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Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. Summer 2016 Newsletter

The warm, tropical air of summer has arrived in South Florida.  (Or, to some people, it’s just hot and humid.)  Either way you look at it, summer in Florida means boating, beaches, bathing, longer days, and maybe even bonus free time.

As we ease into summer at Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., we are grateful to be able to assist our clients and enjoy some free time having fun and helping charitable organizations.  Here’s an update on a few of our out-of-office activities:

Attorney Jessica London represented the firm at the Comedy 4 Kids fundraiser at the Ft. Lauderdale Improv.  The non-profit organization, Bright Steps Forward, raises funds for critical and early therapeutic interventions for children with disabilities in South Florida.  Read more info here.

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Glenn Goldman, Julie Goldman, Jessica London, and Barry Schomer represented Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. at the Broward County Fallen Heroes Fund Golf Tournament.  Monies raised at this event benefit the families of deputy and fire-rescue officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.  For more information, click here.

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Attorney Sean Pleus attended Love & Laughter – The Red Door Luncheon benefiting Gilda’s Club of South Florida, an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community, a non-profit organization that Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. proudly supports.  The organization provides free programs for adults, teens, and children who have been affected by cancer.  Click here for more details.  Earlier in 2016, Sean Pleus was elected to the Board of Directors for Gilda’s Club of South Florida (click for the story).

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And, our own Founding Partner Alex Daszkal was featured in a recent South Florida Business Journal article titled “One Dream, Three Brothers, Three Businesses.”  For the full article, click here.

Whether you and your family will be enjoying the waterways and pools in Florida this summer or traveling out of state, on behalf of all of us at Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., we wish you and your loved ones a safe and relaxing summer!

Proud To Sponsor Love & Laughter – The Red Door Luncheon benefiting Gilda’s Club of South Florida

Early this month, attorney Sean Pleus attended Love & Laughter – The Red Door Luncheon benefiting Gilda’s Club of South Florida an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community.  A non-profit organization that Goldman & Daszkal are proud supporters of and a sponsor for this event.

The event was held at St. Andrews Club in Boca Raton and attended by hundreds of local professionals. The following are a few pictures from the event.

Gilda’s Club is named in honor of comedian Gilda Radner – one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live and is an organization that 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 www.gildasclubsouthflorida.org

National Burn Awareness Week

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National Burn Awareness Week 2016

In 2015, nearly 500,000 people in the United States received medical treatment for burn-related injuries. Of those, 40,000 required hospitalization for further treatment.  In the same year, there were over 3,200 deaths from fire and smoke inhalation. [1]

According to the ABA’s AmeriBurn website, over 70% of the injuries mentioned above occurred in the home. [2]  This week, it’s the right time for everyone to take a few minutes to review important safety tips to lower the risk of burn injuries at home.

Dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by burn injuries, the American Burn Association (ABA) is one of a few key organizations that promote fire safety awareness and education throughout the United States.  The National Burn Awareness campaign kicks off in February.

Scald Burns

Scald burns caused by hot liquids or vapor are the leading cause of non-fire burns.  For this reason, we recommend that you review the following tips with your friends and family, and especially those with young children.

Burn Safety Tips

In the kitchen…

    • Keep sleeves and jewelry away from cooking area.
    • Use back burners and always leave pot handles away from you.
    • Never leave the stove on unattended.
    • Never put water on a grease or oil fire.
    • Keep hot dishes, soups, and liquids away from young children at the table.
    • Replace tablecloths with placemats to avoid children pulling the tablecloth and spilling food.
    • Allow foods to cool before serving.

Working with water…

    • Always test the water before entering a bath or shower, especially with children.
    • Set the water heater to 120° F or less

And with children…

    • Keep all electric cords out of reach.
    • Ensure safety outlets are covered with appropriate caps.
    • Always keep matches and lighters away.
    • Monitor time in the sun and use sun protection gear and sunscreen
    • Avoid drinking hot liquid when holding children.
    • Determine areas that are NOT safe for children to play and make clear rules.
      • Children should stay away from cooking areas.
      • Children should avoid playing near fireplaces, heaters, grills, campfires, and any open flames.

