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Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey, & Fronrath just secured a $7-million settlement for Tairia Lee. She was crossing the railroad tracks on 25th Street in West Palm Beach when a passenger train slammed into her car without warning. Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey, & Fronrath was able to prove that the crossing gates and lights failed to activate due to neglectful maintenance.
Firm partner, Lake H. “Trey” Lytal and his investigative team, fought hard for three years to ensure Ms. Lee would get the settlement that she deserved after the devastating collision. Cases involving any type of train accidents are known to be the most difficult to litigate. For most law firms, this type of investigation would take a monumental toll, but Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey, & Fronrath are uniquely prepared for comprehensive investigations and, if necessary, a long term fight to stand up for the rights of the victim.
The name of the passenger train involved in the incident can not be disclosed due to the settlement agreement. However, the large settlement means Ms. Lee will have the funds to help her for the rest of her life.
When choosing a nursing care facility for a loved one, we never expect there to be neglect or even abuse. Unfortunately, these situations do happen and you need to recognize the warning signs and get help immediately from professionals that can help you and your loved one.
It’s not uncommon for elder abuse to not be taken seriously by family members, supervisors or other loved ones. They may believe the person has developed dementia or is not making any sense. While signs of abuse can overlap with mental deterioration, each case should be investigated and take seriously. Here are some of the signs of elder abuse:
- Unexplained broken bones, dislocations or sprains
- Bruising, scars or welts
- Signs of restraint, such as rope marks on the elder’s wrist
- Broken eyeglasses
- Refusal of the caregiver to let you be alone with the elderly person
- Unusual behavior that can resemble symptoms of dementia, including mumbling, sucking one’s thumb, or rocking behaviors.
- Witnessing belittling, controlling or threatening behavior by the caregiver.
- Unexplained STDs
- Bruising near the genitals or around the breasts
- Stained or torn underwear
- Leaving the elderly personal alone in public
- Being unsuitably dressed
- No bathing
- Soiled clothing, bugs or dirty conditions
- The presence bedsores
- Loss of weight or dehydration
The prevalence of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse in nursing home facilities should not be underestimated. If you have any reason to believe that your loved one has suffered abuse while in a long-term care facility, we strongly encourage you to take action. Report this abuse to the care facility, contact law enforcement officials if you believe a crime has taken place, and seek legal counsel.
Remember, your loved one has rights. If you believe that someone you love has been abused or neglected, contact Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey, & Fronrath. We fight to protect the rights of individuals who are unable to protect themselves. Our team of experts and investigators will make sure that you and your loved one receives the help needed while helping to stop the abusive situation. Contact us to see how we can help.
Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath is comprised of the best personal injury attorneys in West Palm Beach and the nation for that matter. Each personal injury attorney at the West Palm Beach headquarters is dedicated to helping those who have suffered from serious injury or death caused by the negligence of another person or defective product. Every board-certified civil trial attorney is highly qualified to take on even the most complex personal injury cases.
Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath is recognized as one of the most respected and successful plaintiff’s law firms throughout Florida and the United States. Six of the firm’s partners are recognized as Super Lawyers and seven are listed as Best Lawyers in America including the law firm itself which has been recognized as a Best Law Firm in America. These accolades prove that the team is made up of the best personal injury attorneys in West Palm Beach.
For over thirty years Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath has taken on the largest corporate giants and insurance companies in the United States. When they are dealing with a Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath personal injury attorney from the West Palm Beach office, they are well aware that the firm has the experience and resources to take the fight all the way to trial and verdict if necessary. Be it product liability, motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse or legal malpractice, every personal injury attorney from the West Palm Beach office of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath are ready to fight for their client’s rights no matter who they are facing. That reputation ensures that every case is taken seriously and often results in more favorable outcomes for their clients. This sets Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath apart from many personal injury law firms and is why over forty percent of the firm’s cases come from referring attorneys and former client referrals.
The firm was founded in 1985 and by 2015, Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath has recovered over $2.5 Billion dollars for their clients. Since 2003 over $70 million had been paid in referral fees. The Law Firm of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath is supported by a staff of more than seventy professionals that consists of seventeen attorneys, twelve paralegals, three seasoned accident investigators, and two registered nurse paralegals along with an in-house trial support department and Appellate Attorney.
Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath represent clients and their families who have been injured in accidents throughout Florida. You only have a limited time to file an accident claim so call our office at (561) 655-1990 or (561) 655-1990 now to schedule a free consultation.
We’re able to better direct investigations that can turn up crucial evidence, or create strategies that prove more effective in the courtroom. You see, our lawyers all have one thing in common. They’re not just there for you. They’re there with you. In the courtroom or in the community, we are always here to help.
by Steven Sanchez
Paralegal Investigator at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath LLP
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation/National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014, a record 63.9 million vehicles were recalled. An additional 2.2 million vehicles were recalled for equipment related safety issues. 7.6 million car seats and 368,720 tires were also recalled. Recalls are issued when a manufacturer or NHTSA determines that a vehicle, equipment, car seat or tire creates an unreasonable safety risk or fails to meet minimum safety standards. Manufacturers of these products are required to fix the issue related to the recall by repairing or replacing it, offering a refund or repurchasing the vehicle.
Even more incredible, one third of all recalled cars and trucks don’t get repaired. This translates to 1 out of every 7 or 36 million vehicles still on the road having an unrepaired defect.
