Florida Boating Statistics: Florida Leads the Nation

The heartbreaking story of the death of famed baseball player José Fernandez made front page news around the country.  Investigators from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission found that Fernandez, a Cuban immigrant and hero in the South Florida community, was killed in a boat crash along with two other passengers when the boat slammed into a rock jetty.  When the story came to light, it brought more attention to Florida boating, boating accidents, and boating under the influence.

Florida Boating Statistics Lead the Nation

Florida has the largest number of boats of any state, with over 900,000 registered recreational vessels.  Florida also has an estimated 1,000,000 unregistered canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards.  Though Florida has over 7 percent of all the registered recreational boats in the country, Florida has more than its share of boating injuries and fatalities, with 11.5% of the nation’s national boating fatalities, according to 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Coast Guard.

South Florida Counties in the Lead

South Florida leads the state in boating accidents.  According to the Boating Accidents Statistical Report for 2016, the Florida counties with the highest number of boating accidents were the following in order:[1]

  1. Monroe
  2. Miami-Dade
  3. Palm Beach
  4. Pinellas
  5. Lee
  6. Broward

What Causes Boating Accidents

The most common problems that lead to boating accidents are capsizing, collisions, flooding/swamping the boat, grounding the boat, and ejection from a boat.  While alcohol is a contributing factor in many boating accidents throughout the United States, alcohol is the primary contributing factor in twice as many accidents in Florida as compared to any other state.[2]  With the warm weather and summer vacations, July is the month with the highest number of boat accidents, injuries, and deaths[3].

The U.S. Coast Guard works to improve boating safety in the U.S. through targeted campaigns and patrols.  The U.S. Coast Guard strongly discourages drinking and boating through the Operation Dry Water campaign.  For more details, click here.  The organization also promotes boater responsibility and the use of life jackets through the Wear It! campaign.  Click here for information.

We urge you to follow these important safety tips when you’re on the water:

  • Wear a life jacket.
  • Take a boater safety course such as the Florida Boater Safety Course found here
  • Conduct a boat safety check before boating
  • Avoid alcohol and other substances that impair your ability to operate a boat

With miles of blue ocean waters and freshwater lakes, South Florida is ideal for boating.  When out on the water, keep in mind these Florida boating accident statistics and follow the tips above to stay safe!

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

 

[1] 2016 Reportable Boating Accidents https://www.boat-ed.com/florida/

[2] 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Coast Guard.  http://www.uscgboating.org/library/accident-statistics/Recreational-Boating-Statistics-2014.pdf

[3] 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Coast Guard.  http://www.uscgboating.org/library/accident-statistics/Recreational-Boating-Statistics-2014.pdf

July 4th Weekend: Fireworks in Florida

Two years ago, NFL players C.J. Wilson from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jason Pierre-Paul from the New York Giants drew the nation’s attention to the dangers of fireworks.  In two separate accidents over the same July 4th weekend, these famed NFL players suffered significant injuries to their fingers, requiring both to have fingers amputated.

The fact that these two players have celebrity status helped expose the dangers of fireworks.  Each year, hundreds of Americans are injured and some are even killed while lighting fireworks during the holiday weekend.

It can certainly be exciting to light fireworks in your own backyard, but for safety reasons, we encourage friends and family to leave the fireworks operations to the professionals and either attend one of the thousands of professionally-operated July 4th celebrations in cities throughout the United States or cozy up with your loved ones and watch it from home on a large screen TV.  Either way, you’ll enjoy the holiday with loved ones — and stay safe.

If you or a friend finds fireworks on the 4th of July irresistible, then you should first find out if fireworks are legal in your state – many states have outlawed fireworks.

In the state of Florida, individuals without special permits are only allowed to use the types of fireworks that are categorized as “sparklers.”  These include sparklers, fountains, glow worms, and snakes.

It’s true that retail stores in Florida may sell fireworks beyond the category of “sparklers.”  While you are permitted to buy them in the state, you aren’t permitted to use them unless you have a special permit or are using them for special purposes on a farm or fish hatchery.  If you are caught with illegal fireworks and don’t possess a permit, you can be arrested, fined up to $1,000, or required to spend up to 1 year behind bars.

