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June 2013 Archives

Fight for Trimming Citizens Continues

While business and environmental advocates that support the down seizing of Citizens Property Insurance Corporation expect that a new bill to that effect will soon be passed, others opposed to some of the methods for trimming the size of the state backed insurer, are filing bills of their own to insure that such methods are never implemented. 

How Safe Are Cruise Ships?

The Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano, frequently posts articles about cruise ship safety and incidents, as our firm has attorneys specializing in cruise ship accidents in the Miami area. Regrettably, this all too familiar news story has surfaced yet again-another safety incident aboard a cruise ship has occurred. This time, it involved Royal Caribbean. On May 27, 2013, a fire broke out on the third deck of the Grandeur of the Seas while it was off the coast of Florida on its way to Cococay, Bahamas. Reports indicate that the fire was discovered at approximately 2:50 a.m. Passengers were directed to various muster stations after the fire broke out. The Grandeur of the Seas requested assistance from the United States Coast Guard. Although declining further comment, the United States Coast Guard did indicate that the fire was a "Class A" fire, which involves solid materials rather than flammable liquids.

Governor Rick Scott Signs Ban On Emailing, IMing, and Texting While Driving.

On May 28, 2013, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 52 into law. Senate Bill 52 bans texting, emailing, and instant messaging while driving. It is referred to as the "Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law." Florida joins most other states in implementing a full or partial ban on hand-held device use while driving. The intent of the law, per its language, is to improve roadway safety; prevent crashes; reduce injuries, deaths, property damage, health care costs, and insurance rate; and allow police officers to issue citations as a secondary offense. 

What is Product Liability?

Watching the news in Miami, one will notice that products are frequently recalled because they are either designed or manufactured improperly resulting in loss or injury. As a matter of fact, each year, U.S. federal regulatory agencies announce thousands of product recalls involving such diverse products as toys, electrical and electronic products, fire sprinklers, household appliances, recreational products, motor vehicles, foods, drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices. How do these recalls affect the Miami Product Liability attorney's ability to recover damages for clients who were injured by these recalled items?

Florida Law Finally Bans Texting While Driving.

It is astonishing how many people in Miami text while driving. Just yesterday, I observed a person behind the wheel driving down Biscayne Blvd., staring at his phone, texting with both of his hands as his car swerved from lane to lane. We wrote a blog just a couple of weeks ago on why Florida regulators must ban the use of hand held devices in Florida to insure that our roads are safer. Governor Rick Scott finally signed a law on May 28, 2013 banning the practice of texting while driving. This new law should impact how a Miami personal injury attorney can recover damages for a client who was hit by a driver who was texting.

Important Motorcycle Accident Statistics in Florida

With the advent of summer comes the advent of another time-honored and much-loved tradition throughout our country: bringing out your motorcycle. Millions of people across the United States own motorcycles. In fact, there are over four million registered motorcycles in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents and fatalities are a tragic part of our national love affair with motorcycles. Below are some sobering statistics, as well as some helpful reminder tips to minimize your chances of injury if you are a motorcycle rider.

3 Things You Should Consider When Purchasing a Florida Homeowners Insurance Policy.

Summer in Florida means lots of fun and exciting activities-barbeques, time at the beach or at the pool, boating, and fireworks, just to name a few. Along with these activities comes an increased risk of injury and property damage. That is why the start of summer is a good reason to make time to review your homeowner's policy. After all, you get yourself, your car, your pets, and your kids checked up on a routine basis, so why not include a yearly review of your insurance policy on this list? It is important to ensure that your policy covers what you need it to cover, as not all policies offer the same coverage and not all homeowners need the same things covered. The Florida Homeowners Insurance Claim lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano, are experienced in representing individuals in homeowner's insurance claims. We want to make sure you have the coverage you think you have, as well as the coverage you need. 

Spas: A Hazard to Your Health?

It is supposed to be a day of relaxation-a trip to the spa for a facial, a manicure or pedicure, a hair cut or hair color, or a body wrap. For some, however, this day of relaxation can turn quickly turn into a nightmare. Injuries from services received at spas or salons are on the rise, as more and more people seek out these services.

What are the Punitive Damages in Products Liability Cases in Florida?

Each year, thousands of Americans sustain injuries in the United States resulting from products sold on the market. Watching the news in Miami, one will notice that dangerous and defective products are constantly recalled due to the injuries they cause. Imagine now, that a manufacturer is aware that an item it sells is dangerous and/or defective and this company deliberately conceals this knowledge from the general public. An experienced products liability attorney in Miami will be able to recover punitive damages for their clients in these types of active concealment cases.