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Lucas|Magazine in the News – Helping “Pasco Kids First”

NEW PORT RICHEY — Doug Saxon wanted to put some extra “fun” into fundraising.

As part of his campaing for Honorary Governor of West Pasco, Saxon decided to stage a kickball tournament that would benefit Pasco Kids First and the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the governor race.

Eighteen teams signed up for the event’s second year, according to Becky Bennett, director of development for Pasco Kids First. The nonprofit organization has program to shield children from abuse and strengthen families.

Sponsors were Faux Iron Studios, Law Offices of Lucas and Magazine, McWilliams & Son, Trinity Rotary Club and Young Professionals Group.

Prevailing as champions was Team Bilira-Kick, named after its “general manager” U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis. R-Palm Harbor. Captain Mike Ciminna led his troops, Manuel Bilirakis, Michael Bilirakis, Danny Brantley, Eric Clark, Olivia Jenkins, Dan Paasch, Stephanie Pontlitz, Summer Robertson, Beth Weinzetl, Donald Yerkes and Pam Yerkes.

Runner-up team Balls & Dolls wore orange shirts and black shorts for uniforms. They are captain Matt Goodman, Stephen Brugger, Kayla Consentino, Daniel Corriere, Roxanne Juhnke, Justin Lawrence, Stacia Leidolf, Mike Manning, Amanda Smith, Travis Trice and Nathan White.

The Spirit Award went to the Meares Plumbing team.

See-saw kickball battles raged most of the day on fields at Gulf High School and Schwettman Education Center.

The Gulf High Baseball team opened the concession stands and sold food and drinks at both fields as a fundraiser for their team.

New Port Richey City Councilman Chopper Davis came on board as an umpire. Rick Hess, executive director of Pasco Kids First, also was on the officiating crew. Others calling the shots were Pete Dawley, John Fessel, Paul Friedlander and Mario Iezzoni.

People who did not get a chance to see the kickball action can still aid Pasco Kids First. On Thursday, the Saxon 4 Safe Kids Bingo Night at CARES Elfers Center. A Ladies Night event CARES Elfers Center is set for May 29. The Saxon 4 Safe Kids Clay Shoot will be May 30.
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Do You Need A Personal Injury Attorney?

Why Do I Need A Personal Injury Attorney?

There are many circumstances and events that can result in personal injury lawsuits. If you have sustained a physical injury Do you need a personal injury lawyer?and think that someone else is at fault, you might wonder whether consulting with a personal injury lawyer is worthwhile. Having a seasoned, legal professional in charge of your case can provide a number of benefits. Following are several important things to consider when you want to know how a lawyer can help you.

Different Personal Injury Cases

The following are some of the injuries and events that commonly result in personal injury claims:

Car crashes
Bicycle accidents
Truck accidents
Accidents involving pedestrians
Bus accidents
Motorcycle Accidents
Plane crashes
Trip, slip and fall accidents
Falling down stairs
Falls from heights
Accidents on construction sites
Nursing home neglect or abuse
Work-related injuries
Sports injuries
Dog bite injuries
Medical malpractice
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
Drowning accidents
Burns
Spinal cord injuries (SCI)
Defective product injuries

If you have sustained an injury due to one or more of the above-mentioned events, it is important to get in touch with a reputable personal injury attorney as quickly as you can.

Case Evaluation

Given that certain elements of a case must be proven in order to recover damages after these events, all legal claims are not guaranteed to be viable. You can tell your version of the events that resulted in your physical injury to an attorney and he or she can tell you whether or not sufficient negligence existed on the part of the other party to validate your claim. Frivolous lawsuits that are likely to be dismissed in court can be avoided through the diligent evaluation of your case.

Investigation

It is necessary to gather and present sufficient evidence to the court. An experienced team of legal professionals will have the resources and skills that are necessary for collecting evidence on your behalf which can include the reconstruction of accidents, expert testimonies and more.

Negotiating Settlements

Few personal injury cases ever make it to trial and are instead settled outside of court. An attorney will be able to effectively negotiate with the other party in your case in order to help you obtain a fair, feasible settlement without having to go to trail.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

If a fair settlement agreement cannot be reached through negotiations, attorneys can explore options in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) that could be suitable for your case. Among some of the more common options in ADR are arbitration and mediation and both of these methods can help you resolve your claim while saving both money and time.

Going To Trial

If a fair and just settlement agreement is not attained through any of the above-mentioned methods, a personal injury lawyer can represent you at a trial in court. There are very specific rules for jury trials pertaining to procedure and evidence and an experienced attorney will have complete knowledge of the trial process and its nuances. It is therefore, very important to have a seasoned litigator handling your trial in order for the jury to rule in your favor and to award you the compensation that you deserve.

