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Zarzaur Law To Be Premier Sponsor of the 2023 Pensacon Adult and Kids Costume Contests.

Zarzaur Law will once again be the premier sponsor of the Pensacon Weekend Adult and Kids Costume Contests, with $5,000 in prize money.

Zarzaur Law, in partnership with Pensacola Pensacon, is excited to announce the 2023 Zarzaur Law Adult and Kids Costume Contests with $5,000 in cash prizes up for grabs. The contests are a part of the full Pensacola Comic Con weekend.

Adult Costume Contest

The “Zarzaur Law Adult Costume Contest” (for ages 13 and older) will take place on Saturday, February 25, at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) at Phineas Phogg’s inside Seville Quarter. Along with cash prizes, there will be prizes in multiple categories and custom trophies.

You can check out some of the most exciting and elaborate costumes of Pensacon during the Zarzaur Law Adult Costume Contest. Cosplayers showcase their creations before a panel of experts and celebrity judges in competition for exciting prizes. The special celebrity contest emcee will be “Mystery Science Theater 3000” star Jonah Ray!

Anyone with a VIP or weekend pass or a Saturday admission wristband will be admitted to Seville Quarter. Those younger than age 21 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. All attendees younger than age 21 will be asked to clear the facility at 10 p.m.

For those not attending Pensacon, admission will also be included with your paid admission to Seville Quarter.

Kids Costume Contest

The “Zarzaur Law Kids Costume Contest” (ages 12 and under) will take place on Sunday, February 26 at 12 p.m. in Poseidon’s Bay at the Pensacola Bay Center. The contest will award cash prizes as well as a gift for each child participating in costume.

Pensacon will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary February 24-26. Pensacon is the Gulf Coast’s premier pop culture convention, celebrating the worlds of science fiction, fantasy, horror, comic books, cosplay, animation, video games, books, and much, much more.

 

Three-Day Pop Culture Event

The three-day event draws tens of thousands to downtown Pensacola and takes place across multiple venues, including the Pensacola Bay Center, Pensacola Cultural Center, Rex Theatre, Pensacola Museum of Commerce, and other locations.

What To Expect At Pensacon

Attendees can meet dozens of celebrity guests; browse and purchase pop culture collectibles on the vendor floor; sit in on interactive panels with actors, artists, authors, and other creators; learn in informational workshops; enjoy live entertainment and film screenings; participate in family-friendly activities in Poseidon’s Bay; cosplay and enter costume contests; socialize with fellow fans; and much, much more.

Visit pensacon.com for complete guest lists, ticketing, and more information.

To sign up for the Pensacon adult and kids costume contests, visit https://pensacon.com/events/adult-costume-contest

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About Zarzaur Law, P.A.

Joe Zarzaur is a Board-Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since2007. OUR AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, MedicalMalpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and FallInjuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida. www.zarzaurlaw.com

 

About Pensacon

Pensacon was founded in 2013. Pensacon is the premiere comic book and pop culture convention serving Pensacola and the Gulf Coast.

Mission Statement – To create the best multi-genre convention that is unique to the Pensacola community and that is a safe and welcoming environment for all types of fans.

Vision Statement – Pensacon strives to be all inclusive by seeking out popular artists, actors, writers, and creators that all contribute to their respective fandom and allow fans to interact with them as well as to create events that cater to all types of fans. Pensacon creates a safe environment for all types of fandoms to express themselves, free from bullying or harassment. Pensacon provides a place for fans to form a community in which they have the best experience possible. Pensacon endeavors to be a unique event in Pensacola by reaching out to the local community to create an environment that we would never be able to achieve by ourselves.

New Florida Laws Going Into Effect On New Year’s Day – Including Toll Relief And Miya’s Law.

Several new laws in Florida are set to take effect on New Year’s Day 2023. These new laws will focus on issues like newborn health care, disaster assistance, tenant protection, disaster relief, and one that will be well received by many Florida drivers – toll relief.

For many Florida drivers, especially those who travel toll bridges in South Florida and the Florida Panhandle, the Florida Toll Relief Program will save Florida electronic toll customers money.

TOLL RELIEF FOR COMMUTERS (SB 6-A)

During a special session, lawmakers approved a measure (SB 6-A) that grants 50 percent credits to motorists who record 35 or more toll road trips in a month. The program will last a year, with lawmakers agreeing to spend $500 million to help toll agencies make up for lost revenue.

