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FLORIDA LAW FIRMS AND THE CORONAVIRUS EFFECT

gavel-1238036-300x201Law firms across Florida have had to adapt to COVID-19 as a result of closed courtrooms, travel limitations and working from remote locations in order to reduce the health risks brought on by the spread of the coronavirus.  With jury trials suspended until the end of April by Florida Chief Justice Charles Canady, and oral arguments until June, trial attorneys will need to rely on E-technologies to carry-out legal proceedings and other activities as recommended by Florida courts. According to Craig Waters, director of the state Supreme Court’s Public Information Office, “Members of the Bar are stepping up to the plate in implementing Chief Justice Charles Canady’s statewide orders about the public health emergency. This is a serious emergency, but Florida’s legal professionals understand its seriousness and are working together to make the system work as well as possible.” The efforts proposed are fundamental for the court system to keep operating effectively while aiming to limit the spread of COVID-19 among the population. The most effective to measure law firms can take to safeguard against being infected by the coronavirus, which can be deadly to the elderly and frail, is to work remotely and remain isolated at home. Meanwhile, online notaries will see more work and the Supreme Court has given notaries the green light when it comes to not having to be physically present, allowing for law firms proceed more swiftly with depositions. Encrypted technologies and communication provide attorneys with the tools to keep client information confidential despite having to work off a desktop or by phone from home. In Miami-Dade, Florida’s 11th Circuit court ordered that judicial deadlines and time limits set by orders, rules and statutes be suspended until the last week of April. Federal courts apply electronic filing systems for documentation and pleadings for the time being while the Florida Supreme Court will continue litigation, which will impact clients and attorneys alike in terms of active litigation cases that involve discovery, document production, depositions, etc. While many Florida law firms are still open, most will have eventually be serving clients from remote locations in order to safeguard the well-being of their staff and help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, which is fundamental for a prompt return to normality. 

In Miami, the Perazzo Law Firm is open and serving clients from remote locations, aiming to continue delivering the best possible service and achieve the highest possible levels of client satisfaction. Its entire staff is available and fully dedicated to its clients needs when requesting updates and information concerning their case. Furthermore, the Perazzo Law Firm recommends that Florida residents contact us ONLINE of CALL (786) LAWS-411 for a FREE initial consultation in the event of an accident taking place amid the coronavirus pandemic.

CLASS ACTION SUIT BLAMES CHINA FOR THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

gavel-1238036-300x201The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is being sued by a Florida law firm on the grounds of negligently spreading the deadly COVID-19, popularly known as the coronavirus. According to the class action suit filed on March 13th in the U.S. District Court in Southern Florida, the  People’s Republic of China is being accused of negligence by its public agencies for not being able to contain the spread of the virus, which has led to tens of thousand fatal cases worldwide and totally devastating the U.S. economy. Furthermore, the suit holds the People’s Republic of China guilty of testing the COVID-19 virus on animals within the National Biosafety Laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is believed to have escaped and spread into the nearby market place that sold live animals for human consumption. The Wuhan lab, a governmental bio-weapon lab,  is believed to be equally at fault for the spread of the virus as negligent controls were to blame, along with other suggested theories that hold Chinese researchers at fault for having sold laboratory test animals to merchants of the marketplace for commercial distribution among humans, instead of following the PRC law which calls for cremation of lab test animals. According to a senior litigation strategist, the firm has gathered information that reveals testing of the COVID-19, or a similar strain of the virus on bats, as well as other animals. At present, the class action suit filed under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, entails five plaintiffs from South Florida that have not been infected by the coronavirus but is set to include individuals that have contracted the potentially deadly disease.  The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act gives American citizens the right to bring legal action against foreign countries in the event of negligent acts or wrongdoing by the governing officials of that country. The firm alleges that the PRC and other parties, were negligent and acted out of self interest by not reporting the outbreak immediately. It also hints that the PRC was trying to protect their status as a world super power and failed to act accordingly to prevent a worldwide outbreak.  It is believed that the PRC government officials were aware of the potentially harmful magnitude of the virus and delayed notifying the World Health Organization (WHO) by 17 days. Included in the lawsuit is information about a public dinner in the city of Wuhan which had a turnout of some 40,000 families on January 18th. The suit claims that the local government knew about this dinner and allowed it to take place despite knowing the severity of the virus and how quickly it could spread. The Bocan Raton law firm is conducting further investigation into these claims but at present has no real evidence to support its case other than the very real effects of the coronavirus on modern life as we know it, with the global economy on tenterhooks and societies around the world in a state of  panic.

To date, 450,000 coronavirus cases have been reported around the world and some 20,000 deaths since the outbreak was first reported 60 days ago. On a good note, some 110,000 victims have recovered which represents a 24.86% recovery rate. 

