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.

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Remote texter may be held liable for distracted driver’s crash

dwt-thumb-333x195-72045A New Jersey appellate court has ruled that a non-driving texter may be liable for injuries to an automobile accident victim.

In order to be responsible for damages, the New Jersey court ruled the person sending the texts from another location must have known they were being viewed by the diver while this person was actually driving. Although in this particular case, there was insufficient knowledge on the part of the remote texter. The accident, resulting in serious injuries to two motorcyclists, occurred within seconds of the time phone records show the driver, 18-years old, received the text in question.

The New Jersey Appellate Court stated: “We conclude that a person sending text messages has a duty not to text someone who is driving if the texter knows, or has special reason to know, the recipient will view the text while driving.”

In Florida the legal liability of a remote texter to a driver is unknown. The Florida legislature just recently enacted legislation making driving while texting (“DWT“) worthy of a traffic ticket. This watered down legislation came after many years of delay as a result of lobbying from the telecommunications industry.

It is currently without dispute that DWT is a major source of accidents on Florida’s roadways. It makes good sense, as the New Jersey Appellate Court ruled, to not only hold the driver who is texting responsible for injuries, but also the person on the other end — assuming the remote texter knew he was texting to someone who was driving.

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Lauderdale Lakes Driver who killed four people loses his license

396bangedup-car-thumb-333x235-65723A Lauderdale Lakes man, Romial Romeus, 37, whose negligence caused a deadly automobile accident that killed four members of the same family lost his drivers’ license and must pay $4,000 according to a Broward judge.

Romial Romeus was issued a ticket for careless driving by the Florida Highway Patrol for the deadly the crash that occurred on January 2nd of this year. An important distinction to bear in mind is that this was merely a civil traffic infraction and not a criminal trial because the Florida Highway Patrol was unable to prove that Mr. Romeus acted with the requisite criminal intent as opposed to simply being a careless driver. The end result was that the penalties involved were far less than would have involved if Mr. Romeus had been charged with a crime.

Mr. Romeus negligently struck the family’s SUV while driving sourthbound on I-95 in Deerfield Beach causing the SUV to end up in a lake next to the roadway. This incident was not Mr. Romeus’ first ticket, he had several others including one for driving without his lights on.

This tragic automobile accident underscores just how dangerous South Florida’s roadways can be, no matter how carefully you drive. One thing you can do to protect yourself and your family is to purchase uninsured motorist coverage from your insurance company. In the event that you do get in an automobile accident and the at-fault driver does not have any insurance or not enough, this coverage will apply to provide you with a recovery for your damages.

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.

Motorcycles crash into each other in Hialeah

1-thumb-333x249-55032-thumb-333x249-55033Recently two motorcycles riding in close formation crashedinto each other and shut down a portion of Okeechobee Road according to Hialeah police.

Each of the motorcycles was a large cruiser carrying two people and with small trailers attached to them, One of the motorcycles lost control and threw a passenger from the bike but kept rolling. The second motorcycle somehow tipped over, apparently crashing into the other motorcycle.

After the crash, two of the cyclists were choppered out to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. The other two did not appear to be as seriously injured.

Motorcyclists often like to ride with company. They tend to stay in close formation thinking that this keeps them more visible to surrounding traffic. While there is some logic to support this, bikers should remember that they not only need to be alert to other cars, but also to motorcycles in close proximity, which includes those operated by friends. When riding your bike, remember to keep enough distance between you and your buddy to allow you to react, should his bike go down.

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Florida Lawsuits alleging Meningitis from Steroid Injections

xxx-thumb-333x186-50944-thumb-333x186-50945At least 23 people had been confirmed dead out of 284 meningitis cases in 16 states as a result of infected steroid medications compounded by the New England Compounding Center (“NECC”). Authorities estimate 14,000 or more patients were exposed to doses from the infected steroid lots. NECC as the compounding center of the steroid medication is now a defendant in a number Florida lawsuits from patients who received steroid injections.

NECC has recalled all its products and shut down operations.

Seventy-six clinics in 23 states, including Florida, received methylprednisolone acetate from the recalled lots have been instructed to notify all affected patients. According to the Center for Disease Control, the contaminated injections were given starting May 21, 2012.

Meningitis affects the membranous lining of the brain and spinal cord. Initial symptoms of fungal meningitis — including headache, fever, dizziness, nausea, sensitivity to light, stiff neck, weakness or numbness, slurred speech and pain, and redness or swelling at the injection site — can take more than a month to appear.

Fungal meningitis is diagnosed through a spinal tap, which draws cerebrospinal fluid from the spine that can be inspected for signs of the disease. Once detected, it can be treated with high doses of intravenous antifungal medications.
Unlike bacterial meningitis, fungal meningitis is not transmitted from person to person and only people who received the steroid injections are thought to be at risk.

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.

Motorcyclist dies, six injured in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

images-thumb-333x221-42275A four-car crash killed a 53 year old man on a motorcycle and injured six other people, including three children at I-95 northbound of Sample Road in Fort Lauderdale.
The chain collision occurred when four vehicles were traveling in the southbound lanes of I-95 just before 11:30 p.m.

A Volkswagen Jetta carrying four people including the three children slowed for a crash and was rear-ended by a Chevrolet van. As a result of this impact, the Jetta spun around and ended up facing north in the southbound lanes when it was struck by a Ford F-150 pick up truck which had veered to the right. The motorcycle then collided with the truck.

The driver of the pickup truck, the occupants of the Jetta, including all of the children, were taken to North Broward Medical Center with injuries. Everybody was wearing seat belts and the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol.

