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Florida Laws May Limit Compensation in South Florida Irma Related Nursing Home Negligence Lawsuits

Florida laws may prevent family members of the 14 South Florida nursing home residents who died in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma from receiving full compensation for the nursing home’s alleged negligence. At least 10 lawsuits have been filed against the South Florida nursing home for its alleged mishandling of the days following Hurricane Irma when the home lost power causing the temperature inside the facility to reach dangerous levels for the incapacitated residents living there. Shortly after the tragedy, the nursing home lost its federal funding and operating license forcing it to lay off staff and close permanently. However, as the lawsuits move forward, families suing the nursing home have found that a 2014 law may restrict a plaintiff’s ability to claim punitive damages in negligence cases

October 23rd, 2017|Current Events|

Florida Car Accident Insurance Probe Widens Need for Mandatory Liability and UM Insurance

At least six more suspects were recently arrested in a widening investigation into automobile insurance fraud allegedly involving numerous area attorneys and medical clinic owners. Investigators allege that the fraudulent activity involves a staggering $23 million. New federal charges were filed against three South Florida clinic owners, an attorney and two chiropractors in the Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade areas. The charges include racketeering, mail fraud conspiracies, wire fraud, health care fraud and making false statements. Investigators claim that the fraudulent activities involved dozens of chiropractic clinics used to commit automobile insurance fraud. The attorney that was arrested is also alleged to have paid more than $1 million to illegally solicit clients and then refer them to these clinics. Clinic owners are alleged to have paid illegal kickbacks

October 11th, 2017|Car Accidents|

Injuries and Damages Related to Negligent Hurricane Irma Cleanup

We are all in a rush to restore order after a tragedy like Hurricane Irma.  By the break of dawn my wife and I were out cleaning what we could, out and about our home and offices, to try and return to a sense of normalcy.  Our homeowner and business associations are rushing to hire the crews necessary to clean up.  We all have no patience for the disruptions that befell us in Florida from Hurricane Irma. But we all are responsible for safety first. Many of us know the dangers associated with hurricane preparations.  Emergency rooms were frequented by victims of hurricane shutter related injuries. Think of all the risk posed now, during the post Hurricane Irma clean-up process.  Should safety ever be sacrificed for speed? If

September 18th, 2017|Current Events|

Cranes & Hurricane Irma – Crane & Debris Removal

Hurricanes and particularly Irma, teach us that we can’t take paradise for granted. Hurricanes teach us the need for preparation, vigilance and strict attention to safety-first principles. Floridians have been blessed with a robust construction boom throughout our state and particularly in our rising cities – such as Miami & Fort Lauderdale-due to our ever-blossoming real estate growth. Businesses and individuals desire to move to Florida from all over the United States, South America, and globally. Florida is typically a paradise, and well worth working and living in, except when tragedy like Hurricane Irma strikes. The signs of our success have been scattered throughout our city skyscapes, identified by those monstrous cranes that allow the downtown Fort Lauderdale and Miami cities to seamlessly expand, while our day to

September 14th, 2017|Current Events|

Hurricane Irma Causes Extensive Property Damage to South Florida – Filing Tips for Property Insurance Claims

As residents of Fort Lauderdale, Miami, The Keys – Monroe County and other South affected areas begin cleaning up the damage left behind by Hurricane Irma, many will begin filing claims with their property insurance carriers for the damage caused to their homes, businesses and other property.  Unfortunately, the claims process is often a complex and stressful process, especially when the insurance company delays the process, challenges the value of a claim, or attempts to deny a claim altogether by stating the cause of damage is not a covered event. The following steps can help a South Florida property owner when filing a property damage insurance claim: Before you do anything, carefully review your property insurance policy documents.  Before you begin the clean-up process or prior to any

Takata Air Bag Inflator Explodes in Florida Accident

A Florida driver was recently killed in a car crash involving an exploding Takata air bag inflator.  The driver was operating a 2002 Honda Accord when the crash occurred and the driver side air bag inflator ruptured. The cause of death is still currently under investigation, however, if the air bag caused the Florida driver’s death, it would be the 19th death worldwide, and 13th in the United States, where a Takata air bag inflator is blamed. Takata air bag inflators have been found to explode with too much force and can blow apart a metal canister that causes shrapnel to shoot out into the passenger cabin of a vehicle.  These defective air bag inflators have led to the largest automobile recall in U.S. history, with 42 million vehicles being

September 6th, 2017|Product Liability|