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Winston Law News – November 2020

Ensuring Your Child’s Safety At School

School administrators and teachers are charged with caring for your child when in their care. If harm comes to your child, who’s to blame for your child’s illness or injury often depends on where they go to school. Read more.

Personal injury lawsuits: A look at the damages you can claim

Depending on the specifics of your accident and injuries, you may be entitled to several types of damages from your personal injury claim. Here’s a look at the different damages, and what you might want to consider. Read more.

Not safe to bike indoors; Peloton issues recall

Could the ride be over for Peloton? The fitness company recalled more than 25,000 exercise bikes because of a reported “laceration hazard”. Read more.

Contractor sues YouTube for unsafe working condition

A contractor who worked as a moderator for YouTube through 2019, accused it of failing to protect workers who have to catch and remove violent videos posted to the site. Read more.

Nurse sues employer for exposing her to COVID-19

A Miami nurse is suing her employer after she said she was deliberately exposed to COVID-19. The nurse, who works at a doctor’s office, said the physician refused to let his staff test for the coronavirus without his approval. Read more.

How to get your employees to return to working in an office

As employers begin to require employees to return to the workplace, many worry about COVID-19-related litigation. Here are several legal and safe ways to bring employees back to the workplace. Read more.

Delving into product liability cases

Defective products are known to cause thousands of injuries and deaths every year in the U.S. Recently, Kids in Danger, a nonprofit advocacy group, reported the largest number of children’s deaths – 38 – before a children’s product recall in the 19 years since it has been analyzing recall data. Read more.

Honda reports another Takata airbag death

A defective Takata airbag killed a Honda driver in August, making it the 17th death caused by the shrapnel-shooting airbags in the U.S. Takata airbags have been the focus of the largest recall in U.S. automotive history. Read more.

38 children’s deaths linked to recalled products

The safety and advocacy group Kids in Danger (KID) reported the largest number of children’s deaths – 38 – before a children’s product recall in the 19 years since it has been analyzing recall data. Take a look at KID’s key findings. Read more.

Dog attack injures three in Florida

A vicious dog attack in Cape Coral left three people hospitalized. The dog, which had been tied up, escaped and began attacking people nearby. Read more.

How to deal with a dog attack – as a victim or pet owner

On average, 1,000 people a day are attacked by a dog. Every year, some 14,000 people are hospitalized with dog bite injuries. If you’re attacked by a dog, you need to know your rights, and if you’re a dog owner, you need to know your options. Read more.

McDonald’s ordered to pay employees in California $26 million

McDonald’s will pay fast-food workers in California $26 million. Employees at its corporate-owned locations said the company failed to pay overtime or minimum wage, failed to provide breaks and promised meals, and often didn’t pay on time or in full. Employees will receive an average of $333, with some receiving as much as $3,927. Read more.


Winston Law News – October 2020

 

National eviction ban: Impact on landlords and tenants

The CDC ordered a national ban on evictions that lasts until Dec. 31 to help individuals, businesses and families affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Read more.

Millennials and seniors share a similar trait; easy scam victim

Millennials and seniors are easy scam victims. Millennials reported losing an average of $400 to scams. Adults 40-50 reported losing about $500, and for those over 80, the median amount was a whopping $1,700. Read more.

Doctor sued for fertility fraud

The family of a Dallas woman is suing her fertility doctor, who said she was receiving an anonymous donor’s sperm but used his instead. Read more.


How employers can effectively deal with personal injury lawsuits linked to COVID-19
Dealing with COVID-19 as an employer can be tricky. Can you effectively protect your business even if you follow all the rules and safety guidelines? This overview of the challenges and solutions can help. Read more.
When you file your personal injury lawsuit could weigh heavily on the outcome

Timing makes a big difference when filing a personal injury lawsuit. In Florida, you have a four-year window from the time of the accident to when you’re time is up to file. Here are more tips for filing a personal injury lawsuit. Read more.


Winston Law News – September 2020

 

ARE YOUR PROPERTY AND INSURANCE HURRICANE READY?

With wildfires burning in California and Oregon, a hurricane threatening the Gulf states and five storms in the Atlantic, you’re likely wondering if your home is ready for a natural disaster and if your insurance carries the proper coverage. And if you’re not wondering, you should be. Read more.

Are temperature checks the answer for creating a safe work environment?

Universal Studios in Orlando uses temp checks for people going to their amusement park. Should you do the same with your business? Read more.

Monitoring your credit is essential to avoiding problems

Keeping track of your credit can alert you to issues, including fraud, that can jeopardize your finances, both personal but business. A problem with your credit could easily have legal ramifications. Read more.

Miami restaurant loses business interruption insurance claim

A popular Miami restaurant was denied its business loss claim after road construction restricted access. This case shows how tricky these claims can be for business owners. Read more.

Dog bites are on the rise, and so is the danger of a claim against you

Approximately 4.7 million dog bites occur every year in the U.S. But this year, dog bites have increased. Here’s what owners need to know about dog bite claims and liability regardless of where you live. Read more.


Winston Law News – August 2020

 

Should Employers Require COVID-19 Waivers?

Employers across the U.S. have adopted COVID-19 waivers. When it is wise to use a waiver, and what should it include? Read more.

Employers can find safe ways for workers to report their COVID-19 risk

It’s not uncommon for employees to hide their COVID-19 infection, fearing backlash from their co-workers and supervisors. Here are some tips for how to get your employees to report their risk without fear. Read more.

