In January of 2012, the Costa Concordia, the largest cruise ship ever built, hit a reef and capsized off the Italian coast. More than 4,000 passengers were evacuated; 32 died and 64 were injured. The captain of the ship, Francesco Schettino, was responsible for taking the ship off a safe course and for failing to follow proper evacuation procedures. He even left the ship before everyone had been rescued. His culpability in the disaster is
Personal Injury
A collision between two passenger vehicles has little in common with a collision between a passenger car and a large commercial semi truck. In addition to the likelihood of sustaining severe injuries and fatalities, passenger car occupants face a complex investigative maze when they seek the compensation they deserve from trucking companies and their powerful legal staff. In trucking accidents, even driver error can point to liability on the part of the trucking company. A
Vehicle Accidents
Every classic horror movie beach scene must have the following: bright sun, young children playing in the waves, bikinis, and a large underwater monster with lots of teeth stealthily approaching an oblivious human. In Volusia County in Florida, however, beachgoers should watch out for cars, which are still allowed to drive along the beach in some areas. At least 50 people have been hit by cars and injured and nine killed, including two four-year-old children
Vehicle Accidents
After an auto accident, an insurance claim may seem like the quickest and easiest way to pursue compensation for the expenses related to your injuries. But particularly in cases of severe injuries, these claims can fail to finance the expenses you incur. According to the official 2012 Florida Driver’s Handbook, Florida Financial Responsibility Law requires drivers to carry bodily injury liability insurance covering at least $10,000 for injuries to one person and $20,000 for injuries
Vehicle Accidents
Distracted driving, whether it involves texting or using a hand-held device to talk, is a hazard on Florida highways and roads. In fact, many authorities think that distracted driving is currently a bigger problem than drunk driving. However, even though more than 70 percent of Florida citizens support laws that would outlaw these dangerous practices, the legislature continues to vote down attempts to impose a ban. In the first 10 months of 2011, there were
Vehicle Accidents
Parents want the best for their children, including the opportunity to have fun while developing coordination and creativity. While countless toys exist to entertain and educate children, manufacturers must hold high standards to ensure their safety, even in the hands of small children. Every parent should review the Toy Hazard Recalls list provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to identify any potentially-dangerous flaws in the toys their children use every day. The
Personal Injury, Product Liability
One of the more troubling types of Cerebral Palsy is Erb’s Palsy or Brachial Palsy. This type of disorder often is linked to problems that arose during the labor and delivery of a newborn. Erb’s Palsy can have a wide range of severity depending on the number of nerves that are injured. Weakness in the affected arm and hand can occur, and paralysis can result in severe cases. Often Erb’s Palsy results in an injury
Personal Injury
Toyota dealerships across the country, like Toyota of Tampa Bay, are watching the federal judiciary, waiting to find out if the largest car defect settlement in this country’s history will come through. The issue at hand is a defect in the acceleration mechanism that has caused numerous fatal accidents as well as tanked the resale value of cars that have not demonstrated the defect. The lawsuits have been divided into two categories: wrongful death and economic loss.
Product Liability, Vehicle Accidents
A poolside birthday party for a three-year-old led to the drowning death of a five-year-old boy at the Mosley Motel in St. Petersburg. The parents of Jadan Justice left him in the care of an older sibling and went to their room, with the understanding that the motel pool closed at 8 p.m. An hour later, their son was pulled from the deep end of the pool. Resuscitation attempts failed. This is an all too
Personal Injury
You can predict the injury or even death of habitual drunk, aggressive or distracted drivers, but even individuals with safe driving habits can perish in auto accidents due to unforeseen circumstances. This was the case in the death of a well-liked 58-year old wrestler. According to TMZ, popular wrestler “Macho Man” Randy Savage died in May 2011 when his 2009 Jeep Wrangler proceeded across a concrete median and through oncoming traffic before crashing into a
Vehicle Accidents