April 14, 2014

Crash Kills Two on Sawgrass Expressway

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Kayla Mendoza crashed into another car while driving the wrong direction on the Sawgrass Expressway. Before the accident, Mendoza was at a bar and restaurant where she drank tequila shots. 20 year-old Mendoza's receipts from the establishment show that she paid for two margaritas and two shots of Patron Silver tequila. After leaving the bar and restaurant, Mendoza crashed into a Toyota Camry, causing the death of Marisa Catronio and Kaitlyn Ferrante. Hours before the crash, Mendoza tweeted "2 drunk 2 care". She was arrested after the crash on charges of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide and driving without a license causing death.

Underage Mendoza received alcohol from an establishment so she may not be the only party liable for the accident. Establishments that sell alcoholic beverages can be held liable for the actions of their intoxicated patrons. Florida's dram shop law imposes strict liability to businesses that sell alcoholic beverages to minors or individuals that are already visibly intoxicated. Florida Statute § 768.125 provides that a person who willfully and unlawfully sells or furnishes alcoholic beverages to a minor, or who knowingly serves a person who is already visibly intoxicated any beverages, may become liable for injury or damages resulting from the intoxication of such minor or person.

If you have been seriously injured or a loved one has been killed as a result of a drunk driver, it is important that you consult Mr. Izquierdo to determine what your rights are. Just because you were a victim of a drunk driver does not mean that you can bring a claim against the establishment that served alcohol. The Plaintiff must prove that said establishment had notice of the driver's intoxication prior to selling him the alcoholic beverage. As your attorney, Mr. Izquierdo must prove that the establishment knew or should have known of the customer's state of inebriation. Alexis Izquierdo, P.A., can help you determine if you have a claim, not only against the drunk individual that was the direct cause of your injuries, but against the business that served them alcohol.

Because the burden of proof rests with the Plaintiff, it is essential that you retain an attorney with the resources to gather the necessary evidence to help you prove your case. At Alexis Izquierdo, P.A., we have the resources and the experience that is necessary for your claim to be successful. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a drunk driver that was served too much alcohol by an establishment in violation of Florida Law, contact the offices of Alexis Izquierdo, P.A., for a free consultation.

April 14, 2014

Child Killed Due to Car Crashing into Day Care Wall

DayCare.jpgLast Wednesday, a girl was killed and 14 others were injured after a car smashed into a day care located in Orlando. The majority of the injured were children. The accident took place after a Toyota Solara convertible went out of control after being struck by a Dodge Durango causing it to jump a curb and smashing into the day care. Despite smashing through the wall of the day care the driver of the convertible was not hurt. The driver of the Durango fled the scene. Officials believe the driver was 26-year-old Robert Corchado and are still searching for him. Anyone with further information regarding this unfortunate incident is asked to come forward.

From a civil standpoint, the school may have been civilly liable due to students being injured and by not having bollards to protect their students. Bollards are cement guards that prevent vehicles from going into certain areas. The day care may also be liable because a property owner is responsible for any harm that comes to its invitees while on their premises. If said harm was foreseeable and the failed to take any actions to prevent it, then it is civilly liable for any injuries to the students and employees.

The day care takes precautions to ensure its students safety by fencing in their premises, only allowing certain people on the premises, prohibiting harmful objects from being brought on its premises, and more. Furthermore, it requires its employees to uphold the safety precautions that have been put into place. As a result, the day care was probably given notice that some sort of protection such as bollards needed to be in place. The result of the non-deterrence and the negligence resulted in the harm of students and the employees.

If you or your loved one has been a victim of negligence do not hesitate to contact the law offices of Alexis Izquierdo, P.A., where we specialize in cases such as this. Negligence by an establishment may rise to civil liability. Our highly trained legal staff will work diligently on your behalf to get you the justice that you deserve.

March 25, 2014

Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act Signed Into Law

flood.jpgHurricane Isaac left its mark throughout the state of Florida causing damage to commercial and residential property. The damage, which includes flooding and physical destruction has resulted in a need for repairing, replacing, and restoring both public owned facilities and residential areas. Given the adverse effects of Hurricane Isaac Governor Rick Scott requested federal assistance be received by several areas within Florida including Bay County, Collier County, Escambia County, Monroe County, Okaloosa County, Palm Beach County, and Santa Rosa County. In order for the state of Florida to receive assistance the threshold of $25 million in uninsured damages needs to be met. Those affected in residential areas are advised to contact their local county emergency management agency.

