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Group of Florida bikers leave memorials to remind public of fatal bike accidents

A group of Florida bikers from Lee County is leaving memorials near the locations of fatal bicycle accidents as a reminder that the roads in Florida can be dangerous for bicyclists. The bike accident memorials are in the form of “ghost bikes.” Ghost bikes are bikes that have their chains and gears removed and are painted white. Each ghost bike marks the site of a fatal bike accident and each memorial has an accompanying sign that reads, “Cyclist Killed,” and the date of the bicyclist’s death.

Florida is notorious for the number of bicycle accidents that occur throughout the state every year. Bicycle riders in southwest Florida are trying to raise awareness and visibility about bicycles and the vulnerability that bicyclists experience. The ghost bike memorials that have recently been setup in Lee County pay tribute to three bicyclists that were killed since the beginning of the year. The first bicyclist that was killed was in a fatal accident in February. The second bicyclist died on April 17, and the third bicyclist died at the beginning of last month on May 7.

Few people know who are behind the ghost bike memorials, and the memorials are setup under the cover of night. The folks who know the creators of the ghost bikes are not letting on. Ghost bikes first appeared in St. Louis, Missouri in 2003 according to the website ghostbikes.org, but the memorials are fairly new to Lee County, Florida. The first memorial is the one that honors the May 7 bicyclist.

Members of the local bicycle community say it does not matter who is putting up the memorials. They say the memorials represent lives lost and hope it will make drivers more aware. One Ft. Myers resident whose wife’s death is honored by a ghost bike says he tries to avoid the intersection where the memorial is located because of the pain, but also says, “Anytime you can make people aware of their surroundings, it’s a good thing.”

Economic reality and equity may require child support revisit

The shifting realities of life can sometimes gum up the works of even the most amicable of divorces. This is particularly true when it comes to the delicate issues of spousal and child support that are often part of temporary judgments issued by Illinois courts in the early goings of a divorce proceeding.

The law includes provisions that allow parties in a divorce to seek modifications based on any number of unanticipated situations. Financial turmoil triggered by any number of events, including unemployment due to layoffs, may be grounds for a parent to seek reduction or elimination of child support payments. Sometimes, legislatures change the laws leaving the court the challenge of having to alter decisions.

Such appears to be the case out of New York. A judge in Nassau County recently did a major turnabout in one case, significantly reducing the amount of temporary alimony and support for three children that the ex-husband must pay.

The judge’s original order, issued in March 2011, required the ex-husband to pay more than $17,000 a month. The change reduced that to about $7,000. There were a number of elements that seemed to prompt the scale-back on March 12 of this year. One was that the original order apparently failed to acknowledge that the husband was only making $12,000 a month at the time. Another was that a few months later, the man lost his job.

Legal experts say the real problem is that the case was one of the earliest to fall under new no-fault divorce provisions in New York. They require judges to set temporary alimony and child support based on a strict formula. The previous system had allowed more judicial discretion.

Last month, both sides in the case were told that the court had made a mistake due to its being unfamiliar with the 2010 law change. An independent Law Review Commission reviewing the law says it found that the provisions have resulted in general confusion among judges and lawyers and some unfair decisions. It’s expected to offer recommendations later this month on what to do to fix the issues.

Meanwhile, the ex-husband’s team is hailing the action. The ex-wife’s team is vowing to appeal, saying that while some aspects of the new order are fine, there are other parts that they feel are unfair.

Georgia woman in accident after semi truck runs stop sign

Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. Even if a driver does realize what’s happening, there is typically little time to react before the collision. In the event of a motor vehicle accident, those involved including drivers and passengers can sustain serious injuries as a result.

In the early hours of the morning, a crash occurred in Mitchell County that left one woman seriously injured. According to local police officers, a semi truck ran a stop sign and caused an accident.

A car had been at the intersection as well. When it drove forward, it collided with the truck. The truck driver was not injured. However the woman who was driving the car was hurt and immediately brought to a nearby hospital for treatment.

This type of accident can be scary. The woman had the right of way; the truck should never have been in the intersection at that time. But this crash could have been much worse. Deputies who responded to the crash believe that if the woman had already been in the intersection when the truck failed to stop, she could have sustained more severe and possibly life-threatening injuries.

The truck driver has been charged with a traffic violation, but does not appear to be facing any additional charges at this time. Local law enforcement is likely piecing together the incident.

If you ever get into a crash, there are many considerations that could follow. There are the physical implications – injuries can lead to weeks, even months of rehabilitation. Financially, you may be facing growing medical bills that are going unpaid because you are unable to work with the help of a injury attorney. Emotionally you may still be recovering from the shock of being in the accident itself.

 

 

David Arquette files for divorce from Courteney Cox

In October 2010, actors Courteney Cox and David Arquette announced that they had separated. Now, nearly two years later, it appears that their attempts at reconciliation were not successful, with Arquette filing for divorce on what would have been the couple’s 13th wedding anniversary. They have one child together.