While we discourage the use of fireworks at home, if your friends or family insist on using fireworks, please follow these general safety measures:

  • Store fireworks in a dry, cool location that is inaccessible to children or pets
  • Never allow small children to handle or be close to fireworks
  • Read and follow instructions on packaging
  • Maintain a large bucket of water and a fire extinguisher at the site when lighting any fireworks
  • Avoid igniting fireworks in or near glass or metal
  • Wear eye protection; never put fireworks in a clothing pocket
  • Do not relight a firework that has malfunctioned
  • Light fireworks one at a time in a clear, outdoor location
  • Do not aim, point, or throw fireworks toward any people, animals, vehicles or structures

As you make your plans for the holiday weekend, please keep in mind that the safest way to enjoy fireworks is watching a show operated by professionals.  However you decide to spend the weekend, stay safe while having fun and celebrating the reason behind the holiday — the independence of the United States of America.
Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

 

Summer Newsletter

In The Firm

25th Work Anniversary

Goldman and Daszkal, P.A. is delighted to celebrate the 25 year work anniversary of Lorraine Lambert.  Over the last 25 years, Lorraine’s hard work, dedication, and loyalty have been vital to our success.  Lorraine joins our Office Manager, Mary Fredericks, who also celebrated her 25th anniversary with the firm last year.  Both Mary and Lorraine are assets to our work family, and we are extremely proud of their accomplishments.

Goldman and Daszkal, P.A. is also proud to celebrate several employees who have completed 10 or more years with the firm.  We are thankful for their dedication and hard work and honored to have such a great staff who provide our clients with stability during difficult times.

In The Community

Gilda’s Club South Florida held its 21st annual “Live from South Florida…It’s Saturday Night!” in Fort Lauderdale on April 8th, 2017.  As a supporter of Gilda’s Club, Goldman and Daszkal, P.A. attended this entertainment event that brought comedians to center stage while raising funds to enable Gilda’s Club to operate in South Florida.

Gilda’s Club is a non-profit organization named in honor of comedian Gilda Radner – one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live.  The organization, an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community, offers free programs for men, women, teens, and children as well as their families and friends who have been touched by cancer.  Click here to learn more.

Congratulations to Attorney Sean Pleus who was recently elected to serve as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for Gilda’s Club.  Sean has been a member of the Board of Directors at Gilda’s Club since January, 2016.

 

Leadership Broward Class 35 Graduation:

Sean Pleus recently finished a 10-month leadership development program with Leadership Broward, an organization created to cultivate and expand community leadership across Broward County.  As part of the development program, each program member was given a community project.  Sean’s project was to help Children’s Harbor, a 501(c)(3) child welfare organization that aims to ensure foster children stay united as a family – keeping siblings together, raising them, and giving them the professional guidance they need to rebuild their lives.

Sean, along with seven of the other members, ended the project with a presentation to the entire class about what they accomplished.  After the presentations were complete, the entire class of 55 members participated in a graduation ceremony.  “This has been a very rewarding experience for me, as I have been able to learn more about myself, how to become  a more effective leader, and how I can impact others and the community in a positive way.  Having the opportunity to give back to such a great organization like Children’s Harbor has been very rewarding and an experience I will never forget.”

The hosting group, Leadership Broward Foundation, Inc. is Broward County’s premier leadership development training organization with a 34-year history of preparing and connecting leaders from the business and civic communities to strengthen community leadership.  To learn more about Children’s Harbor, click here.  For more about Leadership Broward, click here.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to workGoldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

Premises Liability: Summertime Slip and Falls

Hot summers in South Florida are usually packed with fun ways to cool off.  Pool gatherings, beach outings, and boating are great ways for South Floridians to enjoy the heat.  Hot summers also translate into informal wardrobes and laid-back attitudes.  It’s not uncommon to see adults and teenagers alike popping into stores to pick up food and beverage in little more than a bathing suit and flip flops.  They may not realize it, but the unsteady flip flops make it easy to take a spill on any smooth surface, and even more so on a floor with some spilled liquids or oils.

Slips, trips, and falls                               

A slip, trip, or fall can happen without warning and can cause injuries ranging from sprains and strains to broken bones and serious spinal cord injuries.  An accident caused by a hazardous condition on someone’s property may also be referred to as a “premises liability” in the legal world.  Premises liabilities can may include tripping on a poorly maintained sidewalk or slipping on a floor that has not been cleaned of hazardous debris.  What may seem like an inconsequential injury should be taken seriously because the full extent of the injury may only be seen days later.  In other words, after a slip or trip and fall injury, get evaluated by a medical professional.