Finally…

    • Turn off hot irons and curling irons when finished.  Do not leave them unattended.
    • Ensure smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are working properly.

If someone is burned, follow these instructions recommended by ABA[3]:

  1. If clothes catch fire, STOP, DROP & ROLL!
  2. For minor burns, use COOL WATER only!  AVOID ice, butter, creams, or ointments.
  3. For severe burns, call 9-1-1 immediately!  Put out any fire on the person but leave burnt clothing intact.

If you found this post helpful, please pass it along to friends and family.

 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] http://www.ameriburn.org/resources_factsheet.php

[2] http://www.ameriburn.org/resources_factsheet.php

[3] http://www.ameriburn.org/preventionNews.php

Proud Supporter of Gilda’s Club of South Florida

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. is a proud supporter of non-profit organization Gilda’s Club of South Florida an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community.

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In 2016, attorney Sean Pleus was elected to the Board of Directors for Gilda’s Club of South Florida.  The mission of Gilda’s Club is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.  Sean assists in promoting the organization along with obtaining sponsorships and participating in the various charity events throughout the year.

Their main event, “Live from South Florida it’s Saturday Night”, a celebration of the founder of Gilda’s Club, Gilda Radnor, features a variety of comedians and a silent auction.  Other events throughout the year include “Over the Edge”, which allows participants to rappel over the edge of the Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel along with “Casino Night” that is held at the Ferrari-Maserati dealership in Fort Lauderdale and has different gaming tables, slots, as well as cocktails and a silent auction.  To learn more about the organization, click here.

I am excited to be on the Board of Directors and to bring awareness of what our mission is and why it is so crucial to the overall health of cancer patients and their families,” stated Sean Pleus.

Sean Pleus began working for Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., in 2006, and became a partner in 2012. Sean handles Personal Injury claims resulting from auto accidents, slip and falls, premises liabilityproduct liability/defect cases, Personal Injury Protection issues, and wrongful prescription drug claims.  To learn more about Sean, click here.

 

 

New Driver? How to Guide Your Teen Towards Safe Driving and Independence

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In just a few months, your teen will become a driver.  It’s hard to believe that your child is growing up so quickly.  And while you may not be ready for all the changes that your teen faces at this age, your teen is up for the challenge.

The best way you can help your teen ease into driving  is by continuing to provide the same guidance you have been giving for the last several years.  Parents are the most important influence on teen driving.  By setting clear expectations and rules about driving, you can ensure that your new teen driver understands potential dangers and will make good decisions on the road.

October 18-24 is National Teen Driver Safety Week, and we want to arm you with important data and insights to help you effectively guide your teen to safety on the road.

  1. First, share the following important National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and www.teendriversource.org statistics about teen driving with your new driver.
  • Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for adolescents ages 15 to 19 in the S.
  • 2,614 teen (15-19 year old) drivers were involved in fatal crashes and 130,000 were injured in 2013.
  1. Second, review https://www.teendriversource.org and www.safercar.gov/parents/teendriving to find more resources to help you talk to your teen about safe, undistracted driving.  Statistical analysis from NHTSA 2013 vehicle accidents shows that most teen driving accidents are related to 5 risky behaviors:
  • Alcohol Use.Nearly 20% of all teens (15-19 years old) involved in fatal vehicle accidents consumed alcohol.
  • Texting while Driving.  Although this number is likely underreported, at least 6% of fatal crashes were due to driver distraction from texting.  Estimates show that at least 26% of all crashes involve cell phone use.
  • Nearly 30% of teen drivers involved in fatal vehicle accidents were speeding. 
  • Driving with Distracting Passengers. Research shows that the risk of fatal vehicle accidents increases directly with the number of teen passengers in the car.
  • Failure to Wear Seat Belts. Seat belts are one of the easiest and most important ways to protect oneself in a vehicle.  Yet, according to data from www.teendriversource.org and NHTSA, “64 percent of all the young passengers (13- to 19-year-old) of teen (15- to 19-year-old) drivers who died in motor vehicle crashes weren’t restrained. When the teen driver was also unrestrained, the number of all passengers unrestrained increased to almost 90 percent.”