Documentation is key to winning a personal injury lawsuit

Documentation can make or break your case. Photos helped clinch a $100,000 settlement for the family of a 7-year-old girl attacked by a pitbull. Read more.

Businesses get aggressive in their fight to limit financial losses

With insurance companies denying COVID-19 claims for lack of physical damage or loss to property, bad faith lawsuits are soaring, and businesses are suing their insurers in increasing numbers. Read more.

Carole Baskin faces a lawsuit filed by her late husband’s family

Carole Baskin of “Tiger King” fame faces a lawsuit by her late husband’s family. They’re offering a $100,000 reward for information about what happened to him. Read more.


Winston Law News – July 2020

 

A Review of the Most Common Commercial Insurance Claims

The pandemic made one thing clear. Businesses need insurance and the right amount of coverage. Read our blog for a review of the top commercial insurance claims. Read more.

Mask opponents in Palm Beach lose first legal battle

Business owners throughout South Florida are among the many mask opponents taking their beef with government regulations to court. However, the results so far have been less than successful. A judge in West Palm Beach has upheld the county’s mask requirement. Read more.

Should Congress protect businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits?

Business advocates say legislators need to create protections so businesses aren’t inundated with COVID–19–related lawsuits from employees and customers. Read more.


Could short-term leases spell relief for commercial property owners?
With many landlords struggling to collect rent, short-term leases could provide a solution for property owners in need of tenants and tenants short on cash. Read more.
Beware of hand sanitizers with methanol

Target and Walmart are among the stores selling hand sanitizers recalled because they contain methanol, also known as wood alcohol. In all, 77 brands have been recalled. Read more.


Winston Law News – June 2020

 

To Wear a Mask or Not to Wear a Mask

Florida doesn’t require its residents to wear masks, but plenty of cities and counties across the state do. In Miami, police will issue $50 fines to those caught in public without a mask. However, enforcement of the law remains to be the step not taken. Read more.

Mom sues former employer, says she was fired for not keeping children quiet during work calls

A California woman is suing her employer, saying she was fired because her kids kept disrupting her work calls. We’ve all encountered an employee trying to work with kids running around. Is that a fireable offense? Read more.

A lawsuit against American Airlines alleges abusive flight attendant

A Miami woman is suing American Airlines after a flight attendant woke her up and shook her violently for allegedly taking an extra blanket. Read more.

How credit card information is stolen

Thieves need only seconds to steal your credit card information. Here are the five top ways they get your information and how you can protect yourself against fraud. Read more.

Popular home security system vulnerable to hacks

According to a report by Forbes Magazine, SimpliSafe leaves nearly 300,000 people vulnerable to hacks. Read more.

Tips for PPP Loan forgiveness

Not having to pay back your PPP loan is a huge benefit. But there are lots of rules to follow to ensure all the requirements for loan forgiveness are met. Read more.

What happens when a hurricane collides with a pandemic?

It could very well happen. Meteorologists say the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season will be busy with as many as 19 named storms and 10 hurricanes. Read more.

Can you be required to wear a mask?

In short, yes. In a pandemic, governments have the authority to do a lot of things that would otherwise be questionable. Read more.

Critical information all life insurance beneficiaries should have

COVID-19 has highlighted the importance and failures of insurance. Here are 10 things you should know if you’re a life insurance beneficiary. Read more.

Broward businesses that flout county COVID-19 guidelines will face closure

Business owners take note: Broward County businesses found to be violating laws related to social distancing and facial coverings will be shut down. Read more.

Social Media: How your posts can make or break your lawsuit

It’s almost second nature to share our stories of success and struggle with our social network of friends. However, if you have a pending lawsuit, those posts can work against your case. Read more.

Amazon employees sue over lack of safety

While the overall number of COVID-19-related lawsuits against employers remain few so far, some larger employers face lawsuits for failing to protect employees. Amazon warehouse workers are suing the retailer, saying the company put them and their families at risk of catching the coronavirus. Read more.

Double-check your trash for your stimulus check

People eager to receive their stimulus check in the mail have mistakenly thrown it out because it looks like junk mail. Here’s what to look out for in your mailbox. Read more.

Recall: Nissan hoods may open unexpectedly

As many people begin venturing outside and driving, take note of this important auto safety announcement; Nissan expands the Altima recall because hoods could open unexpectedly. The recall affects models that have been recalled three times already. Read more.

Businesses Reopening: Weighing personal responsibility vs. employer responsibility

While businesses and offices slowly reopen, employees are faced with understanding what their employers are required to do to secure their safety at work and what is their own responsibility. Read more.

Delicate Balance: Personal Responsibility and Employer Requirement

While businesses and offices slowly reopen, employees are faced with understanding what their employers are required to do to secure their safety at work and what is their responsibility. Read more.

Did McDonald’s put its employees in danger?

McDonald’s employees filed a lawsuit claiming they worked in unsafe conditions. Their beef: not enough hand sanitizer, gloves and masks. Don’t let this happen to your business. Read more.

Take these steps to file an insurance claim correctly

Here’s how to file a business insurance claim – the right way. We can help if you don’t want to go it alone. Read more.

How to reopen your business safely

Many small businesses fear reopening and putting their businesses at legal risk. Here are tips to reopening safely. Read more.

Complaint website takes reports of Florida businesses flouting guidelines

The Florida Department of Business Regulation set up a website to hold businesses accountable when they’re seen breaking social distancing rules. What will enforcement look like? Read more.


