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About the Thriller Miami Speedboat Adventures Collision Lawsuit

Hickey Law Firm announces it has filed a lawsuit in connection with the Thriller speedboat collision that happened on February 11, 2024 off of Port Miami. The collision injured 29 and sent 13 to the hospital. The Thriller speedboat and a charter vehicle collided close to 3:15pm. One of the…

NEWS: Baltimore Bridge Collapses After Ship Collision

In a terrible story out of Maryland today, rescue workers are searching for as many as seven people after a bridge collapse in Baltimore. The Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed early Tuesday morning after being struck by a container vessel. CNN posted a video of the collapse, reporting: The ship,…

March Is Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Awareness of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is important. Why? Because we all should know that the consequences of even a “mild” TBI can be devastating to the person who suffers it and to their friends and family. The person who has suffered a mild…

NEWS: Woman Sexually Assaulted on Norwegian Cruise Lines

According to a federal lawsuit, a woman aboard a Norwegian Cruise Line ship was sexually assaulted at the hands of a security guard last July. Fox News reports: The passenger, identified as Jane Doe, said she was drunk after partying at the heavily promoted Hip Hop Comedy Show and “became…

NEWS: Nearly 30 Injured in Miami Boat Crash

Nearly 30 people are recovering from injuries sustained after a tour boat collided with a private vessel on Sunday near Port Miami. The crash sent 13 people to the hospital, with another 16 sustaining injuries. No fatalities were reported, but the extent of the victims’ injuries is unclear as of…

NEWS: Two Kentucky Women Drugged and Assaulted on Carnival Cruise

Cruise lines have a duty under maritime law to warn passengers of risks and dangers that the cruise lines know or should know, for places where passengers on cruises are reasonably expected to go. The State Department recently issued an advisory about the violence in the Bahamas. But the cruise…

Tesla’s Knowledge of Defective Autopilot System Could Mean Punitive Damages

A Florida judge has ruled that there is “reasonable evidence” indicating that Tesla CEO Elon Musk and other managers knew about a defective Autopilot system in the company’s vehicles but still allowed them to be driven unsafely. The ruling is a setback for Tesla after winning two product liability trials…

NEWS: Chrysler Disputes Need for Recall of Headrests in Florida Trial

Plaintiffs are alleging in a case against Chrysler that their active head restraints (AHRs) are deploying suddenly and without warning, causing the risk of accidents and head injuries. Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, and Ram have issued a Service Bulletin explaining that the active head restraint is held in place by…

NEWS: New York State Jury Awards a Record $120M Medical Malpractice Verdict

In the biggest medical malpractice verdict in Westchester County history, a New York jury found a local hospital liable for negligent care given to a stroke patient, resulting in catastrophic brain damage. The jury awarded Lee and his representatives $9.4 million for past and future pain and suffering, $51 million…

Hickey Law Firm Files Two Sexual Assault Lawsuits Against MSC Cruises

Hickey Law Firm has filed two separate sexual assault lawsuits against MSC in federal court in Florida. One lawsuit alleges an assault by a crewmember; the other lawsuit cites a passenger as the perpetrator of sexual abuse of a child. “This seems to be a pattern,” attorney John H. (Jack)…

NEWS: Jury Awards Highest Malpractice Award in Arizona History

This past November, an Arizona jury awarded a family $33 million in damages, the largest medical malpractice verdict in state history. The jury found Banner Health Hospital liable for a newborn’s birth injury. Greyson Griepentrog suffered a brain injury called hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy from oxygen deprivation. The lawsuit alleged that hospital…

Opioid Use and Abuse Affects Attorneys, Too

Opioids can destroy lives. While many attorneys have fought to hold drug manufacturers accountable for those lives, others were struggling – often alone and in silence – with addictions of their own. Recently, the Daily Business Review reached out to 21 lawyers who had been disciplined by the Florida Supreme…

Hickey Law Firm’s Year in Review

Hickey Law Firm had a very busy year in 2023. We wanted to share some of the highlights with you today. Hickey Law Firm specializes in “life changing injuries”®. Call us first. Call us now. 800.215.7117 Hickey Law Firm fights for injury victims in Miami and throughout Florida, and for…

NEWS: Motorcyclist Awarded $44M in Texting Driver Crash Lawsuit

Law 360 reports a motorcyclist in South Carolina won a $44 million verdict against Amazon in a lawsuit alleging a company delivery driver caused an accident due to texting while driving. Shannon Shaw was hit while driving his motorcycle in Dorchester County, South Carolina by a delivery van operated by…

Hickey Law Firm Earned Three Tier 1 Rankings from Best Law Firms®

Hickey Law Firm is pleased to announce that we have been recognized again by Best Lawyers in America. The Firm has achieved among its peers Tier 1 ranking (highest scores) in three areas: Admiralty and Maritime Law Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs Hickey Law Firm…

Celebrity Cruises Youth Counselor Faces Molestation Charges

Sexual assault of passengers happens on cruise ships.   We have represented numerous cruise ship rape and assault victims over the years. A 35-year-old cruise ship youth counselor is in custody in Broward County jail after being charged with abusive sexual contact with a minor under the age of 12. The…

Kratom Co. Hit with $11.6M Judgment in Florida Mom’s Death

A federal judge in Florida has entered an $11.6 million judgment against a kratom distributor, Grow LLC (operating as the Kratom Distro), based in Oregon. The judgment comes in response to a case involving the death of Krystal Talavera, who passed away in 2021 after consuming kratom, an herbal supplement…

Why Are Royal Caribbean Cruises Sales Soaring?

While cruises seem to be more popular than ever, we know what kinds of dangers they can pose. We handle cruise ship cases. Not everyone can do this, because cruise ships fall under Maritime law. This is a complicated area of law. We are specialists in Maritime law so we…

NEWS: Five Lobster Hunters Saved from Sinking Boat in Marathon

Boaters and passengers who intend to go out on the water deserve to be safe. Hickey Law Firm can help when someone else’s negligence causes your injuries. Make sure everyone has access to a well-maintained Personal Flotation Device (PFD). These are life jackets. They should be easily reachable, not stored…

NEWS: Court Rules Uber Driver Must Face Passenger’s Fall Injury Claim

A New York appellate court recently reversed a summary judgment against a passenger who was injured getting into an Uber. The passenger tripped on a protruding piece of curb, which was immediately outside the door to where the Uber parked to pick up the passenger. Per Law 360, the case…

NEWS: Ten Injured in Boat Collision Off Anna Maria Island

The Miami Herald has reported on a collision between two boats near Anna Maria Island, resulting in injuries to ten individuals. The incident involved a 50-foot race-style yacht and a 24-foot bowrider with 10 people on board. The collision occurred in intercoastal waters off the northern end of Anna Maria…

Federal Judge Awards Driver $26.5M In USPS Crash Suit

Mail truck drivers are federal employees. That means that if you are injured in a crash with a mail truck, you’re not suing some company. You’re suing the federal government. There’s a very specific way to do that. Not all lawyers have the resources to sue the federal government. Hickey…

Negligence in the Air and on the Ground: United Airlines Settles for $30M

United Airlines settles claims that its negligent handling of a disabled passenger caused him to be a quadriplegic for $30 million In the case of Nathaniel Foster Jr. et al. v. United Airlines Holdings Inc. et al., case number 3:19-cv-02530, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of…

Injuries In the Workplace

Are all injuries in the workplace subject to workers’ comp? No. If the injury occurred on the job on land, ordinarily the employer has immunity from suit. The worker does have a claim for medical expenses under the workers’ comp laws. Workers who have claims for their medical expenses under…

The Athens Convention in Cruise Ship Cases

In all cruise line claims by passengers, if the itinerary of the cruise does not include a U.S. port, the Athens Convention applies. That is because the U.S. is not a signatory to the Athens Convention. Thus, if the itinerary does include a U.S. port, the Athens Convention – including its cap…

Appeals Court Says Woman Can Sue Target for Slip and Fall Case

Store owners and managers have a legal responsibility to maintain safe conditions for their customers. When they fail to do so, they may be held liable for any resulting injuries. This is called premises liability. The most common condition which causes accidents in stores are slip and falls. Slip and…

Drunk Driving Can Ruin Lives

Recently, a drunk driver hit a golf cart with a newlywed couple inside. In this horrific drunk driving crash in Folley Beach, South Carolina, a newlywed couple left their beachfront reception and hopped in a golf cart with two family members – it’s legal to drive golf carts on public…

Investigating Boating Accidents

Miami Herald: Police say alcohol played no role in fatal boat crash, but bodycam video raises questions The Miami Herald reported today that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), which investigates all boating accidents in Florida, has come to the conclusion that alcohol was not a factor in…

Cruise Excursion Injuries

Cruise passengers often are injured on cruise excursions. These are the side trips for which the cruise lines’ contract with local companies. The excursions are part and parcel of the cruise itself. The excursions are why many people take one particular cruise over another. The cruise lines market the excursions…

Why Diffuse Axonal Injuries Are Catastrophic Brain Injuries

A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) even if it is “mild” can have a devastating effect on your life. Brains are vulnerable to injury. The brain is soft. It has the consistency of tofu. It is encased in a hard skull which has a lot of sharp edges on the inside.…

John H. (Jack) Hickey Named to 2024 Best Lawyers in America® List

Hickey Law Firm is proud to announce that firm founder John H. (Jack) Hickey has been selected for inclusion in the prestigious Best Lawyers in America® for 2024.Hickey is recognized for his work in Admiralty and Maritime Law, Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs, and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. The annual procedure…

Things to Know Before You Go – And What to Do If Things Go Wrong

Cruise Safety Tips from a Certified Specialist in Maritime Law Cruises can be great. But there are things to know before you go. Here are some helpful hints. First, you can learn from others. There are a massive number of people going on cruises. And that number increases every year.…

How Do I Sue a Cruise Line?

This is a question I get all the time not just from cruise passengers but also from other lawyers. Why? Because most lawyers do not know how to sue a cruise line. All of the lawyers at Hickey Law Firm handle and specialize in these claims – claims of cruise passengers against cruise…

Florida Supreme Court Changes Rules for Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

In a change to the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure which takes effect immediately, the Florida Supreme Court is making it easier for medical providers to deny medical malpractice lawsuits by changing the procedural rules relating to when malpractice cases can be appealed. Per Florida Politics: The court rejected a…

Injuries on the Job Outside of Workers’ Compensation

Injuries on the job in Florida usually involve workers’ compensation. That is, the injured worker usually will be covered by his employer who will carry workers’ comp insurance. If the worker is covered, generally here is what happens. The employer will be in charge of getting the worker all of the medical care…

Fatal Nighttime Collision Between Boat and Fisher Island Ferry

A ferry which carries cars, residents and visitors from Watson Island/Miami Beach mainland to the exclusive Fisher Island and back collided with a 30′ boat in dark, early hours Sunday morning. The 30’ pleasure craft sunk as a result of the collision. Tragically, one person died and another sustained serious…

Who Is Liable for a Florida Boating Accident?

Florida means boating all year round. Boats get into and cause accidents just like cars and trucks. The injuries we see in boating accidents can be similar to or somewhat the same as the injuries we see in car and truck accidents. When a boat collides with another boat or…

Sexual Assault of an Intoxicated Cruise Ship Passenger by a Crewmember

Crew members on cruise ships have been known to sexually assault and rape passengers. We have represented cruise passengers who have been the subject or suffered from sexual assaults and rapes by crew members from all departments on the ship. The crew members we have found usually are cabin stewards,…

Hickey Law Firm Fights Second Depositions of Clients

When you file a lawsuit because of a boat or car crash, you will have to sit for a deposition.  That is where the attorney for the Defendant, the company you sued, asks you questions in the presence of a court reporter.  Everything you say and everything anyone says is…

Another Brightline Train Hit a Miami Pedestrian

The Miami Herald is reporting that a pedestrian was hit by a Brightline train this morning, near Northeast 79th Street and Fourth Avenue in Miami. The man who was hit is apparently in serious condition, but he’s alive. We hope that the man survives and that he will ultimately recover…

Blind Spot Accidents Involving Commercial Trucks

Every vehicle has blind spots.  A blind spot is the area on the outside of a vehicle where the driver of that vehicle cannot see. Large commercial vehicles, including semi-truck trailers, have larger and more blind spots, generally, than cars.  There are generally 4 zones of blind spots, called no…

Cruise Ship Spas Can Be Dangerous Places

Almost every modern day cruise ship has a spa. Sometimes they are run as a franchise of a well- known name like Canyon Ranch. But most of the time, the spas are run by one company which in one form or another has operated spas on cruise ships for over…

Cruise Ship Passenger Dies After Fall from Balcony

Virgin Voyages recently reported a passenger died after falling from a balcony shortly after departure on April 2nd. The ship, Valiant Lady, was on its way to Roatan, Honduras when the incident occurred and was immediately redirected back to Miami. Per USA Today, “This passenger went over their balcony onto…

The Florida Legislature Wants to Help Insurance Companies, Not People

The legislature is at it again. Some legislators are reacting to a request from Governor DeSantis to remove any teeth from the laws which protect insurance policy holders from the insurance companies from denying claims willy nilly. Who is that? You and me. Everyone, almost. They want to throw out the baby with the…

Boats Collide with Jet Skis Often

Two things about recreational boating cases in the waters off of Florida: They are common and they are complicated. They are complicated because maritime law applies. And under the maritime law, the boat owner is entitled in most instances to run to Federal Court and file what is called a Limitation of Liability…

The Trauma of Rape and Sexual Assault

How Hickey Law Firm wins cases on behalf of survivors Last year, we tried cases against cruise lines.  One such case was where a crewmember raped another crewmember, a woman who was our client.  This was the third time in the life of the crewmember that she had been raped. …

Miami Motorcycle Accidents and Brain Injuries

We know motorcycles and motorcycle crashes. People in cars and trucks do not look out for motorcycles. They should. The drivers of cars and trucks almost always are the primary cause if not the sole cause of crashes between a motorcycle and a car or truck. These drivers do not…

How Are Miami Truck Accidents Different Than Car Accidents?

Truck accidents are deadly. Commercial trucks cause more catastrophic injuries than accidents involving only cars. And commercial trucks are heavily regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a federal agency. FMCSA issues regulations for drivers, vehicles, and the truck owners and operators. The trucking company is subject to…

Can I Sue a Cruise Line if I Was Sexually Assaulted by a Crew Member?

Most of the cruise lines promise the vacation of your lifetime. But often the cruise ends in tragedy because the cruise line failed to provide the security passengers need from sexual assaults by crew members. If you have been sexually assaulted on a cruise ship or by a crew member,…

Do I Need a Miami Injury Lawyer if I Don’t Want to Go to Trial?

When you are catastrophically injured, you need an experienced attorney on your side who has a will to win. Why?  Because the insurance companies and cruise lines do.  And because you don’t want to go it alone.  This is your one shot to recover.  Hickey Law Firm in just a…

Common Causes of Florida Boat Accidents

When you are seriously injured from a boating accident, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. There will be several medical expenses, lost time from work, and additional pain and suffering that you deserve to be compensated for. But you have to file suit in the right…

Child Hospitalized After Hit-and-Run in Broward

A child was reportedly injured in a hit-and-run crash in Broward on Thursday afternoon. Local10.com reports that the crash occurred in Oakland Park near Northwest 43 Street and Fifth Avenue. The report did not give details as to how the crash occurred. Following the collision, the child required treatment at…

Child Hospitalized After Vehicle and Train Collide

A crash involving a vehicle and a freight train left one person hospitalized on Monday. WSVN.com reports that the crash occurred near Griffin Road and Anglers Avenue and left a 6-year-old in need of medical attention. First responders transported the child to a local medical facility. DEVELOPING: A child was…

Box Truck Strikes and Kills Pedestrian

A box truck struck and killed a pedestrian in Miramar on Wednesday. WSVN.com reports that the collision occurred in the morning hours near Red Road and Miramar Parkway. Pedestrian fatally struck by box truck on Miramar Parkway https://t.co/Zq4E0IKS68 — WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) August 3, 2022 The report does not give…

Carnival Cruise Rescues Stranded Migrants

On Friday, a Carnival cruise ship rescued a dozen migrants who were stranded at sea. WSVN.com reports that the group of 12 Cuban migrants were in a small boat adrift at sea when the crew of the Carnival Sunrise cruise ship spotted them. SAVE AT SEA – The crew of the Carnival Sunrise came to…

Authorities Continue To Investigate Personal Watercraft Death

A Florida family has laid their loved one to rest after he was killed in a crash involving a personal watercraft earlier this month. A family said their final farewells as they laid a loved one to rest after a man was tragically killed in a boat crash in Miami.https://t.co/bMJKvNCNQI…

Weston Man Found Dead in Local Lake

Authorities in Weston Florida are investigating after a man was found dead in a local lake. Local 10.com reports that the 46-year-old victim, identified as Jermaine Jones, left his home on Friday on a three-wheel motorcycle. At approximately 7:39 a.m. someone phoned 911 and reported that they saw a body in…

Chrysler Recalls Vehicles Due to Faulty Tire Pressure Sensor

Chrysler is recalling tens of thousands of vehicles due to a potentially defective tire pressure monitor. ConsumerReports.org reports that when the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) fails it may not alert drivers to low tire pressure, increasing the risk of a crash. #Recall: Chrysler is recalling more than 52,000 Chrysler…

Bicyclist Killed In Broward After Being Run Over By a Box Truck

A bicyclist tragically died after falling off his bike and being run over by a vehicle on Tuesday. Local10.com reports that the incident occurred as  59-year-old Robert Bastian rode his bike southbound on a sidewalk that runs along a northbound traffic lane. As Bastian was riding he suddenly fell from…

Authorities Identify Victim of Clay County Boat Accident

Authorities have identified the woman who was killed in a Clay County boating accident on Tuesday. News4Jax.com reports that the victim, 57-year-old Elizabeth Spisak, took to the water on Lake Geneva in a 12-foot canoe with 68-year-old Paul Kolomitz. Neighbors reportedly identify Kolomitz as Spisak’s boyfriend. Crews are responding to the…

Authorities Identify Victims of Deadly Key Biscayne Boat Crash

The victims of Friday’s deadly boat crash off Key Biscayne are being identified. Local10.com reports that a 30-foot vessel collided with a 20-foot vessel in the waters off Key Biscayne Yacht Club. Two people were killed in the collision and 10 people were injured. FATAL BOAT CRASH INVESTIGATION – New…

Carnival Freedom Catches Fire While Docked at Grand Turk

A carnival cruise ship caught fire while docked at Grand Turk this week. WSVN.com reports that the Carnival Freedom departed from Florida and arrived at Grand Turk several days later. Video of the incident shows the Freedom’s whitetail funnel smoking heavily. The popular cruise ship Carnival Freedom was on the…

13-Year-Old Airlifted to Trauma Center Following Motorcycle Crash

 A 13-year-old is in the hospital following a Miami Lakes motorcycle crash. 13-year-old airlifted after motorcycle crash in Miami Lakes https://t.co/AF668Q6Dyc — WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) May 20, 2022 WSVN.com reports that the crash occurred at about 8:30 p.m. near Northwest 82nd Avenue and Miami Lakes Drive. There, Miami-Dade Police and Fire…

Authorities Continue to Search For Cause of Deaths at Sandals Resort

It has been several days since three American tourists fell ill and died at a Sandals resort in the Bahamas. Despite an ongoing investigation, Bahamas police do not seem to have a firm idea as to what went wrong.  Paul Rolle, Bahamas police commissioner, said that the force is taking samples…

Coast Guard Rescues Eight Boaters

Eight boaters required rescuing by the U.S. Coast Guard on Monday.  WSVN.com reports that the vessel on which the boaters were traveling capsized, necessitating the rescue. 8 rescued after boat capsizes near Hobie Beach https://t.co/c0aYk6O4Un — WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) April 25, 2022 The rescuers transported the victims to Dinner…

Boat Crash In Volusia County Leaves Two Hospitalized

A boat crash in Volusia County left two people hospitalized over the weekend. ClickOrlando.com reports that the crash occurred on Sunday at Highbanks Marina in DeBary, and left a 51-year-old man seriously injured after he was thrown from his boat during the collision. Rescuers reportedly had to pull the man…

Brightline Train Collision Survivor Feels Luck to be Alive

The victim of a vehicle crash involving a sedan and a Brightline train is speaking out about how lucky she feels to be alive. The crash, which occurred on April 4, saw Amy Charal’s Nissan collide with the train as she attempted to circumvent an SUV that was on the train…

22-Year-Old New Hampshire Woman Killed In Boca Raton Boating Accident

A 22-year-old New Hampshire woman was killed in a boating crash last month. Boston.com reports that Lindsay Partridge was sailing on a boat in the area of Boca Raton when a wave hit the vessel, throwing her over the side. Her boyfriend attempted to rescue her, jumping in the water, but…

Child Services Investigating After Child Breaks Leg At Daycare

A Broward County family is accusing a local daycare of severely injuring their child. WSVN.com reports that two-year-old Ron Jay Smith was under the care of the daycare at First Church of the Open Bible in Lauderdale Lakes when the injury occurred. The report says that Smith was playing with…

Carnival Worker Injured After Falling From Crane

A carnival worker was hospitalized on Wednesday after falling from a ride in Broward County. Local10.com reports that bystanders caught the incident on video as the worker hung from the bottom of the Skyscreamer ride. Apparently, the incident occurred when the victim was on top of the crane and another…

Brightline Train Kills 59th Victim in 5 Years of Operation

A Brightline train struck and killed a person in Broward County Saturday. WSVN.com reports that the collision occurred Saturday night near a homeless shelter in Hollywood. The report did not indicate the circumstances surrounding the crash but did say that it occurred in an area where there are “No Trespassing”…

Boaters Rescued After Drifting Miles Out to Sea

Four boaters required rescuing off Dania Beach Friday afternoon, after drifting dangerously far out to sea. WSVN.com reports that the group was sailing off the coast of Dania Beach when their vessel began to drift and take on water. Eventually, they would drift 6 miles out to sea. Four boaters…

Banking Executive Dead After Jumping From Boat to Assist His Girlfriend

The son of a Venezuelan billionaire is dead after he jumped from a fishing boat in an attempt to save his girlfriend. FoxBusiness.com reports that 31-year-old Juan Carlos Escotet Alviarez and his 30-year-old girlfriend Andrea Montero were aboard a 60-foot vessel for The Ocean Reef Clubs Reef Cup 2022 fishing tournament…

Crash Involving School Bus Leaves Two Hospitalized in Orange County

A crash involving a school bus in Orange County, Florida left two people hospitalized on Monday. ClickOrlando.com reports that the collision occurred near South John Young Parkway and 38th Street when the school bus driver apparently became distracted due to an unruly student. While attending to the student the driver looked…

3 Dead and Multiple Injured After Series of Crashes in Dense Fog

Three people are dead after dense fog led to a series of crashes in Florida Thursday morning. WSVN.com reports that 17 vehicles were involved in the collisions which occurred at about 1:30 a.m. in the area south of Daytona Beach. Kim Montes of the Florida Highway Patrol says that there were…

Broward County Sheriff’s Office Searches for Missing Swimmer

Authorities are searching for a missing swimmer in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. WSVN.com reports that the missing man disappeared near Anglin’s Fishing Pier at Commercial Boulevard at around 3:00 p.m. on Monday. According to beachgoers, a young man was snorkeling Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and never came out of the water. https://t.co/zi9rgLehqM — WSVN 7 News (@wsvn)…

Yet Another Person Killed By a Brightline Train

Yet another person has been killed by a Brightline train. WSVN.com reports that the incident occurred on Saturday when a man was killed while walking on the Brightline train tracks in Delray Beach. Officials: Man walks onto tracks, is killed by Brightline train in Delray Beach https://t.co/HlpzQOrvnN — WSVN 7 News…

Authorities Locate Pair That Was Reported Missing Near Fisher Island

Two people were reported missing after a dinghy on which they were riding was found unoccupied near Fisher Island. A Good Samaritan found the dinghy and called authorities who then initiated a search for the pair. According to WSVN.com the search involved Marine units with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation…

Brightline Train Crashes Into Vehicle in Lake Worth

Yesterday we blogged that a Brightline train collided with a vehicle in Palm Beach on Sunday, killing the driver. Now authorities report a Brightline train has struck a vehicle in Lake Worth. WSVN.com reports that the crash occurred Wednesday morning and left the vehicle destroyed. Apparently, the safety gates at…