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Dept. of Transportation (US). Traffic Safety Facts 2013: Young Drivers. Washington (DC): NHTSA. Available at http://www.nhtsa.gov/.

  1. Third, introduce the NHTSA “5 to Drive” campaign to your teen.  This campaign highlights the five rules that teen drivers need to follow for safe driving.  The “5 to Drive” campaign encourages parents to talk with their teens and focus on safety topics each day during National Teen Driver Safety Seek.  The “5 to Drive” are based on preventing the aforementioned 5 most risky teen driving behaviors.

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“5 to Drive” Rules

  • No alcohol
  • No cell phone use or texting
  • No speeding
  • No additional teen passengers
  • No driving without a seat belt
  1. Talk with your teen and remind him or her that driving is a privilege, not a right. If your teen does not follow the “5 to Drive” each time he or she drives, then he or she is engaging in risky behavior that can put him or her and other drivers in danger.
  2. Establish a New Driver Contract with your teen. The new driver contract is set up with clear rules, restrictions and consequences.  Refer to the www.driveithome.org website for sample contracts and other ideas.
  3. Make sure you check the “5 to Drive” when you are ready to drive. As a parent, you have the opportunity to set the example for your teen.
  • Never drink and drive.
  • Never text and drive.
  • Follow the speed limit.
  • Don’t allow additional passengers to distract you.
  • Always wear your seat belt.

Do you have questions about new teen drivers and the law?  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can answer them.  Contact us at (954) 428-9333 or www.goldmandaszkal.com.

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.

Focus on Helping Children — What You Need to Know Kids and Cars; Miami Children’s Health Foundation

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We honor the work of two organizations dedicated to helping children.  The first is Kids and Cars, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing injuries and deaths of children in and around vehicles.  The second is the Miami Children’s Health Foundation, an organization focused on creating awareness and raising funds to support world-renowned pediatric facility, Miami Children’s Hospital.

Kids and Cars

Each year, over 800,000 individuals are injured and over 1,700 individuals are killed in non-traffic vehicle-related accidents.*  Non-traffic accidents typically occur in driveways or parking lots and victims are often children.  Kids and Cars promotes awareness among parents, caregivers and the general public to help reduce the risk of tragic, non-traffic accidents.  Below is a summary of select, lifesaving guidelines.**

Be Aware

  • Know where your kids are. Make children move away from your vehicle to a place where they are in full view before moving the car and know that another adult is properly supervising children before moving your vehicle.
  • Never leave children alone in or around cars; not even for a minute.
  • Keep vehicles locked at all times; even in the garage or driveway.
  • Make sure all child passengers have left the car after it is parked.
  • Walk around and behind a vehicle to be sure no children are around prior to moving it.
  • Consider installing cross view mirrors, audible collision detectors, rear view video camera and/or some type of back up detection device.
  • Measure the size of your blind zone (area) behind the vehicle(s) you drive. A 5-foot-1-inch driver in a pickup truck can have a rear blind zone of approximately 8 feet wide by 50 feet long.
  • Be aware that steep inclines and large SUV’s, vans and trucks add to the difficulty of seeing behind a vehicle.
  • Hold children’s hand when leaving the vehicle.
  • Keep toys and other sports equipment off the driveway.
  • Get in the habit of always opening the back door of your vehicle every time you reach your destination to check to make sure no child – or pet – has been left behind
  • Never leave your car keys or remote openers where children can access them.
  • Always make sure your car is locked so that children cannot access a car unsupervised.

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  • Teach children that “parked” vehicles might move. Let them know that they can see the vehicle; but the driver might not be able to see them.
  • Explain to your children that they should never play in, around or behind a vehicle and always set the emergency brake.
  • Teach your children about the dangers of a car, especially the car trunk.

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  • Homeowners should trim landscaping around the driveway to ensure they can see the sidewalk, street and pedestrians clearly when backing out of their driveway. Pedestrians also need to be able to see a vehicle pulling out of the driveway.

