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Miami, Florida Defective Product lawyers know what’s at stake when you put your trust in someone else’s product. Just this week a young Connecticut husband vacationing in Broward County, Florida, watched helplessly from high above, as his wife plummeted 200 feet to her death after a defective harness broke during what should have been an exciting parasailing experience. The couple had signed up for the ride with Wave Blast Water Sports.

While still in the air, Stephen Miskell had to be reigned in before the parasailing captain could turn the boat around to tend to Stephen’s wife, who lay face down in the ocean. Kathleen Miskell, 28 years old, was declared dead shortly thereafter at Broward Health North.

The defective harness, made of Kevlar and nylon straps, is now being held as evidence by police and a grieving family will never be the same. The experienced Miami, Fl Product Liability attorneys at Hannon Legal Group encourage everyone to exercise caution in resort activities. Equipment should always be inspected for defects and worn straps and harnesses before each use.
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Miami, FL – Our Miami, Florida negligent security lawyers know how quickly a family can be devastated when violent crime strikes. That’s what happened just this week in Miami when a family, including five small children, lost a young mother due to a senseless, late night shooting. According to a Miami police detective, 25 year old Lakisha Lampley was shot and killed by an assailant in a neighboring car as she left a nightclub just east of Miami International Airport. Her cousin, also in the car, tried to stop the bleeding by holding her hand to Lampley’s chest as the young mother expired on the drive to the hospital.

Night clubs, especially those referred to as “after hours” clubs are notorious venues for violent crimes ranging from rape to murder. An all too familiar scenario begins with a verbal altercation in a night club and ends with a deadly shooting in the parking lot just outside. Often inadequate or negligent security is a significant contributing factor.

At this time, no arrests have been made, but a family is still reeling from the wrongful death, including five children between the ages of 9 months to ten years old.
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Boca Raton, Florida – Maureen Stevens and her three children received a $2.5 million settlement for their Palm Beach County, Florida wrongful death action against the United States government. As Miami, Fl. wrongful death lawyers, we appreciate the relief and closure this type of settlement can bring to a family. The law suit alleged inadequate security at a US Army biological lab allowed someone to steel the deadly anthrax used in the attack. Our Miami Fl. negligent security lawyers handle cases involving death and serious injury as a result of inadequate security throughout the atate of Florida and have recovered millions of dollars in Miami Florida crime victim’s compensation.

Maureen’s husband, Bob Stevens, was working for American Media Inc. in Boca Raton when he fell victim to a deadly anthrax attack. Seventeen other employees, including his co-worker Ernesto Blanco, also suffered from anthrax terrorism in the fall of 2011. Although the government denied liability, an FBI investigation named a government employee as the sole person responsible for the biological attacks.

If someone you know has been injured or killed anywhere in Florida as a result of negligent security, contact one of our Miami, Florida inadequate security lawyers at Hannon Legal Group today for a free consultation or call (866) 835-6872 to speak with an attorney.

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Miami – 19-year-old University of Miami student Ivanna Villanueva spent the summer partying at trendy South Beach night clubs Wall, LIV and Arkadia. However, last month the college freshman’s nightly escapades turned deadly when her car collided with another vehicle, killing the driver, 68-year-old McDonald’s manager and grandmother Eyder Ayala. Our Miami, Fl. car accident lawyers, know how to locate critical evidence to prove this type of case.

Receipts show that at 2 a.m. on the night of the crash Villanueva purchased two shots of Patron silver tequila at Arkadia night club. Court documents show that earlier in the evening she was at Sugarcane Raw Bar in Midtown. Prosecutors say she had also been to LIV, a swank night club located in the Fontainebleau known for attracting celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan.

Villanueva headed home at nearly 4:30 a.m. on Sunday Oct. 2. Her 2011 Audi Q5 sped down Le Jeune Road in Coral Gables at over 80 mph, 40 mph over the posted speed limit. At the same time, Eyder Ayala was returning home from working the night shift as a manager at McDonald’s in her Ford Focus.

Ayala was driving in the inside lane on Le Jeune Road when police say Villanueva crashed into her with such force that the trunk of Ayala’s Ford was crushed into the passenger compartment. The impact was so strong that the cars were propelled 400 feet past the point of the collision.

Ayala’s car was completely crushed so that witnesses could not open the windows or doors to attempt to rescue her. By the time emergency vehicles arrived, Ayala was dead due to excessive trauma to her forehead.

Villanueva’s blood alcohol level measured .231; over three times the legal limit. Police also found a fake driver’s license and what they suspect to be a bag of marijuana in her car.
Villanueva was arraigned on Oct. 25 and has been charged with DUI manslaughter and a third-degree felony count for carrying a fake ID. She faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. Villanueva pleaded not guilty and remains under house arrest with a tracking ankle bracelet. She is permitted to attend classes at UM where she is a Communications major.
Ayala’s family has hired Miami, Fl wrongful death lawyers to file a lawsuit.

Florida ranks third in the nation for DUI fatality rates for both adult and underage drivers. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the probability of a fatal accident rises significantly after the 0.05 blood alcohol level is reached. Furthermore, drivers under the age of 21 are more vulnerable to the impairing effects of alcohol than older drivers, increasing the chances that a collision with a teenager driver under the influence of alcohol will be fatal.
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Miami, Florida – premises security lawyers like those at Hannon Legal Group represent the victims of violent crime and their families when the criminal conduct was a result of inadequate security.

Early Wednesday morning, Secrets nightclub in Northeast Miami-Dade County was once again the scene of a shooting. This time one man is dead and another was injured.

According to reports, at approximately one o’clock in the morning, two men came out of an adult nightclub known as Secrets located on Biscayne Boulevard and 113th Street, when shots were fired at them.

