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  • After the Storm

    South Floridians know they live on borrowed time. One of the sacrifices we make for the warm sunshine, water accessibility, diverse cultures, abundance of nature, and friendly people is knowing a hurricane is always just around the corner. Some tropical Atlantic storms never gain hurricane strength or make landfall, but those that do have a penchant for the Sunshine State. In fact, eight of the ...
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  • Wells Fargo Fraud Lawsuit - Are You a Victim of the Bank's Fraud?

    Are you a Wells Fargo customer who has: Had unauthorized accounts opened in your name? Had money transferred into those accounts without your consent and knowledge? Had bank fees charged for those fraudulent accounts? Had your credit score affected by the bank’s actions? More than 1 million Wells Fargo customers have been hurt by the bank’s deceptive and fraudulent operations. If you have been the ...
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  • Florida's High Insurance Costs

    In January, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) released a report based on data from 2013 providing premium and exposure information for noncommercial dwelling fire insurance and for homeowner’s insurance package policies. The report considered the effect of many factors on the cost of insurance, such as geographic area, real estate values, construction costs, vulnerability ...
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  • December is National Safe Toys & Gifts Month

    The holiday season makes December a popular time for purchasing gifts to celebrate our loved ones, especially the children in our lives. Accordingly, toys are big business. The NPD Group estimates that last year, U.S. retail sales of toys were $18.08 billion; December alone saw a six percent growth over 2013. Whether action figures or dolls, puzzles or paint sets, models or musical instruments, ...
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  • Introducing Todd J. Stabinski, B.C.S.

    The average person may not realize that legal service advertising and marketing by attorneys are strictly controlled by the bar associations of each state. The Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit attorneys from making certain claims in lawyer advertisements, and Florida’s rules are some of the country’s most restrictive. For example, Florida Rule of Professional Conduct 4-7.14 prohibits an ...
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  • You Still Can't (Legally) Drive 75

    Anyone who's ever known a five-year-old (or been one) can appreciate the tendency to push boundaries. Anyone who's ever played or worked on a team knows the human predisposition toward competition, even if the competitor is one's self. Whatever the motivation, people are habitual limit pushers. People also seem to be in a hurry, rushing to get to work, home, the store, soccer practice. People ...
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  • Use the Calm before the Storm to Prepare

    The forecast for the 2015 hurricane season is out, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a below-normal Atlantic hurricane season. The season, which begins June 1 and ends November 30, has a 70 percent likelihood of 6 to 11 named storms, of which 3 to 6 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including up to 2 hurricanes classified as a Category ...
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  • Three Children Injured in Fort Lauderdale Beach Bounce House Accident

    In what had promised to be a fun Memorial Day celebration, a beachside event quickly turned into a tragedy when an on-shore waterspout lifted a bounce house into the air. Three children were inside at the time of the accident and fell to the ground from a height of 15 to 20 feet, sustaining injuries as a result. According to observers, the storm picked up quickly and created a waterspout that was ...
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  • Water is Your Frenemy

    One of the four basic natural elements on our planet, water is to be both respected and feared. While essential for life, it can also cause death. National Safe Boating Week It’s important that boating enthusiasts who enjoy Florida’s many beautiful waterways periodically review water safety so that no outing gets interrupted by an unfortunate accident. A great time for that review is during ...
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  • If You Live in a Purple Spot, Head for the Hills

    Featuring an international airport and the world’s busiest cruise port, the Miami region has much to offer. Located on a broad plain between the Florida Everglades and Biscayne Bay, the area’s elevation never rises above 40 feet and averages at around six feet above sea level in most neighborhoods, especially near the coast. While that makes for an abundance of water activities, it also makes us ...
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  • Do You Know Your A-E-Ds?

    About 92 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital, but cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has been shown to more than double a victim’s chance of survival if given properly and immediately. The mouth-to-mouth resuscitation aspect of CPR goes back as far as 1740, when it was first officially recommended by the Paris Academy of Sciences to help drowning victims. The ...
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  • You Gotta Have Faith - Bad Faith Insurance Cases

    Much like death and taxes, insurance is one of life's certainties. You have to have auto insurance to drive a car, homeowner’s insurance to buy a house and health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. You may choose to buy life insurance to assist your loved ones in the event of your death, disability insurance in case you cannot work for a period of time, or long-term care insurance as you ...
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  • Playground Accidents are No Fun!