Property owners must take reasonable care

Property owners are required to take reasonable care to ensure that their property is safe.  This is true not only for grocery stores, but also for office buildings, retail stores, as well as residential homes and land owners.  Although invitees may have different classifications under the law, generally speaking, it is the property owner’s responsibility to fix any hazards or warn any visitors or tenants of any unsafe conditions on the property if they are unable to fix the problem.  Hazardous conditions may include slip and falls due to a foreign substance or tripping on debris or uneven sidewalks/pavers due to a poorly maintained building or common area.

Since property owners have the obligation to keep visitors safe, if an injury is sustained on a premise due to owner negligence, the owner of the premises may be liable. If the injured person can prove that the owner was aware of, or should have been aware of a potential hazard on the property but did nothing to correct it, or failed to warn them of the hazardous condition, the injured person may be eligible to receive injury compensation including medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages related to the injury.

What to do after suffering an injury

If you or a loved one sustained an injury due to unsafe conditions at a commercial establishment or private location, you may have a claim for damages.  Here are the steps you should take to prepare yourself or your loved one in case you need to file a claim:

  1. Contact 9-1-1 or seek medical attention immediately if you are injured.
  1. Report the accident immediately to the “property owner” (store manager, homeowner, or landlord.)
  1. Gather evidence by snapping photos of the location, your injuries, and any contributing factors to the fall. Make detailed notes of any dangerous conditions that caused the incident and note date, time, and clothing/shoes worn.  Save clothing or shoes worn during the incident.
  1. Request contact information of witnesses or anyone with whom you discussed the incident (names, addresses, and telephone numbers.)
  1. Avoid discussing your injuries and feelings other than with your attorney, police, or emergency professionals.

Once you receive medical treatment, we recommend that you find an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you and recover any lost wages and injury compensation to which you are entitled.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., is a reputable Florida based law firm and has been representing those injured in personal injury claims for the past 27 years.

When you contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., the firm will provide a free consultation to help you understand your rights and obligations.  A firm representative can meet with you at the law office or at a convenient location for you.  Then, your attorney can then take over the handling of your claim and contacting any remaining parties, allowing you to have peace of mind while you recover.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

 

National Safety Month South Florida Summers: How to Avoid Heat-Related Illnesses

June is National Safety Month, and along with the National Safety Council (NSC), we seek to raise awareness for the many preventable injuries and deaths that occur each year in the U.S.  We want our clients and all Floridians to be safe at work, at play, and on the road.

According to Injury Facts 2016, the NSC’s annual publication on unintentional injuries and deaths, over 136,000 Americans lost their lives from accidental injuries in 2014.  These deaths were caused  by injuries sustained while engaging in recreational activities, chores at home, and driving.

In this post, we’ll focus on one of the common hazards encountered daily by South Floridians — the hot, Florida sun.  From May through September, our South Florida heat and humidity can cause unexpected consequences if residents and visitors don’t take precautions.  According to Injury Facts 2017, 244 Americans died from “exposure to excessive heat” in 2014. [1]

Illnesses caused by too much exposure to heat include heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.  Heat illnesses can become severe quickly, compromising the body, damaging organs, and potentially even leading to death.  As with many diseases, certain populations including the elderly, infants, and children have a higher risk of developing complications from heat-related illnesses.  In addition, pets, athletes, alcoholics, drug users, people who work outside, and those with other serious illnesses are at higher risk for heat-related illnesses. [2]

Here is what you need to know to help combat these dangerous, heat-related conditions:

Heatstroke occurs when a body is not able to sweat sufficiently to cool off and the body temperature rises.  This condition can severely damage organs and lead to death.  Someone experiencing heatstroke may have skin that feels hot to the touch, have seizures, and appear delirious, confused, or in a coma.  In the case of heatstroke, treat the person by:

  • Moving them to the shade and putting them in a reclining position.
  • Call 911
  • If there is high humidity (as is typical in South Florida), put ice on the neck, groin and/or armpits.
  • Do not give any liquids, aspirin or acetaminophen.

