Manuel Dobrinsky, of Freidin Dobrinsky Brown & Rosenblum, celebrates his 15th anniversary as a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent-rated attorney today.
The long Thanksgiving weekend is always a frustrating and dangerous time to be on the road. This year was a particularly deadly one in Florida. Central Florida, in particular, had multiple fatal accidents. Nine people died in seven separate auto accidents throughout the area. Two of those were pedestrians. A Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson noted that at least three people who died after being thrown out of vehicles were not wearing seat belts.
The deadly string of crashes began in the early morning hours the day before Thanksgiving when a 55-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle traveling southbound on Goldenrod Road. The man reportedly stepped in front of the oncoming car. There was no word on why he might have done that.
Legal Team Scores $10 million judgment for 87-year-old man who started smoking at 7
After aggravated stalking charges were recently dropped against two adolescent Lakeland, Florida, girls whom police had arrested for bullying a classmate who committed suicide this fall, the victim's mother is speaking out. Although the charges were dropped due to "insufficient evidence," the girl's mother is carrying on her fight for justice - not just for her daughter, but for other victims of bullying.
The mother announced that she is filing wrongful death suits against the people she believes drove her daughter to take her own life. She says she also plans to lobby for a new Florida anti-bullying law named after her daughter. Although there are laws on the books to combat bullying, she feels they do not go far enough.
Paul Walker is not the first death resulting from the alleged auto defects of the Porsche Carrera GT.
Prior to Walker's deadly crash Saturday, along with driver Roger Rodas, Porsche was sued in 2005 over a deadly crash involving two men.
According to the lawsuit, the two men were killed when they crashed into a wall on a California race track while trying to avoid another vehicle. The suit alleges that the car didn't handle correctly on the track, and Porsche experts confirmed a major design flaw with the GT was the lack of a Porsche Stability Management System.
The family of the passenger won $4.5 million, $350,000 of which Porsche paid.
It is unclear if the Porsche Walker was in had the Stability Management System, but according to Craig McClellan, the attorney from the lawsuit, no 2005 Carrera GTs had the system.
In addition to the lawsuit, Porsche released a warning to dealers explaining how powerful the car is, and is hypersensitive to road conditions. It also stated the car has all the disadvantages of a racecar.
Injuries caused by auto defects are sometimes called the "accident within the accident." When car safety features such as air bags and door locks fail in an accident, serious injuries and deaths can occur that otherwise wouldn't have happened.
Two female joggers suffered serious injuries after being hit early Saturday morning by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel.
The joggers were running the 79th Street Causeway when they were hit by a SUV. According to Miami Fire Rescue, the impact sent one of the women over the causeway railway and into the brush by the bay. Both joggers were airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center.
The driver of the SUV, a female passenger and baby in the car were not injured. The driver reported dozing off at the wheel, and hitting the two women and a light pole.
The injured women were running with a group when they stopped to get water. They were trying to catch up when they were struck.
A third jogger may have sustained injuries as well, and may have been taken to the hospital by a friend.
The crash is being investigated by Miami police.
This incident comes days after a Sarasota man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing a jogger while driving drunk.
The grief of two Florida families who lost loved ones in a head-on collision on Sawgrass Expressway turned to anger when they learned that just a couple of hours prior to the deadly crash, the driver of the other car had tweeted "2 drunk 2 care."
The Florida Highway Patrol says that the 20-year-old woman was driving the wrong way on Sawgrass in the early morning hours of Nov. 17 when she plowed into a car being driven by a young Coral Springs woman. According to the Sun Sentinel, she was 20 years old as well. In the passenger seat was her best friend since childhood, who was 21. The passenger was killed immediately. Her friend who was driving survived the crash and was taken to the hospital where she died later in the week. She had suffered severe injuries to her head and had been on life support.
The Florida Board of Dentistry has determined that an Ocala children's dentist whose license was suspended this September can again practice dentistry with certain restraints. However, he says he no longer wishes to pursue the profession. The story of this dentist shows that cases of medical malpractice do not always originate with patients. In this case, a former employee made the charges.
The allegations against the dentist, who was in practice with his wife, included having to resuscitate a 4-year-old who stopped breathing and failing to tell her parents, as well giving general anesthesia to another 4-year-old after instructions by her mother not to. That child was reportedly injured during her procedure. The board also was concerned by the large number of patients he saw, and the number he sedated. In addition, he was alleged to have falsified patient records.
The First District Court of Appeal upheld a $27 million judgment for a North Florida cigarette smoker, in a product liability case against R. J. Reynolds Tobacco.
Emmon Smith died at 870 shortly after his trial ended in March 2012, and he was awarded $7 million in compensatory damages and $20 million in punitive damages. In 1992, he had a lung removed because of cancer.
Stuart Ratzan of Ratzan Law Group in Miami was on the team of lawyers representing Smith and his widow, along with attorney J.B. Harris of Coral Gables, who said, "Given the billions of dollars Big Cig made selling a deadly and defective product to a generation of unsuspecting smokers like the late Mr. Smith, who began smoking at the tender age of 13, we think the verdict is fair and just and wholly in line with the precedent."
The attorneys at Freidin Dobrinsky Brown & Rosenblum have also garnered several product liability verdicts against the tobacco company R.J. Reynolds.
A Miami-Dade jury recently returned a $10 million verdict in favor of William Crawford, a 78-year-old man who speaks with an electrolarynx device after his larynx was removed due to laryngeal cancer. Randy Rosenblum, of the Miami law firm Freidin, Dobrinsky, Brown & Rosenblum, and Alex Alvarez and Phillip Holden of The Alvarez Law Firm successfully handled the two-week trial in the tobacco liability case against R.J. Reynolds.
A federal safety agency just announced an investigation into the Tesla Model S sedan, examining whether the design of the vehicle and its lithium-ion battery pack are defective and the cause of battery fires.
The high-end vehicle will be the subject of scrutiny by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on whether the size, shape and chemical makeup of the car's battery makes it prone to fires when its lithium-ion cells are punctured in a collision.
Elon Musk, Tesla's chief executive, has defended the design of the Model S, but the car has caught fire on three occasions in less than two months, twice in the United States and once in Mexico.
The investigation can take months to complete, and might include crash tests well beyond the ordinary government testing done on cars before introduction.
Tesla has pledged to extend its current vehicle warranty to cover fire damage.
The Model S, which is priced at $700,000 and higher, won early accolades for its safety from regulators and independent publications like Consumer Reports.
The first fire occurred on Oct. 1 when the car struck a metal object on a highway in Washington, outside of Seattle. The second incident occurred in a high-speed crash in Mexico on Oct. 18, and the third fire occurred on Nov. 6 in Tennessee, after the Model S ran over a tow hitch in the road.
The latest accident prompted regulators to revisit their earlier statement of the car's safety.