June 2012 Archives

June 25, 2012

TRUCK HITS ELDERLY PEDESTRIAN IN HIALEAH

elderlymanhit.jpg68 year-old Wilfredo Lima was standing on the sidewalk located at West 49th Street and 18th Court in front of Westfield Mall in Hialeah, Florida when a truck ran into him. The impact was so great that it pinned him against an electrical pole. The truck had crashed into an SUV at the intersection causing it to veer onto the sidewalk. Mr. Lima was flown to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where doctors were forced to amputate his leg. He remains there in critical condition.

As a result of the car accident, not only will Mr. Lima 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.

June 25, 2012

Lexx Club Shooting Leaves Man Dead and Another Man in Critical Condition

Lexxuse.bmpAround 10:53 p.m. on June 1, 2012, 29 year-old Kijuan Byrd dropped from a vehicle after initially being shot. As he tried to crawl 26 year-old Lukace Kendle continued to shot him numerous times. Kendle shot another unarmed man, 31 year-old Michael Smathers who remains in critical condition at the Ryder Trauma Center. This unfortunate event took place in the Lexx Club parking lot. Kendle claims the stand your ground defense. He advises that he shot both Byrd and Smathers because he felt that his life was in danger after seeing both car doors being opened from the vehicle that the victims were riding in. He said he heard someone say "I'm going to kill him," and that is why he opened fire. However, Smathers remembers the incident differently. He stated that Kendle, the Force One Security employee approached Byrd and Smathers asking what was said and then he opened fire. The Byrd family was relieved when Kendle was charged with second degree murder. However, they still want answers regarding why their son who attended community college and has one young child was gunned down.

It is unfortunate when incidents of this type take place. Technically, the gun was fired by an employee of the Lexx Club since Force One Security is contracted by Lexx Club to work on their premises. Furthermore, the shooting took place right outside of the nightclub in the nightclub's parking lot. Therefore, it is highly likely that the shooter is not the only liable party. The Lexx Club is subjected to being civilly liable because it is open to the public and has a duty to provide proper security to the public. Furthermore, the Lexx Club owed the public a duty because the parties involved in the shooting remained on its premises. The nightclub could have deterred the injuries by ensuring its employees were properly trained and taking proper security precautions of having surveillance cameras and multiple security guards outside. By not implementing the proper safety measures The Lexx Club could be held responsible for any harm that comes to its invitees while on its premises. If the said harm was foreseeable and the nightclub failed to take any actions to prevent it, then it is civilly liable for the injuries that the one victim suffered and for the death of the other victim.

Inside the nightclub there probably are security guards, cameras, lighting around the bar and restrooms, well lit emergency exits, and it is highly likely that other precautions were taken to ensure its invitees safety. As a result, The Lexx Club probably should have known that the incidents they worked hard to prevent from happening could occur. This gave them notice, but the Lexx Club failed to prohibit such injuries and possibly added to the injuries given their employee being the shooter. The result of the non-deterrence and the negligent security was the injury of one invitee and the death of the other.

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 or has been a victim of negligent security, please contact 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.

June 25, 2012

New PIP Law

PIP law.bmpOn March 12, 2012 the Florida House and Senate passed the new PIP law, which was a top priority of Governor Rick Scott. Governor Scott's main explanation for making the change a top priority was that far too many staged accidents and insurance fraud was taking place. As a result, Floridians were being subjected to higher insurance premiums, which cost a billion dollars a year. It is believed that the increased costs were also due to the two major flaws in the current system. These flaws consisted of a lack of outlined parameters on types of medical treatments covered and no attorney fee limitations in place.

The changes will take effect January 1, 2013. HB119 will place limits on the amount of PIP benefits, litigation, and monies paid out during claims. Furthermore, strict and biased definitions of medical treatments and injuries covered will be put in place. Accident victims will be required to seek medical treatment within 14 days from an approved licensed medical physician. The medical physician cannot include a chiropractor unless a referral has been made from an approved licensed medical physician. Once a referral is received the amount of the chiropractor treatments are limited to $2,500. The benefits no longer include massage therapists or acupuncturists.

The system is set to benefit consumers by reducing their rates. Two major reductions are put in place, which include 10% by October 1, 2013 and 25% by January 1, 2014. Despite the advantages, many believe that the system has multiple disadvantages. The disadvantages include greatly cutting the funds that are available to those injured in vehicle accidents, it is very worrisome to various consumer protection groups, those seeking holistic medicine and treatment are no longer able to do so, and now the injured are forced to rely heavily upon their health insurance due to the $10,000 of medical benefits that were received under the old law no longer being made available.

If you are injured and need to receive benefits, 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.

June 22, 2012

Drunk Driver Sends Five to the Hospital

drunkdriver.jpg19 year-old Miguel Angelo Rivera was driving under the influence on Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa, Florida when he lost control of his vehicle. As a result, his 2001 Pontiac Grand Am spun into oncoming traffic causing it to be hit by a 2004 Hyundai Elantra. After being hit, Rivera's car spun in the opposite direction causing one of its three passengers to be thrown from the car into the road. This passenger was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital due to serious injuries. The other passengers and the driver were treated and released from the hospital for minor injuries. Following his release, Rivera was arrested on the charges of careless driving, driving with a suspended license, driving under the influence, DUI with property damage, and DUI with injury. The incident caused damages of roughly $10,000 per vehicle involved.