This serious accident illustrates that in some situations you just have to be lucky. Although it appears that all of the people in the cars were wearing their seat belts, they still suffered injuries, some serious. More tragically, the man on the motorcycle was wearing his helmet yet still lost his life.

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.

Taser Victim sues Orlando Florida Police Department

1428315_f520-thumb-333x249-41119A man who was tasered at Universal Studios last year has sued the City of Orlando alleging that the police used excessive force when they tasered him which caused him to fall and break his jaw. He is seeking $2 million in damages. The man claims that his constitutional rights were violated and that he was falsely imprisoned. He also claims the police department inadequately supervises and trains its officers.

According to reports the following occurred. Universal Studios called in the Orlando Police to have the man removed from their property because he was “uncooperative.” The man was instructed by the police to leave the premises, but refused. The man resisted arrest and refused to put his hands behind his back.

The officer sprayed mace into the man’s face, but that didn’t stop him, so he tasered the man in the back. The man claims he fell forward, struck his face on the cement, broke his jaw, damaged his teeth, and was treated at an Orlando hospital.

The man pleaded no contest in criminal court to the trespassing charge and adjudication was withheld.

Often times in cases like this one, the alleged victim’s account differs from the responding officer’s. Sometimes, the arrest is caught on video through the camera on police car or by a nearby surveillance camera. In view of the fact that this case occurred on the grounds of Universal Studios, I suspect that it was captured on video and that this will resolve any questions as to whether the use of the taser was warranted.

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

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Fort Lauderdale Beach sunbather run over by truck

images[5]-thumb-333x250-39845Yet again, we hear about another person run over by a large vehicle while on a South Florida Beach. This calls into question the wisdom and protocol of allowing vehicles like pick-up trucks on tourist laden sandy beaches.

A North Carolina woman was recently injured while sunbathing on the beach in Fort Lauderdale after an Ocean Rescue pickup drove ran over her. She has alleged that the City of Fort Lauderdale was negligent by allowing large vehicles to be driven on the beach.

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler said the city will probably review its rules regarding government vehicles being driven on beaches. The truck’s driver, a veteran Rescue lieutenant, was placed on leave pending a review.

Large vehicles such as pickups have a limited view of sunbathers lying on the sand. This usage has raised concerns that these vehicles can’t be driven on the beach as safely as all-terrain vehicles (“ATV’s“), which offer far more viewability and maneuverability. While some lifeguards say these types of trucks are necessary for transportation in emergencies to carry medical equipment, such as backboards, defibrillators and first-aid kits, there is no reason why an all terrain vehicle (“ATV”) cannot similarly be employed. ATV’s offer a far better view of sunbathers and a trailer can be attached for carrying equipment or even victims.

Though Fort Lauderdale officials claim to have no knowledge of any other sunbather being run over on the beach, there have been similar incidents reported on other Florida beaches. Any time someone is struck by a vehicle on a sandy beach, questions about negligent operation of the vehicle come into question.

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

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Florida child, 4, mauled by pit bulls at meth house

imagesCA3883IT-thumb-333x452-37667Deputies in St. Cloud, Florida, say a 4-year-old girl is recovering days after being brutally attacked by two pit bulls at a home used to make methamphetamine.

Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home in St. Cloud, Florida, where they found the young girl with bites and lacerations to her face, back and head that required more than 50 stitches.

The girl’s mother, 29 years old, was arrested on child neglect charges because she did not report the child’s injures. Someone who came to the house and saw the child, called for help. The Florida Department of Children and Families is investigating.

Investigators found materials to make meth at the house and inside the homeowner’s truck.

What a lovely combination — a meth house, two pit bulls, a wonderful mother and her young daughter. Once again the pit bull breed is involved in another unprovoked attack leaving the victim with serious injuries.

Homeowner insurance policies usually cover bites by the owner’s dog. The law in Florida imposes strict liability upon the owners of dogs in the event that they bite some one. Frequently, the injuries are quite serious and in most every case a visit to the hospital emergency room is involved.

If you have suffered a dog bite, you may have a claim for damages which is covered by insurance. It is important to act promptly. You should contact the police and file a report. You should take pictures of your injuries and the dog if you can safely do so. Doing these things could go a long way to helping you recover for your medical bills, disfigurement and pain and suffering.

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.

Electronic cigarette explosion injures Florida man

images[9]-thumb-333x249-36008Remember the days when practical jokers gave out as gags exploding cigarettes and every one except the butt of the joke laughed. Well this is no joke! A Florida man suffered serious injuries and burns when the electronic cigarette he was smoking blew up in his face.

The man, Tom Holloway, is a photographer, a Vietnam Veteran, and a father of three who quit smoking. To help him control his cravings, Holloway used electronic cigarettes.

According to Holloway’s wife: it sounded like a firecracker, and it was just a horrible noise, and she heard him scream and she ran in there. Debris was strewn around the room.

According to the Fire Department Chief, the cigarette battery ignited and it was basically like him holding a bottle rocket in his mouth.

The explosion knocked out all his teeth and part of his tongue and he had blood all over his face, and it set the study on fire. Holloway was transferred to a burn center.

Firefighters could not tell the brand of the electronic cigarette, but this is the first time they’ve heard of one exploding.

While cigarette explosions are uncommon, serious burns are not. They can result from all kinds of negligence ranging improper electrical installations to poorly maintained fire alarms. The treatment for serious, first degree burns, is quite painful and often the victims are scarred for life. Depending upon the circumstances, these victims may be able to recover from the wrongdoer.

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.