Heat exhaustion can occur when a person loses too much water and body salt.  Someone suffering from heat exhaustion may feel thirst, nausea and exhaustion, and may begin vomiting or have diarrhea.  The individual may also experience an increased temperature and a rapid heartbeat.  If someone has heat exhaustion, help them by:

  • Moving them to shade or air conditioning
  • Apply cool, wet towels or encourage a cold shower
  • Give them cool, non-alcoholic beverages

Heat cramps occur when exercise and heavy sweating reduces salt in the body, producing leg or abdominal cramps.  Athletes or people working outside experiencing these symptoms should:

  • Recline and stretch out cramped muscles in the shade or air conditioning
  • Drink cool water or drinks with electrolytes
  • Call 911 if individual has heart problems
  • If cramps don’t subside within 60 minutes, obtain medical attention

In general, the NSC recommends the following to avoid complications from the heat:

  • Limit exposure outdoors on hot days, especially from 11am – 3pm
  • Wear light-colored, lightweight, loose clothing
  • Always use a hat to shade your face
  • Drink plenty of water and supplement salt lost from sweating by consuming drinks with electrolytes such as sports drinks or even fruit juice

Whether you are heading to the beach, playing in the pool, or taking a brisk morning walk, follow the aforementioned recommendations to enjoy  our South Florida summers and stay safe.   Additional information on preventing heat-related illness can be found at the NSC and CDC websites.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

[1] NSC Injury Facts 2017

[2] NSC Heat Illnesses Can be Fatal; Would You Know What to Do?

The More You Know: Headaches After Accidents

Vehicle crashes occur daily on our busy South Florida roads.  Unfortunately, injuries and even fatalities are often the result of these automobile accidents throughout the state of Florida.

Sometimes the collision results in what may appear to be only very minor or no apparent injuries.  In fact, those with head and neck injuries may experience delayed pain…feeling the damage only hours or days after the accident.  Whiplash symptoms may take days to materialize because adrenaline and cortisol flowing through your body right after the accident can mask the pain, allowing your brain to move beyond pain and respond to what it perceives as danger.  When the adrenaline and cortisol begin to dissipate in your system, the swelling and pain caused by the injury become apparent.

Brain injuries can cause severe, long-lasting damage.  Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can be caused by a strong jolt to the head.  Traumatic brain injuries most often arise from injuries such as skull fractures and concussions, however, they may also come about from other less apparent trauma to the head.  Resulting health repercussions may include headaches, mood changes, sleep disorders, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, nausea, loss of coordination, speech or vision problems, and comas.  Traumatic brain injuries often require a high level of care, rehabilitation, and ongoing medical treatment.  Sadly, some accidents leave victims unable to care for and/or support themselves.

Individuals often assume that if they did not seek medical attention promptly after a vehicle accident, they are no longer entitled to obtain medical treatment paid for by an insurance company.  Under the Florida no-fault law, motorists may be entitled to benefits under their own insurance policy, or that of the vehicle they are a passenger, if treatment is received within 14 days after the accident.  The amount of coverage and benefits may differ as well depending on the severity of the injuries.

Generally speaking, you should always seek medical treatment promptly after an automobile collision if you feel you have sustained injuries.  If the medical problem is urgent, call 911 or go immediately to the ER.  If the injury is not an emergency, call your insurance company to report the accident and make sure they are aware you plan on seeing a medical professional.  Make sure to let your doctor know that you were involved in an auto accident and provide them with any claim information so their office can submit any bills and reports timely.

Once you receive medical treatment, we recommend that you find an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you and recover any lost wages and injury compensation to which you are entitled.  Goldman and Daszkal, P.A., is a reputable Florida based law firm and has been representing those injured in auto accidents and other personal injury claims for the past 27 years

When you contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., the firm will provide a free consultation to help you understand your rights and obligations.  A firm representative can meet with you at the law office or at a convenient location for you.  Then, your attorney can then take over the handling of your claim and contacting any remaining parties, allowing you to have peace of mind while you recover.  Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

 

 

Motorcycle Safety Awareness for 2017

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.  For our friends and family members who support their need for speed with adrenaline-pumping motorcycle riding, we urge you to read and share the following information to ensure each and every motorcycle ride is both exhilarating and safe.

For car and truck drivers

Share the roads!  Roads are designed for multiple types of vehicles, motorcycles included!  We urge you to pay special attention to motorcycles as these vehicles are challenged with safety issues unlike cars and trucks.  Motorcycles are smaller and less visible than cars.  Be aware!