Learn more and find out which Florida Tolls are a part of the program – https://floridasturnpike.com/tollrelief/

Florida commuters who use a transponder (like SunPass) will get toll rebates in 2023 under a bill signed into law by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. On the bill, commuters are credited with 50% of their toll if their transponder is used at least 35 times a month.

ADDITIONAL FLORIDA LAWS
THAT GO INTO EFFECT JAN. 1, 2023

LOBBYING RESTRICTIONS FOR PUBLIC OFFICERS (HB 7001 & HB 7003)

New legislation (HB 7001 and HB 7003) will implement a constitutional amendment voters overwhelmingly approved in 2018, taking the two-year time certain officials have to wait to begin lobbying after leaving government posts to be extended to six years. The restrictions apply to lawmakers, heads of state agencies, judges and many local officials.


Also read:
These new Florida laws will go into effect in January 2023

DISASTER RELIEF (SB 4-A)

In response to the devastating 2021 collapse of Surfside’s Champlain Towers South building, lawmakers authorized the provision of property tax rebates if residential properties are rendered uninhabitable for 30 days. During the December special session, lawmakers passed a measure (SB 4-A) to offer similar rebates to homeowners who suffered damage from Hurricane Ian and Hurricane Nicole. Property owners can apply to real estate appraisers in the district between January 1st and April 1st.


LAND PROTECTION

Part of the state budget will free up $300 million in the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for land acquisition.

PUBLIC NOTICES (HB 7049) 

Legislators have approved a measure (HB 7049) allowing local governments to publish legal notices on county websites instead of in newspapers. Local governments in counties with fewer than 160,000 residents must first hold public hearings to determine if residents have adequate internet access.

PROPERTY INSURANCE (SB 2-A)

Lawmakers authorized the ending of a controversial practice known as assignment of property insurance benefits during this month’s special session. The practice involves homeowners assigning claims to contractors, who then collect payments from insurers. The prohibition on assigning benefits (SB 2-A) applies to policies issued on or after January 1st.

EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION RATES (HB 7027) 

An 8.4 percent average cut in workers’ compensation rates goes into effect in January, marking the sixth straight year that average rates have fallen.

COURTS OF APPEAL (HB 7027)

Florida’s appellate courts are being reorganized on January 1 under a law (HB 7027) that created a 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and changed the jurisdictions of the 1st Circuit Circuit Court of Appeals, the 2nd Circuit Circuit Court of Appeals and the 5th Circuit Circuit Court of Appeals.

MIYA’S LAW (SB 898)

Legislators passed a measure (SB 898) that requires landlords to conduct background checks on all employees. The bill, titled “Miya’s Law,” came after the death of 19-year-old Miya Marcano, a Valencia College student, who disappeared from her Orlando apartment in September and was found dead a week later. The alleged killer, who later committed suicide, worked as a janitor at Marcano’s condominium.

Miya’s Law: Portions of Florida’s Tenant Protection Act go into effect in the new year

Changes are on the way aimed at making Florida renters safer. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 898, or “Miya’s Law,” into law this summer, and major portions will go into effect on January 1, 2023.

TEXTBOOK SELECTION (HB 1467)

As part of a broader Education Act (HB 1467), the legislature required that by January 1, a training program must be available for school librarians, media specialists and others involved in the selection of school library materials. The program aims in part to provide access to “age-appropriate materials and library resources”.

 

NEWBORN SCREENINGS (SB 292)

One measure (SB 292) requires hospitals and other licensed birthing facilities to test newborns for congenital cytomegalovirus if the infants fail hearing tests. The virus can cause hearing loss in infants.

 

Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer whose firm has been promoting community safety since 2007. AT ZARZAUR LAW, WE PRACTICE IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS: SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY, PRODUCT DEFECT, AUTOACCIDENTS, CYCLING ACCIDENTS, MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS, PRODUCT LIABILITY, WRONGFUL DEATH, COMMUNITY SAFETY, BOAT AND JET SKI ACCIDENTS, SLIP AND FALL. Licensed in Alabama and Florida.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, it’s important that you don’t make any rash decisions. Put yourself in the best possible position to receive the justice you deserve. It is also important to consult with a Board-Certified Trial Lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to help you. We know accidents can be stressful, and we want to make the process as easy as possible for you.

Call Zarzaur Law, P.A. today at (855) Hire-Joe for a free legal consultation or visit www.zarzaurlaw.com.

If you or a loved one is injured in a car wreck while “on the job” feel free to reach out to our firm for a free consultation at zarzaurlaw.com or 855HireJoe.