People who have sustained injuries in preventable accidents should learn more about their legal options by talking with experienced personal injury attorneys in a timely fashion. Securing good legal representation will ensure that you receive the full value of your claim and that your rights are duly protected. Common examples of the losses that can be recovered in Florida personal injury cases include lost wages, property damages, medical expenses and pain and suffering.

Get in touch with a New Port Richey personal injury lawyer right now to arrange for your free consultation!    Call (727) 849-5353 TODAY

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Are You A Victim of Landlord Negligence?


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Considering the constant changes in Florida’s economy, more people than ever before are finding themselves tenants, whether residential or commercial.
My name is Nikki and I’m an attorney with The Law Offices Lucas Magazine and we help people that have been subjected to landlord negligence.

Whether you are a tenant or a landlord, it is very important to understand all of your rights and duties; especially the ones that you may not be aware that you have.  Under Florida Law, a landlord owes a duty to their tenant to protect the tenant from reasonably foreseeable criminal conduct.  This means that if you have ever been the victim of a crime on property that is owned by your landlord, you may have a claim against them for damages resulting from your injuries for their negligent failure to provide adequate security; or if they were aware that crime was prevalent in that particular area.

Our office is staffed with some of the best litigators in the state, who can thoroughly investigate as to whether your landlord should have an known an attack was likely to occur.  Please give us a call today for a free consultation if you believe you may have been the victim of negligent security.

If you or someone you love has been a victim of landlord negligent security, PLEASE call our offices TODAY to schedule a no-obligation assessment of your case!  Call (727) 849-5343 or click here

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Helpful Information Regarding Uninsured Motorist Coverage



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Auto insurance is a pretty confusing area of life. My name is Nikki and I’m an attorney at the Law Offices of Lucas Magazine and today I’m going to talk to you a little about maintaining uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage on your auto insurance policy.

This type of insurance compensates a person who is injured for any type of injury that is caused by negligent driver.

That means someone else might cause the accident in which you were hurt and that means they have no insurance to pay for your medical treatment. This is where uninsured and under insured motorist coverage comes into play, there is a chance were you could be stuck paying for your own medical treatment for an accident where you were not the negligent driver.

So essential driving or riding in a vehicle without uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage in the State of Florida is a huge gamble that you should not take. I cannot tell you how important it is, to make sure that you are covered in the event that you are involved in an accident with a driver who does not have bodily injured coverage.

Feel free to contact our office for free consultation or if you just want to bring your policy in to make sure you do have the right coverage we will be happy to meet with you to discuss your options!”

Have you been injured in an accident?  Don’t wait – contact our offices TODAY for a no charge case evaluation!   Call (727) 849-4343 or visit out “contact us page“.   The Law Offices of Lucas | Magazine – your New Port Richey Personal Injury Law Firm

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Attorney Clementine “CC” Conde Honored for Legal Excellence

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DISTINGUISHED COUNSEL
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Clementine Conde, of Lucas | Magazine, PLLC has been selected to the 2015 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. NADC is CC Conde Awardan organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Its mission is to objectively recognize the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate.

Members are thoroughly vetted by a research team, selected by a blue ribbon panel of attorneys with podium status from independently neutral organizations, and approved by a judicial review board as exhibiting virtue in the practice of law. Due to the incredible selectivity of the appointment process, only the top one percent of attorneys in the United States are awarded membership in NADC. This elite class of advocates consists of the finest leaders of the legal profession from across the nation.

Learn more about Clementine Conde – Click Here

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Do You Know What To Do After You Have Been in An Auto Accident? Here are SIX Tips…

6 Tips To Follow After an Accident
By Nikki Iannaccone

 

 

6 Tips - After An Auto Accident

 

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The scene of a car accident can be a pretty chaotic event.  My name is Nikki and I’m an attorney with The Law Offices Lucas Magazine.   Today I’m going to give you 6 important tips for you to follow if you were involved in a car accident.

Number 1:    You want to take pictures: not only of your vehicle, but of any vehicle or object that may have been involved in the accident.

Number 2:    Get the driver’s exchange.  You’re going to get that piece of paper from any police officer that happened to be investigating an accident.  This document is important because not only will it list the names of all the parties involved in the accident, but it will also include insurance information that will be really important to your case.

Number 3:    If there’s any witnesses to your accident, find out who they are.  Sometimes people stay at the scene of an accident only long enough to make sure that people aren’t really hurt.  If someone stays, get their name and contact information.  That person may be very useful to you should you decide to file a claim with an attorney.

Number 4:    Get yourself to a trustworthy doctor as soon as possible after the accident.  I personally recommend seeing a doctor within the first three days.  That way they can figure out your injuries as soon as possible and you can begin treatment right away.  Not to mention the fact that you’ll also be in the 14 day requirement so you’ll have no problem getting your personal injury protection benefits as well.

