Slip Slidin’ Away – The Difficulty of Slip and Fall Cases

Underneath the heading of “personal injury” comes many types of cases, but typically the two most common are car accident cases and slip and fall cases. While they may both result in injuries, they are very different legal beasts. Car crash cases are generally uncomplicated: There are two wrecked cars, usually one driver has gotten a ticket which establishes fault, and the other driver is now injured as a result of this explosive impact. Since liability is established and causation of injury is as well, Read More +

Lawyers & Frivolous Lawsuits

Aha, I got your attention! For years we’ve heard about crazy lawsuits that sound improbable at best and fraudulent at worst.  We’ve all heard them. They generally tend to fall into two categories:  (1) Stupid people who hurt themselves, get a lawyer and then sue a store or a business where the jury gives them all sorts of money for the injury that occurred at the store or on the businessman’s property; and, (2) even worse, people who commit a crime, get hurt, hire a Read More +

The Land of Sunshine, Beautiful Beaches and Sinkholes

“The Land of Sunshine, Beautiful Beaches and……..Sinkholes”** It seems like everyone in Tampa Bay has somehow been touched by a sinkhole. If you don’t own a home that has cracked in half because of one, then you have a relative or coworker or close friend who has lived through this menace. They are Florida’s equivalent of a small and confined, but equally destructive, earthquake. Except, instead of shaking from side to side, the land opens underneath the structure and can swallow your house whole. Or Read More +

Gun Control and Recent Events

Ever since the tragic murder sprees this summer by lunatics with guns,  first by a deranged individual in a dark Colorado theater and more recently by a white supremacist in a community-oriented Sikh mosque in Wisconsin, media personalities and other activists have renewed calls for more stringent gun control laws. Ethical considerations aside, it doesn’t take a genius to know that there will be no further gun control legislation this year or next. In fact, as you may have noticed outside the media there is Read More +

Free Download: A Valid Florida Living Will

Death is never an easy subject to tackle. Some ignore the subject matter completely until it is too late to work pro-actively, leaving a spouse or family to react to a mess. Often this results in the need to retain lawyers and experts in order to determine the final wishes of the incapacitated person in question. Case-in-point:  You may recall the tragic case of Terri Schiavo in Florida who fell, hit her head and was left in a (near) vegetative state for more than a Read More +

The Enduring Legacy of John Durney, “Mr. New Port Richey”

One of the great characters I’ve met in my life was a larger-than-life man named John Durney. I first met Mr. Durney when I was just beginning my avocation as a docent at the Salvador Dali Museum in the 1990s. Mr. Durney, tall and thin, was the ultimate Dali aficionado. I believe he was a graduate of the first class of docents of the new Museum in 1983 and his tours were truly something else. John gave his tours adorned with a long, trimmed, waxed Read More +