Winston Law News – May 2020

 

Helping businesses survive COVID-19

How does a small business survive when cash flow has been diminished due to the COVID-19 crisis? The government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was designed to give businesses a boost and keep them sustainable while community-wide lockdowns persist. But even that funding was tenuous. What recourse is there now? Read more.

Personal injury cases might be delayed, but don’t let that stop you

Don’t let COVID-19 stop your personal injury claims. Cases will move forward. Here’s a look at what a personal injury settlement entails. Read more.

Property owners are struggling too

Landlords and commercial property owners are struggling to cover their bills as tenants default on lease payments. There are options for tenants and property owners alike. Read more.

Companies take on insurers over business interruption claims

Businesses across the country are stepping up their fights against their insurance companies for denying their loss of income claims due to the COVID-19 crisis. Read more.

Disney and Universal sued by two park visitors injured on rides

We encourage anyone with an injury claim to contact us. We’re taking cases and hard at work. Consider the situation of two theme park visitors. Each is seeking more than $30,000 in damages after being injured on two separate rides. Read more.


Winston Law News – April 2020

 

How commercial property owners can successfully navigate the COVID-19 economy

Commercial property owners are faced with navigating in a coronavirus world where buildings sit empty, businesses struggle to pay their bills and the nation’s economic future appears murky. These tips will help property owners and landlords manage through these difficult times. Read more.

Healthcare workers could sue for the lack of protective gear on the job

Healthcare workers wonder about legal remedies because of their exposure to COVID-19 and a lack of protective equipment. What kind of case do they have? Read more.

How coronavirus is crippling courts

The coronavirus outbreak and shelter-in-place orders significantly impact current and pending court cases. Here’s a look at what’s happening nationwide. But if you’re caught in this legal limbo, check with your attorney for next steps. Read more.

Coronavirus life, death decisions could make hospitals liable in a post- pandemic worldAre the life-and-death decisions made by healthcare workers and hospitals setting them up for future lawsuits? Read more.
Making commercial property resistant to economic ups and downs

Here’s how commercial property owners can use technology to become resilient to societal trends and a fluctuating economy. Read more.


Winston Law News – March 2020

 

Winston Law Helps Businesses During the Coronavirus Crisis

Our legal team reviews business insurance documents and assists with filing claims – all at no cost – for business interruption and loss of revenue. Read more.

Paid sick leave: Loopholes could hurt your business and your employees

As millions of Americans are forced to stay home under lockdown or quarantines, the complexity of sick leave laws threatens their security and businesses functioning as usual. Read more.

Can a government stimulus package help your business?

The U.S. government is considering sending direct cash payments to Americans in the next two weeks as part of a massive economic stimulus package. Read more.

Thousands of businesses, renters face eviction during the coronavirus crisis

Community and business lockdowns mean lots of companies and renters might not be able to make their monthly payments. Here’s a look at how some landlords are handling the situation. Read more.

What is your business’ legal responsibility to your employees?

Companies should start reviewing their policies and employee benefits to fully understand how their employees are covered during the coronavirus crisis and community lockdowns. Here are eight steps you can take now to ensure your business and your employees are safe during so much uncertainty. Read more.


Winston Law News – February 2020

 

SLIP AND FALL CLAIMS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FILING IN FLORIDA

If you’re injured in a slip and fall accident, it’s essential to have proof of the property owner’s negligence. Nothing hurts your case more than evidence to the contrary. Read more.

Who’s to blame when your Amazon purchase is defective?

Amazon’s liability comes into question in cases like that of a woman who was blinded in one eye from a malfunctioning dog collar she purchased on the site. Should Amazon share in the blame? Read more.

Residents sue individual for causing neighborhood eyesore

When your neighbor’s property is a visual nightmare, can you sue? Residents in a Naples community are doing just that after an extreme paint job. Read more.

Ceiling fans recalled because blades could fall off

Heads up! About 70,000 ceiling fans sold by Lowe’s have been recalled following more than 200 reports of broken or flying fan blades. Read more.

Injured amusement park visitors sue for millions

Amusement parks are all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Busch Gardens in Virginia faces two lawsuits totaling $2.25 million by visitors who say the park’s negligence led to their injuries. Read more.


Winston Law News – December 2019

 

Most common personal injury lawsuits

Accidents are common, but jumping into litigation takes careful thought. Here’s a look at the most common personal injury claims. A consultation with a lawyer to review the specifics of your case will help determine if you should pursue it. Read more.

How some doctors profit from personal injury lawsuits

Could doctors in Florida be profiting from personal injury lawsuits? According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, MDs in several states, including the Sunshine State, have found a way to cash in on lawsuits, the Wall Street Journal reports. Read more.

Are you entitled to money from a $6.3 million infants Tylenol settlement?

Parents who bought Infants’ Tylenol in the past six years could get money back from a $6.3 million lawsuit settlement with Johnson & Johnson. Here’s how. Read more.

Thousands of Florida teachers eligible to receive money from a class-action lawsuit

If you’re a public school teacher in Florida, you could receive money from a class-action lawsuit. Here’s what you need to know. Read more.

Ride-sharing scooters could be accidents waiting to happen

The scooter-sharing company Revel is going all-in in South Florida. But already this new service faces dozens of lawsuits. Read this before hopping on for a spin. Read more.