Number 5:    Sometimes after a car accident you’ll get a call from the insurance companies wanting you to give a recorded statement.  I highly recommend that you do not speak to any insurance company until you’ve had the chance to meet with an attorney.  An attorney can help guide you through the process and help make sure that you don’t misstate any facts or say anything that you really didn’t mean to say.

Number 6:  You’re going to want to get a copy of the repair estimate for your vehicle.  Surprisingly enough, insurance adjusters put a lot of stress on the repair estimate to your vehicle.  It’s also really important that you get a copy of that to your attorney, that way they can communicate with the adjuster directly and ensure that they are evaluating your case correctly.
If you were involved in an accident and you have any questions about what to do next, please call us for a free, no obligations consultation today.

Have you (or someone you love) been involved in an auto accident?  Know your rights!   Schedule a no-obligation conslutation with our award winning Legal Team TODAY – call 727 849-5353 … The Law Offices of Lucas | Magazine: Your New Port Richey Auto Accident Law Firm

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Is Your Landlord Negligent?

Considering the constant changes in Florida’s economy, more people than ever are finding themselves tenants, whether residential or commercial. Whether you are a tenant or a landlord, it is very important to understand all of your rights and duties, especially the ones that you may not be aware of.

Nicolette Iannaccone

Under Florida law, a landlord owes a duty to their tenant to protect the tenant from reasonably foreseeable criminal conduct. This means that if you have ever been the victim of a crime on property that is owned by your landlord, you may have a claim against them for damages resulting from your injuries for their negligent failure to provide adequate security.

Victim of Landlord Negligence in New Port Richey (or surrounding Areas)?  Call (727) 849 – 5353 TODAY

A Plaintiff, someone who is seeking to sue another, in this kind of action has the burden of proving that the landlord had knowledge of prior similar criminal conduct occurring on the premises. What’s interesting is that Florida courts have found the landlord’s duty to ensure a tenant’s safety in common areas of the property and the individual units leased to a residential tenant. Additionally, if you are a commercial tenant, this duty may also include your guests, customers, or employees.

Some of the factors that come into play are whether or not the landlord provided adequate security for the building and whether the landlord was aware that crime was prevalent in that particular area.

However, the biggest factor in negligent security cases involves the issue of whether or not the landlord had reason to know that there was a high likelihood of a criminal event – basically whether a criminal event was “foreseeable”. Several courts in Florida have found that a criminal event is “foreseeable”, meaning the landlord would be held responsible, if the landlord knew of criminal activity that occurred in the surrounding area, even if there have not been any specific criminal incidents on his own property. This drastically increases the scope of a duty that is placed on a landlord and increases the occasions in which he or she may be held liable for a criminal event.

To summarize, if you are a tenant who has been the victim of an attack on your landlord’s property, you may have a claim against your landlord for negligence. Our office is staffed with some of the best litigators in the state who can thoroughly investigate as to whether your landlord should have known an attack was likely to occur. Please give us a call for a free consultation if you believe you may have been the victim of negligent security.

Have you or someone you love been a victim of Landlord Negligence?  If so, please call us TODAY at (727) 849-5353 – or visit our “contact us” page – click here

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Lucas | Magazine Charity Challenge | Join Us April 11-14

The Professional Bowlers Association is coming to Pasco County!

The Law Offices of Lucas | Magazine are proud to partner up with the Joshua House Foundation to bring you this event! Lucas | Magazine in the Community

April 11-14

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Charitable Beneficiary:
The Friends of Joshua House Foundation

Joshua House is a safe haven for abused, abandoned, and neglected children, offering a therapeutic residential group care program that provides a protected, nurturing, family-like environment for children ages seven – seventeen. These children have been removed from their homes due to crisis and many have been through multiple fos- ter homes.

Hundreds of children have passed through Joshua House since it opened. Each story of abuse and neglect is as unique as the child. Joshua House promotes growth, stability, and support specific to each child’s need. Keeping sibling groups together is just one of the many ways Joshua House makes a difference.

Friends of Joshua House Foundation is a 501(c)(3), EIN 20-0597719.

Lucas|Magazine Charity Challenge

The Lucas|Magazine Charity Challenge is a relaxed, social “event” in which the emphasis is on fun and raising money for the Friends of Joshua House Foundation.

Saturday, April 11 Lane Glo Bowl

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Don’t have any “good” bowlers working for your company?

