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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.

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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?

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

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.

Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving

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As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, we take a moment to reflect on our lives, feel appreciation for what we have, and reach out to those who have less.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. is grateful to you, our clients, for your ongoing trust and feedback as we continue growing our legal expertise in South Florida.  We are dedicated to the well-being of our clients and we are privileged to be able to touch the lives of many South Floridians.

In addition to helping our clients, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.  encourages firm attorneys to engage in humanitarian causes and charitable organizations that give back to our South Florida community.  Over the last few months, we have been involved in several wonderful events that are making a difference in the lives of children and adults.


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.  To learn more click here.

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We are proud to announce that attorney Sean Pleus, became 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 program, Sean will be working with Children’s Harbor, a foster care group home.    To learn more click here.

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Additionally, earlier this year, 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.  Sean participated in the signature event – Casino Night held at Audi of Fort Lauderdale. To learn more click here.

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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.

On behalf of founding partners, Alex Daszkal and Glenn Goldman, our attorneys, and staff, we wish you a Thanksgiving filled with abundance, bright moments and gratitude.

 

Proud Supporter of Gilda’s Club Casino Night

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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.

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.

Last month Sean participated in the signature event – “Casino Night” held at Audi of Fort Lauderdale which included 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.

 

Give School Buses a BRAKE


Beginning on the 19th of August, the 2016 national enforcement campaign “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” will launch across the country.   Enforced through early September, this safety campaign is designed to target drunk driving – one of the deadliest yet preventable crimes.  Drunk driving is a serious safety problem in Florida and the rest of the U.S.

August through September is also the timeframe when most schools across the country resume class and school buses are out on the roads.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTSA) has stated that nearly 1/3 of school-age children killed in school transportation-related accidents (2003-2012) were hit by other vehicles on the road.  School bus safety stopping laws haves become an important measure to protect our children. Stopping laws dictate required vehicle stopping near any stopped school bus as well as penalties for any violation.

In a nutshell, all drivers should stop immediately when they see a school bus with lights flashing and/or a “stop” sign out and never pass a school bus that’s loading or unloading students.  Drivers must obey all local laws, signs, and speed limits, and follow these important safety guidelines:

  • Slow down, be alert, and drive with caution near schools, residential neighborhoods, and bus stops.
  • Be extra careful and stop near any school bus with red flashing lights or an extended “STOP” arm. Either of these signals mean students are either boarding or exiting a bus.
  • Drivers in both directions must stop near any school bus loading or unloading in a parking lot, on or near school property, on a highway or multilane road, on a two-lane road or a divided roadway with no median.  Always give the bus extra space and be prepared to stop suddenly.
  • School buses stop at railroad crossings; be aware and ready to stop.
  • If a school bus has another bus in front of it, be prepared to stop.
  • Watch for children on or near the road in the morning and after school.
  • When driving near school zones or crosswalks, do not pass other vehicles nor change lanes or make U-turns. Watch for and obey signals from school crossing guards.
  • Never text or use a cell phone while driving.

If you, a family member, or a friend has been involved in a school bus or other motor vehicle accident, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help.

For more information on school bus safety, visit www.FloridaSchoolBusSafety.gov.

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.

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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!

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.