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Keeping Kids Safe In An Accident: Florida’s Car Seat Laws

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

In Florida in recent years, there has been a disturbing increase in child injuries and fatalities resulting from car accidents. Across all 67 of the state's counties, crashes went from 56,084 (in 2013) to 66,091 (in 2015); injuries from 22,578 (in 2013) to 25,992 (in 2015); fatalities from 120 (in 2013) to 149 (in 2015). Because auto wrecks are the primary cause of death for children up to age 13, Florida law requires all children – from newborns to age 17 – be securely strapped into federally approved child restraints. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, the following must be followed:

  • Ages 6 to 17: mandatory seat belt
  • Ages 4 to 5: built-in car seat, booster seat (requirement since January 2015) and crash-tested, federally approved child restraint device (height and weight will determine which one)
  • Ages newborn to 3: separate car seat or vehicle's built-in child seat with a crash-tested, federally approved child restraint device

Car seats must be the right size

The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles rundown also suggests that parents keep their children in the back seat until the age of 12. Although height and weight are not factored into the size of these children by their preteen years, the back-seat warning focuses on the danger of potential front air seat bags deploying. Officers may also call into question the size of the car seat. A driver can be ticketed for opting out of using a required car seat because it no longer fits the child. Before purchasing, make sure the car seat is a reasonable fit for that child and compatible with that vehicle. For drivers who need help installing a car seat, Florida Highway Patrol may be able to assist. This link provides reports on child seat safety recalls.

The car seat should also be properly installed and used each time. Florida's Safety Belt Law requires that the driver, front-seat passengers and all minors (under the age of 18) have on a safety belt. Although it is not required for back-seat passengers 18 or over, in the case of a crash, a back-seat passenger not properly restrained could prove to be dangerous for children in the back seat, too.

Drivers should keep in mind...

In addition to ensuring that children are properly secured in cars, Florida drivers should also note that children under 6 are not legally allowed to be in a running motor vehicle by themselves. For parked cars, they're not allowed to be inside alone for more than 15 minutes. If drivers are caught doing so, they risk a $500 fine and/or a second-degree misdemeanor. For children who are injured, drivers risk a third-degree felony.

A little caution on the part of Broward County drivers can help child passengers avoid serious injury or death. While personal injury lawsuits could help ease the financial burden in the aftermath of a car accident, doing everything to prevent those injuries in the first place should be at the forefront of every Fort Lauderdale driver's mind.

The Law Firm of Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock is welcoming a new team of trial attorneys and staff to lead its medical malpractice division. With these new additions, Krupnick, Campbell, Malone’s will continue its 45-year history of providing high quality representation to Plaintiffs who have been injured and require legal assistance to secure fair compensation for the losses they have suffered.

Founding partner Jon Krupnick stated “Skip Campbell and I created an unparalleled culture of hard work and enthusiastic trial advocacy on behalf of our clients. We have achieved groundbreaking verdicts and our efforts have resulted in important case law which is relied upon by Plaintiff lawyers throughout the land. The firm and our incoming medical malpractice team shall continue these traditions and remain at the forefront of trial advocacy.”

Malove Henratty, P.A. Attorneys Scott L. Henratty and Randall A. Diez, Jr. joned Krupnick, Campbell, Malone on February 1st, 2019. They will focus on medical malpractice ligation and assist the firm in other catastrophic and serious injury matters.

Since joining attorney Stephen Malove in 2007, Mr. Henratty has focused on medical malpractice and has been responsible for over $120 million in settlements and verdicts over the past decade. Mr. Henratty is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a Civil Trial Law Specialist. Mr. Henratty is the immediate past president of the Broward County Trial Lawyers Association and is also an Eagle member of the Florida Justice Association and he is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a Civil Trial Law Specialist.

“It is truly an honor to join forces with the trial lawyer icons at Krupnick Campbell. Their vast resources and team approach to litigation is indeed formidable and we are excited to now be a part of that team,” said Henratty.

In addition to Mr. Henratty, associate Randall A. Diez, Jr. and a dedicated team of long-time support staff including Colleen Cheney, R.N. will begin working at Krupnick, Campbell, Malone. Ms. Cheney has been a registered nurse since 1975 and boasts a wealth of clinical experience in both the medical and legal field that is necessary for the complex investigation of medical malpractice cases.