Attending a Super Bowl Party? Do Not Drive Home Drunk

Super Bowl Sunday sees an average of 22% more drunk driving accidents than any other Sunday throughout the year. If you plan on driving home after a Super Bowl party this year, stay sober. If you plan on drinking, arrange for a ride home. Making one of these choices can…

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Migrants

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for dozens of migrants who are now feared dead off the South Florida coast. WSVN.com reports that the Coast Guard suspended its search and rescue operations on Thursday after finding four additional bodies while searching for the missing migrants. The sole survivor…

Authorities Continue to Search for Dozens of Missing Migrants

38 people remain missing off the Florida coast after the boat on which they were sailing capsized Saturday night. WSVN.com reports that the group was involved with a suspected human smuggling operation. Of the original 40 who originally set out 1 has been found alive and 1 has been found…

Crash Involving Tractor Trailer and Box Truck Leaves Three Hospitalized

Three people have been hospitalized following a crash involving a semi-truck in Miami on Saturday. WSVN.com reports that the crash occurred in Davie at about 5:00 a.m. when a passenger vehicle was involved in a crash with a tractor-trailer and a box truck. Florida Highway Patrol states that initially, the…

Brightline Train Strikes SUV – Hospitalizes Two

A crash involving a Brightline train left at least two people hospitalized Thursday. While initial reports indicated that just one person was harmed, WSVN.com now reports that at least two people are in the hospital following the collision. Apparently, the vehicle stopped on the tracks just as the guardrails were…

Audi Recalls Nearly 300,000 Vehicles

Carmaker Audi is recalling nearly 300,000 vehicles due to a defect that could cause the engine to spontaneously switch to emergency mode. Consumerreports.org reports that Audi is recalling 288,991 Q5 SUVs because one of the control modules inside of the vehicles is susceptible to liquid, which can cause the module…

2 Dead Following Car Crash Into Osceola County Motel

Two people are dead following a car crashing into a motel in Osceola County Friday. ClickOrlando.com reports that the tragedy occurred at about 4:40 a.m. Friday when a 32-year-old driver crashed into the motel located at the intersection of U.S. 192 and Vineland Road. In all, five people were inside the KIA…

3 Men Rescued From Distressed Boat Off Haulover Beach

First responders rescued three people from a distressed boat off Haulover Beach on Friday. WSVN.com reports that the three men were aboard a 30-foot green vessel when it began taking on water. The men were able to call for help, prompting a response from the US Coast Guard. #DEVELOPING – 3…

Boat Strikes and Gets Stuck Under Bridge in Fort Lauderdale

A party boat was involved in a collision with a Fort Lauderdale bridge late last month. Sun-Sentinel.com reports that the 137-foot yacht was left stuck under the Sunrise Boulevard Bridge after it attempted to dock at the Doubletree suites Hotel next to the Intercoastal, but struck the bridge instead. Yacht…

Bicyclist Dead Following Fort Lauderdale Traffic Collision

A bicyclist was killed in a collision with a vehicle in Fort Lauderdale early Saturday morning. Local10.com reports that the crash occurred at about 4 a.m. in the vicinity of Avenue of the Arts Bridge and West Las Olas Boulevard, and involved a red vehicle that struck the bicyclist. Following…

BMW Recalls Approximately 50,000 Vehicles Due to Potential Fire Risk

BMW is recalling thousands of cars and SUVs due to risk of fire. ConsumerReports.com reports that the German automaker is recalling vehicles model years 2013 to 2018. The affected vehicles feature a potentially defective exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) module with an integrated cooler. #Recall Alert: BMW is recalling certain diesel…

BMW Defect Causes Parked Cars to Catch Fire

BMW owners are increasingly alarmed following several incidents of the vehicles spontaneously bursting into flames. ABC7Chicago.com reports that one such incident occurred in September when a Chicago family’s BMW ignited as owner Lina Ricchio dropped her daughter off at school. Interestingly, Ricchio says that the car was parked and not…

Coast Guard Locates Missing Boater

A missing boater is safe a day after authorities confirmed that they found him alive following his disappearance. Local10.com reports that the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed that 54-year-old Juan Evelio Ferrer Gonzales is safe after a good Samaritan alerted them to a disabled boat approximately 10 miles off the Jupiter Inlet…

Car Crashes into Building in Lauderhill – Injuring 3

Three people were injured when a car crashed into a building in Lauderhill on Thursday. Local10.com reports that the crash occurred when a white Honda crashed into an apartment building at the intersection of Northwest 49th Street and Northwest 78th Avenue. A neighbor told the news outlet that she was watching…

California Man Dies after Diving Off Boat to Catch Football In Florida Keys

A man died after jumping off of a boat while attempting to catch a football on Saturday. OrlandoSentinel.com reports that the 46-year-old victim, Liam John Daly of California, apparently dove face-first into the water while attempting to catch the football while on a boat in the Florida Keys. Daly was…

Broward Man Goes Missing While On Boat In Local Lake

A Florida man is missing after going out on his boat over the weekend, leaving his family to issue pleas for help. Local10.com reports that 60-year-old Dan Potter struck out on his boat in a Broward Lake on Saturday. Several hours later his 14-year-old daughter notified her mother that Potter had…

Construction Site Crash Kills One and Injures Another Near FIU Campus

A construction accident killed one person and injured another in North Miami on Monday. Local10.com reports that the incident occurred at about 12:58 p.m. near Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast 151st Street. Apparently, as the two male victims were working on the road a piece of heavy equipment fell over, killing one…

Car Causes Significant Damage After Crashing Into Miami-Dade Church

A car crashed into a Miami-Dade area church on Saturday, leaving the building significantly damaged. Local10.com reports that the crash occurred at about 8:00 p.m. when the vehicle crashed into a church located at Northeast 147th Street and Dixie Highway. According to Miami-Dade police officers, the victim drove a red…

Car Crash Propels Car into Miami Shores Fire Station

An SUV crashed into a fire station in Miami Shores on Saturday. Local10.com reports that the crash occurred at the fire station on Northeast Second Street when a driver was involved in a collision with another vehicle, launching his vehicle into the fire station. The driver’s sister says that “The…

Broward County Crash Leaves One Dead and Three Seriously Injured

A car crash in Broward County left a woman dead and several others injured early Saturday morning. Local10.com reports that the crash occurred in the southbound lanes of I-95 near the exit for Sheridan Street. Apparently, two vehicles were involved in a traffic collision and stopped on the inside lane…

Authorities Investigate Deadly Miami Beach Crash

A crash in Miami Beach left one person dead and another injured over the weekend. As we blogged yesterday, the crash occurred near Alton Road and 63rd Street at about 4:0 a.m. Saturday. Though authorities have not discussed the circumstances surrounding the crash, they have revealed that the male driver…

10-Year-Old Killed in Hit-and-Run at Bus Stop

A young girl is dead following a hit-and-run crash in Fort Pierce, Florida on Thursday. WSVN.com reports that the 10-year-old victim died after a vehicle struck her while she was walking toward her school bus at about 6:35 in the morning.  Authorities have identified the victim as Yaceny Berenice Rodriguez-Gonzalez. Gonzalez was…

8-Months Pregnant Woman Injured in Crash

A pregnant woman was injured in a crash in Pembroke Pines on Saturday. Local10.com reports that the 8-month-pregnant woman was injured in a rollover crash that occurred at about 10:00 a.m. in the area of Pembroke Road and Southwest 94th Way. Authorities believe that the driver swerved in order to…

Common Personal Watercraft Injuries

Personal watercraft (PWC) such as JetSki are very popular in Florida. Many Floridians own PWC. Many tourists and residents rent them. For most, a day on the water is relatively safe. For some, however, it can end in tragedy. Common injuries associated with PWC accidents include: Broken or fractured bones…

Authorities Charge Boat Captain for Parasailing Crash that Killed Two

Authorities are charging a Key West boat captain in connection with a parasailing crash that killed two people. The incident occurred in July 2020 when Andrew John Santeiro was piloting a boat operated by Sunset Watersports. Authorities accuse Santeiro of taking 36-year-old Nicholas Hayward of Costa Rica and 26-year-old Azalea…

Boat Fire in Dania Beach Leaves Two People Hospitalized

A fire engulfed a boat at a Dania Beach marina on Wednesday, injuring two people. Local10.com reports that the crash occurred at about 2:30 p.m. near 399 Lewis Lane when a boat caught fire. Apparently, the vessel caught fire while undergoing mechanical repairs. There may have been an explosion as…

After Inujries and a Death Tesla’s Auto-drive Feature is Under Scrutiny

The U.S. Government has announced that it will look into Tesla’s Autopilot system. The Autopilot is an enhancement on Tesla vehicles that allows the vehicles to operate semi-autonomously. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) believes that the system may be faulty. WSVN.com reports that the investigation covers the 765,000…

12-Year-Old Boy Dies in Brevard County Boating Crash

A 12-year-old boy tragically lost his life in a boating collision on Friday. According to the Wildlife Conservation Commission, the crash occurred near Suntree, Florida in Brevard County at about 10:30 a.m. The collision occurred in the Indian River Lagoon when a personal watercraft collided with another vessel. The crash ejected…

Car Crashes into Miami-Dade Assisted Living Facility Leaving 2 Hospitalized

A car slammed into a Miami-Dade assisted living facility on Monday, resulting in two people being hospitalized. WSVN.com reports that the crash occurred at about 11:45 a.m. when two vehicles crashed near 400 block of Northwest 101st Street, in the vicinity of an assisted living facility. The force of the…

Cadillac Recalls Over 30,000 Vehicles Due to Airbag Defect

Automaker Cadillac is recalling approximately 34,000 vehicles due to defective airbags. AutoEvolution.com reports that the affected vehicles include CT4 and CT5 model years 2020 to 2022. The vehicles are being recalled because the side curtain airbags may have been installed incorrectly. The airbags may have been installed with a twist…

Bicyclist Hospitalized Following Hit-And-Run Crash

A Miami area bicyclist is hospitalized following a collision with a vehicle on Sunday. According to Local10.com the vehicle, a black SUV, ran into the cyclist after making a right turn in the vicinity of Northwest 27th Avenue. The SUV struck the cyclist, 20-year-old Anthony Johnson, severely injuring him. Johnson’s…

2 Injured When Van Collides with Car then Slams into Man

A van was involved in multiple collisions on Friday, resulting in several injuries. WSVN.com reports that the van was headed toward Northwest 135th Street and Fifth Avenue when it collided with a vehicle then struck a man who was working on a fence. The crash resulted in rescuers transporting the…

Chevy Bolt Recalled Due to Fire Risk

General Motors is recalling Chevy Bolt vehicles due to a defect that could cause the vehicles to catch fire. ConsumerReports.com reports that GM announced the recall as a result of two rare simultaneous defects “found in the same battery cell, made during module manufacturing process, the root cause of battery fires…

Bonita Springs Crash Involving Lee Trans Bus Leaves 3 Injured

A Lee Trans Bus was involved in a crash late last week. WinkNews.com reports that the crash occurred in Bonita Springs on Saturday in the vicinity of South Tamiami Trail near Coconut Road. Apparently, an SUV crashed into the Lee Trans Bus, as it was stopped at a bus stop north…

$12 Million Award Ordered as Compensation for Fatal Florida Keys Crash

On March 5, 2018, a crash on the Florida island of Islamorada resulted in the death of four tourists who were visiting Florida from Spain. Now, a jury is ordering the company that was found responsible for the crash pay the victims’ families a total of $11.8 million. MiamiHerald.com reports…

4 Hospitalized After Car Crashes into Restaurant

4 people were reported hurt after a car crashed into a restaurant in Miami on Friday. Local10.com reports that the incident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. when the driver of the vehicle reportedly first crashed through a fence and a field, and then hit a van, and finally crashed into…

Champlain Towers South Death Toll Rises Dramatically As Hurricane Threatens

The death toll from the Champlain Towers South collapse rose dramatically over the 4th of July weekend to 36. NBCNews.com reports that over the past two days authorities recovered eight bodies, bringing the total to 36, with twenty-nine of the victims having been identified. 109 people remain missing and authorities…

Bicyclist Dies Following Key Largo Crash

A bicyclist has died following a crash with a vehicle in Key Largo. WFLA.com reports that the crash occurred at about 9:00 p.m. in the vicinity of 66th St N, south of Ulmerton Road when the bicyclist was crossing in an unlit area of the road. The bicycle apparently did…

Can Victims of the Champlain Towers South Collapse Sue for Damages?

There are currently several theories as to why Champlain Towers South, at 8777 Collins Ave. in Miami, collapsed. An investigation has been promised by local authorities with several private individuals, including structural engineers, geodetic engineers, and more, working both in conjunction with authorities and on behalf of victims to understand…

Authorities Demolish Remaining Champlain Towers South Structure

Authorities demolished the remaining structure of the Champlain Towers South on Sunday, citing the need to protect public safety. CNN.com reports that the site was demolished with explosives at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday night. Authorities plan to allow the demolition site to settle before allowing search and rescue teams to…

Champlain Towers South Search Member Falls 25 Feet

As rescuers continue to search for the victims of the Champlain Towers South collapse, the nation waits with bated breath to hear news of survivors. But the rescue effort itself is not without risk, as authorities report that a rescue worker recently fell 25 feet while looking for victims. Assistant…

Boating Incident Leaves One Hospitalized and Another Arrested

A boating incident left one person hospitalized on Friday. WSVN.com reports that the incident occurred at about 4:45 p.m. on Friday afternoon in the waters near Northeast 123rd Street and North Bayshore Drive. Apparently, a boat being piloted by Daniel Nodarse injured a 34-year-old man when the boat’s propeller struck…

Coast Guard Continues to Search for Missing Boaters

Authorities continue to search for 10 people who went missing after a boat from Cuba capsized Wednesday. Local10.com reports that the U.S. Coast Guard launched a search for survivors of the vessel, which left from Puerto de Mariel, Cuba with 20 people aboard. Authorities found and rescued eight of the…

Child Dies in Hit-and-Run Crash in Homestead

A child has died following a hit-and-run crash in Homestead. Local10.com reports that the crash occurred on Saturday and the vicinity of the 600 block of Southwest 14th Avenue when a car struck the five-year-old child and then fled the scene. #Breaking: Police say 5-year-old child killed in #Homestead hit-and-run @CBSMiami @BrookeShaferTV…

Broward County Family Seeks Justice for Woman Killed in Crash

The family of a Broward woman is demanding justice after she was hit and killed by a vehicle while riding her bicycle. Local10.com reports that 44-year-old Sunny LaValle was struck by a car as she rode her bike along Bonaventure Boulevard in Weston on May 23. LaValle’s mother, Cheri Surloff,…

Car Crash Leaves Bicyclist Hospitalized in Weston

A bicyclist was left hospitalized after being involved in a collision with a vehicle on Sunday. Local10.com reports that the crash occurred in the vicinity of Bonaventure Boulevard near South Post Road and involved a gray sedan and the bicyclist. The victim was seriously injured in the crash and authorities transported…

Authorities: Hit-and-Run Suspect Hid Victim’s Body

Yesterday we blogged about a man who allegedly struck and killed a teen who was jogging in Miami-Dade. Now, authorities are alleging that the suspect hid the teen’s body after striking her with his car. #UPDATE – Police have released the mugshot of 60-year-old Jose Fimia, the man accused of…

Bicyclist Who Was Struck By Vehicle Fleeing the Police Speaks Out

Yesterday we blogged about a bicyclist who was struck by a vehicle that was fleeing police yesterday. Now, the victim is speaking out. Local10.com reports that five juveniles, ages 12 to 16, were attempting to steal a vehicle in Broward County on Wednesday when police arrived and thwarted their plan. The…

Auto Manufacturer KIA Recalls Vehicles for Second Time Due to Fire Risk

Auto manufacturer KIA is recalling vehicles for the second time in relation to a defect that can cause the vehicles’ engines to catch fire. FoxBusiness.com reports that KIA is recalling over 440,000 cars and SUVs due to a defect that could cause brake fluid to leak into the control panel,…

A Florida Man Is Dead Following a Boating Crash in the Florida Keys

Local10.ocom reports that 59-year-old Key Largo resident Joseph Guenther was piloting a 21-foot boat in Blackwater Sound Saturday morning when the vessel suddenly crashed into a tree. Investigators believe that Guenther lost control of the boat shortly before the crash. The crash left Guenther with a significant head injury and…

Crash Kills Motorcycle Rider in Hialeah

A Tuesday morning crash left one person dead in Hialeah. Local10.com reports that the crash blocked traffic in both directions on Okeechobee Rd. near West Fifth Street. The victim, apparently a motorcycle rider, was covered by a yellow tarp. Police have not released details about the crash but apparently, the…

Bicycle Head Trauma Victim Becomes Advocate for Bike Safety

In case you did not know, May is National Bike Safety Month. Every May experts take the opportunity to underscore bike safety measures including wearing helmets and avoiding distractions such as cell phones while biking. Local10.com reports that a local teen, 13-year-old Andreas Rochelle, has a very special message to share…

Arrest In Connection With Deadly Personal Watercraft Collision

Several days ago we blogged about a man who was killed while riding a personal watercraft in Biscayne Bay, and that the pilot of the boat that collided with the man fled the scene. Now, authorities have arrested someone in connection with the tragedy. Local10.com reports that police have arrested…

7 Hospitalized – Including 5 Chidren- In Jacksonville Crash Involving School Bus

Several people were hospitalized following a crash involving a school bus on Friday. News4Jax.com reports that a total of 7 people were hospitalized, including 5 children and 2 adults, following a crash Friday morning. The crash involved a school bus and another vehicle and occurred at Pearl and Bay street. Authorities believe…

Bicyclist In Critical Condition Following Collision With Car in Coconut Grove

A bicyclist was severely injured in a multi-vehicle crash in Coconut Grove on Wednesday. WSVN.com reports that the crash occurred at around 3:45 p.m. in the vicinity of South Dixie Highway and Southwest 27th Avenue. First responders with the City of Miami Police and Fire Rescue transported the victim to Jackson…

Appeals Court Orders EPA to Decide on Pesticide Ban Within 60 Days

A U.S. Appeals court told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Thursday that it must either ban a pesticide, which has been linked to child brain damage, or declare that the pesticide is safe. Local10.com reports that the pesticide, chlorpyrifos, has been in wide use for nearly a decade and a…

Automaker Genesis Announces Auto Recall Due to Fire Risk

Automaker Genesis is recalling tens of thousands of vehicles due to a defect that could result in fire. ConsumerReports.com reports that Genesis is recalling more than 95,000 vehicles due to defective Anti-Lock Braking modules that could be prone to short-circuiting and catching fire. Genesis has identified G70 model years 2019 –…

9 Rescued from Boat Engulfed in Flames

A boat caught fire in Sarasota, Florida, Saturday, resulting in the rescue of 9 people who had been aboard the vessel. WSVN.com reports that after the boat began to suffer mechanical issues the boat began to emit black smoke. “You saw black smoke just come from everywhere off the boat,” a…

3 Dead and 8 Hurt In Serious I-95 Crash

A serious car crash killed three people in Volusia County, Florida Sunday. NBCMiami.com reports that the victims were among nearly a dozen people who were involved in the crash which occurred on Interstate 95 when a van careened off the highway at about 5:30 AM. The force of the crash sheared…

Davie Driver Apparently Blacks Out – Crashes into Residence

A vehicle was involved in a collision with a residence in Davie Thursday. Local10.com reports that the incident occurred in the 9300 block of Old Orchard Road in Forest Ridge. As homeowner Pearla McMasters was working on her computer a car came crashing through her front window. McMasters described the…

Deadly Crash As Tractor Trailer Collies with SUV Carrying 25 People

A California crash is serving as a stark warning to Floridians: avoid the temptation to over-crowd into a vehicle. In a grizzly news report out of Southern California today, reports indicate that an SUV carrying 25 people was involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer, killing at least 15 people. Local10.com…

Boy Declared Brain-Dead After Being Hit By Car Running Red-Light

An 11-year-old boy who was struck by a car earlier this month has now been declared brain-dead his family says. Local10.com reports that on February 10 Anthony Reznik and his sister were crossing the street in a marked crosswalk near 300 Sunny Isles Blvd. when a vehicle hit him after…

Authorities Identify Motorcyclist Killed in Dania Beach Crash

Authorities have now identified a motorcyclist who died in a two-vehicle crash in Dania Beach on Thursday. Police say that the victim was 41-year-old Dante Brovillette of Pompano Beach. Brovillette was killed as he rode his Harley Davidson motorcycle westbound on Griffin Road at about 1:00 p.m. Local10.com reports that…

Cruise Injury Statute of Limitation Fast Approaching

When the coronavirus pandemic brought the world to a halt in March and April 2020 the cruise industry was not spared. Most major cruise ships were grounded in the wake of the virus’ spread and have remained so ever since. But despite the global shutdown, the statute of limitation for…

What are the Different Types of Distracted Driving?

There are three types of distracted driving: Visual. This includes anything that takes your eyes off of the road Manual. This includes anything that takes your hands off of the wheel Cognitive. This includes anything that takes your mind off of the road Individually, these types of distractions are dangerous…

Coast Guard Calls Off Search for Missing Boater

A 19-year-old boater went missing from his vessel in the Jacksonville area Thursday. After investing hundreds of man-hours looking for him, the U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search. ActionNewsJax.com reports that the victim, Michael Vaughn III, had been sailing alone in a 30-foot commercial fishing vessel when locals noticed…

West Palm Beach Woman Dies in Three-Car Collision

A West Plam Beach woman has died following a serious multi-vehicle crash on Sunday. PalmBeachPost.com reports that the crash occurred just after 12:00 p.m. in the southbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike. Traffic was stopped at mile marker 112 when a woman driving a sedan reportedly failed to stop, struck…

Car Strikes Group of Five University of Florida Students – Killing One

A car crash involving an automobile and five pedestrians on Saturday night left one of the pedestrians dead and four injured.   WCJB.com reports that the group was struck by a Honda Civic that went off the road while traveling on University Avenue, first striking a pole and then hitting the…

Authorities: Teen Struck by Vehicle Near School Bus Stop

A teen was struck by a vehicle near a school bus stop in Winter Haven on Thursday. BayNews9.com reports that the collision occurred at Avenue G NW, near 22nd Street NW. Apparently, an 18-year-old male motorist was driving westbound on his way to work when he struck the 16-year-old girl…

Authorities Arrest Boater for Killing Girl in May Boating Crash

Authorities have arrested a Florida man following a boat crash that killed a young girl earlier this year. Fox13News.com reports that prosecutors have arrested 40-year-old Andrew Miltner and charged him with boating under the influence, manslaughter, and vessel homicide. Authorities say that on May 17 Mitner had been drinking when he took…

81-year-old driver dies after Miami-Dade car collision

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY ,FL – Police are investigating a car accident that killed a woman in Miami-Dade County Tuesday morning, WPLG reports. The victim was identified by a family member as 81-year-old Olga Choza. According to investigators, the car she was driving collided with another vehicle in the area of Southwest 117th…

3 injured in pickup truck rollover accident on I-75

BROWARD COUNTY, FL – State troopers responded to the scene of a pickup truck crash on Interstate 75 Thursday. According to WSVN, three people were injured in the accident, which took place on the Alligator Alley portion of I-75 in West Broward County. The Florida Highway Patrol said the driver of the pickup…

News: Crash involving Porsche in Fort Lauderdale leaves 1 dead, 1 injured

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – A car accident in Fort Lauderdale early Saturday left one person dead and another severely injured. According to WSVN, the incident happened in the vicinity of NE Third Avenue and NE Sixth Street shortly after midnight. Police say the driver of a Porsche coupe lost control while…

Crash Leaves 8-Year-Old Dead and 5-Year-Old In Critical Condition

A serious auto crash has left a child and an elderly person dead, and another child in critical condition. WFLA.com reports that authorities suspect that the crash was caused by a 27-year-old man who was drunk driving in Polk County when he crossed the center line on Lucerne Park Road…

Child hospitalized after being hit by car near Vero Beach

VERO BEACH, FL – State troopers were on the scene in Indian River County Friday afternoon after a child was struck by a car, WPTV reports. The child, whose age was not released, was hit in the 500 block of 39th Street near Vero Beach shortly after 12 noon. The…

Arrest made in Palm Springs hit-and-run crash that killed bicyclist

PALM BEACH, FL – Authorities say they have made an arrest in a fatal hit-and-run crash on Thanksgiving night in Palm Beach County.  CBS 12 reports Victor Eduardo Tzul-Pacheco is accused of being the driver responsible for the incident on 2nd Avenue North in Palm Springs. Witnesses told police that Tzul-Pacheco…