Unfortunately, tropical storms, tornados, or hurricanes can result in millions of dollars in property damage claims. Thus, insurance companies welcome opportunities to discourage claims, limit payouts, or deny any coverage. Insurance companies may rely on obscure policy exclusions and technicalities relating to premiums or applications. Furthermore, they may only provide coverage if an outrageous deductible is paid. The federal government provides the majority of the flood insurance throughout Florida. This is because private insurers do not want to undertake the high risk and cost that result from flood damage, especially in high flood areas. As a result, the federal government agreed to use tax dollars in order to underwrite flood insurance. Private insurers may sell and service the policies - but again, the underwriter is the federal government.

Do not become a victim by assuming you are not in a flood zone. Keep in mind that after Hurricane Katrina, 80 percent of properties damaged in some states did not have flood insurance. Furthermore, non-flood areas can become flood areas over time. Find out your flood risk by checking the National Flood Risk Insurance Program at www.floodsmart.gov. The National Flood Risk Insurance Program site provides flood risk assessments pertaining to a specific address. Also, the Office of Insurance Regulation in Florida estimates that the majority of households do not have flood coverage. Some of these households are located in high flood risk areas and others wrongly assume that their standard homeowners' policy covers flood-related loss. FEMA's website offers tutorials on reading and understanding flood insurance rate maps. For further information their website can be visited at www.fema.gov. If you have questions about your insurance coverage, contact The Izquierdo Law Firm.

Furthermore, to assist with this issue, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act was recently signed into law last week. The Act combats high rates and the elimination of grandfathering of people who have purchased subsidized property. This will allow a gradual increase instead of lump increases in regards to subsidies. Spokespersons for insurance companies have agreed that the new legislation balances affordability and availability, making it easier to obtain flood insurance.

If your insurance company acts in bad faith despite the new Act, by denying or not issuing just compensation for your claim contact The Izquierdo Law Firm. Our highly trained and motivated staff deals directly with the insurance provider in regards to having damaged personal property replaced; ensuring reimbursement is received for hotel and food expenses resulting from an unsafe house, and more. Our team will fight to make sure you receive the just compensation you deserve.

March 25, 2014

Car Found Upside Down Floating in Ditch

bellon.jpgOn Monday, March 23rd, 23-year-old Palm Coast resident, Brianna Bellon died as a result of an accident that caused the car she was in to overturn into a water filled ditch. Her two male passengers, 23-year old Zackariah Holder and 23-year old Corey Doyle-Carlson survived the crash. After the accident occurred they ran to a nearby home and contacted authorities. Troopers found the vehicle upside down floating in the ditch. It is clear that Bellon lost control of the vehicle, but authorities are still investigation the reason.

Unfortunately, car accidents result in pain and suffering of the physical injuries sustained because of the negligence of a third party and expenses of lost wages and massive medical bills. Many times serious injuries resulting from the car accident do not present themselves immediately; serious lumbar and spinal injuries, neck injuries, brain injuries and/or other significant illnesses may take time to progress and become noticeable.

A victim must prove four things when brining a car accident claim; (1) duty, (2) breach, (3) causation, and (4) damages. The victim must prove that the defendant owed the victim a duty to drive his/her vehicle in a responsible manner. The victim must also prove that the defendant's actions, i.e., running a red light, texting and/or talking on the phone while driving, driving intoxicated, speeding or failing to obey any other traffic law, was a breach of said duty. After The Izquierdo Law Firm has established that the defendant had a duty and that he breached said duty, negligence is established. However, for the victim to recover, he must also prove that the damages sustained were caused by the defendant's negligence. Often times, the insurance company will try to claim that the injuries were pre-existing and were not caused by their insured's negligence. Insurance companies will also try to claim that the victim was negligent in some way and that they should be barred from recovery. Because an insurance company is in the business of making money by trying to avoid paying out claims, it is essential that you retain Mr. Izquierdo as your attorney. He works closely with an expert medical team to establish that the injuries sustained by our clients were a result of the defendant's negligence. The Izquierdo Law Firm will make sure that the insurance companies do not avoid liability or issuing just compensation.

Furthermore, the accident left Bellon dead. Per the Florida Wrongful Death Act, which is Florida Statute 768.19, a claim is allowed to survive the victim's death. In order to bring a claim as personal representative of the decedent's estate, probate must be opened and an individual's request to be appointed personal representative must be approved by the court. At Alexis Izquierdo, P.A., we take care of opening probate on the decedent's estate and make sure all the formalities that are required by the courts are observed.

Wrongful death cases are complicated due to requiring the assistance of a capable attorney like Mr. Alexis Izquierdo. Many times it can be difficult to obtain a complete picture of how the events happened because the victim, the person with first-hand knowledge, is not here to give us their story. In order to assist with putting the victim's story together, Mr. Izquierdo relies on the official death reports prepared by the medical examiner's office and the homicide detectives. He also retains his own investigators to look into the events that led to the tragic death. Furthermore, Mr. Izquierdo seeks the guidance of medical experts to better understand the medical reasons behind the death of the victim.