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http://laws.flrules.org/

Warning For Users Of The Phillips Mobile Cardiac Outpatient Telemetry.

Sometimes legal theories collide, and more than one theory applies to a set of facts.  This is true when a product combines with medical care to cause death or catastrophic injury. When this happens, there are both considerations for a medical malpractice theory and a product liability theory of recovery.  

Product Liability and Defects

Our firm has experience dealing with complex factual situations that may involve a combination of legal theories. Recently, we were hired by a family whose loved one died after being prescribed a mobile heart monitoring device known as Philips Mobile Cardiac Outpatient Telemetry.   

What Functions Do Mobile Telemetry Monitoring Devices Serve?

For many years, cardiac rhythm monitoring has been used by physicians, most notably cardiologists, to diagnose and treat patients. Traditionally, these were devices fitted to a patient and worn for anywhere between 24 hours and up to 30 days. During that time, the patient would keep a diary of any symptoms they experienced (date, time, description of activity, symptom). At the end of the prescribed duration of monitoring, the patient would submit the diary as a complement to the data that was collected by the device. A physician would then analyze the data side-by-side with the patient’s diary. In this instance, a final assessment would be made after the fact.

Interface Between The Telemetry Leads and Data Sent To The Central Hub

As mobile phone data and Bluetooth transmission capabilities became more commonplace—basic mobile phone plans nearly all carry such a feature—interactivity with many elements of daily life became commonplace. Home security systems, home appliances, electronics, and audiovisual systems, medication administration and monitoring, etc. This has expanded to medical devices such as mobile telemetry monitoring, but with a twist: a patient’s phone serves as the interface between the telemetry leads on the body and then sends that data to a central monitoring hub in real-time.

The Communication Path

The real-time telemetry monitoring is akin to what many understand occurs in a hospital setting in that an admitted patient has wires and stickers adhered to their chest wall, and in the event of an arrhythmia, cardiac pause, or asystole (absence of electrical activity), a technician in the hospital would recognize this and, following facility protocol, activate the emergency response team to assess and tend to the patient. And, like the patient in the diary above, a patient admitted to a hospital may just communicate their symptoms to a member of the care team, at which point a call would be made to the technician to query what the telemetry monitoring revealed at a given time. The obvious difference between the hospital setting and the mobile platform is that a patient with a mobile phone coupled with a cardiac monitoring device is not in a facility. However, the concept remains the same: abnormal heart rhythm is captured and transmitted, a technician recognizes such an abnormal rhythm, the technician communicates that to the prescribing provider, and the prescribing provider then contacts the patient or advises on the next best step.

Phillips Mobile Cardiac Outpatient Telemetry

 

 

 

What If You Have a Dysfunction?

The system works well if all the components are functional. If there is a dysfunctional link anywhere, then the system fails.

Types Of Failure:
1. One such component would be if the patient was out of mobile phone range (not near a mobile tower, no signal to their phone), then their cardiac data would be collected but not transmitted to the monitoring hub.

2. Another such dysfunctional link would be if a technician recognized an arrhythmia but did not follow through on notifying the prescribing physician.

Continue on with that same logic, and it makes sense that any missing component could be detrimental to the purpose of the study (which is why the physician prescribed this in the first place).

Real Time Component

One of the benefits of the newer mobile-based platforms is the real-time component. Physicians and other care providers are best able to intervene in the event of a concerning rhythm disturbance or malignant dysrhythmia.

Necessary Intervention

In a nutshell, the product is designed to function by monitoring the heart rate and rhythm of the patient, and it is programmed to notify the device company representative, who is supposed to then immediately notify the treating physician’s office so that they can intervene if need product Defect Leads to Death

It appears from the information that we have that either the device manufacturer failed to notify the physician’s office or the physician’s office failed to communicate with the patient.  Then we discovered that another patient died from a similar circumstance using a device manufactured by Philips Mobile Cardiac Outpatient Telemetry.  This means that at least two people in the Pensacola area have died while wearing this device that should have prevented them from doing so.

WATCH OUR YOUTUBE VIDEO ON THIS TOPIC, PRESENTED BY JOE ZARZAUR AND DR. EVAN MALONE >

 

If you or a loved one was wearing any cardiac monitoring device manufactured by Philips Mobile Cardiac Outpatient Telemetry and suffered a catastrophic injury or death related to their cardiac condition, you or your family should consider discussing the same with our firm.  You can find us at zarzaurlaw.com or call us at 855HireJoe.

Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. ZARZAUR LAW’S AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Community Safety, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida.

