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Florida’s warm, damp climate is ideal for many potentially dangerous animals, including indigenous and exotic species, which are frequently kept as pets or in zoos. The result of this is a sizable number of unforeseen dangerous or even fatal interactions between animals and the expanding human population.  The most common type of injuries includes blunt force and sharp laceration-type injuries, asphyxia, and drowning. However, the underlying cause of injury and death is often the result of human/animal interaction, human error, and the failure to appreciate the potential dangers associated with the behavior of non-domesticated species.  If you or a loved…
Quite a Cart! In residential suburbia, it has become commonplace to see golf carts cruising down the streets. Many homeowners have invested in the alternative mode of transportation to conserve gasoline, save money by using less of it and be able to leave the family car at home when driving short distances. In Florida, which should be noted has more golf courses than any state in America (1,200-plus at latest count), it has become increasingly commonplace. The trend, however, dates to the mid 2000s. “Decades after they rolled off the links and into airport terminals, theme parks, and university campuses,…
Pay up or Go Dark! A combination of the pandemic, this past winter and the upcoming summer have caused a serious spike in scams targeting customers of Florida Power & Light Company (FPL). The scams involve predators posing as representatives of the utility company calling households and threatening to turn off the lights unless the bill is paid immediately. “Anyone and everyone, from senior households to small-business owners, is at risk of being targeted,” said Monica Martinez, of Utilities United Against Scams, in a South Florida Sun Sentinel story titled “About your unpaid FPL bill: That caller might be a
It’s not possible, practical, or even necessarily a good idea to try to protect your child from all of the scrapes, cuts, bumps, and bruises growing up. These are just part of the growing process for active and curious children and can act as a relatively risk-free teacher of consequences. With some simple and practical steps, child injuries are more likely to be the kind that a band-aid will fix, rather than one of the many serious accidents that happen to children each year. Unintentional injuries, rather than diseases, are the biggest cause of death in children aged 1-14. Most…
Swimming pool accidents are unfortunately quite common, especially in Florida, and are devastating to parents, who often become lost in grief and guilt. These types of child accidents often leave the child dead or seriously physically and mentally impaired. If your child has been killed or seriously injured in a swimming pool accident, contact an experienced Florida personal injury lawyer at Searcy Denney. We understand the pain, guilt, and grief you’re experiencing and will treat you with compassion and respect and treat your insurance and/or legal claims with efficiency. Where do Swimming Pool Accidents Occur? Although swimming pool accidents…
Whether you are off on an epic cross-country family vacation or are simply taking a few days of relaxation at a relatively close destination, you want your time off to be as relaxing and stress-free as possible. Unfortunately, if you are injured while on vacation, you could be facing significant expenses, costs, transportation issues, and problems with medical treatment.  If you’ve been injured on vacation, let an experienced Florida personal injury lawyer at Searcy Denney help. We’ll handle your claims so that you can salvage what’s left of your time off. Tips for Dealing With Injuries on Vacation Fortunately, there…
Accidents where people are injured due to unsafe property conditions and slip and fall accidents happen every day. It’s very common for these accidents to occur while visiting the home of a friend, neighbor, or relative. If this happens to you, you’re likely thinking, “I really don’t want to sue my [friend, neighbor, or relative], but who is going to pay all these medical bills.” You don’t want to damage your relationship with the person, but what do you do if the injury has caused considerable damage in your life and is costing more than you can afford? If you’ve…
If you are a parent, your priority is keeping your child safe and injury-free. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. There are times when the negligence of a child injures innocent people, including one of your children. If your child was injured because of another child’s negligence, you are likely seeking to hold that child’s parents responsible.  If your child has been injured by another child’s negligence, let an experienced Florida personal injury lawyer at Searcy Denney help. We’ll examine your case and provide you with options and recommendations at your free consultation. Suing on Behalf of Your Child in…
Airborne Poison? It has been described as the deadliest weedkiller on the planet. It also has been described as the most prevalent weedkiller on the planet. And now it is being described as the hot topic of a series of lawsuits filed against two companies that Calvin Warriner of Searcy Denney and Mark DiCello, of DiCello Levitt Gutzler – two of three leading tort firms involved in the litigation – said “have long known they were peddling this poison” and “should be held accountable through the American justice system.” The companies, Chevron Phillips Chemical and Syngenta, manufacture and market paraquat,…
Let’s say a person has a fish taco at a local franchise of a large, nationwide restaurant chain. A few hours later, the individual reports severe nausea and cramping and goes to the hospital. The individual hadn’t eaten anything else that day, and the medical staff at the hospital believed that the taco might have caused their illness. Naturally, that sick individual wants to know if they have a viable personal injury case against the restaurant and restaurant chain. If you or a loved one has suffered from what you believe to be food poisoning after dining at a restaurant,…