When Cox and Arquette announced their separation, they released a statement indicating that they had already been living separately for months. The goal of their separation was not divorce, they said, but to “better understand ourselves and the qualities we need in a partner and for our marriage.” After nearly two years apart, it seems that the couple has reached the decision that divorce is the best option for them and their family.

In his divorce filings, Arquette reportedly cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the divorce, and requested joint physical and legal custody of the couple’s eight-year-old daughter, Coco. He does not request spousal or child support, and it is not known whether the couple has a prenuptial agreement or how they plan to divide their property and assets.

In addition, it appears that Arquette prepared and filed the divorce papers on his own, leading media speculators to wonder whether he is going through the divorce process without a family law attorney. As any couple with a high net worth, Cox and Arquette likely have significant assets to divide. Even if they are in agreement about how they want to split their property, that complicated process is usually hard to do without the help of an experienced divorce lawyer or other family law professional.

Texas woman killed in four-motorcycle accident

Last month, four motorcycle riders were involved in an apparent domino-effect accident, in which one driver’s crash caused the subsequent driver to crash, and so on. The motorcycle accident, which occurred on a Saturday afternoon in Pushmataha County, Oklahoma, ended up taking the life of one of the four riders, a 44-year-old woman from Texas.
According to the report filed by police officers at the scene, the accident was set in motion when one of the four riders lost control of his motorcycle while attempting to negotiate a curve and crashed. He radioed a fellow rider to inform him of the accident and ask for help. When the second rider pulled to the side of the road near the first accident, a third rider slowed down to see what was wrong.
The third rider also lost control of her motorcycle, falling onto the road near the other two. A fourth biker that was following directly behind the third rider was unable slow down in time and ran over her. The woman was declared dead at the scene of the accident.
The fourth rider was also injured in the motorcycle accident when he slid 45 feet into the guard rail. He was taken to a hospital in nearby Arkansas for treatment, while the other two bikers were cleared for minor injuries at the scene. Although officers are still investigating the series of events that led to the injury and fatality, they did note that all of the riders were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

Rate of Serious Dog Bite Injuries Up 86 Percent in Past 15 Years

Injuries from dog bites requiring hospitalizations are skyrocketing, according to a new study by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The research covered the period from 1993 through 2008, and found an 86 percent jump in the number of serious dog bite cases over the 15-year period — from 5,100 hospitalizations in 1993 to 9,500 in 2008.

The analysis also found that injuries to children between 5 and 9 and to seniors were the mostly likely to be serious enough to require hospitalization. Also, people living in rural areas were four times more likely to make an emergency room visit related to a dog bite than those who lived in urban areas.

Nearly half of those hospitalized required treatment for skin infections. Fifty-eight percent needed a medical procedure, such as stitches, a skin graft or a wound debridement (the removal of unhealthy tissue from a wound to promote healing).

On a daily basis in the United States, an average of 866 people go to a hospital emergency room to be treated for a dog bite or animal injury. An average of 26 require admission to the hospital for those injuries, based on the agency’s 2008 data.

The agency also found that the average cost of a hospitalization for a dog bite is $18,200. Injuries from an attack by another party’s dog or domestic animal is generally covered by homeowners insurance under the law of premises liability, although not all dog owners have homeowners insurance, and not all policies cover dog and domestic animal bites. When insurance coverage isn’t available or the coverage limits are too low to compensate the victim fully, the victim can also file a premises liability claim.

Each year, around 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs, but most of those bites are not serious enough to require hospitalization or retain a personal injury lawyer in Boynton Beach.

 

 

CPSC FIGHTS TO ADD TEETH TO TABLE SAW SAFETY GUIDELINES

Every year, thousands of people are injured by table saw blades. Amateur and professional woodworkers alike suffer everything from cuts to amputations while using table saws. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission believes the product does not have to be as dangerous, though, as an Oregon man’s invention has proven.
The invention is just one point of contention between the CPSC and the power tool industry. The industry thinks the CPSC’s recent vote for stricter safety standards for table saws is a step in the wrong direction for consumers, manufacturers and retailers.
The Power Tool Institute, a trade association that numbers major manufacturers among its members, says tough new standards will increase table saw prices dramatically. The cost will be so high, the association says, that the tools will be out of reach for many amateurs.
The CPSC argues that improved safety measures may be costly to manufacturers and consumers, but the number and nature of the Oregon injuries warrant the changes. The human cost is high, said an agency representative, and the out-of-pocket costs are “eye-popping.”
An injury, especially a serious injury, will result in medical costs and time off from work, as well as product liability litigation costs and non-economic damage awards. The CPSC’s research shows that each injury costs about $35,000 — that translates into $2.36 billion per year.
In comparison, an average injury related to a dangerous or defective consumer product costs about $22,000. Neither the CPSC nor the Power Tool Institute offered an estimate of the cost to modify table saws, to either the manufacturer or the consumer.
When the CPSC announced its recommendation, the Institute expressed concern that regulators would require manufacturers to adopt the Oregon inventor’s safety device. SawStop stops the blade when it comes into contact with skin.
The Institute said it would be unjust to demand that manufacturers use this one safety device. The federal government would essentially be creating a monopoly. And, the Institute noted, manufacturers have already rejected the technology — again, based on increased costs to consumers.
The debate will soon include regulators. The CPSC did not include a deadline with their recommendation.

