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With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Fort Lauderdale injury lawyers at The Ben Law Firm have helped thousands of clients to obtain money compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims.

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Bike Helmets fail to prevent a lot of Head Injuries

helmet-thumb-333x233-91873A common misconception among parents is that wearing a bicycle helmet will protect their child from serious head injuries. We all see kids motoring along the sidewalk or street on bicycles, skateboards, scooters, etc., many of whom are dutifully wearing the helmets their mothers bought for them.

While these helmets can certainly protect against a penetrating impact to the skull which might result in a fracture (for example), they do not protect your kids from common head injuries that may cause long-term problems. According to a 2013 report on youth sports-related concussions by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, “there is limited evidence that current helmet designs reduce the risk of sports-related concussions” — minor traumatic head injuries that have been tied, at least in adults, to long-term neurological problems including depression, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (a neurodegenerative disease) and chronic cognitive impairment.

It really should not be surprising that children bicycle helmets don’t protect against concussions. Football helmets in the National Football league – the best engineered helmets available – fail to protect elite athletes from concussions and micro-concussions. A young child riding a bike or a motorized skateboard at 10 miles per hour is capable of striking his head on a sidewalk with as much or even more force as a professional football player tackling another.

The point is that parents need to re-evaluate their thinking, particularly when they allow their child to operate a motorized toy such as a scooter or a skateboard, capable of speeds upwards of 10 miles per hour. While requiring your child to wear a helmet may help in some instances, it does not adequately protect them against concussions which can be particularly damaging to children whose brains are still developing.

With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, personal injury lawyers at The Ben Law Firm have helped thousands of clients to obtain money compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims.

All of the firm’s partners have received the prestigious “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is a recognition by their peers in the legal community that their practice meets the highest professional and ethical standards.

Suspect in police chase kills innocent motorist

aaa-thumb-333x249-73296A Miami woman was killed on impact when a suspect driving a black SUV fleeing police collided with another vehicle. That suspect still remains at large.

The woman, a mother of five, was a passenger in the car. Another woman, the driver, remains in critical condition at the Kendall Regional Trauma Center.

According to the Miami-Dade police, the suspect was driving at an excessive rate of speed to avoid detectives who wanted to question him as part of a robbery detail. But witnesses told news stations that unmarked police cars were chasing the SUV without sirens. The suspect ran a red light striking the vehicle in which the victim was a passenger.

Miami-Dade police denied that any type of pursuit was going on prior to the accident and claimed that they were not chasing the suspect.

According to Miami-Dade Police, the robbery intervention detail detectives were patrolling a Southwest Miami-Dade neighborhood when they spotted a suspicious black GMC Denali. As they tried to approach the SUV, the driver took off. Detectives initially lost sight of the SUV and said they heard a loud crash and discovered the SUV had collided with another car. The suspect fled the scene and has not been captured. .

Because of the obvious dangers involving police changes, every police department, has enacted protocols to minimize the collateral consequences of these chases. These protocols often require that the police back off and keep a certain distance behind the suspect vehicle, that the police cars not exceed a reasonable speed, and that chases only be initiated for serious crimes with the potential for further violence.

With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, personal injury lawyers at The Ben Law Firm have helped thousands of clients to obtain money compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims

All of the firm’s partners have received the prestigious “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is a recognition by their peers in the legal community that their practice meets the highest professional and ethical standards.

Florida accidental gun shootings on the increase

1259357144PF2fI3[1]-thumb-333x222-33859If you read the newspapers in South Florida recently, you may have noticed that there is an increase in the number of accidental gun shootings reported. For example, the two incidents below were reported in a recent edition of the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel.

In Miami a woman was taken to the hospital after her husband claims he accidentally shot her when he thought she was a burglar in their home.

In Eatonville, Florida, a teenager was accidentally shot and killed by a 6-year-old child. At the time of the shooting, the boy was playing video games in his home when he was shot in the head. The child who fired the gun, found the handgun from the floor and thought it was a toy.

As more and more guns are manufactured, sold, lost, stolen, and re-sold, these guns will end up in many more Florida households. The end result will be that as the number of guns in homes increase, there will be an increase in the number of unintended shootings of innocent people, often loved ones. In some of these cases, the homeowners insurance may provide coverage for the shooting victims.

In most of these cases, the guns will be unsecured. They may be placed in a location where children can get to them with little or no effort and there will not be any trigger locks or other devices to prevent the guns from being accidentally discharged in the home. Likewise, homeowners may mistakenly think there is an intruder in their homes and fire at their own family members. All of these situations are eminently preventable by either using more caution in securing the gun or only firing the gun when the shooter is certain of the identity of the target.

At the end of the day, each home owner contemplating keeping a gun in their house should weigh the potential increase to their personal safety against the possibility that an unintended tragedy may result.

With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, personal injury lawyers at The Ben Law Firm have helped thousands of clients to obtain money compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims

All of the firm’s partners have received the prestigious “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is a recognition by their peers in the legal community that their practice meets the highest professional and ethical standards.

