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Tiger Woods Wrongful Death Lawsuit Brings Up Questions of Bar Liability

By Vocelle & Berg, LLP |

Golf legend Tiger Woods owns a restaurant in Jupiter that is now being sued in a wrongful death action in which a former employee whose family claims he was an alcoholic drank for three hours after his shift and attempted to drive home. Florida has very clear “dram shop” laws that insulate proprietors of… Read More »

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Death of Older Special-Needs Son Tests Florida’s Wrongful Death Statute

By Vocelle & Berg, LLP |

A recent death highlighted the need to revisit Florida’s decades-old rule concerning wrongful death lawsuits and medical malpractice. Under the law, a parent may not file a wrongful death action on behalf of a child over the age of 25. This statute (768.21) only applies in cases of medical malpractice. In other words, if… Read More »

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Lawnmower Injuries are on the Rise

By Vocelle & Berg, LLP |

While Floridians generally have to deal with their lawns all year long, lawnmower season has just begun for our friends to the north. For those with relatively large lawns, the investment in a riding mower is worth the cost. However, there have been a reported “alarming” number of accidents resulting from the reverse gear…. Read More »

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Stripper Charged in DUI that Killed Three Teens

By Vocelle & Berg, LLP |

Thirty-one-year-old Mariam Coulibaly has been charged in the deaths of three young teens who were standing at a bus stop. The boys were 13, 15, and 17 years old. The woman sustained injuries herself in the accident and the hearing had been delayed until she recovered. She was granted a $300,000 bond. The boys… Read More »

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IoT Devices and Product Liability Lawsuits

By Vocelle & Berg, LLP |

So-called “smart” devices are ubiquitous now. Smart TVs, smart thermostats, smart refrigerators, stoves, and locks are replacing their less-intellectually endowed forerunners. But what makes these devices “smart” while the others are not so smart? The answer is that they are connected to the internet and linked together on your home network. For that reason,… Read More »

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Would You Want a Known Felon Conducting Your Cosmetic Surgery?

By Vocelle & Berg, LLP |

Miami is a hotspot tourist destination for a number of reasons. One of the reasons that have grown in popularity over the past few years is cosmetic surgery. More and more Americans are coming to Miami from other destinations around the country (and the world) for “affordable” plastic surgery. But for many, the cost… Read More »

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Accidents Involving Tractor-Trailers Increase Across Florida

By Vocelle & Berg, LLP |

2018 was a tough year for trucking companies. Indeed, it was a tough year for those who were involved in truck accidents which includes both truck drivers and other drivers on the road. By 2017, fatalities involving trucks reached the highest point in 29 years according to the data compiled by the National Highway… Read More »

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Will Florida Eliminate No-Fault Driver’s Insurance?

By Vocelle & Berg, LLP |

The state Senate has advanced a measure that would eliminate Florida’s no-fault insurance rule. Florida would become one of the majority of states that operates on a tort system for resolving car accident disputes. While the no-fault system was designed to reduce clutter in the courts, it also prevents residents from filing actions against… Read More »

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Pedestrian Blames Lyft’s App Design After Suffering Serious Injury

By Vocelle & Berg, LLP |

Lyft is being targeted after a Lyft driver hit a pedestrian who suffered a brain injury as a result of the accident. Teresa Brookes is suing Lyft Inc., Lyft Florida Inc., Hertz Corp. (a Lyft partner), and the driver of the Lyft vehicle, Wilky Ilet. According to the police report, Ilet hit Brookes as… Read More »

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The Cycle of Abuse in Nursing Homes

By Vocelle & Berg, LLP |

Are Florida nursing homes particularly bad? If you’ve been paying attention to the headlines recently, you might come to that conclusion. Patients are being neglected, assaulted, abused, and given substandard care from medical providers during their stay there. Some have attributed this problem to regulatory indifference while others claim that the corporatization of nursing… Read More »