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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2013 – The coming holiday season means long road trips and unfamiliar weather for some Americans. Many inhabitants of Florida and other warm-weather states may find themselves driving in snow and ice if they travel northward. Tampa auto accident attorney Robert Joyce points out how challenging these conditions may be for those who have never encountered them. “Driving in snow and ice is often challenging even for lifelong Northerners,” Mr. Joyce said. “Many people from around here are going to visit family up North for the holidays. They may think that driving through […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 21, 2013 – Tragedy was narrowly averted after an auto accident in St. Petersburg, Fla., sent a car carrying a man and his two sons into a canal. St. Petersburg resident William J. Bacheler, 39, was eastbound on 77th Avenue North on a recent Tuesday with his sons, James Wilson, 8, and Jacob Wilson, 9. Bacheler’s sedan was struck from behind by an SUV. The impact sent the car into a canal, where it landed upside-down and began sinking. Zephyrhills auto accident attorney Robert Alston said that is a recipe for disaster. “Any time […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 24, 2013 – Seven people were injured in an auto accident near Tampa, Fla. involving 11 vehicles. The collision occurred around noon on a recent Saturday on southbound Interstate 75 just north of State Road 60. Officials with the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) say an out-of-state driver caused the pileup by cutting off a semi truck while changing lanes. Tampa auto accident attorney Robert Joyce says it should serve as a reminder to drive defensively. “Anyone on the road is a potential danger,” Joyce said. “People unfamiliar with the area might have trouble navigating […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2013 – The Florida Supreme Court ruled that Geico could not require a sworn statement before paying its customer for her injuries. Plaintiff Merly Nunez prevailed in her suit against the auto insurance company in the 5-2 decision. The majority said that requiring an examination under oath was “unreasonable and unnecessary” and that the law in effect at the time of Nunez’s claim did not allow such a requirement. The law has since been altered, however. “A no-fault insurance system like Florida’s PIP – personal injury protection – is supposed to get benefits […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2013 – A change to Florida’s rules for traffic signals allowed cities and counties to shorten yellow lights, reaping millions of dollars in fines. In a recent report, Noah Pransky of Tampa television station WTSP covered the 2011 rule change by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), which reduced allowable minimum intervals for yellow lights below the federal government’s recommended minimums. State and local traffic engineers then worked together to shorten yellow lights at intersections with red light cameras, the report said. “Transportation authorities need to find ways to reduce accidents and enforce […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 26, 2013 – A teenage Tampa woman was killed in an auto accident on Interstate 10 in Jefferson County. Amanda Pierce, 18, was driving her 2001 Acura westbound toward Tallahassee with her friend, Taylor Lazzara, 18, in the passenger seat. Pierce came upon stopped traffic, the result of two earlier crashes. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Pierce swerved to avoid the cars, went into a slide on the shoulder, and collided with a tree. Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce commented, “This tragedy is a reminder of how important it is to be […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 19, 2013 – The death of a man at Tampa International Airport has investigators searching for answers. Chad Wolfe, 31, landed in Tampa just after midnight on a recent Friday. While still in the airport with his girlfriend and her stepfather, Wolfe went missing. The following morning, airport workers discovered his body at the bottom of an elevator shaft. Robert Joyce, a Tampa personal injury attorney who is not involved in the case, commented, “One would think an accident like this would be highly preventable. Elevators are generally held to strict safety standards and […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 12, 2013 – The collapse of stage equipment at a music festival hospitalized three workers recently. In Miami, workers preparing for the Ultra Music Festival sustained life-threatening injuries when a lighting rig collapsed as they hoisted it up. Two workers were trapped underneath the equipment for several minutes, and another was injured as it came down. Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce commented, “These stage hand jobs are a type of construction, an industry with a very high rate of on-the-job injuries. Maintaining safety during construction is an endless challenge for workers and employers.” […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 25, 2013 – The Florida Supreme Court recently handed a defeat to medical malpractice defense attorneys. In a move seen as protecting patient confidentiality, the Court ruled that medical malpractice defendants are prohibited from meeting privately with plaintiffs’ other doctors even if they do not attempt to acquire privileged medical information. Tampa personal injury lawyer Robert Joyce, who is not involved in the case, commented, “This is an important reinforcement to an existing statute and Supreme Court decision already on the books. Medical malpractice defense attorneys cannot be permitted to endanger doctor-patient confidentiality, nor […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 12, 2013 – At least 30 people were injured when a crash at a Nascar event sent debris hurtling into the stands. During the last lap of a race at the Daytona International Speedway, a race car, driven by Kyle Larson, went airborne in a crash involving 11 other cars. The vehicle slammed into the 22-foot protective fence separating fans from the track, sending large pieces of automobiles, including a tire, into bleachers crowded with spectators. Fourteen people were sent to area hospitals, two in critical condition. Tampa personal injury lawyer Robert Joyce, who […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 26, 2013 – Substandard medical care is alleged to blame for the brain damage of a child born in Florida. The parents of a boy with cerebral palsy recently filed a birth injury suit naming St. Mary’s Medical Center and its staff as defendants in Palm Beach County, Florida. The lawsuit alleges that the boy’s mother received substandard medical care at St. Mary’s during childbirth, resulting in brain damage to the baby and eventual cerebral palsy. Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce, who is not involved in the case, commented, “Prenatal and neonatal care […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 19, 2013 – Family members are suing the National Football League (NFL) after the death of a player. In May 2012, professional football player Junior Seau took his own life, and now his family is suing the NFL, claiming the suicide was the result of numerous brain injuries sustained during his career. Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce commented, “It is widely understood that brain injuries, especially repeated injuries, can cause not only physical damage, but permanent psychological damage as well. It seems possible that repeated head impacts could contribute to suicidal tendencies.” As […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 15, 2013 – One of the worst auto accidents in Florida history continues to work its way through the courts. Following lengthy mediation sessions in late 2012, it appears that the pain and expense of lawsuits stemming from a devastating series of fatal crashes on Interstate 75 in January of that year will be largely avoided. However, legal action against the state of Florida for its controversial role in the incident seems likely to go forward. “This is a terrible accident – probably one of the worst in state history,” said Tampa personal injury […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 28, 2013 – A woman has complained that she was hurt while visiting Disney. A Florida woman has filed a personal injury complaint against Walt Disney World, claiming she was hurt while riding Jungle Cruise, an attraction at the Magic Kingdom. Stacey Holdorff, 41, of Valrico, was visiting the theme park on January 8, 2012 as part of a birthday party for her six-year-old daughter. Reached for comment, Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce, who is not involved in the case, said, “If the plaintiff’s accusations are true, this appears to be a case […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 21, 2013 – The family of an autistic teenager, shot by police, plan to sue the sheriff’s department. Family members of an autistic teen shot and killed by a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy are planning to file a wrongful death suit naming the Sheriff’s Office as a defendant, according to their lawyers. The victim, Michael Camberdella, was shot dead by Sheriff’s deputy William L. Goldstein when the officer responded to a domestic disturbance call. Tampa wrongful death attorney Robert Joyce, who is not involved in the case, commented, “This shooting deserves to be […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 14, 2013 – A recent ruling by the Florida Supreme Court allows drivers who strike another vehicle from behind to rebut the presumption of sole responsibility for the crash and sue the other driver. In a statement, Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce said, “Sometimes a rear-end collision is not entirely the fault of the driver that struck the other vehicle. Any driver who is partially to blame for an auto accident should be held legally accountable for their portion of the responsibility.” The case, Cevallos v. Rideout, was filed as the result of […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 10, 2013 – There is a growing push to install video cameras in nursing homes. The security cameras would be placed to catch incidents of elder care abuse, nursing home neglect and other areas of concern for safety and well-being of home residents. Camera footage, advocates say, would assist facilities identify poor care providers, and would allow law enforcement officers to pursue complaints. Lawmakers in Oklahoma are considering allowing mandatory video surveillance in that state’s more than 300 nursing homes, which serve more than 20,000 residents. The mandatory video monitoring is planned to go […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 3, 2013 – More grandparents than ever are raising their children’s children. It is estimated that close to 5.8 million children in the U.S. are living in their grandparents’ homes, and more than one million children are being raised by their grandparents. That means more than 2.5 million grandparents are currently head-of-household and parenting again. The number of U.S. grandchildren who are being raised by one or more of their grandparents continues to rise. In 1991, the U.S. Census Bureau listed 1.7 percent of children in grandparent-as-parent homes; the number went up to 2.5 […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 27, 2012 – Tampa transportation officials announced plans for upgraded safety measures at an East Tampa intersection, the site of at least seven car crashes between 2008 and 2010, one of which claimed three lives. The intersection is at 34th Street and Chelsea Avenue. A building set close to the northeast corner obstructs westbound motorists’ view of oncoming southbound traffic on 34th Street. “Area residents rightfully expect safe conditions on our roads,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. “These safety upgrades are good news for local motorists.” The fatal crash happened in September […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 20, 2012 – At Florida’s first distracted-driving summit, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood called for Florida to enact legislation banning text messaging while driving, like 39 other states. “Distracted driving is a factor in many auto accidents,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce, “and this particular factor is nearly always preventable.” The event, hosted by USAA’s Property and Casualty Group, drew car accident victims, law enforcement officers, and elected officials. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distraction was a factor in over 400,000 auto accidents in 2010 that claimed […]


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