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Spring 2021 Newsletter

Case Highlight

John Doe and two of his friends were helping to rebuild Panama City homes following Hurricane Michael. The three friends lived in the Pensacola area and drove to Bay County daily to work. On October 2, 2019, they were traveling home in the evening after a day of work. Mr. Doe was driving the truck and trailer owned by his friend and co-worker along I-10 near Crestview, when the vehicle suffered a mechanical defect causing it to pull to the right where it collided with a utility truck and trailer. Mr. Doe suffered significant spinal injuries, his good friend and co- worker who was the front seat passenger was killed in the wreck, and their other friend who was in the back seat was also injured.

Following the wreck, Mr. Doe retained Walborsky, Bradley & Fleming partner Brent F. Bradley to investigate and pursue the case. Detailed accident reconstruction and investigation revealed the real cause of the tragic accident. A utility contract had been entered into between the government and a major utility construction company. The major utility construction company then sub-contracted with XYZ Construction to dig and trench underground utility lines along I-10. The contracts contained extensive safety regulations and guidelines. Through the accident reconstruction and investigation, Mr. Bradley was able to prove that XYZ Construction failed to follow numerous safety requirements and that it was illegally parked on the side of I-10, occupying the entire shoulder without required warnings and lane closures. Those guidelines were meant to protect other drivers on the interstate in circumstances just like this. Mr. Bradley was able to obtain $1,250,000 for Mr. Doe as compensation for his significant injuries.

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Staying safe while you and your family are enjoying recreational boating

Boating can be enjoyable for the whole family. Whether you live in Florida year-round or go there just for some fun in the sun on a rented vessel, being aboard a boat for the day or longer is relaxing recreation at its very best.

However, dangers can lurk when you and others are on a boat for a pleasant jaunt. There are many significant issues to be aware of and plan for before your excursion. Among them are bad weather such as powerful gales, carbon monoxide, fire, having sufficient lifejackets for all passengers if the boat capsizes, and enough supplies and gear to last in case you happen to encounter trouble unexpectedly.

Fire and carbon monoxide are two serious potential disasters that you should always be ready for. Preparing for an onboard emergency involving either one can prevent a tragedy. Being proactive about preventing fires before they start is the wisest course of action. Boat fires can come from causes like smoking, cooking or electrical problems. Carbon monoxide is especially hazardous. It is called an “invisible killer” because it cannot be detected by taste, sight or smell.

Boating safety tips concerning fires and carbon monoxide

  • Be aware of how to shut off the electrical power even if you have already put out a fire with an extinguisher. A fire can re-ignite if you don’t do this.
  • Have an escape plan and practice using it.
  • Be careful when using space heaters or cooking grills on board.
  • If you have not used a boat for a long time, check everything thoroughly before heading out.
  • Be sure that the boat is well-maintained whether you own it or are renting it. A poorly tuned engine releases a lot of carbon monoxide, putting you at risk.
  • Stay clear of the boat’s exhaust vents where carbon monoxide is abundant.
  • The boat should be equipped with working carbon monoxide alarms.

Driving in the rain? Remember these Tips

As the warmer weather approaches, drivers will have to be more mindful of the weather. There are several considerations that drivers need to think about when the weather is rainy. The rain on the roadways means that drivers can’t drive without thinking ahead.

Each year, there are around 950,000 crashes that are attributed to wet roads. The issue here is that many of those could have been prevented if the drivers had used proper safety practices. Here are some tips that you can use to keep yourself safer when you have to drive in the rain:

Don’t succumb to distractions

Driving in the rain is a serious task, which means that drivers need to focus strictly on driving. Being distracted by anything puts them at risk of missing critical factors. This can lead to hydroplaning or other issues that can cause crashes.

Turn on the headlights
If you have to turn the windshield wipers on, you have to turn the headlights on. This makes it easier for other vehicles to see you and it ensures that you can see the road as clearly as possible.