If you’ve been injured due the carelessness of another, it’s important that you don’t make any rash decisions. Put yourself in the best possible position to receive the justice you deserve. It is also important to consult with a Board-Certified Trial Lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to help you. We know accidents can be stressful and want to make the process as easy as possible for you. Call Zarzaur Law, P.A. today at (855) Hire-Joe, or by requesting a free case review through our website.

Caitlin W. Testimonial – Zarzaur Law Client Story

Everyone that has helped me has cared extremely about me and my experience and anxiety about all of this and has cared more about my pain than my own pain management doctors. They made sure if there were any problems, they were fixed immediately, and Joe spoke with me himself to ensure the issue would be resolved—and not even an hour later, it was.

He and his team took incredibly good care of myself and my child through this hard time we had to go through, cared about the pain myself and my child endured, and checked up on us often. I definitely recommend Joe Zarzaur.

Again, thank you for your hard work and dedication to this case and to my son and myself; you got to know us incredibly well. He definitely gave me and my family peace of mind through the entire experience.

My father himself was beyond thankful that I got such a caring team to work on this for me, especially after seeing his daughter and grandchild in so much pain and through the hospital trips, etc.

Joe, me, my family, and my son thank you for your hard work and dedication to this case, and for working hard and fast on it as well.

Every phone call and meeting in the office was a peaceful one, filled with so much care and validation for myself and my child. The relief I felt in their hands was like no other. There was definitely peace of mind and our light at the end of the tunnel.

– Caitlin W., Zarzaur Law, P.A. Client

We are so glad that we were able to make a stressful situation easier for you. Thanks again for the review and recommendation, it means a lot to us 

(Testimonials found on this website are actual client reviews of Zarzaur Law, P.A. We appreciate our clients and their willingness to share their experiences. Please keep in mind that the success of any legal matter depends on the unique circumstances of each case: we cannot guarantee particular results for future clients based on successes we have achieved in past legal matters.)

Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. ZARZAUR LAW’S AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Community Safety, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, it’s important that you don’t make any rash decisions. Put yourself in the best possible position to receive the justice you deserve. It is also important to consult with a Board-Certified Trial Lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to help you. We know accidents can be stressful and want to make the process as easy as possible for you. Call Zarzaur Law, P.A. today at (855) Hire-Joe, or by requesting a free case review through our website.

Florida Health – Important Vibriosis Outbreak Update

Courtesy of Florida Health

Vibriosis causes an estimated 80,000 illnesses and 100 deaths in the United States every year. People with vibriosis become infected by consuming raw or undercooked seafood or exposing a wound to seawater. Most infections occur from May through October when water temperatures are warmer.

The Florida Department of Health is observing an increase in cases of Vibrio vulnificus infections as a result of exposure to flood and standing waters following Hurricane Ian. As the post-storm situation evolves, please make yourself aware of the following reminders regarding reporting, testing, and treatment.

How Do Persons Get Infected With Vibrio Vulnificus?

People can get infected with Vibrio vulnificus when they eat raw shellfish, particularly oysters. The bacterium is frequently isolated from oysters and other shellfish in warm coastal waters during the summer months. Since it is naturally found in warm marine waters, people with open wounds can be exposed to Vibrio vulnificus through direct contact with seawater. There is no evidence of person-to-person transmission of Vibriosis.

How Can Vibrio Vulnificus Infection Be Diagnosed?

Vibrio vulnificus infection is diagnosed by stool, wound, or blood cultures. Notifying the laboratory when this infection is suspected helps because a special growth medium should be used to increase the diagnostic yield. Doctors should have a high suspicion for this organism when patients present with a stomach illness, fever, or shock following the ingestion of raw seafood, especially oysters, or with a wound infection after exposure to seawater.

What Type of Illness does Vibrio Vulnificus Cause?

Vibrio vulnificus can cause disease in those who eat contaminated seafood or have an open wound that is exposed to warm seawater containing the bacteria. Ingestion of Vibriosis can cause vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Vibrio vulnificus can also cause an infection of the skin when open wounds are exposed to warm seawater; these infections may lead to skin breakdown and ulcers.Healthy individuals typically develop a mild disease; however Vibrio vulnificus infections can be a serious concern for people who have weakened immune systems, particularly those with chronic liver disease. The bacterium can invade the bloodstream, causing a severe and life-threatening illness with symptoms like fever, chills, decreased blood pressure (septic shock) and blistering skin lesions. Vibrio vulnificusbloodstream infections are fatal about 50 percent of the time.A recent study showed that people with these pre-existing medical conditions were 80 times more likely to develop Vibrio vulnificus bloodstream infections than healthy people. Wound infections may also be serious in people with weakened immune systems. The wound may heal poorly and require surgery. Sometimes amputation may even be needed for recovery.