Advisor to U.S. Congressman Killed in Thanksgiving Vehicle Crash

An advisor to Dan Congressman Lipinski was killed in a Thanksgiving Day crash in Southwest Florida last week. ABC7Chicago.com reports that Zachary Plantz was traveling to Naples, Florida for a charity marathon on Thanksgiving Day when he was killed in the crash. NBC-2.com reports that Plantz was driving a Mercedes Benz…

Cruise Lines Begin Cancelling 2021 Sailings

The cruise industry was supposed to return to operations in the summer. After the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s no-sail order was set to expire in July, Carnival announced that it was going to return to operations on August 1. Then, as the CDC extended its no-sail order, the cruise industry pushed…

Cruise Injury Suit Statue of Limitation Persists Despite COVID-19

Most cruising worldwide stopped between March and April 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic ravaged across the globe. As authorities realized that not only were cruise passengers falling ill with coronavirus by the hundreds but that they were also disembarking from the ships and carrying the virus into their various countries of disembarkation,…

Boy Scouts of America Faces Nearly 90,000 Sex Abuse Claims

The Boy Scouts of America is facing nearly 90,000 sex abuse claims as a Monday deadline neared to submit claims against the organization. NBCNews.com reports that as the 5:00 p.m. Monday deadline approached, the number of cases filed had already surpassed 88,500.  The vast majority of the claims are from…

Boca Raton Couple Found Dead In Palm Beach County Wetland

A Boca Raton, Florida couple was found mysteriously drowned near a boat in a Palm Beach County wetland last weekend.   DailyMail.co.uk reports that 76-year-old James Adams III and his wife 76-year-old Paula Adams were found floating in a body of water in Palm Beach County’s Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge…

Alligator Alley Crash Leaves One Dead

A Florida resident was killed in a crash on Alligator Alley in a single-vehicle crash on Monday. Patch.com reports that the crash occurred at about 8:27 a.m. on I-75 near mile marker 37. The 57-year-old victim, from Clewiston, was driving a pickup truck when he suddenly veered off the road…

West Palm Beach Area Boat Crash Kills FWC Employee and Injures Two Others

CBS12.com reports that a boat crash in the West Palm Beach area has left one civilian employee with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) dead and two others hospitalized. The crash occurred at approximately 9:30 a.m. in the C-51 canal when the boat in which the victims were riding…

Cruise Ship Medical Malpractice Results in Severe and Permanent Brain Injury

Today we blog about the tragic case of Richard Burgess, who suffered severe and permanent brain injuries due to Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s medical negligence. Burgess suffered a medical emergency while sailing aboard the Harmony of the Seas, and his injuries were exacerbated by the negligence of the RCCL medical…

Abandoned Miami Gardens Building Becomes Scene of Tragic Falling Death

An abandoned Miami-area building has become the scene of a tragic death after a man apparently fell from an upper floor of the building. Local10.com reports that the old Parkway West Regional Medical Center is one of the tallest buildings in the area of the Golden Glades exchange, and has…

16-Year-Old Teen Killed in Florida Pinellas County Boat Crash

A teen girl was killed in a boating crash in Pinellas County overnight. WTSP.com reports that 16-year-old Rachel Herring was one of six passengers riding in a boat piloted by a 16-year-old male at about 12:30 a.m. in Indian Shores. The group was leaving a house party, traveling north on…

Cruise CEOs Join Forces in Bid to Return to Business

On Friday, CEOs of the world’s largest cruise companies participated in a virtual meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and other high ranking governmental officials to discuss strategies to restart the cruise industry. MiamiHerald.com reports that the CEOs of Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and MSC discussed a proposal which would…

Carnival Cruise Line Is Not Ready to Restart Cruising After All

The travel world rejoiced earlier this month when Carnival Cruise Line announced that it would return to operations in November. But the joy was short-lived after Carnival announced this week that it would cancel all cruises through November.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) opened the door for cruise…

Authorities Find Body of Missing Jacksonville-Area Boater

In the afternoon hours of September 30, a boater went missing after his vessel capsized on the north side of the Buckman Bridge in Jacksonville. Following the crash, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a statement, “a single vessel incident occurred on the north side of the Buckman…

ATV Driver Killed in Miami-Dade Hit-and-Run

A person was killed in Miami-Dade while riding an ATV on Sunday night. NBCMiami.com reports that the crash involved a silver KIA sedan and a Yamaha ATV, and occurred at approximately 11:50 p.m. in the vicinity of Southwest 40th Street near Southwest 94th Avenue. The collision threw the driver of the ATV…

27-Year-Old Man Killed in Haulover Inlet Boat Crash

A boat crash on Thursday resulted in a man being ejected from the vessel and going missing. Now, authorities have found the body of the missing victim, and have arrested the driver of the boat that crashed. NBCMiami.com reports that authorities took 53-year-old Dean Sealey into custody at approximately 3:00…

13 Hospitalized Following Serious Head-On Crash

A serious crash between a van and a pickup truck has left over a dozen people hospitalized, several with serious injuries. Head-on crash closes State Road 82 in Collier County https://t.co/UA23ecuWDp — Naples Daily News (@ndn) September 25, 2020 Winknews.com reports that the crash occurred in Collier County on SR-82…

Norwegian Cruise Line Faulty Stairwell Design Causes Fractured Arm

Earlier this week we blogged about a complaint that we filed on behalf of a Norwegian Cruise Lines passengers who was injured on the Norwegian Getaway cruise ship due to faulty stairwell design. But the Getaway is not the only Norwegian ship that suffers from hazardous stairwells. Below, we present an excerpt of…

Celebrity Chef Aaron Grissom Dies Following Serious Motorcycle Crash

The culinary world is mourning the loss of one of its own after celebrity chef Aaron Grissom passed away in a motorcycle crash earlier this week. Former “Top Chef” contestant Aaron Grissom has died after a traffic accident, authorities say. He was 34. https://t.co/8ge6rajgBc — CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) September…

Award Winning Personal Injury Lawyer Jack Hickey

John (Jack) Hickey is an award-winning lawyer with years of experience both inside and outside of the courtroom. Fewer than 1% of the attorneys in Florida are board-certified. Mr. Hickey is double, both in civil trial and admiralty and maritime law. Watch the short video below to learn more about…

Authorities Medevac 19-Year-Old Woman After Crash involving School Bus

A serious crash involving a school bus Friday left one teenage woman hospitalized in serious condition.   BREAKING: We’re on the scene of a school bus crash with kids on board in Charlotte County. Crash is at U.S. 41 and Twin Lakes Drive. Live updates ahead at 4 PM. #winknews…

Wet Steps Aboard Carnival Dream Leads To Slip-and-Fall Passenger Injury

Slip-and-fall injuries are relatively common aboard cruise ships. Cruise lines have a responsibility to maintain the ships’ premises in a safe condition for passengers and crew members. In the following case, you will read just how quickly the cruise line’s negligence can lead to a serious permanent injury.  The following…

Cruise Ship Returns To Operations – Suffers Coronavirus Outbreak

It is no secret that cruise companies are eager to get back to business. After nearly 4 months without an embarkation, the world’s major cruise lines are hemorrhaging money and selling off ships in order to stay financially afloat. But some smaller and very intrepid cruise lines have already begun to…

CDC Wants Public’s Input Before Allowing Cruise Ship to Sail Again

In March, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued an order prohibiting international cruise ships from calling on U.S. ports through July 24. The CDC subsequently extended the order through September in order to give the cruise industry more time to put practices in place to help ensure passenger safety…

Carnival Denies Rumor That It Plans To Sell Two Subsidiaries

Internet rumors have been circulating about the future of two Carnival Cruise Lines subsidiaries. CruiseRaido.net reports that a popular website asserted that Carnival is looking to sell Cunard and Seabourn cruise lines, without naming any sources of the information. Though this would keep in line with other published reports that indicate…

At Least Three Cruise Ships See Coronavirus Cases Upon Return To Operations

Over the past several days the travel world has been rocked by the revelation that a Norwegian cruise ship has experienced a coronavirus outbreak upon returning to operations. Now, published reports indicate that at least three cruise ships have experienced coronavirus cases after returning to the seas. German line AIDA…

Citing Increasing Coronavirus Cases – CDC Extends Cruise No-Sail Order

In what may amount to little more than a technicality, on Thursday the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended its cruise ship no-sail order through September. The extension comes as little surprise as the confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States continues to soar. The CDC…

Carnival Announces That It Will Delay Launch of Mardi Gras Cruise Ship

In yet another setback for the cruise industry, Carnival Cruise Line has announced that it will delay the launch of its Mardi Gras cruise ship until at least February 2021. Carnival Mardi Gras Debut Pushed to 2021 https://t.co/OSaCwfUDQr pic.twitter.com/roCq73esB7 — Cruise Industry News (@CruiseIndustry) July 7, 2020 CruiseRadio.net reports that…

Can You Sue The Cruise Line Company if You Contract COVID-19 On a Cruise?

If you contract the coronavirus on a cruise ship, can you sue the cruise line? Yes, you can. In this short video from AskTheLawyers™, Miami cruise ship attorney Jack Hickey discusses your rights and options following a virus outbreak on a cruise. If you have contracted COVID-19 while on a…

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Forced To Postpone Return

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and the fact that most of the world’s international cruise ships will be grounded until at least September, a South Florida based cruise line was set to return to cruising later this month. But with the resurgence of coronavirus, the company has now scrapped its…

Cruise Companies Backtrack On Plans to Return to the Sea

Just several weeks ago it seemed that the cruise industry would make a roaring comeback in August and attempt to mount a return to sailing from there. Cruise line executives were citing significant demand among the public as proof that the industry would survive the devastation wrought by coronavirus. But…

Cruise Cancellations Become The Industry Norm

Recent developments indicate that cruise companies were overly ambitious when they announced that they would return to operations in the late summer. In particular, Carnival Cruise Line boldly announced that it would begin sailing again on August 1, only to subsequently backtrack. Now, it seems that cruise cancellations are becoming…

Cruise Lines To Return To Fewer International Destination Options

In the travel industry, it is no secret that the cruise sector is aiming to get back to business as quickly as possible. Carnival Cruise Lines looks to be first among the major international cruise companies to return, with voyages already scheduled to begin on August 1. But the kind…

Central Florida Snags A New Cruise Line

If anything, the coronavirus pandemic has caused a significant shakeup of the cruise industry. While some international destinations, such as Canada, Australia, and some Caribbean islands, have vowed to suspend cruising into the late summer and early fall, other locales are looking to begin hosting cruisers again as soon as…

Carnival Cruise Line Announces New Cruises Out of Galveston

The late-summer cruise season is shaping up to be a busy one as Carnival Cruise Line prepares to make its return to the seas in August. Currently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a moratorium on cruising which is set to run through July 24. Carnival, the world’s…

Canada Extends Large Cruise Ship Ban Through October

The Canadian government has decided to extend its ban on large cruise ships until October 31, effectively cancelling the summer cruise season. Q13Fox.com reports that Canada’s Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced the no-sail order on Friday in an attempt to stem the vessels’ contribution to the spread of coronavirus in…

Can COVID-19 Related Class Action Lawsuits be Filed Against Cruise Lines?

While the poor decisions made by cruise lines to protect their passengers and crew from the deadly coronavirus may have led to widespread illness and death, those seeking a class-action lawsuit against the cruise lines may have an uphill battle toward justice. This is because of the lengthy and convoluted legal…

Cruise Bookings Are Way Up As The Call of the Sea Trumps Potential Risks

It is no surprise that in the months of March and April, the cruise industry suffered from a wave of cancelations much larger than anything ever before seen. The ramifications of the situation continue, as cruise companies continue to process the refunds, many of which are up to two months…

Couple Files Lawsuit Against Cruise Line Due to Coronavirus Contagion

A New York couple is suing a cruise line, claiming that the company negligently exposed them to coronavirus. FoxNews.com reports that Long Island, New York residents Fred and Marlene Kantrow boarded the Celebrity Eclipse cruise ship on February 29 and sailed aboard the ship for approximately a month, returning on…

Bloomberg Speculates About What Cruising Will Look Like In The Future

Though cruise lines are currently under a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) no-sail order until July 24, many are speculating about how the future of cruising will look. Bloomberg is one of the lastest news outlets to try its hand at predicting the future of cruising and included both smaller…

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Announces Return to Service in Late July

While the major cruise lines have all announced that they will return to service in August or later, many smaller cruise lines are planning to return to cruising sooner. Some regional cruise companies, especially in the South, are planning to return as soon as June. And at least one international…

Cruise Customers Complain About Slow Refunds

As the cruise industry continues to adjust to its new reality in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, it has tried to reassure travelers by offering generous refund policies. Passengers have responded by canceling droves. But getting a refund is easier said than done. USAToday.com reports that many people who…

Cruise Companies Reportedly Refuse CDC Repatriation Plan For Crew Members

There are currently approximately 100,000 ship crew members stuck on ships across the world, prevented from disembarking the ships and going home due to concerns that they may be sick with coronavirus. Though cruise company executives have been in touch with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about repatriating the workers to…

Cruise Companies Receive Federal Aid – Angering Senator Bernie Sanders

Saying that the cruise industry is in trouble would be a significant understatement. Cruise companies are currently the subject of mass cancellations and refunds, even as former passengers file lawsuits due to the companies’ handling of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. Add to that the fact that thousands of cruise ship…

Australia Tracks Coronavirus Contagion to Princess Cruise Ship

The island of Tasmania off Australia’s southern coast is experiencing a coronavirus outbreak. Until recently authorities had been investigating the source of the contagion which spread through the country. Now, researchers are blaming the contagion on a visit from a cruise ship. Reuters.com reports that Australia has managed to keep…

Were Cruise Ship Officials In Denial About COVID-19 Threat?

As far as venues for the transmission of COVID-19 goes, cruise ships have probably been the most prolific. Well over 1,000 cruise ship passengers have contracted the virus while aboard the vessels. Over a dozen have died, though some of those deaths have not been officially declared as stemming from…

Crusise Ship Doctor Dies of Coronavirus

The head doctor of the cruise ship Costa Fascinosa died of coronavirus after receiving treatment for the virus in Santos, Brazil.  Maritime-executive.com reports that the deceased doctor was 70-year-old Paolo Mudanò of Genoa, Italy. Mudanò and other Fascinosa crew members have been quarantined off the coast of Santos, Brazil since…

Cruise Ships May Not Sail For Another 100 Days

Cruise companies will not be allowed to sail for up to 100 days after the Centers for Disease Control issued the industry a “no sail” order. FloridaToday.com reports that the order will likely further hurt South Florida’s tourism industry, which is already reeling from a nationwide reduction in travel. The…

Cruise Ship Passengers Sue Over COVID-19 Exposure

At this point, it is common knowledge that cruise ships are one of the ways that coronavirus spread has throughout the world. In the coming weeks and months, the cruise industry will undoubtedly come under intense scrutiny for its handling of the outbreak. Yesterday we blogged about a cruise ship…

Analysis: Ways Cruising Will Be Different In The Future

Currently, most cruise companies across the world are under a months-long cruise moratorium, leaving very few ships in the ocean’s waters. But cruising will resume someday, probably slowly but surely over the summer. In the meantime, cruise industry watchers are speculating about major changes that cruise companies and governments will…

60% of Artic Cruise Passengers Test Positive for Coronavirus

According to CNN.com, of 217 people aboard an Arctic cruise ship, the Greg Mortimer, 128 have tested positive for COVID-19. The situation is so desperate that the ship has been unable to disembark its passengers and has been on hold off the coast of Uruguay for several days. Uruguayan authorities have…

Yet Another Ship With Sick Passengers Asks To Dock At Fort Lauderdale

Over the past several days Florida officials have been debating whether to allow two Holland America cruise ships dock, after many of the ships’ passengers have come down with flu-like symptoms. Several of the ship’s passengers have tested positive for COVID-19. Yesterday Florida’s governor Rick DeSantis expressed his opposition to allowing…

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Celebrity Infinity Suffers Fatality

The Celebrity Infinity cruise ship is in a holding pattern off the coast of Florida, filled with crew members who have not been able to leave the ship during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. After the successful docking of the Holland America ships Zandaam and Rotterdam yesterday, it is still unclear what will…

After Weeks At Sea Cruise Ships Dock at Fort Lauderdale

After weeks of uncertainty, cruise passengers who have spent the last couple of weeks at sea have finally arrived at port. We have been blogging about the plight of the passengers aboard the Holland America MS Zaandam since Chilean authorities denied the ship’s passengers the ability to disembark the ship on…

2 Princess Cruises Passengers Die As Ship Is Finally Allowed To Dock

The Coral Princess cruise ship arrived at Port Miami today, carrying several passengers who were sick with COVID-19. Authorities pronounced two people aboard the ship dead, and fear that they may have died from the virus.  CNN.com reports that the Coral Princess set sail on March 5 from Chile. The voyage was planned…

Cruise Ship Returns to Port Early After Passengers Fall Ill

Over the past several days passengers and crew aboard the Caribbean Princess cruise ship have been falling ill, prompting the ship to return to port early. Local10.com reports that the ship returned to port on Saturday morning after 228 passengers and 17 crew members fell ill with a stomach bug during…

Cruise Ship Coronavirus Lawsuits Begin

Cruise ship passengers who have been affected by various coronavirus outbreaks have seen their lives significantly affected. Thousands of travelers have been confined to the vessels under quarantine, not only unable to leave the ships but unable to leave their staterooms for days and weeks on end. Now, a Florida…

Cruise Industry Upended by Coronavirus – Suspends Cruising for 30 Days

Today President Donald Trump announced that all major cruise lines have agreed to suspend cruising for 30 days.  At my request, effective midnight tonight, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and MSC have all agreed to suspend outbound cruises for thirty days. It is a great and important industry – it will…

Cruise Companies Take Measures to Reassure Travelers

With so many news reports relating to cruise travel and coronavirus, it is normal for people to wonder if they should continue with their plans to cruise. The industry has slowly become cognizant of passengers’ concerns and is slowly beginning to make changes in an attempt to alleviate their concerns.  Cruise companies…

Another Princess Cruise Ship Suffering Possible Coronavirus Contagion

Coronavirus fears are causing yet another Princess cruise voyage disruption, as authorities screen passengers aboard a large ship following a significant coronavirus scare.  Authorities are detaining the 3,500 passenger Grand Princess cruise ship off the coast of Northern California, after a passenger who had recently sailed on the ship recently…

Caribbean Ports Turn Away MSC Meraviglia on Coronavirus Concerns

FoxNews.com reports that two ports in the Caribbean denied entry to the MSC Meraviglia cruise ship on concerns that the ship may be carrying passengers sick with coronavirus. Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Georgetown, Cayman Islands denied the ship permission to dock after hearing reports that a Filipino cruise ship member…

British Diamond Princess Passenger Dies of Coronavirus

The epic quarantine of the Diamond Princess cruise ship off the coast of Japan will doubtlessly be studied by scientists for years to come. What started off as a single coronavirus infection ballooned to over 700 people in just under six weeks. The ship was quarantined from February 3 to…

Authorities Identify Two Women Killed In Fisher Island Ferry Accident

Authorities have identified the two victims of a tragedy in which a car fell into the sea from the Fisher Island ferry earlier this week.  The two women were sitting in an automobile which was being transported by the Fisher Island ferry Tuesday when the car rolled forward as the…

Another Cruise Ship Turned Away from Caribbean Port On Coronavirus Concerns

A Caribbean country has rejected yet another cruise ship on Thursday, in an attempt to prevent coronavirus from becoming established in its country. Yesterday we blogged that Jamaica and the Cayman Islands denied entry to the MSC Meraviglia due to concerns that the ship was carrying someone sick with coronavirus.…

2 Diamond Princess Passengers Die of Coronavirus

Two passengers from the fated Diamond Princess cruise voyage that was riddled with coronavirus have died. ABCNews.go.com reports that the victims were an elderly man and woman who were both residents of Japan. They had been brought ashore for treatment of the virus last week, and both died Thursday, reports…

Yet Another Cruise Ship Detained Due to Coronavirus Scare

A day after we blogged that authorities have quarantined a cruise ship after 10 people from the ship tested positive for coronavirus, major news outlets are reporting that authorities have detained yet another ship.   The first ship reported quarantined, the Diamond Princess, is just days into a two-week detention…

Cruise Industry Sees First Possible Case of Coronavirus Aboard Cruise Ship

As coronavirus continues to spread across China, authorities are increasingly worried that it may spread from the country and establish itself across the world. Cruise companies such as Royal Caribbean, MSC, and Costa have canceled cruises sailing out of Shanghai, while Holland America has altered the itinerary of an upcoming…

Cruise Companies Cancel Sailings from China Due to Corona Virus

Major cruise companies are announcing cancellations of sailings out of China due to the growing threat of coronavirus.  USAToday.com reports that Royal Caribbean, MSC, and Costa Cruises are all canceling departures from China, with Royal Caribbean announcing that it is suspending Monday’s scheduled sailing of the Spectrum of the Seas.…

Crew Member Found Dead on Ship That Was Screened for Coronavirus

Authorities have announced that earlier this week they found a cruise ship crew member dead. His death occurred aboard a ship that had previously been screened for a coronavirus outbreak. Yahoo News reports that the man worked aboard the Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas. He reportedly failed to report for…

Costa Venezia Passengers Screened for Coronavirus

A day after several cruise lines announced that they would cancel cruises out of China due to fears of the spread of coronavirus, authorities are increasingly worried that the ships’ travels could aide the virus’ transmission.  in an effort to head off the virus officials with Royal Caribbean, MSC Cruises,…

Coronavirus Continues to Cause Chaos for Cruise Line Passengers

Cruise ships have a long history of illness outbreaks. In fact, some experts have called them veritable floating Petri dishes. The largest known cruise ship outbreak infected nearly 700 people with gastrointestinal illness. So, it seems that it was only a matter of time before coronavirus would appear aboard a…

Body Recovered After Man Goes Overboard from Cruise Ship

Authorities announced that they have recovered the body of a man who went overboard from a cruise ship on Wednesday night. UPDATE: @USCG says surveillance video shows “a clean jump” by a 46yo man from Naples, FL., who dropped 177 feet, from the 10 story deck of @RoyalCarribean‘s ‘Oasis of…

16 Year-Old-Killed After Being Struck by School Bus Just Before Christmas

Tragedy struck in the days before Christmas when 15-year-old Natasha Dwyer was hit and killed by a school bus in West Palm Beach.    Sun-Sentinel.com reports that Natasha and her mother, Latoya Jackson, had agreed that Natasha would not text message while walking to the bus stop and that Natasha would…

Yet Another Cruise Line Alters Sailing Due to Propulsion Issues

Just days ago we blogged that Royal Caribbean has canceled several sailings in early February due to propulsion issues with one of its ships. Now, another cruise company is announcing that it, too, will have to alter sailings due to engine issues. Officials with Princess Cruises announced that the company…

Cruise Ship Sexual Assault Results in New York Man Serving Time

MassLive.com reports that 45-year-olf Adam Damian Panetta was arrested in 2019 and charged with cruise ship assault after having being accused of severely beating a woman while aboard the ship. Video evidence showed Panetta pull the woman down the hallway by the hair and strike her in the head twice.…

Convicted Criminal Polluter Carnival Cruise Line Dumps Waste Water in Port Canaveral

Carnival Cruise Line, a convicted criminal polluter, has been caught discharging polluted water into Port Canaveral. WESH reports that the company confirmed that it had “accidentally” discharged so-called greywater from the Carnival Elation as it was docked at Port Canaveral on December 2, 2019. FoxNews.com reports that the ship was…

Coast Guard Medically Evacuates Second Passenger in Three Days

For the second time in three days, the U.S. Coast Guard has evacuated a passenger from a cruise ship. WAVY.com reports that the Coast Guard’s Air Station Elizabeth City sent a crew to evacuate an 85-year-old passenger suffering from a medical emergency aboard the Norwegian Bliss cruise ship. The Bliss…

5 Mistakes People Make After a Car Accident

There is an average of six million car accidents every year in the U.S., which accounts for millions of injuries and deaths. The steps you take in the aftermath of a car crash will impact the amount of compensation you receive for property damage, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.…

Cruise Passenger Falls Overboard Near New Zealand

Authorities are searching for a cruise ship passenger who fell overboard from a cruise ship as it sailed off the coast of New Zealand.  9News.com.au reports that the Norwegian Jewel’s authorities are reviewing the ship’s security personnel are reviewing the ship’s surveillance footage for clues as to the passenger’s last…

Carnival Cruise Line Attempts to Explain Cozumel Cruise Ship Collision

Six Carnival Cruise Line passengers were injured when two of the company’s ships collided in Cozumel yesterday. In a letter to passengers, the company attempted to explain the incident. According to FoxNews.com, the letter apologized for the incident, in which the Carnival Glory struck the Carnival Legend cruise ship while maneuvering…

California Officials Debate Housing the Homeless Aboard Cruise Ships

The city of Oakland, California is dealing with a serious homelessness problem. One of the solutions that the city is considering is repurposing retired cruise ships to serve as housing for the homeless. A CBS News report gave some details of the plan. Cruise companies with aging ships that have…

25-Year-Old Palm Beach Man Loses Arm in Boating Accident

Late last month a 25-year-old man lost his arm in a horrific boating accident, underscoring the oftentimes dangerous nature of boating in South Florida.   In late November Palm Beach resident Carter Viss was snorkeling off the coast of Palm Beach when he was struck on the arm by a 2008…

Cruise Ship Takes on Water after Striking Rocks in Thailand

A Belgian cruise ship ran aground in Thailand on Monday, breaching its hull and taking on water.  Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub The ship, La Belle des Oceans, was sailing south of the Phi-Phi islands when it struck underwater rocks. The collision was significant enough to breach the hull of the ship…

Cruise Ship Reportedly Suffers Blackout

MaritimeBulletin.net reports that the cruise ship Vasco da Gama suffered a blackout after an alarm alerted ship authorities to potential danger aboard the ship.  The report quotes a statement from Cruise & Maritime Voyages saying: “An alarm light on the engine control room’s panel led the vessel’s officers to initiate a controlled blackout…

CNN Reports Six Cruise Ship Passengers Fall Ill with Flu-Like Symptoms

CNN is reporting that six people fell ill aboard a Norwegian cruise ship earlier this week.   The sick passengers fell ill with flu-like symptoms including symptoms that affected the stomach. They were traveling aboard the Norwegian Joy, returning to the U.S. after a trip through the Panama Canal when…

CNN: Cruise Ship Sexual Assault Reports Up 67%

According to a CNN analysis of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s cruise crime report, cruise ship sexual assault reports increased by 67% in 2019 as compared to the same period in 2018. We blogged about this a couple of days ago but thought that this story deserved to be covered again.…

Choosing an Attorney for Your Brain Injury Case

In this video, Miami injury attorney Jack Hickey explains why he is a top choice if you are suffering from a brain injury and wish to seek compensation from those who are accountable for your injury.  Hickey says that it is important to work with someone who is familiar with…

Are There Time Limits for Filing A Malpractice Claim?

