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Monthly Archives: October 2020

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Florida Couple Killed in Tragic Private Plane Accident in Colorado

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to a report from Fox News, a newlywed Florida couple was killed in a tragic aviation accident in Colorado. Costas John Sivyllis and Lindsey Vogelaar were confirmed by authorities to be the victims of the heartbreaking private plane crash. The private plane had taken off from Telluride Airport approximately 15 minutes before the… Read More »

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How Much Compensation Can I Recover for Spinal Cord Damage in Florida?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

A spinal cord injury is damage to any part of the spinal cord or the nerves that immediately surround the spinal column. These are devastating injuries. Spinal cord damage can cause permanent loss of sensation and/or bodily function. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) reports that approximately 282,000 Americans are currently living… Read More »

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OSHA COVID-19 Guidelines Require Reporting Fatalities Only

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Recently released guidance from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), effectively requires employers to only report recordable COVID-19 illnesses which result in death. The guidance provides that a case of COVID-19 is only reportable if it leads to either hospitalization within 24 hours of the initial exposure to COVID-19 or death within thirty… Read More »

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Wage and Hour Watch: DOL Cites Florida Company for Violating Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On October 5th, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a news release confirming that  Garden Escapes LLC—a landscaping company based in Panama City, Florida—has agreed to pay back wages to an employee who was wrongly denied paid leave after self-quarantining for a COVID-19 diagnosis. In its press statement, the DOL notes that the… Read More »

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Can Experts Help Interpret Technical Laws?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Experts testify about areas that are highly complex, scientific, or technical in nature. The correct assumption made in the law is that neither normal people on the street (law witnesses) nor attorneys have the required background expertise to provide testimony in medical, technical, or scientific fields. That’s why we use experts. Experts are not… Read More »

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How Juries are Picked in Civil and Commercial Litigation Cases

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Picking a jury is one of the most important parts of any kind of business case. In cases where your business may be opposing an individual who feels that he or she was wronged, having a fair and impartial jury can be the difference between winning and losing. Jury Selection There are two parts… Read More »

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Remittitur and Additur

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

In a lawsuit that has a jury, the jury’s word is generally final. After all, if parties could ask courts to overturn, or second guess juries, there would be no point in having a jury system, and there would be no finality in court decisions. However, the legal system also recognizes that jurors are… Read More »

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Federal Appeals Court Reinstates $4 Million Arbitration Award in Miami Retaliation Case

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to a report from the Florida Phoenix, a federal appeals court recently ruled in favor of a Miami employee in an arbitration dispute—thereby upholding a $4 million award in a workplace retaliation claim. The employee had filed a wrongful termination claim on the grounds of retaliatory discharge. By a 2 to 1 margin,… Read More »

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Four Steps to Take Before Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Florida

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Were you involved in an accident because of the careless or reckless conduct of another party? If so, you have a right to bring a personal injury lawsuit to seek relief for the full extent of your damages. Compensation may be granted for medical bills, physical therapy, lost wages, pain and suffering, and long-term… Read More »

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How Common are School Bus Injuries?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

School buses offer reliable transportation for children throughout South Florida. According to data from the nonprofit organization Safe Routes Partnership, approximately half of elementary and middle school students regularly ride the bus. Parents should be able to rest easy knowing that their children will be safe on the bus. You may be wondering: How… Read More »

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