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Inadequate security at schools is a growing concern and has led to unnecessary injury and trauma for thousands of students. The Miami negligent security lawyers at Hannon Legal Group regularly represent families with children that have become victims of inadequate security at schools.

When parents send their children to school, they don’t expect that their children will become victims of crimes. But, unfortunately these incidents do occur, and they are often the result of the school’s failure to maintain adequate surveillance systems or the negligent actions of school security personnel. There are many cases in which children have been attacked during or after school while on school grounds. The attacks are often times the results of unauthorized individuals being allowed on the premises. In such situations, a parent may opt to seek compensation from the school.

Being injured at school due to an attack can be an extremely traumatic experience. The trauma does not simply stop with the physical injuries and can often result in mental health concerns for the victims. Parents can help to prevent these incidents from occurring by finding out about the emergency and security protocols that the school has in place in advance.

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In the United States, Medical malpractice has resulted in the deaths of more than 100,000 people every year. Therefore, the risk of injury should not be taken lightly. The medical malpractice attorneys at Hannon Legal Group have represented victims of medical malpractice in order to obtain compensation for their injuries. To avoid becoming yet another victim, there are some steps that patients can take to protect themselves.

Assess the Risk Before Surgery

Many surgical procedures that are performed are elective procedures, which means that the patient can decide whether he or she wants to undergo the procedure. Patients should treat every surgery as a serious matter and analyze whether or not the surgery will provide a significant benefit before saying yes. If it is likely that any possible benefits are significantly less than the risks, then it might be a good idea to avoid having the procedure done. Patients can work with their doctors to develop a cost-benefit analysis of the surgical procedure, as well as review the rates of medical errors, in order to determine if the procedure is worth the risk.

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James Hannon of the Miami law firm Hannon Legal Group recently appeared on ABC Local 10 News Sunday Morning to discuss recent cruise ship incidents and what cruise goers should be aware of while aboard.

 

 

If you or someone you know has been the victim of accident or violent crime on board a cruise ship, contact a Miami, Florida maritime negligence lawyer at Hannon Legal Group today.

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What should be an enjoyable dining experience at your favorite restaurant can become a sour evening if it ends with you or one of your guests slipping and falling and breaking a bone or worse. The slip-and-fall lawyers at Miami firm Hannon Legal Group can help you navigate the legal maze that you may be facing if you have been injured in such an incident.

Even a place you have been to many times before can have hidden hazards that may catch you by surprise.

Conditions change. Carpets become worn. Drinks and food are spilled on the floor. Light bulbs go out. Your chair may break.

Falls can be caused by a number of things, even those outside of the premises. A heavy rain can result in water being tracked inside by others making floors slippery, or someone can drop something in your path that you can’t see because it’s not well lit.

If you are injured in a slip-and-fall incident, you may be approached by a representative of the business or property owner’s insurance company seeking a statement giving your view of the mishap.

But you should not make any statement to anyone or sign anything without first consulting your own personal injury attorney. The adjuster for the restaurant’s insurance company may seem friendly, but he is not on your side.

That adjuster is there to defend the restaurant and may argue that you were not paying attention to where you were walking or that you were being reckless, fiddling with your cell phone or engaging in horseplay with friends at the time.
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When driving in Florida, knowing the safest routes is just one of the things you can do to avoid being involved in a car accident.

Whether commuting, picking up the kids or running errands around town, most drivers choose the most direct, least congested routes to their destinations. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the most direct routes might not be the safest, and some roads are downright dangerous.

Motor vehicle accidents don’t usually occur in the absence of driver negligence, however, poorly designed or maintained roads are examples of another kind of negligence that can make driving even more dangerous than it already is. Take, for example, Krome Avenue in South Florida. This 37-mile long roadway in western Miami-Dade County is notorious for fatal car accidents. With dubious nicknames like “Killer Krome” and “Deadly Krome,” the roadway is narrow with poor lighting, and motorists travel at high speeds. There are a disproportionate number of large tractor trailers hauling produce and plants from farms in Homestead on Krome at any given time. This year alone, more than 11 people have died in car crashes on Krome Avenue.

This roadway is so dangerous, in fact, that community organizers have arranged a memorial service this month alongside Krome Avenue for the more than 115 people who have died on the roadway. Community and civic leaders are pushing to widen the lanes of this road, bolster the lighting, and add guardrails and a concrete median to help make it safer.

Another dangerous road: the “Overseas Highway” (also known as the “Highway to the Sea”). This highway carrying U.S. 1 to the Florida Keys with majestic water views on both sides is as beautiful as it is dangerous. Accidents are common as motorists often speed and drive recklessly along the long 127.5-mile stretch.

