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AM 1370 Podcast Interview: Hiding Child Molesters in Santa Rosa Schools

Attorney Joe Zarzaur joined journalist Rick Outzen to discuss how Joe discovered what he believes is a lack of oversight in the Santa Rosa County school district in the hiring of substitute teachers. A teacher that was banned from one Santa Rosa school was allowed to work at Gulf Breeze Elementary, where he was later convicted of molesting several girls.

RO:  You put out a video on YouTube on Friday and if anyone has a child at public schools, they should be concerned, particularly in Santa Rosa County. You uncovered what looks like that the school district may have not properly vetted its substitute teachers.

WATCH JOE ZARZAUR’S YOUTUBE VIDEO HERE >

JZ: Yeah. First, I don’t like to litigate cases in the media, and I certainly don’t like to it on Facebook, but occasionally there is a case that you feel like rises to the level of importance from a public safety standpoint that you almost want to interrupt the litigation process and step aside, and just make it right.

JZ: So, I felt compelled to do that this last week because I had taken the deposition last Thursday on the human resource person at the Santa Rosa County school district and the corporate representative for the school district for purposes of Mr. Mack’s involvement, but this all dates back to a 2016 event that happened at Gulf Breeze Elementary School, where four children were abused by a substitute teacher in the same day. He ended up pleading guilty for lewd and lascivious behavior with minors. The parents that hired me, came to me, and we had done some investigation into this initially and found out that the Escambia County school board had banned this substitute teacher a year and a half prior.

How can somebody just banned for inappropriate touching, come over the bridge and get a job in Santa Rosa County and go free and then do the same thing to the kids in an elementary school?

I found out that a private entity, PESD (the name of the company is now Staff EZ), had been hired by the county in 2015 to basically handle all the substitutes hiring screening, and the HR for substitutes.

This incident happened after being banned for inappropriately touching students in Escambia County and then getting the job through P E S D as a substitute teacher in Santa Rosa County. I start the case against this private entity and out their questionable company to start with, having a tax lien to the tune of $10 million for not paying, but holding taxes for substitute teachers.

I did some discovery and find out that they did screen and interviewed him and a group of 30 other people. They just asked him what he did in the years prior to coming to apply there and they didn’t check references. They missed a course, Escambia County where he got banned.

So, they hired him, and they were basically saying that, well he’s an approved list. And I said, all right, let’s investigate this – the approved the list comes from the county. And then I realized the county is giving this private company, the approved list of substitute teachers. I ask the county and I get the list finally (after fighting for it) three weeks ago. I’m looking at it. The approved list is redacted except for the guy that I’m going after (Mr. Mack), which has a yellow box, and it says banned at Woodlawn Beach Middle School, which was not the school that he abused the children. (Gulf Breeze Elementary School is just down the road – in the same county).

RO: The other thing that stood out, you know is that, yeah, he had, he had already been banned from one elementary school and they let him in Gulf Breeze, but you also found out that you thought you had the public record and then found out there was a whole other file system out there that had the other information.

JZ: Well, that’s true. Last Thursday, I’m asking, they produced the list. This list has a yellow box that says this guy is not allowed to teach at this school. There are also 24 other teachers on that list who also have their banned from other schools that are still actively substituting in Santa Rosa County school.

That was my urgency to get on Facebook and say, you know, this is happening. I asked the corporate representative for the school district, is the basis of his why was he banned from Woodlawn Beach Middle School in 2011?

I asked for the personnel file request back in 2018, I was provided a bunch of certificates that says who the teacher is in W2 stuff and all that junk, but nothing suggests that he was banned from a school.

I asked the corporate representative for the school district, who is the spokesman for the school district in their deposition last week, ‘So why was he banned from Woodlawn Beach Middle School in 2011?’

And she goes, ‘Well, I’ll pull the disciplinary file.’

She said, oh, well, you know, we don’t keep the disciplinary file with the personnel file. We take it out and put it in a separate file cabinet and unless you ask for it specifically, we don’t give it.

Mr. Mack pled guilty in 2016. So, I’m asking about 2011 and she was like, oh, let me read the letter. She read the letter – inappropriately, touching students at Woodlawn Beach Middle in 2011. From that school. How can somebody who’s banned from a middle school by the way, be allowed to teach in an elementary school for that matter?

RO: I mean, it is frightening that there is someone with disciplinary action involving inappropriately touching children allowed to move around the system and be able to keep a job and be around children.

JZ: There is no central database for that information, unless the teacher says, oh, by the way, I used to work in this county. If the teacher hadn’t been employed, I’m not smart enough to ask, well, what the heck did you do between this year and this year?

I had no idea there was a 2011 incident!

