Man Suffers Wrongful Death After Hollywood Park Stabbing

JS95591170Tragedy struck Hollywood Beach when A man was fatally stabbed during a fight that took place in Charnow Park. Police were called to the scene early in the evening at about 5:30 p.m. By the time they reached the scene, the victim had suffered multiple stab wounds to abdomen and was bleeding badly. When questioned, witnesses were quick to tell the police that the injured man was involved in a fight. Officers were told that the second man had fled the scene on a bicycle.

The responding officers explored the area. When they neared Grant Street and North Ocean Drive, they discovered a man who matched the witness descriptions riding his bike. When they stopped the cyclist, they discovered he had a knife which he eventually admitted to using in the stabbing.

Despite the best efforts of both the Hollywood Fire Rescue crew and the medical staff at Memorial Regional Hospital, the victim succumbed to his injuries. Martin has been charged with a single count of premeditated murder.

“This is terribly tragic event. This is the type of instances that convinced me to become a personal injury lawyer,” Joe and Martin managing partner of a top personal injury firm with an office headquartered in South Carolina said when he was informed of the case. “I feel so badly for the family and want them to know that they have the grounds to pursue a wrongful death case against Martin.”

Most people assume that personal injury lawyers only deal with cases that involve things like slip and fall instances, dog bites, and medical malpractice claims. Few realize that the same attorney can also handle a wrongful death case.

 

According to the law, a wrongful death is a death that only occurred as a direct result of someone else’s actions. Murder is a death that would not have happened if someone hadn’t picked up a knife and made the decision to use it. While it’s true that the wrongful death case won’t restore a loved one to life, family members report that going through the legal process and seeking a wrongful death settlement helped them through the grieving process. Not only did it provide theme with something to occupy their minds, but it also made them feel better to be proactive about making sure that the person responsible for the wrongful death wouldn’t think twice about doing the same thing that has already resulted in one death.

1619232-911530688876555-5402743424754249870-n-300x200It’s true that a wrongful death attorney such as Joe and Martin doesn’t have the power to restore your loved one to life, but they do have the ability to use the justice system to ensure that the person responsible for your loved one’s wrongful death fully understands the ramifications of their actions.

In conclusion it doesn’t pay up to be on a wrong side of a law, and be in danger of been sentenced to a life in prison for your wrong decisions.

14-Year-Old California Girl Attacked by Friend’s Dog

When a 14-year-old girl went over to a friend’s house, everyone thought she’d spend the evening talking about crushes and eating cookies. No one expected the night to end with her spending the majority of the night at the Children’s Hospital of California receiving treatment for dog bite wounds.

The teen went to a home on Pemberton Street near 57th to play with some other children she knew. At about 11:20 that night, the family dog, a bulldog, attacked her, snapping and biting at her face, feet, arms, etc. Luckily, the girl’s friends didn’t panic and had the presence of mind to contact 9-1-1. The dog wasn’t any calmer when police arrived on the scene. It lunged at the officers, forcing them to shoot the animal. As of right now, it’s unknown if the girl had ever spent time at her friend’s house before, or if this was the first time the bulldog and girl met.

Attorney Drew Warren was horrified by the news. “I like dogs and normally have no reservations about dealing with one, but after hearing a story like this … it makes one stop and wonder if an animal is really as gentle and loving as they first appear.”

The bitten teen spent the night at the hospital in the serious care ward where her dog bite wounds were treated. As of yet, there’s no report about whether or not her family intends to file a personal injury claim against the owners of the bulldog.

Warren expects she will. “Once she’s home and healthy, she and her parents will need to review both the long and short term impact the incident is having on them. Not only will they have to deal with any medical bills that aren’t covered by the family insurance policy, but there is also the matter of helping the girl deal with any fear of dogs she’s likely to develop after such a brutal attack.”