How Common Is Vibrio Vulnificus Infection?

Vibrio vulnificus is a rare cause of disease, but it is also underreported. Between 1988 and 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) received reports of more than 900 Vibrio vulnificus infections from the Gulf Coast states, where most cases occur. Before 2007, there was no national surveillance system for Vibrio vulnificus, but CDC collaborated with Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi to monitor the number of cases in the Gulf Coast region. In 2007, infections caused by Vibrio vulnificus and other vibrio species became nationally notifiable.

 

 

 

 

 

What Are Some Tips For Preventing Vibrio Vulnificus Infections?

  • Do not eat raw oysters or other raw shellfish.
  • Cook shellfish (oysters, clams, mussels) thoroughly.
  • For shellfish in the shell, either a) boil until the shells open and continue boiling for 5 more minutes, or b) steam until the shells open and then continue cooking for 9 more minutes. Do not eat those shellfish that do not open during cooking. Boil shucked oysters at least 3 minutes, or fry them in oil at least 10 minutes at 375°F.
  • Avoid cross-contamination of cooked seafood and other foods with raw seafood and juices from raw seafood.
  • Eat shellfish promptly after cooking and refrigerate leftovers.
  • Avoid exposure of open wounds or broken skin to warm salt or brackish water, or to raw shellfish harvested from such waters.
  • Wear protective clothing (e.g., gloves) when handling raw shellfish.

How Is Vibrio Vulnificus Infection Treated?

If Vibriosis is suspected, treatment should be initiated immediately because antibiotics improve survival. Aggressive attention should be given to the wound site; for patients with wound infections, amputation of the infected limb is sometimes necessary. For more information on care and treatment specifics, please visit the CDC’s website. Information about the potential dangers of raw oyster consumption is available 24 hours a day from the FDA’s Seafood Hotline: 1-800-332-4010. For more information on Vibrio vulnificus, visit the CDC’s website.

Watch Our YouTube Video On This Topic >

Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. ZARZAUR LAW’S AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Community Safety, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, it’s important that you don’t make any rash decisions. Put yourself in the best possible position to receive the justice you deserve. It is also important to consult with a Board-Certified Trial Lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to help you. We know accidents can be stressful and want to make the process as easy as possible for you. Call Zarzaur Law, P.A. today at (855) Hire-Joe, or by requesting a free case review through our website.

Zarzaur Law Files Civil Suit Against Former Youth Pastor and Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church.

PENSACOLA, Fla. (OCTOBER 24, 2022) — Zarzaur Law, P.A., a catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death law firm based in Pensacola, Florida, announced today that the firm’s senior partner and founder, Joe Zarzaur, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a minor plaintiff in Santa Rosa County against Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, Pastor Dan Morris, Executive Pastor Kenneth York, and Youth Pastor Ryan Walsh. 

Zarzaur Law Files Civil Suit pensacola

The suit alleges that Zarzaur Law’s minor client was sent explicit messages on church devices and ultimately sexually assaulted by its Youth Pastor Ryan Walsh. This conduct occurred between October 2019 and February 2020. This month youth Pastor Ryan Walsh pled guilty to lewd and lascivious battery, using a computer to facilitate or solicit the sexual conduct of a child, and giving obscene material to a minor, and was sentenced by Judge Clifton Drake to 15 years in a state penitentiary.

Zarzaur Law Files Civil Suit

The lawsuit alleges that Church and Conference officials negligently hired, trained, and supervised the Youth Pastor and violated its own policies and procedures. The suit alleges that these actions allowed the Youth Pastor to have access to youth in the church community and it permitted him to use all forms of social media (many times on church devices) to communicate with minor children.  The suit describes the disgusting conduct of the youth pastor, including his explicit text messages between himself and the 13-year-old victim.

Joe Zarzaur is a Board-Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and has obtained record jury verdicts in both Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. He and his firm have recovered more than 4 hundred million dollars for clients over the firm’s 25 years. The firm prides itself in only having Board Certified Civil Trial lawyers as lead lawyers on cases.  Only about 1% of Florida lawyers are board certified in civil trial.  A majority of the lawyers at Zarzaur Law have this certification. Mr. Zarzaur is also rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell  and earned the status as a Florida Super Lawyer® for several years. 