For motorcycle riders

You already are aware that motorcycles are not only less visible to other drivers, but are much more dangerous in a crash because they provide no protection for the body.  Riding a motorcycle requires balance, good coordination, and the ability to follow road signs, speed limits, and respond quickly to changing road conditions.  Please make sure to be well rested and ready for the challenges of the roadway.

 Did you know?  Important facts to keep your motorcycle riding practice safe.

  1. Motorcycle riders are 6 times more likely to be injured in a crash than occupants of a car. [1]
  1. National crash data show that motorcycle riders are 27 times more likely to suffer fatalities than car drivers and passengers.[2]
  1. In order to legally drive a motorcycle, you need to pass a written and practical skills test to obtain a state motorcycle license to supplement your driver’s license. In addition, most states require motorcycle riders to take a motorcycle rider training course, but if your state doesn’t offer one, contact the Motorcycle Safety Foundation at https://www.msf-usa.org/ or (800) 446-9227 for the nearest class.  Contact your state licensing agency for license information.

Tips from the NHTSA

We urge you to review these important tips recommended for all motorcycle riders by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  1. Practice riding any new motorcycle in a controlled environment without traffic before taking it onto roads with traffic.
  2. Take a motorcycle rider training course and review how to handle the motorcycle in wet weather as well as in sand, mud, and with road debris.
  3. Before loading any cargo on your motorcycle, check the owner’s manual to determine where to place the load and if you’ll need to make any adjustments to the vehicle.
  4. Check that your motorcycle is safe to ride each time. Check the brakes, lights, signal, tire pressure and tread, and cargo.
  5. Communicate with your passenger that he or she should sit directly behind you, lean forward, and keep feet on footrests at all times.  The passenger should hold the driver’s waist or hips and keep legs and feet away from the muffler.
  6. Always ensure that you and your passenger wear a protective motorcycle helmet that meets the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218. Be sure to adjust the helmet so it fits properly and use goggles if the helmet has no shield.
  7. When riding, be sure to wear bright colored long sleeves and long pants to improve your visibility and protect you in the case of a crash.
  8. Obey all speed limits, traffic signs, and lane indications.
  9. Ride with the traffic flow and always drive defensively.
  10. Be alert and drive sober. Never ride a motorcycle after consuming alcohol or any prescription medication that might impair your ability to ride safely.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

[1] National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[2] National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

SnapChat, Speed, and Statutes

You’re familiar with Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter… and you’ve probably heard of Snapchat, the social media application that allows users to share photos and other content that disappear seconds after being viewed.  Snapchat also allows users to prominently display the speed at which they are traveling when using the app, a feature that is causing more scrutiny than perhaps originally intended.  Young drivers are using the speed filter feature while driving at excessive speeds so they can boast about it to their friends, causing tumult when their daring driving feats have harmful consequences.

In one case in Georgia, an 18 year old woman was driving in excess of 100 MPH, using her Snapchat speed filter to document her surplus speed to friends.  She crashed into another vehicle at 107 MPH, leaving the occupant with permanent brain damage.

Victims of such Snapchat-distracted driver crashes have filed lawsuits suing both the distracted driver who caused the accident as well as Snapchat.  In this aforementioned Georgia case, the judge’s ruling found fault with the young driver, but not with Snapchat.  The judge cited that Snapchat was protected by the Communications Decency Act, a law that provides immunity to the interactive computer service since they are not the publisher or speaker of the communicated information.  In addition, Snapchat noted that it has positioned itself as a provider of strong warnings to discourage anyone from using the app while driving.

The next question is whether the relevant digital evidence found in Snapchat will be allowed in court.  Thus far, a handful of cases involving juvenile delinquency have included convictions resulting from screenshots (taken by witnesses) of Snapchat videos immediately before the videos were automatically deleted by the social media platform.