Utilize safe driving practices
When it’s raining, you shouldn’t use cruise control. You also need to remember that the speed limit is the maximum speed to drive when conditions are clear. Your speed should be slower when it’s raining. Being careful when you change lanes or turn is also important. Anyone who’s struck by a negligent driver should ensure they get medical care for any injuries they have. As soon as practical, it’s wise to reach out to an attorney for help pursuing a claim for compensation for your medical bills and other losses.

Happy Spring!

We hope everyone had a wonderful Easter with their families. As we embark on 2021, we are looking forward to working hard for you and our community. When you or a family member has been injured, it is important to have an experienced legal advocate on your side. At Walborsky, Bradley & Fleming, we take your situation and circumstances very seriously. Because we understand that your family is facing a difficult ordeal, our attorneys and staff will treat you with compassion and respect.

A final thought: Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction. The year 2021 is an opportunity for a fresh start and we hope you and your families have a successful year!

Winter 2021 Newsletter

Case Highlight

John Doe began experiencing abdominal pain and when it did not resolve after several days he presented to a Northwest Florida Hospital for care. It was discovered that a portion of his intestines was not working and required surgery to remove that portion. The surgery went well and John remained in the hospital for recovery. As part of the procedure, two drains were place in John’s abdomen so that operative fluids could drain following the operation. Several days after the original operation, the drains were to be removed. However, the nursing staff could not remove the drains and the original surgeon was not available. The hospital did not have adequate full time surgeons on call, so it utilized temporary surgeons, locum tenens, to come in from other areas to provide coverage at the hospital. A locum tenens surgeon was called in to take John’s drain tubes out and when he encountered difficulty, he told John he had to go to surgery. The locum tenens surgeon did not give John any other option or discuss the potential for removing the drains without the risk of general anesthesia. Unfortunately, John was placed under general anesthesia and died as a result of aspirating.

John was a devoted husband to his wife of over 40 years and she relied solely on him for support. Beyond the support, John’s wife was left without her love and companion. Following her tragic loss, John’s wife turned to Walborsky, Bradley & Fleming partner, Brent Bradley for help. After years of litigation, Brent was able to obtain a confidential settlement from the hospital and surgeon which will allow John’s wife to be taken care of for the remainder of her life. Although no amount of compensation is adequate for John’s life, Mrs. Doe will be taken care of and hopes that her fight will prevent this from happening to someone else in the future.

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Drugged Driving Can Claim Lives

Each time you get on the road, you’re putting your trust in the other drivers. It takes every driver on the road to ensure that everyone remains as safe as possible. Unfortunately, not everyone takes their duties seriously. Some will get behind the wheel even when they’re impaired. This can put other drivers in danger of suffering a catastrophic injury.

How do drugs affect the ability to drive?

Different drugs impact a driver in different ways. This is true whether it’s an illegal drug, a prescription medication or an over-the-counter medicine.

  • Over-the-counter medicines: Some, such as allergy medications, may cause drowsiness and dizziness.
  • Opioids: These cause impaired memory, problems with thinking and drowsiness.
  • Marijuana: This leads to slowed reaction time and impaired judgment about things like distance and time.
  • Sedatives: They can result in the person becoming drowsy or dizzy.
  • Cocaine and methamphetamine: These are associated with reckless behavior and aggression.

It’s possible that other impacts might occur when a driver is on drugs. These might become more complex when the person is using more than one drug or adding alcohol in. Determining whether a driver is impaired or not when a wreck occurs is a priority.

Anyone who is struck by an impaired driver should ensure they get the medical care they need for their injuries. They may also opt to pursue a claim for compensation to help repay them for the damages they’re suffering because of the injury. This may include things like their missed wages, medical care and similar expenses. Others might also be possible, so discuss the matter with your attorney.

Spinal Cord Injuries Can Lead To Major Life Changes

Many people tend to focus on the physical limitations that come with a spinal cord injury. What they might not realize is that there are secondary conditions that can come with this type of injury. These secondary conditions can cause considerable issues for the victim. While all victims of spinal cord injuries won’t face all of these, being aware of them might help you to realize what’s going on if you notice anything amiss.

