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Firm Donates Food and Supplies to Venezuela

This time, across the globe.

We heard about the current humanitarian crisis taking place in Venezuela. Poverty has escalated to an all-time high in the past 6 months. Food is scarce. People are starving. Children have died. Parents do not eat so that they can feed their children. Families can go 2-3 days without eating food. They can’t buy soap or detergent. It’s a very sad situation.

So we set out to do something about it. We partnered with Luke 14 Homeless Outreach and, as a group, our SIG family filled four large boxes to help the people of Venezuela. Check out all the food and supplies our office gathered in just two short days!

Steinger, Greene & Feiner Getting Bigger and Better

Top 100

Top 100
With 30 lawyers in our firm, Steinger, Greene & Feiner was ranked as one of the top 100 law firms in Florida by the Daily Business Review.

The ranking was based both on voluntary disclosures from the law firms themselves and on extrapolated data from the firms’ websites. Rankings are also based on total number of attorneys in the firm.

The firms that the Daily Business Review surveyed have a major presence in Florida. Some are national firms that generate substantial revenue in Florida. Gross revenue represents legal fees billed and collected in the firm’s latest fiscal year.

“Of counsel lawyers” are counted with associates as salaried employees whose compensation is an element of the overhead costs of a law firm when revenue per lawyer is calculated. Profit per equity partner is an average.

The Daily Business Review is the official court newspaper for Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach County. Its superb service, court newspaper designation, as well as over 80 years of service have earned the Daily Business Review the reputation as South Florida’s most reliable source.

This year Steinger, Greene & Feiner was ranked 76 in the top 100 law firms. Last year in the same survey, we were unranked.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident, the personal injury lawyers at Steinger, Greene & Feiner may be able to help.

Two Florida motorcycle wrecks in one week

Two motorcycle accidents happened in Florida this week, killing one person and critically injuring two others, report TBO and the Brevard Times.

On Sunday, a 52-year-old Tampa man died from injuries sustained in a crash in Hernando County. About 1 p.m. a 58-year-old Brooksville man was driving a Mercedes when he turned left and struck the motorcycle.

The man on the motorcycle was wearing a helmet, but died later that day in the hospital.

On Merritt Island Thursday around 2 a.m., a 23-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman, both of Cocoa, were on a motorcycle when a 29-year-old woman from Orlando, driving a Nissan Altima, came up behind them. The Nissan driver failed to slow down behind the motorcycle, struck the motorcycle, and continued to travel with the motorcycle under the front of the car.

The two people on the motorcycle were thrown off it and landed on the paved shoulder. Both are in critical condition at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne.

Motorcyclists follow the same motor vehicle laws as cars and have the same rights on our highways. When drivers approach motorcycles on the road, it’s important that the driver should be extra cautious and give the motorcyclist plenty of room.

The Miami personal injury lawyers at Steinger, Greene & Feiner extend our condolences to
the family and the friends of the man who died in this Florida motorcycle accident.

Is riding in the back of a pickup truck legal in Florida?

On Thursday morning, all lanes of southbound traffic on Dale Mabry in Tampa were closed due to a deadly crash, according to ABC Action News.

An 18-year-old man died after he was ejected from the back of a pick-up truck that lost control while it was traveling northbound. Then a second vehicle hit the teenager. Another person in the back of the pick-up truck was critically injured.

Florida law states that “it is unlawful for any operator of a pickup truck or flatbed truck to permit a minor child who has not attained 18 years of age to ride . . . within the open body of a pickup truck or flatbed truck . . . to prevent the passenger from being thrown, falling, or jumping from the truck.”

Even though Florida law allows persons 18 years old and older to ride in the back of a pickup truck, this does not make riding in the back of a pickup truck wise or safe.

This accident also is a reminder of the simple facts that we must all use our common sense when driving on our highways and that we should all take certain precautions with our passengers.

The Miami car accident lawyers at Steinger, Greene & Feiner compassion is with all of those involved in this wreck on Thursday, and especially with the family and friends of the young man who died.

Changes Coming to Florida’s Car Insurance Laws

Curbing fraud in the state’s no-fault car insurance law was a top priority for 2012 for lawmakers and the governor, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

New legislation alters how drivers use their insurance, attempts to reduce crash-related lawsuits, and seeks to lower insurance rates.

After Gov. Scott signs the bill into law, some of the changes will begin this summer, but drivers won’t see their policies change drastically until 2013.

The measure (HB 119) includes a requirement that insurance companies reduce personal injury protection (PIP) premiums at least 10 percent by Oct. 1, and 25 percent by 2014.

PIP reform restores no-fault car insurance to its core mission, lawmakers say.

“My goal was to put PIP back into its original character as emergency treatment to get you back on your feet,” said Sen. Joe Negron, the Stuart Republican who helped craft the changes.

The Senator also said, “There is a strong alliance of senators who are going to hold the insurance companies’ feet to the fire and make sure they reduce rates dramatically.”

Tougher licensing standards for medical clinics, a new statewide anti-fraud task force, wider use of long-form accident reports, and stiff penalties for providers caught defrauding the system are some of the expected changes.

Read more.

Have you or someone you know been injured in a South-Florida or Miami car accident?

The Miami personal injury attorneys at Steinger, Greene & Feiner may be able to help.

Nine Employees Busted for PIP Fraud

Florida’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jeff Atwater announced a big personal insurance protection (PIP) bust in Tampa, reports the Sunshine Slate.

Fraud investigators posing as victims of auto accidents were encouraged by employees of various clinics to sign fraudulent treatment forms indicating medical services that they had never received.