Because the burden of proof rests with the Plaintiff, it is essential that you retain an attorney with the resources to gather the necessary evidence to help you prove your case. At Alexis Izquierdo, P.A., we have the resources and the experience that is necessary for your claim to be successful. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a drunk driver that was served too much alcohol by an establishment in violation of Florida Law, contact the offices of Alexis Izquierdo, P.A., for a free consultation.

March 10, 2014

DRUNK DRIVER KILLS FOUR AND HIMSELF

drunk.jpg28-year-old Daniel Morris killed four USF students and himself while driving an SUV with a blood alcohol level of .20, which is twice the legal limit. Included in the crash were Jobin Kuriakose, Ankeet Patel, Dammie Yesudhas and Imtiyaz Illias. Three of the males were college students and one attended Cypress Lake High School in Fort Myers.

If Morris received alcohol from an establishment he may not be the only party liable for the accident. Establishments that sell alcoholic beverages can be held liable for the actions of their intoxicated patrons. Florida's dram shop law imposes strict liability to businesses that sell alcoholic beverages to minors or individuals that are already visibly intoxicated. Florida Statute § 768.125 provides that a person who willfully and unlawfully sells or furnishes alcoholic beverages to a minor, or who knowingly serves a person who is already visibly intoxicated any beverages, may become liable for injury or damages resulting from the intoxication of such minor or person.


Furthermore, the accident left several dead. Per the Florida Wrongful Death Act, which is Florida Statute 768.19, a claim is allowed to survive the victim's death. In order to bring a claim as personal representative of the decedent's estate, probate must be opened and an individual's request to be appointed personal representative must be approved by the court. At Alexis Izquierdo, P.A., we take care of opening probate on the decedent's estate and make sure all the formalities that are required by the courts are observed.

Wrongful death cases are complicated due to requiring the assistance of a capable attorney like Mr. Alexis Izquierdo. Many times it can be difficult to obtain a complete picture of how the events happened because the victim, the person with first-hand knowledge, is not here to give us their story. In order to assist with putting the victim's story together, Mr. Izquierdo relies on the official death reports prepared by the medical examiner's office and the homicide detectives. He also retains his own investigators to look into the events that led to the tragic death. Furthermore, Mr. Izquierdo seeks the guidance of medical experts to better understand the medical reasons behind the death of the victim.

Because the burden of proof rests with the Plaintiff, it is essential that you retain an attorney with the resources to gather the necessary evidence to help you prove your case. At Alexis Izquierdo, P.A., we have the resources and the experience that is necessary for your claim to be successful. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a drunk driver that was served too much alcohol by an establishment in violation of Florida Law, contact the offices of Alexis Izquierdo, P.A., for a free consultation.

March 10, 2014

Second Fatality During Bike Week 2014

bikeweek2014.jpgDuring Bike Week 2014 a New York man died after his motorcycle collided with a Port Orange woman's car. Unfortunately, he is the second fatality reported during Bike Week. Around 8:20 p.m. 58-year-old Christopher M. Converse's motorcycle collided with 59-year-old Patricia Webb's car. The accident took place in the 3800 block of Clyde Morris Boulevard. Police are still investigating the incident and ask for witnesses to come forward.

Unfortunately, car accidents result in pain and suffering of the physical injuries sustained because of the negligence of a third party and expenses of lost wages and massive medical bills. Many times serious injuries resulting from the car accident do not present themselves immediately; serious lumbar and spinal injuries, neck injuries, brain injuries and/or other significant illnesses may take time to progress and become noticeable.

A victim must prove four things when brining a car accident claim; (1) duty, (2) breach, (3) causation, and (4) damages. The victim must prove that the defendant owed the victim a duty to drive his/her vehicle in a responsible manner. The victim must also prove that the defendant's actions, i.e., running a red light, texting and/or talking on the phone while driving, driving intoxicated, speeding or failing to obey any other traffic law, was a breach of said duty. After The Izquierdo Law Firm has established that the defendant had a duty and that he breached said duty, negligence is established. However, for the victim to recover, he must also prove that the damages sustained were caused by the defendant's negligence. Often times, the insurance company will try to claim that the injuries were pre-existing and were not caused by their insured's negligence. Insurance companies will also try to claim that the victim was negligent in some way and that they should be barred from recovery. Because an insurance company is in the business of making money by trying to avoid paying out claims, it is essential that you retain Mr. Izquierdo as your attorney. He works closely with an expert medical team to establish that the injuries sustained by our clients were a result of the defendant's negligence. The Izquierdo Law Firm will make sure that the insurance companies do not avoid liability or issuing just compensation.