All forms of civil lawsuits have a time limit for filing your claim. In the State of Florida, that time limit or Statute of Limitation is two years from the day that you first experienced signs of the injury or should have known of the injury. It takes time to…

Cruise Ships – One Million More Times Polluting Than Automobiles?

Earlier this year top Carnival Cruise Line executives were taken to task by a federal judge, accused of purposefully polluting the world’s seas and covering it up. The company had already been hit with a $40 million fine after pleading guilty to criminal charges stemming from the pollution, and was…

Cruise Ship Crew Member Indicted on Federal Sexual Assault Charge

Several news outlets are reporting that a Filipino man has been indicted on allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman aboard a cruise ship, presumably aboard the cruise ship on which he worked. The St. Thomas Source reports that authorities charged Louis Isom Mangampat, of the Philippines, for aggravated sexual…

Celebrity Cruise Ship Runs Aground in Galapagos

Published reports indicate that the Celebrity Xpedition cruise ship ran aground in Galapagos on Tuesday. The ship was carrying 46 crew and passengers when it became stranded after running aground. The ship’s crew then evacuated along with the guests as a precaution, .  In a statement, Celebrity said that it…

Catholic Priest Accused of Sexually Harassing Cruise Ship Masseuse

Federal prosecutors are accusing an Alabama official of the Catholic Church of sexually harassing a cruise ship masseuse.  AL.com reports that Rev. Amal Samy is accused of having attempted to convince a cruise ship massage technician to touch his genitals during his massage aboard the Carnival Fantasy in August. Federal…

Authorities Considering Setting a Ship “Speed Limit” to Reduce Emissions

According to BBC.com, a new study indicates that reducing ship speeds, including those of cruise ships, by 20% could have significant benefits for the environment.  When ships travel more slowly, they tend to emit less pollution, even when taking the increased travel time into account. The benefits of the speed…

10-Year-Old Boy Drowns Aboard Cruise Ship in Asia

Newsweek.com reports that a 10-year-old-boy was found unresponsive in the pool of an Asian cruise ship on Monday, and was later pronounced dead.  The victim was traveling with his mother a friend aboard the Genting Dream cruise ship on a three-day itinerary when he was found dead. The ship was docked…

Cruise Passenger Dead After Falling from Cruise Ship In Norway

A cruise ship passenger died on Thursday after falling from a cruise ship in Norway the day before. Foxnews.com reports that the 40-something-year-old woman fell from the MS Finnmarken cruise ship on Wednesday as the ship was en route to Ålesund. Norwegian authorities deployed “all available resources” in the search…

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Carnival Dream Passenger

The U.S. Coast Guard has called off the search for a man who went missing from a cruise ship on Thursday night. Carnival says that the 26-year-old man apparently jumped from his cabin room aboard the Carnival Dream ship as it sailed on a 4-day itinerary to Cozumel. ABC13.com reports…

12-year-old Boy Mysteriously Dies Aboard MSC Cruise in Italy

Newsweek is reporting that a 12-year-old boy suddenly died as he and his family sailed aboard the MSC Divina cruise ship in Italy.  The ship was traveling from Palermo, Italy, to Calgliari when the boy died. Though his parents sought medical assistance from crew members aboard the ship, their efforts…

Cruise Ship Travelers Should Investigate Hazards Before Booking

The moment cruise ship passengers step on the ship, they face numerous threats. Whether it be the outbreak of an illness, sexual assault, or injury while on the ship or excursion, the hazards are real and ever present.  One of the biggest threats to cruise passengers is norovirus. This virus…

Cruise Ship Passenger Reported Dead After Falling Overboard

A cruise ship passenger was pronounced dead last week after falling overboard from the ship on which she was traveling. Newsweek.com reports that the 75-year-old female victim was sailing aboard the Costa Pacifica cruise ship when she supposedly jumped overboard voluntarily at about 10:45pm on Thursday. The report cites a…

Cruise Ship Collides with Cargo Ship in Romania

Several news outlets are reporting that on October 5th a cruise ship slammed into a cargo ship in Tulcea waters, Romania.  The incident took place at around 5:00 AM when the Prinzessin Isabella, which was carrying 165 passengers at the time, collided with a Panamanian cargo ship. Fortunately, no serious…

Cruise Passenger Severely Injured in Fall Aboard Carnival Valor

A man was critically injured after he suffered a fall aboard a cruise ship yesterday.  People.com reports that the man was sailing on a 5-day itinerary to Cozumel, Mexico aboard the Carnival Valor cruise ship when he fell and sustained “multiple significant injuries.” The ship was off the coast of…

Cruise Passenger Rescued after Falling Overboard from Ship

CruiseHive.com reports that On September 26th, a cruise ship passenger was rescued after falling overboard from the ship and spending an hour in the Pacific Ocean. The passenger, whose name wasn’t confirmed, was on the MSC Divina, which at the moment of the incident had just left Palma de Mallorca,…

Conception Dive Boat Tragedy – Summary of What We Know and What We Don’t Know

Below is a summary of what we know and what we don’t know about the Conception dive boat tragedy. Company Which Owns Boat Involved In Deadly Labor Day Fire In Channel Islands Suspends Operations #conception #diveboatfire @santabarbaraharbor #ntsb #santacruzisland https://t.co/zyQ7yQUhFM — LANCE OROZCO (@KCLUNEWS) October 1, 2019   What we…

Carnival Cruise Line Still Does Not Station Lifeguards at Onboard Swimming Pools

For decades, many of the major cruise companies refused to station lifeguards at onboard swimming pools. Royal Caribbean, Disney, and Carnival all saw fit to allow infants, toddlers, and children to use the companies’ swimming facilities without helping to ensure their safety by staffing the pool areas with safety personnel.…

Cruise Industry Lobbyists’ History of Opposing Cruise Victims’ Rights

For decades, the cruise industry has fought to stave off legislation that would give more rights to passengers who become injured due to cruise lines’ negligence. One recent major legislative initiative affecting the cruise industry was the 2010 Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act. But despite this significant legislation, much…

Conception Moved to Navy Base for Further Study into Cause of Deadly Fire

As authorities conduct both safety and criminal probes into the deadly fire that killed 34 people aboard the California dive boat Conception earlier this month, the vessel has been transferred to a Southern California Navy base for further study. MSN.com reports that the Conception was transferred to Port Hueneme on…

Conception Crew Member Sues Boat’s Owner

Of the 34 victims of the Conception dive boat fire, nearly all were passengers participating in a diving adventure. In fact, just 5 people survived, all of whom were crew members aboard the vessel. At least one of those surviving crew members is now suing the boat’s owner.  NBC Los…

Carnival Fantasy Damaged after Striking Lock in Panama Canal

The Carnival  Carnival Fantasy cruise ship was damaged after striking a lock in the Panama Canal.  Fox 10 News WALA reports that passengers were frightened after the ship struck the lock as it was being guided through the series of locks by canal workers.  The WALA reports  that a passenger…

Cruise Ship Brings Over 1,100 Hurricane Dorian Evacuees to Florida

In a rare bit of good news relating to the cruise industry, cruise companies continue to help victims of Hurricane Dorian. While many cruise ships have taken supplies such as food and water to the areas of the Bahamas that were most affected by the storm, one cruise line is…

Cruise Companies Pledge Aid to the Bahamas Following Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian slammed into the Bahamas over the weekend, killing dozens of people and destroying thousands of homes. As the international pledges to help the country pour in, some cruise companies have also stepped up. In an NBC News report an official with the Celebrity Equinox cruise ship said that…

Carnival Cuts a Cruise Short and Lengthens Another as Hurricane Dorian Looms

As Hurricane Dorian strengthens and seems to take aim at Florida, cruise line officials are scrambling to adjust to the rapidly changing weather conditions. This has caused in disruptions of over half a dozen cruises, and has even resulted in one cruise line offering passengers the choice of cruising in…

Cancelled Royal Caribbean Cruise Leaves Passengers Stranded in Baltimore

Thousands of cruise ship travelers were supposed to set sail for Bermuda from Baltimore this past weekend, on a 5-day itinerary for fun in the sun. But just hours after their ship departed from port the vessel was forced to return due to mechanical problems. With the trip cancelled, thousands…

2019 Cruise Line Report Card Gives Carnival Corp. an “F”

Each year, the Friends of Earth organization completes a cruise ship report card that grades the environmental impact cruise lines have on the ocean and what green initiatives they use to reduce the effect their ships have on our planet. Friends of Earth looked at sewage treatment, air pollution reduction,…

Cruise Passenger Dead after Falling Overboard from Symphony of the Seas

A cruise passenger has been reported dead after falling overboard from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. The passenger, identified in published reports as an Australian man, was reportedly sailing between the Caribbean islands of St. Kitts and St. Thomas on Wednesday morning when ship authorities were alerted that someone had…

Carnival Honors Men Who Rescued Passenger That Fell Off Pier

Last week two residents of St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, leapt into action to help a cruise ship passenger who had fallen off a pier into the water. The victim is a woman who was traveling on the Carnival Fascination, and had disembarked when the ship arrived at…

Carnival Fantasy Earns Lowest Score Ever on CDC Sanitation Inspection

Every year the U.S. Centers for Disease Control conducts sanitation inspections of the cruise ships that call on the U.S. The inspections yield a score, with 86 out of 100 being the minimum passing score. Recently, the Carnival Fantasy cruise ship earned a score of just 77 out of 100,…

Cruise Ship Turns Back to Port After Losing Power

Various news outlets are reporting that a cruise ship turned back to port as it was sailing toward Ketchikan, Alaska, after the ship lost power as it headed on its way to the nation’s northernmost state. Kiro7.com reports that the Celebrity Solstice was sailing out of Seattle, Washington when  it…

Cruise Ship Brawl Blamed on Too Much Booze

Over the weekend a peculiar story hit several major news outlets, which claimed that a cruise ship passenger dressed as a clown had been involved in a serious brawl which left several people injured. While the reports that a clown was involved have been shot down, new reports are suggesting…

Cruise Ship Crew Member Rescues Passenger Who Fell from Ship Sea

A woman was rescued from the sea by a cruise ship crew member after she reportedly jumped from a cruise ship on Monday.  FoxNews.com reports that the unidentified Irish woman was sailing aboard the MSC Seaview cruise ship in the area of Genoa, Italy when she went overboard. One of…

Cruise Ship Crew Member Reportedly Falls from Ship – Search Ongoing

A cruise ship crew member has reported fallen overboard from the ship on which he works, prompting a search which is currently ongoing.  Local10.com reports that the worker fell from the Carnival Victory cruise ship as it was returning to port at Miami, as the vessel was about 30 miles…

Cruise Passengers Injured As Van Crashes into the Sea

Several cruise passengers were injured when the van in which they were riding plunged into the sea over the weekend. CruiseHive.com reports that the passengers were traveling on the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas and had left the ship when it docked in Philipsburg, St. Maarten. The group was…

Coast Guard Continues to Search for Missing Cruise Ship Crew Member

As of this morning, the U.S. Coast Guard continued to search for the missing cruise ship crew member, who fell into the sea from a Carnival cruise ship earlier this week.  .@USCG continues to search for the crewmember that fell overboard from the Carnival Victory yesterday. pic.twitter.com/3jxdt0bJGP — USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast)…

Carnival Cancels Three Sailings of Vista Cruise Ship Due to Mechanical Issue

Carnival Cruise line has been forced to cancel three additional sailings as a result of issues affecting its carnival Vista cruise ship. The company had already been forced to modify several sailings due to an issue which affects the ships maximum speed. In a statement the company said “”The Carnival…

Can I Send A Letter For An Injury Case Instead Of Hiring A Lawyer?

After suffering from an injury on a cruise ship, you may be wondering if, instead of hiring a lawyer, you can send a letter to the cruise company as a demand for compensation. In the following video cruise injury attorney Jack Hickey discusses why this may not be such a…

Another Floatplane Crash in Alaska Nearly Strikes Cruise Ship

A floatplane crashed in Alaska on Thursday, landing between two cruise ships and leaving one person hospitalized. CruiseHive.com reports that the crash landing happened in the busy cruise port of Ketchikan, Alaska, the same location where six people were killed in a tragic collision of two floatplanes carrying cruise passengers…

Carnival Vista Mechanical Issue to Affect Yet Another Itinerary

Earlier this week Carnival Cruise Line announced that the most recent voyage of the Carnival Vista cruise ship would arrive to port a day later than planned due to a mechanical issue. Now, the company is announcing that the issue will also affect the ship’s next planned sailing. Carnival Ship…

Another Day Another Cruise Ship Mechanical Issue

The itinerary of a Carnival cruise ship has been altered after the ship reportedly suffered from a mechanical engine issue which affected its maximum speed. The Carnival Vista, sailing out of Galveston, Texas, is expected to arrive at port a day later than originally planned due to the issue. The…

Air Force Major Identified As Man Who Died in Cruise Ship Pool

Yesterday we blogged about a man who was found dead in a cruise ship swimming pool in the early morning hours of June 14. Now, Various news outlets are reporting that the man was a major in the US Air Force. Photo courtesy Military.com Military.com reports that the victim was…

20-Year-Old Man Suddenly and Inexplicably Dies Aboard Cruise Ship

A 20-year-old man suddenly died while sailing aboard a cruise ship earlier this week, and authorities are trying to piece together what happened to him.  Newsweek.com reports that the man died on June 3 while sailing aboard the Norwegian Getaway cruise ship. Though authorities have not been able to explain…

Cruise Ship Rescues Distressed Boater Off Mexico Coast

A cruise ship recently came to the aid of a distressed boater, as the boater was suffering a maritime emergency in the waters off the coast of Mexico. FoxNews.com reports that the Carnival Paradise cruise ship received the distress call from a boater whose vessel was taking on water approximately…

Couple Sues Cruise Line for Its Handling of Engine Failure Aftermath

In February, the Norwegian Epic cruise ship crashed into a dock in Puerto Rico as the ship was pulling into the port for repairs. No passengers were physically harmed in the incident, but much of the ship’s itinerary was significantly altered as a result of the incident. Now, an American…

Carnival Splendor Finally Sets Sail

The Carnival Splendor cruise ship finally set sail last night, after the ship’s May 25th voyage was delayed due to technical issues. Though Carnival did not specify the exact issue affecting the Splendor, the company did  announce that the engine problem affecting the ship would prevent the vessel from reaching…

Carnival Cruise Ship Rescues Man After He Falls Overboard

A passenger sailing aboard a Carnival cruise ship fall overboard on Saturday, but was soon rescued by the ship’s crew. FoxNews.com reports that the man fell overboard from the Carnival Fascination as the ship sailed near San Juan, Puerto Rico. Passengers reportedly saw the man fall from the ship and…

Carnival Cruise Delayed Due to Engine Problems

Various Travel websites are reporting that the Carnival Splendor cruise ship remains docked at its home port in Los Angeles, delaying its scheduled departure due to engine problems.  Passengers are already aboard the ship, and were awaiting departure from the port on May 25 when the captain announced the delay…

5 Questions to Ask a Lawyer About Cruise Ship Injury & Assault Claims

Admiralty and Maritime Law are uniquely different than most legal practice areas. Injuries and rapes that occur on cruise ships require a lawyer who specializes in these claims. Many lawyers say they represent people who have been injured or sexually assaulted or whose family member has died related to a…

34 People Hospitalized after Buses Carrying Children Crash

WSAV.com reports that two buses carrying a total of 91 children collided on Friday, as they were traveling in Lakeland, Florida.  The crash was reportedly initiated when a pickup truck and trailer suddenly braked in order to turn into a driveway. The trailer’s lights were not working properly, and the…

Worker Dead after 10 Story Fall at Hallandale Beach Construction Site

A construction worker was pronounced dead after he fell approximately 10 stories at construction site at Hallandale Beach. Local10.com reports that the man was killed Friday at about 10:00 a.m. when he fell down an elevator shaft at the construction site located at Southeast 10th Terrace and South Federal Highway.…

Cruise Ship Illness Outbreaks Once Again in the News

Cruise ship outbreaks are in the news once again. While cruise ships can be struck with cases of norovirus that can sicken up to 700 people, the industry’s most recent illness outbreak involves measles. The prevalence of cruise ship outbreaks has many wondering why do cruise ships seem to be…

Business Insider’s List of Cruise Ships with Worst Sanitation

Every year the U.S. Centers for Disease Control inspects cruise ships that call on U.S. ports. The inspections are meant to help ensure that the cruise ships’ crew members observe proper hygiene and sanitation protocols. The ships are graded on a scale from 0 to 100, with 86 being the…

Additional Details About Last Week’s Brutal Cruise Ship Assault

Yesterday we blogged about a New York man who was arrested after allegedly assaulting a woman aboard a cruise ship last week. Now, media outlets are reporting additional details about the case.  45-year-old Adam Damian Panetta, of Farmingville, New York, was arrested on Friday and charged in federal court with…

69-Year-Old American Cruise Ship Passenger Reported Missing of Coast of Ireland

Newsweek reports that an American woman has been reported missing from a Holland America cruise ship, and is feared dead.The 69-year-old passenger is thought to have gone missing in the Atlantic Ocean as the cruise ship traveled from Florida to Ireland.  The Newsweek report quotes retired professor Maria Luciano Hernandez,…

$10 Million Class Action Lawsuit Filed against Viking Sky

In March 2019 the Viking Sky cruise ship made headlines when it suddenly lost power while sailing off the coast of Norway. The ship was in the midst of a powerful storm when the power loss occurred, leaving passengers and crew vulnerable to the choppy waves. Many people were injured…

Carnival Inspiration Passengers Trapped in Elevator for Over an Hour

A group of cruise passengers claims to have been trapped in a cruise ship elevator for over an hour. Newsweek.com reports that the passengers were traveling on the Carnival Inspiration when they became trapped.  When the cruise passengers were finally rescued, they report that crew members were insensitive to their…

Bahamian Officials Continue to Investigate Crane Crash

Officials are continuing to investigate the dramatic crane crash that damaged a cruise ship in the Bahamas this week.  The news paper Bahamas Press has published a video online which purports to show the ship after the crash.    Officials indicate that they are aware of additional damage, telling Newsweek…

Cruise Ship Passenger Falls Several Stories from Ride to Ship Deck

NBC Chicago reports that in February, Casey Holladay was sailing aboard the Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas when he went on the ship’s Skypad ride and suffered a horrible accident.  Described as a “trampoline and bungee jump in one,” Holladay when on the ride and eventually found himself crashing…

Cruise Lines Struggle with Sexual Assault Problem

Most cruise ship passengers are unaware of the fact that cruise lines have a relatively high incidence of sexual assault, when compared to the ships’ rates of most other crimes. Put simply, cruise ships suffer more sexual assault and rape than most other forms of crime combined.  Recent data shows…

Cruise Companies Taking Increasing Risks With Ever More Dangerous Rides

Yesterday we blogged about a 25-year-old Casey Holladay, who is suing Royal Caribbean after suffering a serious injury while using one of the company’s rides aboard a cruise ship earlier this year. Holladay’s plight may be the result of cruise lines’ pushing the envelope when designing ship attractions. Cruise companies…

Crane Crashes into Cruise Ship While in Dry Dock Injuring Eight

A crane fell on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship while it was in dock in the Bahamas, reportedly injuring up to eight people.   The Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas, which sails out of Port Canaveral, Florida, was also was damaged when the large construction crane fell on it.…

Coast Guard Medically Evacuates Unconscious Man from Cruise Ship

Published reports indicate that a man was medically evacuated from a cruise ship, after being found unconscious while sailing on the vessel earlier this week. The 52-year-old man was  about halfway through a 32-day itinerary aboard the MSC Divina when he was found unresponsive as the ship sailed about 100…

Brightline Train Collides with Car in Pompano Beach – Three People Injured

A car was destroyed and several people were injured today, in yet another collision between a Brightline train and a vehicle.  Local10.com reports that the crash occurred in Pompano Beach near Northeast Third Street and North Dixie Highway. The collision sent the three passengers of the vehicle to the hospital…

Cruise Crime Stats Continue to Show Trend of Onboard Sexual Assaults

The most recently released cruise ship crime stats show that sexual assault continues to be the most commonly reported crime aboard cruise ships. The stats, which are compiled and reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), covers July 1, 2018 – September 30, 2018, and includes crimes reported by…

5 Most Common Dangers on a Cruise Ship

Many newlyweds, empty nesters, and spring breakers choose a cruise ship vacation. From tropical locations to enticing onboard amenities, cruise lines offer something for every kind of tourist whether you’re solo or a family. These cruises often end up being far less fun than the commercial or salesperson promised. Cruise…

Cruise Ship Sexual Assault Most Commonly Reported Cruise Ship Crime

Last summer a woman filed suit against a cruise line, claiming that one of the company’s employees sexually assaulted her.  The Miami New Times reports that the alleged incident occurred one year earlier, in August 2017, as the victim sailed with Celebrity Cruises. The report quotes the woman’s court filing,…

Cruise Ship Passengers Report Thick Smoke Aboard Carnival Sensation

Cruise ship passengers were surprised to see smoke billowing in the corridors of their ship yesterday, causing a panic. Passengers aboard the 3,000 passenger Carnival Sensation reported seeing smoke aboard the ship, causing many to believe that a fire had broken out.  Local10.com reports that crew members wearing fire gear…

Cruise Ship Collision Continues Cruise Industry Woes

In recent weeks the cruise industry has suffered a number of negative news stories. Perhaps the most concerning of the incidences, until now, was when a cruise ship struck a pier in Puerto Rico. The ship was initially en route to the British Virgin Islands when it began to suffer…

Cruise Passengers Recount Tales of Cruise Ship Striking Pier

Last week we covered the Norwegian Epic’s fated Caribbean voyage, in which the ship struck a mooring while pulling into port a Puerto Rico. After returning home, the passengers from the ship began to tell their stories.  A group of Minnesotans who were aboard the ship talked to a local…

Cruise Industry Woes Continue As Ship is Denied Entry into Cuba

The bad news keeps coming for the cruise industry this week, after a cruise ship was denied entry into Cuba today.   The ship, the Grand Classica, was denied entry into Cuba after sailing out of the Port of Palm Beach on its maiden voyage to the island.  NBC News…

California Man Convicted of Cruise Ship Sexual Assault

Newsweek is reporting that a former cheerleading coach has been convicted of cruise ship sexual assault.  The incident occurred in 2015 when Anthony Paul De La Torriente, of California, was traveling to Ensenada, Mexico a group of coworkers, including the 20 year old victim. The report says that both were…

Cruise Ship Crew Member Dies While aboard Ship on Which He Worked

A Filipino member of a German cruise company reportedly died while aboard the ship on which he worked earlier this month.  The victim, 39-year-old Syne Diente reportedly died from cardiac arrest on January 12. His cabin mate called for help, which the website Inquirer.net says came quickly, but it was…

Couple Says Cruise Ship Crew Member Was Having Sex in Their Bed

Newsweek reports that an Irish couple is claiming that they found a cruise ship crew member and an unknown woman having sex in the bed in their state room.  Bobby and Mary Jackson were sailing out of Singapore’s Marina Bay on the Norwegian Joy cruise ship, when then stopped by…

Coast Guard Calls off Search for Missing Cruise Ship Worker

The U.S. Coast Guard has called off the search for a missing cruise ship crew member. The victim has only been identified as being 26 years old; the victim’s name a has not been released.  FoxNews.com reports that the victim went missing from the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas…

Chicago Tribune Reports Couple Missing From Cruise Ship in Australia

The Chicago Tribune reports that two cruise ship passengers, a husband and wife, have reportedly fallen overboard from a Carnival cruise ship approximately 185 miles from the coast of Sydney, Australia.   The details of the disappearance are still developing.  The search is on for the couple. 

