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Woman Injured by Falling Masonry at Hotel in Tampa, Florida

Posted on 2 July, 2019 at 23:39 Comments comments (4112)
A woman was injured after attending an event at the famous Floridan Palace Hotel in downtown Tampa.  The woman was standing on the sidewalk outside the hotel when a piece of masonry broke off the hotel wall three stories above the ground and struck her.  The woman was hospitalized because of her injuries.  

The Floridan was built in 1927.  It closed in the 1990's, and remained empty for many years. It was remodeled and re-opened a few years ago.  

A similar thing happened at a hotel in Miami Beach a number of years ago, when a guest walked out the door of the hotel and was struck on the head with a falling object.  

Our office has handled many claims on behalf of people who were injured in Florida hotels or resorts.  Many claims involve falls in the hotel, elevator or escalator injuries, swimming pool accidents, injuries in a parking lot, or food related illnesses.  If you or a loved one were injured in a hotel or resort in Florida, we would be happy to discuss the issues with you.  We offer a free consultation.  Steven Meyer is a board certified expert in handling civil trial cases, which includes personal injury cases.  Please give us a call.

Guest Sues Disney After Bird Attacks Her

Posted on 2 July, 2019 at 23:28 Comments comments (487)
A Florida woman has sued the Disney Corporation after she was attacked by a large bird that nests at Disney's Polynesian Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, outside of Orlando.  The woman was walking on a wooden dock at the Polynesian Resort, where guests can take a boat across a lagoon to Disney's Magic Kingdom or other parks.  According to the lawsuit, the bird "dive bombed" her and struck her very hard in the head.  The woman claims that she suffered herniated discs in her neck and a traumatic brain injury in the bird attack.  The lawsuit claims that Disney was negligent in not keeping the area clear of large birds that might have a propensity to attack people during nesting season.

Our office has handled many cases against Disney for people who were injured at Disney's parks, hotels or resorts.  If you or a family member had an injury at a Disney property, we would be happy to discuss your case.  Steven Meyer is board certified in civil trial law, which means that he is an expert in handling cases of this type.  

Watch Steven Meyer Interviewed on Fox News

Posted on 22 November, 2018 at 21:51 Comments comments (515)
Steven Meyer has represented numerous clients in election disputes at the local, state and national level.  Watch him interviewed live on Fox News.

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Man Paralyzed in Key West Accident

Posted on 1 July, 2018 at 11:16 Comments comments (7052)
A Massachusetts man filed a lawsuit against the owner of a pier in Key West, Florida, after he dove off the pier into shallow water, struck his head under water, and became paralyzed as a result.  The lawsuit claims that the owner should have posted signs indicating that the water was too shallow for diving.

The pier is on the property of the Galleon Resort and Marina.  The injured man, who is an Iraq War veteran, and his family were hotel guests at the resort when the tragedy occurred.  The family trip was to celebrate the man's 40th birthday.

The Cook Group owns and operates the Sunset Tiki Bar & Grille, the condominium association that governs the residences at the Resort, and Key West Interval Management, were also named defendants in the lawsuit. 

Our office has handled many lawsuits arising from injuries in the Florida Keys.  There are some unique issues involving cases fin places such as Key West, Marathon, Islamorada, Key Largo and Tavernier.  The Florida Keys has a small population, but millions of tourists visit every year.  Steven Meyer is a board certified expert in handling cases involving.  Injuries in the Florida Keys require an aggressive and committed attorney.  If you or a family member have been injured, we would be happy to discuss your case.  Please call us.

Escalator Injuries

Posted on 11 February, 2018 at 15:03 Comments comments (603)
There are more than 17,000 people injured in the United States each year on elevators and escalators, including about 30 people who are killed.  These statistics come from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Most injuries on escalators happen to children.  The most common type of injury is an entrapment injury, where a child's fingers, toes, shoelaces or something else becomes trapped between the back of one step on an escalator and the front of the step behind it.  Safety codes limit the amount of space between steps, but many escalators have spaces that are too large between steps.

Steps on an escalator are typically not connected to one another.  Instead, they are pushed along by large chains located on the side the steps.  These chains require regular maintenance, but often problems develop because an escalator is not properly maintained.

If you or someone you know have been injured in Florida by an escalator or elevator, we would be happy to speak to your about your claim.  We are passionate about justice and achieving good results for our clients.  We offer a free consultation, so please give us a call.

Eight Deaths in Nursing Home After Hurricane Irma

Posted on 13 September, 2017 at 20:46 Comments comments (457)
Hurricane Irma left a trail of property damage across the State of Florida.  However, the most tragic story to emerge in the aftermath of the hurricane is that at least eight residents of a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida (Broward County) tragically died of heat related symptoms after the air conditioning failed at the facility.  

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills is a located right next door to a hospital.  Yet, with no air conditioning, the nursing home did not ask the hospital or other emergency service providers for help.  The patients easily could have been transported next door to the hospital for treatment and hydration.  Instead, reports state that the nursing home staff allowed the patients to suffer for at least three days without air conditioning.  The heat index in the area was close to 100 degrees.  

Florida has a set of laws that hold nursing homes responsible for negligence that injures or kills patients.  These cases are complicated.  One must follow a pre-lawsuit procedure before filing a case in court.  No doubt that the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills will face numerous lawsuits from this tragedy.  From the reports in the media, this facility deserves to be sued, as these deaths were probably preventable.

Our office has experience handling cases of this type.  The nursing home laws have many pitfalls for the unwary. If you or a family member have a potential case against a nursing home, consult with a board certified civil trial attorney.  Board certification by The Florida Bar indicates that an attorney is an expert in a given field.   Steven Meyer is board certified as an expert in two areas of practice - civil trial law and business litigation.  Only a handful of lawyers in Florida are double board certified in this areas.  