Furthermore, the accident left Mr. Converse dead. Per the Florida Wrongful Death Act, which is Florida Statute 768.19, a claim is allowed to survive the victim's death. In order to bring a claim as personal representative of the decedent's estate, probate must be opened and an individual's request to be appointed personal representative must be approved by the court. At Alexis Izquierdo, P.A., we take care of opening probate on the decedent's estate and make sure all the formalities that are required by the courts are observed.

Wrongful death cases are complicated due to requiring the assistance of a capable attorney like Mr. Alexis Izquierdo. Many times it can be difficult to obtain a complete picture of how the events happened because the victim, the person with first-hand knowledge, is not here to give us their story. In order to assist with putting the victim's story together, Mr. Izquierdo relies on the official death reports prepared by the medical examiner's office and the homicide detectives. He also retains his own investigators to look into the events that led to the tragic death. Furthermore, Mr. Izquierdo seeks the guidance of medical experts to better understand the medical reasons behind the death of the victim.

If you are injured in an automobile accident, you should seek representation from our experienced team at The Izquierdo Law Firm. You should not have to fight alone when you are surrounded by parties whose interests will be well protected by a team of attorneys. Insurance companies deal with complex automobile related litigation on a daily basis. Usually, an insurance company will try to present settlement papers right away in order to limit their liability. It is important that you do not sign any documents prior to seeking the help of an experienced personal injury attorney like Mr. Izquierdo. To safeguard your rights, please contact The Izquierdo Law Firm for a free consultation.

February 17, 2014

Love Lost due to a Tragic Accident Valentine's Day Weekend

pompano.jpgThe weekend for love, romance and expressing your feelings to those who you care about was filled with tragedy for the family of a Delray Beach man who died on Saturday. 43-year-old Joseph Kane Smalzer was hit by a car while trying to change a flat tire on Interstate 95. Smalzer was pronounced dead at Broward Health North. 38-year-old Andressa Silva of Pompano Beach hit Smalzer with her 2000 Toyota Corolla around 6 a.m. The incident is still under investigation.

Unfortunately, car accidents result in pain and suffering of the physical injuries sustained because of the negligence of a third party and expenses of lost wages and massive medical bills. Many times serious injuries resulting from the car accident do not present themselves immediately; serious lumbar and spinal injuries, neck injuries, brain injuries and/or other significant illnesses may take time to progress and become noticeable.

A victim must prove four things when bringing a car accident claim; (1) duty, (2) breach, (3) causation, and (4) damages. The victim must prove that the defendant owed the victim a duty to drive his/her vehicle in a responsible manner. The victim must also prove that the defendant's actions, i.e., running a red light, texting and/or talking on the phone while driving, driving intoxicated, speeding or failing to obey any other traffic law, was a breach of said duty. After The Izquierdo Law Firm has established that the defendant had a duty and that he breached said duty, negligence is established. However, for the victim to recover, he must also prove that the damages sustained were caused by the defendant's negligence. Often times, the insurance company will try to claim that the injuries were pre-existing and were not caused by their insured's negligence. Insurance companies will also try to claim that the victim was negligent in some way and that they should be barred from recovery. Because an insurance company is in the business of making money by trying to avoid paying out claims, it is essential that you retain Mr. Izquierdo as your attorney. He works closely with an expert medical team to establish that the injuries sustained by our clients were a result of the defendant's negligence. The Izquierdo Law Firm will make sure that the insurance companies do not avoid liability or issuing just compensation.

Furthermore, the accident left Smalzer dead. Per the Florida Wrongful Death Act, which is Florida Statute 768.19, a claim is allowed to survive the victim's death. In order to bring a claim as personal representative of the decedent's estate, probate must be opened and an individual's request to be appointed personal representative must be approved by the court. At Alexis Izquierdo, P.A., we take care of opening probate on the decedent's estate and make sure all the formalities that are required by the courts are observed.

Wrongful death cases are complicated due to requiring the assistance of a capable attorney like Mr. Alexis Izquierdo. Many times it can be difficult to obtain a complete picture of how the events happened because the victim, the person with first-hand knowledge, is not here to give us their story. In order to assist with putting the victim's story together, Mr. Izquierdo relies on the official death reports prepared by the medical examiner's office and the homicide detectives. He also retains his own investigators to look into the events that led to the tragic death. Furthermore, Mr. Izquierdo seeks the guidance of medical experts to better understand the medical reasons behind the death of the victim.

If you are injured or your loved one has been killed as the result of an automobile accident, you should seek representation from our experienced team at The Izquierdo Law Firm. You should not have to fight alone when you are surrounded by parties whose interests will be well protected by a team of attorneys. Insurance companies deal with complex automobile related litigation on a daily basis. Usually, an insurance company will try to present settlement papers right away in order to limit their liability. It is important that you do not sign any documents prior to seeking the help of an experienced personal injury attorney like Mr. Izquierdo. To safeguard your rights, please contact The Izquierdo Law Firm for a free consultation.

