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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. 

Suing Parents Who Don't Vaccinate Their Children

Posted on 12 October, 2014 at 16:57 Comments comments (224)
An article on the Harvard Law School blog points out that outbreaks of measles have returned to the United Sates.  A mini-epidemic is raging in Brooklyn.  The reason for the reappearance of the disease is that parents are no vaccinating their children.  The author suggests, "maybe it is time to get tough on those whose choices put others at risk."

For decades, there has been a safe, effective vaccine that works exceedingly well against the measles–95% full protection for a kid who has been vaccinated– and nearly equally well at preventing transmission to others.  The more people have been vaccinated the tougher it is for measles to gain a foothold.

NY City health officials have reported 30 cases so far–26 in Borough Park and four more in Williamsburg.  The NY Daily News reports that the consequences of this outbreak have been dire:

“There have been two hospitalizations, a miscarriage and a case of pneumonia as a result of this outbreak,” a Health Department spokeswoman said. “All cases involved adults or children who were not vaccinated due to refusal or delays in vaccination.”

So far the outbreak has been among religious Jews some of whom shun getting the vaccine for their kids out of fear it causes autism. 

Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn are not the only ones making poor, dangerous and sometimes fatal choices by avoiding vaccination.  Twenty people were sickened a few weeks ago in North Carolina when an unvaccinated person came back from India, attended two youth baseball games, and later, developed symptoms of measles having exposed many people.  An infant in Battle Creek, Michigan, whose parents traveled out of the country without vaccinating their child against measles likely exposed others to measles at a pediatric office and subsequently at the emergency room where their measles-infected child was taken.  And Britain is battling an enormous outbreak of measles directly attributable to non-vaccination

Pockets of measles spring up in places where parents choose for one reason or another not to vaccinate and then take an infected child on a bus, to an airport, to daycare, an amusement park, a church or other public places.

For many years public health officials have tried to debunk false fears about vaccine safety.  Public officials have tried to make vaccination a condition of entering school.  But choosing not to vaccinate is still permitted.  Some parents home school to duck the vaccination requirement.  And some parents just won’t believe that the vaccines are safe no matter how many studies prove otherwise.

The Harvard Law School blog author opines that parents have a right to decide not to vaccinate their children, but society has been too lenient in putting up with the consequences of that poor choice.  If your kid gets the measles, and remember public health officials are getting very very good at tracing outbreaks to their source, and makes my kid sick (can happen since vaccine is not 100% effective), my newborn baby die (newborns can’t benefit from vaccines) or my wife miscarry (fetuses are at especially high risk), then shouldn’t I be able to sue you for the harm you have done?

Some will say that the law permits parents to refuse vaccinations, and that protects against liability.  Maybe.

If you know the dangers of measles or for that matter whooping cough or mumps, and you still choose to put others at risk should you be exempt from the consequences of that choice?  I can choose to drink but if I run you over it is my responsibility.  I can choose not to shovel the snow from my walk but if you fall I pay.  Why should failing to vaccinate your children or yourself be any different?

When the subject is vaccines a tiny minority continue to put the rest of us at risk.  We are willing to let them choose to do so without penalty.  That should change.  If I know you or your kid made mine sick because you chose not to vaccinate then you should bear full responsibility for the harm you knew or ought to have known could happen.

If you or your child has become ill after contracting the illness from an unvaccinated child, you should contact an experienced Florida personal injury attorney.  Steven Meyer is board certified as an expert in civil trial law.  Our office offers a free initial consultation.  Our experienced accident and personal injury team will be happy to discuss your case with you.