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More than 30,000 people die and many tens of thousands more are injured every year in the U.S. as a result of gunshot wounds, either self-inflicted or as a result of violence. Firearm manufacturers and dealers are largely shielded from liability by federal law. However, that does not mean they are totally immune. gun

Recently in Missouri, a pawn shop owner agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by a woman whose mentally ill daughter shot and killed her father before attempting suicide on herself. Days before the incident, plaintiff had gone to the pawn shop to beg them not to sell her adult daughter a gun. Just weeks earlier, her daughter had purchased a firearm legally from the shop, only to use it to attempt suicide. Plaintiff explained to the shop owner that her daughter is schizophrenic and may be a danger to herself and others. This request was reportedly ignored.

While immunity statutes enacted by the federal government and 34 states protect gun shops and dealers – but there are exceptions. In 2005, Congress enacted a federal law that gives broad immunity to gun dealers from most civil liability actions asserting injury or death as a result of firearms.  Continue reading

A diner at a restaurant in Texas seafood restaurant reportedly became seriously ill after consuming shellfish. Now, in a personal injury lawsuit filed against the restaurant corporation, he alleges that he ordered a dish of fried oysters and crawfish, making explicit instructions to the waiter to make sure there was no shrimp or shrimp residue on the plate. But allegedly, the waiter failed to relay that message to the kitchen staff. restaurant

The waiter returned to the table and assured the patron there was no shrimp in the food on his plate, according to the SE Texas Record. However, soon after the plaintiff began eating, the plaintiff began to suffer a severe allergic reaction. An ambulance had to be called and the man was whisked to a local emergency room. It was his wife who reportedly learned that their server that night had forgotten to report her husband’s shrimp allergy to the kitchen.

Now, that man has filed a personal injury lawsuit, seeking unspecified monetary damages, likely for medical expenses and lost wages (if he was forced to take time off work).  Continue reading

As you plan your Super Bowl party this weekend, think about the steps you need to take to prevent friends and family from driving drunk afterwards.

Not only is it the right thing to do, but playing it safe could keep you from being financially responsible for a guest’s drunk driving accident.mjvnfOe

Our auto accident attorney in West Palm understands what it takes to obtain compensation for victims who have been seriously injured or killed by a drunk driver.

Only 393 Florida drivers were ticketed for texting while driving in the three months after the state’s new distracted driving law went into effect last October.

The meager number raises the question of whether Florida’s texting ban is tough enough to achieve its stated goals of improving roadway safety for all drivers and reducing injuries and deaths from automobile accidents.mBuRB5q

Our Boca Raton accident attorneys  is experienced in fighting for just compensation for injuries caused by distracted drivers.

December may be one of the most joyous times of the year, but it can also be one of the most dangerous.  According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were close to 20,000 emergency room visits for injuries resulting from holiday decorating in the U.S. during November and December of 2012.  This is the fourth year in a row that we’ve seen a spike in the number of these incidents.

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Holiday mishaps, like falling from a ladder or stepping on a Christmas tree ornament, might be funny in the films, but they’re serious threats in real life.  Not only do we have these hazards to worry about, but we’re also facing risks for fires, from Christmas trees, candles and outdoor lighting, during this time of the year.

Our Broward personal injury attorneys understand that there are close to 300 injuries that happen each day during the holiday season.  Each home should have a safe holiday checklist to keep from any unexpected disasters, including safe ladder use, candle supervision and smart Christmas tree decorating.

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