home abuse. Individuals in nursing homes also have the right to dignity, autonomy, and privacy within the facility. The nursing home may be found liable if an employee violates one of these rights.

Nursing homes may also be found liable for giving a resident the wrong medicine or dose. Nursing homes are required to give medication in the manner prescribed. When a person is injured as a result of a medication error, they may seek damages from the physician, pharmacy, or the nursing home itself.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of nursing home abuse, contact Zen 4 Law to learn about your legal options. At Zen 4 Law, we feel deeply for those who are injured while in a nursing home. We strongly believe that the elderly and infirmed of our society deserve the utmost respect and attention.

We are ready to help right the wrongs committed by nursing homes.

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Medical Negligence

We at Zen 4 Law, have years of experience as a medical malpractice lawyer. We pride ourselves on the care and compassion we bring to everything we do.

We have represented numerous clients who have suffered as a result of medical negligence. Along with providing competent legal representation, we also pride ourselves on the care and compassion we bring to everything we do.

When someone goes to a doctor or hospital for treatment, a great deal of trust is place upon that relationship. A patient or loved one of a patient expect care that the doctor or hospital will uphold a certain level harm. They do not expect to be caused harm while undergoing treatment. Unfortunately though, injuries and death result from the negligence of doctors and hospitals.

A person’s greatest accomplishments never come from sailing through the good times.

They come from weathering and overcoming the bad times.

Nikki Kavouklis Attorney, Author, Inspirational Speaker

When medical malpractice results in injury or death, the injured party or loved ones may have a claim. The doctor, nurse, hospital, or other healthcare provider may be liable. They may be liable for damages if they fail to uphold a certain standard of care.

The time limit for bringing a claim for medical malpractice in the State of Florida is two (2) years is two years from the date a person knew, or should have known with the exercise of reasonable diligence, that an injury has occurred and same was the result of medical malpractice. In no instance, can a claim be brought more than four years after the date of actual incident of malpractice, unless there is fraud, concealment, or misrepresentation.

As such, if you believe that you or a loved one have been injured as the result of medical negligence, contact Zen 4 Law and Nikki Kavouklis, a medical malpractice lawyer, right away today to discuss your options.

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Product Liability

Zen 4 Law has extensive experience in Florida defective product litigation. We have represented numerous clients who have sustained injuries arising from manufacturing defects.

At Zen 4 Law, we understand the importance of providing clients with experienced legal counsel. We also pride ourselves on the compassionate care we bring to each of our cases.

A Florida defective product can be harmful to users. If a person is injured by a Florida defective product, he or she may have grounds to file a suit against the manufacturer, wholesaler, or distributor of that product. Several parties may be held liable for injuries sustained due to a defective product, depending on the type of defect.

The two major forms of product defects recognized under Florida and federal law are design defects and manufacturing defects. Manufacturing defects are caused primarily by an error in assembly of the product. A manufacturer is liable for any defects that arise as a result of faulty construction. The injured party must prove that the defect that caused their injury was present when the product left the factory.

The other major type of product defect is design defects. This type of defect arises in the design stages of product design, causing the product to be hazardous for users. Design defects will likely be found in all of the products.

There’s never a mountain you cannot climb, a valley you cannot endure.

Simply believe in yourself and accomplish things you never thought possible.

Nikki Kavouklis Attorney, Author, Inspirational Speaker

Injury due to defective products may also arise from failure to warn users of potential risks. Any party within the chain of supply may be liable if warnings could have prevented any injury or if following any provided warnings caused injury. Warning labels must inform consumers of existing hazards, effects of the hazard, severity of risk involved with the particular product, and how to avoid potential hazards. Warning labels must be highly visible, positioned near the area of hazard, and created to correspond with the life expectancy of the product itself. Warning labels should be designed for ease of readability and should feature one of these key words, as well as a description, symbols or graphics, and messages highlighting essential information to alert consumers of the hazard.

If you or someone you love has suffered an injury due to a defective product, contact Zen 4 Law today to schedule a consultation to discuss your options.

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Defective Drugs

Attorney Nikki Kavouklis is a defective drug lawyer who has handled a number of cases involving defective drugs such a Fen-Phen, Vioxx, Baycol, and Zyprexa.