Winston Law News – November 2019

 

Holiday Safety: Planning ahead reduces risks

Whether you’re traveling this holiday season or staying put, dangers lurk no matter where you go. Planning your holiday festivities ahead of time ensures you reduce risks, keeping you and your loved ones safe. Read more.

Cruising for an illness

Hopping on a cruise for Thanksgiving has become a great way to spend the holiday. Take precautions to ensure you’re safe from illness when you take to the high seas. Here’s what you need to know. Read more.

Do cruise lines skimp when it comes to hiring medical personnel?

A lawsuit filed against Carnival Cruise Lines alleges that the company hired an unlicensed doctor. Read more.

Family of heart attack victim wins lawsuit, speaks out about cruise ship death

The family of a man who suffered a heart attack on a cruise ship in Alaska is speaking out after being awarded millions by a federal jury in Miami. Read more.

Jury awards $157 million to the gay spouse of a deceased smoker

A Florida jury awarded the gay spouse of a dead smoker $157 million from two cigarette makers. The couple was not married when the victim was diagnosed with COPD, but the jury decided they would have been if Florida had allowed it. Read more.


Winston Law News – October 2019

 

Leaving an online review could get you sued

The right to free speech aside, leaving a negative review online could leave you open to a lawsuit. It has for many others. Read more.

Driving on Halloween doesn’t have to be scary

Halloween is just a day away. Here are some necessary driving tips to make sure Halloween doesn’t become truly horrifying. Read more.

FDA issues medication recall

Check your medicine cabinets! The FDA has issued a recall of a prescription anti-anxiety drug because of “the potential presence of a foreign substance.” Read more.

Parents sue coaches over son’s football injuries

The parents of a Georgia teen nearly paralyzed on the playing field blame coaches for their son’s injuries. Everyone knows the game is dangerous, but should coaches be held to a higher standard? Read more.

Social media can be used against you in court

Your activity on social media could put your lawsuit at risk. Here’s why you should refrain from posting, tweeting, sharing and liking if you’re involved in any kind of legal action. Read more.


Winston Law News – September 2019

 

Distracted drivers cause thousands of accidents, injuries and fatalities

Every day more than 1,000 people are injured in accidents caused by distracted drivers. An average of nine people are killed daily due to drivers failing to pay attention to the road. Read more.

Watch your step: Florida ranks highest in pedestrian deaths in the US

Florida is full of dangerous creatures, the most threatening of which appears to be behind the wheel. The Sunshine State is the most dangerous place in the U.S. for pedestrians. with 5,433 pedestrian deaths in one year’s time. Read more.

Distracted driving case keeps family waiting for justice

Here’s why you should put your phone down when you’re in your car. A Tampa family has been waiting three years for the trial of a man accused of causing a fatal accident that killed their son. The driver was on the phone downloading apps. Read more.

Social Security scam has people fearing their finances are in question

The latest scam has millions thinking their Social Security number has been suspended. If you receive a call like this one, don’t respond. Read more.

EEOC lawsuit claims unfair hiring practices at Davie business

A Davie construction company faces sex discrimination charges after a job applicant was told repeatedly the company didn’t hire women for the position she was seeking. Read more.


Winston Law News – August 2019

 

Warning Signs: The causes of drowsy driving

Fatigue from driving long hours on the road is a hazard truck drivers face while hauling loads across the country. Here’s a look at the causes of driver fatigue and the solutions. Read more.

Determining the value of your motorcycle accident claim

If you’ve gotten into a motorcycle accident as a driver or passenger, you should first consider liability and damages. The next steps will help determine the value of your claim. Read more.

How the law treats parking lot accidents

Florida saw 32 fatal accidents in parking lots in 2018. About 7,000 people reported injuries. Here’s a look at your legal recourse if you’re involved in a parking lot accident or what you can do if you’re injured in one. Read more.

95 percent of personal injury lawsuits settle before trial

If you’re considering whether to move forward with a personal injury case, this might help you decide: About 95% of personal injury lawsuits are settled before even going to trial.

If you or someone you love has been harmed by the negligent actions of another, contact our offices at (954) 475-9666. We can help you take action against the responsible party and receive the compensation that you need. Read more.

Winston Law welcomes Madeleine Mannello to the firm

Madeleine Mannello is an experienced trial attorney who litigates in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, and construction and product defects. Ms. Mannello began her legal career as an Assistant State Attorney for Broward County, and later went on to represent the State of Florida in both state and federal court as an Assistant Attorney General. As a former Assistant State Attorney and Assistant Attorney General, Ms. Mannello has tried more trials than most civil attorneys will see in their entire careers. Read more.


Winston Law News – JULY 2019

 

Before the Storm: Know the risk and prepare your claim

We’re entering into peak hurricane season. Know your risk ahead of time and get prepared for a storm, so you’re ready to act after it hits. Read more.

Cybersecurity experts say FaceApp poses a substantial risk

The app that lets you see an aged version of yourself might be a serious security threat. Cyber experts say FaceApp poses a risk to users because developers hold the right to share people’s personal data at will. Read more.

Census scam pops up every 10 years

Here’s how to tell if your census form is real. Read more.

There’s a good reason for turning off your phone on flights

Airlines passengers scoff at having to turn their phones to airplane mode before taking off. Turns our this precautionary measure could save the lives of everyone on your next flight. Read more.

