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Court Dismisses Wrongful Death Claim Against Riverside Hotel

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In 2012, a drunk driver drove into a pool cabana wall at the Riverside Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. The structure collapsed, killing a pregnant woman, Alanna Demella, and injuring her husband Michael. The driver’s blood alcohol content was three times the legal limit. Michael filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the hotel, alleging that… Read More »


Claim Bill Approved for Parents of Student Killed in School Shooting Two Decades Ago

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Fourteen-year-old Jean Pierre Kamel died 21 years ago when a classmate shot him at Conniston Middle School in West Palm Beach. His parents filed a lawsuit against the Palm Beach County School Board, alleging that the district’s negligence contributed to their son’s death. The jury awarded them a $1.6 million judgment, but the school… Read More »


Potential Lawsuits after Stoneman Douglas Shooting

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It was an unspeakable tragedy — 17 students and teachers died when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on February 14, and 16 others were injured. Two injured students recently signaled their intention to sue the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Broward School Board, the FBI… Read More »


PIP Repeal Efforts Fail Again

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The latest attempt to repeal the state’s no-fault car insurance system recently died in a Senate subcommittee. Florida is one of only two states that doesn’t require car owners to purchase bodily injury and property damage coverage. Lawmakers have tried unsuccessfully for years to replace the personal injury protection (PIP) system with a requirement… Read More »


Negligent Landlords in Florida

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Landlords have certain responsibilities under Florida law. The gist of that responsibility is landlords must provide safe living conditions for tenants. Specifically, landlords must: Comply with applicable building, health and housing codes. If there isn’t an applicable code, maintain the roofs, windows, doors, floors and all other structural components in good repair. Make reasonable… Read More »


Discovery in Personal Injury and Other Civil Lawsuits

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The discovery process is important for both sides in a lawsuit. It is a pre-trial procedure that allows the parties to obtain evidence from each other. There are several methods parties may use to obtain discovery: Depositions. A deposition involves taking an oral statement from a witness before the trial (while the witness is… Read More »


Understanding Default Judgments

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In 2015, a Jacksonville teenager died while in state custody at the Brevard Regional Juvenile Detention Center. The 14-year-old was sent there after being charged with burglary. An investigation found that the boy died from bacterial meningitis after eight days in the facility. He had complained of headaches and stomach pain but received no… Read More »


Does College Hazing Rise to the Level of Negligence?

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Many college fraternities and sororities have a reputation for wild parties and strict hazing practices. Not only are some of these activities — like underage drinking — illegal, but they can also be dangerous. But can anyone be held liable if a pledge or member is injured by these activities? One fraternity pledge’s parents… Read More »


Negligent Real Estate Appraisals in Florida

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A real estate appraisal provides the current market value of a particular property. In other words, it determines the property’s likely market sales price. Prospective homebuyers and homeowners rely on real estate appraisals to give a reliable estimate of what a particular home is worth. Banks, too, rely on this appraisal in approving or… Read More »


Understanding the “Fabre Doctrine” in Florida

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Florida is a pure comparative negligence state, which means that parties pay damages based on their degree of negligence. For example, let’s say that three cars were involved in an accident. One car ran a stop sign, a second car was speeding, and the third abided by all applicable traffic laws. Fault will likely… Read More »

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