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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.

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.

Community Events

Last month, attorney Sean Pleus attended 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.

In addition, last month Sean also participated in the event for Children’s Harbor alongside the Leadership Broward Class 35 project team.  The group hosted an arts & crafts day and day made cupcakes with the kids from Children’s Harbor, a foster care group home.

Goldman & Daszkal are proud supporters of Leadership Broward and Children’s Harbor and are glad to sponsor them and contribute to the local community.

The following are a few pictures from both of the events.

About Gilda’s Club

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.

About Leadership Broward

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.  The programs help emerging and recognized leaders expand their skills and enhance their knowledge of local and state issues, as well as leverage their individual passion to make positive changes in our community.  Click here to learn more.

About Children’s Harbor

Children’s Harbor is a 501(c)(3) child welfare organization, founded in 1996 by a group of volunteers under the leadership of William Mahoney of Mahoney & Associates.  In 1999 the organization partnered with the City of Pembroke Pines by entering into a generous 30-year lease for their 8-acre campus Located in the western area of the City.  Click here to learn more.

Attorney Sean Pleus Member of Leadership Broward Class XXXV

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3_LBWe are proud to announce that Sean Pleus, Esquire at Goldman and Daszkal, P.A. is a member of the current Leadership Broward Class XXXV.

Leadership Broward is focused on bringing together leaders within the community to expose them to the many issues that face our community as well as the numerous resources available.  As part of the 10 month long program, Sean will have the opportunity to work with one non-profit organization on a group project with 7 other members of Class 35.

Childrens HarborSean will be working with Children’s Harbor, a foster care group home.  Sean’s project team will be working to create awareness about the benefits of keeping siblings together, in a quality group care model.  This helps with stability in the children’s lives and allows for easier case management, visitation and encourages adoption of the sibling group.  Sean and the team will be working to try and help identify and distinguish the different categories of residential group foster care and helping to shed light on the many benefits that quality group care foster homes like Children’s Harbor provide.

spleusI am extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with such a great organization as well as my project team!” – Sean Pleus, Esquire at Goldman and Daszkal, P.A.  “Having had the opportunity to visit Children’s Harbor and see first hand how quality group foster  care can be so beneficial as well as seeing the dedication of the parents and employees there has been very inspiring.  I look forward to the year ahead of us and what we will be able to do to create awareness not only in Broward County but throughout the State of Florida.”  – 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. Click here to learn more about Sean.

About Leadership Broward

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.  The programs help emerging and recognized leaders expand their skills and enhance their knowledge of local and state issues, as well as leverage their individual passion to make positive changes in our community. In addition to providing program participants with opportunities to build strong personal and professional networks, the Leadership Broward Foundation is the single best forum for bringing the private, public and nonprofit sectors together to work collaboratively on issues vital to the future of our community. LBF programs also help foster stability and success within Broward County’s nonprofit community by motivating leaders to become involved as volunteers, board members and donors.  Click here to learn more.

About Children’s Harbor

Children’s Harbor is a 501(c)(3) child welfare organization, founded in 1996 by a group of volunteers under the leadership of William Mahoney of Mahoney & Associates.  In 1999 the organization partnered with the City of Pembroke Pines by entering into a generous 30-year lease for their 8-acre campus Located in the western area of the City.  Click here to learn more.

About 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) 773-8886.

South Florida Business Journal – Cover Story

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For the Daszkals, entrepreneurship is in the genes 

Alex Daszkal, founding partner, was recently featured in a Cover Story of the South Florida Business Journal.  Click here for the article or download the PDF here.

$4.3 Million Verdict Against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in Miami-Dade

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Ralph Ballard, a South Floridian, Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient fought in World War II, and he served in the Korea and Vietnam Wars. In 1942, while Mr. Ballard was in boot camp, he was given free cigarettes by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. After already solidifying his addiction from the free cigarettes at boot camp, he would go to the military store to buy them for 5 cents a pack.
Fast forward to 1977: Mr. Ballard’s doctor advised him that his cigarette smoking was damaging his lungs. He explained to the jury at his recent trial that it was difficult for him to stop smoking, even after his doctor spoke with him about the harmful effects of cigarette smoking.
Mr. Ballard’s cancerous bladder was removed in 1994. Since then he has had to urinate into a bag which is attached to his abdomen and he has not been able to function sexually. The jury awarded Mr. Ballard $7.8 million for his pain and suffering and settled on $750,000 to Mrs. Ballard for the loss of her husband’s comfort and attention (also known as “loss of consortium”). Mr. Ballard’s award was reduced to $4.3 million because the jury decided that he was 45% responsible for his bladder cancer.
An interesting legal aspect of this case is that Mr. Ballard and his attorney decided not to call an expert at trial. In exchange for not calling an expert, not only did they save a significant amount of time at trial, but Mr. Ballard also waived his right to pursue punitive damages. Punitive damages are damages which go above and beyond simple compensation for an injury. In theory, the purpose of punitive damages is to punish a defendant and to deter a defendant and others from committing similar acts in the future. Mr. Ballard’s attorney stated that the lack of a punitive damages count should lead to a speedy finalization of judgment since it is less likely that the case will go up on appeal in either the Florida or United States Supreme Court.

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U.S. District Judge William Pauley’s Opinion on Facebook & the Fourth Amendment

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United States District Judge William Pauley addressed the issue of whether a defendant in a criminal case has a reasonable expectation of privacy with regard to their Facebook posts. According to the United States Constitution, the Fourth Amendment provides that, “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
As interpreted by Judge Pauley, “generally, people have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the contents of their home computers, but this expectation is not absolute and may be extinguished when a computer user transmits information over the Internet or by email.”
Judge Pauley’s opinion is based off of a case involving a gang member who was arrested in 2011 for his involvement in a racketeering enterprise. The defendant gang member posted numerous references to his prior acts of violence, threatened acts of violence against rival gang members, and messages seeking to ensure gang loyalty. Judge Pauley stated that the defendant’s “legitimate expectation of privacy ended when he disseminated posts to his ‘friends’ because those ‘friends’ were free to use the information however they wanted–including sharing it with the government,” which one such friend did.
Judge Pauley noted that the issue of whether the “Fourth Amendment precludes the government from viewing a Facebook user’s profile absent a showing of probable cause, depends […] on the user’s privacy settings. Postings using more secure privacy settings reflect the user’s intent to preserve information as private and may be constitutionally protected.”