Autonomic dysreflexia
Autonomic dysreflexia is a condition that’s considered a medical emergency. It’s associated with injuries that occur in the cervical spine or T1 to T6. It’s caused by an overactivity within the nervous system that can lead to a dangerous spike in blood pressure. Individuals who have this condition may suffer from a slow pulse, sweating above the injury level, headache and goosebumps.

Blood clots
During the first few months following the injury, patients are at an increased risk of blood clots. These can be dangerous because they may reach the brain, lungs, or heart. Oftentimes, the blood clots form in the legs because of lack of movement in the area. Symptoms of a blood clot include pain, a spot that’s warm to the touch, swelling, redness or discoloration of the skin.

Pressure sores
Pressure sores occur when the skin has prolonged pressure placed on it. Changing positions often is one way to prevent these from occurring. You may notice that an area of skin is painful and may appear red or irritated. This may continue to progress if the pressure isn’t relieved. Eventually, the skin will break down and the underlying tissues can follow.

People who have a spinal cord injury often have considerable medical bills and other expenses. They may opt to pursue a claim for compensation from the negligent party that caused their injury. This can help offset those damages.

Happy New Year!

We hope everyone had a wonderful time over the holidays with their families. As we embark on a new year, we are looking forward to working hard for you and our community. When you or a family member has been injured, it is important to have an experienced legal advocate on your side.

At Walborsky, Bradley & Fleming, we take your situation and circumstances very seriously. Because we understand that your family is facing a difficult ordeal, our attorneys and staff will treat you with compassion and respect.

A final thought: Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction. The year 2021 is an opportunity for a fresh start and we hope you and your families have a successful year!

Fall 2020 Newsletter

Case Highlight

In February, 2017, our client John Doe was driving his Chevy Silverado on Highway 20 in Niceville, FL. At the same time, an 18 year old girl was driving behind Mr. Doe in a Dodge pickup truck owned by her parents. When Mr. Doe stopped for traffic, the 18 year old was distracted and trying to retrieve her purse from the passenger seat and slammed into the rear end of our client. Mr. Doe retained our firm to help him following the crash.

Mr. Doe was a healthy 33 year old at the time of the crash. Unfortunately, the crash caused Mr. Doe to sustain a significant neck injury which required surgery. Prior to the surgery, our firm communicated with the major national insurance company that insured the 18 year old and her parents. The insurance company’s policy limits were $100,000. Despite the fact that it was clear that our client sustained a significant injury as a result of the crash, the insurance company refused to act in good faith and pay its $100,000 policy limit. Rather, it only offered our client $10,000. Therefore, we were forced to file a lawsuit against the 18 year old and her parents. Through our efforts litigating the case, we were able to prove that our client was almost certainly going to obtain a judgement against the 18 year old and her parents that would exceed the $100,000 policy limit and that the insurance company would be held in bad faith and be required to pay that judgement. Rather than continue with additional years of litigation, we were able to obtain a settlement for our client for $200,000, twice the policy limit of the insurance company.

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Anesthesia errors can cause major problems for patients

People who have surgery and other medical procedures may need to have anesthesia administered. Unfortunately, this comes with risks. Those risks should be explained to you ahead of time, but this might not be done. It’s imperative that anyone who’s going under anesthesia give informed consent unless the procedure is a critical emergency.

There are several categories of injuries that might occur when a person is placed under anesthesia. These include:

 

  • Tooth damage
  • Death
  • Nerve damage
  • Major organ damage
  • Pain
  • Cardiopulmonary arrest
  • Brain damage

What types of children’s products are most dangerous?

One statistic published by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in 2013 captured how there are, on average, as many as 450 product recalls each year. Kids tend to find themselves attracted to handling particular objects or putting them in their mouths. The organization’s researchers found that some products pose significantly more dangerous to children than others.

