Ethics Complaint Filed Against Former Judge and Attorneys By Florida Bar

Slip and FallFollowing its own investigation, The Florida Bar has filed ethics complaints with the state Supreme Court against a former 12th Judicial Circuit judge and two Palmetto attorneys.

Former Judge John Lakin admitted to accepting Tampa Bay Rays baseball tickets from the firm of Kallins, Little & Delgado while still hearing motions in a slip-and-fall case in which attorneys Melton Little and Scott Kallins represented the plaintiff. If you or someone that you know has been injured in a slip and fall, call a Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer.

The justice system is meant to keep the world in order. ThosFlorida Bar Files Complaintse that serve in the justice system take an oath to administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon them. When that oath is not followed out accordingly, they must answer. An ethics complaint was filed by The Florida Bar with the state Supreme Court against two Palmetto attorneys and a former 12th Judicial Circuit judge.

A Wrong Move For A Florida Judge

Former Judge John Lakin was said to accepting Tama Bay Rays baseball tickets from the firm of Kallings, Little & Delgado while he was still hearing motions in a slip and fall case in which attorneys Melton Little and Scott Kallins represented the plaintiff. Mr. Lakin admitted to the accusations.

The complaint read, Lakin presided in the June 2015 trial of Sandy Wittke vs. Wal-Mart Stores. Little and Kallins represented Wittke, who claimed to be injured when she fell at the Wal-Mart on Cortez Road in Bradenton.

Florida Judge BribedOn June 25, 2015, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Wal-Mart. The next day, Little suggested to Kallins that Lakin would be interested in tickets to that evening’s Rays game with the Boston Red Sox. Kallins contacted Lakin’s judicial assistant with the offer. The law firm provided five tickets to Lakin, who used two and discarded the others. When Lakin received the tickets “the time period for filing post-trial motions had not expired.” On July 2, Little filed a motion for a new trial. On Aug. 25, Lakin asked the law firm for tickets to a Rays game with the Minnesota Twins, which Little delivered to the judge’s courtroom. The next day, Lakin overturned the jury’s verdict in the Wittke case and granted the motion for a new trial. “Prior to the Wittke vs. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. case, Judge Lakin had never overturned a jury verdict during his tenure on the bench.” In October, Lakin received tickets from the firm to a Rays game with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Florida Slip and Fall Attorney

Lakin was advised from his senior judges that accepting the tickets were inappropriate and that he was required to disclose his actions to both the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission and the parties involved in the Wittke vs. Wal-Mart Stores case. Lakin admits that his actions were inappropriate but that accepting the tickets had no influence on his decision of the case. Lakin then resigned on March 7, 2016, and the JQC dropped its case against him.

The Bar concluded that Lakin’s “solicitation and acceptance of free baseball tickets” from attorneys appearing in a case before him “created an appearance of impropriety” and undermined his “independence, integrity and/or impartiality as a member of the judiciary.”

 

 

 

 

 

Big Time Carnival Cruise Line In The Court Room

Cruise Ship Slip and Fall
Cruise Ship Slip and Fall

When the winter comes, we all tend to want to sail away to a tropical paradise where the sun stays all year around. For this Carnival cruise guest, her paradise getaway didn’t end how she anticipated. This vacation ended with a trip to the hospital.

Florida Cruise slip and fall

Carnival cruise guest, Samia Soliman, claims that on July 21, 2016, she slipped and fell on the ship due to a wet surface on the passenger deck of the Carnival Imagination. She stated in the complaint filed on January 4th, 2017 that she sustained physical injuries due to the fall that could have been avoided had Carnival Corp. warned the plaintiff and its passengers about the wet and slippery surface.

Damages owed in a slip and fall

Carnival imagination cruise ship
Carnival imagination cruise ship

The plaintiff is represented by Paul M. Hoffman of Hoffman Law Firm in Fort Lauderdale. The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks damages plus interest and all legal fees.cruise injury attorney In ft

Damages in a slip and fall case could range anywhere from the medical bills that you have incurred to the pain and suffering due to the injury itself. If you have experienced a slip and fall call the cruise injury attorney in Fort Lauderdale. The Ben Law Firm strives to keep their clients happy and well taken care of through their process of healing. The Ben Law Firm fight for you!

 

To follow up on this case, visit U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case number 1:17-cv-20038-RNS

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Plumber from Texas sues Ford and Automation when his Truck with business logo ends up with ISIS

When a Plumber in Texas painted his logo on his new  pick up truck he had no idea his brand would become associated with ISIS.  Mark-1 Plumbing out of Texas City was inundated with threatening phone calls after the image below surfaced in the news.  He filed a lawsuit against the Ford dealer who he sold his used F-250 to. The Plumber, in addition to being the target of numerous threats, was also the subject of a political parody by comedian, Stephen Colbert.  According to  his complaint, Ford represented that it would remove his firm’s logo from the truck. The Plumber has asked for damages of 1 million dollars.

 

An ISIS video last year showed fighters firing from a truck belonging to Mark-1 Plumbing.

Negligence can encompass all sorts of events and is not just limited to rear-enders and slip and falls.  Here, the purchaser of the Plumber’s truck is alleged to have a legal duty to remove the seller’s logo before it was resold and failed to do so.  Some how it ended up in the hands of jihadists.  This makes you wonder about how about how one of America’s most iconic trucks ended up in the hands of ISIS.

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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Philadelphia Eagles Player awarded $2 million

anklesprain2-thumb-333x224-69214The left defensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles left tackle, Jason Peters, received nearly $2 million in a lawsuit after re-injuring his Archilles tendon when his rolling walker broke and collapsed.

