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Far too often, people are dissatisfied with their attorneys.  Complaints are often that the lawyer does not return phone calls, does not pursue the claim aggressively, or settles to easily.  At The Ben Law Firm, we have fought for and recovered millions of dollars in financial compensation for our clients.

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Insurance companies thrive on inexperienced lawyers!  Hire The Ben Law Firm, and we will put the ball back in your court.  We have decades of experience negotiating with Insurance Companies and recovering maximum financial compensation for our clients!

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.

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.

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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.

Florida insurance companies seeking massive rate increase

Metropolitan_Life_Insurance_Company_Tower-original[1]-thumb-333x287-23076Two subsidiaries of Allstate Insurance Company, Castle Key Insurance Co. and Castle Key Indemnity, will request permission from the State Office of Insurance Regulation to increase their rates in the amounts of 31 and 36 percent respectively a state hearing. The net effect will be that homeowners insuring their homes with these companies will see a huge increase in their premiums.

Castle Key Insurance and Castle Key Indemnity insure over a quarter of a million households in South Florida.

Florida law requires the Office of Insurance Regulation to conduct hearing to approve rate hikes that exceed 15 percent. State regulators have 90 days after an insurance company’s request, to increase to reject it, approve it, or approve a smaller increase.

Given the current political climate in Tallahassee and in particular, Governor Rick Scott, you can expect these insurance companies to get what they want. The unfortunate reality is that the governor is more concerned with the profitability of insurance companies in Florida, than he is with Florida’s citizens who can barely afford to purchase insurance now under the current rate structure.

Some one needs to tell these insurance companies: “No.” But don’t count on our governor to protect consumer interests.

With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Fort Lauderdale 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.

Delray Beach, Florida high school coach accused of improper physical contact

charter-school-buildingUsually a school is thought of as a safe haven where students are protected from the types predators who roam outside the campus. Sometimes, however, the danger to students can come from within.

At Atlantic High School in Delray Beach, Florida, the track and football coach was arrested recently on misdemeanor battery charges, accused of groping one student and biting another, according to records.

James “Andre” Thaddies, 40, was arrested on March 3. According to school police two female students reported Thaddies touched them inappropriately without their permission. One track student reported Thaddies tried to touch her, she resisted, and he then grabbed her by the wrist and called her “retarded.” The second student said that Thaddies bit her in the neck area, but did not break skin, according to the report.

The Palm Beach County school district assigned Thaddies administrative duties and no longer allowed him to teach students, effective Feb. 24. The Atlantic High football team, under Thaddies, enjoyed winning seasons.

Thaddies, it appears, had a suspected background of inappropriate conduct with female students at a Minnesota high school where similar accusations were made. According to Minnesota court documents filed in 2000, Thaddies, admitted to providing alcohol to an underaged gil and resigned after being suspended. Police investigated, but Thaddies was not charged with any sexual misconduct.

High schools in the State of Florida have the legal duty to investigate the background of teachers and other potential employees who may be in contact with their students. This is because teachers and administrators stand in the shoes of the parents while a minor student is on school grounds. Mandatory schooling has forced parents into relying on teachers to protect children during school activity. Accordingly, where the school fails to adequately investigate the background of a school teacher or administrator who abuses a student on school grounds, the school may be liable for negligent hiring and/or supervision.

With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Fort Lauderdale 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 has the highest pool drowning death rate for children.

The State of Florida has the highest drowning death rate in the US for children ages 1-4 years (8.9/100,000) and during 1999-2003 recorded 356 unintentional drowning deaths among children in this age group according to the Florida Department of Health.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, pool drownings for young children have increased dramatically. Nationwide, an average of about 300 children under 5 years old drowned in pools nationwide annually. Most of these deaths occurred in the summer months. Drowning is the second leading cause of death to young children after motor vehicle incidents. Another 2,700 children are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year for near-drowning incidents. Most of these cases involve residential pools.

Unfortunately, these tragedies can, and do occur all too quickly — many times before parents and caretakers are even aware that their toddlers are no longer in the house. Whenever a pool is nearby, constant adult supervision is vital. Even if a young child has been taught to swim, it is still necessary for an adult to be watching.

The key to preventing these tragedies is to have multiple levels of protection. This includes placing barriers around your pool to prevent access, using alarms on doors that access the pool, installing child proof locks on all doors leading to the pool and being prepared in case of an emergency. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has specific recommendations to reduce the incidence of childhood drownings.

Pool drowning cases present unique issues for attorneys representing parents. Frequently, they involve death or brain damageto the child. Although others may be responsible for their child’s drowning, most parents tend to experience feelings of guilt. Accordingly, these cases need to be handled in a manner designed to minimize the trauma to the family and to provide closure.

With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the law partners 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.