Attorneys Bradley and Andrew Winston named Super Lawyers

We’re proud to announce that both Bradley and Andrew Winston have been recognized as 2019 Super Lawyers. The brothers made the SuperLawyers.com list of top 100 lawyers in Florida. Both have been honored by Super Lawyers numerous times throughout their careers. Read more.


Winston Law News – JUNE 2019

 

Attorneys Bradley and Andrew Winston named Super Lawyers

We’re proud to announce that both Bradley and Andrew Winston have been recognized as 2019 Super Lawyers. The brothers made the list of the top 100 lawyers in Florida by SuperLawyers.com for their work, reputation and success. Both have been honored by Super Lawyers numerous times throughout their careers. Read more.

Why kids shouldn’t use ride-sharing services alone

Should ride sharing companies shuttle unaccompanied minors? Lyft and Uber drivers aren’t supposed to pick up kids under 18, but they do. The recent suicide of a 12-year-old passenger has prompted many to question how the companies’ enforce their own policies. Read more.

Stopping senior scams

One in 10 Americans aged 60 and older experiences some form of abuse over the course of a year. To keep your elder loved ones from falling victim to scams, follow these essential tips. Read more.

YouTube Kids adds more parental controls, but will it make a difference?

New parental control features on YouTube Kids are designed to keep kids safe on the site. But is it enough? Read more.

Why every new business needs an attorney

Doing business means entering into agreements with customers and vendors. Don’t risk it. Here’s why your business needs an attorney. Read more.


Winston Law News – April 2019

 

Uber releases safety measures to ensure rider security

Uber announced rider safety procedures to ensure that its passengers get in the right vehicle and arrive to their destination safely. Read more.

DUI fatalities are down in Florida, yet some parts of the Sunshine State are more dangerous than others

A report on DUI deaths in Florida details which cities are safer for drivers and which cities you are most likely to die in a DUI crash. Read more.

Powerball winner suing her son over lottery winnings

Lottery winnings might just cost a mother and son their relationship. She’s suing, saying he mismanaged her funds, costing her millions. Read more.

Scammers abound in Florida

Florida is home to 18 of the top 50 U.S. cities for fraud, with the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area leading the pack. Read more.


Winston Law News – March 2019

 

IRS security ensnares legit taxpayers

The fight against IRS fraud is so tough even legitimate taxpayers are getting blocked. Read more.

UM surgeon fired for sharing explicit photos of patients online

The University of Miami fired a gender reassignment surgeon for allegedly posting graphic photos of his patients on Instagram. The account was removed, but not before transgender advocates archived the images. Read more.

Man injured in cruise ship accident sues for $10 million

A Sarasota man was nearly killed on a cruise ship after plummeting 20 feet from an onboard adventure ride. Read more.

Legal delays costing insurance fraud victims millions in premiums

Some 37,000 customers of Simple Health Care Plans are paying $6.3 million in monthly premiums for insurance that the government says is a scam. Read more.


Winston Law News – December 2018

 

Holiday crime: Thieves are lurking everywhere. Watch your back.

Porch pirates may be lurking in your neighborhood. But that’s not the only place you need to watch out. Here are some tips for staying safe when your shopping, traveling and at home. Read more.

Watch your doorstep: Porch pirates are on the prowl

A new study by Safewise found that Miami-Fort Lauderdale ranked third among U.S. metro areas where packages are swiped the most between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Read more.

Tips for protecting your packages from thieves

Porch pirates are out in force looking for packages on front doorsteps. Follow these tips to keep your packages and your home safe. Read more.

Beware of Christmas tree fires

The longer you leave your Christmas tree up, the greater the chance of it burning down. About one-third of Christmas tree fires occur in January, when trees tend to be drier and the heat from lights and other decorations are more likely to spark flames. Read more.

Canned corn recalled

More than 60,000 cases of Del Monte’s Fiesta Corn Seasoned with Red & Green Peppers have been recalled because of a processing error that could lead to a life-threatening illness. Read more


Winston Law News – November 2018

 

Could your cell phone give you cancer?

A new study shows that radiation from cellphones might cause tumors in rats but not in humans. However, the report does mention that the kind of radiation from cellphones has the potential to cause cancer. Read more.

Man’s best friend isn’t always friendly

Here’s a rundown of your liability if your pooch is involved in a dog attack. Read more.

Could your employees be behind your latest data breach?

A new study shows that 40 percent of data breaches are caused by employee negligence. Hackers prey on unassuming employees who leave office doors open, computers unlocked and files exposed. Their oversights could be costing your business thousands, if not millions. Read more.

Couple, homeless man concocted good deed to elicit donations

Remember the story about a couple helping a homeless man that moved millions to donate and filled our social media feeds with goodwill? It was all a scam. Read more.

Watch your back. Florida might just bite.

Florida has the highest rate of shark attacks and gator bites in the nation. But those animals aren’t the only reasons you need to be careful in the Sunshine State. There are plenty of other critters lurking about that can kill you. Read more.


Winston Law News – October 2018

 

Are Uber and Lyft behind the increase in fatal car accidents?

A new study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests that the increasing use of ride-sharing companies might be the reason behind the uptick in fatal accidents. .Read more.

Broward residents top robocall lists

Robocalls are annoying for everyone. However, it’s worse for people who live in Broward County, where residents receive more calls than most areas of the country. On average, people who live in Broward receive 31 robocalls a month. Read more.

Protect your teen drivers with these lifesaving tips

Car accidents are the leading cause of death among teens. Many accidents are avoidable, and so are serious injuries. By instilling good driving habits in your teen you could be saving their life. Start by setting a good example. Read more.

