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Miami Personal Injury Law Blog

Former youth pastor tried for sexual abuse

A former youth pastor accused of sexual abusing teenage boys living in his home was put on trial earlier this month. The man, who was arrested in 2012, was reportedly tried for 27 counts of lewd and lascivious molestation and sexual battery of a minor. At least 10 men have come out and accused him of molestation while they in their pre-teen and teen years.

Sources say that the man’s defense argued that the victims were not abused but fabricating the allegations in order to obtain money in a civil suit, thought sources didn’t indicate whether any civil lawsuits have been filed against the man yet. 

Florida cracks down on distracted drivers

There are some behaviors in which drivers engage that may not be unlawful, but are certainly unsafe. For example, Florida drivers are not prevented from eating, changing the radio station or talking on a cellphone while driving, but these distracting activities can make a driver lose focus on the road. Drivers who are not paying attention can end up causing a devastating -- and preventable -- car accident.

Distracted driving played a role in more than 3,300 fatal car crashes in 2011. That is a huge number of people who have died as a result of an accident that did not have to happen. Sadly, people all across Florida will continue to be victims of wrongful death until motorists learn to avoid distraction behind the wheel. That is why increasing awareness of safe driving habits can be crucial, and why Florida drivers should know that April is Distracted Driving Awareness month.

Was man accused of killing Miami Heat dancer driving drunk?

Victims of a motorcycle accident can suffer the most devastating injuries of any person involved in a motor vehicle crash. Motorcyclists have little to protect them in a collision with another vehicle, which is why it is crucial that people drive safely around them and share the road responsibly. Unfortunately, there are too many negligent drivers who do not take this responsibility seriously. 

Readers may be familiar with a 2010 tragedy that took the life of a Miami Heat dancer. The 22-year-old woman was fatally injured when another vehicle crashed into her while she was riding a motorcycle. The driver of the vehicle that hit her is accused of being drunk and a jury is currently deliberating whether he will be convicted of DUI manslaughter. 

Court: Caps on wrongful death malpractice claims unconstitutional

Losing a loved one in an accident can be absolutely devastating and it can be extremely difficult for friends and family members to cope with -- or even understand -- the loss. In some cases, a death is caused by the very person tasked with protecting his or her well-being and safety: a doctor.

People go to a doctor with the expectation that they will feel better afterward, but due to surgical errors, hospital negligence or doctor mistakes, many people suffer the catastrophic consequences of substandard care. Unfortunately, medical malpractice is something that is far too prevalent in and around Miami and is cited in many wrongful death cases. When these mistakes have fatal repercussions, it can be left to a victim's family to take action against a negligent party.