Filing a personal injury lawyer claim after being bit by a dog does more than simply help the victim recoup their financial losses, it also serves as a reminder to everyone who reads about the dog bite case and has dog, that they need to be responsible pet parents. Not only does this mean keeping the dog on a leash or in a fenced in yard whenever it’s not in the house, it also means knowing how your dog reacts to other people and taking the steps to make sure your dog never does anything to hurt someone else, such as biting them.

It’s important to understand that this California dog biting case isn’t an isolated incident. Similar things are happening around the world. Merritt Clifton took the time to compile dog bite stats from both the United States and Canada. The data collected spanned from to 1982-2014. The results indicate that 86% of all dog attacks result in bodily harm and that children are involved in 81% of the attacks. On the average, a person who has been attacked by a dog will accumulate $18,200 worth of medical bills.

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Fatal Accident Results in Limousine Driver Being Found Guilty of Various Charges

Carlos F. Pino, the chauffer responsible for a deadly limousine accident, has been found guilty by a grand jury. The tragic accident took place on July 18, 2015. Eight women were coming home from a bridal party with Pino acting as their chauffer. He executed a U-turn on Route 48. Before he completed the turn, the limo was t-boned by a pickup driver. The truck struck the limo with so much force, the large car was very nearly sliced into two separate pieces. While investigating the incident, it was discovered that the driver of the truck, Steven Romeo, had been drinking. He was later charged with a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated. He’s not being held criminally responsible for the accident.

The reason Pino was charged with a crime even though he hadn’t been drinking stemmed from the fact that the investigation revealed that he chose to make the turn despite the fact that there was an SUV directly in front of him, hindering his ability to see, as well as the fact he failed to make a complete stop prior to executing the turn.

The reason Romeo wasn’t held accountable for the deaths of the women stemmed from the fact that Pino turned directly in front of him. Even completely sober, he wouldn’t have been able to avoid the accident.

The charges against Pino included failure to yield the right of way, criminally negligent homicide, reckless driving, and assault. Criminal charges might be just one of the problems that Pino faces. It’s likely that the immediate families of the women killed will choose to pursue a wrongful death civil case against the limo driver as well.

Legally speaking, a wrongful death lawsuit can be pursued whenever a person’s death was the result of a moment of negligence or a careless act committed by another party. The most common cause of wrongful deaths are auto accidents. Only immediate family members are allowed to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In an attempt to prevent the court system from becoming clogged up by wrongful death cases, many states have adapted statutes of limitations in wrongful death cases.

If you’re grieving the loss of a family member who you believed was wrongfully killed in a car accident, you will need the help of a good auto accident lawyer. Your auto accident lawyer will help you file the lawsuit, investigating the exact details of the case, handle communication with all other parties, and make sure your rights are protected for as long as the case is open. Once you decide that you’re going to hire the services of an auto accident lawyer you need to cease all communications with the other people involved in the case.

The most important thing to remember when seeking the assistance of an auto accident lawyer is that they must have a great deal of experience with cases similar to yours and that they genuinely care about your case. Some of the lawyers with the most experience are JohnBales.com.

 

 

 

Defamation in the News: Planned Parenthood

CNN recently reported that the healthcare group Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit against the curiously named Center for Medical Progress. The group, who’s main focus has been an alleged “investigation” into the practices of the large women’s medical provider, released doctored videos that attempted to claim that Planned Parenthood made a profit selling human tissue. While it is clear that the CMP is working to discredit and defund Planned Parenthood—which it can legally do—how do their videos fall under personal injury law?

 

This is where defamation law comes in. There are two basic types of defamation, slander and libel. Slander is generally thought of as malicious gossip—it’s spread verbally. The latter type, libel, deals with publication of false facts in an attempt to cause malice. Publication can include written documentation like newspaper ads and tracts, as well as videos, photographs, and comics. Because libel is published in this manner, a plaintiff is not required to show that it occurred—the libel is publicly available and has clearly occurred.