As a result of the car accident, not only will the victims endure the pain and suffering of the physical injuries sustained because of the negligence of a third party, but they 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.

June 22, 2012

Metal Rod Pierces Windshield of Vehicle on I-95

roaddebris.jpgImagine driving down Interstate 95 like many Floridians do. It is a normal day and out of nowhere a large metal rod flies into the air and pierces the windshield of your vehicle. How many of us would expect something like this to happen? I daresay the majority of us would never expect something like this to occur. However, that is exactly what happened to the Weston newlyweds Saleena Spates and Carlton Francis Jr. While driving their white Range Rover the metal rod penetrated the SUV right between the couple. An officer who accessed the scene said that the couple was very lucky that the rod was not slightly angled in a different direction. Fortunately, the couple was taken to the hospital only as a precaution to ensure no glass fragments had injured them in any way.

There is no question that someone was negligent given the large size and presence of the debris. There is also no question that the negligence was the proximate and legal cause of the vehicle damage and would be the cause if the couple had suffered any injuries. But for someone's negligence in either causing and/or not removing the debris it would not have flown into the air penetrating the SUV. In cases like this, where it would be hard to prove how the duty of care was breached, since there is no evidence of the defect, the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur comes into play.

Res ipsa loquitur is a Latin legal term and it means "the thing speaks for itself". Res ipsa loquitur creates "[a] rebuttable presumption or inference that the defendant was negligent, which arises upon proof that the instrumentality or condition causing the injury was in the defendant's exclusive control and that the accident was one that ordinarily does not occur in the absence of Negligence.

If you or a loved one were not as fortunate as the aforementioned couple, you should seek representation from our experienced team at The Izquierdo Law Firm. Our firm will fight for the justice you deserve as a result of being injured. 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.

June 13, 2012

Slip and Fall Leads to Carnival Cruise Being Sued

CRUISE4(3).jpgOn May 22, 2011 a Federal District Court judge awarded a verdict in favor of a Carnival Cruise passenger, Denise Kaba. Ms. Kaba slipped and fell on the deck around a pool while on a cruise in August 2009, which led to her sustaining the injuries of a fractured knee cap, having to undergo six surgeries, and needing knee replacement surgery in the future. Carnival Cruise Lines conceded to liability due to having the pool deck covered with resin, making the surface slippery as ice. Ms. Kaba was awarded a total of $2,998,155.70.

In this case, civil liability rested upon Carnival Cruise Lines because a property owner is responsible for any harm that comes to its invitees while on their premises. Furthermore, Carnival Cruise Lines is responsible to ensure that the amenities they provide do not endanger their invitees. It was foreseeable that a pool deck being covered with resin making it slippery as ice would cause harm and Carnival Cruise Lines failed to take actions to prevent it. Therefore, they are civilly liable for injuries.

Cruise lines are inspected by the Coast Guard to ensure they are functioning up to the highest safety standard for its passengers. Furthermore, cruise ships are governed by the International Maritime Organization Standards in order to verify fire safety, functionality of the lifesaving equipment, steering, and more. Given the attention that is paid to the safety of the passengers on a cruise ship it is highly likely that Carnival Cruise Lines was aware that having the pool deck covered with resin was not in the best interest of its passengers. As a result, Carnival Cruise Lines admitted liability for Ms. Kaba's injuries.

If you or your loved one has been a victim of negligence or a result of a property owner's failure to correct a defect, call Hialeah attorney Alexis Izquierdo for a free consultation regarding your rights. At The Izquierdo Law Firm, we will work with physicians, hospitals and non-medical experts to build your case and establish the liability of the negligent party. Negligent security by an establishment may rise to civil liability, especially if "notice" of prior criminal activity on the property exists. Our highly trained legal staff will work diligently on your behalf to get you the justice that you deserve.

June 12, 2012

Crash Causes 18-year-old Bicyclist's Death

bicycle.jpgWhile trying to cross the street on a bicycle Ariel Haim Strutin struck the side of a moving vehicle causing a crash in Lake Worth, Florida. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office responded to the incident. Sadly, the minor died on the scene.

As a result of the car accident, the victim died. If the accident was caused because of the negligence of a third party, the victim's family may be able to recover. In regards to the automobile accident four things have to be proved 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.

Given the death of the victim, 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 or a loved one has died as a result of someone else's intentional acts or omissions, 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.

June 12, 2012

Man's Body Found Floating in Hialeah Canal

canal.jpgThe majority of reported incidents regarding canals involve car accidents. However, recently, people have been getting stuck in canals leading to their death. This is what happened to 47-year-old Fred Eugene Campbell after losing his balance, falling into the canal, and becoming entangled in the underwater growth. Authorities responded to a call that a man was injured in the canal off of Okeechobee Road in Hialeah. Unfortunately, when the authorities arrived Mr. Campbell was found dead and floating in the canal.