What are Cruise Passengers’ Options After Falling Ill on a Cruise Ship?

Over the years tens of  thousands of cruise ship passengers have fallen ill with stomach bugs such as norovirus. The cruise industry has battled to “clean up” this nasty problem, and recent data shows that the industry is having some success. But this week’s outbreak aboard one of the largest…

8-Year-Old Boy Suffers Cardiac Arrest while Aboard Cruise Ship

An 8-year-old boy is recovering after going into cardiac arrest aboard a cruise ship. WLWT.com reports that the boy was traveling with his family aboard the Norwegian Bliss on Friday when he collapsed after running down a flight of stairs. His father ran to his side and noticed he was…

A Word of Warning About Go Cart Tracks on Cruise Ships

We wanted to issue a word of warning regarding the go cart attraction on the Norwegian Bliss cruise ship. Passengers are reporting that the carts go extremely fast for such a confined area, up to 30 miles per hour, and can cause quite a collision when they bump into each…

Cruise Ship Sexual Assault

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Choosing The Right Lawyer To Sue A Cruise Line

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Children of Cruise Ship Falling Death Victim Speak Out

The family of the U.S. woman who died aboard a cruise ship last week is speaking out. The victim, identified as 52-year-old Almarosa Tenorio, died aboard the Royal Princess cruise ship last week when she fell from the upper deck of the ship and struck a life boat in the…

Brightline Train Strikes and Kills Woman in Hollywood, Florida

Florida’s Brightline train has struck and killed another person. The incident occurred in Hollywood, Florida, during the evening hours of November 23, when a woman was struck by the train. The victim apparently was hit by the train as it ran parallel to Dixie Highway at the intersection of Fillmore.…

Cruise Ship Breaks from Moorings in Storm, Collides with Another Ship

Newsweek.com reports that a cruise ship collided with another ship in an Italian port this week, after breaking free from its moorings in a storm. The incident occurred in La Spezia, Italy on Monday, the news outlet reports. The collision was apparently provoked by strong winds which broke the Celebrity…

Carnival’s Tone-Deaf Response to Cruise Ship Tilt

As passengers from the Carnival Sunshine cruise voyage that tilted dangerously over the weekend begin to tell their stories, it is hard to ignore the difference between what they say and what the cruise line reports. Passengers recount fearing for their lives as the Carnival Sunshine cruise ship listed dangerously…

Carnival Sunshine Cruise Ship Lists Dangerously Sending Passengers into A Panic

Foxnews.com reports that a Carnival cruise ship experienced significant mechanical issues over the weekend, resulting in the ship listing violently to its side. Watch the latest video at foxnews.com The report says that shortly after leaving Port Canaveral on Sunday the Carnival Sunshine cruise ship began to suffer a problem…

Common Questions Regarding Traumatic Brain Injuries

At Hickey Law Firm, P.A., we find that many individuals seeking information on traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases have similar questions. For that reason, we have assembled a couple of frequently asked questions that we often receive. If you are seeking legal counsel in the state of Florida for a…

325,000 Jeep SUVs Called Doe to Dangerous Suspension Defect

Fox news that automaker Jeep is recalling 2004-2007 Jeep Liberty SUVs due to a suspension issue. The news oulet reports that 325,000 of the vehicles are being recalled because the defect can cause drivers to lose control of the vehicles.  

Audi Recalls Over 1 Million Automobiles Due to Fire Risk

German car maker Audi has announced a recall of over a million vehicles, citing potential problems with the automobiles’ coolant pumps. According to Fortune.com, the company announced the recall of “1.2 million Audi cars and SUVs”, including: A4 (2013 to 2016) A5 (2013 to 2017) A6 (2012 to 2015) Q5…

Cyclist Seriously Injured in Hit-and-Run on Rickenbacker Causeway

A bicyclist was injured in a collision with a vehicle in South Florida on Tuesday. The cyclist, identified by Local10.com as 50-year-old father of three Jorge Ruoco, was riding on the Rickenbacker Causeway at about 7:00 pm Tuesday evening when he was struck by a vehicle. Ruoco was in the…

Cyclist Killed in Early Morning Miramar Collision

A man was killed while riding her bicycle this morning, after being struck by an SUV. The collision occurred at about 4:30 am reports Local10.com, when a man was riding his bicycle with his girlfriend in the vicinity of Southwest 184th Avenue near Southwest 25th Street in Miramar. The man…

Cruise Captain Charged in Death of Passenger Killed by Propellers

A yacht captain has been charged in the death of one of his passengers. Last month we reported on a story in which a man was mortally wounded after being struck by the propellers of a yacht on which he was a passenger. Initial reports indicated that the victim had…

Crash Involving USPS Truck Leaves Three Injured

Three people were reported injured following a vehicle collision involving a United States Postal Service truck earlier today. According to Local10.com, the crash occurred near Northwest 17th Avenue and 46th Street and involved the USPS truck and a Chrysler 300 automobile. As the Chrysler was traveling north at a high…

Brightline Trains Run Tests of Route South of Fort Lauderdale

After striking several pedestrians, leaving a handful harmed and several dead, the Brightline train is running tests of a route south of Fort Lauderdale. The tests, which began this month, come as the company fights criticism for its abysmal safety record. In 2018 alone Brightline trains have struck at least…

Brightline Train Strikes Fourth Person this Year

A Brightline train has struck and killed another person in Florida. CBS Miami reports that the train collided with a man in Delray Beach over the weekend, as it was traveling northbound in the vicinity of a railroad crossing. The man died at the scene of the incident. The report…

Beer Maker Stella Artois Recalls Bottled Beer Due to Glass Risk

USA Today reports that Beer maker Stella Artois has issued a voluntary recall of some of its beer products due to the risk that they may contain glass particles. The recall covers 11.2-ounce bottles of the following brands: 6, 12, 18, and 24 packs of Stella Artois beer 6 and…

2 Investigators from Deadly Minnesota Bridge Failure Working on FIU Bridge Collapse

As officials with the National Transportation Safety Board continue to investigate last month’s bridge collapse at Florida State University, the Miami Herald reports that they are using lessons learned while investigating the I-35 bridge collapse in Minnesota to help in the process. At least two of the FIU investigators, Robert…

Contractor Fined for Deadly Television Tower Collapse

The U.S. Department of Labor has fined a Florida contactor after a deadly television tower collapse in September 2017. The tower broadcasts the signal for local South Florida channels WSVN and Local10. On September 27th a contractor, Tower King II Inc., was installing an antenna on the tower when it…

Brightline Trains Under Scrutiny after Multiple Pedestrian Collisions and Deaths

Florida’s new train system, the Brightline train, has been responsible for striking at least six people since its inauguration, three of whom were killed. The incidents are raising questions about the trains’ safety and authorities are new investigating how to keep the public safe. The most recent incident involving a…

Boy Severely Attacked by Neighbor’s Dog

A 10-year-old boy has been hospitalized following a severe dog attack at a neighbor’s house. WSVN.com reports that the boy suffered injuries to his head, face, and ear after being attacked by a pit bull after entering the home if his neighbor. The report indicates that the boy “went to…

Cruise Ship Injury and Sexual Assault

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Bridge Collapse at Florida International University (FIU) Leaves Many Dead and Injured

A newly constructed $14.2 million bridge at Florida International University collapsed today, leaving several people dead and injured. Authorities say that a 950 ton section of the pedestrian bridge collapsed as it was undergoing “some sort of stress test”, reports Local10.com. The article also indicates that authorities were employing the help…

Wrong-Way Crash Leaves Many Injured in Miami

Published reports indicate that a driver who allegedly caused a wrong-way crash in Miami was hospitalized Saturday, in addition to multiple other victims. WSVN.com reports that the crash occurred on the Don Shula Expressway at about 3:30 a.m. on Saturday. The crash involved a northbound Mercedes-Benz that collided with a blue…

World Reacts to Spanish Judge’s Decision to Release Alleged Rapist

Yesterday we blogged about the case of an 18-year-old Italian man who has been accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl as the two sailed aboard a cruise ship. A Spanish judge sparked international outrage this week after ruling that the man should be released from custody. The Washington Post…

Caribbean Princess Set Adrift after Engine Problems

The Caribbean Princess lost power yesterday, and was set adrift. The Holyhead Coast Guard was dispatched to the ship’s aid. All passengers and crew are reportedly safe. In recent weeks we have written several blog pieces about cruise ships which have suffered engine and propulsion issues, sometimes causing the vessels…

Bad Few Weeks for Geico

A lawsuit, which was filed in Miami Dade, has resulted in an award of $14.5 million against Geico insurance company. David and Carrie Zucker were involved in a car crash on the Interstate 95 in Miami near the Golden Glades interchange in 2004 when Miguel Gonzalez crashed his car with…

Another Drug Bust on a Cruise Ship

Drug smuggling is becoming more and more common aboard cruise ships as the drug traffickers search for new ways to move drugs around the world without being caught. With the increase in border security at the United States border with Mexico the smugglers are looking for new ways to get…

Woman Sues Following Rape on Carnival Cruise Ship

In late February 2014, Dana Hastings was a passenger on board a Carnival Cruise ship together with her two children, Ramsey and Trey. They were all sharing a cabin as the children were minors. The ship was sailing off the coast of Florida when Hastings claims that an employee of…

Woman Set to be the First to Captain a New Cruise Ship

TravelPulse.com is reporting that, for the first time in maritime history, a woman is set to be the captain of a new cruise ship. There are already several woman cruise ship captains across the globe. But, until now, a woman has never been selected to captain a brand new ship.…

Woman Rescued Following Miami Area Personal Watercraft Crash

A woman was involved in a personal watercraft crash in the Miami area Sunday, necessitating a rescue by local authorities. WSVN.com reports that two personal watercraft crashed into one another in Biscayne Bay near Pace Picnic Island at about 8:00 p.m. on Sunday. Woman rescued after personal watercraft crash in…

Woman Rescued after Fall from Cruise Ship

Every year dozens of passengers fall from cruise ships and ferries across the world. As can be imagined, passengers who fall from these massive vessels are usually lost at sea, never to be seen or heard from again. Despite the odds, a person who recently fell from a cruise ship…

Woman Presumed Dead after Fall from Cruise Ship

A cruise ship passenger is presumed dead after falling from the ship on which she was traveling over the weekend. The 63-year-old Korean woman was traveling between Cannes, Frances, and Palma de Mallorca, Spain when she fell from the Norwegian Epic cruise ship.  I am currently on board. With multiple…

Woman Loses Legs After SUV Crashes Into Her During Outdoor Dining

The extent of a Hollywood crash is now clearer after authorities updated the public as to the condition of the victims. Local10.com reports that on Tuesday night patrons of The Bang Shack were eating outside the restaurant when an SUV slammed into them. The crash severely injured at least one of…

Woman Goes Missing from Boat off the Coast of the Bahamas

The U.S. Coast Guard reports that a woman went missing from a boat while sailing near the Bahamas. Local10.com reports that the Coast Guard and Border Patrol are searching for the missing woman, who reportedly disappeared while sailing approximately 170 miles east of Eleuthera. THIS JUST IN: The U.S. Coast…

Woman fatally struck by SUV in northwest Miami-Dade

MIAMI-DADE, FL – A woman was struck and killed by an SUV in northwest Miami-Dade County Sunday night, WPLG reported. The accident happened in the area of Northwest 103rd Street at 13th Avenue. Neighbors said the victim was a woman in her 70s who was identified as Maria Hernandez The vehicle involved was…

Woman Falls From 13th Floor While Installing Flooring at West Palm Condo

A woman who was installing flooring at a West Palm Beach building died after falling over 100 feet Saturday. #Media alert: worker dies in fall from construction site. 1515 S. Flagler Dr. #PIO on location at 2 p.m. @CBS12 @WPTV @WPBF25News @pbpost @SunSentinel @Telemundo51 @Univision23 @MiamiHerald pic.twitter.com/PcYtVCqhjk — West Palm…

Woman Driving Maserati Strikes and Kills Ferrari Driver

A woman driving a Maserati struck and killed a Ferrari driver, police allege. Local10.com reports that 33-year-old Holland Dell Beach resident Irina Borisova Shadrina was driving on the Intercoastal Waterway on October 15 at about 10:52 pm. The victim, Lionel Michael Marquez, was experiencing issues with his Ferrari and stopped…

Woman Driver Dies After Crashing Into Median On I-195

A serious crash left one person dead in Miami on Saturday. WSVN.com reports that the crash occurred in the eastbound lanes of  I-195 near Biscayne Boulevard on Saturday morning. #BREAKING: Two people died following a deadly crash in Miami.https://t.co/maJt4L7Ncp — WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) July 16, 2022 Investigators say that a…

Woman Dies Following Miami Hit-and-Run Collision

According to authorities in Florida, the state currently has a hit-and-run auto accident problem. The problem has gotten attention from high places, and Florida authorities attempted to raise awareness by deeming February “Hit-and-Run Awareness Month.” But despite officials’ best efforts, some drivers continue to flee the scene of car crashes…

Woman Dies after Liposuction Procedure in Miami Clinic

A Caribbean woman died Monday, immediately after undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure in Miami. The victim, 32-year-old Nikisha Lewis, underwent liposuction, and stopped breathing at some point after the surgery. The Miami-Dade medical examiner has still not identified Lewis’ cause of death.   Local news outlets are reporting that a…

Woman Dies After Falling Overboard During Cruise Ship Vacation

The report indicates that the 70-year-old woman fell from a Holland America cruise ship on November 7th as it sailed din the vicinity of Avatiu, Rarotonga, in the Cook Islands.  Though passengers who fall overboard are usually never seen or heard from again, in this case the woman was pulled…

Woman Dies After Dog Attack In Oakland Park

A woman died Thursday after a dog attacked her Oakland Park. WSVN.com reports that the incident occurred at a dog rescue facility in the vicinity of Northeast Fourth Avenue and East Commercial Boulevard. There, rescue workers found the 71-year-old volunteer with serious bites and transported her to Broward Health Medical…

Woman Dead and Man Hospitalized after Collision with Tractor Trailer

Local10.com is reporting that a woman was killed Tuesday when she was involved in a collision with a tractor trailer in Miami.  The incident, which occurred at the intersection of Northwest 27th Avenue and 38th Street, was caused when the black Infinity in which the woman was riding as a…

Woman charged with leaving scene of Boynton Beach car crash

DELRAY BEACH, FL – A woman was arrested after authorities said she fled the scene of a crash in Boynton Beach Wednesday night. Boca News Now reports 50-year-old Brooke Ellis was involved in a crash on the off-ramp from Interstate 95 to Boynton Beach Boulevard. The Florida Highway Patrol said…

Woman and Her Grandson Hospitalized Following Brightline Train Collision

A South Florida woman and her grandson were in a vehicle that was struck by a Brightline train Monday. Local10.com reports that at about 10:20 am the woman and her one-year-old grandson were traveling in a vehicle when it collided with a Brightline train in the vicinity of Northeast Third…

Woman Airlifted to the Hospital After Falling from Horse

A teen woman was severely injured in a horse riding incident Thursday, requiring urgent medical attention. Woman airlifted after falling off horse in Southwest Rancheshttps://t.co/47lDZJZyMM — WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) May 19, 2022 WSVN.com reports that the 19-year-old woman was riding a horse at Southwest Ranches equestrian center, located near…

Woman Airlifted after Being Injured in Haulover Inlet Boat Crash

A woman was injured in a boating crash near Haulover Inlet earlier this week. The victim was injured in a boating crash near Haulover Inlet on Monday evening. Rescue crews have airlifted a woman to the hospital after she was injured in a boating accident near Haulover Inlet.https://t.co/9b0zlcTPA0 — WSVN 7…

Window Washer Dead Following Fall in Coral Gables

A window washer died after falling from a building in Coral Gables.  WSVN.com reports that the 40-year-old window washer fell from the eighth floor of a building in Downtown Coral Gables on Giralda Avenue DEVELOPING: A window washer has died after falling from a Coral Gables building. https://t.co/vqVGtVIFvM — WSVN 7…

Will My Medical Malpractice Claim Go to Trial?

Only around seven percent of medical malpractice claims result in a jury trial. A large majority are settled long before a trial is needed. However, at Hickey Law Firm, we prepare every case as if it were going to trial, helping to ensure we are prepared to represent our clients…

Wiegand Family Condemns Release of Video of Daughter’s Tragic Cruise Ship Fall

The saga surrounding Chloe Wiegand’s tragic fall from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in July continues. This week, various news outlets reported that Puerto Rican authorities offered Chloe’s grandfather, Salvatore Anello, a plea deal for charges stemming from her death. Anello was holding 18-month-old Chloe to an 11th-floor window of…

Why You Should Hire an Attorney & Not Deal with Your Case Alone

In this video cruise injury attorney Jack Hickey discusses why you should hire an attorney to handle your case and not try to handle it alone. Hickey says that you should hire a highly qualified attorney, preferably a lawyer is who board certified. He adds that you should hire a…

Why Would Cruise Passengers Refuse Coronavirus Tests?

Earlier this month cruise passengers aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship became virtually quarantined aboard the ship off the coast of Northern California. The Grand Princess was carrying approximately 3.500 passengers, all of whom authorities eventually evacuated from the vessel. Though the passengers are aware that some of their fellow…

Why Was This Couple Abandoned In Mexico by Royal Caribbean?

Yesterday we blogged about Carol and Bertram Palk, who were left stranded in Mexico by a cruise company while Carol was suffering a medical emergency. This is not the first time a cruise passenger has reported being stranded, but why do cruise companies do this? Cruise companies, such as Royal…

Why Was a Cruise Ship Sailing in An Active Volcano Zone?

Days after 5 people were killed, and dozens more injured, during a volcano eruption on New Zealand’s White Island, many are asking why there were tourists at the site at all, especially tourists on an excursion from a cruise ship.  Numerous news outlets are reporting that scientists had been warning…

Why These 9 Florida Intersections are the Most Dangerous

Miami-Dade County is home to the highest insurance premiums in the United States and for a good reason. This county is also home to the highest number of auto accident deaths per mile. Driving in Florida can be dangerous, which is backed up by several U.S. studies that show Florida…

Why Miami Could be Key to Your Cruise Injury Case

At Hickey Law Firm, P.A. we represent cruse injury victims from all over the globe. Cruise ships may depart from one country, call on various others, and finally dock a completely different destination. But despite the international nature of cruising, the city of Miami, Florida is key for many who…

Why is Legionnaire’s Disease a Problem on Cruise Ships?

Cruise ships are a hotbed of bacteria and potential illnesses, but the deadliest may be Legionnaire’s Disease, an infection caused by “Legionella” organisms that leads to severe pneumonia. Unlike most contagions, this illness is not spread through person to person contact (though this may happen on rare occasions). These organisms…

Why Do Cruise Ships Sail Into Dangerous Storms?

Over the years we have reported on many instances of cruise ships sailing into dangerous storms, putting passengers and crew members at risk. This week a Norwegian Cruise Line ship sailed into a storm and was hit by powerful wind gust, causing it to list onto its side. Several passengers…

Why Do Cruise Ships Keep Crashing Into Other Ships?

Search online for the latest cruise ship news and it will not be long before you find information about the latest and greatest cruise ship design and technology. With all the new bells and whistles, one would conclude the the ships would be practically guaranteed never to crash into other…

Why Did the Norwegian Epic Crash into a Pier?

What caused the Norwegian Epic cruise ship to crash into a pier? According to the Daily Mail, the ship was on its way from Florida to the British Virgin Islands when it suffered from a mechanical issued on the third day of the seven day voyage. The ship’s captain directed…

Who Should I Call if I’ve Been Injured in a Boating Accident?

When you are injured in a boating accident, it is a good idea to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Admiralty and maritime laws are extremely complex. Without an experienced lawyer on your side, you may be waiving your right to seek fair compensation. If you have been injured…

Who is Your Typical Client?

In this short video, Florida personal injury attorney Jack Hickey answers the question, “Who is your typical client?” Have you been injured in an accident? Please call Hickey Law Firm at 305-371-8000 to schedule a free case review today. Located in Miami, we serve victims of serious injury throughout the…

Who is Liable if a Building Collapses or Causes Injury?

The original designers and builders of a building can be liable if the building collapses or otherwise causes injury.  Ordinarily, when someone does something wrong and that error causes injury, the person causing the error should pay for the consequences.  The exception to this rule of negligence is the Slavin…

Which Cruise Companies Require Victims to File Injury Lawsuits In Miami?

Every year hundreds of people become victims of cruise related injuries and deaths. Reports of cruise ship sexual assaults alone account for dozens of victims annually. Add this figure those who are injured in slip-and-fall accidents, in cruise ship pools, and while on excursion from cruise ships, and the tally…

Where to File Your Cruise Ship Injury or Sexual Assault Case

As the clock ticks on the statute of limitations for filing your cruise ship injury or sexual assault case, it is also extremely important that you remember that you must file your case in the correct jurisdiction. When you board a cruise ship you agree to the so-called cruise contract…

Where Do I File A Suit Against A Cruise Line?

After being the victim of an accident aboard a cruise ship, or suffering a cruise ship sexual assault, many people rightfully believe that the cruise company may be responsible for their injuries. They wish to hold the company accountable, to seek justice, and to recover the compensation they need in…

When Will Cruise Ship Crew Members Go Home?

Perhaps one of the groups most lost in the nation’s coronavirus analysis is cruise ship workers. Many of them U.S. citizens, reports indicate that up to 100,000 crew members are stranded aboard cruise ships across the world. The ships face numerous challenges to disembarking the workers, from stringent CDC guidelines…

When Negligence Leads to Cruise Ship Injury and Death

In recent months there have been a number of high profile cruise ship excursion related tragedies. In December the deadliest of these events occurred when 12 passengers were killed in Mexico while on excursion from their cruise ships. Then earlier this year, also in Mexico, a boat carrying cruise goers…

What You Need to Know About Maritime Law & Accidents

Accidents that happen on bodies of water can be complicated when it comes to filing a claim. Injuries or sexual assault on cruise ships are common types of maritime lawsuits, and victims need to know the time limits and critical steps required to pursue a case. Our Miami attorney explains…

What You Need to Know About Cruise Ship Accidents

Cruise line commercials are quick to sell you a beautiful view, and all-inclusive trips, but these cruise ships often fall short of expectations. Men, women, and children suffer injuries on cruise ships more often than you may realize and the fine print on your ticket may limit your ability to…

What Uber & Lyft Drivers Need to Know About Rideshare Accidents

When we talk about rideshare accidents, we usually discuss the options for Uber and Lyft users to recover compensation for injuries and other damages from the rideshare company’s insurance or the driver’s insurance. But, what options do Lyft or Uber drivers have after an auto accident? Our rideshare accident attorneys…

What Training Or Knowledge Do You Have That Might Apply To My Case?