February 17, 2014

Circle K in Fort Myers Robbed by Two Armed Men

ftmyers.jpgLee County deputies responded to a call around 4:18 a.m. regarding a robbery of a Circle K in North Fort Myers, Florida. The store clerk advised authorities that after entering the store wearing masks and pointing their guns two men demanded money. After the store clerk handed over the money the two men fled. Authorities are looking for two thin males, one who is about 5-feet 10 inches and the other a little shorter. One suspect wore blue jeans with a dark winter-style jacket with a hood, while the other wore a black and white long-sleeve shirt and a black hat with a bandana covering his face. The Lee County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with further information to contact them at 477-1000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. Up to a $1,000 cash reward is being offered.

This unfortunate event may not solely be the fault of the robbers. It is evident that the actions of the robbers led to theft and sever emotional distress of the employee. However, from a civil standpoint, the robber may not be the only liable party. If the establishment failed to offer the proper security then they may be civilly liable. This is because a property owner is responsible for any harm that comes to its employees while on their premises. If said harm was foreseeable and the restaurants failed to take any actions to prevent it, then they are civilly liable for the harm to the victim. The Circle K owes a reasonable duty of care, which can be fulfilled by making sure the entry to the establishment and the usage of the establishment are safe. As a result, the Circle K may be liable given the unfortunate circumstances that took place on their premises.

If you or a loved one has suffered severe emotional distress as a result of someone else's intentional acts or omissions, please contact attorney Alexis Izquierdo for a free consultation regarding your rights.

February 1, 2014

Man Arrested for Plowing Under the Influence

plow.jpgWhile driving his plow on Route 6, near the peak of Burke Mountain, Thomas Henderson was pulled over due to one of his headlights being out. During the stop, the deputy realized that Henderson was intoxicated. Henderson's breath registered at .090. In West Virginia .04 is considered legally drunk for those who possess a commercial drivers license. Henderson is facing DUI and operating defective equipment charges. He was released on $500 bail.

Fortunately, Henderson did not cause an accident and no one suffered injuries. However, if you have been seriously injured or a loved one has been killed as a result of a drunk driver, it is important that you consult Mr. Izquierdo to determine what your rights are. Just because you were a victim of a drunk driver does not mean that you can bring a claim against the establishment that served alcohol. The Plaintiff must prove that said establishment had notice of the driver's intoxication prior to selling him the alcoholic beverage. As your attorney, Mr. Izquierdo must prove that the establishment knew or should have known of the customer's state of inebriation. Alexis Izquierdo, P.A., can help you determine if you have a claim, not only against the drunk individual that was the direct cause of your injuries, but against the business that served them alcohol.

Because the burden of proof rests with the Plaintiff, it is essential that you retain an attorney with the resources to gather the necessary evidence to help you prove your case. At Alexis Izquierdo, P.A., we have the resources and the experience that is necessary for your claim to be successful. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a drunk driver that was served too much alcohol by an establishment in violation of Florida Law, contact the offices of Alexis Izquierdo, P.A., for a free consultation.

February 1, 2014

Gainesville Man Dead and Two Passengers Seriously Injured due to Fiery Crash

truckfire.jpgAfter over-correcting his pickup truck and crashing into a tree, a Gainesville man died and two passengers were seriously injured. The accident took place around 11:40 p.m. while Higgins drove his 2005 Dodge Ram north on Alachua County Road 241 and Southwest 50th Avenue. Passers-by pulled the three people out of the pickup truck after it caught on fire. Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the accident, which caused the death of 42-year-old Gregory Allan Higgins and the serious injuries of Raeann Higgins (42) and John F. McDaniels (47).

Unfortunately, car accidents result in pain and suffering of the physical injuries sustained because of the negligence of a third party and expenses of lost wages and massive medical bills. Many times serious injuries resulting from the car accident do not present themselves immediately; serious lumbar and spinal injuries, neck injuries, brain injuries and/or other significant illnesses may take time to progress and become noticeable.

A victim must prove four things when bringing a car accident claim; (1) duty, (2) breach, (3) causation, and (4) damages. The victim must prove that the defendant owed the victim a duty to drive his/her vehicle in a responsible manner. The victim must also prove that the defendant's actions, i.e., running a red light, texting and/or talking on the phone while driving, driving intoxicated, speeding or failing to obey any other traffic law, was a breach of said duty. After The Izquierdo Law Firm has established that the defendant had a duty and that he breached said duty, negligence is established. However, for the victim to recover, he must also prove that the damages sustained were caused by the defendant's negligence. Often times, the insurance company will try to claim that the injuries were pre-existing and were not caused by their insured's negligence. Insurance companies will also try to claim that the victim was negligent in some way and that they should be barred from recovery. Because an insurance company is in the business of making money by trying to avoid paying out claims, it is essential that you retain Mr. Izquierdo as your attorney. He works closely with an expert medical team to establish that the injuries sustained by our clients were a result of the defendant's negligence. The Izquierdo Law Firm will make sure that the insurance companies do not avoid liability or issuing just compensation.

