Transportation Negligence

  • Friday, May 2, 2014 - 14:39

    The common view of a plaintiff’s personal injury lawyer is not flattering.   Most people see the PI lawyer as an “ambulance chasing” parasite on our economy and our society.  This image, perpetuated by those who oppose personal injury lawyers in court, prevails.  Who are those who oppose personal injury lawyers in court?  Insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, hospitals, product manufacturers, and doctors, to name a few.  There are plenty of resources available to generate the propaganda machine that feeds and perpetuates the adverse view of personal injury lawyers in our society.

    The fault is not all the big money, powerful interests.  There are, of course, plenty of personal injury lawyers who feed the flame and who lack regard for a calling higher than lining their own pockets.  But this group is a minority.  Most personal injury lawyers willing to take on America’s biggest and most powerful entities are devoted to more than their own profit.  These men and women are empowered by the realization that their work makes a difference, that by holding negligent (and worse) actors accountable for the harm they cause, no matter how rich or powerful the negligent actor is, the plaintiff’s personal injury lawyer helps make all of us safer.

  • Friday, June 7, 2013 - 16:59

    After a long, arduous journey, Marisela Otaola and her family received justice this year when they resolved their case against Cusano’s Bakery in the wake of a favorable decision from the Third District Court of Appeal. The underlying, tragic case involved the wrongful death of Omar Otaola, age 34, who was an avid cyclist. Omar, riding his bicycle across Bear Cut Bridge on Key Biscayne (the site of several tragic cycling deaths), was run down and killed by a Cusano’s Bakery truck on a Saturday morning in February, 2006.

  • Friday, December 7, 2012 - 17:56

                    After Arkansas Department of Health & Human Services v. Ahlborn, 547 U.S. 268 (2006), the United States Supreme Court decision allowing for an equitable distribution argument to reduce a Medicaid lien, the law in Florida remains murky.  A new decision from the 4th DCA, Roberts v. Albertson's, et al., 37 FLW D2515 (Fla. 4th DCA 2012), has certified the question to the Florida Supreme Court and provides a good road map for the plaintiff's lawyer seeking an equitable resolution of a Medicaid lien.

  • Friday, November 30, 2012 - 14:41

              Florida state senator Nancy Detert (R - Venice, FL) filed a bill (SB 52) last week in the Florida Senate that would empower police officers to cite people for texting while driving.  Currently, Forty-Five (45) of the fifty United States have some form of ban on texting while driving.  The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has been urging all states to ban this practice and to empower police to do something about it.  Almost 4,000 highway deaths per year are attributed to distraced drivers.  As anyone who has tried to text and drive knows, this practice is even more dangerous than driving under the influence.  Florida, Montana, South Dakota, South Carolina, and Arizona are the only states in the country that have failed to enact laws prohibiting the practice. 

  • Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 17:06

    Each year, as the temperatures rise around the country, a phenomenon known as "Hot Fuel" emerges in the United States.  Gasoline products are sold to retailers at what is known as the 60 degree "net fuel" volume.  Pricing is based on gallons of gasoline at the industry standard temperature of 60 degrees Fahrenheit.  Gasoline volume expands at temperatures in excess of 60 degrees.  So, each summer, retailers receive a gross or actual volume of gasoline significantly greater than they pay for.  At the pump, retailers have a built in profit each summe

  • Saturday, September 10, 2011 - 11:53

    David Cowles suffered third degree burns in a massive gas station explosion in St. Augustine last month.  He is a courageous man and we are proud to represent him. Click here for a recent news story and video.