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Miami-Dade Judge Declares Cap on Noneconomic Damages in Medical Malpractice Unconstitutional

By Jeff Brown |

Recently, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jose M. Rodriguez ruled that Florida law limiting noneconomic damages to $350,000 was unconstitutional, finally ending a cap on noneconomic damages that has harmed thousands of medical malpractice victims in Florida each year. Specifically, Judge Rodriguez labeled Florida’s cap on noneconomic damages, which apply when a plaintiff succeeds at trial… Read More »

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Our View: Tragic Death in Florida Parking Lot Involved Wrongful Death

By Jeff Brown |

Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law has been the subject of much debate lately, especially after the publicized fatal encounter in July between two men in the parking lot of the “Circle A” convenient store in Clearwater. While the sheriff has decided not to arrest and charge the shooter—indicating that he operated within Florida’s Stand… Read More »

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Fatal Florida Crash Involving Tesla Vehicle Shows Battery Reignited Twice After Crash

By Jeff Brown |

According to a report released by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on June 26th, after being involved in a fatal crash in Florida, whereby the car crashed into a wall in Fort Lauderdale, killing two teens and injuring a third, the car battery of a Tesla reignited twice after being fully extinguished…. Read More »

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Workplace Injuries in Poultry Processing Plants

By Jeff Brown |

When we think of injuries that occur on the job, we usually think of construction sites; falling from scaffolds; slip and fall accidents; perhaps even repetitive stress injuries received over time. What we rarely think about are folks who work at processing plants and face injuries just as significant as those on a construction… Read More »

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Algae Blooms. Bacteria & Dangerous Products Sending Floridians to the Emergency Room This Summer

By Jeff Brown |

There have been a number of concerns of late involving Floridians being significantly harmed by what many would label a failure of our state and federal agencies to keep the environment safe (and products) for human use, as we discuss below. Sewage Spills In late July, one of the pipes abandoned and replaced almost… Read More »

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Last Vestiges of Florida’s Cap on Medical Malpractice Damages Fall

By Jeff Brown |

A new documentary film on Netflix—The Bleeding Edge—highlights what a significant cause of injury and death medical interventions and medical harm have become in America, in spite of how technologically advanced the country is. In fact, medical errors have become such a huge issue that any state that imposes medical malpractice caps on damage… Read More »

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Federal Jury Awards HIV Patient $18.4 Million after Doctors Failed To Do Proper Testing

By Jeff Brown |

On June 18th, a federal jury awarded more than $18 million in damages to a man who allegedly developed AIDS because his former physicians failed to test him for HIV; despite the fact that he displayed higher risk factors for and was, in fact, carrying the virus. Although the plaintiff/patient was gay and had… Read More »

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Wells Fargo’s $480 Million Settlement Draws Attention to Potential 401(k) Consumer Fraud

By Jeff Brown |

The bank chain Wells Fargo is once again in hot water over its fake customer/consumer fraud account scam. In May, the banking company agreed to pay $480 million to put to rest claims that it misled shareholders about these sales practices and its fake-accounts scandal. Federal law requires that companies like Wells Fargo warn… Read More »

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Boca Law Cordially Invites You to “See, Sip, Stroll & Support the Tri-County Animal Rescue”

By Jeff Brown |

On Sunday, July 22nd from 9am-1pm join Boca Law to “See, Sip, Stroll & Support the Trip-County Animal Rescue.” The event will be held at Lavalle, Brown & Ronan, PA at 750 South Dixie Highway in Boca Raton.

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Florida Students Found To Be At Risk of Lead Exposure

By Jeff Brown |

On June 5th, health experts warned that Florida’s children are likely being exposed to heightened levels of lead in their school drinking water on a regular basis. This exposure can lead to aggressive behavior and IQ loss, amongst other symptoms and illnesses. Tests were conducted in 16 cities in the state’s capital, all of… Read More »

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The Latest Consumer Fraud: Cell Phone Accounts

By Jeff Brown |

Cell phone account fraud is the latest consumer fraud privacy threat keeping consumers up at night. Criminals open up phone cell phone accounts, and use them to access others’ bank accounts, open new credit cards, or sell information for other criminals to use. In 2017 alone, the number of victims increased 63 percent from… Read More »

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Florida Roller Coaster Derails, Plunging Riders 34 Feet & Leading to Traumatic Injuries

By Jeff Brown |

It’s the stuff of nightmares for many parents whose children and others frequent amusement parks: Florida roller coasters derailing, leading to severe injuries and sometimes even death. Sadly, this just happened in June, when the “Sand Blaster” roller coaster derailed on the Daytona Beach Boardwalk,  sending its riders plummeting 34 feet (10 meters, or… Read More »

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One Boy’s Tragic Death Begs the Question: When Are Child Accidents Someone Else’s Fault?

By Jeff Brown |

The 11-year-old-boy who died on April 20th after getting hit by a truck while his school held a protest against gun violence has captured headlines. The boy was trying to cross the street to get to visit a park when he was tragically hit by a Ford F-150 pickup truck. At this time, the… Read More »

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Significant Consumer Fraud Equifax Breach Reportedly Goes Unaddressed

By Jeff Brown |

Even though the Equifax data breach and subsequent consumer fraud-related harm that occurred happened last year, new reporting reveals that the government still has not acted, and may now even be taking steps to reduce consumer rights’ to file consumer fraud complaints. Specifically, a new report reveals that the Consumer Fraud Protection Bureau has… Read More »

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May News in Florida: Dangerous Sinkholes and Exploding Airbags

By Jeff Brown |

Florida news headlines of late have covered issues involving serious personal injury concerns: one highlighted how Florida now leads the nation in the highest number of Takata-airbag-related injuries and deaths; the other on how worker negligence will open upon up deep sinkholes in the Sunshine State, leading to injuries, death, and property damage, in… Read More »

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Can E-Cigarettes Cause Injuries?

By Jeff Brown |

As recently covered by People and ABC Action News, one Florida producer who worked for CNBC died in early May after his vape pen (also known as an “e-cigarette”) exploded, causing a massive fire in his home. When the pen exploded, the projectile penetrated his brain and skull. It also caused a massive fire,… Read More »

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Wells Fargo Now Facing $1 Billion in Civil Penalties over Consumer Fraud Issues

By Jeff Brown |

In what has emerged as one of the biggest consumer fraud issues of the last decade, federal regulators now want Wells Fargo & Co. to pay up to $1 billion in civil penalties in conjunction with the customer-account scandal that emerged in 2016—likely among the largest fines in financial services history. Last year, the… Read More »

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Florida Woman Suffers From Broken Epidural Needle in Spine for 14 Years

By Jeff Brown |

The day that a family welcomes a new baby into the household is usually a joyous one, unless the doctors delivering the baby make a grave mistake. Unfortunately, that’s allegedly what happened to one Florida woman, who had an epidural needle left in her spine. As a result, for more than 14 years, she… Read More »

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Florida’s Brightline Train Kills another Pedestrian

By Jeff Brown |

Just in its January opening week, Florida’s new high-speed train resulted in three people being struck, with two dying. Sadly, these tragedies are far from over: On April 8th,  it hit and killed yet another pedestrian, marking the fourth person who has been struck and killed since service began between Fort Lauderdale and West… Read More »

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More Deaths Emerge In Driverless Cars

By Jeff Brown |

Driverless cars appear to, once again, be in trouble: Just days after an Uber Technologies Inc. self-driving car killed a pedestrian in the state of Arizona, Tesla Inc. confirmed that its “Model X” driver died in a gruesome crash in California in late March after relying on Autopilot. The utility vehicle reportedly collided with… Read More »

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