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About Zarzaur Law, P.A.

Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. OUR AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida. www.zarzaurlaw.com

Offices in Pensacola, Destin, and Miami

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH: DENNIS CHAVEZ – FIRST AMERICAN-BORN HISPANIC SENATOR

Courtesy of Library of Congress

National Hispanic Heritage month – Sept 15-Oct. 15. A time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive history of the American Latino community. 

As we enter Hispanic heritage month, we wanted to recognize a few of the trailblazing Hispanic attorneys who have achieved great success throughout their legal careers.

Early Years

Dionisio (Dennis) Chávez was born in Los Chavez, a farming community in New Mexico on April 8, 1888. At age seven his family moved to Albuquerque, where he attended public and Catholic schools. Family circumstances forced him to quit school and begin paid employment when he was in the seventh grade. He worked at a grocery store until he was eighteen, when he was fired for refusing to deliver groceries to a group of strike breakers. He continued his education at the Albuquerque Public Library, and studied U.S. history and the biographies of political leaders, an education that influenced his political thinking and his subsequent support for education.

Clerkship

From 1906 to 1915 he worked for the Engineering Department of Albuquerque, and became active in politics. He supported various Democratic Party candidates, including Octaviano A. Larrazolo in his 1908 bid for Congress, and served as interpreter for Governor William G. McDonalds in 1911. In his first attempt to win public office in 1916, Chávez lost the Bernalillo County clerkship by only 300 votes. That same year Chávez campaigned for Andieus Jones, the Democratic Party candidate for U.S. Senate, and acted as his interpreter when Jones visited Spanish-speaking areas. Jones procured a clerkship in the Senate for Chávez, and for three years Chávez worked during the day and at night studied law at Georgetown University.

U.S. House Of Representatives

In 1920 Chávez returned to Albuquerque, where he practiced criminal law and remained active in the Democratic Party. In 1922 he was elected to the State House of Representatives, where he sponsored a bill for the provision of free textbooks in public schools. In 1930 he defeated Albert Simms, the Republican Representative from New Mexico. During the two terms he served in the U.S. House of Representatives, Chávez was assigned to committees that were of importance to the issues of the day in New Mexico: Indian Affairs, Irrigation and Reclamation, Public Buildings, Public Land, War Claims, and Veterans Committees.

In 1934 Chávez ran against the influential Republican U.S. Senator, Bronson Cutting, in a close and intense campaign, which has been characterized by historians of New Mexican politics as an epic battle for a United States Senate seat. Chávez, who was defeated by a narrow margin, contested the election on the grounds of fraud. The issue had not been settled when Cutting was killed in an airplane accident while returning to Washington. The Governor of New Mexico, Clyde Tingley, appointed Chávez interim Senator, and in 1936 Chávez was elected to complete the term. He served in the Senate for the next fourteen years.

The New Deal

His constituents staunchly supported him because he took seriously the advice given to him by House Speaker John N. Garner (D-TX), who said “the most successful Congressmen are errand boys for the people who elect them.” With this in mind, Chávez used his appointments in committees for the benefit of the people of New Mexico. Throughout his career in Congress, beginning with his first term as Congressman during the Depression, he supported the Home Owner Loan Corporation, which allowed thousands of home owners to keep their property. He was a firm New Dealer who supported President Roosevelt and almost all the White House’s legislative programs.

Defender Of Civil Rights

As a young reader in the Albuquerque Public Library, Chávez had been influenced by the Jeffersonian ideals of freedom. In the 1940’s Chávez proved himself a strong defender of civil rights and prepared the groundwork for subsequent legislation. In 1944 he introduced a bill for the establishment of a Fair Employment Practices Commission (FEPC) “to prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, creed, national origin, or ancestry” (Vigil and Lujan 1986). Although he campaigned for four years to pass the bill, it was defeated by a Southern filibuster. While others avoided the subject or denied the existence of discrimination against Hispanics, Senator Chávez was not afraid to bring the “race” issue into elections and politics.

In the 1950’s Chávez was appointed Chairman of the Committee on Public Works, which, under his direction, did much to maintain and build important aspects of the economic infrastructure of the country including expansion of the interstate highway system, improvement of harbors and water ways, and building of Federal Offices and Post Offices. In the 1960’s when he served as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Defense, he secured for New Mexico important defense-technology contracts, which were the most important stimuli for economic growth in the state for the next thirty years.

