Category: Palm Beach Injury Lawyer

Oklahoma Tornado Not Going to Affect Florida Insurance Rates

All Americans feel for Oklahomans right now, and our Florida property insurance lawyer feels compassion for those affected by the devastating tornado. But for those in our state struggling to pay already high insurance costs, it will be a relief to know aggressive insurance companies can’t use the tragedy of the Oklahoma tornado to jack up insurance rates in Florida.gavel.jpg

Bob Hartwig, the president of the Insurance Information Institute, reminded reporters recently that by law insurance companies have to set rates based on the costs involved in doing business in that particular state. But he did note that after a major natural disaster, like a tornado or hurricane, the question is usually about the cost of reinsurance, which is what insurance companies buy to try to help with payments to policyholders after these natural disasters. But, Mr. Hartwig said that even at the highest estimates of the losses in Oklahoma, which are possibly above $2 billion, wouldn’t have an impact on the reinsurance market. He pointed out that $2 billion is only one tenth of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy last year. Continue reading “Oklahoma Tornado Not Going to Affect Florida Insurance Rates”

Teen Survives After Spear Enters His Head

In a bizarre accident involving the shooting of a spear, the victim miraculously survived. According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, Nasser Lopez survived the June 8 accident where he and his 15-year-old friend were relaxing at the lake near Lopez’s Miami-Dade home. Lopez was swimming in the lake while his friend was manipulating a spear gun at a distance. While the friend was loading the spear gun, he touched the trigger, catapulting the three-foot long spear towards Lopez. Our Palm Beach County personal injury lawyer appreciates that accidents can occur even in the unlikeliest of settings.

spear gun.jpgAccording to reports, the spear accidentally fired by the 15-year-old struck Lopez and went through his skull and brain. Doctors from the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Army Trauma Training staff that helped treat Lopez produced the remarkable x-ray that shows the spear protruding from the front to the back of his skull. Doctors who treated Lopez reported that the spear entered Lopez’s head about an inch over his right eye and exited in the back of his head. According to neurosurgeon Ross Bullock, Lopez was able to survive this terrible accident because the spear missed all the main blood vessels of the brain. Although Lopez has miraculously survived, he has undoubtedly suffered major brain injury, causing an indefinite stay in the hospital in order for doctors to further treat him and have a better idea of the extent of his injuries. Continue reading “Teen Survives After Spear Enters His Head”

Verdict Returned in Local Car Accident Injury Case

A terrible motor vehicle accident that occurred in 2009 was finally resolved this week. According to an article in The Palm Beach Post, Leslie Opper, the victim in the accident who suffered severe injuries, was awarded a $9.3 million verdict by an Indian River County civil court jury.

courthouse.jpgOur Palm Beach County personal injury attorney understands that several factors are taken into consideration when a jury determines the amount of compensation that should be given to the injured party in his/her recovery. For example, whether the injuries are permanent and whether the victim is unable to work due to the nature of the injuries sustained are a few of many different critical factors that the jury must consider in making its determination. While verdicts of this size garner headlines, it is important to remember that each case is decided on very specific individual factors. Continue reading “Verdict Returned in Local Car Accident Injury Case”

Grandparents Put Child in Danger by Towing Her in Toy Car

SUV (Hamed Saber).jpgA day of fun with her grandparents could have ended in tragedy for a 7-year-old girl in Sarasota County. According to an article in The Herald Tribune, Paul J. Berloni and Belinda Jean Berloni, grandparents of the young girl, towed the girl in a plastic car behind their SUV. Reports indicate that Paul, the driver of the SUV, was drunk while the girl was being towed. Our Palm Beach County personal injury lawyer appreciates that serious accidents can even happen in situations like this one where malicious intent is not present.

Like many loving grandparents, Paul and Jean were babysitting their granddaughter on a Sunday afternoon. As a way to entertain the child, Paul and Jean decided to tie a plastic Hot Wheels car to their SUV and pull the toy car while the child was sitting in it. The toy car was tied to a trailer hitch with two dog leashes. A deputy who had saw the SUV pulling the toy car estimated that the SUV was travelling at a speed of 5 to 10 mph. Continue reading “Grandparents Put Child in Danger by Towing Her in Toy Car”

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”

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”

New England Fertilizer Company Explosion Injures Worker

explosion.jpgA very scary situation developed at a waste treatment plant operated by New England Fertilizer Company (“NEFCO”) last week when a large explosion sent shrapnel and debris flying through the air. According to the Palm Beach Post, at the time of the explosion there were a total of three employees working on the site. One worker, a man named Matt Eggley who has been employed by NEFCO as a chief operator for about a year and a half, was injured in the blast. He was taken to a local hospital where he is being treated for his injuries; fortunately, doctors expect him to make a full recovery. Continue reading “New England Fertilizer Company Explosion Injures Worker”

Florida Inadequate Security Lawyers are Stepping into the Ring

nightclub.jpgAs a resident of Florida, our Boynton Beach injury lawyer knows that people often come to the beaches of this state for vacations and to have a good time. Often, this includes trips to one of the many night clubs that our cities have to offer. Most of the time, the night club experience is a good one, and patrons leave after a fun night filled with music and dancing. However, there have been a growing number of troubling night club incidents such as fist fights, stabbings, and even shootings. These incidents have brought night club security measures into the legal spotlight and forced club owners to take a more exacting look at what they are doing to keep their patrons safe. Continue reading “Florida Inadequate Security Lawyers are Stepping into the Ring”

Investigation into Juvenile Detention Center Death Continues

Six employees of the juvenile detention facility where an 18-year-old boy named Eric Perez mysteriously died last July were fired this week. The firings occurred in spite of an ongoing investigation into Perez’s death where officials have yet to release a cause. Our Palm Beach injury lawyer was saddened to learn that, according to an article published by the Palm Beach Post, Perez died on July 10, 2011 at the Palm Beach Regional Juvenile Center at approximately 8 o’clock in the morning. Continue reading “Investigation into Juvenile Detention Center Death Continues”

Possible Cancer Risks from Chemical Dispersants Used by BP in Oil Spill

water and oil.jpgOur Florida toxic injury lawyer is well aware of some of the consequences that follow from major oil spills. These include things like high wildlife mortality rates, tarballs washing up on beaches, and imbalances in ocean and beach ecosystems. In addition to these problems, there are also other serious dangers, not just to wildlife, but to human life.

During the now-infamous BP oil spill that occurred in 2010, many concerns were raised about how the massive amounts of oil that leaked into the Gulf of Mexico every day for months would affect the health of people, especially those living in the coastal states, like Florida. Toxins that are released into the ocean can leach into the groundwater and eventually become part of the drinking water supply. When that happens, the results can be absolutely catastrophic. Depending on the type of toxins involved, it is possible that people may not even realize that they are drinking contaminated water until it is too late, and they have already contracted some kind of disease. Because it may take time to realize the water is not safe, a great number of people could be affected by the contamination before the problem can be remedied. Continue reading “Possible Cancer Risks from Chemical Dispersants Used by BP in Oil Spill”