That said, it’s always important for motorists to keep some important safety tips in mind:
– Be aware of road conditions. Rainy weather, construction, poor lighting, and inadequate road maintenance are all red flags motorists should note and either take extra care in driving or find other routes.
– Know your routes. Take the time to scout out the safest roads to your regular destinations, whether it’s your workplace, kids’ schools, or the home of a family members. Make sure the your favored roadways are not under construction and that the lighting is adequate for even the rainiest conditions.
– Take responsibility as a safe driver. Even the safest roads are only as safe as the drivers on them. This applies to dangerous roads, too. Be a defensive driver and maintain awareness of road conditions and other motorists and how they are driving. Protect yourself with defensive driving. Give other motorists, including truck drivers and motorcyclists, plenty of room and obey the speed limit and other traffic signs.
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Slip and fall accidents are quite common in the state of Florida and often result from businesses failing to adequately maintain their premises with regard to safety. Florida premises liability lawyers at Hannon Legal Group regularly represent clients who have been injured due to such acts of negligence in Miami and throughout the state.

Proving a case in favor of a slip and fall victim is often challenging, as there are a variety of complex liability issues involved. In addition, Florida Statute 768.0755 has increased the burden of proof for victims who must prove that the business or landowner had knowledge of the dangerous condition in advance of the fall.

Indeed, slip and fall cases are very difficult for victims to win in Florida. It is important to consult with a qualified slip and fall attorney as soon as possible after an accident occurs. The Miami, Florida slip & fall lawyers at Hannon Legal Group have a track record of being able to secure significant verdicts and settlements for our clients.

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Violent crime is a serious problem in Miami and around the state. The Miami negligent security lawyers at Hannon Legal Group regularly represent the victims of violent crime and help them to obtain compensation for injuries and in many cases for wrongful death.

Unfortunately, in another incident of violent crime, an elderly man is dead and a woman is in critical condition at Ryder Trauma Center after being stabbed at a Miami apartment complex on Wednesday morning.

Police have not released the identity of the victims. The stabbing occurred at the apartment building located at 1559 North River Drive.

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According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in 2009, Florida ranked 3rd in the nation for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) fatality rates in both adults and underage drinkers. The Sun-Sentinel reported that Floridians recorded more than 700 drunk driving deaths in 2012.

Some of the holidays and events that often lead to heaving drinking and increased risk of DUI’s are Super Bowl Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Whether a holiday, a wedding, a date night, or a business networking event, excessive drinking can lead to drunk driving and preventable car crashes.

In addition to choosing not to drink and drive, people who drink but also drive to their destination now have some new options beyond calling a taxi, which doesn’t get your car home, or AAA’s Tow-to- Go, which operates during certain holidays and times of the year.

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ORLANDO, Fla. — A new report suggests that pedestrians in Orlando, FL are most likely to be involved in an Orlando automobile/pedestrian accident. The report ranked Orlando as the most dangerous metropolitan area in the nation for pedestrians. Three other Florida cities ranked close behind.

The National Complete Streets Coalition’s report listed Tampa, Jacksonville and South Florida right behind Orlando with Memphis TN coming in at number five.

The safest cities for pedestrians according to the report are Boston, Pittsburgh, Seattle, New York and San Francisco.

The Florida Department of Transportation is believed to be working to improve pedestrian safety since so many Florida cities were ranked among the most dangerous.

The coalition is a program of Smart Growth America, a research and advocacy group
With no protection, pedestrians are significantly more vulnerable to catastrophic and even fatal injuries when they are hit by a car or truck. Lawsuits against the owners and operators of the offending vehicle may recover damages to help pay for expensive hospital bills and wage loss but often times there are others whose negligence contributed to the occurrence of the accident Continue reading →

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We were recently reminded of this needless tragedy when two twin toddlers drowned in their apartment complex swimming pool; the result of a broken latch on the pool gate.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day, about ten people die from accidental drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States. Florida’s Heath Department reports that the state loses more children under age five to accidental drowning than any other state. Sadly that means enough children to fill three to four preschool classrooms – they never live to see their fifth birthday.

Many accidents happen in backyard swimming pools, but drownings can also occur in apartment complex pools, condominium association pool, public pools, hotels, resorts, water parks, campgrounds, and summer camps. It is the responsibility of the property owner (pool, hot tub or spa owner) to take reasonable precautions to make sure that his or her swimming pool is safe for users, or anyone else on the property, including trespassers.