Dania Beach Motorcyclist Killed in Accident

Motorcycle_Wreck[1]-thumb-333x250-31482A motorcyclist was recently killed in Dania Beach at SW Sixth Street and Federal Highway when a car collided with his motorcycle.

The senior driver and his wife were returning home from dinner in their Cadillac automobile around 6:30 in the evening. The Cadillac was proceeding southbound on Federal Highway and made a left turn onto Southeast Sixth Street in front of motorcyclist which was heading northbound on federal highway. The driver of the car said the motorcycle was speeding.

Currently BSO is still investigating.

This type of intersectional collision is very common in motorcycle death cases. Typically the driver of the car is heading in the opposite direction of the motorcycle. The driver doesn’t see the motorcycle as it approaches and the driver makes a left turn directly in front of the bike. Occasionally, there may be a car driving in front of the motorcycle which obscures the view for motorists driving in the opposite direction.

With this type of impact the biker could be seriously injured or killed.

With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Dania Beach, Florida, personal injury lawyers at The Ben Law Firm have helped thousands of clients to obtain money compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims

All of the firm’s partners have received the prestigious “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is a recognition by their peers in the legal community that their practice meets the highest professional and ethical standards.

Two Deerfield Beach children bitten by Pit Bull

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In less than one month, pit bulls have attacked several young children in Deerfield Beach, Florida. The mother of one of the young children attack believes that Broward County should enact a ban against this breed, similar to the one in Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade’s law bans ownership of American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers or any other dog that exhibits the traits of these breeds.

The inherent difficulty in banning breeds like Pit Bulls is that very rarely are these dogs entirely purebred. Often they are a mix of American Staffordshire terriers with other types of dogs. Pit Bull lovers love to argue that these bans are unfair because they believe the violence these dogs commit is unrelated to the breed, but rather the result of bad owners,the evidence seems undeniable.

One victim this week was riding his bike near his Deerfield Beach home when he was bitten by a pit bull. The boy fled to a playmate’s home, where an adult was required to beat the animal off the boy. The young boy suffered a broken arm and wounds on his face and limbs that required at least 30 stitches.

Another child in Deerfield Beach was bitten by a Pit Bull, requiring a neighbor to shoot and kill the dog. Although the child will recover from her physical injuries, the emotional trauma will be much more difficult to overcome.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says on its website that 885,000 Americans seek medical attention for dog bites every year, and that half of them are children. Of the injured, 31,000 require reconstructive surgery, the website says.

Broward County Animal Care and Adoption policy is that if a dog has a previous bite history and bites someone else, it could be euthanized under county law, pending appeal by its owner.

The CDC’s website states that Pit Bulls were responsible, more than any other breed of dog, for fatal dog bites to humans.

With each passing year, the problem of Pit Bulls becomes increasingly apparent. Both Broward County and the State of Floridaneed to find the political will to ban this aggressive breed from our streets and our children.

With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Hollywood, Florida, personal injury lawyers at The Ben Law Firm have helped thousands of clients to obtain money compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims

All of the firm’s partners have received the prestigious “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is a recognition by their peers in the legal community that their practice meets the highest professional and ethical standards.

Paris Hilton’s kid brother owes $5 Million to Gas Station Employee

images[2]-thumb-333x249-23896A Los Angeles jury has ruled that Barron Hilton (Paris’s little brother) is responsible for almost $ 5 million dollars in damages to a gas station attendant he struck with his car in 2008. Earlier that same day he was arrested for drunk driving.

Fernando Tellez claims he was severely injured and underwent several surgeries and medical procedures after 18-year-old Barron collided him with his Mercedes-Benz as he pulled into a Pacific Coast Highway gas station.

Before his accident with Tellez, Hilton was was arrested for DUI after his blood-alcohol level registered 0.14, well above California’s legal limit. Witnesses also said Barron Hilton was driving the wrong way down the highway for miles just before crashing into Tellez.

In the DUI proceeding, Barron pleaded no contest and received three years’ probation.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the $4.6 million judgment covers pain and suffering, medical expenses and loss of earnings. Additionally, Hilton must also pay $225,000 in punitive damages and almost $71,000 in interest.

Barron was unavailable for comment. According to his Twitter page, the day the jury rendered its verdict, he was vacationing in the Hamptons.

Apparently the jury was unimpressed with Barron’s family background. Instead of showing his concern for the judicial process and the victim of the accident, Barron took off to the Hamptons. Looking at the amount of the verdict and the fact that it involves punitive damages, it appears that the jury was trying to send young Barron a message. I can’t help but wonder if Barron got it.

With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Hollywood, Florida, personal injury lawyers at The Ben Law Firm have helped thousands of clients to obtain money compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims

All of the firm’s partners have received the prestigious “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is a recognition by their peers in the legal community that their practice meets the highest professional and ethical standards.

Grandmother, 87 years young, settles lawsuit against police for Tasering her

Wheelan_228x371-thumb-333x541-17888Lona Varner, an 87 year old grandmother in El Reno, Oklahoma, agreed to settle the federal lawsuit she filed after police shocked her in her own bed with a Taser. The officers were also alleged to have stepped on Varner’s oxygen hose depriving her of air.

