wrongful death | Law Firm Newswire - Part 6

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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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 17, 2012 – According to a 2010 survey by the MetLife Mature Market Institute, the losses due to elder financial abuse are almost $3 billion. A significant amount of that abuse — 35 percent — is attributed to actions by family, neighbors, friends, and even paid caregivers. But, as noted by executive director Sandra Timmermann, of MetLife Mature Market Institute, that is only the number of reported incidences. For every case that is reported, they estimate four or five that never see the light of day. “The number of elder financial abuse cases is […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 13, 2012 – David Goldstein, 17, a soccer player at Ransom Everglades School in Miami, has suffered three concussions and once thought he would never play the game again. Now he is responsible for helping convince the Florida legislature to pass a law to protect Miami-Dade County student-athletes from debilitating brain injuries. “Brain injuries are a real possibility for anyone engaged in contact sports,” Tampa brain injury attorney Robert Joyce commented. “It is particularly important that children be protected from permanent brain damage.” Goldstein suffered concussions in each of three separate incidents during soccer […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 12, 2012 – According to elder care advocates, approximately 2,000 dependent adults go “missing” each year from adult care facilities. Advocates are calling for a standard, quick response which would start with dialing 911, and are pushing for that 911 call to be law. In Concord, CA, 86-year-old Yolanda Membreno left a residential facility and was later found by police dogs, deceased, at a playground just 100 yards away from the facility’s front door. While caregivers had searched their facility for signs of Ms. Membreno, they did not call 911 when they noted her […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 23, 2012 – The family of a woman shot to death by U.S. Border patrol has filed a wrongful death claim. Valeria “Munique” Alvarado, a mother of five, was shot to death in September by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Chula Vista, California. Her family has filed a claim of wrongful death against the agency. “The tragedy of this young mother’s death must be fully investigated,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. “Hopefully, investigators will get to the bottom of the shooting and determine whether it could have been prevented.” The agent, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 15, 2012 – A Florida nursing home with a history of problems has been placed on a government watch list. The home must clean up its act to avoid a suspension of its Medicare and Medicaid payments. “Nursing homes are entrusted with caring for our most vulnerable family members,” said Tampa personal injury lawyer Robert Joyce. “It is important that they be held to the highest standards of safety and care.” Avante at Ormond Beach has been identified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a “special focus facility,” indicating that […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 15, 2012 – A fire in Greenwich, Connecticut that killed a 42-year-old-man and left his mother in critical condition in a hospital burn unit, may have occurred due to hoarding in the home. Dean Verboven and his mother, 69-year-old Barbara Verboven, were contacted in September by the town’s social services, prompted by neighbors’ concerns that the home was unsafe. Mr. Verboven allegedly agreed to declutter the home, but when a social worker visited to check on progress, little had been cleared. According to a neighbor, Dean lived in the home with his mother, who […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 8, 2012 – The management company of a Tampa apartment complex is being sued in the wake of the death of a local seven-year-old girl. Zhanaye Williams was killed when a gate collapsed on top of her at Brookside Apartments, where she lived. “It is hard to imagine an event more tragic than the death of a child,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce, “particularly if the accident was preventable.” The accident happened on April 11. While waiting for the school bus that morning, Williams and two classmates were playing on the broken […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 29, 2012 – Three federal judges have upheld the dismissal of a wrongful death lawsuit against the Church of Scientology. The suit was brought by the mother of a Virginia man who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound while visiting his father, a Scientologist, in Clearwater, Fla. “Suicides are particularly tragic and difficult for families to deal with,” said Tampa wrongful death attorney Robert Joyce. “If survivors believe a third party may be culpable, it is important to investigate that possibility.” According to Clearwater police, on the night of Feb. 16, 2007, Kyle Brennan, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2012 – The U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division recently released a grim report accusing Florida officials of improperly housing disabled children in adult nursing homes. Federal laws require state governments to house and treat disabled people in socially integrative settings or at their homes whenever possible, as opposed to warehousing them in large, isolated institutions. “This new report is troubling in its accusations,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. “Disabled children should not be housed in nursing homes unless it truly means the best possible care for the child.” The Justice […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 17, 2012 – The Alzheimer’s Association has awarded its largest-ever research grant. Almost $4.2 million is going to the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer’s Network in St. Louis, Missouri, to study if early intervention can slow or stop the progress of the disease. The grant will be paid out over four years. Congress passed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act to comprehensively study, treat and battle the disease, one that is expected to affect an aging U.S. population. As the population of U.S. adults doubles over the next twenty years, the number of people with Alzheimer’s is […]


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