Lesões Durante Vôos Internacionais

Posted on 10 May, 2017 at 13:51 Comments comments (387)
Lesões Durante Vôos Internacionais
Milhões de turistas visitam a Flórida todos os anos, muitos de outros países. Se você é ferido durante um vôo internacional ou dentro ou fora do avião, você pode poder fazer uma reivindicação de encontro à linha aérea sob tratados internacionais da aviação.

A boa notícia é que sob os tratados, você não tem que provar que a companhia aérea fez algo errado. Você apenas tem que provar que você foi ferido no vôo. Isso significa, por exemplo, que se você tropeçar e cair no corredor do avião, você pode coletar alguma compensação por seus ferimentos. Somente ferimentos físicos são cobertos, sofrimento mental ou emocional não são cobertos . Se você contribuiu para seus ferimentos (por exemplo, não seguindo as instruções da tripulação de voo), isso pode reduzir a quantidade de dinheiro que você pode reivindicar. 
A maioria dos países assinou estes tratados internacionais de aviação, por isso esta lei se aplica a praticamente todos os voos internacionais. No entanto, você só tem dois anos para fazer uma reclamação, por isso não demora. Entre em contato com um advogado de ferimento pessoal experiente. Nosso escritório oferece uma consulta gratuita e ficaremos felizes em discutir seu caso com você.

Injuries During International Airplane Flights

Posted on 21 January, 2017 at 14:43 Comments comments (460)
Millions of tourists visit Florida every year, many from other countries.  If you are injured during an international flight or while getting on or off the airplane, you may be able to make a claim against the airline under international aviation treaties. 

The good news is that under the treaties, you do not have to prove that the airline did something wrong.  You just have to prove that you were injured on the flight.  That means, for example, that if you trip and fall in the aisle of the plane, you can collect some compensation for your injuries.  Only physical injuries are covered, not mental or emotional distress.  If you contributed to your injuries (say, by not following the flight crew's instructions), that may reduce the amount of money that you can claim. 

Most countries have signed these international aviation treaties, so this law applies to virtually all international flights.  However, you only have two years in which to make a claim, so don't delay.  Contact an experienced personal injury attorney.  Our office offers a free consultation and we would be happy to discuss your case with you. 

Bicycle Accidents are Common in Florida

Posted on 2 March, 2016 at 23:16 Comments comments (569)
Steven Meyer recently participated in the national meeting of the Bicycle Litigation Committee at the winter meeting of the American Association for Justice.  This committee is comprised of some of the most prominent lawyers in the country who handle cases involving bicycle riders who are injured or killed when hit by cars or trucks.  

Bicyclists have the same right to use the roads as cars.  If there is no specially marked bicycle lane, bicyclists are supposed to use the traffic lanes.  Cars are required to give bicycle riders at least three feet of space when passing.  

About 700 bicyclists are killed each year in the United States by cars or trucks.  Thousands more are injured after being hit by a car or truck.  Florida has the highest number of bike riders killed each year.  

Although counties and cities have installed many dedicated lanes just for bicyclists, they are often inadequate.  Most bike lanes are on the far right side of the road.  When the driver of a car makes a right hand turn, he or she must look to see if a bicyclist is approaching his car on the right.  Other drivers make left hand turns in front of oncoming bicyclists.  

Our office has handled many accidents involving bicycles struck by a car or truck.  We offer a free consultation.  If you've been injured while riding a bicycle, please give us a call.

Florida is a Dangerous Place for Bicycle Riders

Posted on 1 March, 2016 at 1:05 Comments comments (393)
More bicyclists are hit by cars in Florida than in just about any other state.  Among the fifty states, Florida has had the first, second or third highest number of bicycle accidents each year for the last fifteen straight years!   In 2012 alone, more than 120 bicyclists were killed in Florida.  

Several factors contribute to these sad statistics.  Because of the weather, people can ride bicycles all year round in Florida.  Also, many Florida drivers and many tourists are not familiar with traffic laws that protect bicyclists.  State law permits bicyclists to ride in a traffic lane when there's no dedicated bicycle lane.  Further, motorists are supposed to give bicyclists at least three feet of space when passing them in a car.

Although bicycle lanes are springing up in many areas in Florida, the lanes are sometimes confusing, particularly for drivers in a car.  Further, cars have to cross bicycle lanes when making either a left or right hand turn.  Motorists have to get used to looking to see if a rider is in the bike lane before turning.  In fact, most car/bike accidents happen when a driver is turning right and doesn't see the bicyclist on his right approaching the passenger side of this car.  

Because bicyclists have very little protection, they often suffer serious injuries.  That's why it's so important for all bicyclists to wear a helmet at all times.

It's also very important for bicyclists to carry "uninsured motorist" coverage on their automobile insurance policy.  If you are riding your bike and a car hits you, you have no idea whether that driver has auto insurance, or enough auto insurance to pay you for your injuries.  If the other driver is uninsured or "under" insured, you can make a claim against your own automobile insurance policy under your own uninsured motorist coverage.  Since you can't depend on a stranger to have enough insurance to pay your claim, you can protect yourself by adding uninsured motorist coverage to your own auto insurance policy.  It may be the only thing protecting you and your family from the actions of a negligent driver.

If you've been injured in any type of bicycle accident, we'd be happy to discuss whether you have a claim.  We have handled a lot of bicycle vs. car collision cases.  Our personal injury / bicycle accident lawyers handle cases all over Florida.  We offer a free initial consultation.

Please give us a call.