In this video cruise injury attorney Jack Hickey discusses what you should look for in a lawyer. He notes that:   You should look for an attorney licensed in Florida You should choose an attorney who has a track record of representing people in situations similar to yours. You should…

What to Look for In a Cruise Ship Injury Attorney

After being injured aboard a cruise ship, your first priority is to get well. Depending on the extent of your injuries, getting well may require numerous doctor visits, surgeries, therapy, and other forms of recuperative treatments. All of this can be very costly, especially when taking into account lost wages…

What to Do If You Suspect Child Sexual Abuse on a Cruise Ship

Thousands of families go on cruise ship vacations every year. For parents, one of the most enticing aspects of a cruise is the youth zones and activities for children. Many moms and dads can drop their children off at a youth area or onboard daycare and enjoy a kid-free afternoon.…

What To Do If You Are Sexually Assaulted Aboard a Cruise Ship

In this video cruise sexual assault attorney Jack Hickey discusses what to do if you are ever the victim of cruise ship sexual assault or rape.  Hickey advises: Go get help – Do not think that you have done anything wrong. Immediately seek help and to put yourself into a…

What To Do If You Are Injured On A Cruise Ship

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What To Do If You Are Injured by a Household Item

Every day thousands of people are injured by household items. These items include the usual suspects such as power tools, vehicles, and vehicle parts, but can also include dangerous foods that may be under a recall or other seemingly innocuous items.  The thing to remember if you are ever injured…

What To Do After a Motor Vehicle Accident

The experienced accident attorneys at Hickey Law Firm P.A. know how to provide clear, straightforward advice to crash victims in Miami. We have been handling these claims for many years. One thing is certain: The sooner you act following a car accident the better. First, you must seek medical care.…

What Should I Do if I’m Injured on Vacation?

When you are injured on vacation, it is a good idea to get ahold of a local attorney who can file your claim in the appropriate jurisdiction. Some law firms handle cases nationally. Others refer cases to local attorneys when they fall outside of the firm’s region. In either case,…

What Questions Should You Ask a Personal Injury Lawyer

When you are injured in an accident, you have options for collecting compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and related expenses. One of those options is accepting an insurance settlement. Another is filing a personal injury claim. Which option is most suitable for your needs is dependent on several factors…

What Is The Jones Act?

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What is the Difference Between Medical Malpractice and Medical Negligence?

Medical malpractice may refer to any behavior, action, or oversight committed by a medical professional. Common examples of medical malpractice include: Surgical errors Over and under-medication Birth injury Anesthesia errors Misdiagnosis Improper treatment Emergency room neglect Medical malpractice may be a result of inadequate training, understaffing issues, sleep deprivation, and…

What is the Death on the High Seas Act?

The DHOSA (Death on the High Seas Act) is an admiralty law that covers wrongful death occurring three or more miles away from the United States shoreline. Unlike other types of wrongful death cases, however, the DHOSA does not provide damages for pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and other…

What Is Included In A Free Consultation?

In a free consultation with Hickey Law Firm, P.A. we focus on asking the right questions which will help us determine some of the more important aspects of your case including: Whether there is fault, and if so who is responsible Whether we can prove that the other party is…

What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is one of many types of chronic pain that are not fully understood. Typically manifesting in the arms or legs, CRPS may involve symptoms such as: Hypersensitivity to heat or cold Chronic burning or throbbing pain Joint Stiffness Muscle tremors and weakness Swelling or changes…

What is Admiralty Law?

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What is a Wrongful Death Claim?

Losing someone close to you is never easy. What makes an already difficult situation even harder is if their death was caused by the negligence of another. An untimely and unexpected death can cause tremendous emotional strain on a family, as well as create monetary hardships if that person was…

What Injuries At Nursing Homes Can Be The Basis For A Lawsuit?

When a family decides to put a nursing home in charge of their loved one’s care, they are entrusting that facility with tremendous responsibility. Though most nursing homes discharge their duties responsibly most of the time, there are nevertheless thousands of cases of nursing home abuse and neglect reported every…

What Happens After Fire & Tragedy on a Cruise Ship | Miami

Millions of Americans go on cruise ship vacations every year and have the assumption that they’re safe while out at sea and while docked at a port. Unfortunately, fire and tragedy do still occur, which significantly impacts the safety of passengers and crewmembers. Fires affect the cruise ship’s integrity and…

What Cruise Ship Injuries Constitute a Lawsuit?

Cruise ships are overflowing with activities to keep the whole family entertained. They’re also full of potential dangers that lead to severe injury or death. From slip and fall accidents to Legionnaire’s Disease, there is a wide range of instances that can lead to a cruise ship injury. However, not…

What Compensation Can I Recover in My Cruise Injury Case?

In this video cruise injury attorney Jack Hickey discusses the compensation that you can potentially receive if you have been the victim of a cruise ship injury or sexual assault.  Hickey says that the damages that you can recover as a result of an injury sustained on a cruise ship…

What Caused Carnival Cruise Ship to Tilt Violently?

What Caused Carnival Cruise Ship to Tilt Violently? In late October a Carnival cruise ship suffered a mechanical problem which resulted in significant danger for the ship’s passengers. The ship tilted violently to one side, so much so that it became difficult for some passengers to remain standing. Passengers report…

What Caused a Florida Man to Fall From A Cruise Ship Earlier This Week?

Yesterday we blogged that a 46-year-old man from Naples, Florida died after falling from a cruise ship the day before. Similar to the aftermath of many cruise ship overboard deaths, authorities came out in the hours after the incident and claimed that the man had purposefully jumped from the ship.…

What Can I Recover in a Cruise Ship Accident Case?

If you’re one of the many Miami residents who enjoys cruises, it’s important for you to know your legal rights on a cruise ship. And if you’re injured on a cruise, you’ll need an experienced maritime lawyer who can help you recover compensation that you may be owed. Schedule Your…

What Are the Most Common Jet Ski Accidents?

South Florida is arguably the boating capital of the United States. Every year thousands of people flock to the area to take in the sun and engage in outdoor activities, including renting personal watercraft such as jet skis. While most of these rentals go off without a hitch, many of…

What are the Most Common Dangers on a Cruise Ship?

Cruise ships are intended to be fun, to provide passengers with an exciting and relaxing time while allowing them to see sights that would otherwise be impossible. And, while this is surely the case for many cruise ship passengers, a surprisingly large number sustain serious injury during routine cruises. One…

NORWEGIAN CRUISE SHIP MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE RESULTS IN DEATH OF PASSENGER

The following is a description of a personal injury case we have filed. This is a case involving a personal injury relating to negligent medical care on the Norwegian Star, a ship owned by Norwegian Cruise Line. Norwegian Cruise Line owns and operates approximately 12 cruise ships under the NCL…

INVESTIGATION FOR MISSING DISNEY CRUISE LINE EMPLOYEE CONTINUES

The investigation continues for missing Disney Cruise Line employee, Rebecca Coriam, a 24 year old England native. It was noticed that Ms. Coriam was missing from the Disney Wonder last Tuesday, March 22, 2011, when she did not show up for her job as a youth activities counselor. The Royal…

Cruise Ship Nearly Hits the Shore in Cayman Islands

In the Cayman Islands on Monday, the Thomson Dream cruise ship, carrying more than 1,400 people, drifted dangerously close to the shore in the George Town harbor, due to strong current and strong winds. The ship was anchored but the captain called for tugboats to assist him as the stern…

Costa Concordia Captain found Guilty

The Captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, 54 year old Francesco Schettino, has been found guilty of causing the deaths of 32 people when he guided the ship onto rocks in January 2012 off the Italian island of Giglio in Tuscany. Schettino was facing multiple charges of manslaughter, causing…

WOMAN FOUND DEAD ON FLORIDA HIGHWAY

Early yesterday morning a woman’s body was found on Interstate 75 near Ocala, Florida. Two Wildwood police officers were the first to notice something in the roadway. When the officers approached for a closer look, they realized the object was the body of a woman lying in the middle lane…

FATAL TALLAHASSEE MOTORCYCLE VS. CAR CRASH

Yesterday, Sunday, March 20, 2011, at approximately 12:38 pm, a motorcyclist collided with a car driving south on North Meridian Road in Tallahassee, Florida. The juvenile driver of the 2004 Volvo S80 made an illegal U-turn, pulled off into the grass, and tried to turn around. This is when the…

What Are SLAP Tears & How do They Occur in Shoulder Injuries

A SLAP tear is an injury to a part of the shoulder joint called the labrum. The shoulder joint is a ball and socket joint, similar to the hip; however, the socket of the shoulder joint is extremely shallow, and thus inherently unstable. To compensate for the shallow socket, the…

Cruise Line’s Dirty Secrets – Revealed

Let’s take a minute out to review some of the less commonly known facts about cruising, and the cruise industry. We have done many posts about this matter, and we will continue to do so because the public really needs to know what they are getting into when they set…

Cruise Line Passengers Falling in Drained Swimming Pools at Night

We have been involved in litigation against Carnival Cruise Lines, and other cruise lines, in regard to swimming pool accidents. Specifically, the cruise lines drain the swimming pools every night. When they drain the pools they fix a net over the pool, but the netting is not designed to hold…

Court: Norwegian Cruise Lines Must Pay In Sept. 11 Based Lawsuit

Sometimes a company takes a customer service stance that is just hard to understand, much less explain. We have all been on the receiving end of poor customer service, whether at a department store, at the movies, or even on vacation. Just a couple of days ago we reported on…

Alabama Woman Missing From Carnival Cruise

Carnival Cruise Line passenger Michelle Vilborg disappeared from the Carnival Holiday around midnight on June 16, 2009. The five day cruise to the Yucatan Peninsula ended after only the first night for Michelle Vilborg who supposedly fell overboard. The cruise was intended as a celebration of Michelle’s 50th birthday as…

$2.9 million Award in Carnival Cruise “Slip and Fall” Case

From time to time the media picks up a story about someone suing a large company for a “slip and fall” or other negligence on the company’s part – and you may wonder “Why was the victim awarded so much money?” Often times there is more to the story than…

Walmart Recalls Aromatherapy Spray Due to Deadly Bacteria Contamination

Walmart has issued a recall of an aromatherapy spray that contains potentially deadly bacteria. WVSN.com reports that the nation’s largest retailer is recalling 3,900 bottles of Better Homes and Gardens-branded essential oil-infused aromatherapy room spray with gemstones because the bottles could be contaminated with a dangerous bacteria called Burkholderia pseudomallei.…

Volvo Recalls Tens of Thousands of Vehicles After Defect-Related Death

Volvo is recalling approximately 54,000 vehicles after a driver was killed by an airbag defect in one of the company’s automobile models. Reuters.com reports that the models subject to recall include 2001-2003 model S80 and S60. The vehicles are being recalled because they were manufactured with airbags that can rupture, ejecting…

Volvo Announces Massive Auto Recall Following Airbag-Related Death

Automaker Volvo is recalling over 400,000 vehicles worldwide due to a defect in the vehicles’ airbags that can cause severe injury and death. CNBC.com reports that Volvo is recalling 460,769 vehicles, including 2001-2006 S80 models and 2001-2009 S60 models. The report indicates that over half of these vehicles were sold…

Viral Video Shows Florida Man Crashing A Boat Into A Marina

A Florida man has gone viral after crashing a boat into a marina. Newsweek.com reports that 32-year-old Brandan Sheridan was apparently drunk when he crashed a boat into at least one other vessel and then into Bayfront Park Marina in Sarasota on Saturday. People can be heard screaming as Sheridan…

Viral Video Shows Couple Being Left by Cruise Ship

A new viral video shows a couple being left behind as their cruise ship sets sail without them.  The video shows the couple looking on as the ship pulled out of dock at Nassau, Bahamas on February 15th. There are reports that the ship may have waited up to 20…

Video: What If I Fall On A Ship, At A Hotel, Or In A Building?

If you’ve been hurt in a slip and fall accident, you may be unsure of what to do next. The first thing you should do after a slip and fall is to seek medical attention. After that, start to think about collecting evidence in the form of photographs and witness…

Video Wall Collapses at Hard Rock Stadium

A massive video wall collapsed at Hard Rock Stadium on Thursday, just a day before a popular music festival is set to begin. Local10.coim reports that the structure fell before 6:00 p.m. ET. Festival and organizers then covered the fallen screen with a black tarp. Organizers vowed that the show…

Video Surfaces Of Moments Leading Up to Parasailing Tragedy

The moments leading up to a deadly parasailing crash over Memorial Day weekend were caught on tape. WSVN.com reports that a bystander recording in the area of the old Seven Mile bridge caught the scene as 33-year-old Supraja Alaparthi was swept away by the parasail along with her 10-year-old son…

Video Shows Moments Just Before Illegal Vehicle Race Deaths

Broadcaster Local10.com has published a video that purports to show an illegal car race moments before a crash that killed two and injured five. The video apparently shows a person driving a vehicle recklessly at about 2:00 a.m. on Saturday. The crash occurred near Northwest 183rd Street and 38th Court…

Video Shows Driver Running Into Bicyclists In Fort Lauderdale

A video recording shows a driver striking bicyclists with his vehicle in Fort Lauderdale over the weekend. CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Authorities are investigating after a driver was caught on camera striking bicyclists in Fort Lauderdale over the weekend. https://t.co/q4bWFELbGE — WPLG Local 10 News (@WPLGLocal10) May 23, 2022 Local10.com reports…

Video Shows Deadly Collision Involving Brightline Train

Local news stations are reporting that there is a video depicting a fatal collision involving a Brightline train Tuesday afternoon. WSVN.com reports that the crash occurred in Oakland Park when an elderly woman stopped her vehicle on the train tracks at Cypress Creek Road near Dixie Highway. It was then…

Video Released Of Aftermath OF Fatal Miramar Crash

The moments leading to a fatal Miramar, Florida crash were caught on video, a video that is now available to the public. NEW VIDEO OF FATAL CRASH – Newly released surveillance video is showing the moments leading up to a fiery crash in Miramar that left two people dead. https://t.co/6r5XvpOqs8…

Video Of Serious Broward Country Crash Purportedly Released

We previously blogged about a serious Broward County crash on Thursday in which six people were injured. Now, Local 10.com reports that the incident was recorded in the recording has been released to the public. Video shows Camaro crash into electrical box injuring 4 teens in Broward https://t.co/VASEBEOyxf — Louis…

Video of Cruise Ship Sexual Assault Released

Earlier this year partial surveillance video of two men assaulting a teenage boy aboard a cruise ship was released. It serves as a stark reminder of the dangers teens face when aboard the massive vessels, dangers which can arise out of seemingly unexpected circumstances. According to the NBC Miami report…

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Earlier this year cruise passengers were horrified as dozens of passengers engaged in raging brawls over several days. CBS News reports that members of a family group became involved in a fight as they sailed on the Carnival Legend on a 10-day itinerary through the South Pacific. The reason the…

Video: Carnival Rescues Cruise Passenger Who Had Fallen Overboard

Yesterday we blogged about a cruise ship passenger who fell from a Carnival cruise ship over the weekend, and was subsequently rescued by the ship’s crew. Now, video of the incident has been released online. Carnival says that the victim jumped from the Carnival Fascination cruise ship as it sailed near…

Video Apparently Catches Images Of Broward Hit-and-Run Driver

The suspected driver of a hit-and-run crash that hurt a two-year-old boy last week was apparently caught on video. Local10.com reports that the incident occurred on August 12 in Broward County and apparently involved a woman driver. Video shows hit-and-run driver who injured boy in Broward, deputies say https://t.co/fzANpdMr7Z pic.twitter.com/T85tuHXrgc…

Victim Set to Sue Lamborghini DUI Driver That Struck Him

Last Thursday a South Florida man and his wife were struck by a Lamborghini as they drove to work. Now, they are suing the driver who struck them. Local 10.com reports that the victim, Jesus Villarroel, was severely injured in the crash including suffering a fractured face and chest and…

Victim In Fatal Florida Boat Accident Tells His Tale at Trial

Witnesses to a fatal Florida boating accident testified this week, in a trial which sees defendant Judsen Cunningham charged with negligent homicide while boating under the influence. The accident occurred on March 18, 2016. In the video Alexander Staniszewski describes what happened on the fateful day of the accident. Staniszewski…

Venice Residents Take to the Streets to Protest Cruise Lines

On Saturday, Residents of Venice, Italy continued their long-running call for a cessation or reduction of cruise activity in the city’s waters, taking to the streets by the thousands to raise their voice against the companies. Image Courtesy Forbes The protest comes in light of a collision between a cruise…

Venice Cruise Protesters Win Major Battle

In recent months, thousands of residents of Venice, Italy have taken to the city’s streets and waterways to protest the the volume of cruise ships calling on the city. After years of fighting the protesters have finally won a battle, as Italian officials announced plans to limit cruising around the…

Vehicle Drives Into Crowd At Daytona Beach – Injuring Four

A car crashed through a crowd of people in Florida on Sunday, leaving several people injured. Local10.com reports that the crash occurred at Daytona Beach just before 5:00 p.m. during a time that local officials allow vehicles on the beach sand. The vehicle went through an unattended toll booth, striking…

Vehicle Crashes Into SW Miami-Dade Home

A vehicle crashed into a house in Miami Tuesday evening. The crash occurred in Southwest Miami-Dade in the vicinity of Southwest 208th Street and 121st Avenue when a black sedan crashed into the residence. Aerial footage of the crash scene showed the vehicle severely damaged with its airbags deployed. A car…

Vehicle Crashes into South Florida Post Office

A vehicle slammed into the entrance of a Miami-Dade post office on Tuesday. Local10.com reports that the crash occurred at the USPS branch on Southwest 117th Avenue and Bird Road. Cell phone video caught the immediate aftermath shows the frantic scene after the vehicle drove through the post office. Apparently, the vehicle…

News: Vehicle crashes into side of building in Fort Lauderdale

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – A driver was hospitalized after a vehicle hit the side of a building in Fort Lauderdale Monday morning, WSVN reports. The incident, which was captured on surveillance video, happened on the 2800 block of Sunrise Boulevard.  The SUV barely missed striking a couple walking by in the…

Vehicle Collides with School Bus Injuring Vehicle’s Driver

A serious crash between an automobile and a school bus left one person seriously injured last week. NBC-2.com reports that the collision occurred on Tuesday morning in Cape Coral, Florida when the car crashed into a Lee County school bus at the intersection of Durden Parkway and Burnt Store Road.…

Various Reports: Carnival Cruises Kept Party Going As Coronavirus Raged

Above all else, cruise lines are businesses. They exist to make a profit for their investors and shareholders. Time and time again we have seen the major cruise lines put profit first, even over their passengers’ safety. The Costa Concordia and Carnival Triumph come to mind.  The latest news relating to…

Utah Man Sentenced to Three Years Prison for Cruise Ship Sexual Assault

A Utah man has been sentenced to prison for sexual assault, after he was accused of sexually attacking a woman aboard a cruise ship in late 2018. 31-year-old Saul Clemente Monago was sailing aboard the Norwegian Pearl cruise ship with a group of people when the group entered the victim’s…

USAToday: Carnival Cruise Line Won’t Make A Full Comeback Until 2022

Carnival Cruise Line will not make a full comeback in 2020 or 2021, reports USAToday.com. Instead, the company plans to implement a phased return which will see it finally achieve full capacity in 2022. Arnold Donald, Carnival’s CEO, said that cruising will resume little by little as countries reopen. “[The]…

U.S. State Department Issues Bahamas Travel Advisory

The U.S. State Department has issued a travel advisory, warning U.S. citizens against visiting the Bahamas.    News 5 Cleveland reports that the warning instructs visitors to the island to use caution due to “violent crime, such as burglaries, armed robberies, and sexual assault,” which is reported to be common…

U.S. State Department Issues Advisory Against Travel to Nicaragua

From the U.S. State Department website: “On April 23, 2018, the U.S. government ordered the departure of U.S. government family members and authorized the voluntary departure of U.S. government personnel. Rallies and demonstrations are widespread and occur daily with little notice. In many instances the government responds using tear gas,…

U.S. Government Allegedly Selling Vehicles With Open Recalls

Over the years, we have covered many automobile recalls –  with the largest likely being the Takata airbag recalls involving tens of millions of vehicles. Many car buyers may be surprised to learn that used cars with open recalls are often sold, with their new owners being totally unaware of the…

U.S. Coast Guard Searches For Missing Swimmer Off Miami Beach

A swimmer went missing off the coast of Miami Beach on Tuesday, prompting a search by the US Coast Guard. Local10.com reports that the swimmer, Miguel Angel Mondragon Ray, was last seen near Seventh Street and Ocean Drive. Officials tweeted out information relating to his disappearance, including a photo. Search…

U.S. Coast Guard Searches for Missing Kayaker

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a missing person after a kayak washed ashore without its owner in West Palm Beach. The U.S. Coast Guard is looking for the owner of a kayak that washed ashore Monday night near The Breakers. https://t.co/gaDjfSPTJl — WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) August 3,…

U.S. Coast Guard Responds After Barge Crashes into Marina in Jacksonville

Responding to what was originally reported as a “marine casualty”, the U.S. Coast Guard rushed to the scene of a maritime crash in Jacksonville Friday. ActionNewsJax.com reports that the afternoon collision occurred when a barge crashed into the Dames Point Marina, striking a pier and four boats. #ThisJustIn @USCG Sector…

U.S. Coast Guard Rescues Two Men Off Coast of Bimini

The U.S. Coast Guard announced that it had rescued two men off the coast of Bimini, the Bahamas on Tuesday. Local10.ocm reports that a Coast Guard cutter rescued the men at about 5 p.m. Tuesday afternoon after finding them floating on homemade paddleboards about 10 miles west of Bimini. The…

U.S. Coast Guard Rescues Man Windsurfing from Cuba to United States

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a man off the Florida Coast Wednesday, and later found he is fleeing Cuba. WSVN.com reports that the Coast Guard intercepted Elian Lopez about 15 miles from Islamorada. Apparently, Lopez is a Cuban deserter, who left the island for the United States on a windsurfing…

U.S. Coast Guard Medevacs Man from Cruise Ship

The U.S. Coast Guard medically evacuated a man from a cruise ship off the North Carolina Coast on Monday, as the ship was about 60 miles from Cape Hatteras.  According to a communication from the cruise ship, the man was sailing aboard the Royal Caribbean ship Anthem of the Seas…

U.S. Coast Guard Find Tugboat and Barge Stranded In Deerfield Beach

The United States Coast Guard assisted a tugboat and a barge that ran aground on Thursday. CBS Miami reports that the incident occurred Thursday night at about 8:45 p.m. in Deerfield Beach. Though authorities are unsure how the vessels become stranded, they were able to determine that the barge had…

U.S. Coast Guard Airlifts Ill Passenger From Cruise Ship

The U.S. Coast Guard has medically evacuated a passenger from a cruise ship off the coast of California.  ABC7.com reports that the 68-year-old woman showed signs of suffering from a stroke when authorities aboard the Viking Sun cruise ship called for assistance as the ship sailed approximately 225 miles off the…

U.S. Citizen Evacuated from Cruise Ship by Chilean Navy

A cruise ship passenger was evacuated from the vessel on which she was siling Sunday, after suffering a head injury while sailing on the ship. Newsweek.com reports that the women, a U.S. citizen, was evacuated from the Viking Sun by the Chilean Navy after the 66 year-old victim suffered a…

U.S. Attorney Announces Guilty Plea in Cruise Ship Rape Case

According to Newsweek, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts has announced that a man who was charged with raping a minor aboard a cruise ship in 2017 has pleaded guilty. 32-year-old Adam Christopher Boyd has admitted to raping an intoxicated 15-year-old boy as the two sailed abord…

Updates To Cruise Lines’ Plans To Return to Cruising

Cruise companies are actively planning to return to the seas, but their official return dates are something of a moving target. A combination of governmental regulations, health concerns, and port closures have prevented the cruise lines from nailing down specific guaranteed sailing dates. But despite the uncertainty, cruise companies are…

Update: Miami Beach Police Cruiser Strikes Teen Bike Rider

A Miami Beach police cruiser struck a bicyclist Thursday night, resulting in the victim being transported to a local hospital for treatment. Local10.com reports that the collision occurred as the police cruiser was traveling eastbound on Quail Roost Drive near Southwest 127th Avenue. Though precise details about the collision were…

Update: Driver Crashes into Miami Restaurant – Injuring Five

Yesterday we blogged about a driver who crashed into a Miami-area restaurant, injuring several people. Now, more information about the incident is available. WSVN.com reports that the driver of the vehicle that crashed into Don Camarón Seafood Grill & Market, located at Northwest Fifth Street and 37th Avenue, had suffered…

