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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 31, 2017 – A former Florida physician who had ten patients die from drug overdoses was sentenced to two years in federal prison. “Doctors are entrusted with the health and safety of their patients, and they have to be held responsible when they violate that trust,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa pharmaceutical negligence attorney with Joyce & Reyes. “Physicians who are negligent in prescribing dangerous medications may face civil liability as well as criminal charges.” Russell Sachs, a former pain-management doctor, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian Davis. The judge said that the […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire)January 2, 2017 – Safety experts say an explosion of new smartphone apps is partly to blame for a dramatic increase in fatalities from car accidents. Increasingly, apps are designed to be used in vehicles, taking drivers’ attention away from the road. Safety officials say that is one reason 2015 saw the largest annual percentage increase in traffic deaths, and 2016 may be even worse. “In Florida and across the nation, we are seeing a crisis of distracted driving,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa car accident attorney with Joyce & Reyes. “Driver negligence is the number […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 27, 2017 – A former Florida doctor already serving time in prison for drug trafficking has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with the death of a patient. Barry Schultz, 60, entered the guilty plea after being charged with prescribing methadone to David Tain in 2010. Tain died of an overdose three days later. Investigators said Schultz’s actions were “reckless.” Schultz was given a five-year sentence by a Palm Beach County judge, to run concurrently with the 25-year sentence he is already serving for drug trafficking. “In addition to criminal charges, pill mill doctors […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 5, 2016 – There has been an alarming increase in truck accidents in Florida. According to statistics from Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System (FIRES), there was an increase in commercial vehicle accidents in the state, from 34,450 in 2014 to 38,265 in 2015. The 2014 numbers were also an increase from 32,087 commercial vehicle crashes in 2013. As of Nov. 13, the number of collisions involving commercial vehicles in 2016 stood at 34,623, already above the total for 2014, and on track to be worse than 2015. “The increase in truck accidents is of […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 15, 2016 – The number of deaths from car accidents is rising nationwide, and auto fatalities in Florida are increasing more than the national average. According to data from the National Safety Council (NSC), car accidents in the first half of 2016 showed a nine percent increase over the same time period in 2015. From January 1 to June 30 of this year, there were an estimated 19,100 deaths on U.S. roads, up from 17,530 fatalities in the first half of 2015. The rate of fatal accidents is increasing in some states more than […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 4, 2016 – At least seven lawsuits have been filed in Florida over a 2015 plane crash in Ohio that killed nine Floridians. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) ruled that the flight crew’s incorrect runway approach and failure to follow procedures caused the Nov. 10, 2015 crash. The board also said that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) failed to properly enforce regulations against ExecuFlight, the operator of the flight. The findings by the safety board were recently made public at a hearing in Washington, D.C. “An investigation by a government body into what […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 30, 2016 – The family of a Florida woman is suing a medical center because they say that maggots crawled out of the woman’s mouth while she was in the intensive care unit. The family says that medical records show that maggots were found in the mouth, nasal airway, and thigh of Dorothy Mooneyham, 75. The maggots were noted on three occasions, according to the documents. The medical center denied the claims. Mooneyham later died of complications of surgery for lung cancer. “If the allegations are true, they certainly show that something went horribly […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 26, 2016 – A Florida appeals court upheld the dismissal of a negligence lawsuit that the court said involved medical malpractice allegations. The lawsuit was filed by the estate of Michael Taime against a Florida hospital and psychiatrist, alleging that a lack of involuntary commitment procedures led to Taime’s fatal overdose. Taime, previously diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic, was transported to the hospital by law enforcement after he exhibited strange behavior and expressed suicidal ideas, but he was admitted on a voluntary basis. He was discharged after 13 days, and suffered a fatal overdose the […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 15, 2016 – The Florida Supreme Court heard arguments June 9 about whether damages caps in lawsuits over medical malpractice are constitutional. The medical malpractice case stems from injuries suffered by Susan Kalitan, a dental assistant who underwent surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome in 2007. Her esophagus was perforated when tubes were inserted into her mouth during the anesthesia process. The Supreme Court is expected to address the constitutionality of a 2003 law that set limits on non-economic damages, otherwise known as damages for pain and suffering, in medical malpractice cases. “Arbitrary limits on […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 31, 2016 – A Florida family plans to sue a nursing home where an elderly woman died after a fall. The woman’s relatives say that the nursing home staff failed to give her proper medical attention and did not immediately notify the family of the accident. According to the family, a nursing assistant was changing Nadine McBurnett’s bed sheets with the bed railing pulled down, when she fell off the bed. The family said that