She has also handled cases involving hormone replacement therapy in which women developed breast cancer.

Attorney Kavouklis, a defective drug lawyer, understands the importance of providing clients with competent legal representation when hiring a defective drug lawyer. She has a compassionate, caring approach to client care when handling these types of cases. She knows the effects of taking a defective drug can be serious and life changing.

When someone takes a prescription drug, they expect the drug to be safe. Unfortunately, prescription drugs can sometimes cause more harm than good. While some side effects of taking a drug can be expected, some patients are given drugs that result in severe side effects including loss of life. If that has occurred, you need to seek the advice of a defective drug lawyer.

Don’t be a victim.

Be a survivor who can overcome any challenges …

because, in fact, you will.

Nikki Kavouklis Attorney, Author, Inspirational Speaker

When injury of loss of life occurs, it is often the result of a drug being put on the market too soon. The drug has not been tested long enough to determine complications. Other times, drugs are kept on the market when the drug companies know of dangerous side effects. Drug companies fail to pull them off the shelves favoring profit over safety. The drug companies see injury and loss of life as being numbers punched into a computer program which are then weighted against sales. In other words, if a drug is big seller, sales outweigh injury or loss of life. The drug stays on the market.

Drug companies are also tightly linked with the FDA, calling into question the validity of any research performed on a drug.

Attorney Kavouklis is passionate as a defective drug lawyer. While she knows certain drugs must be taken to prevent illness or loss of life, she also feels that drug companies and doctors are over prescribing. She has seen this time and time when her clients come into her office with a long list of drugs they are taking. Many of the drugs they are taking are harmful when taken together.

If you have been the victim of a defective drug, contact Zen 4 Law today to schedule a free consultation. We are ready to help you with your legal needs.

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Wrongful Death

At Zen 4 Law, we understand the devastating effects a Florida wrongful death can have on a person. The hardest thing anyone will ever have to face is the death of a loved one. When a loved dies as the result of someone’s negligence, this anguish is compounded.

At Zen 4 Law, we take a compassionate approach to dealing with Florida wrongful death cases. We focus our attention on our clients while acknowledging the grief they are experiencing as a result of their loss. We do everything we can to support and uplift our clients during this difficult time.

Florida wrongful death may occur due to the negligence, recklessness, or deliberate behavior of another party. Survivors of the deceased may file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek damages. These damages include compensation for survivors who were dependent on the deceased decedent for financial or emotional support.

In Florida wrongful death cases, survivors include a spouse, child, parent, sibling, adoptive sibling, or any other relative who was dependent on the decedent. There is a two year statute of limitations for filing Florida wrongful death suits.

When someone we love passes on, their spirit never actually leaves us.

They’ve simply been called upon by God to serve a far greater purpose—to work miracles from above.

Nikki Kavouklis Attorney, Author, Inspirational Speaker

The loss of a loved one is never ever easy. At Zen 4 Law, we think of ourselves as a family, and are here to help ease our client’s pain. We want to make our client’s journey through the legal system as easy as possible. While our clients can never get their loved ones back, we want them to be able to move forward in their lives. For an article addressing the effects of losing a loved one, see Coping with Death and Grief.

If you have lost a spouse or family member, Zen 4 Law may be able to assist you in receiving compensation for your loss. To learn more about your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation.

At Zen 4 Law, we think of our clients as family. Let us uplift and inspired you during the most difficult time of your life.

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Florida Premises Liability

At Zen 4 Law, we pride ourselves in the care and compassion we bring to our Florida premises liability cases. We have extensive experience in handling these types of cases.

Florida premises liability cases result from a number of different things. A person may be injured as the result of a foreign substances or object existing on a floor. They may be injured due to a faulty stairway or handrail.

A person may have fallen or tripped as the result of a damaged sidewalk. Or they may have slipped due to inadequate lighting. They may have been injured by a dangerous merchandise display or other hazardous condition.

When a person visits a business or residence, they put their trust in the hands of the property owner. In a Florida premises liability case, the property owner is to ensure that the premises are safe and secure. If a person is injured on someone’s property, their sense of security may feel violated.