Miami Children’s Health Foundation

Children are also the focus at Miami Children’s Health Foundation.  In October, the philanthropic healthcare organization raised over six million dollars at the 2014 Hope Diamond Ball.  Honoring famed local artist, Romero Britto, over 900 celebrities, community leaders, physicians, patients, and families came together to raise money.

Our own Goldman & Daszkal attorney, Jessica London, attended the event and helped raise funds for this important cause.  “My husband and I were honored to be part of such a wonderful event, dedicated to helping children,” noted London.  London, like several other Goldman & Daszkal attorneys, strongly believes in giving back to the community and supporting non-profit organizations.  Along with several other non-profits she supports, London looks forward to her third year supporting Miami Children’s Health Foundation.  For more information, visit https://www.mchf.org.

*Not-in-Traffic Surveillance (NiTS) 2007 report

**Many more tips and guidelines available at www.kidsandcars.org.

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 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.

Will You Click It? Saving Lives…Including Yours

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“Click It or Ticket” —  Cracking Down to Save Lives
National Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization
May 19 – June 1, 2014

Click It or Tick It.

Click It or Tick It.

On Monday, May 19, the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) will kick off a nationwide mobilization to enforce the use of seat belts.  Known as “Click It or Ticket,” this annual campaign will involve state and local law enforcement across the country.  The stepped up enforcement will focus on motorists everywhere — in cities, suburbs, and rural areas, and will continue at all times – day and night.

Seat belts save lives. 

According to the NHTSA, the use of seat belts in 2012 saved the lives of over 12,000 vehicle drivers and riders.

In fact, research from the NHTSA shows that wearing a seat belt is the single most important action people can take to protect themselves in an automobile crash.  When seat belts are properly used, they reduce the risk of fatal injuries in car accidents by 45% and by 60% in accidents involving SUVs, minivans, and trucks.

But there are still too many traffic fatalities that can be avoided simply by buckling up.  Studies from 2012 show that 20% of Americans fail to wear a seat belt while driving or riding in a motor vehicle.   In 2009, the NHTSA estimated that nearly 22,000 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes because they were not wearing their seat belt.

“As Personal Injury Attorneys representing individuals in motor vehicle accidents throughout South Florida, we have seen the effectiveness of seatbelts firsthand,” notes Goldman & Daszkal Attorney, Jessica London.  “Together with our local and state police, we encourage our clients, friends, and family members to always buckle up before driving or riding in a motor vehicle – even if driving only a short distance.  Not only is it the law; it can be the difference between life and death.”

Seat belts save lives. 

Seat belts save over 12,000 lives each year — and one of them could be yours.

On behalf of Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., we remind you to please “Click It or Ticket” this May, June, and always.

 

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 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 888-504-HURT (4878).

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South Florida Personal Injury Attorneys Help Children in Need During Coldest Winter Recorded

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With the heat rising in South Florida, you may find yourself longing for cooler weather. The winter of 2009-2010, however, was one of the coldest winters ever recorded in the state of Florida, and many were left unprepared.
As part of our continued efforts to serve our community, during last year’s extremely cold winter, Ken Cutler found out from one of the teachers at the Deerfield Beach Middle School that some of the children could not afford warm clothing and were showing up to school with blankets from their beds wrapped around their shoulders. Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. immediately went out and purchased boxes of sweatshirts for the school. Ken Cutler and Jeff Kirby are shown here delivering them to the school.
We are proud of our community and proud to give back to those in need!

South Florida Personal Injury Attorney Ken Cutler Honored on Permanent Historical Marker by City of Parkland’s Historical Society

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On Saturday, March 31, 2012 the City of Parkland’s Historical Society honored the City and the Parkland Library with a permanent historical marker. The marker describes the history of the Library from its days in a concession stand to a double wide trailer to what is now a beautiful state-of-the-art building in the center of the City. Partner Ken Cutler, of the Deerfield Beach personal injury law firm of Goldman & Daszkal, served as the President of the Friends of the Parkland Library for many years and was on the Library Building Committee that ultimately made the new Library a reality. He is featured on the historic marker which is permanently installed outside of the Library.
We are proud to serve our community both in and out of the courtroom!
Congratulations, Ken!