Kelly Hancock, who joined the firm in 1989 after retiring as Broward County’s Chief Homicide Prosecutor, said “It has been the highest privilege to be a lawyer with Krupnick and Campbell for over 30 years. We are truly excited to be bringing in such an energetic group of trial attorneys and staff who have a track record of success and have been so effective at trial, especially in medical malpractice matters.”

As a result of the acquisition of its new medical malpractice team, the law firm of Krupnick, Campbell, Malone, Buser, Slama, Hancock P.A. will consist of 13 trial attorneys, many who have been there for over 30 years. . Krupnick, Campbell, Malone’s nation-wide practice areas include personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability, products liability, medical malpractice, admiralty, aviation disasters and rail accidents. The firm also engages in international litigation and the representation of sovereign nations in a wide variety of contexts and pursues white collar criminals on behalf of corporations, banks and other victims they have defrauded. Over the last 15 years, Krupnick and Campbell has recovered in excess of $2.5 billion for its clients.

The firm has recently celebrated record setting settlements in premises liability, motor-vehicle accident and product defect cases. Krupnick and Campbell’s international division is continuing to expand its practice after unparalleled success and landmark decisions it has obtained in the course of representing multiple foreign sovereigns. Its anti-money laundering division is currently preparing for a $230 million trial in Miami-Dade County.

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The Law Firm of Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock is welcoming a new team of trial attorneys and staff to lead its medical malpractice division. With these new additions, Krupnick, Campbell, Malone’s will continue its 45-year history of providing high quality representation to Plaintiffs who have been injured and require legal assistance to secure fair compensation for the losses they have suffered.

Founding partner Jon Krupnick stated “Skip Campbell and I created an unparalleled culture of hard work and enthusiastic trial advocacy on behalf of our clients. We have achieved groundbreaking verdicts and our efforts have resulted in important case law which is relied upon by Plaintiff lawyers throughout the land. The firm and our incoming medical malpractice team shall continue these traditions and remain at the forefront of trial advocacy.”

Malove Henratty, P.A. Attorneys Scott L. Henratty and Randall A. Diez, Jr. joned Krupnick, Campbell, Malone on February 1st, 2019. They will focus on medical malpractice ligation and assist the firm in other catastrophic and serious injury matters.

Since joining attorney Stephen Malove in 2007, Mr. Henratty has focused on medical malpractice and has been responsible for over $120 million in settlements and verdicts over the past decade. Mr. Henratty is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a Civil Trial Law Specialist. Mr. Henratty is the immediate past president of the Broward County Trial Lawyers Association and is also an Eagle member of the Florida Justice Association and he is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a Civil Trial Law Specialist.

“It is truly an honor to join forces with the trial lawyer icons at Krupnick Campbell. Their vast resources and team approach to litigation is indeed formidable and we are excited to now be a part of that team,” said Henratty.

In addition to Mr. Henratty, associate Randall A. Diez, Jr. and a dedicated team of long-time support staff including Colleen Cheney, R.N. will begin working at Krupnick, Campbell, Malone. Ms. Cheney has been a registered nurse since 1975 and boasts a wealth of clinical experience in both the medical and legal field that is necessary for the complex investigation of medical malpractice cases.

Kelly Hancock, who joined the firm in 1989 after retiring as Broward County’s Chief Homicide Prosecutor, said “It has been the highest privilege to be a lawyer with Krupnick and Campbell for over 30 years. We are truly excited to be bringing in such an energetic group of trial attorneys and staff who have a track record of success and have been so effective at trial, especially in medical malpractice matters.”

As a result of the acquisition of its new medical malpractice team, the law firm of Krupnick, Campbell, Malone, Buser, Slama, Hancock P.A. will consist of 13 trial attorneys, many who have been there for over 30 years. . Krupnick, Campbell, Malone’s nation-wide practice areas include personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability, products liability, medical malpractice, admiralty, aviation disasters and rail accidents. The firm also engages in international litigation and the representation of sovereign nations in a wide variety of contexts and pursues white collar criminals on behalf of corporations, banks and other victims they have defrauded. Over the last 15 years, Krupnick and Campbell has recovered in excess of $2.5 billion for its clients.

The firm has recently celebrated record setting settlements in premises liability, motor-vehicle accident and product defect cases. Krupnick and Campbell’s international division is continuing to expand its practice after unparalleled success and landmark decisions it has obtained in the course of representing multiple foreign sovereigns. Its anti-money laundering division is currently preparing for a $230 million trial in Miami-Dade County.

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