Varner filed a lawsuit against the City of El Reno claiming she was wrongly stunned with a Taser. The police threw Varner’s grandson to the floor and handcuffed him when he told officers, “Don’t Tase my granny!”

Citing a confidentiality agreement, Varner’s attorney would not disclose the amount of the settlement.

Police officers claim they entered Varner’s apartment after learning that she might be attempting suicide with a drug overdose. They also claimed that the 87 year old Varner pulled a kitchen knife from under her pillow and said, ‘If you try and get the knife, I will stab you and kill you.'” The officers claimed it was necessary to stun Varner to prevent her from attacking them. Varner denied making any threats to police and also denied attempting suicide.

While no one would deny that being a police officer is a dangerous job, it is hard to conceive how these officers could have felt legitimately threatened by this 87 year old granny and why they had to to stun her twice with their Taser. This absurdity was apparently the primary reason the City of El Reno settled this case rather than have a jury decide it.

As most of you know, the Taser is considered a less lethal means (as opposed to a gun) of stopping a dangerous suspect. The Taser fires an electrical dart into the suspect and stuns him or her with an electrical current. For the most part, people stunned with a Taser make a complete recovery. Perhaps because of the reduced potential for serious injuries to granny, the officers felt they could “teach a lesson” of respect to Varner with their Taser.

Indeed, Varner recovered, but the professional judgment of the officers in using this degree of force to restrain an 87 year old woman was questionable. The end result is that the city, on the eve of trial, paid money to settle this case.

With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Hollywood personal injury lawyers at The Ben Law Firm have helped thousands of clients to obtain money compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims

All of the firm’s partners have received the prestigious “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is a recognition by their peers in the legal community that their practice meets the highest professional and ethical standards.

Two South Florida Teenagers killed in Truck Accident

4475848185_97e6b8b29a-thumb-333x444-17496Two young women, age 18, tragically died when their car was struck by a tractor trailer carrying a heavy load. Another passenger in the car is recovering from serious injuries.

The Florida Highway Patrol reports that on the evening of March 29th, the three were in a Toyota Camry and driving east on Southern Boulevard approaching the intersection of County Road 880 as a tractor-trailer hauling thousands of pounds of lettuce was crossing.

While the details of the crash are still under investigation, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, the car struck the rear of the trailer, causing it to roll, which resulted in major crush damage to the vehicle. Incredibly, the truck driver, who was not hurt, kept going. The truck driver was pulled over later that evening and claimed to be unaware of the accident. The damage to the car was consistent with the damage to the truck.

18 Wheelers are a fact of life on any expressway in South Florida. You do not need to have a Phd in physics to appreciate the potential for disaster when a tractor trailer impacts a passenger automobile. These trucks have “black boxes” which can reveal things like the speed of the truck at the time of the crash. This type of information can be vital in determining fault for a truck accident, particularly where the occupants of the car have been killed or severely injured.

With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Hollywood personal injury lawyers at The Ben Law Firm have helped thousands of clients to obtain money compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims

All of the firm’s partners have received the prestigious “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is a recognition by their peers in the legal community that their practice meets the highest professional and ethical standards.

Dania Protestors tell Florida Governor Scott not to scrap pill data base.

2745676488_f03ed5e953_o-thumb-333x249-15801Angry mothers and fathers picketed a Dania Beach pain clinic to remind Florida Governor Rick Scott not to get rid of a computer system designed to track pain pill abuse and pill mills throughout Florida.

Scott and some of his fellow Republicans want to cancel Florida’s plans to start a computer system that would log into a computer every pain drug prescription. The purpose of the database is to keep track of pill mills which have become a major supplier of illegal prescription based medications. Drug pushers and addicts frequently go from pain mill to pain clinic and shop doctors looking for multiple prescriptions of addictive narcotics.

“I’m very upset with Gov. Scott,” said one mother whose son died of an oxycodone overdose on his birthday. “I voted him in, thinking he would do the right thing. He’s turning a blind eye to what’s going on” in Florida.

Scott claims he is concerned that the pill database might cost Florida an extra half million dollars a year. Scott really is placing teaparty politics ahead of the safety and citizens of the State of Florida. Acknowledging the old maxim that a “penny saved is a penny earned,” certainly the wisdom of being “penny wise and a dollar foolish” is appropriate here. If the data base can have even a minimal effect on the availability of dangerous narcotics in Florida, than the extra dollars spent would be well worth it.

Unfortunately, Rick Scott’s decision to cancel the pill data base is just a one more example of his political naivete and misguided efforts to cater to the the tea party. In so doing, Scott has chosen to align himself with the extreme right of the Republican party and to ignore the very real concerns of most Florida citizens.

With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Dania Beach personal injury lawyers at The Ben Law Firm have helped thousands of clients to obtain money compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims

All of the firm’s partners have received the prestigious “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is a recognition by their peers in the legal community that their practice meets the highest professional and ethical standards.