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  •  Golf 101: Low score wins, with each bowler being required to knock down at least 1 pin per frame. Frames in which at least 1 pin is not knocked down are marked as a strike. The perfect score is 10.
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Saturday, April 11

9:00 AM — PBA50 Pro Practice Session
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Sunday, April 14

10:00 AM — PBA50 A Squad, 8 games 4:00 PM — PBA50 B Squad, 8 games

Monday, April 15

10:00 AM — PBA50 B Squad, 8 games 4:00 PM — PBA50 A Squad, 8 games

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9:00 AM — PBA50 Cashers Round, 5 games
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Has Media Become An Arm of Government Prosecutions?

The recent arrest of eccentric multi millionaire, Robert Durst on the eve of the last segement of the HBO special “JINX” has shocked many. Robert Durst is an enigma who has been prosecuted for murder in the past and acquitted despite ample evidence of guilt. He had long been considered the suspect in the disappearance of his wife and the murder of his good friend.

Criminal Defense Attorney in New Port Richey Said murders remained unprosecuted until said HBO special began airing. In this special, Mr. Durst shockingly agrees to speak to investigating journalist Andrew Jarecki about the deceased and other items investigators have pulled up in the case. It is not clear why he would ever agree to do this.

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Mr. Durst is a man of substantial wealth who can afford the finest of attorneys. I am sure any competent attorney would have advised him NOT to engage these journalists and open himself up to potential prosecution. Yet, this is exactly what happened. The question can only remain why? Is it insanity? Dementia? Or just plain Audacity?

Whatever the case, it was just plain, for lack of a better phrase, Dumb. We as citizens have the right to remain silent. It is one of the tenants of our constitution that we hold dear. The right not to incriminate ourselves is something many take for granted.

As a criminal attorney for 22 years, I always advise clients to exercise this right as sometimes we can be our own worst enemies. This also applies not only to law enforcement questioning but also the media. Anything you say in any format including social media could be used against you in court. The murder prosecution against Mr. Durst is a prime and painful example of this.

If you are contacted by law enforcement or asked to give a statement about any criminal allegation, please call me (Clementine Conde – your New Port Richey Criminal Defense Attorney) for a free consultation  (727) 849-5353.

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Firefighter Injuries Caused by Helmets

Attorney Jim Magazine Leads Fight Against Manufacturer of Helmets that Cause Firefighter Injuries

A group of retired and active firefighters have sued the maker and distributor of their city-issued helmets, saying design flaws have led to injury

The five firefighters say the helmets they were given a few years ago, the 1044 Cairns model manufactured by Pennsylvania-based Mine Safety Appliance Co. and distributed by Bradenton-based Ten-8 Fire Equipment Inc., were designed poorly and caused neck and head injuries.

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“The problem with the design is that they’re heavier than the other helmets, and they’re not as balanced,” said New Port Richey attorney Jim Magazine, who likened the situation to top-heavy bobblehead toys. “This helmet’s a recipe for disaster.”

The firefighters filed their product liability claim in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court. Their employer, the city of St. Petersburg, is not a party to the suit. Magazine said that’s because the city would have had to have knowledge that the helmets were defective.

Yet this week, fire Chief Jim Large said he has heard no complaints about that specific helmet model.

Large said the helmets are used now by about 90 percent of firefighters at the department.

“We’re not changing out any 1044 Cairns,” Large said. “We’re not testing new helmets.”

An attorney for Mine Safety Appliances did not return a call this week. Mark Garrison, a Tampa attorney representing Ten-8, declined to comment.

Retired firefighter Scott Crowell was the first to file suit about the helmets in 2013. He said a helmet he got three years earlier caused neck injuries.

Back then, Crowell was represented in part by Rick Kriseman, elected mayor that same year.

On Tuesday, city spokesman Ben Kirby said the mayor would have no comment on the lawsuit.

The other firefighters — Francis Thomas, Gregory Harvin, Christopher Henderson and retiree Robert Henderson — filed their suits this month.

The firefighters say the helmets are uneven and cause musculoskeletal injuries. They said the problem came with helmets the city issued from 2010 on.

Large said the department did switch from “Philadelphia-style” helmets to “New York-style” ones that year. The differences, he said, are subtle. From some angles, the former one looks more rounded.

Large also said it’s not uncommon for the department to change vendors while keeping the same essential model. “If it meets our needs and it’s cheaper, we’re going to try to be fiscally judicious,” Large said.

For instance, just a few months ago, a new vendor got a contract to provide helmets. They are also “New York-style” helmets and look similar to the 1044 Cairns. New hires, firefighters whose helmets have been damaged, or those who have helmets older than 10 years will be first to get them.

Magazine said he expects more firefighters to come forward because they believe this is not just a problem with a batch of 1044 Cairns helmets.

“The model these guys got is a bad model,” Magazine said. “We believe this is going to be a nationwide case.”

If you or someone you love has been injured due to a 1044 Cairns model Firefighting helmet – PLEASE have them contact our offices at (727) 849-5353 (or visit our contact us page- click here)

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