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Miami and North Miami Beach Law Firm Serving Personal Injury Victims in Miami.

Miami: A 24-year old motorist behind the wheel of a Toyota truck was the perpetrator of a hit and run this past Sunday when he ran over a pedestrian on a Miami sidewalk. According to eyewitnesses, the driver of the Toyota split the scene after running the pedestrian over and was chased down by a man aboard a Onewheel XR, which resembles a motorized one-wheel skateboard. According to Miami police reports filed in according to eyewitness testimonies, the man who rode onto the sidewalk and ran into the pedestrian, was charged with serious bodily injury and possession of marijuana. The man who chased down the culprit of the hit and run, caught up to Toyota and used his board to smash the driver’s side window, while reaching inside the vehicle and cutting the engine. When the police arrived to the scene and searched the vehicle’s interior after apprehending the culprit of the hit and run crime, they found marijuana.  The hit and run driver was arrested and released on a $8,000 bond. According to official reports, the driver has a history of moving violations that dates back to 2012.

If you, a family member or loved-one has fallen victim to a hit & run incident, the Perazzo Law Firm urges you to contact their Miami or North Miami Beach offices ONLINE or CALL (786) LAWS-411 for a FREE initial consultation.

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Boating Mishap leads to Search and Rescue Operation off Miami Beach Coast.

By: Perazzo Law – Serving Boating Accident Victims in Miami

Friday Night: A search and rescue operation got underway when a man was able to swim to shore after the boat he was on began to sink. The Coast Guard, the Miami Fire Department, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, and Miami-Dade Police responded to the distress call quickly after it came in a little after 10 p.m. Apparently, the boat the men were sailing in sprung a leak, and three men had to abandon ship. One of the men was able to make it back to shore while the other two were set adrift along the ocean current. Fortunately, the Coast Guard was able to locate and rescue one of the two men in Biscayne Bay, while the other man was rescued by the Miami Fire Rescue Unit after spending an hour in the water. The latter experienced cardiac arrest but is reported to be in good condition despite his life-threatening ordeal at sea. Both men suffered no serious injuries and were taken to hospital for examination. The cause of the accident remains to be determined. According to official statistic reports, there were 2,629 boating accident related injuries in the USA in 2017, with 658 reported fatalities. Miami boating mishaps may usually involve inexperienced boat operators at the helm while under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. First and foremost, boaters or anyone on a boat, must know that lifejackets save lives. Sadly, 80% of boat related fatalities are the result of drowning; lifejackets prevent people from drowning. Sailing at night requires special added care. Inexperienced boaters have the misconception that spotlights work just like headlights at night. However, headlights are practically useless at sea cause boats may approach another vessel from any direction as boating is a three dimensional navigational activity. Furthermore, headlights create shadows that can disorient those at the helm, and boats can’t just hit the brakes either. It takes a lot more time to stop a boat or quickly swerve to dodge a boat that appears out of the blue over a breaking wave.   

Miami Law Firm serving Product Liability Victims and Representing Clients in Product Liability Cases in Florida

Manufacturers, distributors, and/or merchants are bound by law to produce goods that are safe for consumers to purchase and use. These products may range from car to bicycle tires; over the counter beauty creams to prescribed medications; baby toys and car seats. Miami consumers that suffer any sort of personal injury or property damage as a result of using a faulty product or consuming contaminated goods, are eligible to file for compensation claims through Product Liability. However, filing product liability claims can get rather complicated and many times lost if not handled by a personal injury law firm that has a proven track-record and lots of experience dealing with product liability claims in Miami. The attorneys at the Perazzo Law Firm’s North Miami Beach and Miami offices know how to gather all the correct burden of proof with which to win a product liability case for compensation.

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Miami and North Miami Beach Personal Injury Law Firm serving employees that have suffered personal injuries and the families of those that have fallen victim to wrongful death while on the job.   

Miami: Construction workers spend a lot of time in the presence of danger and face an array of hazards despite the many safety precautions taken to prevent personal injury at construction or industrial worksites. Miami accidents involving heavy machinery most often lead to personal injury and many times are the result of negligence by either the employer or the employee. Nonetheless, there are laws that insure compensation regardless of fault, mainly because the severity of the injuries that involve negligent use of heavy machinery may sometimes involve life-altering consequences or may even result in wrongful death. One such incident occurred this past Saturday when a worker at an industrial worksite in West Miami-Dade, fell into an asphalt machine and experienced an agonizing death. The authorities are investigating what caused the worker to fall into the machine which took his life. In another recent tragedy involving heavy machinery and asphalt, an elderly paving machine operator with 30 years-on-the-job experience was crushed after he fell off the machine while paving the parking lot of medical facility construction site in Miami-Dade. These are just a couple of the many tragedies and accident incidents that take place all the time at construction sites in and around Miami. There are reasons why warning signs are posted all about, as well as hard hat areas, barriers, etc.  Nevertheless, dangers such as risk of electrocution, falling from high altitudes, contact with endangered substances, and other long-term injury from being exposed to toxic elements for extended periods of time all lurk at construction sites.