The 2013 CPSC report highlighted how dangerous trampolines could be. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a public statement warning parents against purchasing trampolines a few years ago. They noted that trampolines are most dangerous when multiple children are jumping on them simultaneously. They pointed out that this puts kids at high risk for dislocations or fractures.

Community Involvement

First Responders Grab & Go Luncheon

We would like to thank all our first responders throughout Bay County for all their hard work during these challenging times. We understand the long hours they put in during the pandemic and through Hurricane Sally. Walborsky Bradley & Fleming partnered with Smitty’s Barbeque to give away hundreds of free meals in the Panama City Mall parking lot on September 18th. iHeart Media was on site with Dr. Shane from WPAP 92.5 helping us serve meals. We encouraged all first responders to come out and enjoy a complementary meal on us. Thank you for your service!

Five images of Walborsky, Bradley and Fleming staff at First Responders Grab & Go Luncheon held in the Panama City Mall parking lot on September 18th.

Best of Bay 2020

The Best of Bay is Panama City News Herald’s annual readers choice promotion.

We were nominated as the Best Attorney in Bay County!

We placed 2nd in the competition.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for us daily.

We greatly appreciate your support!

The Official Community Choice Awards, Reader's Choice Best Of Bay 2020

Summer 2020 Newsletter

Case Highlight

John Doe was a manager at a prominent sports bar when he sat in a chair to print out documents at a computer. As he sat in the chair, it broke apart, causing him to fall to the ground. John attempted to continue working that day but was ultimately sent home due to increasing back pain and within days he began to lose feeling in his legs. Over the next several years, John Doe would have multiple back surgeries and pain management procedures due to his injuries but nevertheless still suffered from pain and limitations. John was eventually found to be disabled and lost his job.

When uncertain as to his legal remedies, John turned to Robert Fleming of the Walborsky Bradley Fleming firm for assistance. Robert ultimately had to file suit on John’s behalf against those entities involved in the design, manufacture, and sale of the broken chair, the company that assembled the chair, and John’s employer, who lost the chair before it could be examined for defects. All defendants initially denied liability and refused to compensate John Doe for his injuries and losses. Through years of litigation, John was finally paid a substantial but confidential settlement amount that will assist in taking care of John’s needs for the remainder of his life.

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These tips can keep you and your kids safe by the pool

Pool-related injuries are common during the summer in Florida. With the high temperatures and easy access to pools — at home, at the neighbors, at the park, etc — it seems like many people spend most of the summer months searching for a way to cool off.

This lifestyle can be fun for both adults and children. However, it also comes with risks. This type of exposure to an activity that can be fatal increases the odds that someone will at least end up in the hospital. To prevent that, use these pool safety tips:

The 2013 CPSC report highlighted how dangerous trampolines could be. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a public statement warning parents against purchasing trampolines a few years ago. They noted that trampolines are most dangerous when multiple children are jumping on them simultaneously. They pointed out that this puts kids at high risk for dislocations or fractures.

Covid- 19

As Covid-19 spreads throughout our communities around the world, we need to ensure we are taking every step in order to protect ourselves and everyone around us. Always remember to wash your hands and remain 6 feet apart. Click the link below to learn more ways on how to protect yourself and others.

Vote Walborsky, Bradley & Fleming for Best of Bay 2020

The Best of Bay is Panama City News Herald’s annual readers choice promotion.

We have been nominated as the Best Attorney in Bay County!

That means we made it to the Top 5.

You can vote once per day per email account. Contest runs Now- July 24th.

We greatly appreciate your support!

The Official Community Choice Awards, Reader's Choice Best Of Bay 2020

Firm Name Change

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

We are proud to announce the name change of Walborsky & Bradley to Walborsky Bradley & Fleming in recognition of Robert A. Fleming, III’s substantial contributions to the firm. Robert has been a law partner at Walborsky & Bradley for the past four years. His primary areas of practice are personal injury, motor vehicle crashes, premises liability, products liability and wrongful death. Robert is a member of numerous legal associations including The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Florida Justice Association, American Justice Association and locally serves as Chairman of the Fourteenth Circuit Grievance Committee and as a member of the Board of Directors of Bay Haven Charter Academy, Inc.

