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Cruise ships are a popular method of vacationing. From 2005 to 2010, about 100 million passengers took cruises according to the Cruise Lines International Association. Annually almost 12 million passengers embarked on cruises worldwide. In South Florida alone, there are more than 8 million visitors to Florida’s seaports (Port of Palm Beach, Port Everglades, Port of Miami).

Each year thousands of passengers are injured on cruise ships. Many believe cruise ship injuries and cruise ship deaths were underreported, and until recently, cruise lines were not required to report incidents in a timely, meaningful way. In 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act, which requires cruise lines to report all deaths, missing persons, theft, sexual harassment and assaults.

While the cruise line and cruise ship industry have a duty of care to guard against accidents and injury, some of the common injuries can include: slip and fall accidents, falling overboard, pool or recreational area accidents and drowning (scuba diving and snorkeling), medical staff negligence, food poisoning, Norwalk virus (norovirus), legionnaires disease, assault or battery by crew or passengers due to negligent security, sexual assault by passengers or crew, wrongful death due to cruise negligence, injuries arising from a cruise line-approved excursion and employee injuries (boiler room and engine room explosions).

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MIAMI, FL – Collapsed Structures – Last night the back deck at Shuckers Bar & Grill collapsed into Biscayne Bay injuring dozens of people. Although the Miami Heat had a successful night, these restaurant goers certainly did not. This is not the first time a deck has collapsed in the Bayside area.

Miami is known for its beautiful vistas and exceptional water views. Tourists and locals flock to restaurants like Shuckers Bar & Grill and expect a safe environment while enjoying the Miami scenery as they dine. Decks like those at Shuckers Bar & Grill do not ordinarily collapse in the absence of faulty construction or negligent maintenance. Our Miami Premises Liability lawyers know that a restaurant deck can be unreasonably dangerous as a result of negligence, including faulty construction or the failure to comply with building permits and occupancy limitations. The collapse of this deck at Shuckers Bar & Grill, which transformed an evening of fun into one of fear and loss, likely could and should have been prevented.

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MIAMI, FL — Collapsed Structures Miami Premises Liability lawyers know how much devastation is wrought when a large structure collapses. At least 23 people were killed and eleven injured when an apartment building collapsed in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday. Closer to home, four Miami families continue to grieve the loss of loved ones after a Miami Dade College parking garage collapsed in the Doral area of Miami, FL last October.

Samuel Perez, 53, died shortly after being pulled from the rubble, his legs amputated in a last-ditch attempt to save him. His name joins the list alongside the names of Carlos Hurtado Demendoza, 48, Robert Budhoo, 53, and Jose Calderon, 60, who also lost their lives in the collapse.

The College’s parking garage was under construction, and Bill Byrne, the president of Ajax Building Corporation, still has no answers for what caused the Miami wrongful deaths. The $22.5 million dollar, five story garage is just the scene of the latest such catastrophe in our area.

After the collapse, victims were found under the rubble and at least one man was removed from the inside of a crushed truck, as students ran wildly from the wreckage. Miami Dade College reopened for classes, this month, but the grieving and rebuilding process continues.

In Cairo, the collapsed building had been erected without a permit, but here in Florida, even properly permitted buildings can be unreasonably dangerous due to any number of defects or oversights. A Miami, FL Premises Liability lawyer will know how to help victims or their families learn the truth about what caused a collapsed structure.
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In 1999, the Florida Legislature passed Jeremy’s Law, a law that would impose an obligation on daycare providers to be truthful. Since then, numerous children have died at the hands of negligent day-care operators, and not until August 1, 2012, was a daycare operator charged with having violated the law. The law has sat idly on the books as daycare providers continue their dangerous and deceitful practices. The Miami Florida injury lawyers at our firm know the importance of keeping children safe. If your child has been injured or you have lost a child due to the negligence of a daycare provider, you may be able to receive substantial compensation and help prevent another tragedy in the future.

The Florida Legislature passed Jeremy’s Law after the death of infant Jeremy Fiedelholtz. His father, Mark Fiedelholtz, an attorney, became a public figure, speaking out against daycare providers who engaged in deceitful practices, after his son died just two hours after being dropped off for his first day at a provider’s home. His son was placed sleeping on his belly in a mesh portable crib and suffocated. Fiedelholtz spoke before Congress and the Florida legislature and was eventually able to get laws passed in New York and Florida that make it a crime for childcare operators to lie to parents or authorities. Since the legislature enacted the law, at least five children have died at the hands of negligent daycare providers, most recently on August 1, 2012.
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MIAMI, FL — Miami Wrongful Death and Premises Liability lawyers know how quickly a family’s life can be changed when tragedy strikes. Three area families are grieving the loss of loved ones, and the number could grow, as a result of the collapse at the Miami Dade College parking garage in Doral, FL.

Samuel Perez, 53, died shortly after being pulled from the rubble, his legs amputated in a last-ditch attempt to save him. His name joins the list along with Carlos Hurtado Demendoza, 48, and Jose Calderon, 60, who also lost their lives in the collapse. Miami construction site accident lawyers will likely retain structural engineering experts to determine the cause of the collapsed parking garage at some point in the near future.

The College’s parking garage was under construction, and Bill Byrne, the president of Ajax Building Corporation, still has no answers for what caused the catastrophe. The $22.5 million dollar, five story garage is now the scene of tragedy, as the many who were injured in the collapsed structure continue to receive treatment.

At least one more worker remains missing, as rescue crews continue to scour the site. Victims were found under the rubble and at least one man was removed from the inside of a crushed truck.

Students ran wildly from the wreckage as the building fell, and the sad aftermath continues.

If your family has lost a loved one, or if you or someone you know has been injured due to dangerous premises, you may be entitled to compensation. Call a Hannon Legal Group today for a free, no obligation consultation or call (866) 835-6872 to speak to one of our Miami, FL. wrongful death lawyers
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MIAMI, FLORIDA – Rescue teams continue to search for Pierre Mezador, a 58-year-old Titan America employee, who is presumed dead after falling into a giant silo full of dry powder cement at the plant’s Medley location last week. Miami, Florida premises liability lawyers represent the families of victims like Mezador when they are injured or killed as a result of negligent maintenance of a roof or structure. A Miami, Florida wrongful death lawyer would immediately see the potential for a very strong wrongful Death lawsuit. Collapsed structures and roofs are almost always the result of negligent maintenance.

Mezador was employed by Titan America at its Medley plant for 19 years prior to the accident. Friday, August 17, was undoubtedly the most memorable day of those 19 years for Mezador’s family. Early Friday morning, Mezador fell over 140 feet into the silo he was working on when the metal roof collapsed. Rescue efforts were stalled for nearly 6 hours due to the dangerous condition of the site. After vigorously trying to look for Mezador Friday afternoon, rescue workers were unable to detect any sign of life from beneath the rubble.

On Sunday, a large crane was brought on site in order to expedite the process of removing debris from inside the silo and hopefully recover Mezador’s remains in a timely manner.
Titan America company leaders stated that they “deeply regret the incident and emphasize that employee safety is their primary concern.”

Titan has a policy in place under its emergency procedure manual which requires that emergency rescue teams and equipment be ready for action before an employee enters a silo. The company plans to conduct an extensive investigation into the incident. The Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will also conduct an investigation.

Accidents similar to what happened at Titan’s Medley plant Friday are very rare according to construction experts and are all preventable according to Titan’s emergency procedure manual. Unfortunately, many questions remain unanswered for not only Mezador’s family, but for an entire industry and the general public.
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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, 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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