    Imagine a beautiful day and spending time with your child at a playground. The image probably brings you the pleasure of happy memories. Unfortunately, for some, playground time is no walk in the park. Injuries from equipment failure or other hazards might be more common than you think they are. An Annual Campaign for Our Children’s Safety April 20-24 is National Playground Safety Week. It’s a ...
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  • Troubled Waters

    With more than 3 million acres of lakes and 8,000 miles of coastline, Florida is well suited for spending time on the water. Recreational boating is great for bonding with family and friends and offers the opportunity to participate in many activities, such as water skiing, fishing, snorkeling, swimming, sightseeing, sunbathing, tubing or just plain old relaxing. There were over 896,600 vessels ...
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  • Personal Injuries Don't Take Vacations

    Historically, a harsh winter for much of the country tends to result in a booming tourist season for the Sunshine State. Things were so bad this year in Ithaca, NY that when the local tourism website suggested people bypass the area and head to Key West instead, the site was overwhelmed by clicks and crashed. Even mild years translate into tens of millions of people coming to experience Florida’s ...
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  • The Dori Slosberg Foundation Works to Save Lives in Florida

    The Dori Slosberg Foundation is a champion of roadway and driver safety throughout the state of Florida. Established in 2004, the foundation is a non-profit, public service organization committed to educating the public on traffic safety. Our firm is thrilled that such an organization exists and proudly supports all that is promoted and accomplished by those involved. Programs Dedicated to Roadway ...
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  • Injuries on Cruise Ships

    Around 21 million people take cruises every year. Cruise lines market their ships as floating towns, complete with shops, restaurants, libraries, salons, gyms and more. They get you excited about your accommodations, shore excursions, onboard entertainment, arts and crafts for the kids, etc. Buried in the fine print, some of them even mention their medical facilities. What they do not mention is ...
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  • What's Money If You Don't Have Your Health?

    A recent study confirmed the widely-held assumption that young male drivers pay far higher monthly car insurance premiums than young women and older drivers of either gender. The insurance industry maintains there’s data to substantiate the claim that young men are riskier drivers that get more tickets and are involved in more accidents, which means they are, on average, more expensive to insure. ...
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  • Not All Toys are Fun and Games

    Children’s toys have come a long way from building blocks and baby dolls. In just the span of a few decades, the variety of toys available has expanded almost beyond imagination. This means that toy companies feel immense pressure to create the next best thing or to price their goods lower than the competition. Unfortunately, safety and quality are often sacrificed in the process. Common Injuries ...
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  • 365 Days of Traffic Safety

    Driving on the Holidays The holidays are supposed to be a time of celebration, but traffic accidents do not take days off. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) , a government agency that is part of the Department of Transportation, released a 2012 report estimating the number of traffic accidents and related deaths that occurred on major holidays, including Thanksgiving, ...
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  • GM Recall: Another Example of the Corporate Culture of Profits Over Safety

    The number of General Motors automobiles recalled due to defective ignition switches has risen to over 28 Million. Just as amazing are the reports that GM knew about the problem with the switches for over a decade. As a products liability attorney , that doesn't surprise me. Time and time again, I have seen companies bury their heads in the sand when they believe there might be a safety risk with ...
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  • Money Courier Wins $8.3 Million for Malicious Prosecution

    Attorneys Daren Stabinski and Todd Stabinski , of Stabinski & Funt, P.A., recently served as counsel for a money courier in a lawsuit against Brink's Inc. Their client, Mario Martinez, had been working as a money courier for Brink's when a bag containing $350,000 in cash went missing while in transit from one of the company's facilities to another. After conducting a two-day internal ...
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  • $1.24M Awarded to Worker Who Fell Through Roof

    Case : Gabriel Gonzalez v. Kellogg Partners, H.R.M. Realty Inc. and Ayco Development Corp. General Partners d.ba. Palmentto Lakes Realty Associates LTD. Case No : 97-23938 CA 25, Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge : Fredricka Smith Trial Date : Oct. 5, 2004 Filing date : Oct. 21, 1997 Plaintiff attorneys : Daren Stabinski of Stabinski & Funt Miami; Ronald D. Rodman and Daniel Gilfarb of Friedman ...
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  • Class action lawsuit filed against Citizens Property Insurance

    Stabinski & Funt, P.A. announced a class action lawsuit it filed against Citizens Property Insurance. Several members of the Florida Association for Insurance Reform (FAIR) announced the lawsuit outside the Broward County Courthouse in Plantation Thursday. "Some people now pay more to Citizens than they do to their mortgage companies," said Miami insurance attorney Todd Stabinkski . Read more ...
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  • Merchant Wins Fire Lawsuit Against Landlord

    Daren Stabinski and Todd Stabinski , two of the Miami personal injury attorneys at Stabinski & Funt, P.A., recently represented a store owner in a lawsuit against his landlord, Guillermo Sostchin. Their client, Leon Winikor, was the owner of a downtown Miami show store that was burned down by a fire in 1998. Winikor filed a lawsuit against Guillermo Sostchin, claiming that he had failed to cover ...
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