Due to the danger that canals present warning signs are required to be posted. Depending on the level of danger a canal presents safety nets, escape ladders, and/or several warning signs may be required. According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission once a person falls into a canal it is very hard for them to escape without assistance due to the water, algae, mud, and more, which makes the linings very slick.

Since the County governs the canals it may be civilly liable for Mr. Campbell's death. This is because the County is responsible for any harm that comes to its invitees while on their premises. If said harm was foreseeable and the County failed to take any actions to prevent it, then they are civilly liable for the death of the victim.

The canal bank at Okeechobee Road and Hialeah Drive is open to the public and government owned. Therefore, it owes the public a reasonable duty of care, which can be fulfilled by making sure the public is aware of the possible danger the canal presents, providing possible protection if required, and making the area around the canal as safe as possible. As a result, the County may be liable given the unfortunate circumstances that took place in which Mr. Campbell died on its premises.

The Federal Government has documentation stating the danger of canals and the precautionary measures that should be taken to prohibit injuries and death from occurring as a result of those dangers. As a result, the County probably was given notice that someone could slip and fall into the canal, but failed to prohibit such activity. The result of the non-deterrence and the negligent security may have been the death of Mr. Campbell.

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.

June 8, 2012

Train Kills Bicyclist

sfl-deerfield-train-fatality-photo-20120412.jpgA Tri-Rail train near West Sample Road in Deerfield Beach struck a bicyclist causing his death. The man was walking with his bike southbound along the tracks when a commuter train headed for Hialeah hit him from behind. The commuter train was carrying roughly 135 passengers when the incident occurred. Due to seeing the man the commuter train engineer sounded the horn. Unfortunately, the man did not move and given the commuter train traveling at 65 miles per hour, it was not able to stop before striking the bicyclist. As a result of the accident traffic was stopped for an estimated two-hours at Sample Road. An autopsy is being conducted on the bicyclist in an effort to identify him.

The county may be civilly liable if: the area around the train tracks is not properly closed or fenced off, adequate warning signs about the dangers of walking near the train tracks were not posted, the train was traveling at an excessive speed, and a proper look out was not performed by the engineer.

While any death is sad, the ones that would not have occurred but for the negligence or the intentional acts of a third party are especially troubling. For those times where the death of a person was a result of someone else's acts or omissions, Florida Wrongful Death Act allows a claim to survive the victim's death. Florida Statute 768.19 provides that "When the death of a person is caused by the wrongful act [or] negligence of a person ... the person that would have been liable in damages if death had not ensued shall be liable for damages ... notwithstanding the death of the person.

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 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.

June 8, 2012

Seven Injured in Multi-Car Crash

multi-car crash.jpgA multi-car crash on the Turnpike in Lake Worth, Florida left seven injured. Due to the crash the southbound lane of the Florida turnpike in Lake Worth was closed down. The cause of the crash is still being investigated. However, the weather consisted of heavy rain, which may have contributed to the incident. The multi-crash seriously injured a woman and the status of the other parties involved has not been released.

As a result of the car accident, not only will the victims endure the pain and suffering of the physical injuries sustained because of the negligence of a third party, but they 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.

June 1, 2012

Dangerous Gas Leak Causes Lane Closure and Evacuations

gas leak.jpgThe Fort Lauderdale Fire and Rescue Team along with the haz mat crew responded to a gas leak that took place. Due to the gas leak the westbound lanes of Broward Boulevard were closed and nearby businesses such as The Salvation Army were evacuated. No injuries have been reported as of yet.

Civil liability may rest upon the building owners, the gas company, a company that assisted in installing or manipulating the gas line in any way, and/or the County. This is because a property owner and the County are responsible for any harm that comes to its invitees while on their premises. Furthermore, the gas company and the installation company are responsible to ensure that the services they provide do not endanger their clients. If said harm was foreseeable and any of the possible at fault parties failed to take actions to prevent it, then they are civilly liable for injuries.

Gas is an in demand commodity that has to be carefully handled given its easy capability of being dangerous. To elaborate, gas is highly flammable and can cause an explosion. Also, when certain types of gases are inhaled they can stop oxygen from flowing to the brain, which may end in serious medical issues or death. Many precautions are taken to ensure gas is handled safely regarding the materials that are used in pipes, the way it is accessed and transported, and more. Furthermore, the public is encouraged to obtain detectors that will alert a household if a leak has occurred, in an effort to deter health issues and death. As a result, the parties involved were probably given notice that a leak could occur, but failed to prohibit it from taking place. The result of the non-deterrence could result in injuries to the public in the vicinity.

If you or your loved one has been a victim of negligent security or a result of a landowner's failure to correct a defect, call Hialeah attorney Alexis Izquierdo for a free consultation regarding your rights. At The Izquierdo Law Firm, we will work with physicians, hospitals and non-medical experts to build your case and establish the liability of the negligent party. Negligent security by an establishment may rise to civil liability, especially if "notice" of prior criminal activity on the property exists. Our highly trained legal staff will work diligently on your behalf to get you the justice that you deserve.