June 2011 Archives

Miami family cries for help in finding hit and run driver

Miami television station WSVN-TV has reported an urgent plea by the family of a victim of a hit and run accident which occurred on Northwest 32 Avenue in Miami, FL. The accident occurred on Sunday night when the victim , who was riding his bicycle, was bit by a motor vehicle that failed to stop after the accident. The victim, 44 year old Francisco Caro, died at the scene.

Miami-Dade police report that the vehicle was a yellow or gold Oldsmobile with right side damage and request that anyone who has any information on this hit and run, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. These tips are completely anonymous.

Should investigators find the person responsible for this accident, they may face criminal charges and be responsible for civil damages to the family of the deceased victim. A thorough investigation of the facts and circumstances giving rise to the accident may need to be conducted to solidify negligence.

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Pop star arrested after car accident in Miami

The Miami Herald reports Mexican pop singer Paulina Rubio was recently arrested in Miami for disorderly conduct and obstruction of justice.

While driving in the Little Havana area of Miami, Rubio was involved in an auto accident. She was not at fault for this incident.The police arrived at the scene and requested the pop star exit her vehicle. She then refused and began cursing the officer and issuing threats. She was then arrested, placed in handcuffs and charged with refusing to obey a lawful command, obstruction of justice and disorderly conduct.

What should you do when the police arrive at the scene after an auto accident?

If ever involved in a car accident it is wise to call the police. When the law enforcement officer arrives at the scene of the accident, it is also wise to cooperate fully. Provide as much detail as possible to the investigating officer so that an accurate reflection of the events can be detailed in the police report. Remember that these officers are there to assist.

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Port of Miami tunnel drill is here

When driving to Miami Beach, one cannot help but notice the massive construction effort that is happening on and around the McArthur Causeway. This is the site of the construction of the tunnel connecting Miami to the Port of Miami . The purpose of this tunnel is to direct the current tractor trailor traffic away from the access streets of downtown Miami after exiting the highways.This construction is one of the major transportation projects currently y active in the South Florida area.

Recently, a $45 million drilling machine arrived in Miami. This machine is 4 stories tall and over 100 yards in length and will be used to drill the two way tunnels. Miami residents should expect lane closures along the McArthur Highway for the next several weeks.


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Caps in medical malpractice laws in Florida upheld

The Miami Herald has recently reported that the U.S. appeals court in Atlanta has upheld the Florida law that limits the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice cases. The law specifically limits pain and suffering damages in such cases to $500,000.

What are pain and suffering damages?

Pain and suffering damages are often referred to as non-economic damages. These are often hard to accurately calculate in number terms as they reflect the compensation for mental anguish, inconvenience and loss of ability to enjoy life. It is clear, however, how these damages can be significant in a case involving medical malpractice.

What does this mean in medical malpractice claims?

Medical malpractice claims are often difficult to pursue in Florida and other states. The law is very complicated and has several caps on damages which are dependent on whether an emergency situation, public hospital , catastrophic injury and other criteria. These caps are placed by law makers in an effort to cut malpractice insurance premiums and rates for the medical and pharmaceutical industries. These caps, however, also create arbitrary limits on compensation to victims which may often feel unfair and unjust.

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