Up to 39 Migrants Missing After Boat Capsizes Off Florida Coast

A boat caring dozens of people capsized earlier this week, leaving at least 39 people missing. Local10.com reports that the missing migrants were aboard the vessel when it capsized about 45 miles off Fort Pierce Inlet on Saturday night. A Good Samaritan rescued one of the 40 people who had…

University of Florida Student Killed in Hit-and-Run

A hit-and-run crash left a University of Florida student dead on Wednesday night. Gainsville.com reports that the female student was walking near the parking lot for the O’Connell Center in the vicinity of 2000 West University Avenue at about 10:49 p.m when a car driving west struck her. Authorities pronounced the…

Types of Medical Malpractice or Negligence Cases We Handle

At the Hickey Law Firm, P.A., our skilled attorneys have successfully handled many different types of medical malpractice cases. We commonly deal with misdiagnosis, surgical errors, and failure to adequately monitor a patient after surgery. In the video below, John J. (Jack) Hickey provides additional information about these all-too-frequent instances…

Two Year Old Drowns in Bradenton Canal

Authorities announced that a two-year-old drowned in a canal Friday morning. Local10.com reports that Bradenton Police Department received a call at about 10:30 a.m. Friday morning with the report that a child was apparently floating in a canal behind a local apartment building. CHILD DROWNS: A two-year-old boy is believed to…

Two-Year-Old Child Drowns in Swimming Pool of Pompano Beach Apartment Complex

A child drowned in the swimming pool of a Pompano Beach apartment complex on Saturday. WSVN.com reports that the tragedy occurred Saturday afternoon at an apartment complex located near the 400 block of Southeast 15th Street. TODDLER TRAGEDY – A 2-year-old drowned in the swimming pool of an apartment complex…

Two Women Killed and Several Injured in Wrong Way Crash in Naples, Florida

A wrong-way crash in Naples, Florida has left two women dead and several other people seriously injured.  WinkNews.com reports that four women in a van were driving north on Livingston Road late Saturday evening when they were struck by a truck. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, as the women…

Two Teens Killed in Serious Crash after Reportedly Running Red Light

Two Florida teens were killed in a serious crash in Riverview, Florida yesterday. Patch.com reports that the crash occurred Wednesday in Riverview, Hillsborough County. An 18-year-old was driving a Honda on Valley Dale Drive and reportedly ran a red light, crossing the intersection at Progressive Boulevard. As the Honda ran the…

Two Teens Die After Crashing SUV Into Retention Pond

Two Florida teens were killed after they crashed into a retention pond Monday night. WSVN.com reports that the teens were riding in a Toyota Sequoia SUV north of Tampa when the 17-year-old driver apparently lost control of the vehicle, running off the road and into the retention pond. Two teens…

Two Seriously Injured After Vehicles Strikes Them in Pompano Beach

Two people were seriously injured after a vehicle struck them in Pompano Beach Tuesday. WSVN.com reports that the collision occurred near Northwest Sixth Avenue and Second Street when the vehicle struck the victims, apparently as they crossed the street. The report does not give details as to the circumstances surrounding the…

Two Royal Caribbean Passengers Die of Natural Causes on Same Ship

Two days after four cruise ship passengers were killed in an excursion accident, two more passengers have died while aboard a cruise ship. Newsweek reports that two passengers died while aboard the Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas ship, in incidences that the company says we’re not related. Both of…

Two Rescued After Boats Collide and Capsize in Tampa

Two boats collided in Tampa Monday, leaving two people in need of rescuing. WFLA.com reports that a 24-foot boat and a 19-foot boat ran into each other near Gandy Bridge, overturning both of the vessels. News footage showed multiple marine police boats in the area of the crash, with the…

Two Remain Hospitalized Following Fort Lauderdale Boat Explosion

Two people remain hospitalized following a boat explosion in Fort Lauderdale two days ago. HeraldMedia.com reports that a group was filming a music video when the 41-foot Wellcraft vessel they were on caught fire and exploded. Authorities are still not sure exactly what caused the blast, but according to those…

Two People Seriously Injured In WaveRunner Crash

A serious crash involving a personal watercraft left two people seriously injured earlier this month. ABC-7.com reports that the incident occurred on January 2 when a man and woman were riding on a WaveRunner in the Boynton Beach area. The pair crashed into a seawall and were thrown from the…

Two Motorcyclists Hospitalized After Miami-Dade Traffic Collision

A serious crash involving a motorcycle left two people injured on Saturday. Local10.com reports that the crash occurred just after noon in the vicinity of Southwest 192nd Street and 187th. Miami-Dade police say that as three motorcyclists were traveling in a group one of the motorcyclists suddenly lost control and…

Two Miami Police Struck By Car on Saturday

Two Miami police were struck by a car on Saturday. Local10.com reports that the vehicle hit the motorcycle police officers while the officers were in the vicinity of Northwest 13th Avenue and 3rd Street. The report does not indicate what the officers were doing in the area or the circumstances…

Two Miami-Dade Women Arrested for Performing Illegal Plastic Surgeries

Two Miami-Dade women were recently arrested and charged with providing unlicensed plastic surgery services. The women allegedly performed hundreds of “Butt Lift” procedures over a seven year period. The women are facing a 20 count indictment. Over the past decade or so the popularity of plastic surgery targeting the buttocks…

Two Men Rescued Following Scaffolding Collapse

Two construction workers nearly suffered serious injuries today in a scaffolding collapse which left them dangling precariously high up on a Palmetto Bay building. Local10.com reports that the pair were reported stranded at about 9:00 a.m. after the scaffolding on which they were working collapsed at the Palmetto Bay Village…

Two Men Arrested on Suspicion of Trying to Smuggle Drugs Aboard a Cruise Ship

The Miami Herald reports that two government contractors have been arrested for trying to smuggle drugs aboard a cruise ship. The report identifies the suspects as 35-year-old Peter Melendez and 27-year-old Robert Koehler, who were arrested on Sunday at PortMiami on suspicion of trying to board the cruise ship with…

Two Local Teens Killed in Miami-Dade Crash Over the Weekend

A deadly car crash left two South Florida teens dead over the weekend, and now their loved ones are seeking answers. Local10.com reports that the crash that killed 16-year-old Valery Leah Dantos and 14-year-old Emily Luna on Saturday night was caught on surveillance video. The recording shows a vehicle striking…

Two Lawsuits Reportedly Filed Due to Injuries Stemming from Mazda Defect

More information has become available about the recently announced recall of hundreds of thousands of Mazda vehicles. Driving.ca reports that Mazda is recalling 261,000 M3 vehicles in North America, including model years 2003 to 2007, due to a defect that that can cause the plastic emblem on the steering wheel to…

Two Killed When Tesla Crashes in the Palm Harbor Home

Tesla has recently come under scrutiny for its Autodrive feature on its vehicles, which authorities believe may have contributed to at least a dozen crashes. Now, authorities are investigating a Tesla that crashed into a Florida home and killed two people Friday. WSVN.com reports that the crash occurred in Palm Harbor…

Two Killed In Serious Davie Car Crash

A serious Davie area car crash left two people dead and another hospitalized earlier this week. WSVN.com reports that police believe the crash occurred when a white sedan was heading west on Griffith Road and collided with a Ford Mustang heading east. It appears that the white sedan, apparently a…

Two Killed In Serious Crash – Including Eight-Month Pregnant Woman

Two people were killed in the crash on Sunday, including an eight-month pregnant woman. Local10.com reports that the collision occurred in the vicinity of Northeast 8th Street near 34th Terrace when a silver Infinity collided with another vehicle. Yoani Garcia, a neighbor who lives down the road from the location…

Two Killed As Car Crashes Into Exposed Rebar In Back of Tractor Trailer

A man and woman are dead following a serious car crash Tuesday night involving a tractor-trailer that was transporting rebar. ClickOrlando.com reports that the crash occurred at approximately 8:28 p.m. on I-75 south near U.S. Highway 27. The man was driving a van behind a tractor-trailer that was transporting rebar that was…

Two Killed After Small Plane Crashes into Autism Therapy Center

Two people were killed today when a small plane crashed into an autism therapy center, Local10.com reports.   The reports says that teachers and students were in the building at approximately 2:30pm when the plane crashed into it. The building is located in the 1000 block of West Cypress Creek…

Two Juveniles Among Six Seriously Injured in Coconut Creek Crash

Six people were injured in a serious crash in Coconut Creek Thursday. WSVN.com reports that the single-vehicle crash occurred in front of Coconut Creek High School at the intersection of Coconut Creek Parkway and Northwest 45th Avenue. Update on crash at Creek Parkway and NW 45th Avenue. 6 people have now…

Two Injured In Volusia County Boat Crash

A boating crash at Highbanks Marina in DeBary left two people injured. 2 hurt in Volusia County boat crash https://t.co/IIef846gLz pic.twitter.com/RoG6X94dnk — Orlando Sentinel (@orlandosentinel) April 18, 2022 ClickOrlando.com reports that the crash occurred on April 18 and left a 51-year-old man hospitalized with serious injuries. A 63-year-old man was also…

Two Injured in Miami-Dade Boat Crash Near Broad Causeway Bridge

Two people were injured in a boat crash near the Broad Causeway Bridge when the vessel crashed into a channel marker. According to NBCMiami.com, four people were sailing in a 32-foot boat when the boat struck the marker, injuring two of the boaters enough to require hospitalization. #Breaking 4 people aboard…

Two Injured in Crash Involving Miami-Dade Police Cruiser

Two people were injured in a crash involving a Miami-Dade police cruiser on Sunday. WSVN.com reports that the crash occurred at about 2:30 a.m. in the vicinity of Northwest 59th Street and 30th Avenue when a police cruiser reportedly collided with another vehicle. A crash involving a police cruiser took place…

Two Injured After Car Slams into Lauderhill Apartment

A car crashed into a Lauderhill apartment Sunday, injuring two people. Local10.com reports that the crash occurred at an apartment building at 2322 Northwest 56th Avenue. Police say that at about 1 pm the vehicle with two people inside slammed into the apartment building, breaking through the wall and into a…

Two Hospitalized in Miami Airport Cart Crash

Two people were reported hospitalized following a crash involving a blue cart at Miami Airport. Local10.com reports that the incident occurred at about 1:30 p.m. when the driver of the cart lost control, hit a woman, and then crashed into a pole. Officials believe that the cart may have accelerated…

Two Hospitalized Following Serious Crash in Miami Gardens

A serious crash in Miami Gardens left two people hospitalized Thursday afternoon. WSVN.com reports that the crash occurred at about 3:45 p.m. and involved eight people. Footage from the crash scene shows a black sedan with a severely damaged front end in the vicinity of Northwest 22nd Avenue and 183rd Street. #BREAKING:…

Two Hospitalized Following Boat’s Collision With Draw Bridge

Two people were hospitalized following a boat crash on the Ortega River Friday night.  News4Jax.com reports that six people were on board the boat when it attempted to cross under the Ortega Bridge as the draw bridge was coming down. Apparently, as the boat’s driver attempted to cross under the…

Two Hospitalized after Maritime Crash Near Monument Island

Two people were hospitalized last week, after being involved in a crash with a boat. The victims reportedly crashed into the 25-foot vessel while riding a personal watercraft. WSVN.com reports that Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Miami Beach Fire Rescue responded to the scene at about 5:00 pm on December 30…

Two Hospitalized After Helicopter Crashes Off South Beach

South Florida beachgoers were shocked when a helicopter crashed into a beach on Saturday. WSVN.com reports that the crash occurred at about 1:00 p.m. when a helicopter went down just off 10th St. at South Beach. Witness accounts: Helicopter crash off South Beach that injured 2 stuns holiday weekend beachgoers https://t.co/uxCskOe8DG…

Two Hospitalized After Crash Resulting from Police Chase

Two people are hospitalized following a police chase and crash in NW Miami-Dade. WSVN.com reports that the crash occurred after two people began a chase near NW 31st St. and NW 19th Ave. Reportedly someone called police and reported shots fired, complete with a description of the vehicle and the…

Two Holland America Cruise Ships Collide In Vancouver Port

Two cruise ships collided in Vancouver over the weekend, in the latest incident to rock the troubled cruise industry. The VancouverSun.com reports that two Holland America cruise ships collided while in port on Saturday, leaving a huge gash in the side of one of the vessels.  The incident occurred as…

Two Girls Injured When Boat’s Engine Catches Fire

Two girls were hospitalized following a boating incident that left them with severe burns. WSVN.com reports that the victims, both children, were aboard a boat sailing near Beer Can Island Saturday afternoon. Apparently, the vessel suffered engine problems causing a flash fire, burning both girls. First responders transported the girls to…

Two Girls Injured When Boat’

Two girls were hospitalized following a boating incident that left them with severe burns. WSVN.com reports that the victims, both children, were aboard a boat sailing near Beer Can Island Saturday afternoon. Apparently, the vessel suffered engine problems causing a flash fire, burning both girls. First responders transported the girls to…

Two Fatal Key West Boating Incidents in One Day

Personal injury. Why not choose the best? Authorities with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report that a serious parasailing accident left one person dead and another severely injured in Key West last month. CNN.com reports that the victims were in the water on a parasailing adventure during a…

Two Drownings Reported on Great Stirrup Cay in Just a Week’s Time

There has been a surprising rash of drownings on Norwegian Cruise Line owned Great Stirrup Cay recently, and its time the authorities take notice. The most recent report of drowning was reported on July 6th by the Bahamas Press. The website says that the drowning had occurred on July 3rd…

Two Dead Following Collision Involving Stranded Motorists Pushing Vehicle

Two people are dead following a tragic traffic accident involving stranded motorists in Jacksonville. News4Jax.com reports that the crash occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday morning when a vehicle became stranded in the center lane of 1-295 southbound north of Wilson Boulevard. According to the Florida Highway Patrol…

Two Dead and Two Injured in Fiery Miami Beach Crash

A fiery crash in Miami Beach left two people dead on Saturday. Local10.com reports that the crash occurred at about 5:42 a.m. An SUV was traveling southbound on Pine Tree Drive when it crashed into a tree after apparently attempting to avoid another car that was making a left turn. First…

Two Dead and Five Missing After Boat Overturns Off Coast of Key West

The U.S. Coast Guard is assisting victims of an overturned boat off the coast of Key West. #BREAKING: Coast Guard responds to overturned boat off Key West, 2 dead, 5 missing, 8 rescued https://t.co/Hb6Pp4GqNU — WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) August 5, 2022 WSVN.com reports that the vessel turned over on…

Two Dead and 10 Injured In Key Biscayne Boat Collision

Two people were killed and 10 people were injured in a boat collision off of Biscayne Bay Friday night. Two bodies were recovered and 10 people rescued after two boats collided in Florida’s Biscayne Bay Friday night. https://t.co/MX9LO1nOyF — CNN (@CNN) June 19, 2022 CNN.com reports that the incident occurred…

Two Critically Injured In Miami Crash That Ejected Two from Vehicle

Two people were seriously injured in a car crash in Miami on Sunday. Local10.com reports that the crash occurred at about 10:15 a.m. Sunday morning at the intersection of Southwest 22nd Avenue and 8th Street. The force of the crash was so severe that two people were ejected and one of…

Two Carnival Cruise Ships Collide in Cozumel, Mexico

Windy conditions may have played a role in a collision between two Carnival cruise ships in Cozumel, Mexico on Friday. CNN reports that the Carnival Glory collided with the Carnival Legend as the Glory was attempting to maneuver in the port. The collision left the Glory with visible damage to the…

Two Bicyclists Killed by SUV on Ridenbacher Causeway

Two cyclists were killed while riding their bikes in Miami on Sunday. WSVN.com reports that a man and woman cyclist were riding along the Ridenbacher Causeway at about 5 p.m. Sunday when an SUV struck the pair, destroying their bikes and leaving both of them fatally injured. #DEVELOPING – Two bicyclists…

Two American Citizens Reported Killed During Cruise Ship Shore Excursion

Several news outlets are reporting that a group of Carnival Cruise Line passengers was involved in a serious vehicle crash in Belize this week, resulting in two deaths and others suffering serious injuries.  2 Americans were killed and 5 others were injured in a bus accident as they traveled in…

Two Adults and Two Children Injured in Rollover Crash In Broward County

Four people were injured in a serious Broward County crash on Thursday. Local 10.com reports that the crash occurred as a Honda SUV was traveling on westbound US Route 27 near Collier County. Honda crashes on US Route 27 in west Broward https://t.co/5MnzeVp7O1 pic.twitter.com/MCaIClhhSp — WPLG Local 10 News (@WPLGLocal10)…

Two Adults And Three Children Injured in A School Bus Crash

Five people, including two adults and three children, were injured in a crash involving a school bus earlier this month. WTXL.com reports that the crash occurred as a school bus was picking up students as it traveled southbound on C.R. 149. After seeing a student who she had not picked…

Twelve Hospitalized Following St. Augustine Trolley Crash

Twelve people were injured in a St. Augustine trolley crash Saturday, resulting in at least a dozen hospitalizations. WFLA.com reports that the victims were injured when the car was making a turn and flipped on its side. BREAKING | Action News Jax has a crew on the way and will update…

TV Reporter Killed in Motorcycle Crash After Moving To Florida for New Job

A 26-year-old television reporter had recently moved from Iowa to Florida when she was killed in a motorcycle crash over the weekend. OrlandoSenitel.com reports that Jenny Lenzini had acquired employment with Waterman Broadcasting and was just starting her career at NBC2 when she was involved in the crash over the…

Truck Crashes into Mini-Golf Course Killing Two Children

Two children were killed last week when a truck crashed into the mini-golf course on which they were playing. NBCNews.com reports that the tragedy occurred on Friday in Panama City Beach, Florida when the driver of a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, Scott Donaldson, allegedly crashed the truck into Coconut Creek Golf…

Troubled Brightline Train Claims Another South Florida Life

Since South Florida’s Brightline train launched test runs in 2018, the high speed locomotives have been involved in many incidents including crashes resulting in property damage, bodily injury, and even death.  It seems like every few weeks another report comes out about a Brightline crash. Most of the incidents involve vehicles being…

Tropical Storm Dorian Prompts Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes

As weather experts predict that Tropical Storm Dorian may soon reach hurricane strength, cruise ships traveling in the Caribbean are diverting their paths to avoid the powerful storm.  Cruise Critic.com reports that major cruise lines, including Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Disney Cruise Line, have made changes to their scheduled travel…

Trip and Fall on Carnival Pride Cruise Ship

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued its opinion in Carroll v. Carnival Corporation d/b/a Carnival Cruise Line, No. 17-13602, U.S. App. LEXIS 11860 (11th Cir. Apr. 15, 2020). Carroll v. Carnival Corporation is a trip and fall case. Elaine Carroll tripped over the leg of a lounge chair…

Tri-Rail Train Reportedly Crashes into Boat On Trailer

A Tri-Rail train reportedly crashed into a boat being hauled on a trailer Thursday morning. MiamiHerald.com reports that the crash occurred at Stirling Road and North 29th Avenue as a pickup was towing the boat across the train track. The train collided with the boat, causing the pickup to bump…

Tri-Rail Train Collision Leaves One Person Dead

A crash involving a Tri-Rail train killed one person in Miami Gardens on Friday. Local10.com reports that the crash occurred at approximately 4 p.m. in the vicinity of Northwest 13th Avenue and Northwest 155th Drive, and appears to have involved a pedestrian. At the time of the report, authorities had…

Treasury Secretary May Be Barred From Using Stimulus To Help Cruise Companies

The cruise industry is in trouble. Cruise companies have voluntarily agreed to suspend sailings for 30 days, robbing the industry of much-needed revenue until mid-April. Today, Royal Caribbean and Princess announced that they would extend their suspension until May, further extending the financial pain. And now the industry is bracing for…

Travel World Horrified by Latest Cruise Ship Tragedy

Two days after a collision between a cruise ship and a small sightseeing vessel, the international travel community is trying to process how such a mistake could happen. Surveillance video of the 95-passenger Viking Sigyn river cruise ship colliding with the Mermaid, which was carrying 35 people at the time…

Train Slams Into Two Truck in Lake Worth Beach

A train collided with a truck in Lake Worth Beach on Thursday morning. WPBF.com reports that the crash occurred on 12th and 14th avenues at about 5:30 a.m. The tow truck, driven by a Steve’s Towing driver, was helping a motorist in the vicinity of the train tracks. Apparently, the driver…

Train Collides with SUV Near Miami International Airport

A train collided with an SUV in Miami-Dade on Monday evening, severely injuring two people in the vehicle. Local10.com reports that four people, including two children, were in the SUV when it was involved in the collision with the train near Miami International Airport. The vehicle appeared to have been…

Train Collides with SUV in Pompano Beach

An SUV and a train collided in Pompano Beach Friday morning. Local10.com reports that a woman was driving the SUV and crossing the train tracks in the vicinity of East Copans Road and North Dixie Highway when the train struck the vehicle at about 4 a.m. Witnesses say that the vehicle…

Tragedy Strikes As One Person Dies in Christmas Day Boating Crash

Tragedy struck on Christmas day as one person was killed in a boating crash on Lake Harney, Florida. Fox35Orlando.com reports that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) identified the victim as 39-year-old John Gebhardt. Gebhardt was boating the lake when his boat ran aground and struck a tree.…

Tragedy on the Danube as Cruise Ship Collides with Sightseeing Boat

Several people were killed last night when a cruise ship crashed into a small sightseeing boat in Hungary. At least seven people have been confirmed dead in the collision, which involved a ship owned by Viking River Cruises another vessel carrying primarily South Korean tourists.  The collision saw the 95-room…

Tractor-Trailer Strikes and Kills Man Following Single-Vehicle Crash

A South Florida driver was killed by a tractor-trailer after being involved in a single-vehicle crash on the Florida Turnpike Saturday. WSVN.com reports that the crash occurred in the early morning hours on Saturday when the victim was driving south in the vicinity of Quail Roost Drive. The victim crashed into…

Tractor-trailer crash blocks lanes on I-95 south in Palm Beach County

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL – An accident involving a tractor-trailer affected traffic on a portion of I-95 in Palm Beach County Friday morning, according to WPBF. The Florida Highway Patrol said the crash was reported on I-95 south near Hypoluxo Road.  All lanes were blocked near the crash scene. Motorists were advised…

Tractor Trailer Collides With School Bus – Injuring Five Students

A crash involving a school bus left several students and a bus driver injured last week. WFLA.com reports that the crash occurred just before 4:00 p.m. on March 31 when the bus, which was carrying 10 students, was traveling north on US Highway 19 at SE 140 Lane in Levy…

Tractor-Trailer Collides With Pick-Up Sending It Into a Canal

A pickup truck crashed into a canal in Miami-Dade on Tuesday. Local10.com reports that the truck was stopped on the shoulder along southbound Krome Avenue when a tractor-trailer veered off the road and struck the pickup from behind. KROME AVENUE CRASH: A pickup truck was submerged into a canal after…

Toyota Recalls 75,000 Vehicles Due to Child Seat Anchor Defect

Automaker Toyota is set to recall approximately 75,000 vehicles due to a defect that could result in a hazard for car seats. KellyBlueBook.com reports that the recall comes due to a manufacturing error that could cause the upper child seat anchors to be improperly installed, allowing the seats to move…

Toyota Recalls 460,000 Vehicles for Defect That Could Cause Instability

Toyota is recalling over 450,000 vehicles due to a defect that can cause the cars to lose stability in certain situations. RECALL ALERT: Toyota recalls 460,000 vehicles for stability control glitch Details ➡ https://t.co/lhCFuSjzJc pic.twitter.com/MCwe33xZGd — WAFB (@WAFB) April 14, 2022 MSN.com reports that the defect affects the vehicles’ Vehicle Stability…

Toyota Issues Recall For Defect That Could Cause Wheels To Roll Off

Automaker Toyota is recalling dozens of vehicles due to a defect that could cause their wheels to roll off. CNN.com reports that Toyota is recalling 260 BZ4X model vehicles for the defect and has advised drivers to stop driving them immediately. “After low-mileage use, all of the hub bolts on the…

Tourist from Alaska Dies While Diving at Islamorada

A tourist is dead following a diving incident at Islamorada Friday. WSVN.com reports that 57-year-old Juneau, Alaska native Jean Kilgore was diving in about 40 feet of water near Runway Reef when she unexpectedly suffered from an issue in the water. The report does not indicate the nature of the incident.…

Tour Bus Catches Fire in Miami

A tour bus traveling westbound on interstate I-95 Wednesday night caught fire. WSVN.com reports that the bus was traveling west of Biscayne Boulevard when it caught fire at about 8:30 p.m. Tour bus catches fire on westbound I-195 in Miami; no injuries https://t.co/Hsrn68TNfe — WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) June 23, 2022…