VIVIR CON EL CORONAVIRUS

surgeon-2-1562062-639x487-1-300x229La propagación incontrolable del coronavirus ha enviado un mensaje claro a la población mundial, dejando en claro a todos que vivimos en una burbuja gigante y que un organismo microscópico tiene el poder no solo de matar, sino de alterar drásticamente la forma en que vivimos y Nos vemos como la fuerza dominante de la naturaleza. No solo estamos conectados las 24 horas a través de dispositivos electrónicos, sino que también estamos conectados por el aire que respiramos. A medida que el caos se abre paso en cada escalón de la sociedad y la raza en todo el mundo, ha obligado a las fuerzas políticas que controlan nuestras vidas a tomar medidas que perjudican lo que parece ser el tejido mismo de nuestra existencia, la economía. Con el coronavirus viene la cruda realidad de que los humanos, a pesar de considerarnos algo indestructibles, somos bastante frágiles y podemos eliminarlos fácilmente. Independientemente de la tendencia suicida inconsciente que empleamos a través de nuestro consumo diario y la contaminación de nuestros recursos naturales, la madre naturaleza ha sido relativamente amable. Pero ¿cuánto tiempo continuará esto y qué se puede hacer para cambiar nuestra naturaleza destructiva? ¿Cómo hacemos frente a la vida en medio de la amenaza del coronavirus? En primer lugar, debe señalarse que la prevención es la cura número uno para el coronavirus. La higiene y el aislamiento adecuados parecen ser las mejores alternativas en la actualidad. Pero ¿cómo podemos vivir sin interacción, sin entretenimiento, sin contacto con otros humanos? Afortunadamente, la tecnología nos ha permitido vivir virtualmente, con nuestras vidas e interacción viajando a través del tiempo y el espacio a la velocidad de la luz a través de Internet. Es esta tecnología la que nos permitirá continuar con nuestras actividades diarias, como el trabajo y la escuela. Pero ¿qué pasa con las instalaciones de producción y las fábricas que producen los bienes de los que los humanos dependemos para sobrevivir? ¿Quién va a sacrificar el ganado que nos entregamos? ¿Quién cosechará y empacará los productos que consumimos? ¿Qué pasará con las personas cuando los estantes de los supermercados estén vacíos y los hogares se queden sin lo esencial? Con suerte, nuestros líderes mundiales y científicos habrán encontrado una solución para evitar el retrato cataclísmico que les pinto aquí. ¿Pero y si no? ¿Qué tan preparados estamos como una raza para enfrentar consecuencias tan graves? La verdad es que millones perecerán como resultado de la propagación del coronavirus, en gran parte los ancianos y los físicamente débiles. Este escenario muy real, sin duda, plantea preocupaciones sobre el bienestar de las personas clasificadas como de alto riesgo. Es muy seguro decir que en medio de la propagación del coronavirus solo los fuertes sobrevivirán, y los débiles serán arrojados al olvido. Sin embargo, es importante permanecer positivo y evitar caer en un pozo sin fondo de histeria colectiva, ya que esto solo servirá para fortalecer la existencia del coronavirus. La gripe porcina, que acabó con más de 500,000 personas en todo el mundo, vino y se fue casi por sí sola. Esperemos que ocurra lo mismo con el sobrevalorado coronavirus.

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LIVING WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

surgeon-2-1562062-639x487-1-300x229The uncontrollable spread of the coronavirus has sent a clear message to the global population, making it clear to everyone that we live in a giant bubble and that a microscopic organism has the power not only to kill, but to dramatically alter the way we live and see ourselves as the dominant force of nature. We are not only connected round the clock by way of the electronic devices, but we are also connected by the very air we breathe. As mayhem  makes its way into every echelon of society and race around the world, it has forced the political forces that control our lives to take measures that hurt what seems to be the very fabric of our existence, the economy. With the coronavirus comes the harsh reality that we humans, despite considering ourselves somewhat indestructible, are quite fragile and can easily be wiped out.  Regardless of the unconscious suicidal tendency we employ through our daily consumption and contamination of our natural resources, mother nature has been relatively kind. But how long will this continue and what can be done to shift our destructive nature? How do we cope with life amid the threat of the coronavirus? First and foremost, it must be stated that prevention is the number one cure for the coronavirus. Proper hygiene and isolation seem to be the best alternatives at present. But how can we live without interaction, without entertainment, without contact with other humans? Fortunately, technology has made it possible for us to live virtually, with our lives and interaction traveling through time and space at light speed through the internet. It is this technology which will allow us to continue our daily activities such as work and school. But what about production facilities and factories that produce the goods we humans rely on for survival? Who is going to slaughter the livestock we indulge in? Who will harvest and pack the produce we consume? What will happen to people when the supermarket shelves are empty, and households run out of the essentials? Hopefully, our world leaders and scientists will have found a solution to prevent the cataclysmic portrait presented here. But what if not? How prepared are we as one race to face such dire consequences? The truth is that millions will perish as a result of the coronavirus spread, in large part the elderly and the physically weak. This very real scenario undoubtedly raises concerns as to the well-being of those individuals categorized as being at High Risk. It is very safe to say that amid the spread of the coronavirus only the strong will survive, and the weak will be cast into oblivion. It is important nonetheless to remain positive and avoid falling into bottomless pit of mass hysteria, as this will only serve to strengthen the existence of the coronavirus. The swine flu, which wiped out over 500,000 people around the globe, came and went almost on its own. Let’s hope the same thing happens with the coronavirus.

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