Tricksters are out in force on Halloween

We love Halloween and all the treats you get. But it’s the tricks that can cause a problem and children are often the victims. Read more.

Major retailers hit by latest food recall

Large food recalls are becoming as frequent as vehicle recalls. The latest recall features 4 million pounds of salads and wraps at major retailers like Walmart, Target and Trader Joe’s. Read more.

Studies show increase in crashes in some states with legalized marijuana

The medical benefits of marijuana are real. Just don’t smoke and get behind the wheel. Studies show an increase of 6% in the number of highway crashes in some states where recreational use of marijuana is legal. Read more.


Winston Law News – September 2018

 

Doctors push ban on baby walkers

Over a span of 24 years in the U.S, more than 230,600 infants under the age of 15 months were injured using baby walkers. Today, babies are injured in infant walkers at a rate of more than five per day. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a ban on baby walkers, a move that’s supported by a growing number of doctors across the country. Read more.

E.coli scare: Publix supplier pulls 132,000 pounds of beef

We all trip and lose our balance. But if you’re injured badly in a slip and fall, here’s what you need to do. Read more.

Local Massage Envy locations cited in sexual abuse lawsuit

Massage Envy faces serious allegations of sexual abuse at locations nationwide. Now 11 women in South Florida are part of a lawsuit against the chain, claiming sexual abuse at Massage Envy locations in West Palm Beach. Read more.

Power-steering glitch prompts GM truck and SUV recall

A software problem prompts GM to recall 1 million pickup trucks and SUVs. GM says the glitch may cause the car to lose power steering. To date, authorities say this software issue has been a factor in 30 accidents, resulting in two injuries. Read more.

Why do you need car insurance? Because someone that hits you likely won’t have it.

Florida has the highest rate of uninsured drivers in the U.S., with 27% lacking coverage, meaning insured drivers are at risk of having to either foot the bill or rely on their own insurance to cover accidents that weren’t their fault. Read more.


Winston Law News – August 2018

 

Foodie Nightmare: Vitamix issues massive recall

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled 105,000 Vitamix blenders because “the containers can separate from the blade’s base exposing the blades, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.” Read more.

What to do when you slip and fall

We all trip and lose our balance. But if you’re injured badly in a slip and fall, here’s what you need to do. Read more.\

FDOT offers motorcycle safety tips for drivers and bikers alike

South Florida roadways are filled with drivers and motorcyclists, and they often don’t mix mix well. Worse, the Sunshine State ranks No. 1 in motorcycle deaths. Here’s what you can do to stay safe, whether you’re driving a car or a motorcycle. Read more.

Monsanto loses big, but the cost is still high for plaintiff

No matter how big the opposition, victories are possible. A California jury says Monsanto is liable for a former grounds keeper’s terminal illness and should pay him $289 million. Read more.

Can you record people without their consent?

The answer: It all depends where you live There are federal laws prohibiting recording people without their consent. However, state laws might take precedent, and those vary broadly. Here’s what you need to know before your start sleuthing. Read more.


Winston Law News – July 2018

 

Winston Law Blog: When dogs attack, the law bites back

Dog bites are serious, far beyond the cartoon of a postal worker being chased from a yard. Like many accidents and injuries, a dog bite isn’t always cut and dry. If you’re bitten by a dog or your dog bites someone, the court will likely want to determine a few key points that could determine the outcome of your case. Read more.

6-year-old girl dies after dog attack

A 6-year-old girl attacked by a dog Sunday morning has died, according to her father. Florida law requires the dog be euthanized after a 10-day quarantine, unless the owner files an appeal. If that is done, the dog will be held while the appeal is pending. Read more.

Fake I.R.S. phone scam busted

The U.S. Justice Department announced that 21 people were sentenced to prison for up to 20 years for their role in a fake I.R.S. scheme. Over four years, more than 15,000 victims in the United States lost “hundreds of millions” of dollars to the sophisticated scam, and more than 50,000 individuals had their personal information misused. Read more.=

Broward city offers family $475,000 after bad advice lands child in the hospital

A Lauderhill couple, who followed the advice of emergency responders and waited for their child to “poop out” the battery he swallowed, is now being offered a substantial settlement. City officials extended $475,000 in damages after the bad advice landed the child in the hospital for three months. Read more.

Hit by car riding a bike? Fight back!

It’s getting more dangerous by the day to ride a bike in South Florida. If you get hit by a car while riding a bike, follow these steps to make sure you protect your rights. Read more.


Winston Law News – June 2018

 

Winston Law Blog: Follow these tips to ensure swim safety

Florida routinely leads the nation in the number of drowning deaths among children under 5. Following these simple guidelines could mean the difference between life and death. Read more.

Salmonella outbreak affects pre-cut melon in 23 states, including Florida

On the heels of a dangerous romaine lettuce recall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that salmonella may be in pre-cut melons. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the recall of pre-cut cantaloupe to 23 states including Florida. Read more.

Protect yourself from online shopping scams

Online shopping scams are common. Here’s how to spot them and to keep from becoming a victim. Read more.

Florida leads the nation in boating deaths, accidents

Florida leads the nation in boating accidents and boating deaths, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. A study released by the commission shows a nearly 14 percent. Read more.

Credit freezes will soon be available to everyone

The big three credit reporting agencies will soon be required to let you freeze your credit file for free. A freeze can help prevent identity thieves from applying for credit cards, opening bank accounts or taking out loans in your name. Read more.