 

To show malice, Planned Parenthood’s personal injury attorneys would need to prove to a judge or jury that the defendant, the Center for Medical Progress, knowingly created videos with false information meant to harm Planned Parenthood or that they created videos with false information that would have been proven false had they bothered to check. CNN and other news outlets have debunked the findings from the videos, however it appears negative press from the videos may have harmed Planned Parenthood’s reputation. If a judge or jury finds this is the case, perhaps by considering public opinion polls for or against Planned Parenthood’s funding or congressional actions to defund the medical provider based on the faulty information provided in the videos, they will then need to decide what injury or damages Planned Parenthood suffered.

 

Planned Parenthood’s case isn’t just about defamation, but for purposes of personal injury law, it is an interesting case to follow. Many New York personal injury attorneys will be following the case closely to see how a judge or jury determines actual malice and whether Planned Parenthood is seen as an organization or “public figure”, holding it to a higher burden of proof. Add to that the political implications and the shock value of the case rises.

 

Thankfully, many of us will never have to deal with such large-scale defamation, but that doesn’t mean we’re immune from local defamation. Libel and slander can damage an entrepreneur’s reputation, making it harder to earn a living. If you’ve been affected by defamation from a competitor or a vengeful former client, it’s important to seek restitution to restore your reputation. A consultation with a New York personal injury attorney can shed more light on your case and help you decide whether to move forward. It’s important to see an attorney as soon as possible after the defamation occurs to make sure you’re eligible to file a lawsuit, so call a New York personal injury lawyer today.

Statistics and Facts on Cellphone use while driving

Have you ever looked around when stopped at a red light, and noticed every single driver around you looking at their phones, talking on the phone, or even putting on makeup? Everyone thinks they will be ok taking their eyes off the road for a second, even at a red light. You might not see the person about to slam into the back of your sedan, or that car trying to merge into your lane a little too close for comfort.

Statistics show that there are more distracted drivers on the road at any given time than you would like to believe. In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. These people were doing the right things, simply driving not bothering anyone, when a distracted driver changed their lives forever. More people are injured every year from distractive motorists. 424,000 people were injured in 2013, which is an increase of 421,000 people who were injured in 2012. In Orlando, personal injury can happen at any time by a distracted driver. If you are simply going from one place to another, you shouldn’t have to worry about distractive drivers. But in reality you must always be on the lookout for a tragedy to strike. Even worse, if you are distracted, you could endanger your passenger’s lives or innocent bystanders.

No one ever thinks they will be a victim, but often it’s the motorists not looking that are affected by distracted driving. According to a PEW survey, 40% of all American teenagers reported being in a vehicle with a distracted driver at some point in their recent past. More specifically, the distracted driver was using a cell phone in a way that put people in danger. This means that one person’s selfish decision to be on their phones caused the injury of many people.

The FCC states that 11% of drivers between the ages of 18 to 20 who were involved in a crash admitted they were sending or received messages when the crash occurred. Granted, this only includes those who actually survived the crash. In Orlando, and other Central Florida cities, a personal injury can happen due to distracted driving anywhere. There are so many people and tourists packed together driving around at all hours of the day. At some point, accidents will happen to people you know, maybe even yourself.

People of all ages will admit to constantly checking their phones. We live in a digital world and are constantly immersed in it. The one place not to be distracted from phone use should be in a vehicle. An estimated 1 in 4 car crashes involves cell phone use, according to the National Safety Council. Driving and cell phone conversations, whether through calls or messages, can be very distracting. When trying to do both, your brain can not function doing either very well. It’s always a good idea to put the phone away when driving.

Distracted driving can happen anywhere, and at anytime. You yourself may fall victim to it. We as motorists have a duty to drive safely for ourselves and everyone around us on the roadways. “Each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,153 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver,” according to the CDC. Each and every day someone is hurt or injured. In an enormous city like Orlando or Anywhere else, personal injury is a daily possibility. Motorists must drive defensively and be on the lookout for any possibility. If you are ever injured in an accident, we understand everything you are going through. Call IRS Medic for justice and compensation that you deserve.