During his time in Washington, Chávez acted as a mentor to youths from New Mexico. Since New Mexico did not have a law school, he assisted many young men to come Washington to continue their education.

Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. ZARZAUR LAW’S AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Community Safety, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida.

If you have been injured it’s important that you don’t make any rash decisions. Put yourself in the best possible position to receive the justice you deserve. It is also important to consult with a Board-Certified Trial Lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to help you. We know accidents can be stressful and want to make the process as easy as possible for you. Call Zarzaur Law, P.A. today at (855) Hire-Joe, or by requesting a free case review through our website at www.zarzaurlaw.com.

Alex Jones Trial: Lessons Learned About E-Discovery

Mobile phones have played a supporting role in eDiscovery in civil cases, while testimonials and data from laptops, social media, and emails have provided more concrete evidence used to defend and try cases.

Over the years, there has been a significant shift in legal matters involving discovery and, more specifically, eDiscovery. Mobile phones and text messages have become an integral part of the litigation process. However, there is so much personal data that could be a liability if produced without going through the proper discovery process.

Alex Jones Legal Team Critical Errors

Making crucial errors in eDiscovery can prove detrimental to both lawyers and their clients. There is no better example of this than in the case of the Sandy Hook parents, who won a $49.3 million judgment, including $45.2 million in punitive damages, against Alex Jones, the InfoWars founder, and commentator.

Alex Jones was ordered to pay $4.1 Million in compensatory damages to Sandy Hook parents and $45 million in punitive damages for claiming the massacre was staged.

Alex Jones’ lawyers accidentally turned over an electronic file containing approximately two years of text messages to trial evidence. Jones’ attorneys inadvertently gave the parents’ lawyer, Mark Bankston, the entire digital copy of Alex Jones’ mobile phone with every text message that had been sent for the past two years. 

What Does ‘eDiscovery’ Mean In Law?

Electronic discovery, also called e-discovery, is the process of obtaining and exchanging evidence in a legal case or investigation. E-discovery is used in the initial phases of litigation when involved parties are required to provide relevant records and evidence related to a case.

How Does The E-Discovery Process Work?

The process of discovery begins when a lawsuit appears imminent and ends when digital evidence is presented in court. Attorneys from both sides will determine the scope of e-discovery. The following is a simple description of the e-discovery process:

Identification.
ESI is identified by attorneys. E-discovery requests and challenges are made.

Preservation.
Data that is identified as potentially relevant is placed under legal hold so it cannot be destroyed. Failure to preserve data will lead to sanctions and fines if the lost data puts the defense at a disadvantage.

Collection.
Data is transferred from a company to legal counsel. The legal counsel determines the data’s relevance.

Processing.
Files are loaded onto a review platform. Data is usually converted into a PDF (Portable Document Format) or TIFF (Tag Image File Format) for court.

Review.
The review process assesses documents for privilege and responsiveness to discovery requests.

Production. Documents are exchanged with opposing counsel.

Legal Issues With E-Discovery

E-discovery is an evolving field that goes far beyond just technology. It can give rise to many legal, constitutional, political, security, and personal data privacy issues.

Proper E-Discovery Requires A Board-Certified Civil Trial Expert

An experienced Board Certified Professional will produce the correct document files, reviewed by the legal team, and ready for trial.

Alex Jones, Trial Lawyer, is a good example of what NOT to do for your client. It was unfortunate and entirely preventable.

A competent attorney should be able to know how to acquire, review, and produce the correct records without compromising the client’s privacy. Florida law recognizes a right to privacy, and courts are supposed to weigh and balance the competing interests in protecting personal information with the need to discover relevant evidence—evidence that could be critical in determining fault.

Make sure you hire a board-certified civil trial lawyer for your personal injury case. Only about 1% of Florida lawyers are board certified and only a handful of lawyers have the same board certifications as Mr. Zarzaur. 

The firm also has attorneys who are AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell & have been named Florida Super Lawyers®

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Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. ZARZAUR LAW’S AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Community Safety, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida.

If you’ve been the victim of an auto accident, it’s important that you don’t make any rash decisions. Put yourself in the best possible position to receive the justice you deserve. It is also important to consult with a Board Certified Trial lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to help you. We know accidents can be stressful and want to make the process as easy as possible for you. Call Zarzaur Law, P.A. today at (855) Hire-Joe, or by requesting a free case review through our website.

Sources:

https://www.techtarget.com/searchsecurity/definition/electronic-discovery-e-discovery-or-ediscovery

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/alex-jones-lawyers-accidentally-leak-years-emails-infowars-financial-d-rcna41378

Zarzaur Law’s “Zarzaur Zingrays” Inaugural Season Is A Success.