A native of Panama City, Florida, Robert attended Duke University on a football scholarship and graduated in 2000. He then graduated in 2005 from the Florida State University College of Law with High Honors and in the top 10% of his class. Robert spent the first ten years of his legal practice defending clients primarily in personal injury and employment litigation. Robert is licensed to practice in the Florida state courts and the federal courts in the Northern District of Florida and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

In his spare time, Robert enjoys spending time with his wife Leeanne and their six children. They can often be found together at home or around Bay County at various school, sporting, or church events.

Summer 2019 Newsletter

Case Highlight

John Doe entered a Northwest Florida hospital with a simple case of pneumonia. At the time, his wife was battling terminal cancer and he was primarily caring for their 14 year old son. While he was at the hospital, the doctors made the decision to intubate him. Tragically, the hospital, doctors and staff failed to properly intubate him and failed to recognize the failure. As a result of the negligence, John Doe suffered brain damage due to lack of oxygen. The tragedy was multiplied when John’s wife passed away days after John’s injury, leaving their 14 year old son without his mother and a father with severe brain damage. The family turned to Walborsky & Bradley and partner Brent Bradley for help.

Brent first had to guide the family through the process of opening guardianships for John and his son. Then experts were obtained to prove the negligence of the medical team and to determine John’s healthcare needs and his loss of income for the rest of his life. Due to the hard work and advanced preparation of the case, the hospital agreed to pay John $4,600,000 only seven months following the injury. The family was able to avoid years of litigation and will be able to provide for John’s and his son’s needs thanks to the prompt resolution of the case. Walborsky & Bradley was honored to represent this exceptional family and was proud to be able to help this family quickly recover significant compensation.

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These tips can keep you and your kids safe by the pool

Pool-related injuries are common during the summer in Florida. With the high temperatures and easy access to pools — at home, at the neighbors, at the park, etc — it seems like many people spend most of the summer months searching for a way to cool off.

This lifestyle can be fun for both adults and children. However, it also comes with risks. This type of exposure to an activity that can be fatal increases the odds that someone will at least end up in the hospital. To prevent that, use these pool safety tips:

Where does Florida rank for drunk driving?

When you read drunk driving statistics, you often see national statistics and trends. While these can be very telling when you’re just trying to get the big picture overall, they don’t necessarily tell you what types of risks you face. Does the number of drunk drivers in California make a difference to you in Florida? What about the number in Montana or New York or Hawaii?

The answer is clear: You want to know where Florida ranks. That’s what impacts your life the most. That’s what changes your personal risk level every time you get on the road.

Proud Sponsor of Veterans Flight 2019: Forever Remembered

Since 2010, Founder Roy Kinsey and volunteers serve to pay tribute to U.S. World War II veterans from across the country as a prelude to the annual

Pensacola Beach Air Show. Veterans are given the chance to return to the skies in the cockpits of the Stearman biplanes in which many of them flew.

We are honored to have sponsored Veterans Flight since its formation, and Brent enjoyed joining Roy in the air this year! See more below.

Two images of Veterans Flight 2019 event

Skilled Legal Help For Accident Victims In Panama City & Pensacola

For experienced, compassionate personal injury representation, contact the lawyers at Walborsky Bradley & Fleming, PLLC. You can rely on our commitment to client service throughout your case.

To schedule your consultation, please call toll free at 800-800-8539 or visit our website.

Walborsky, Bradley & Fleming

We have represented more than 5,000 injury victims and their families throughout Florida, & have dedicated our careers recovering compensation for lost wages and future income, medical care and treatment, disability, wrongful deaths, & pain and suffering.

With over 175 years of combined legal experience, our lawyers will apply hard work, personalized service & detailed attention to every aspect of your case.