At Zen 4 Law, we seek to provide our clients with competent, experienced legal representation for Florida premises liability cases. We also seek to uplift and inspire our clients to regain a sense of trust and security as they go about their daily living.

For Florida premises liability, business and property owners are required to maintain the interior and exterior of their premises. This includes maintaining their interior facilities. It also includes maintaining sidewalks, parking lots, entryways, and grounds outside a building. Homeowners are also liable for dangerous conditions inside and outside their homes, including driveways or yards.

You weren’t put on this Earth to constantly suffer and struggle.

You were put on this Earth to overcome any obstacles and challenges and enjoy the life God’s given you.

Nikki Kavouklis Attorney, Author, Inspirational Speaker

Visitors to a property most often fall under one of three categories: business invitees, licensees, and trespassers. Business invitees include shoppers at a store, customers at a gas station, repair people invited into a private home to conduct repairs, and others. Property owners must ensure their property is kept in good, safe condition. They must also repair or inform invitees of any dangerous conditions on the property. Part of the obligation of property owners is to continually check the property for any dangers to invitees, including slippery walking surfaces or anything that may pose a risk. Because property owners are required to inspect their premises, they may be found liable for injuries to occurring to invitees as a result of dangerous conditions.

The next category of visitors to which property owners own a standard of care is licensees. Licensees may also be known as social guests: friends, family members, or others who visit a property for social purposes. Property owners must upkeep their property to reasonably ensure safety and repair or warn of any unsafe conditions licensees may encounter on the property.

The third category of visitors to which property owners owe a standard of care, although a lower standard than that of the other two categories, is trespassers. Although trespassers obviously have no permission to be on a property, they are still owed a limited amount of protection from intentional or reckless injury. Property owner may face civil liability if they were, for example, to build a booby-trap-type device, which would set off a gun or other potentially life threatening implement, when triggered by a trespasser. Once a property owner discovers a trespasser on his or her property, he or she has an obligation to warn the trespasser of any known dangers that the trespasser may not notice.

Property owners have a responsibility to make special provisions for the protection of children who enter their property – whether those children enter as guests or trespassers. When certain potentially dangerous features of a property owner’s premises may be found to be particularly appealing to children, reasonable steps must be taken to protect children from those possibly dangerous elements. Swimming pools, large appliances, trampolines, and other equipment which might pose a threat to children must be either removed or, in the case of swimming pools or trampolines, secured behind a fence and locked gate.

Slip/trip and fall accidents can cause devastating and debilitating injuries that leave someone unable to work, care for their children, or tend to household responsibilities. At Zen 4 Law, we recognize the severity of these injuries and work expeditiously to bring our clients’ cases to settlement or trial so that our clients can recover from their injuries and move forward with their lives.

If you or a loved one has been injured on someone’s property or premises, contact Zen 4 Law today to learn how we can help you recover for injuries.

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Motorcycle Accidents

At Zen 4 Law, we have over 22 years of experience handling Florida motorcycle accidents. We understand and recognize the unique nature of these accidents.

Motorcycles do not have the same safety equipment as cars. When drivers of cars are on the roads, they are often careless. They do not respect motorcyclists with whom they share the road. More often than not, a motorcycle involved in accident is damaged beyond repair. The motorcyclist involved in the accident can also sustain serious injuries.

Persons involved in Florida motorcycle accidents are more apt to sustain traumatic brain injury. This leaves them in a declined mental state. This declined mental state has an effect on spouses and family members. They are now burdened with additional household duties. They are faced with dealing with their loved one’s physical and emotional needs.

The effects of Florida motorcycle accidents can be far reaching. Not only does the injured person suffer damages, but their spouse and loved ones do as well. Spouses or other loved ones may be able to recover money for their loss. This includes money for the loss of companionship, affection, comfort, and sexual relations.

If you have been injured as the result of a motorcycle accident, it is important to consult with an attorney. An attorney can help you recover your medical bills and lost wages. An attorney can also help you recover money for pain and suffering. Attorney Kavouklis is experienced in recovering these types of damages. She will also help you recover the damages done to your motorcycle, free of charge.

Nourish yourself physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

When you’re content and at peace with yourself, everyone in your life—including you—benefits as a result.

