Mom’s lawsuit: Baby’s pinky severed at Heart of Florida hospital

By RAY REYES TAMPA -- The nurse had one last thing to do before Veronica Olguin's baby was discharged from the hospital. But instead of snipping off the plastic intravenous tube attached to the baby's hand, the scissors severed flesh and bone, Olguin said. "I looked at her hand and she didn't have her finger anymore," Olguin, 15, said about her now 8-month-old daughter Selena. "I started screaming, 'Her finger! Her finger!' The nurse was saying, 'I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I didn't mean it.' " … [Read more...]

Investigators finished with FAMU hazing case

(CNN) -- Orange County, Florida, authorities say they have finished the investigation into the suspected hazing-related death of Robert Champion, the 26-year-old Florida A&M University student and drum major who died in November. The case has now been handed over to prosecutors who will make a decision on possible charges. "During the course of this investigation, Orange County Sheriff's Office investigators have worked over 1000 man hours and over 40 individuals have been interviewed," Orange County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Monday. "We have worked closely with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and on numerous occasions investigators have traveled to and from Tallahassee to meet with witnesses and gather statements." … [Read more...]

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Trayvon Martin case: There’s not enough information

MSNBC By DREW KATCHEN -- Florida Governor Rick Scott joined us to promote business and tourism in his home state, and to specifically discuss how the Florida Gulf Coast is continuing to rebound both environmentally and fiscally after the BP oil spill. … [Read more...]

Piccin named Partner at Katzman Garfinkel


Raymond A. Piccin has been named a partner with Katzman Garfinkel & Berger. He leads expansion of the firm's community association practice into Southwest Florida.  He works in the Naples and Ft. Myers offices. … [Read more...]

The Difference Between Medical and Legal Malpractice

By WARREN R. TRAZENFELD, Esq., Special to The Florida Law Journal -- Both doctors and lawyers make mistakes when they deal with Florida's citizens. However, there is a dramatic difference when the person who suffers from these mistakes sues for malpractice. Doctors are required to be financially responsible for their mistakes, lawyers are not. Unlike doctors, lawyers in the state of Florida have no obligation to maintain malpractice insurance or provide any disclosure to clients that they do not have insurance. Although no exact data is available, it is estimated that approximately forty percent of attorneys do not carry malpractice insurance. There are numerous documented cases in which consumers have suffered disastrous consequences due to the errors of their attorney. These errors include missing deadlines, unfamiliarity with the law, conflict of interest and failing to … [Read more...]