Fight Erupts at a Jacksonville Beach Golf Course

golf (chispeta).jpgA brawl took place at the Jacksonville Beach Municipal Golf Course on Saturday afternoon. According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, the battle erupted between two groups of golfers. Surprisingly, the group that initiated the attack consisted of two elderly men and two elderly women. The main culprit in the group was 61-year-old James Alonzo Hines. According to an arrest report, Hines was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He was jailed and later released. Our Palm Beach County personal injury lawyer understands that violent attacks can occur in the unlikeliest of places – even in safe and friendly venues.

The group that was attacked was comprised of six young men who were out celebrating the pending nuptials of their friend Donald Salsbery. The individuals who suffered injuries from the incident were Murdock Hampe, Michael Hankin, and Justin Ravel. The elderly group was golfing behind the young men and had become impatient with the slow-paced game of the young men, claiming that they were holding up their game. The young golfers were neither drunk nor driving their golf cart recklessly. They were simply enjoying the day and playing a leisurely game of golf. Continue reading “Fight Erupts at a Jacksonville Beach Golf Course”

Fire Strikes Twice at Palm Beach Condominium

fire.jpgA condominium complex in suburban West Palm Beach was struck by fire for the second consecutive night. The building, a two-story four-unit condominium, is located south of Gun Club Road and west of Haverhill Road. According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, fire-rescue crews were called to the first fire around 11:58 p.m. on Monday night. The cause of the fire is still reported to be unknown. Firefighters were called to a second fire at the same location at approximately 1:52 a.m. in the early hours of Wednesday. Again, investigations have yet to reveal the cause of the second fire. Our Palm Beach County personal injury lawyer understands that regardless of whether the cause of an accident is known, people will be injured in unfortunate situations like this, and they often have certain legal rights which allow them to be compensated for their suffering. Continue reading “Fire Strikes Twice at Palm Beach Condominium”

Automobile Crashes into Supermarket–Reminder of Ever-Present Car Accident Risks

Similar to the plane crash that was reported in our previous post, an unusual accident occurred at a Central Florida supermarket, injuring ten Palm Beach residents. Thelma Wagenhoffer, a 76-year-old woman, crashed into a Publix supermarket. According to an article in The Daytona Beach News-Journal, an investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol reveals that Wagenhoffer’s 2004 Toyota Camry “accelerated rapidly as it crossed the parking lot” and crashed into the Publix. After crashing through the glass doors, the vehicle continued to travel for at least another 40-50 feet. The incident occurred early in the afternoon on Saturday. Our Palm Beach County automobile crash attorney understands that these sorts of bizarre accidents happen more frequently than some might suspect. Innocent bystanders are often hurt in the process Continue reading “Automobile Crashes into Supermarket–Reminder of Ever-Present Car Accident Risks”

Florida Plane Crash Injures Five

A horrific scene unfolded in an Orlando supermarket this week when a small airplane crashed through the roof of the store. According to an article in the Claims Journal, two passengers on the aircraft and three customers at the grocery store were injured in the crash. The incident occurred around 7:20 on Tuesday evening, and eyewitnesses say that it was as though something had exploded inside the store. The impact was so severe that several people were knocked off their feet. plane.jpg

The plane and store caught fire immediately. Fueled by the aircraft’s exploding gas tank, the fire continued to blaze for more than an hour after firefighters arrived. Customers inside the store hurried through the smoke to get outside, where, for the first time, they saw the airplane and were able to identify what was happening. While most customers did not suffer any major injury, there were reports of several people, including the pilot and co-pilot, whose clothing was on fire. One shopper, a college student named Brendan Beitler, sustained burn injuries on his leg when his pants caught fire. Altogether, five people were hospitalized, but they are all expected to be released in the near future. Of course, even the people who sustained no physical injuries suffered a great deal of emotional trauma due to the fear and the horror of seeing people literally burning around them. Continue reading “Florida Plane Crash Injures Five”

Florida Taser-Related Brain Injury Goes Unpunished

handcuffs.jpgIn recent years, the use of tasers by police officers has increased. While tasers, or stun guns as they are also known, are generally considered a safe and non-lethal method of detaining an uncooperative or fleeing suspect, there have been a significant number of Florida taser-related injuries and deaths, especially over the last couple years. Many people think that giving police stun guns as an alternative to deadly force was a good practice because it encouraged police to exhaust every possible remedy prior to discharging their firearms. However, as more time passes, it seems that many officers have come to rely on their tasers as a way to bring a suspect into submission even when they are not really being threatened. Because they are considered safe, stun guns are being used more and more often, but the more they are used, the more we see that they are not always safe. Continue reading “Florida Taser-Related Brain Injury Goes Unpunished”

