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Andrés Coballasi Durand has been a vital force driving the settlement of personal injury claims against insurance companies at Kenyon Law Group, P.L.L.C. He is licensed to practice law in both Mexico and Florida, with a combined legal education of over eight years. Beyond his eight years of education in two separate countries, he has actually been working as a practicing attorney of law for more than ten years. The last five years of his career has been dedicated strictly to personal injury, car accidents, and immigration.

After attending the Universidad Anahuac for a law degree in Mexico City, Mexico, Mr. Coballasi Durand worked for Buffette Sarmiento Abogados, where he litigated multimillion dollar cases. Mr. Coballasi Durand’s concrete skills of argument and persuasion, in and out of the courtroom, supplement Mrs. Kenyon’s experience in litigation, creating a powerful force qualified to represent you in your car accident or injury claim. Cases that he has handled include mainly personal injury claims, immigration, consumer protection, and complex business litigation for international corporations. Let our combined experience serve you when you most need it.

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auto wreckIf you have been in a car accident, there are certain steps you should take to protect your rights.

If you have suffered a serious injury, you may be unable to take these steps to protect your rights. Your safety comes first. Do not attempt to do any of these steps if you are not in a condition to move. Wait for someone to call 911.

    If You Are Involved in an Accident:

  1. Call the police. An officer will appear to investigate the scene of the accident and write an accident report.
  2. While waiting for the officer, gather insurance and contact information from the other driver and any witnesses.
  3. Take pictures of both vehicles involved in the accident.
  4. Obtain names, email addresses and phone numbers for any occupants in each vehicle involved, and any witnesses.
  5. If you have suffered an injury, seek medical attention. Florida law requires that you seek medical attention within 14 days from the date of the accident to be eligible to recover PIP benefits.
  6. Call an attorney before giving a sworn statement to the insurance companies. Insurance companies are not your friend, and they are not looking out for your best interest.
  7. Do not sign any documents that the other driver or the insurance company presents to you without consulting an attorney.

    What NOT To Do if You Are Involved in an Accident

  1. Never leave the scene of an accident, no matter how minimal the damage appears to be to each vehicle.
  2. Never leave an accident scene without calling the police. Always call the police to have a police report drafted, no matter what excuse the other driver provides.
  3. Never agree to handle the situation without insurance. What appears to be minimal damage could turn into something very expensive that the other driver may not want to pay outside of insurance.
  4. Never ignore pains and symptoms that may have been caused by the accident.
  5. Never give a sworn statement to the insurance company, or sign any documents, without the advice of an attorney.

wheelchairWhen you slip and fall on someone else’s property, the property owner may be held liable for your injuries. A property owner should take reasonable steps to ensure that you are safe on the property. Liability may occur, and you could potentially recover compensation for your injuries, if the following apply:

    Slip and Fall

  1. The owner of the property or his or her employee caused the condition that led rise to your injury, such as a spill, a worn or torn spot, or other slippery or potentially dangerous condition,
  2. The owner of the property knew or should have known of the dangerous condition, but failed to do anything to correct it,
  3. Your injury was related to the dangerous condition.
  4. If you are the cause of the injury, you may not be able to recover your medical bills. If you are unsure, you should speak to an attorney to determine who should be responsible for the injuries.

Dog Bite

Florida Statute 767.04 makes an owner of a dog liable for that dog biting another person in certain situations. If you have been bitten by a dog, obtain the contact information for the dog’s owner, and call the police. If the injury requires medical attention, seek medical attention. If you have been the victim of a dog bite, seek legal advice.

If you insurance policy documents allow, you may be entitled to full compensation for your loses due to fire. If you have been a victim of a fire, and your insurance company does not want to compensate you under your fire policy for the damages to your home or property, contact an attorney.

green cardAndrés Coballasi Durand is both professionally and personally familiar with the immigration process. He has personally applied for a tourist visa, student visa, and work visa in the United States Embassy in Mexico City. In the United States he has adjusted his status to a legal permanent resident and has helped many clients become US citizens. His personal experience with immigration matters and his work with the Latinos in the U.S.A. has increased his desire to help immigrants from Latin American countries.

Mr. Coballasi Durand feels a moral obligation to assist the most vulnerable group within the immigrant population, children. As such, he particularly enjoys processing Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals applications.

If you meet the following conditions, you may be able to avoid deportation and obtain work authorization in the United States of America. If you need help in determining whether you qualify for Deferred Action, set up an appointment with our office.

    Conditions to Avoid Deportation and Obtain Work Authorization

  1. Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
  2. Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday
  3. Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time
  4. Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS
  5. Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012
  6. Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
  7. Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety