Family Sues Apartment Complex For Inadequate Security

For many people injured in car accidents, slip and falls or on a cruise ship the thought of filing a law suit can be terrifying. And it is. Depositions are taken, medical records are scrutinized and peoples lives are often turned inside out. When personal injury cases cannot be resolved, they are brought before juries. Trials can take anywhere from a day to several months. They are expensive, stressful and often tedious. When an apartment complex or condo is sued in Florida for wrongful death case a jury of six people who do not know and often do not care about the parties render a verdict. Rarely is either side pleased with the results. Most of the time people think that is the end of their case based upon what they see on television and in movies. In reality, personal injury cases rarely end with a jury’s verdict; it is usually just the beginning. Most cases are appealed by one and sometimes both sides. An appeal in Florida of a personal injury case or medical malpractice claim often takes several years. Florida has five different appellate divisions. They are called the First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth District Courts of Appeal. Decisions of the district courts of appeal represent the final appeal for most litigated cases. However, if a person is unhappy with a district court’s decision, they can ask for the Florida Supreme Court or even the United States Supreme Court to accept their case. Neither tribunal is actually required to accept any case for further review. In fact most of the time they do not. Appellate courts...

7 Ways The UM Dormitory Assualt Could Have Been Avoided

As a Florida lawyer who sues universities for not having proper security and a former resident of the University of Miami’s Mahoney Residential College dormitory I was alarmed to read about the recent arrest of Jiahao Yuan, the Chinese exchange student was found “inappropriately touching” two sleeping co-eds. What disturbed me the most, as a Miami lawyer who represents victims of sexual assault was not the fact that it took the University of Miami Campus Police nearly six hours to apprehend Mr. Yuan; but that the girls were apparently sleeping with their dorm-room doors unlocked. I personally lived in Mahoney some twenty five years ago, and it does not seem as though security at the University of Miami has improved much from my days as an undergrad in the 1980’s. The Coral Gables campus, like many colleges and universities across the country, is virtually a city within a city. Some estimate that there is a rape on an American college campus every 21 hours. In 47% of college rape, the victim receives physical injury. Here are seven things our Miami campus injury attorneys recommend be implemented to increase dormitory security: 1. Dorm rooms should be equipped with the same self-locking key card doors that are found in both hotels and on cruise ships. 2. Doors should be equipped with a peephole. 3. Card keys should be re-calibrated every semester to avoid duplications. 4. Elevators should be equipped with a card key limiting access to certain floors. 5. Floors should be equipped with sensor lights are triggered by movement. 6. Digital recording surveillance cameras should be installed on each dorm...

HOW TO START YOUR OWN LAW FIRM

On April 6, 2011 Miami personal injury lawyer Spencer Aronfeld will be speaking at the University of Miami School of Law.. The topic will be: how to make your own law firm upon graduation from law school and lunch will be served. The event is open to the public as well as students from both undergraduate and law school. He will be reading portions of the book and signing copies from noon to 1:30 pm. Attorney Bruce Shemrock the book’s editor will also be in attendance. Aronfeld, a 1991 cum laude graduate wrote “Make It Your Own Law Firm” a how-to-guide for law students and graduates starting their own practices. Aronfeld has been teaching law students around the country for nearly twenty years regarding flying solo so that no lawyer will have ever take a job for the wrong reasons or find no job at all. Spencer Aronfeld started his own law firm in 1991 upon graduation from University of Miami and has a nationally recognized Florida plaintiff’s personal injury and medical negligence practice in Coral Gables,...
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