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Abuse of Adults with Disabilities

Our loved ones with disabilities in nursing homes and assisted living facilities are more likely to experience abuse than people without disabilities. 1 in 3 adults aged 65 or older has a disability. According to National Center on Elder Abuse research 30% of adults with disabilities reported one or more types of mistreatment by their provider.Discovering that your aged loved ones have experienced some type of abuse or neglect from the institution hired to take care of them is heartbreaking. Instead of being treated with the respect and dignity they deserve they are neglected and mistreated.If you believe that your...

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2017 Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar

Recently, attorneys from the Abbott Law Group attended the 2017 Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar in Orlando, Florida. The Florida Justice Association (FJA), formerly the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers (AFTL), is dedicated to strengthening and upholding Florida’s civil justice system and protecting the rights of Florida’s citizens and consumers. The annual Workhorse Seminar ensures that lawyers receive multiple CLE credits, gain innovative ideas, and boosts the quality of their practice by enhancing their knowledge of current issues, which occur in every day civil litigation cases. The Experience Steven Teppler was a moderator for two of the discussions on topics regarding E-discovery...

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Florida Appellate Court Finds Caps on Damages Unconstitutional


A panel of judges of Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal in Lakeland, Florida, found that limits on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases are unconstitutional.  These limits, also referred to as caps, on damages have long been a controversial legal topic in Florida and the rest of the United States.  The Florida Legislature and then-Governor Jeb Bush implemented these caps on damages back in 2003 in response to skyrocketing malpractice insurance costs for doctors.  The caps were also likely implemented as a result of several high-profile cases in the 1990s that altered the national public opinion about non-economic damages...

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Number of deaths related to superbug may be underestimated

superbug deaths

Lax Hospital Standards Make it Nearly Impossible to Put Number on Superbug Deaths In 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Institutes of Health announced antibiotic-resistant infections, commonly referred to as superbugs, to be a serious threat to the public health.  The task force representing all three agencies formulated a plan to fight the threat; however, fifteen years later, the superbug problem seems to have gotten worse.  The task force originally recommended creating a national surveillance plan in order to determine the amount of resources needed to effectively fight antibiotic-resistant...

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Driving During the Holiday Season

The Holiday Season: The Most Dangerous Time to Drive Over 90 million Americans travel over the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s holidays to visit friends and family, and of those, nearly 27,000 are seriously injured in auto accidents, which makes the holiday season the most dangerous time of the year to be on the road.  The week of Thanksgiving, in particular, is one of the deadliest weeks of the year for car accidents, and there are a number of reasons why.  There will always be more car accidents as the number of cars on the road goes up, but when you...

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Beverly Abbott – Webinar: Ethics, Ethics & More Ethics!

Webinar: Ethics, Ethics and More Ethics Webinars for the Paralegal and Legal Assistant Tuesday, October 27 12 pm - 1:00 pm Florida Justice Association Presented by: Beverly Abbott, RN, CLNC, MBA, Abbott Law Group P.A., JacksonvilleBeverly Abbott is a presentation expert and has been involved in over 175 mediations and 16 trials. Her presentations have been associated with many multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Beverly has been a nurse for 32 years and spent most of her time in hospitals directing the trauma ICU’s as well as being a member of the hospital administrative team. Twelve years ago she became certified as a legal nurse consultant and began working...

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11th Annual Light The City Motorcycle Charity Ride

Are you a motorcycle rider or know someone who enjoys riding? The Abbott Law Group, P.A. (as part of our community outreach) is a sponsor of the 11th Annual “Light The City” police escorted motorcycle ride that will be held on Friday October 2nd, 2015 at 7 p.m.. This is the only night ride in Jacksonville that begins at the Baymeadows Adamec Harley Davidson and winds around our beautiful city over several bridges (including the Dames Point) and ends at the Baymeadows Harley Davidson. At the conclusion of the ride, riders will be given dinner and a band will play. Participants...

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Fred Abbott and Steven Teppler at HarrisMartin’s Conference

Abbott Law Group attorneys Fred Abbott and Steven Teppler will be speaking at HarrisMartin's Conference about Internet of Things and Mass Tort Liability on November 2, 2015 at hotel Nikko in San Francisco. Chaired by Steven W. Teppler and Michael W. Sobol, Abbott Law Group attorneys will be discussing Internet of Things - 20 Billion Smart Devices and the Future of Mass Liability, Internet of things - Software Discovery, and Internet of Things - IoT in Court and Code on Trial. This event is CLE-accredited and for detailed information on your state's credit hours click here. About HarrisMartin Publishing Harris Martin is the...

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ABA Academy – Minding Your Business

The latest course from the ABA Academy has arrived from the Minding Your Business series. The latest addition to the course offers tips on how to to help manage your digital documents by showing how to use effective naming conventions in document management systems, shows how to use desktop search tools, and utilizing the cloud-based solutions to keep all your important files backed up and available on any device.This is part of the ABA TECHSHOW Summer Series which is highly rated and helps lawyers become more proficient with their technology used.Click on the link below to order or find out more...

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Caregiver charged with vulnerable adult abuse and stalking

A patient with Alzheimer's from Lifehouse Crystal Springs Retirement Home in Grand Rapids was abused and stalked by a caregiver. The employee is charged with second-degree vulnerable adult abuse which is punishable by up to four years in prison, and with stalking which is a one year.The caregiver was allegedly throwing shoes and water at a 86 year old patient, and he also threatened to sexually assault the woman with a stuffed animal.If your loved one is being abused or neglected, contact a nursing home abuse attorney for a legal help at Abbott Law Group, P.A.Read more about nursing home...

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