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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A whistleblower who called out a company in Texas on the safety of its highway guardrail end caps has been awarded $175 million by a federal jury. This was the trial of the whistleblower on behalf of the Texas highway commission against the manufacturer of the guardrails. Of note: though this case focused on the federal qui tam case, we at Hickey Law Firm P.A. represent injured motorists against the manufacturer of the defective guardrails in Florida and beyond.

It was determined by the jury that Trinity Industries, Inc. had made misleading and outright false statements to federal regulators when the...

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tags: miami injury attorney, florida injury attorney, how to sue for faulty guard rails
Monday, October 20, 2014

The Toyota Motor Corporation issued a recall this week of 247,000 vehicles that were described as having faulty airbags. It said in a statement that the defect could potentially cause the air bags to rupture or ignite – actually catch fire – and cause significant injury. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a plea to owners of nearly 5 million Toyota vehicles to take them to a dealership and have them checked and repaired as soon as possible. The Administration has been working with several car manufacturers recently in an effort to quell the issues that have plagued their...

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tags: miami cruise attorney, miami injury attorney, how to sue for recalled car
Monday, October 20, 2014

When you embark upon a cruise, you assume that you and your family will experience a perfectly safe and gratifying vacation. The unfortunate reality is that cruise ships offer plenty of seen and unseen dangers. In his experience, our Miami cruise ship accident attorney, Jack Hickey, has tried cases where a person was assaulted, raped, or injured while on a cruise. If you've been hurt while traveling aboard a cruise ship, you have rights to file suit against whomever hurt or assaulted you and possibly the cruise ship line as well. Contact our...

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

The nation is in the midst of an Ebola scare, and nowhere is this more evident than on a Carnival cruise ship which recently docked in Galveston, Texas. A passenger, who had reportedly come into contact with bodily fluids from an Ebola infected patient and then self-quarantined herself aboard the ship, was still aboard the ship when it docked.

The passenger had self-reported to authorities that she had handled the blood samples of (now deceased) Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan. After news of her possible infection broke the ship was refused entry to both Belize and Mexico, before finally being allowed...

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tags: miami cruise attorney, miami injury attorney, how to sue a cruise line
Saturday, October 18, 2014

With all of the talk about the Ebola virus in the media these days, it is no surprise that a passenger aboard a cruise ship was recently quarantined amid suspicion that he (or she) may be infected with the virus. While the potentially affected cruiser is said to have self-quarantined, the fact is that cruise companies do have relatively wide powers to quarantine passengers.  

Upon entering a cruise ship you agree to a so-called cruise contract, which is essentially a document that spells out the cruise company’s powers, among other things. One of these powers is the power to quarantine passengers,...

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Friday, October 17, 2014

The US State Department issued a statement this week saying that a hospital worker who may have handled fluid samples from Dallas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan has been isolated on board the Carnival cruise ship Magic which is currently headed back to port in Galveston, Texas from the Caribbean. The ship was turned away from the port at Cozumel, the second port to turn the ship away because of the possible contaminant associated with the female worker. There have not been any reports of the woman showing any symptoms of Ebola contamination but the statement issued by the State Department noted that she was...

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tags: miami cruise attorney, miami injury attorney, how to sue a cruise line
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Police in South Florida reported that a student at Clemson University died this week after falling from a Carnival cruise ship. Investigators with the Miami-Dade police department are looking into the incident which involved 20-year-old Kendall Wernet who lost his life after he allegedly fell two decks in height after he had climbed up the forward mast of the ship. The victim was pushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:24am on Monday morning. According to the police report there was no foul play suspected in the incident and as the investigation stands now it appears to be an accidental...

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

 

A continuance has been granted in the trial of Paul Grimm, a guardsman with the Kansas Air National Guard who is charged with transporting a minor across state lines with the intention of having sex with her. The new trial date, the third in Grimm’s case, has been scheduled for November 17th. He allegedly crossed the state line into Texas and as such faces federal charges there. According to a document that was filed by Grimm’s lawyer with the Galveston, Texas federal court recently, however, there is not going to be any trial because his client is going to enter a guilty...

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tags: miami cruise attorney, miami injury attorney, how to sue a cruise line
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Doe v. NCL :  RE:  Foreseeability of sexual assault;  Applicability of state dram shop statute to maritime action against a cruise line.  This is a case where a passenger was raped and sexually assaulted following a pub crawl which took place onboard the ship.  The Plaintiff alleged that the cruise line over-served the Plaintiff alcohol which allowed and set up the woman who participated to get assaulted.  The Court held that the general maritime standard of reasonable care...

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tags: Maritime Law, Sexual Assault, miami cruise attorney, miami injury attorney
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Hickey Law Firm, P.A. Settled Case: Defendant provides a port in the Caribbean which Defendant cruise line to some degree controls.  The cruise line knew that the passengers would have to walk on a walkway to and from the ship’s gangway to access the shops at that port.  The flooring of the walkway was slippery when wet and there were many slip and falls witnessed on the day of this accident.  The cruise line moved to dismiss arguing that there is no maritime jurisdiction...

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tags: miami cruise attorney, miami injury attorney, Slip and Fall, Maritime Law

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