Will the Legislature Eliminate Personal Injury Benefits in Florida?

November 25th, 2014

Personal injury cases in Florida that involve car accidents are governed by personal injury protection statutes commonly referred to as PIP or no fault. Under the statutory scheme, automobile owners are required to carry PIP insurance that provides $10,000 in benefits to be used to pay for medical expenses or lost wages regardless of who […]

How to Avoid Becoming a Car Accident Drowning Statistic

November 24th, 2014

According to a 2011 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Florida leads the nation in auto accident drowning deaths with an average of 57 per year. Texas was a distant second. The Orlando Sentinel recently used more up-to-date data to confirm that Florida still leads the nation. Joe Santos, safety engineer for the […]

What Falls Under Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?

November 13th, 2014

Identifying nursing home abuse and neglect isn’t always easy, but you have a better chance of spotting it if you understand what constitutes abuse and neglect. The following acts may be grounds for pursuing a nursing home abuse and neglect claim: Negligent Hiring – A nursing home is obligated to hire knowledgeable personnel. They should […]

Are Pharmacy Errors Caused by Corporate Greed?

November 11th, 2014

The most common types of prescription errors involve patients getting the wrong medication, the wrong dose, or the wrong directions from a pharmacy. Many times these medication mistakes occur because the corporate system used in high volume pharmacies put more emphasis on profit than patient safety. Of course it’s easy to downplay such claims when […]

Another Study Concludes Medical Malpractice Lawsuits do not Raise Healthcare Costs

November 6th, 2014

Healthcare providers, medical malpractice liability insurance companies, and the politicians they influence have long claimed that medical malpractice lawsuits drive up the cost of healthcare. The myth is perpetuated over and over to convince voters it’s a good idea to take away their right to hold healthcare providers responsible for medical malpractice that causes injury […]

Additional Training May Help Reduce Truck Accidents

November 4th, 2014

As discussed in a recent article from The New York Times, a lack of training required for truck drivers may be the reason why so many truck accidents occur each year. In 2012 (the most recent data available), accidents involving tractor trailers were responsible for 8 percent of traffic fatalities in the United States. The […]

Motorcyclist Dies after Being Cut Off by Truck

October 31st, 2014

Motorcycle accidents are typically among the most dangerous motor vehicle accidents. There is very little protection for the driver of the motorcycle and too often motorcyclists elect not to wear a helmet. In a recent motorcycle accident involving an unnamed 42-year-old man, a helmet was not found at the scene. Last week on Friday, October […]

Should Florida Courts Allow Arbitration Agreements in Nursing Home and ALF Abuse and Neglect Cases?

October 29th, 2014

Arbitration is a way to resolve a dispute between two sides without going through the court system or having a jury trial. Both sides enter into a written agreement to waive their constitutional right to a jury trial and have an arbitrator they agree upon resolve the dispute. The arbitrator acts as the judge and […]

Assisted Living Facility Owner Arrested for Elderly Neglect

October 23rd, 2014

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) recently shut down The Four Seasons Assisted Living Facility in Punta Gorda, Florida. Problems were first detected back in May of 2014 when a resident at the facility died with very large and severe bed sores. The Charlotte County Medical Examiner performed an autopsy and concluded the […]

Man Dies from Forklift Accident near Tampa

October 21st, 2014

In a tragic event occurring near Tampa, Florida in Palm River, a man passed away on the job while he was driving a forklift. Ricardo McCalop, 51, was working to move a steel beam when it hit a pile of other beams, causing the forklift to topple over. Mr. McCalop was crushed when the forklift […]

Nursing Home Operator Settles Healthcare Fraud Allegations for $38 Million

October 20th, 2014

According to The New York Times, Extendicare Health Inc., one of the largest nursing home chains in the United States, has agreed to pay $38 million for providing poor and fraudulent healthcare. Federal claims allege the company billed Medicare and Medicaid for nursing home services that were so below the standard of care that the […]

Tampa Police Officer Injured in Wrong-Way Crash

October 14th, 2014

The number of wrong-way car accidents in Tampa continues to pile up as another one occurred on October 5, 2014. This particular accident involved police officer Natasha Stanek, who was exiting the interstate at Armenia Avenue when she was struck by a wrong-way driver. In a separate post just two weeks ago we mentioned that […]

Will the Companies that Profit from Nursing Home Abuse Ever be Held Accountable?

October 10th, 2014

Companies that profit from nursing home abuse in Florida often escape accountability by setting up a series of nursing home shell companies that have very little assets. The typical structure includes one venture capital company that loans the startup money, one real estate company that owns the property, one company that holds the license to […]

Diagnostic Errors are a Big Part of Medical Malpractice Claims

October 7th, 2014

When someone has an injury or illness they generally rely on a medical professional for advice. However doctors, physicians, pharmacists, and other healthcare staff are only human and occasionally mistakes are made. When an act or decision by a medical professional results in harm to a patient, it is often referred to as medical malpractice. […]

5 Wrong Way Crashes in Tampa in 7 Months

September 29th, 2014

In the last 7 months there have been at least 7 wrong way auto crashes in the Tampa Bay area. The most recent involved the death of 25-year-old Jessica Rey Mahn. According to, she was driving north bound on the south bound lane of I 75 a little bit north of state road 52 […]

2014 May Bring Record High in Drug Recalls

September 29th, 2014

According to a recent report from the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society, the number of drug recalls issued by pharmaceutical companies in 2014 is on a record-setting pace. On August 11, 2014 it was reported that 836 drug recalls had already been issued for the year. In 2013 there were 1,225 recalls, and this was a […]

Baby Powder, Johnson & Johnson, and the Link to Ovarian Cancer

August 1st, 2014

Over the last few years Johnson & Johnson has been riddled with scandals ranging from recalls over potentially unsafe drugs to outright fraud, but a few months ago one potential scandal ballooned to a new level. In April and May multiple class actions suits out of Missouri and California were filed against Johnson & Johnson […]

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputy Injured In Car Crash

April 30th, 2014

Last week Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Hannaford was riding with deputy Christopher Maffei in a patrol car on Falkenburg Road. On the way back to the parking lot outside sheriff’s office district 2, the patrol car made a left turn on Windhorst Road. According to Tampa Bay Online, The patrol car was hit in […]

Should Florida Repeal Its Car Accident No Fault Law

April 30th, 2014

Florida automobile no fault law currently provides up to $10,000.00 in medical and or lost wage benefits to anyone injured in a car accident regardless of who is at fault. According to the state’s car insurance companies, the system, also known as personal injury protection, or PIP, is rampant with fraud. As a result, in […]

Driving Deaths and Personal Injuries

December 16th, 2013

With the recent tragic death of The Fast and The Furious star, Paul Walker, at the hands of a friend driving under the influence the memory of another famous Florida case involving a driving accident comes to mind. Nicholas Bollea, also known as Nick Hogan, son of semi-retired professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, was involved in a car […]

5 Tips for Gluten-Free Holiday Baking

December 12th, 2013

The holidays are fun time to bake for your family and friends. But what if someone you love has a food allergy? Food allergies can be very serious and can sometimes be a matter of life or death. One of the most publicized involves a protein found in wheat, barley and rye called gluten. Some […]

5 Tips for a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Meal

November 19th, 2013

Food allergies can be very serious and can sometimes be a matter of life or death. One of the most publicized involves a protein found in wheat, barley and rye called gluten. Some people have Gluten sensitivity. Others, like personal injury lawyer Scott Distasio, have an autoimmune disorder called Celiac Disease. For people with Celiac […]