It was thought that there was more than one shooter. The assailants fled.

One of the victims was pronounced dead at the scene. The other crime victim was shot in the foot and transported to a nearby hospital. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Incredibly, just a few weeks earlier, a young man and his girlfriend were shot in the parking lot of Secrets nightclub after a patron tried to run them over.

Nightclubs are frequently the scene of violent crimes along with gas stations, ATM machines and any business establishment or apartment complex that does not have adequate security.
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Palmetto Florida – Two people were shot to death and 22 others were wounded in a shooting incident early Saturday outside of a Tampa area nightclub known as Club Elite located at 704 10th St. W. Our Florida negligent security lawyers are experienced in representing victims and their families in cases involving nightclub shootings.

Twenty-five year old Trayon Goff of Palmetto was found dead outside the club’s front door. Another victim who was also killed by gunfire, 38 year old Gwenette Matthews of Bradenton, was found inside the club, according to the Palmetto Police Department. Of those wounded, the six with the most serious injuries were taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. 16 others were treated at Manatee Memorial Hospital.

One of the victims who was taken to Bayfront was listed as being in critical condition in the intensive care unit as of Saturday afternoon. According to Margaret Ballou, administrator on duty at Bayfront, two other victims were listed in good condition, and three others had been discharged.

Lt. Scott Tyler of the Palmetto Police Department said “We are pretty sure the shooting took place outside of the club,” said . “We believe there were at least two shooters and we are aggressively working on some leads.”

Police preserved such evidence as the shell casings, witness statements, and blood trails, and also obtained a surveillance video from the club.

Club Elite was the scene of another shooting in December that left one man dead.

Anyone with information about the crime can call the Palmetto Police Department at (941) 723-4587 or Manatee County Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-8477.
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Parents rely on cribs as a safe haven – a secure place to leave babies unsupervised while they tend to other responsibilities. According to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, cribs are not nearly as safe as we think.

Cribs, playpens and bassinets are responsible for injuries to 26 babies each day (9,500 every year) in the United States. Those figures do not take into account the approximately 100 crib-related infant deaths (“crib death“) that occur each each year.

The author of this study, Gary Smith is also the director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He says that “cribs are unique among other children’s products. Parents expect to be able to place a child in a crib and know when they walk away that child will be safe. We need to hold cribs to much higher safety standards as opposed to baby equipment you are supposed to only use with parental supervision.”

The study focused on the number of injuries in children under the age of 2 who were treated in hospital emergency rooms for crib-related injuries between 1990 and 2008. It’s authors relied on data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. Many more children are treated in doctor’s offices or urgent-care centers and those cases are not even included in the study.
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BROWARD COUNTY – A tractor trailer crashed into two parked cars along U.S. 27 killing two and causing serious injuries to four others early this morning according to Florida Highway Patrol.

The two cars, a 1998 Acura Integra and a 1994 Honda Civic, were apparently stopped side by side when the truck hit them and crushed the rears of both cars according to investigators.

The accident happened about 12:30 a.m. and closed the roadway to northbound traffic for more than 6 hours.

Witnesses are being interviewed and a detailed investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the deadly crash.

FHP Sgt. Mark Wysocky said they are “investigating to see if there was some sort of racing going on.” Police have not yet released the identity of the two people who were killed in the truck accident.

Anthony Perez, 19, of Miami was air-lifted to North Broward Medical Center in critical condition. Raymon Garcia, 18, of Virginia Gardens was taken to Broward General Medical Center in serious condition. Angel Lazo, 18 and Matthew A. Forman, 19, both of Miami Springs were transported to Broward General Medical Center in serious condition.

All of the occupants in both cars were wearing seatbelts, according to investigators.

The tractor trailer driver, Placid Ferdinand, 42, was not injured and his passenger, 47 year old Sandy Kay Ferdinand was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
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Miami Beach – Tour bus accident leaves woman dead. A female pedestrian was hit by a private tour bus as she crossed the street this morning at the intersection of Collins Avenue and 10th street in South Beach. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the bus accident.

Collins Avenue was blocked to traffic from Ninth to 11th Street while police investigated the crash.

It appeared that the woman had been carrying a green grocery shopping bag and wearing a straw hat. Both were found at the scene. Police said the woman appeared to be in her sixties.
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Miami – A shooting in the parking lot of a Miami apartment complex left three people wounded and a teenage girl dead Sunday evening. Police originally referred to this tragic incident as a “drive-by shooting,” however, sources close to the investigation revealed that the assailants exited their car and began shooting. The fifteen year old girl is believed to have been an innocent by-stander.

Miami-Dade Police Department’s homicide investigators were initially told that four men riding in a gray Nissan Maxima or Altima fired the fatal shots.

Police said The shooting occurred just after 6:45 p.m. when Nissan arrived at the Annie Coleman apartment complex located at 2135 NW 52nd Street. According to detectives, the car pulled into the courtyard and several shots were fired from what is believed to be an AK -47 assault rifle, leaving a young girl dead and three others wounded.

The identity of the girl who died at the scene is not yet known. The others who were wounded in the shooting were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

Witnesses said the girl was shot in the head while playing outside with friends.

The shootings come about a year after an incident a short distance away on Jan. 24, 2009, in which a gunman armed with an AK-47 assault rifle shot into a crowd killing two and wounding seven others.

“It’s a process. It’s a cycle — a vicious cycle,” said neighborhood activist Renita Holmes. “There’s no respect for life.”

Neighbors, who spoke on condition on anonymity for fear of their lives, said the shooting was gang-related. A police spokesperson said that it was too early to tell whether that was the case.

Det. Rebeca Perez urged anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

Speaking of the teenage victim, Perez lamented, “What could she have possibly done to deserve this?”
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