McBurnett had broken her hip in the fall, but nursing home workers simply placed her back on the bed […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 24, 2016 – An approximately $1 billion settlement plan between the NFL and former players who filed thousands of brain injury lawsuits has been upheld by a federal appeals court. A district judge first approved the settlement nearly one year ago. If the case is not appealed further, then former players who have already been diagnosed with brain injuries from concussions could start receiving benefits in a matter of months. Some former players were opposed to the deal, and they are considering their options. “Brain injury lawsuits can be very complex,” said Robert Joyce, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2016 – Attorney Robert Joyce, of the Tampa firm Joyce & Reyes, has been selected to receive the 2016 Champion of Justice award from the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association. The Champion of Justice award is the highest honor bestowed by the association, and it is only given when the board finds that there has been truly exceptional lifetime achievement in the service of justice. The award has only been given seven times in the past. The board of the association unanimously selected Mr. Joyce as the recipient of the 2016 award, congratulating […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 7, 2016 – A woman who suffered a brain injury in a Florida car accident while riding in an Uber vehicle has filed a lawsuit against the ride-sharing company. Jean Day, a nurse visiting Florida from South Carolina for a medical conference, and her husband Dr. Richard Day, hailed a ride from an Uber vehicle in December. According to their lawsuit, the driver failed to yield to oncoming traffic and crashed into another vehicle. Jean Day suffered brain injuries that required multiple surgeries, and her husband broke his leg. Ms. Day must protect her […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 23, 2016 – The number of hit-and-run car accidents in Florida increased in 2015. According to preliminary statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 92,623 hit-and-run crashes in the state in 2015. That represents a nine percent increase from 2014 and a 17 percent rise from 2013. “The increase in hit-and-run accidents is disturbing,” said Robert Joyce, a Tampa car accident attorney with Joyce & Reyes. “Far too many Floridians are injured or lose their lives in car accidents today, whether as a result of a hit-and-run or […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 21, 2016 – Young drivers and senior drivers are the age groups that are involved in the most car accidents, in Florida and throughout the United States, according to national statistics. Drivers age 16 to 29 have the highest rate of car accidents per miles driven. This may be unsurprising, as young drivers are inexperienced and may be more reckless. However, fatal crash rates also increase significantly for drivers age 70 to 74 and hit a peak for drivers 85 and older. That crash rate is of particular concern because the number of senior […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 15, 2015 – Florida has a high rate of car accidents, and a new report indicates that two of the 10 deadliest interstate highways in the U.S. are located in the Sunshine State. The report, published by Vox, used information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to determine the stretches of highway that have the highest rate of deadly accidents. The report found that two Florida highways, Interstate 295 in Jacksonville and Interstate 4 stretching from Tampa to Daytona Beach, were among the deadliest in the country. “Unfortunately, our state sees more […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2015 – A Florida man pleaded guilty to federal drug charges for helping to operate pill mills. Gerald Wiseberg of Boca Raton, Florida, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute drugs including oxycodone. The plea agreement stated that Wiseberg owned and operated Total Care Medical Center, a pain management clinic in Deerfield Beach, Florida, in 2010 and 2011. Wiseberg was not a medical doctor, but he established the clinic’s operating procedures, according to the plea agreement. Wiseberg later opened another pain management clinic in Maryland. “When unscrupulous doctors and other wrongdoers take advantage of […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 19, 2015 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the son of a 72-year-old woman who died in a Florida nursing home where she was recovering from pneumonia. According to the lawsuit, nursing home staff failed to respond properly to the woman choking. “Nursing homes have a legal responsibility to provide proper care to their patients,” said Robert Joyce, a nursing home abuse and neglect attorney with the Tampa law firm of Joyce & Reyes, who is not involved in the case. “When that duty is violated and serious injury or death […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 25, 2015 – Hit and run car accidents in Florida have been increasing over the past two years, according to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). FHP reported that there were 80,000 hit and run crashes in Florida in 2014, an increase of 7 percent from 2013, which also saw an increase from 2012. Hit and run crashes involving fatalities jumped 23 percent from 2013 to 2014. Almost half of 2014’s hit and run fatalities were pedestrians, an increase of 17 percent from 2013. Overall, a quarter of all accidents are hit and run crashes. […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 18, 2015 – Members of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) of Pinellas County discussed the organization’s 2014 Crash Data Report at a recent meeting. The crash report shows important trends in traffic accidents in the Tampa Bay area. Distracted driving, teen drivers and bicycle and pedestrian accidents are all areas of concern identified in the report. “To help prevent deaths and serious injuries from traffic accidents, it is important to identify problem areas,” said Robert Joyce, a car accident attorney with the Tampa firm of Joyce & Reyes. “Some drivers, such as teens, impaired […]


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