When buying, leasing or renting a vehicle for your family, ensuring the safety of that vehicle is critical. As it applies to the integrity and safety of a vehicle, do not rely solely on the assurance of the party from whom you are buying, leasing or renting the vehicle. Be sure to check for any recall notifications related to any safety defects and have those defects addressed immediately before the vehicle is operated.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has created a tool which allows consumers to enter a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to quickly learn if a specific vehicle has not been repaired as part of a safety recall in the last 15 years.
Woman Files Suit Against Jacksonville Hospital Claiming Surgical Errors
According to a report from a local Jacksonville news outlet, a Jacksonville woman recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a naval hospital after discovering only months ago that a portion of a spinal needle was left in her back when she gave birth more than a decade ago.
This unfortunate incident is only a reminder of the many surgical errors that are committed at hospitals in Florida on a regular basis. These errors can result in lifelong pain and suffering, needless injuries and even death for many people. Some estimates have put the number of deaths caused by surgical mistakes at over 12,000 across the United States in any given year. These types of surgical errors are all too common and patients who have been the victim of a surgical error like a retained instrument should seek justice for their injuries
Amy Bright’s September 2003 Epidural Gone Wrong
In September 2003, Amy Bright delivered her youngest child at Jacksonville Naval Hospital. She had reported feeling chronic back pain to her doctors ever since, but the same naval hospital diagnosed her with sciatica. Sciatica is a condition in which a patient experiences leg pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness that begins in the lower back and then travels through the buttocks and down the back of each leg along the hamstring. The name comes from the sciatic nerve, which runs the length of the leg along the hamstring. However, a CT scan taken 13 years later at another healthcare facility reflected the real reason for Ms. Bright’s back pain over all those years-a three-centimeter segment of needle lodged in her spine. Upon further investigation by her attorney, this mystery coincided with a notation in her medical records from the naval hospital that an attempt to perform an epidural during the birth of her child in 2003 was unsuccessful. However, due to the fact that the spinal cord is such a vital structure with so many important functions, physicians have advised Ms. Bright she will have to live with the pain, as it is too risky to attempt to remove the needle fragment given its positioning.
Retained Foreign Instruments and Other Surgical Instruments in Medical Malpractice Cases in Florida
Because surgical errors like leaving a spinal needle in a patient are unfortunately much more common than they should be in the Sunshine State today, Florida law has developed a presumption which requires a hospital or healthcare provider to prove they were not negligent when a foreign instrument like the needle fragment in Amy Bright’s case is left in a patient. This is the reverse of most medical malpractice cases, when it is the patient’s burden to prove that malpractice occurred. The law therefore has nonetheless evolved to recognize the danger and inherent risks associated with surgical procedures-errors that only physicians and other healthcare providers can prevent when a patient is often asleep.
Contact Lytal Reiter if You Have Been the Victim of a Surgical Error or Some Other Form of Medical Malpractice in Florida
The Florida medical malpractice attorneys at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath have experience successfully litigating complicated medical malpractice cases. If you believe you have been the victim of a surgical error like Amy Bright, contact a Florida medical malpractice attorney from our firm. We are here to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Call today at 561-655-1990 or (561) 655-1990 for a free consultation regarding your situation.
Surgical Error Attorneys in West Palm Beach
About Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath
Conveniently located in West Palm Beach for 27 years, Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, LLP concentrates in Personal Injury, Wrongful death, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability and Auto accidents. At Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, we specialize in helping victims and their families get fair compensation for injuries caused by the negligence or recklessness of others. Our main areas of practice include personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, product liability, medical malpractice, and premise liability. We provide each client with the highest quality representation from a top Florida accident and injury lawyer. Call us at 561-655-1990 or Visit us at.
Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath
515 N Flagler Dr, 10th Floor
West Palm Beach
Florida, FL 33401
The law firm of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey, and Fronrath is proud to have Jason McIntosh as a member of our firm. Everyone has a story and as Jason’s story continues to evolve we are pleased to share a little bit about this rising legal professional.
Jason is a first generation Jamaican-American, born in the Bronx, NY but raised in West Palm Beach. He is the eldest of six siblings and comes from a large Jamaican family that stretches all over the globe. From New York to the United Kingdom to Hong Kong, the McIntosh family has roots spread around the world. It would be of no surprise that Jason loves to travel and learn about new cultures. With family spread around the world, Jason has been able spend time with his many cousins in England and Jamaica. He has been known to catch a football match while visiting the UK and may be seen cheering on his favorite football (soccer) team Manchester United.
Jason attended middle school, high school and college all in Palm Beach County. Jason then attended Florida State University College of Law. Prior to joining Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, Jason was an Assistant State Attorney in Palm Beach County’s 15th Judicial Circuit. During his time as a prosecutor Jason tried over 50 jury trials and handled thousands of felony and misdemeanor criminal cases.
Jason is married to his lovely wife Ashley who is a rising star in her own right in the medical field. They both love to be around the water and enjoy all sports. As an FSU graduate Jason loves the Seminoles and the New York teams including the Giants, Knicks, and the Yankees.
As local Palm Beach resident, Jason attends many of the firm’s community involvements. Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey, and Fronrath supports many organizations and groups especially in Palm Beach County where he and his wife are often seen. Jason has a passion for interacting and working with the youth.
Jason currently serves as a board member of the Young lawyers section of the Florida Justice Association. He will be serving as the co-chair of the Young Lawyer’s Seminar at the Florida Justice Association’s annual convention at the Breakers on Palm Beach on June 19-23.
On June 28th Mr. McIntosh will become the President of the F. Malcolm Cunningham Sr. Bar Association. Jason’s commitment and service will have meaningful impact for many years to come with this association. With his community involvement, his work with clients, and the upcoming commitments our firm is proud to have this rising star as a member of our firm.