Huge Sum Awarded After a Wrongful Death Suit

A Florida couple was recently awarded $10.2 million in a high-profile Florida wrongful death case involving their child who suffered brain damage during birth at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Fl. This ruling is the second judgment in favor of the Miami couple, which was handed down by U.S. District Senior Judge Jose Gonzalez Jr.
The court found that the death of Oscar Rodriguez and Raiza Bravo’s son, Kevin, was due to neurological damage caused by the negligence of the medical staff. According to a legal journal article on the case, this ruling is significant and unique because “it caps the award under a new standard set by the 11th U.S. Circuit of Appeals, which imposed caps based on state court actions.”

Initially, Judge Gonzalez awarded the family of the decreased child $60.5 million in 2005 on a medical malpractice complaint, which was the largest federal tort claim at the time. This award was intended to be used for the lifetime care of Kevin, “who never spoken, sat up, swallowed or showed any high function during his short life time.” Later, the judge lowered the award to 40.5 million on a government motion for reduction, but the medical malpractice “case became moot when the 3-year-old boy died five months after the ruling for a brain seizure.”

Following his death, the family revised the case as a wrongful death claim. The same judge heard a two-day bench trial in Fort Lauderdale personal injury case and handed down this verdict late last Thursday.

This is the first of a two part series on this case. Be sure to check back at the end of the week for the complete story.

DWI and DUI in NJ

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a very serious charge that brings quite the hefty fine and also the likelihood of conviction is distinguished. With extreme discipline this law is applied in New Jersey. In the event you are a pleasure before heading home following a tough day at work,, of two cold beers you then should get the amount of a very great Newton NJ DUI attorney to bail you out of jail and be sure you will not end up in prison. Where a DUI Attorney steps in, that’s. It’s not possible to actually afford to walk with no lawyer. The dangers are too much.

Why a DUI Attorney

Some DUI attorneys possess the finest heads of jersey. The team set their customer’s needs, target oriented and may be educated. This exceptionally driven team in the offices is one to take pride in. Five of the attorneys on their team have certification, just 50 other attorneys in New Jersey have.

In New Jersey it’s prohibited to drive your car or truck by means of your blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher. The police officers will also be permitted to run Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) in the event the motorist shows unpredictable and questionable behaviour. In case the motorist is observed to be uncertain, nervous and becomes defensive for no obvious motive, then the police officer may produce a subjective determination to run an SFST to determine if the motorist is in their right mindset.

Personal Injury Lawyers That Care

PHILANTHROPIC LAWYERS

Our Lawyers is a landmark name that represents Coral Springs’s finest personal injury advocate. The firm and his well educated and philanthropic group of lawyers that serve South Florida have really made a great impact on people’s lives. They go that extra mile to ensure that your personal injury case is dealt with in a timely manner, with all the finesse required and most importantly with the highest level of integrity.
Why choose a Personal Injury Lawyer.
They take the saying “The customer is always right to the next level.” Indeed to them this slogan never fades. The team will handle each case like its a million dollar account. Their service delivery and regard for customer preference is none like I have ever experienced. You tell them the nature of your predicament and the course of action you feel deserves your current situation and they will advice you on the appropriate legal action. Who doesn’t like it when their opinion matters?
The lawyers are definitely the quarterback you need to make that compensation deal go through. With 30 years experience, some of which representing insurance companies, he definitely comes prepared for the job and has a vast knowledge on how to handle the bureaucracies surrounding processing of insurance claims. We can all guess what that ultimately translates to; hefty settlements and fair verdicts. There is no trick behind his success in the courtroom, only hard work and passion for the job, plain and simple.The team will represent you in various cases like Personal injury, Motorcycles accidents, Auto accidents, Truck accidents and Premises liability.

Benefits of having a Coral Springs in your corner

Although the money is more often than not guaranteed, the capable men and women at the offices are more interested in justice as opposed to a sizable chunk of the settlement. It is this kind of valor that makes them unique and respectable. Their major aim is to make these large corporations accountable for their actions, therefore ensuring your predicament will not befall any other unfortunate soul. And if that’s not enough, they offer free case evaluation and you can access consultation for free through their toll free number