Furthermore, the accident left Higgins dead. Per the Florida Wrongful Death Act, which is Florida Statute 768.19, a claim is allowed to survive the victim's death. In order to bring a claim as personal representative of the decedent's estate, probate must be opened and an individual's request to be appointed personal representative must be approved by the court. At Alexis Izquierdo, P.A., we take care of opening probate on the decedent's estate and make sure all the formalities that are required by the courts are observed.

Wrongful death cases are complicated due to requiring the assistance of a capable attorney like Mr. Alexis Izquierdo. Many times it can be difficult to obtain a complete picture of how the events happened because the victim, the person with first-hand knowledge, is not here to give us their story. In order to assist with putting the victim's story together, Mr. Izquierdo relies on the official death reports prepared by the medical examiner's office and the homicide detectives. He also retains his own investigators to look into the events that led to the tragic death. Furthermore, Mr. Izquierdo seeks the guidance of medical experts to better understand the medical reasons behind the death of the victim.

If you are injured or your loved one has been killed as the result of an automobile accident, you should seek representation from our experienced team at The Izquierdo Law Firm. You should not have to fight alone when you are surrounded by parties whose interests will be well protected by a team of attorneys. Insurance companies deal with complex automobile related litigation on a daily basis. Usually, an insurance company will try to present settlement papers right away in order to limit their liability. It is important that you do not sign any documents prior to seeking the help of an experienced personal injury attorney like Mr. Izquierdo. To safeguard your rights, please contact The Izquierdo Law Firm for a free consultation.

January 23, 2014

Accident Causes Death in Putnum County

truck.jpgScott Stinson struck the trailer of a log truck while driving his Dodge pick-up south on State Road 207. The impact caused 32-year-old Stinson's truck to spin out of control and ignite. The driver of the log truck suffered minor injuries. Unfortunately, Stinson died. Charges are pending.

Unfortunately, car accidents result in pain and suffering of the physical injuries sustained because of the negligence of a third party and expenses of lost wages and massive medical bills. Many times serious injuries resulting from the car accident do not present themselves immediately; serious lumbar and spinal injuries, neck injuries, brain injuries and/or other significant illnesses may take time to progress and become noticeable.

A victim must prove four things when bringing a car accident claim; (1) duty, (2) breach, (3) causation, and (4) damages. The victim must prove that the defendant owed the victim a duty to drive his/her vehicle in a responsible manner. The victim must also prove that the defendant's actions, i.e., running a red light, texting and/or talking on the phone while driving, driving intoxicated, speeding or failing to obey any other traffic law, was a breach of said duty. After The Izquierdo Law Firm has established that the defendant had a duty and that he breached said duty, negligence is established. However, for the victim to recover, he must also prove that the damages sustained were caused by the defendant's negligence. Often times, the insurance company will try to claim that the injuries were pre-existing and were not caused by their insured's negligence. Insurance companies will also try to claim that the victim was negligent in some way and that they should be barred from recovery. Because an insurance company is in the business of making money by trying to avoid paying out claims, it is essential that you retain Mr. Izquierdo as your attorney. He works closely with an expert medical team to establish that the injuries sustained by our clients were a result of the defendant's negligence. The Izquierdo Law Firm will make sure that the insurance companies do not avoid liability or issuing just compensation.

Furthermore, the accident left Stinson dead. Per the Florida Wrongful Death Act, which is Florida Statute 768.19, a claim is allowed to survive the victim's death. In order to bring a claim as personal representative of the decedent's estate, probate must be opened and an individual's request to be appointed personal representative must be approved by the court. At Alexis Izquierdo, P.A., we take care of opening probate on the decedent's estate and make sure all the formalities that are required by the courts are observed.

Wrongful death cases are complicated due to requiring the assistance of a capable attorney like Mr. Alexis Izquierdo. Many times it can be difficult to obtain a complete picture of how the events happened because the victim, the person with first-hand knowledge, is not here to give us their story. In order to assist with putting the victim's story together, Mr. Izquierdo relies on the official death reports prepared by the medical examiner's office and the homicide detectives. He also retains his own investigators to look into the events that led to the tragic death. Furthermore, Mr. Izquierdo seeks the guidance of medical experts to better understand the medical reasons behind the death of the victim.