We were proud and honored to sponsor the inaugural season of the “Zarzaur Zingrays” swim team. This developmental team led by the Bear Levin Studer Family YMCA, brought skills and confidence to 24 young swimmers.

 

Under the direction of Bonnie Steffensmeier, Regional Aquatics Director, the Zarzaur Zingrays program serves youth ages 4-18.

“Most people are intimidated by swim teams,” Joe Zarzaur, founder, and lead attorney at Zarzaur Law, P.A., said. “This team is the missing ingredient that allows someone to see how to get from here to there. It’s a launching pad that’s available to all abilities and all income levels.”

Zarzaur Law partnership with YMCAThe 24-member team, made up of youth swimmers 4 – 18 years old, practiced at the Hunter Pool and participated in four meets this summer.

Because of the sponsorship of Zarzaur Law, P.A., the cost to families is just $100 for the summer. Additional financial assistance is available from the YMCA on a sliding scale if that fee is still out of financial reach.

The team also practiced and were mentored by members of the Zarzaur Law, P.A. Triathlon “Gavel” team. The mission of the Zarzaur Law triathlon team is to serve as ambassadors for the sport of triathlon and to volunteer in our community for various philanthropic causes.

“Swim teams have a reputation for being very competitive and costly,” Steffensmeier said. “For a new swimmer, this team experience will lay a foundation to improve skills and build confidence. And we’re going to have some fun.”

For more information about the Zarzaur Zingrays swim team, please contact Bonnie Steffensmeier at the YMCA or call 850 438 4406 ext. 1013.

About Zarzaur Law, P.A.

Joe Zarzaur is a Board-Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. OUR AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents Cycling Accidents, MedicalMalpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and FallInjuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida. www.zarzaurlaw.com

About YMCA Northwest Florida

Northwest Florida is served by the Bear Levin Studer, Northeast, and Pullum Branches of the Y. Last year, the local Y reached 18,000 children and adults in wellness, childcare, sports, camp, aquatics and community outreachprograms and gave away $414,589 in financial assistance and mission impact activities. www.ymcanwfl.og

Zarzaur And Bolton Are Once Again Named Super Lawyers®.

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA (July 11, 2022) – Joe Zarzaur and Steve Bolton, both Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyers of Zarzaur Law, P.A., have once again been selected as one of Florida’s Super Lawyers®. This distinction was based on nominations by peers, attaining certain honors, results, or credentials that indicate a high degree of peer recognition or professional competence, as well as independent research by the Super Lawyers research department and peer evaluations. The final published list represents no more than 5% of the state’s lawyers. The lists are published annually in state and regional editions of Super Lawyers magazines and in inserts and special advertising sections in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers. All attorneys selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers can be found on SuperLawyers.com.

THE FINAL PUBLISHED LIST REPRESENTS NO MORE THAN 5% OF THE STATE’S LAWYERS.

Super Lawyers® select attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.

The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive, and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel.

Joe Zarzaur is a Board-Certified Civil Trial LawyerZarzaur Named Super Lawyers

Has recorded jury verdicts in both Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties in personal injury cases. He obtained a 9.3 million dollar verdict from an Escambia County jury and had a 2.5 million dollar verdict from a Santa Rosa County jury. These were both injury cases that did not involve death. Only about 1% of Florida lawyers are board certified, and between Pensacola and Panama City, there are only a few lawyers with the same board certifications as Mr. Zarzaur.

Steve Bolton is a Board-Certified Civil Trial Lawyer

Attorney Steve Bolton Named Super Lawyers

who has been counsel to many Fortune 500 companies in the past, but has focused his career for the last 15 years on representing those injured by the carelessness of others. He has personally tried more than 100 personal injury trials including a case against an international prescription drug company resulting in multi-million dollar jury verdict. Mr. Bolton is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and has been a Florida “Super Lawyer” since 2007.

Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. ZARZAUR LAW’S AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Community Safety, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida.

If you’ve been the victim of an accident, it’s important that you don’t make any rash decisions. Put yourself in the best possible position to receive the justice you deserve. It is also important to consult with a Board Certified Trial lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to help you. We know accidents can be stressful and want to make the process as easy as possible for you. Call Zarzaur Law, P.A. today at (855) Hire-Joe, or by requesting a free case review through our website.

Offices in Pensacola, Destin, Miami, and Tallahassee.