Nikki Kavouklis Attorney, Author, Insiprational Speaker

Attorney Kavouklis understands the injuries arising from Florida motorcycle accidents. She also understands the emotional toll such accidents can have on a clients. That’s why she’s developed a tool kit to help uplift and inspire her clients. She wants her to clients overcome their traumas. She wants her clients to move forward with their lives.

In late 2014, Attorney Kavouklis took a bold step. She changed the name of her law firm from the Law Offices of Nikki M. Kavouklis, P.A. to Zen 4 Law. In doing so, she combined her love for inspirational writing with her legal services. As a result, her law firm headed in a new direction.

For many years prior, Attorney Kavouklis had witnessed her clients feeling frustrated by an uncaring legal system. She wanted her law firm to become a place where law and inspiration meet. She wanted her clients to feel uplift and inspired during their legal battle. She did not want them to feel depressed or deflated by the system.

Attorney Kavouklis now writes inspirational messages to help her clients. She also writes positive affirmations to help uplift them. She also produces inspirational videos for her clients to watch. Attorney Kavouklis finds great joy in doing this. She cares about her clients. Visit her personal injury blog for more information.

Attorney Kavouklis understands the injuries Florida motorcycle accidents can cause. She is ready to assist her clients and their loved ones in recovering for these injuries.

If you have suffered injuries as a result of Florida motorcycle accidents, contact Zen 4 Law today. Learn about Attorney Kavouklis’ inspiring tool kit. Learn how you can become a stronger, more inspired person.

We want you to feel inspired. We want you to become a stronger person. We care about you as a person. We want you to be a part of our inspiring family.

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Florida Car Accidents

Every ten seconds, someone in the United States is injured in a car accident. At Zen 4 Law, we know the difficulties victims of Florida car accidents can face.

At Zen 4 Law, we handle our clients’ cases with the utmost attention and bring to our cases extensive experience handling Florida car accidents. Both our attorney and staff bring their passion for providing inspiring, compassionate legal representation. We want to help our clients in whatever way possible. It’s our goal to make our clients feel more inspired.

Every ten seconds, someone in the United States is injured in a car accident. See the following for car accident statistics in the State of Florida: Florida car accidents data from the DMV.

Even minor Florida car accidents can result in long-term anxiety. A person can also develop phobias involving motor vehicles. A study conducted by British researchers found that at least one-third of all people involved in nonfatal car accidents suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. They also suffer from anxiety, phobias, and depression up to a year following Florida car accidents. This goes to show that even in cases where injury is minor, the effects of Florida car accidents on a person’s happiness, health, and mental well-being can be devastating. That’s why at Zen 4 Law, we take our job seriously.

The heartaches and hardships you experience in life aren’t meant as a form of punishment.

They’re meant as a way to polish and strengthen your character.

Nikki Kavouklis Attorney, Author, Inspirational Speaker

In our over two decades of practicing law, we have learned that the damage caused by Florida car accidents can be more than physical. Florida car accidents can result in long-term stress that impacts a person’s work. They can also effect relationships as well as physical recovery. The emotional and mental pain resulting from Florida car accidents is often overlooked. At Zen 4 Law, we recognize the emotional and mental toll car accidents can cause. We want to help our clients recover from their traumas.

That’s why we go above and beyond in assisting our clients. We handle, free of charge, their claim for property damage done to their car as the result of an accident. We know the importance of having an operational vehicle for travel to and from work. We know the importance of getting to and from doctor appointments.

We also submit our clients’ mileage, prescriptions, and other out of pocket expenses to their insurance carriers for payment. This relieves our clients of the burden of having to do so. Our clients’ only concern is to seek the medical care and attention they need. This helps them on the path to healing and recovery after their car accidents.

At Zen 4 Law, we know the aftermath of Florida car accidents can be devastating. No matter the extent of one’s physical injuries, the effects can be traumatic. It can leave one feeling hopeless and out of control. A car accident may be one of the more stressful experiences of your life. But we, at Zen 4 Law, strive to make certain your time with us leaves you feeling hopeful, uplifted, and ready to take back your life.

Contact us at Zen 4 Law today to learn how we can help you with your car accident. We want to help you recover. We care about you as a person.

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