If you are injured or your loved one has been killed as the result of an automobile accident, you should seek representation from our experienced team at The Izquierdo Law Firm. You should not have to fight alone when you are surrounded by parties whose interests will be well protected by a team of attorneys. Insurance companies deal with complex automobile related litigation on a daily basis. Usually, an insurance company will try to present settlement papers right away in order to limit their liability. It is important that you do not sign any documents prior to seeking the help of an experienced personal injury attorney like Mr. Izquierdo. To safeguard your rights, please contact The Izquierdo Law Firm for a free consultation.

January 23, 2014

Fire Damages Historic Gilliam House

fl-fort-lauderdale-gilliam-house-20140120-001.jpgFire caused the historic Sam Gilliam House to be damaged due to blackening of the interior walls and structural harm. The Fort Lauderdale house has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2001 as a result of Mr. Gilliam hosting parties and presidents. The fire was contained to the first floor. The Fire Rescue Division is still investigating the cause of the fire.

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security roughly 3,000 people die in residential fires each year. Two-thirds of the deadly residential fires had no smoke alarm present in the home. A smoke alarm could have deterred the deaths and the fire from spreading. Furthermore, other detrimental elements such as faulty wiring, cooking, negligent storing of paint cans, playing with matches, careless smoking, and more.

If the fire caused a death and was the result of negligence by a third party, a claim may be brought on the victim's behalf. Per the Florida Wrongful Death Act, which is Florida Statute 768.19, a claim is allowed to survive the victim's death. In order to bring a claim as personal representative of the decedent's estate, probate must be opened and an individual's request to be appointed personal representative must be approved by the court. At Alexis Izquierdo, P.A., we take care of opening probate on the decedent's estate and make sure all the formalities that are required by the courts are observed.

Wrongful death cases are complicated due to requiring the assistance of a capable attorney like Mr. Alexis Izquierdo. Many times it can be difficult to obtain a complete picture of how the events happened because the victim, the person with first-hand knowledge, is not here to give us their story. In order to assist with putting the victim's story together, Mr. Izquierdo relies on the official death reports prepared by the medical examiner's office and the homicide detectives. He also retains his own investigators to look into the events that led to the tragic death. Furthermore, Mr. Izquierdo seeks the guidance of medical experts to better understand the medical reasons behind the death of the victim.

If a loved one has died as a result of someone else's intentional acts or omissions, please contact wrongful death attorney Alexis Izquierdo for a free consultation regarding your rights and probate duties. You may be entitled to monetary relief for funeral expenses and loss of financial support among many other things.

January 2, 2014

Man Stabbed Multiple Times at Party on New Year's Day

crimeratesiren---9645335.jpgAn unidentified man was stabbed multiple times by 31-year-old Frank Holt on New Year's Day. Holt was charged with attempted homicide. The victim was treated at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City and then transferred to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach.

This unfortunate event may not solely be the fault of Holt. Holt was an invitee of the homeowner who had the party. If the homeowner failed to offer the proper security then they may be civilly liable. This is because a property owner is responsible for any harm that comes to its invitees while on their premises. If said harm was foreseeable and the homeowner failed to take any actions to prevent it, then they are civilly liable for the injuries of the victim. The homeowner owes a reasonable duty of care, which can be fulfilled by making sure their premises are safe. As a result, the homeowner may be liable given the unfortunate circumstances that took place in which a man was injured on their premises.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of someone else's intentional acts or omissions, please contact Alexis Izquierdo for a free consultation regarding your rights. At Alexis Izquierdo, P.A., we have the resources and the experience that is necessary for your claim to be successful.


January 2, 2014

Hit-and-Run Leads to Man's Leg being Amputated

hit-and-run-vic.jpg31-year-old Johanna Cabrera struck 48-year-old Ismael Martinez with her Ford Explorer while he was laying concrete. Cabrera kept on going and was later charged with leaving the scene of an accident with an injury, driving on a suspended license and more. Martinez was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he underwent four surgeries for his left leg. Unfortunately, surgeons were not able to re-attach his leg resulting in it being amputated below his knee. Martinez is still in the Trauma Center where he is slowly recovering.

As a result of the car accident, not only will Martinez endure the pain and suffering of the physical injuries sustained because of the negligence of a third party, but he will also likely face the expenses of lost wages and massive medical bills. Many times serious injuries resulting from the car accident do not present themselves immediately; serious lumbar and spinal injuries, neck injuries, brain injuries and/or other significant illnesses may take time to progress and become noticeable.

