Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents occur for a variety of reasons一sometimes at the fault of the pedestrian, sometimes at the fault of the driver, and sometimes both一but are almost always preventable had the responsible party followed roadway regulations. Pedestrian accidents routinely result in serious injury for victims, such as broken bones, head trauma, and even paralysis and death in severe cases. A few of the most common reasons pedestrian accidents occur include:

  • Right and left turns: drivers turning left or right often forget to check for pedestrians before they proceed. Drivers often think because they have a green light they have the right of way to turn, but pedestrians may have the signal to walk at the same time.
  • Jaywalking: Jaywalking occurs when pedestrians illegally cross a street where there is not a marked crosswalk, which is a danger to themselves and drivers on roadways. Drivers do not expect to have pedestrians cross in the middle of the road, and in certain cases cannot stop in time to prevent an accident.
  • Distracted driving: Distracted driving is a major contributor to vehicular accidents of all kinds, and this trend is no different for pedestrian accidents. Drivers who are on their phones, eating or drinking, changing their music, or toggling with their navigation system are at a much higher risk of hitting a pedestrian.

Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A. are dedicated to fighting for victims of pedestrian accidents and ensuring they receive the full compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, there may be help for you. For more information or to have any questions answered, please contact any of our qualified West Palm Beach pedestrian accident attorneys at (561) 689-8180 today.

Response to the Z06 is Disappointing, as is the Car’s Performance Under the Heat

Despite the hype and anticipation for the release of the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, which was introduced to the public in the 2015 model year and quickly purchased by nearly 30,000 customers for an average of $100,000, a recent lawsuit is showing that the General Motors’ “world-class supercar” is far from.

The lawsuit could cost GM several millions of dollars. It alleges that the engine cannot handle more than a few laps at top speeds. It overheats quickly, especially in warm temperatures, and customers have found themselves disappointed in the damage done to their brand new vehicles after they overheated without warning. Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A.’s own Jason Weisser is one of the three lawyers who filed the suit in June, 2017.

“This defect is unacceptable for customers who own a Z06,” says Weisser, one of the thousands of Z06 owners.

More than the damage done to their cars, which GM has offered to temporarily fix—there is no way to permanently fix this problem, Weisser says, due to “bad design”—the sudden deceleration is dangerous even at highway speeds. This vehicle is a bad accident waiting to happen.

GM’s attempts to update the engine for the 2017 release failed. Again, warm temperatures strike down everything that is supposed to be powerful about the car. Speculation about designing the engine in 110 degrees to fix the problem has been shot down among claims that the “pro driver at 86 degrees” method has worked sufficiently in the past. Further, GM believes this accommodation would make the engine bigger, resulting in more drag and a less-appealing appearance.

Weisser doesn’t accept this as an appropriate response, as sports car enthusiasts are now watching Camaros, which engineers have managed to design without any similar flaws, surpass the Corvette in performance. Weisser wants the company to do one of two things: purchase the car back from its customers, or offer exchanges. Each Z06 has lost immense resale value, any Z06 that has overheated is damaged, and each and every one is a dangerous high-speed accident waiting to happen.

Companies who don’t deliver on promises can be frustrating, financially debilitating, and even deadly. If you’re dealing with a car defect that has damaged your vehicle or resulted in an accident, contact an attorney with Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A. You can reach our offices at (561) 689-8180.

Judge finds Miami cosmetic surgeon guilty of medical malpractice

A cosmetic surgeon in Miami, Florida is facing a fine and probation after an administrative law judge decided that he had been negligent with at least two of his patients in 2015, an article of reported on January 9.

In the decision issued by Judge Mary Creasy on January 6, six out of nine malpractice allegations filed against Doctor Osak Omulepu were proven true. Several female patients of Dr. Omulepu had filed complaints against him due to claims that they suffered serious injuries after undergoing “Brazilian Butt Lift” procedures in 2015. One of the patients reportedly spent 28 days in the hospital in a comatose condition, while other patients claimed that Omulepu caused injuries to their internal organs.

If you think that you have been injured by a negligent medical practitioner in West Palm Beach, an attorney of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A. may fight for you. We strongly believe that medical malpractice victims should fairly get the compensation they need for recovery. Call us today at (561) 689-8180 to find out how we may work on your behalf.

29K defective baby strollers with injury risks recalled in US

A company is recalling an estimated 29,400 baby strollers due to concerns they could cause personal injuries to adults and babies, a report of the CPSC stated on December 20.

According to reports, at least five models of “Qbit strollers” have a folding mechanism component that could cause pinch or laceration injuries to adults. The folding mechanism could also fail during use, which poses injury risks to babies. The importer, Aria Child Inc., and the CPSC have been informed of several incidents of failing Qbit strollers that resulted in various injuries to adults and babies. Some of the injuries were reportedly serious and required stitches. People who might have the faulty strollers were told not to use the product and to get in touch with Aria for a product replacement.

The West Palm Beach attorneys with Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A. work for families whose loved ones were injured as a result of using defective products. We may be able to offer you legal assistance to help you pursue damage claims against negligent parties. Call us today at (561) 689-8180 to begin taking your legal action.

Florida medical malpractice law questioned by Supreme Court

At least five Supreme Court justices in Florida recently questioned the legality of a medical malpractice law following concerns that the privacy rights of plaintiffs may be violated by the law, an article of WUSF News reported on December 9.