Monthly News for May, 2018

 

Tips for Motorcycle Safety in Florida

May is Motorcycle Safety Month, and it has never been more relevant than now for Floridians. Florida Highway Patrol reported 9,500 motorcycle crashes in 2017. About 611 people died in those accidents. Safety is at the heart of reducing accidents and deaths. The fact is, motorcyclists are 27 more times likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash and more likely to be injured. Read more.

Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak now includes Florida

An outbreak of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce from Arizona has spread to Florida, bringing the total number of states affected to 29. The CDC also reported 28 additional cases of illness, bringing the total to 149 since the outbreak began in March. Sixty-four people have been hospitalized, and 17 of those have developed, hemolytic uremic syndrome, a form of kidney failure that can be life-threatening. Read more.

Federal authorities investigating deadly crash that killed two teens

The National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration will investigate the deadly Tesla crash and fire that killed two Fort Lauderdale high school students. While police say speed was a factor in the crash, federal authorities want to investigate whether the autopilot feature was engaged at the time of the accident. Read more.

Internet crimes cost victims more than $1.4 billion

Internet crime is up and it’s costing consumers about $1.4 billion. The FBI released a report that details the top 10 Internet crimes. Email scams and hacks topped the list, costing victims a total of $676 million. Read more.

How to avoid travel scams that could leave you broke

Travel fraud is increasing, with one in four consumers getting scammed. Turns out third-party travel resellers and their shady online marketing practices have led to 28.5 million fraudulent and misleading hotel bookings, costing consumers $5.2 billion in 2017. Read more.


Monthly News for April, 2018

 

Child identity theft is on the rise

Social Security numbers and other data stolen from kids are now making their way onto fraudulent tax returns. Identity theft targeting kid hints at a troubling shift in the outlook of cybercriminals, who have traditionally stayed away from buying and selling the data of children. Read more.

How Facebook and other sites track your data across the web

Facebook isn’t just tracking you when you’re signed in, it tracks you across the web, on many other websites that aren’t visibly connected to the social network. And what’s worse, it’s not the only website doing. Read more.

Woman finds a lizard in her bag of greens

Lots of cultures eat a wide variety of animals. But for one woman shopping for greens at Trader Joe’s, getting a lizard mixed into her kale, wasn’t on the grocery list. Read more.

Wells Fargo under fire again for its treatment of customers

High school students don’t have the right to vote, but it doesn’t mean they can’t protest rules and regulations they say are unacceptable. Across the country, students are pushing back against school district dress codes they deem unfair. Opposition to these rules has grown to the point that the website Change.org lists more than 500 dress code petitions in its database. Read more.

Publix announces another egg recall

Earlier this week more than 200 million eggs were recalled. Wednesday, Publix issued a recall of the 18-pack of Grade A Extra Large Eggs. Read more.


Monthly News for March, 2018

 

When it comes to fraud, Florida comes in first

The Federal Trade Commission found that Florida had 208,443 reports of fraud last year, about 993 per 100,000 people. Read more.

FDA: Clarithromycin can kill even years later

The FDA says people with heart disease need to be careful about using the common antibiotic clarithromycin. Heart disease patients who take the drug, sold under the brand name Biaxin, can die years later, the FDA said. Read more.

Equifax data breach just got a whole lot bigger

Equifax reported that another 2.4 million Americans were impacted by their already enormous data breach. That brings the total to 147.9 million Americans. The only good news from this recent announcement: the incremental 2.4 million people only had their name and part of their driver’s license number revealed. Most people impacted by the breach had their Social Security Number exposed, which is much more dangerous. Read more.

 

Wells Fargo under fire again for its treatment of customers

Wells Fargo faces yet another lawsuit. Embattled Wells Fargo is accused of adding on to fraud victims’ troubles by closing their accounts without investigating potential criminal activity. Read more.

Target jeans recalled for causing skin lacerations

Some 30,000 pairs of $18 girls’ jeans sold at Target are being recalled for causing skin lacerations and cuts to wearers. Read more.


Monthly News for January, 2018

 

Why are so many people dying on cruise ships?

The fatal falls of two Carnival cruise passengers in less than a week come after a year where vacation liners saw more than 30 unnatural deaths, according to an online monitor. Read more.

IRS warning: Thieves are after employee W-2 forms

The IRS says cyber thieves have set their sights on employee W-2 forms. Companies are being warned to increase security on payroll files and human resources. Read more.

Is your Explorer making you sick?

Ford is dismissing the need to recall its Ford Explorer SUV despite a growing number of drivers who have reported incidents of dizziness, nausea and vomiting to federal regulators, who are conducting an investigation into the complaints. Read more.

Takata expands recall

Takata is recalling an additional 3.3 million faulty airbag inflators as it expands the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. Read more.

Couple fights ruling denying one twin U.S. citizenship

Gay couple fights government ruling denying one twin citizenship. Read more.


Monthly News for December, 2017

 

Why Safety Should Be Part of Our Holiday Plans

Six people were injured this past weekend when a Christmas tree caused a fire at a home near Chicago. Here’s why safety should be an integral part of your decorating plans. Read more.

Beware Holiday Thieves; Secure Your Holiday Deliveries

Nearly 20 percent of U.S. homeowners surveyed this fall by the home-security company Ring reported having a package stolen last year, with an average loss of $140. There are steps you can take to protect your holiday package deliveries from so-called porch pirates. Read more.