The suit alleged that in March 2012, three weeks after surgery on his Archilles Heel, Peters was using a Roll-A-Bout knee walker when it snapped below the handlebar.

Peters had to undergo a second operation because of the setback. He missed the entire season.

Roll-A-Bout says the knee walker was sold for patients weighing up to 500 pounds. Peters weighed in at 340.

Because of the tremendous potential for wage loss by professional athletes the damages and exposure in this case increased resulting in an excellent settlement.

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Cruiselines sugarcoating passengers missing at sea?

images[11]-thumb-333x444-14105Every year it seems like we hear about someone “disappearing” at sea while on a cruise. More often than not, there are no witnesses to what happened and the cruise ships label the disappearances as “mysterious circumstances.” The cruise lines may spin these situations as a simple case of a drunk passenger deciding to jump.

According to Canadian college professor, Ross Klein, in 2008 there were 12 passengers or crewmen have gone overboard from cruise ships or ferries. Since no central government agency maintains records of cruise ship disappearances or deaths or falls from cruise ships, Professor Klein derived his data from various news outlets.

“They’re (the cruise lines) trying to sell a vacation product and this isn’t good news . . . .They tout cruising as the safest mode of transportation anywhere in the world. People go on them expecting to be safe, and these incidents contradict that perception,” states Professor Klein.

Every cruise ship has barriers designed to prevent passengers from falling overboard. Indeed, it is difficult to imagine some one falling off a cruise ship without being drunk or disregarding their safety. Nevertheless the cruise ships have the legal responsibility to take reasonable precautions to prevent this type of foreseeable occurrence.

Although falling overboard would seem to involve some comparative negligence on the part of the passenger, the cruise ships frequently over serve alcohol to their passengers without limits. Alcohol is a big money maker for the cruise lines. As a result of over-imbibing, passengers tend to fall on the decks of cruise ships and some even overboard. Accordingly, there may be some liability on the cruise lines for falls on and off the ship even though the passenger may have been intoxicated.

“It’s drink and drink and drink,” says Charles Harris, former chief of security for Carnival Cruises, a critic of cruise industry secrecy. “We’ll take your money, and if you fall overboard, we don’t worry about it.”

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Man Burned in Florida Keys Motorcyle Accident

Sometimes people on motorcycles are injured not as the result of the negligence of other cars, but rather as the result of negligence by landowners in maintaining their premises. A recent accident in the Florida Keys illustrates how this unfortunate series of events can unfold.

Recently, an off duty Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputy was severly burned when he rode his motorcycle up to the pump at a Circle K in the Florida Keys which slipped in a puddle of fuel. The bike landed on top of him and was instantly ignited.

“In just those few seconds” the motorcylist sustained 2nd and 3rd degree burns over most of his body–all because of an accident that his sister stated the Circle K gas station could have prevented. According to the man’s sister: “When he pulled into the gas station he already didn’t stand a chance.”

Attorneys for the man claim they have proof that this was avoidable, and that the gas station attendants knew the pump was leaking fuel onto the ground

“Consumers would go in and report that to the Circle K people who pretty much were nonchalant about the whole thing and would throw kitty litter on it and hope that the gas spill would just dry up.”

Similar negligence is happening at other gas stations, according to the man’s sister, but there’s no oversight to stop it and no one to protect others from her brother’s fate. “This isn’t a matter of if, it’s a matter of when it’s gonna’ happen to somebody else,” she stated

The man sustained burns over more than 60 percent of his body, just had his 3rd skin graft. His family hopes to have him home from Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami by Christmas.

Everyone who has ever filled up their tank at a gas station knows that it is not uncommon for there to be fuel or other material on the pavement surrounding the pumps. These substances are not only a slip and fall hazzard for customers walking in the area, but may also constitute a danger for motorcyclists pulling up, as this story tragically illustrates.

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Slip and Fall Lawsuit filed by Robert Bork

slip-and-fall-lawsuit-filed-by-robert-borkRobert Bork, a former Republican nominee to the United States Supreme Court filed a slip and fall lawsuit against the Yale Club for negligence. He sought $1 million in damages for injuries he sustained from a fall at the club in 2006. In May, 2008, Bork, through his attorneys, achieved a confidential settlement.

Bork, in his lawsuit, alleged that he was at the Yale Club in Manhattan to speak at an event and that the club failed to provide steps and a handrail for safe access onto the dais. As a result, Bork fell and claimed he injured his leg and head while attemping to get onto the dais.

Bork claimed he sustained a large hematoma, which is a swelling of blood, in his lower left leg . The injury eventually required surgery and physical therapy. He claimed to have suffered “excruciating pain” as a result of the injury and walks with a limp according to the complaint, which is the initial pleading filed by a plaintiff with the court.

Robert Bork is a conservative Republican who taught at Yale’s Law School in the 1960s and 70s. Later, in the 1980s he was nominated to the United States Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan, but withdrew his nomination during a controversial Senate confirmation hearing.

Pro-business lobbyists, as well as the Republican party, frequently complain about “slip and fall” lawsuits, often reciting the moniker that they are “frivilous.” The irony of this case is that Bork is one of the leading legal minds in the conservative movement which has advocated tort reform.

This case illustrates that when you or a loved one has been seriously injured, that compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering suddenly becomes vitally important. The unfortunate reality for proponents of tort reform, as Robert Bork apparently discovered after his fall, is that frequently these lawsuits have merit. A lot of these types of falls can be prevented if people and businesses just pay attention and use reasonable care. When the legal duty to use to use reasonable care is violated and results in a fall that could have easily been prevented, it is fair to be compensated for your damages.

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