Palm Beach Family Sues Florida Department of Juvenile Justice

law books 2.jpgJust a few months ago, our West Palm Beach injury lawyer brought you the story of the tragic death of 18-year-old Eric Perez, a young man who died last July while in the custody of a local juvenile detention center. This week, according to an article in the Orlando Sentinel, the parents of the teen announced their plans to file a Palm Beach wrongful death suit against the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (“DJJ”). This news comes on the heels of the grand jury announcing that its decision not to file charges against the officers who were on duty at the time of Perez’s death. The grand jury’s report did excoriate the officers for their failure to call for medical assistance for Perez in the hours leading up to his death but failed to find that their actions – or lack thereof – warranted criminal charges. Continue reading “Palm Beach Family Sues Florida Department of Juvenile Justice”

Boynton Beach Woman Recovering After Being Hit by Her Own Car

Our Boynton Beach personal injury lawyer was alarmed to hear about a devastating injury suffered by an 82-year-old area woman this week. Gilda Grocco Bartlett, of Boynton Beach, drove her car out to her mailbox on the morning of March 9 to pick up her mail. According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, Ms. Bartlett stopped, put her vehicle in park and climbed out to walk to the mailbox. After she exited the car, the gears apparently slipped back into reverse, and the vehicle began to move backwards. Unable to get out of its path, Ms. Bartlett was struck by the open driver’s side door of her own vehicle. She was then dragged for approximately 30 feet before she was able to get free of the car. Even after striking and dragging the victim, the car continued to move backwards in circles at about 10 or 15 miles per hour. A rescue firefighter who arrived on the scene, Jody Marlow, tried to jump into the vehicle in an effort o stop it, but was unable to do so. Marlow was injured in the attempt, though the injuries were not serious. Police were finally able to bring the runaway car to a stop by placing a patrol car in its path. Gilda Bartlett was taken to Delray Medical Center, where she is reportedly in serious but stable condition. Continue reading “Boynton Beach Woman Recovering After Being Hit by Her Own Car”

Tragic Florida Carbon Monoxide Accident Is Reminder to Take Precautions

Our Palm Beach County injury attorney was saddened to hear about an elderly couple from Boca Raton who passed away in their home this week as the apparent result of carbon monoxide poisoning. The couple, whose names have not yet been released to the media, were in their 70s. Some friends of the couple came to their home to pick them up and drive them to the airport. Because the couple had a plane to catch and should have been ready to go, the friends quickly became alarmed when no one answered the door. Fearing that something was terribly wrong, they first attempted to trip the alarm in the home and then called police. According to the Palm Beach post, when police and fire rescue crews arrived on the scene and entered the home, they discovered the bodies of the two residents. They had apparently been dead for several days, and the carbon monoxide levels in the house were very high.

carbonmonoxide.jpgStories like this one are always particularly difficult to accept because carbon monoxide poisoning can so easily be prevented. Carbon monoxide is a gas that cannot be seen or smelled. Therefore, a room could be filling up with carbon monoxide without anyone realizing it until it is too late. If the leak is slow enough, there may be some warning ahead of time in the form of headache, dizziness, nausea, and even disorientation or confusion. Having a carbon monoxide detector in your home is the ideal way to prevent poisoning. Carbon monoxide detectors are commercially available and relatively inexpensive, and they can be used to warn residents if carbon monoxide reaches an unsafe level in the home. It is, of course, important to test these detectors regularly and remember to replace the batteries. Continue reading “Tragic Florida Carbon Monoxide Accident Is Reminder to Take Precautions”

Jury Awards $1.26 Million to Florida Dog Bite Victim

bite.jpgA Florida jury sent a powerful message to dog owners this week when it awarded Marie Tatman $1.26 million in compensation for a vicious Florida dog bite injury Tatman suffered in 2007. The attack occurred at Wickham Park in Melbourne, Florida, where the victim’s daughter had entered her own dog in a dog show. According to an article by Florida Today, Tatman’s lawyer said that the attack was unprovoked and that it occurred when his client was walking past the dog, an Akita. The dog grabbed her ankle in his mouth and bit down, crushing the bones in his teeth.

The dog’s owner claimed that the attack had been provoked by Tatman tripping over her dog, but the jury did not believe that version of events, probably in part because of the Akita’s violent history. The dog had previously bitten at least three other people, and owners had been told that he should not be put back into a home. However, his life was spared on the condition that he spend the rest of his life in a rural setting, away from people. Continue reading “Jury Awards $1.26 Million to Florida Dog Bite Victim”

$3.3 Million Verdict for Wrongful Detainment

A 2008 incident that started out as a routine trip to the bank for a Miami man but quickly turned into a terrifying nightmare has resulted in a $3.3 million jury award. According to the Miami Herald, on July 3, 2008, Rodolfo Valladeres walked into a Bank of America to cash a check for $100. The bank teller, thinking that Valladeres was there to rob the bank, triggered a silent alarm to alert police. Minutes later, local police descended upon the bank, rushed inside, and ordered everyone to the ground. They then grabbed Valladeres and forced him to the floor, where he was handcuffed and even kicked in the head. It took bank employees and police several minutes before they realized that they had the wrong man. Continue reading “$3.3 Million Verdict for Wrongful Detainment”