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A Review of Personal Injury Lawsuits

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Injuries caused by negligence, inattention, and unsafe conditions cost the public millions in lost wages, medical expenses, and legal fees every year. If an injury results from someone else’s negligence, the injured party may file a personal injury lawsuit. Causes of these types of accidents can vary from failure to maintain a safe, an unobstructed storefront walkway to distracted driving. In any case of negligence in which the …

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Leading Causes of Boat Accidents in Florida

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Although Floridians enjoy boating throughout the year, safety remains a prevalent concern for this popular pastime. In an effort to decrease the amount of boat accidents that occur, the state of Florida, along with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, offers safety training and other programs to keep boating safe for everyone. However, many accidents still occur and it is important to know common causes and preventative measures. The …

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Two Tourists Dead after Wave Runner Crashes into Clearwater Tour Boat

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On Sunday, September 29th, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission investigators worked to determine what led to a wave runner accident that left two tourists dead. Around 6:10pm, a rented wave runner collided with a double-deck dolphin-watch boat near the Clearwater Memorial Causeway Bridge. The wave runner was operated by Ramana Gadiraju, 50, and his passenger, Shubhada Kulkarni, 49, both of Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania. The middle-aged couple was …

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Teen Fatality in Labor Day Boating Accident

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This past Labor Day, Katie Yule, a 15-year-old student of Keswick Christian School was fatally injured in a boating accident on Lake Seminole in Pinellas County. The accident occurred when Katie, along with a companion, Aubree Franz, 13, of St. Petersburg, were riding on a tube together being towed behind her father’s center console motorboat. As the boat was maneuvering, the tube collided with a personal watercraft (wave-runner) …

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Boating Accident Claims the Life of Former Pasco County Commission Candidate

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On Sunday, September 1st, a fatal boating accident claimed the life of Joshua Griffin, 29 of Land-O-Lakes. Griffin was riding on a boat piloted by his brother, Jeffrey-Jeremiah, 32, along with a friend, Denelle Walicke, 25, when it struck a channel marker shortly before midnight close to the shore of Port Richey. Griffin was ejected from the 22 ft. Boston Whaler at the time of impact, just yards …

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Florida Leads the Nation in Boating Accidents

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With weather that allows for boating year-round, it may come as no surprise that Florida continues to lead the nation in boating accidents. The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting conducted a study on this unfortunate ranking that the Sunshine State has held consistently for several years. The article focuses on a father’s tragic drowning while on a fishing trip with a friend and his son. The father, Kenneth …

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Water Sports Accidents and Statistics

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Encouraged by year-round sunshine and warm weather, water sports and activities are common for Florida residents and tourists. As temperatures climb in summer months, involvement in water recreation activities including boating, parasailing and kayaking increases as well. Unfortunately, water sports and boating activities also present relative dangers. Each year, carelessness and operator inexperience contribute to drowning deaths and serious anoxic brain injuries for those who survive drowning accidents. …

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