Stay Safe Shopping Online

As you’re hunting around in search of bargains online, a number of scams, tricks and general dangers lie in wait for the unwary shopper. Fear not, though, because we’re here to explain how to stay safe. Read more.

Track Crime in your Neighborhood

How safe is your neighborhood? The facts and figures are only minutes away. Check the crime stats for your neck of the woods and see how they compare with neighboring Florida communities now. Read more.

Common Holiday Injuries and How to Avoid them

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says decorations are the top cause of injury during the holidays. In 2015, there were six fatalities and some 14,000 hospital-treated injuries due to holiday decorations. So here’s what to do to avoid injury. Read more.


Monthly News for November, 2017

 

Stay #cyberaware while shopping online this holiday season

Your smartphones, laptops and tablets make it easy to connect to the world around you, but they can also pack a lot of info about you and your friends and family, like your contacts, photos, videos, location, and health and financial data. Make sure security measures are in place on all your mobile devices. Read more.

Top Internet scams targeting seniors and how to avoid them

Seniors are easy targets for online scammers, often draining their bank accounts and threatening their futures. Here’s what you need to know to protect your family. Read more.

Protecting your accounts and devices is the first line of defense against cyber criminals

These resources and tips will help you to secure your accounts online and your devices. Included are resources if you happen to get hacked. Read more.

Cyber insurance products for businesses grow in popularity

If you’re still not sure if you need cyber insurance, take a look at these six reasons why it is becoming more popular and why it is essential for your business. Read more.

How to deal with computer viruses

Viruses, Trojans, computer worms and other sorts of malware can infect your device any time, and they can be a hassle to get rid of. If you think your computer is infected, here are the steps you need to take. Read more.


Monthly News for October, 2017

 

Heads up! Beware the octopi

A Florida Panthers fan was hit by a 10-pound octopus. Turns out throwing an octopus on to the ice is a Detroit Red Wings tradition that dates back to the 1950s. Read more.

Worst crimes committed on Halloween

There have been some gruesome crimes committed on Halloween. Many are directly related to the festivities of the holiday. Take a look back at the top Halloween crimes, if you dare. Read more.

Protecting yourself and your property on Halloween

Halloween can be fraught with fright for parents, with candy given to their kids by strangers and a legion of masked and costumed trick-or-treaters at the door. However, following a few safety tips can ensure safe fun for kids and candy-givers alike.

Drive safe on All Hallow’s Eve

We really don’t want to frighten you. The fact is Halloween is fun. But people tend to get out of hand on Halloween, and that includes when they get behind the wheel. These safety tips will ensure all is well on All Hallow’s Eve Read more.

Halloween myths debunked: Black cats and candy are safe

We want you to have fun on Halloween, so that’s why we’re helping dispell some of the myths that come with this holiday. Read more.


Monthly News for September, 2017

 

Don’t get duped; Beware popular post-disaster contractor scams

Florida officials are warning residents to remain vigilant so they don’t get duped by fraudulent contractors and other common scams, including fake charities. Here’s a great list of common scams. Read more.

Tips on filing a Hurricane Irma insurance claim

The Consumer Federation of America estimates that Hurricane Irma could result in 450,000 claims for insurance payments — 300,000 for wind damage and 150,000 for federal flood insurance. Here’s how you should get the process started yourself. Read more.

Don’t fall prey to insurance scams

Paying for repairs upfront, misusing an Assignment of Benefits contract, bogus victim relief funds, robocalls wanting storm victims to pay up, and fake job postings are all insurance scams that seem to get the most people after hurricanes hit. Read more.

Underage drinking could lead to DUI accidents

Underage drinkers in high school or college are more likely to drive drunk, as teens and young adults are impulsive and more likely to exercise poor judgment. Underage drinkers also tend to binge drink. Here’s how to stop underage drinking. Read more.

Nursing home industry to meet after hurricane-related deaths

Florida’s nursing home industry will hold a summit on Friday in Tallahassee to discuss Gov. Rick Scott’s emergency rule requiring increased generator capacity to help nursing homes in a disaster. Read more.


Monthly News for August, 2017

 

Daring teen drivers a big safety risk on the road

U.S. teenagers are more reckless after their first few years of driving, often becoming overconfident in their abilities and putting themselves at higher risk for accidents, a new study shows. Read more.

Now serving, well, not chicken

A Pennsylvania woman is suing Chick-fil-A for $50,000 in damages after she said she bit into a chicken sandwich and found a dead rat was baked into the bun. Not quite what’s on the menu. Read more.

Companies rush to develop solution to hot car deaths

A company in Michigan has designed an electronic sensor that can alert drivers when there is still someone in the backseat after the driver exits the vehicle. The nonprofit KidsandCars.org reports 34 children have died nationwide in 2017 due to heatstroke in a vehicle. On average, 37 children perish in hot cars every year. Florida is No. 2 in the country for the number of children dying in hot cars. Read more.

Behind slip and fall accidents

Slip and fall accidents occur due to dangerous conditions resulting from negligence. If your slip and fall injury happened on property other than your own it may have been due to another’s negligence. Here’s what to look for and consider before hiring an attorney. Read more.

When squabbles over money pits family against each other

Family fights over money can get so intense they wind up in court. Preparing ahead of time with the proper paperwork will eliminate problems…most likely. Read more.


Monthly News for July, 2017

 

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