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Personal Injury Lawyers Serving Accidents Victims on Miami Highways and Streets

rain-drops-on-car-glass-1555448-300x225 Behind the Wheel in the Rain: Even at slow speeds, a car crash may occur when driving along slippery or flooded Miami streets; basically because car brakes do not respond as effectively when wet and drivers may fail to detect bad road conditions such as potholes, obstacles, or curbs, all of which can cause motorists to lose control of their car and lead to personal injury. Furthermore, the increase in cell phone use while driving amid foggy windshields and rainy roads is leading to more and more car accidents.

Given our professional experience representing clients that crash their car or are crashed into on Miami highways and streets, we encourage motorists and passengers to contact a Personal Injury Lawyer immediately after the police file their report and any injuries that require immediate attention are attended to. Many times, regardless of whether or not there are evident signs of personal injury, there may be consequential injuries that may take time to reveal themselves. Some of these injuries may include Brain or Spinal Cord Injuries as a result of sudden impact to the head or whiplash.

The Perazzo Law Firm Serving Animal Attack Victims in Miami.

Miami: Rabid raccoons roam Miami-Dade striking fear among residents of the Kendall area. According to the Florida Department of Health, five rabid raccoons have been detected thus far. Miami-Dade County officials have implemented a two-month rabies alert and warn locals to avoid raccoons coming into contact with pets like dogs or cats as the rabies can spread to them if they are bitten or scratched. The authorities also recommend vaccinating all domestic animals against rabies and warn against approaching any wild animals they encounter. Pet owners should update rabies vaccinations and be cautious of where their pets roam, especially at night. The authorities also recommend taking measures as to not attract any wild animals. These measures include keeping garbage under wraps and making sure there is no food left outdoors that can attract wild animals. Children should also be instructed on safety measures to avoid contact with wild animals. Raccoons are nocturnal and omnivorous and can be found in forests, mountain ranges, coastal marshes, and urban areas. Anyone that has been either bitten or scratched by a raccoon, should seek immediate medical attention and report the incident to the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County. 

The Perazzo Law Firm serves victims who have suffered personal injuries as a result of an animal attack. If you, a family member or loved one has suffered personal injury as a result of an animal attack, we urge you to contact us Online or call (786) LAWS-411 for a FREE initial consultation. 

Miami Law Firm Representing Personal Injury Claims from Accidents Involving Faulty and Counterfeit Airbags.

MIAMI: A well-know airbag company, has had to recall its airbags as a result of a manufacturing defect that leads to the airbag exploding and causing serious personal injury or even death. Furthermore, the NHTSA has expressed concern regarding counterfeit airbags installed by car mechanics or replaced by dealerships following an accident in which  the airbag activates. On several occasions, insurance providers may be held liable for personal injury claims from faulty airbags as they sometimes recommend a car repair shop for their replacement after an accident causes the airbag to activate. Motorists are encouraged to avoid purchasing airbags online from popular commercial sites.Airbags are designed to save the lives of motorists in the event of an accident.

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The Perazzo Law Firm Serving Miami Car Accident Victims and PIP Litigation.

Miami & Miami Beach Highway Accidents: Amid stormy weather, a truck accident on the northbound lanes of Interstate 95, which connects Miami Beach and Miami, added to the Labor Day weekend driving woes. A fatal crash backed-up traffic for several hours after a 47-year-old motorist behind the wheel of a Mitsubishi truck, spun out of control when it smashed into the inside highway wall. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the mid-morning crash ended in tragedy as the Miami Fire Rescue team pronounced the truck driver dead after he was flung from the cab and landed on the sidewalk below. Luckily, no other serious personal injuries were reported from the crash despite the truck spinning across the I-95 northbound lanes. Further south and about a half-hour later, a car accident blocked-off two lanes of the MacArthur Causeway east of Watson Island. Fortunately, no casualties were reported but the Miami Beach Police Department is advising motorists to avoid highways if possible, especially while bad weather persists. Monday wraps-up a Labor Day weekend that left a fatal mark on Miami roadways with at least seven dead and close to twenty-five injured. Trucks and large vehicles represent added dangers and require greater caution by car drivers and motorcyclists as large vehicles are much more difficult to maneuver amid heavy rains and on slippery roads. The most recent reports show that of the approximately 500,000 reported crashes involving large trucks in the US, some 4,000 were fatal, with close to 105,000 resulting in personal injury. It is worth noting that fatal accidents that involve trucks most often take-place in rural areas and on interstate highways. This being said, the Perazzo Law Firm suggests extra precaution when operating a motorized vehicle on Miami highways or Florida rural areas. Pedestrians and bicycle riders should also be extra alert when they detect the presence of a large moving vehicle in motion.

