Our Florida life insurance lawyers have seen a dramatic increase in life insurance disputes over the past few years involving former spouses making claims after divorce where they are still the named beneficiary under the policy. In 2012, Florida’s life insurance law changed which confused the issues and created uncertainty as to whether the former spouse has a right to the policy benefits even if they are still the named beneficiary.

Florida’s Life Insurance Law Changes

Florida Statute section 732.703 deals with the Effect of divorce, dissolution, or invalidity of marriage on disposition of certain assets at death. The statute says that a designation made by or on behalf of the decedent providing for the payment or transfer at death of an interest in an asset to or for the benefit of the decedent’s former spouse is void as of the time the decedent’s marriage was judicially dissolved or declared invalid by court order prior to the decedent’s death, if the designation was made prior to the dissolution or court order. The decedent’s interest in the asset shall pass as if the decedent’s former spouse predeceased the decedent. Florida’s new divorce and life insurance law says that it applies to all designations made by or on behalf of decedents dying on or after July 1, 2012, regardless of when the designation was made.

We are already getting several inquiries from homeowners and renters about Hurricane Irma claims. Disputes often arise with homeowner insurance companies following hurricane damage claims. We handle these disputes on a contingency fee basis, where you don’t pay us anything if there is no recovery, and can sometimes get the insurance company to pay for some or all of your fees.

Common Homeowner Claims After A Hurricane

Some of the common questions and disputes we hear about include:

THIS STORY IS DEVELOPING AND WILL BE UPDATED AS MORE INFORMATION COMES IN

Hollywood, FL – Many media outlets have reported that at least 8 people died and several others were injured at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills as a result of heat exhaustion and other related issues after parts of the nursing home were left without power following Hurricane Irma. The residents continued to live in sweltering heat following Hurricane Irma without any working air conditioning, according to news reports.

If you had a family member staying at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, you can call us at 954-515-5000 or submit your question online for a free consultation. We are open after hours as well. We can investigate this incident and fight to get answers as to what happened, how it happened, and how it could have been prevented. Families deserve answers and justice.

Over the past year, our Florida product liability attorneys have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people calling us with potential product liability claims. Florida has strict liability laws for products that cause injuries to our resident. Our product injury lawyers can make claims on your behalf if you are injured as a result of a defective product. If you were injured by a product, call us at 800-337-7755 for a free consultation, or submit your question online.

Several different government agencies regulate products to help protect the public.

Consumer Products

According to their website, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Each year, many defective products are recalled by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.001-224x300

Drugs, Medical Devices and Food

The Food and Drug Administration, according to its website, has a Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) which is responsible for regulating firms who manufacture, repackage, relabel, and/or import medical devices sold in the United States. In addition, CDRH also regulates radiation-emitting electronic products (medical and non-medical) such as lasers, x-ray systems, ultrasound equipment, microwave ovens and color televisions. The FDA also regulates food products, and also pharmaceutical drugs.

Continue reading

As victims of Hurricane Irma start to pick up the pieces in Florida, they may face the complex world of insurance claims. Having handled more than 5,500 insurance claims on behalf of clients, family and friends, here are answers to some common issues and questions that arise after a hurricane. Insurance adjusters handle claims for a living and can easily trick you into taking a low settlement if you don’t know your rights.Hurricane-300x179

What Damage May Be Covered After Hurricane Irma?

The answers depend on what insurance you have and what property is damaged.

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – A total of 149 children reportedly got food poisoning after eating food from a South Florida caterer, according to a report from the Florida Department of Health. According to the report, 117 of 403 children in eight daycares in Miami‐Dade and 32 of 53 children in two daycares in Broward met the outbreak case definition, along with teachers who also got sick.

The meals were made at Healthy Children Catering in Hialeah. Under Florida’s personal injury law for food poisoning, the company who provided the food may be legally responsible to compensate all of the injured victims for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, out of pocket expenses and any money the parent or guardian may have incurred, including lost wages. Our Florida food poisoning injury attorneys have handle many personal injury claims in Florida on behalf of those who had food poisoning.

RECALL ALERT – Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone may cause severe burns and fire damage

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall of Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones. There is a hazard where the lithium-ion battery in the Galaxy Note7 smartphones can overheat and catch fire, posing serious fire and burn hazard to consumers. Samsung is offering to replace or refund consumers who have these phones. There are approximately 1.9 million impacted phones, according to the USCPSC. If you sustained any injury or property damage and live in Florida, call a Samsung injury attorney at the Law Offices of Jason Turchin at 800-337-7755 for a free consultation.

image
Description of the recall from the US Consumer Produce Safety Commission

RECALL ALERT – McDonald’s Step It Activity Wristbands Causing Burn Injury

According to the US Consumer Protection Safety Agency, McDonald’s recently issued a Recalls on its “Step-iT” Activity Wristbands Due to Risk of Skin Irritation or Burns. The formal Recall date is August 23, 2016, under Recall number 16-247. According to the Recall, the hazard is stated as follows: The recalled wristbands can cause skin irritation or burns to children. Questions? Call a Florida product injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Jason Turchin at 800-337-7755.

imageCompensation for Florida McDonald’s Step It Wristband Injury

We are now investigating stroke injury claims against the makers of Prilosec, Protonix, Prevacid, and Nexium! Call us at 800-337-7755 if you or a loved one had a stroke and was taking Prilosec, Protonix, Prevacid or Nexium.


imageCNN has now reported on a recent study investigating Prilosec, Protonix, Prevacid and Nexium, and found a significant increased risk of stroke in patients taking these medications. If you or a loved one took Prilosec, Protonix, Prevacid or Nexium and had a stroke, contact my office at 800-337-7755. We are investigating these claims for a possible civil lawsuit or civil claims against the manufacturers for damage. You could be entitled to money to help compensate for medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and much more.image

Increased risk of stroke found in recent study

Contact Information