Tour Boat Injuries

Tour boats are popular in and around Miami. From dolphin tours, tours to view the sunrise and sunset, and those designed for families with children, boat tours offer a unique way to see and experience the beauty surrounding our city. However, while designed for recreation and largely considered safe, it…

Top Florida Attorney Helps Injury Victims In-Person or Remotely

Though the United States is currently attempting to get back to normal following the coronavirus pandemic, many people continue to take significant precautions in order to help protect themselves and their families. We at Hickey Law Firm, P.A. would like to inform you that when you have a legal matter…

Top Causes of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving kills more than 3,000 people every year. Because of this, drivers should become aware of the three main ways that they can become distracted while driving so that they can avoid them. Visual – Visual distractions include anything that could impair the driver’s focus on the road. Visual…

Toddler Dead 4 Days After Falling In Family Pool

A toddler has died after falling into a pool on Monday. Local10.com reports that the 4-year-old girl and her family were was visiting someone in the Chapel Trail Community in Pembroke Pines on Monday when she went missing from her family’s supervision. The girl’s family later found her unresponsive in…

Timeline for a Personal Injury Claim

When you are injured in an accident, you may be faced with medical expenses and other costs that can make life much more frightening and difficult. This prompts some people to accept settlement offers from an insurance company before they have spoken with an attorney. While this may be a…

Three People Lucky To Be Alive Following Boat Crash Near Destin

Three people were aboard a boat that crashed into a jetty on Okaloosa Island Sunday night. WKRG.com reports that the crash occurred at about 8:50 p.m. when a “26-foot center console boast came out of the Harbor and was heading West/Northwest” said Destin Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Mike Landis. Destin Fire-Rescue…

Three Killed in Florida Keys Crash Involving SUV and Motorcycle

Three people are dead following a serious crash in the Florida Keys on Saturday night. MiamiHerald.com reports that the crash occurred near mile marker 96 in Key Largo when a motorcycle reportedly crashed into the back of a Buick Enclave SUV as the SUV was making a left turn across…

Three Killed and One Injured In Head-On Collision In Miami Gardens

Three people were killed and one injured in a serious crash in Hialeah Gardens Friday. Local10.com reports that the crash occurred Friday night as a silver Nissan was traveling northbound on Okeechobee Road. Simultaneously, a black Chevy was traveling southbound and crossed the median. The two vehicles collided near Northwest…

Three Injured and Hospitalized Following Boating Crash in Sarasota

Three people were injured in a boating crash in Sarasota on Saturday. WFLA.com reports that a group of six was traveling in a 22-foot boat at approximately 4:00 p.m. when the vessel struck a channel marker and sea wall near Flamingo Avenue. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) responded…

Three Hospitalized After SUV Slams Into A Tree Then Hits Parked Cars

A crash that was sparked when an SUV crashed into parked cars left three people hospitalized on Saturday. WSVN.com reports that the collision destroyed the Porsche SUV when it crashed into several vehicles in a residential area near West Fifth Street and 44th Place at about 6:45 p.m. A dangerous…

Three Florida State University Students Killed In Weekend Crashes

Two crashes over Halloween weekend left three Florida State University students dead. Tallahassee.com reports that two of the students were killed in a crash on Apalachee Parkway on Saturday when they were involved in a collision with a Ford F-350 truck that was going approximately 70 mph. The report identifies…

Three Dead and Two In Critical Condition Following NW Miami-Dade Car Crash

A major crash on State Road 836 left three people dead and two others hospitalized. #BREAKING: A dangerous drive turned deadly in Northwest Miami-Dade after two cars were involved in a crash Saturday night. https://t.co/QzInY3wsZo — WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) May 29, 2022 WSVN.com reports that the crash occurred at about…

Three Dead and One Injured Following Homestead Crash

Three people are dead following a serious vehicle crash near the Homestead International Speedway. Local10.com reports that the events that lead to the crash began at about 3:00 am when a vehicle allegedly cut off an unmarked Homestead patrol car. Officers say that when they attempted to stop the car…

Three Dead After Drowning In Hollywood Pool

Three people are dead after they were found unresponsive in the pool of a Hollywood, Florida home.  WSVN.com reports that the victims were found Thursday at about 3:30 p.m. and include a two-year-old, a five-year-old child, and an adult.  #UPDATE: Two children and one adult male have been pronounced dead at…

Three Construction Workers Dead after Key Largo Construction Accident

A construction site accident killed three workers on Key Largo Monday. They were killed after entering a manhole filled with toxic fumes. Several others were injured by the fumes, including a firefighter who was left in critical condition after attempting to rescue the workers. A construction accident killed three workers…

Three Children Injured In Hit-and-Run That Destroyed Mother’s Vehicle

A Fort Lauderdale woman and her three children were involved in a serious crash Thursday, leaving the car destroyed and all three of the children hospitalized. WSVN.com reports that Fallone Pinphinat was just leaving her home with her children when a Dodge charger slammed into her vehicle, pushing it into a…

Three Broward Sheriff’s Deputies Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision | Miami, FL

Three Broward Sheriff’s deputies were hospitalized following a crash on Saturday. Local10.com reports that the crash occurred in Pompano Beach when officers were traveling in an unmarked car and were involved in a traffic collision with another vehicle near the 800 block of South Dixie Highway. The report does not…

This Week’s Cruise Related Stories Teach An Important Lesson

Two of the major cruise travel related headlines this week related to couples being left by cruise ships in foreign countries. And though the circumstances surrounding the incidences could not have been more different, together they teach an important lesson about cruise travel. Earlier this week we reported on the…

Third Victim Dies Following Deadly Cruise Excursion Crashes in Belize

Yesterday we blogged that two American citizens had lost their lives in a tragic vehicle collision in Belize. Now, major news outlets are reporting that another American has died in a separate vehicle crash in the country. DallasNews.com reports that the victims were all North Texas residents. Two of the…

Third Diamond Princess Passenger Dies

For the past several weeks we have been blogging about the coronavirus contagion aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship. What started off as a reported 10 passengers aboard the ship ill with coronavirus early in February has ballooned to at least 621 passengers ill with coronavirus at most recent report.…

The University of Miami Settles False Claims Act Violation for $22 Million

The University of Miami is set to pay $22 million as a settlement for claims that it ordered patients to undergo unnecessary lab tests and engaged in fraudulent billing practices. Local10.com reports that the University agreed to the settlement as a result of a U.S. Department of Health and Human…

The Troubling Truth About The Zaandam – Four Passengers Have Already Died

Just days ago the officials with Holland America expressed hope that its troubled ship, the MS Zaandam, would dock at Florida on March 30. Now that plan is in significant doubt after company officials reported that four passengers aboard the ship have died and two more have tested positive for coronavirus.…

The Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Has Cancelled 3 Sailing Dates

Earlier this week the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas was damaged when a massive crane fell on the vessel while it was in dry dock in the Bahamas. The ship had been transported to the Bahamas to undergo routine maintenance. But the falling crane did such damage to the…

The Latest Regarding The Car Crash Death of Miami-Dade Police Captain

Yesterday we blogged about the tragic death of Captain Tyrone White Sr. of the Miami-Dade Police. At the time of the blog, the details surrounding the crash were not clear. Now, authorities are releasing more information.  I’m extremely saddened after learning of the passing of MDPD Captain Tyrone White earlier…

The Hits Just Keep Coming For Cruise Ship Crew Members

After months of terrible news for cruise ship passengers, the majority of them have now left the ships to either seek medical treatment or go home. But the same cannot be said for the ships’ crew members. Hundreds of cruise workers are currently stuck aboard the vessels, unable to go…

The El Faro Maritime Disaster

On September 30, 2015, the United States-flagged cargo ship El Faro left Jacksonville, Florida. Its destination? San Juan, Puerto Rico. Its cargo? 391 shipping containers. Its crew? 33, including 28 Americans and five Poles. Tragically, the El Faro never reached San Juan. The ship sank on October 1 with all…

The Coronavirus Pandemic Claims Yet Another Cruise Line

Last week we blogged about the Spain-based cruise company Pullmantur, which recently declared itself insolvent as a result of financial strains caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Now, another cruise line has made a similar announcement. ThePointsGuy.com reports that Sweden-based cruise company Birka Cruises has announced that it will cease operations…

The Clock Is Ticking to File Cruise Injury Related Claims

The statute of limitations for many cruise injury-related claims is one year from the date of the incident. This means that generally speaking, victims of cruise negligence related injuries must file their claims within one year of the date of the incident, or their claims will likely be blocked by…

The Civil Justice System: Protecting Your Family

Friends, As we have all heard for decades, the insurance industry, Chamber of Commerce, anti-consumer lobbyists and “tort reform” groups have spent millions of dollars to shield corporations that harm others from being held accountable. It’s been a coordinated attack on the civil justice system as a whole, it’s well…

Texas Woman Sues for Severe Injury Stemming From Cruise Ship Slip-and-Fall

A Texas woman is suing a cruise line after she allegedly slipped and fell in one of the ship’s casinos and suffered severe injury. Newsweek.com reports that Texas resident Michelle Wilson filed a lawsuit against the cruise company that operates the Jacks or Better ship on which Wilson was sailing…

Tesla Recalls Over 6,000 Vehicles on Brakes Worries

Electric vehicle maker Tesla is recalling over 6,000 vehicles on worries that the vehicles’ brakes may be defective. The recall covers Model 3 years 2019-2021 and Model Y years 2020-2021, reports the HindustanTimes.com. The defect concerns the brake calipers which could could “allow the brake calipers to separate and contact…

Tesla Recalls Hundreds of Thousands of Vehicles for Safety Defects

Automaker Tesla is recalling hundreds of thousands of vehicles in the United States and China, due to defects that could cause the vehicles to experience an increased probability of a crash. Aljezeera.com reports that Tesla is recalling up to 356,309 Model 3 vehicles for a defect that could cause the rear-view…

Tesla Issues More Recalls Associated with Auto Drive System

In the latest sign of the changing times, Tesla has issued a recall fix with a remote software update. CarandDriver.com reports that Tesla recalled nearly 12,000 vehicles that were operating its Auto Drive software version 10..3. Apparently, the program is prone to issuing erroneous collision warnings, potentially resulting in unintended breaking. Tesla…

Tesla Bucks Recall Norms – Issues Over-the-Air Software Update

Automaker Tesla has come under governmental scrutiny for its Autopilot software which can allow Tesla vehicles to drive autonomously. After a series of high-profile crashes, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation into the software. Now in a first-of-its-kind move, Tesla has updated the software through an…

Teen Woman In Critical Condition After Nearly Drowning Off South Beach

A teen woman is in critical condition following an incident in which she nearly drowned at Miami Beach. 19-year-old woman critical after nearly drowning off South Beachhttps://t.co/cqLGAdj3vy — WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) March 21, 2022 WSVN.com reports that the victim was in the waters off 6th St. in South Beach when…

Teen Woman Driver Killed In Serious Rear End Collision

A teenage driver was killed on Tuesday night after the vehicle she was driving was struck from behind. ClickOrlando.com reports that the 19-year-old woman driver was driving a Scion xB in the southbound lanes of Florida Turnpike near John Young Parkway when a 41-year-old man diving a Chevrolet Tahoe crashed…

Teen Receives Five Years’ Probation for Boating Related Homicide

A teenager who was responsible for the death of another teen in a boating crash last year has received a sentence of five years’ probation. WESH.com reports that the incident occurred on November 1, 2020, when Gavin Johnston of Pinellas County was speeding in his parent’s boat on the intercoastal…

Teen Man Missing from Fishing Vessel in Jacksonville Area

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a teenage man who fell from a commercial fishing vessel Thursday morning. FirstCoastNews.com reports that the man fell from a 30-foot crabbing boat in the vicinity of Buckman Bridge in Jacksonville. At about 8 a.m. Thursday an off-duty police officer notified the Coast…

Teen Killed in Florida Crash Involving School Bus

A teen was killed in a crash involving a school bus on Wednesday. NWFDailyNews.com reports that the crash occurred at U.S. Highway 90 and Clint Mason Road in Okaloosa County. The school bus was stopped at the intersection awaiting a left turn when a Nissan reportedly struck the bus after…

Teen Killed in Boating Accident in Citrus County

Florida authorities have announced the death of a teenager who was involved in a serious boating collision on Saturday, March 13. ChronicleOnline.com reports that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced the teen’s death on Monday. The accident occurred as a boat was traveling north on Citrus County’s Tsala Apopka Lake chain.…

Teen In Stable Condition After Hit-And-Run Crash Saturday Night

A 17-year-old is recovering in the hospital following a hit-and-run car crash in Miami Gardens. Local10.com reports that the crash occurred Saturday night as the teen was crossing Miami Gardens Drive at about 7:30 p.m. The report says that the driver struck the teen, who was attending a school event…

Teen Hospitalized After Brightline Train Strikes Him in Miami

A Brightline train was involved in yet another collision over Easter Weekend when a train struck a teenage boy. Pedestrian hospitalized after crash involving Brightline train in Miami https://t.co/UTAORGKjZa — WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) April 18, 2022 WSVN.com reports that the victim is in the hospital after the train struck…

Teen Dies after Falling onto Pier from Harmony of the Seas

A 16 year-old teen fell from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship last week, plunging to his death. The boy, who was identified as Laurent Mercer of the French islands Wallis and Futuna, was reportedly trying to scale onto his state room’s balcony from the balcony of a state room next…

Teen Dies After Falling from Trunk of Moving Vehicle

A teen woman is dead following a fall from an automobile on Wednesday. New-press.com reports that the 18-year-old victim was on the trunk of a car being driven by a 15-year-old girl in Lehigh Acres on Wednesday at about 6:10 p.m. Apparently, as the vehicle traveled on Maple Avenue North…

Teen Dead Following Fall from MSC Cruise Ship

A teen is dead after he fell from a cruise ship last week. NBCNews.com reports that the teen fell from the MSC Seashore cruise ship at about 7:30 p.m. last Wednesday. A passenger reportedly recorded the aftermath of the teen’s disappearance and posted it on social media. The video shows…

Teen Dead After Falling From ICON Ride In Orlando

A 14-year-old boy died after falling from the ICON amusement park ride in Orlando on Thursday. WSVN.com reports that Tyre Sampson was visiting from Missouri when he boarded the tallest freefall ride in the world, standing at a jaw-dropping 430 feet. Apparently, Sampson slipped from his seat on the ride…

Talk of Mutiny As Cruise Passengers Protest NCL Itinerary Changes

As cruise passengers set sail on a two week itinerary aboard the Norwegian Spirit last week, few could have predicted what would happen. Many of the travelers had booked the cruise expecting to visit Iceland and other European destinations. But that stop was cancelled, causing tension to rise. MSN Lifestyle…

Syracuse Man Arrested and Extradited for Death of Woman in Weston, FL

Authorities have arrested a New York man and extradited him to South Florida in connection with a fatal crash. Local10.com reports that authorities arrested 24-year-old Oion Johnson of Syracuse, New York in connection with a May 2021 crash that left a bicyclist dead in Weston, Florida. Apparently, Johnson claimed that he…

Sweetwater Motorman Hospitalized After Traffic Crash

A South Florida police officer is in the hospital after being involved in a crash in Miami-Dade. WSVN.com reports that the Sweetwater motorman was involved in the collision at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night near the intersection of Northwest 120th Avenue and Sixth Street. The report indicates that authorities believe that…

SUV Crashes Into Miami-Area Restaurant – Driver Injured

An SUV crashed into a Miami-area Caribbean restaurant at about 9:00 am. Thursday morning, injuring the vehicle’s driver. Local10.com reports that the black SUV drove through the front glass of the L.C. Roti Shop, located at 19545 Northwest Second Ave. The force of the crash left debris strewn in the…

Suspected Drunk Driver Leaves Car On Its Side After Crashing in Fort Lauderdale

A suspected drunk driver reportedly crashed into an SUV yesterday, sending one person to the hospital. WSVN.com reports that the crash occurred in the area of Las Olas Boulevard and East Ninth Avenue on Monday evening when the suspected drunk driver struck several parked cars and crashed into the SUV. The collision left…

Suspected Drunk Driver Injures Two in Hollywood, FL Crash

Local10.com reports that a South Florida woman was arrested early this morning, on suspicion that she was the cause of a serious car crash. The woman is suspected of causing a crash in Hollywood, Florida at about 6 am, and is reported to have been drunk at the time of…

Suspect Fleeing Police Casuses Crash That Leaves 3 Dead and 2 Injured

A wrong-way crash left three people dead and two people injured on Tuesday night. ClickOrlando.com reports that the crash was caused by a suspect who was fleeing from police on Interstate 95 in Volusia County on Tuesday night at about 7:00 p.m. Officials say the brother and sister killed in…

Suspect Charged With Attempted Murder Following Hit-and-Run Involving Police Officer

Earlier today we blogged about a Thursday afternoon hit-and-run car crash involving a North Miami Beach police officer. Now, police confirm that the alleged perpetrator will face a charge of attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer. Local10.com reports that the incident occurred in Aventura near Northeast 172nd Street and…

Surveillance Video Shows Deadly Miami Beach Crash

On February 24 a horrific traffic incident saw a luxury vehicle hop a Miami Beach curb and strike several people. The collision left one person dead, many others injured, and locals wondering how this could happen. Now, the authorities have released surveillance video of the incident. New view has been…

Surfside Condo Collapse Search Suspended Due to Dangerous Conditions

Rescue workers at the collapsed condo building in Surfside, Florida were forced to suspend their search and recovery efforts due to concerns about the structural integrity of the site.  CBS New York reports that a structural engineer made the decision after hearing cracking noises in the vicinity of the search…

Supreme Court Maritime Case Decision

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) yesterday delivered a significant 6 to 3 opinion which recognizes a middle ground in terms of the circumstances under which a manufacturer of a product which is later outfitted with a dangerous or defective add on part can be held liable for not…

Sunny Isles Beach Mayor Advises Against Using Dangerous Crosswalk

A South Florida mayor is advising locals not to use a local crosswalk, claiming it is too dangerous. The crosswalk is located in Sunny Isles Beach at Collins Avenue near 189th Street. Locals say that the crosswalk is so dangerous because cars tend not to stop there as they are “racing up…

Suing for Abilify (Aripirazole) Related Suicides and Attempts at Suicide

Abilify is an antipsychotic drug used to treat people suffering from disorders such as bipolar I disorder and schizophrenia. Abilify has been linked to various side effects, such as thoughts and attempts at suicide, and compulsive behavior such as compulsive gambling. Those who have been harmed by Abilify, or whose loved…

Suing Cruise Lines for Cruise Excursion Injuries and Death

Earlier this year a tour boat sank off the coast of Mexico. The boat was carrying passengers from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship on a diving excursion, and the sinking put the 10 travelers aboard the boat in mortal jeopardy. Thankfully, everyone survived. No one died in this case, but…

Substitute Teacher at Polk County School Charged With Having Sex With Student

Authorities are charging a Lakeland high school substitute teacher with sexual battery after she allegedly engaged in an improper relationship with the student. Local10.com reports that the 20-year-old woman, Ayanna Davis, allegedly began an illegal sexual relationship with a student in early December, including at least four encounters. Another student…

Subaru Recalls Impreza Vehicles Due to Dangerous Welding Error

Subaru is recalling certain 2021 model year vehicles due to a dangerous welding defect. The issue reportedly stems from an assembly line defect that arose when equipment on the line was damaged. This caused a chain reaction, interfering with the welding torch, resulting in an inadequate weld. We strive to…

Stunt Drivers and Drag Racers Cause 10-Car Pile Up

Authorities are blaming drag racers and stunt drivers for a chain reaction series of car crashes on the Palmetto Parkway Tuesday Morning. Video footage shows vehicles racing and doing donuts on the Palmetto, blocking the road and distracting other drivers. Local10.com quotes Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Sanchez as saying “People…

Study: Traumatic Brain Injury Can Worsen Cognition and Depression

In what is likely confirmation of an intuitively obvious conclusion, researchers have recently confirmed that traumatic brain injury can worsen cognition and depression.  Psychiatryadvisor.com reports that a recent study of the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and repetitive head impacts (RHI) “was conducted among individuals from the Brain Health Registry…

Study: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Can Cause Ongoing Sleep and Fatigue Issues

A newly released study indicates that the effects of even mild traumatic brain (mTBI) injury can involve interrupted sleep and ongoing fatigue. HCPLive.com reports that Simon Berg Saksvik of the  Department of Psychology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, led a team that studied the effects of mTBI, and compared people…

Study: Concussions Can Negatively Affect the Heart As Well As the Brain

It is well known that traumatic brain injuries (TBI), which includes concussions, can have long-lasting negative effects on the brain. But researchers are learning that TBI can also negatively affect the heart. Local10.com reports that researchers have learned that when a concussion affects the autonomic nervous system, this can cause a…

18 Students Hospitalized Following West Palm Crash Involving School Bus

WPTV reports that 18 students were taken to the hospital after being involved in a crash while riding on their school bus.  The collision occurred on Thursday morning at 45th Street near Congress Avenue when the school bus, carrying William T. Dwyer High School students, collided with a tractor trailer.…

Student Killed and Three Others Injured In Traffic Collision at Bus Stop

A student was killed by a vehicle while she was awaiting her bus in Royal Palm Beach on Tuesday. WPBF.com reports that 15-year-old Tiana Johnson was waiting at the bus stop when a passing vehicle lost control and struck her and three other students. The collision left another 15-year-old in…

Stranded Cruise Passengers Are Dying From Non-Coronavirus Related Causes

The number of stranded cruise ship crew members continues to diminish, with the reported tally dropping from 100,000 to a reported 70,000 in recent weeks. Many of the crew members are understandably desperate to leave their respective ships and repatriate to their home countries. But in the meantime, published reports…

Stolen U-Haul Plows Into SUV – Hospitalizing Driver

One person was seriously hurt in a vehicle crash involving a U-Haul truck Tuesday. WSVN.com reports that the crash occurred at about 1 p.m. in Fort Lauderdale when a police cruiser spotted a U-Haul truck that had been reported stolen. As the officer called for backup and began to tail the…

Stolen Infinity Strikes Bicyclist as Police Chase

Five minors fleeing from the police in a stolen vehicle were involved in a serious crash Wednesday evening. Local10.com reports that the incident occurred at about 7:00 a.m. when officers responded to a burglary in the vicinity of 2200 block of Northeast 28th Avenue in Broward County. Police believe that…

Statutes Of Limitations Apply Despite Potential Court Logjams

The coronavirus pandemic has caused the shutdown of virtually every aspect of society. While many sectors are beginning to open up, Florida’s court system is operating at reduced capacity. WFLX.com reports that Florida’s courts are facing a logjam, with a massive number of pending cases expected to grow into next…

State Department Travel Advisory Warns Americans Against Asia Cruise Travel

In the wake of the disastrous Diamond Princess cruise ship coronavirus outbreak, the U.S. government is warning citizens against traveling to Asia to cruise. Cnn.com reports that the State Department is advising Americans to reconsider travel to the Asian mainland or waters. “This is a dynamic situation and US citizens traveling by…

St. Lucia Denies Cruise Ship Entry Due to Passenger Health Concerns

Amid the global scare relating to the coronavirus, many cruise companies have postponed and canceled cruises while the Cruise Line Industry Association has publicly backed the companies’ decisions not to call on mainland China. As the health scare spreads some countries are even beginning to deny cruise ships entry. CruiseIndustryNews.com reports…

Sports World Attempts To Make Sense Of Sudden Death Of Dwayne Haskins

The sports world is in shock following the sudden death of 24-year-olds NFL quarterback Dwayne Haskins. As we blogged yesterday, Local10.com reports that Haskins died in a Saturday morning car crash in South Florida. UPDATE: Haskins was attempting to cross the westbound lanes of Interstate 595 when there was oncoming…

Special Needs Child Dies After Falling Into Miami-Dade Canal

A four-year-old special-needs child died Saturday after he fell into a Miami-Dade canal. WSVN.com reports that the child fell into the canal near Southwest 280th Terrace and 141st Avenue on Saturday afternoon when his mom took her eyes off of him. #BREAKING – A boy on the autism spectrum has…

Spain Becomes The Latest Company To Announce Cruise Ban

Though Spain will soon open its borders to international tourists, the country recently announced that it will not open its ports to international cruise ships for the time being. WorldOfCruising.co.uk reports that Spain’s state of emergency is soon coming to an end, which will allow international travelers to enter the…