If you, a loved one, or family member has suffered Personal Injury from a Truck Accident or any other motor-vehicle, the Perazzo Law Firm urges you to contact our Miami-Dade or Miami office Online or Call (786) LAWS-411 for a FREE initial consultation to discuss your legal rights for compensation from personal injury, property damage, or losses because of an accident involving a motor vehicle.

Product recalls sweeping through Florida raise Product Liability concerns. 
 
Miami: Over the past couple of weeks, an array of goods ranging from pet products to prescription pills have been pulled from store shelves in an attempt to prevent potential health risks and possible Product Liability claims by consumers. The most recent products to be recalled concern pets and pet owners. These include an indoor lighting fixture for reptiles such as lizards or snakes and an assorted variety of cat foods, both of which may lead to personal injury, property damage or loss. A local pet shop has recalled 23,000 All Living Things light strips commonly used within reptilian confinement areas based on concerns that the item in question may be prone to overheating and may result in a fire, which may not only fry your lizard, but burn down your home. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warns that exotic pet owners housing lizards, snakes, or tarantulas, should be cautious and return the said lighting strips ASAP to prevent potential fire hazards which can lead to personal injury and property damage. The other pet product being recalled concerns felines and six varieties of Rad Cat Raw Diet food, which according to the manufacturer may contain listeria, bacteria that can do fatal damage to your pussycat if not treated immediately. Animals are not alone when it comes to the recalls of consumer goods sweeping through Miami. Human health products are also vanishing from store shelves, mainly in drugstore outlets such as: CVC, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, and others. Products ranging from Nasal Sprays to baby oral gels are being taken off store shelves by the Product Quest manufacturing company amid potential health risks to consumers who have purchased the products under the local house brands. The FDA reports that frequent use of the baby oral gel containing a pathogen, may represent a life-threatening infection among toddlers. Another drugstore item being recalled comes from King Bio, which has recalled seven of its water-based medications due to possible contamination during the water purification process. The company reports that microbial contaminants such as Burkholderia Multivorans, bacteria that can cause serious damage to consumers with weak immune systems, were detected.  Despite FDA warnings about the serious irreversible effects non-approved drugs may have on human health, companies to manufacture and distribute such products. With regards to pills that can kill, a local drugstore customer recently filed a complaint for  being given the wrong pills in the wrong bottles. According to reports from the pharma lab, a 100-count bottle contained 100 spironolactone pills instead of hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg tablets. The mistake could have been fatal for someone mistakenly taking one medication for the other. Like mixing red wine with white; it’s just something you do not do! Consumers need to cautious about what they buy, what they use, and most importantly, what they consume. 
 
If you, a family member, or loved-one has suffered a health matter, personal injury, property damage or loss from the consumption or use of goods that were not safe or proven to be so, the Perazzo Law Firm encourages you to contact us Online or Call (786) LAWS-411 for a FREE initial consultation to discuss a possible Product Liability claim. 

News courtesy of Perazzo Law – Serving Car Accident Victims in Miami-Dade and North Miami Beach

Tragedy strikes Miami-Dade highways leaving six dead and eleven injured in two separate incidents.

Miami-Dade: A drunk motorist led to the death of four people and serious personal injury to six others on the northbound lanes of the I-95 near 62nd Street in Miami-Dade County just after midnight. What started-off as a minor motorcycle incident involving another vehicle, turned into tragedy when a drunk 42-year motorist behind the wheel of a GMC van crashed into the rear bumper of a car that had pulled over to assist the injured motorcycle rider. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that there were several people on the highway shoulder assisting the motorcyclist when they were suddenly struck by the pulled-over vehicle the van operator had crashed into while driving drunk. The driver responsible for the deadly incidents was taken into custody and charged with manslaughter, serious bodily injury, property damage, and even resisting arrest.  Sadly, the overnight death toll on Miami-Dade highways didn’t end there as two more people lost their lives a few hours later in a rollover accident on the Florida Turnpike.  A Mercury SUV crashed into a guardrail after inexplicably losing control, causing the vehicle to flip over upon impact. Two of the passengers died when they were ejected from the SUV, while the driver, another passenger, and a baby, which had also been ejected from the SUV, survived.  They were immediately taken to a local hospital where they are listed in serious condition. The FHP is trying to determine the cause of the accident, which apparently has a slippery roadway as one of the determining factors. According to data provided by the Miami-Dade Police department, there were 28 reported car accidents in August, 10 of which involved serious personal injuries. Statistics released by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reveals some 388,032 car accidents in Florida in 2017, with Miami and Broward County ranking at the top. Miami accounted for 63,157 of reported incidents, with the highest percentage occurring on Friday nights.