A victim must prove four things when brining a car accident claim; (1) duty, (2) breach, (3) causation, and (4) damages. The victim must prove that the defendant owed the victim a duty to drive his/her vehicle in a responsible manner. The victim must also prove that the defendant's actions, i.e., running a red light, texting and/or talking on the phone while driving, driving intoxicated, speeding or failing to obey any other traffic law, was a breach of said duty. After The Izquierdo Law Firm has established that the defendant had a duty and that he breached said duty, negligence is established. However, for the victim to recover, he must also prove that the damages sustained were caused by the defendant's negligence. Often times, the insurance company will try to claim that the injuries were pre-existing and were not caused by their insured's negligence. Insurance companies will also try to claim that the victim was negligent in some way and that they should be barred from recovery. Because an insurance company is in the business of making money by trying to avoid paying out claims, it is essential that you retain Mr. Izquierdo as your attorney. He works closely with an expert medical team to establish that the injuries sustained by our clients were a result of the defendant's negligence. The Izquierdo Law Firm will make sure that the insurance companies do not avoid liability or issuing just compensation.

If you are injured in an automobile accident, you should seek representation from our experienced team at The Izquierdo Law Firm. You should not have to fight alone when you are surrounded by parties whose interests will be well protected by a team of attorneys. Insurance companies deal with complex automobile related litigation on a daily basis. Usually, an insurance company will try to present settlement papers right away in order to limit their liability. It is important that you do not sign any documents prior to seeking the help of an experienced personal injury attorney like Mr. Izquierdo. To safeguard your rights, please contact The Izquierdo Law Firm for a free consultation.

December 21, 2013

Man Killed and Woman Injured in Boating Accident

boat-accident.jpgFlorida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission believe that a woman was driving a boat traveling west in the Dania Cutoff Canal that crashed into a piling on a bridge over Old Griffin Road in Dania Beach when she was trying to make a left turn. Investigators believe that speed played a role in the accident. The woman was taken to a near-by Fort Lauderdale hospital, where she is expected to recover. The man who was riding with her was killed. The accident is currently being investigated.

Unfortunately, accidents on the water at are an all-time high. The result of such accidents is the pain and suffering of the physical injuries sustained because of the negligence of a third party and expenses of lost wages and massive medical bills. Many times serious injuries resulting from the car accident do not present themselves immediately; serious lumbar and spinal injuries, neck injuries, brain injuries and/or other significant illnesses may take time to progress and become noticeable.

A victim must prove four things when bringing an accident claim; (1) duty, (2) breach, (3) causation, and (4) damages. The victim must prove that the defendant owed the victim a duty to operate their watercraft in a responsible manner. The victim must also prove that the defendant's actions, i.e., speeding, failing to obey any other laws, or practicing illegal boating practices, was a breach of said duty. After The Izquierdo Law Firm has established that the defendant had a duty and that he breached said duty, negligence is established. However, for the victim to recover, he must also prove that the damages sustained were caused by the defendant's negligence. Often times, the insurance company will try to claim that the injuries were pre-existing and were not caused by their insured's negligence. Insurance companies will also try to claim that the victim was negligent in some way and that they should be barred from recovery. Because an insurance company is in the business of making money by trying to avoid paying out claims, it is essential that you retain Mr. Izquierdo as your attorney. He works closely with an expert medical team to establish that the injuries sustained by our clients were a result of the defendant's negligence. The Izquierdo Law Firm will make sure that the insurance companies do not avoid liability or issuing just compensation.

Given the death of the passenger, per the Florida Wrongful Death Act, which is Florida Statute 768.19, a claim is allowed to survive the victim's death. In order to bring a claim as personal representative of the decedent's estate, probate must be opened and an individual's request to be appointed personal representative must be approved by the court. At Alexis Izquierdo, P.A., we take care of opening probate on the decedent's estate and make sure all the formalities that are required by the courts are observed.

Wrongful death cases are complicated due to requiring the assistance of a capable attorney like Mr. Alexis Izquierdo. Many times it can be difficult to obtain a complete picture of how the events happened because the victim, the person with first-hand knowledge, is not here to give us their story. In order to assist with putting the victim's story together, Mr. Izquierdo relies on the official death reports prepared by the medical examiner's office and the homicide detectives. He also retains his own investigators to look into the events that led to the tragic death. Furthermore, Mr. Izquierdo seeks the guidance of medical experts to better understand the medical reasons behind the death of the victim.

If you or a loved one is injured or killed in a water accident, you should seek representation from our experienced team at The Izquierdo Law Firm. You should not have to fight alone when you are surrounded by parties whose interests will be well protected by a team of attorneys. Insurance companies deal with complex automobile related litigation on a daily basis. Usually, an insurance company will try to present settlement papers right away in order to limit their liability. It is important that you do not sign any documents prior to seeking the help of an experienced personal injury attorney like Mr. Izquierdo. To safeguard your rights, please contact The Izquierdo Law Firm for a free consultation.