Snapchat now has a Law Enforcement Guide on its site that covers the types of data that are possible to recover and how to request that data with a subpoena, search warrant, or court order. [1]

Another important question is if Snapchat will have a legal duty to restrict use of the speed filter since it appears that the main utilization for this tool is to enable users to document themselves driving at excessive speeds.  Although this appears to be fun and exciting for many Snapchat users and young drivers, there will be an ongoing debate regarding whether the damage caused by the use of the speed filter tool outweighs the benefits of it.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

[1] https://storage.googleapis.com/snap-inc/privacy/lawenforcement.pdf

A Stands for April and Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol abuse is considered the #1 public health problem in our country.[1]  In addition, alcohol-related deaths are the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States. [2]  Excessive alcohol use is a serious, potentially fatal disease if left untreated. Frequent binge drinking, defined as consuming more than 4 alcoholic drinks for women and 5 for men on an occasion, can cause violent behavior and injuries and can lead to promiscuity and unintended pregnancies, as well as alcohol poisoning, liver disease and cancer.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes each year.  In 2014, about 10,000 vehicle crash fatalities were deemed alcohol-related, according to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis.

But these numbers only tell part of the story.  2015 statistics from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) show that 15 million adults in the U.S., ages 18 and older, consume excessive amounts of alcohol.  Nearly 10 million are men, with just over 5 million women falling into this category.  And, another 600,000 adolescents ages 12-17 are suffering from alcohol abuse. [3]

Yet, in 2015, only about 1.3 million adults and 37,000 adolescents received treatment at a specialized treatment facility.  [4]

What about the other millions of adults and adolescents who need treatment?

In 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) sponsored the first Alcohol Awareness Month to help increase visibility of alcohol recovery programs, making it easier to find help.  They also aimed to diminish the stigma of alcoholism and teach the public where individuals who abuse alcohol can get treatment and recover.

As part of NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month, the Alcohol-Free Weekend in April is a weekend push to generate public awareness about alcohol use and abuse, and how it affects our communities.  It’s a time to join together and help individuals who are struggling.

If you or a loved one needs treatment for alcohol or drugs, contact NCADD at 800/622-2255 or click here for the closest NCADD Affiliate.  NCADD provides confidential, one-on-one assessments by trained professionals to help individuals find the most suitable local treatment or recovery services.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

[1] https://www.ncadd.org/about-ncadd/events-awards/alcohol-awareness-month

[2] National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Alcohol Facts and Statistics

[3] National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)

[4] National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)

Spring Newsletter

In The Firm

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. recently welcomed experienced trial attorney, Mr. Nathan Hoy, to the firm. Mr. Hoy is an experienced litigator and legal counselor, with extensive experience in the areas of automobile liability, personal injury, wrongful death, and premises liability.

Mr. Hoy’s expertise with insurance and litigation draws from his experience as an in-house trial attorney for the largest automobile insurer in the state of Florida. In addition, Mr. Hoy worked for one of the largest insurance defense firms in Florida, focusing on defending insurance companies and businesses in the area of worker’s compensation. As a defense attorney, Mr. Hoy earned a reputation as an aggressive and professional litigator.

After many years of representing defendants and insurance companies, Mr. Hoy has chosen to utilize his skills and experience to represent individuals who have been the victims of negligence. He is committed to providing his clients with the utmost professional, aggressive and thorough representation.  Mr. Hoy can be reached at (954) 428-9333.  Click here for Mr. Hoy’s profile.

In The Community

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. is committed to its clients and the community. Each year, the firm sponsors charitable events and attorneys participate in philanthropic and community events. We are pleased that we have been able to help support the following events in the last few months.

In February, attorney Sean Pleus attended the Red Door Luncheon at St. Andrews in Boca Raton benefiting Gilda’s Club of South Florida. Gilda’s Club is a non-profit organization named in honor of comedian Gilda Radner – one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live. The organization, an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community, offers free programs for men, women, teens, and children as well as their families and friends who have been touched by cancer. Click here to learn more.

Sean Pleus also participated in a community event for Children’s Harbor alongside the Leadership Broward Class 35 project team. Children’s Harbor is a 501(c)(3) child welfare organization that aims to ensure foster children stay united as a family – keeping siblings together, raising them, and giving them the professional guidance they need to rebuild their lives. The event, hosted by the Community Project Team Sibling’s Rock, part of the Leadership Broward Class 35, provided a hands-on arts and crafts day for foster children.

The hosting group, Leadership Broward Foundation, Inc. is Broward County’s premier leadership development training organization with a 34-year history of preparing and connecting leaders from the business and civic communities to strengthen Florida’s future.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. is a proud supporter of Gilda’s Club and the Cancer Support Community, Leadership Broward, and Children’s Harbor. To learn more about Children’s Harbor, click here. For more about Leadership Broward, click here.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.
Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties. The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work. Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury. For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.