Reports said the justices are trying to determine the legality of the “ex parte communications” made by lawyers who defend doctors accused of negligence in their profession. Under such a law, defense attorneys may obtain plaintiff information from attending doctors regarding treatments they have undergone. This communication would not involve the plaintiff’s legal counsel. The information gathering process, critics claimed, could compromise the privacy of the plaintiff’s medical records because it is disclosed to defense attorneys.

The West Palm Beach attorneys of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A. advocate for families whose loved ones have been victims of negligent doctors. If you are in this situation, we may be able to help you file a medical malpractice claim to help you obtain the compensation you need for recovery. Call us today at (561) 689-8180 to learn more about your options.

Hundreds of women file medical malpractice lawsuit in Florida

Over 200 women filed a lawsuit against a cosmetic surgeon in Jacksonville, Florida after their breasts became disfigured from undergoing an augmentation procedure, an article of The Florida Times-Union reported on November 29.

According to reports, evidence is being gathered against Doctors Mark and Loren Clayman after hundreds of their patients claimed their breast implant procedures were botched. The Claymans revealed the implants used on the patients’ breasts were either defective or deflated. A photo presented by the legal counsel for the plaintiffs showed there was mold in the device used in at least one of the breast implants. The Claymans presented false claims to patients, telling them the complications they experienced were part of the normal procedure.

Serious health complications can occur when medical practitioners get negligent while handling patients. However, if you or a loved one suffered from medical negligence, working with a lawyer is important. We can help you recover your losses. Discuss your situation with a West Palm Beach attorney of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A. today by calling (561) 689-8180 to learn more about your options.

Florida music artist died in motorcycle accident

A local music artist from the city of New Port Richey in Florida was recently killed after the motorcycle he was driving struck a vehicle in Hudson, a report of News 10 stated on November 28.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Robert Leroy Cartwright, 33, was thrown off the motorcycle he was riding after it had a collision with a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) on November 27. The accident reportedly happened on U.S. Highway 19 at Beach Boulevard. Cartwright succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, authorities confirmed the following day. The driver of the SUV was identified as 56-year-old Francine Cherry. Cartwright was a well-known fiddler and a member of “The Bearded Brothers Band.”

The deepest thoughts of the wrongful death attorneys at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A. in West Palm Beach go to the family and friends of Cartwright, who mourn the untimely demise of their loved one.

$4.25M civil penalty to be settled by PetSmart over negligence in handling fishbowl recall

Phoenix-based company PetSmart Inc. has agreed to settle a civil penalty amounting to $4.25 million after the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) accused them of negligence in recalling their fishbowl brand, the website reported on November 14.

Reports revealed that PetSmart failed in immediately notifying the CPSC that two types of their fishbowls were defective and could cause personal injuries even in “normal use.” The company issued the recall several months after being notified of 12 persons suffering injuries in the 19 incidents of the fishbowls suddenly breaking. Some of the injuries were so serious they required surgery to be treated. An investigation later revealed that PetSmart was negligent in providing the accurate information on how many fishbowls they have distributed and when they have started distributing it nationwide. Part of the settlement, PetSmart is expected to coordinate with federal authorities to further promote product safety.

Consumers are at high risk of suffering serious injuries when companies are negligent in making sure that their products are safe to use. However, if your injury was caused by a defective product in West Palm Beach, the legal team at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A. may help you file a claim against the negligent parties. Call us today at (561) 689-8180 to find out how we may possibly help you recover your loss.

2 people rescued in Florida after boat accident

A report of 25WPBF on November 9 revealed authorities rescued two people after a boating accident took place near Jupiter Inlet.

Reports said authorities responded to the inlet after they were notified around 7:30 a.m. regarding a boat mishap. Couple Mark and Kathryn Dagostino described the incident, which occurred near their home. Reports later confirmed the two male occupants of the boat were transported to the hospital. Authorities as of reporting have not learned the extent of the injuries sustained by the two boaters. The boat, on the other hand, was pulled out from the water with the help of a truck. The Florida Wildlife Commission personnel are investigating the incident.

Unfortunately, many people suffer permanent disabilities after sustaining injuries in boat accidents. However, if you were the victim of a boating accident, a lawyer may be able to help you obtain remunerations if negligent parties are involved. Contact the legal team of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A. in Fort Walton Beach today by calling (561) 689-8180 to learn more about your options.

New Class Action Suit Over Product Allegedly Sold with Unlisted Fillers

Publix Super Markets Inc. has recently been accused of selling grated cheese with unlisted fillers and marketing the product at a premium. The face of the class action suit, Erin Rudder, claims Publix breached its implied warranty of their product and violated their duty of good faith and fair dealings to their customers.

Publix advertises that their grated cheese uses 100 percent real Parmesan or Romano cheeses; however, Rudder allegedly found cellulose, a common filler found in foods, in the cheese. Similar complaints against Publix regarding the grated cheese claims the supermarket has been using its fillers to reduce production costs and then using deceptive advertising to demand a price higher than market value for its product.

Unfortunately, many products released today are not as they are advertised. Manufacturers of these defective products must be held liable for the lies they have told and any injuries they caused. At Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., our attorneys strive to help punish these predatory companies so no one else will be hurt from their dangerous product. Contact us at (561) 689-8180 today to learn more about how we may assist you in your legal case today.

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