The clinics included Tampa Rehab Center, Auto Injury Doctors of Tampa, and PVC Medical Center. After the forms were completed, the clinics submitted the fraudulent paperwork to insurance companies such as Nationwide, Farmers, Progressive, and 21st Century Insurance.

Facing up to 15 years in prison each for their crimes, the nine employees were arrested and charged with third-degree felonies related to “patient brokering and filing fraudulent insurance claims.”

A statewide grand jury report on exactly this type of PIP fraud noted that prosecutions are rare. “Unfortunately, a number of greedy and unscrupulous legal and medical professionals have turned that $10,000 coverage into their personal slush fund,” said the report. “The result is loss of coverage and marginal medical treatment for those who are injured, as well as higher insurance rates for all drivers.”

CFO Atwater encourages anyone with information about suspected PIP fraud to please call 1-800-378-0445. Tipsters can remain anonymous, and there are possible rewards of up to $25,000.

Read more.

Have you or someone you know been injured in a Florida auto accident? The Florida auto accident lawyers at Steinger, Greene & Feiner may be able to help.

Tampa Bay college student killed in crash

A 19-year-old Florida College sophomore from California was killed in a wreck Wednesday afternoon, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

She and her 20-year-old best friend were on their way to a shop to get some hot tea. The best friend was driving and ran a red light at the intersection of Chancey Road and Country Road 54 in Zephyrhills. Her 2003 Toyota Echo was hit by a tow truck hauling a Jeep SUV.

The Toyota driver was taken to Tampa General Hospital in serious condition. The tow truck driver was not injured. The 19-year-old passenger died at the scene.

“She was very bubbly, very energetic,” said her mother in California, who was informed of her daughter’s death Wednesday night.

The mother said that her daughter was a self-assured, confident young woman who wanted to be a photojournalist.

“She was very, very much her own person,” she said.

“This is quite a blow to us,” said Ralph Walker, public relations and alumni director at Florida College. It’s a small, close-knit community of 500 students. The school has not lost a current student in such a sudden way for nearly 20 years, if not more.

Walker said that school is back in session on Tuesday and that grief counselors will be on hand for students.

Read more.

Have you or someone you know been injured in a Florida auto accident?

The Florida auto injury lawyers at Steinger, Greene & Feiner may be able to help.

4 dead this weekend in 3 separate accidents in Putnam County

Four people died in three separate vehicle accidents this past weekend in Putnam County, Florida, reports First Coast News.

The Florida Highway Patrol reports that just before 10 p.m. on Saturday, a vehicle traveling east on Sisco Road failed to make a turn and drove off the south shoulder. The driver over-corrected, spun, and flipped the vehicle four or five times.

The driver and passenger were both ejected through the windows. The passenger, a 42-year-old woman, died, and the driver sustained severe injuries.

A second fatal crash occurred around 2:30 a.m. Sunday on U.S. 17 and Troupe Road. A 55-year-old man had put his motorcycle down with his girlfriend trapped underneath. He was trying to divert traffic away from the motorcycle when a car hit and killed him. The girlfriend was not hurt.

In a third deadly accident on County Road 308 near the Georgetown Shortcut, a Honda Civic hit a tree and a power pole and then two pine trees. Both men in the car died at the scene.

County Road 308 was closed, and the power was out in the area for several hours.

Have you or someone you know been injured in a Florida accident?

The Florida auto accident lawyers at Steinger, Greene & Feiner may be able to help.

$6.5 million settlement reached in Florida sex abuse case

After four years of litigating against corporate defendants, one of the partners at Steinger, Greene, & Feiner, feels that justice was finally served in a Port St. Lucie sex abuse case.

Since 2007, four young girls had been victimized by a pedophile at Village Green Head Start in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The case was settled last week, and the families of the children were awarded a $6.5 million settlement, according to NewsCBS12.

“I think that they’re relieved. I think that it gives them a little bit of closure,” said attorney for the victims, Neil Anthony of Steinger, Greene & Feiner.

The pedophile is now in prison serving 20 years for “lewd and lascivious molestation of children.” He was a volunteer grandparent at Head Start.

“He would pick up the children, touch them, stroke them, kiss them and things like that,” said Anthony.

After one of the girls finally told her mother what was going on, the pedophile was arrested.

“The 6.5 million dollar settlement will go a long way to help the victims. It’s going to give the children adequate resources to get the therapy that’s recommended when something like this happens to a child at four and five years old,” said Anthony.

 

Have you or someone you know suffered a Florida personal injury?

If so, the Florida personal injury lawyers at Steinger, Greene & Feiner may be able to help.

Bicyclist Killed in Sanibel Causeway Accident

A Fort Meyers, Florida, woman was killed on the Sanibel Causeway Saturday morning when a pickup truck struck her bicycle and knocked her over the guardrail and into the water.

Passing boaters rescued the woman from San Carlos Bay and attempted CPR, but she died as a result of her injuries.

The 46-year-old was with her husband, who was also on a bicycle, when a truck headed toward mainland Lee County veered over and struck the woman.

Investigators told WINK News Now that the driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

The woman and her husband were riding their bikes across the causeway to Sanibel Island—a trek that the experienced cyclists reportedly made each weekend. The husband was not injured.

The Sanibel Causeway connects South Fort Meyers with Sanibel Island. The 2.8 mile bike path over the Sanibel Causeway was improved and officially reopened in August 2010.

Traffic over the Causeway was closed for several hours after the accident on Saturday.

Read more.

Do you think that there are enough laws to protect bicyclists? Do you think that the Sanibel Causeway is safe for bicyclists?

If you or someone you know has been injured in a Florida bicycle accident, the bicycle accident lawyers at Steinger, Greene & Feiner Injury Lawyers may be able to help.

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