RO: Yeah, and inside the same school district. The other thing I’ve noticed in other stories that we’ve done is that school districts also can go after that teacher’s license and they, you know, they can take it up a whole other level.

When something like this happens it’s like a bar action or an action against the doctor or any sort of professional, you can register against their teaching certificate and that’s not happening out there.

Joe, thank you so much for coming on the show.

Talk 1370 real news counts.

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Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer 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 Florida and Alabama.

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 Florida Bar Certified Civil 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.

Are Onewheels Safe?

Onewheels is a Fun RideIf you are like us and spend any time in Downtown Pensacola, you have probably seen the hottest new method of getting around town—a motorized, skateboard-like object that has one wide, treaded tire in the middle of the board instead of four smaller ones.

At first blush, “Onewheels” as they are appropriately known, look like a fun, exhilarating ride for those looking for a cross between a skateboard and a dirt bike. Unlike those vehicles, Onewheels promises that “anyone” can ride one “with little instruction and practice” because it is “packed with technology that actively helps to keep you balanced.”

However, injury lawsuits have followed the Onewheels around since it began to be manufactured in 2015. Specifically, many people have filed claims in the six years since the Onewheel hit the market based on allegations that the machine abruptly stops while underway.


When the motor stops, the machine pitches forward and dumps the rider out onto the ground, causing bone fractures, concussions, and other injuries.


Why You Can’t Anticipate A Fall From A Onewheel

While some may look at these accidents as like the accidents that can happen on a bike or a skateboard or surfboard, the common thread in all the claims is that while a person can usually anticipate a fall from a skateboard or similar, man-powered device, a person cannot anticipate an abrupt motor failure. Even some of the world’s most talented and famous surfers and skaters have experienced serious injuries while using Onewheels—which should certainly make the rest of us pause before we rent or buy one.

If you or a loved ones experience an injury during a Onewheels ride, it may not be your fault. At least three wrongful death lawsuits have been filed against Onewheels stemming from accidents involving the abrupt stoppage defect—one each in Texas, California, and New York.

Product Liability

In many product liability circumstances, the law imposes “strict liability” on the maker of a product for injuries caused by a defect. This means that a manufacturer of a product can be liable for injuries caused by a product defect even in the absence of negligence. If negligence exists, a plaintiff can make claims for negligent design and/or negligent manufacture in addition to the strict liability claims.

Risk of Concussion… or Worse

If a Onewheel accident were to cause the rider to hit the ground headfirst, it may put them at risk of concussions and traumatic brain injuries, or they may land hard enough on their forward-leaning hand or arm to fracture bones.

Protective gear is your last line of defense against the harsh and unforgiving nature of a hard surface. Falling from any electric skateboard is painful, but falling from a Onewheel really sucks.

Onewheel are balanced on a single wheel, therefore, it is much easier to be thrown from the board. The One wheels are also very mobile and nibble, making deep carves a thing of ease. Of course, this is what makes them so much fun to ride, however, this nimbleness also makes it super easy to come unstuck.

It’s easy to catch an edge of the Onewheel’s deck, carve to hard or overcompensate on a turn, become undone on a small bump or crack, or overbalance and be thrown with momentum off the board’s deck.

Therefore, it’s a good idea to put on some gloves, a helmet, and protective clothing or at least thick pants and a durable jacket to protect you whenever you are riding just in case an accident does occur.


ONEWHEEL SAFETY TIPS:

  1. Wear your safety gear whenever heading out for a ride.
  2. Start with beginner mode
  3. Stick to beginner modes like Mission or Delirium if you are new to riding Onewheel.
  4. Avoid maxing out a modes top speed. Try to stick to 3-5 miles per hour below the max.
  5. Keep your weight centered over the wheel and don’t lean too far forward and risk nosedive. 
  6. Also, make sure not to accelerate too hard while going uphill, riding into a strong wind, or while traveling over bumps or cracks.
  7. And lastly, be vigilant of your Onewheel’s battery level. Check it regularly on the Onewheel app.

If you are injured in an accident involving a Onewheels or any other similar device, it is important to contact an experienced product liability lawyer as fast as possible. The Florida Bar does not typically allow lawyers to hold themselves out as “experts” in a particular field. However, the Bar does allow lawyers who work on personal injury cases to become specialists in civil trial. Only one percent of Florida lawyers have this certification. Two out of three of the lawyers on staff at Zarzaur Law, P.A. are specialists in civil trial.

So, when potential clients ask us about whether or when to hire a lawyer after an accident, we remind them that only a board-certified civil trial lawyer is a specialist in this area of the law. Since all injury lawyers have the same “no fee no cost unless you win” payout structure, there is no reason to hire someone who is not a specialist.

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.

Sources:

https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/onewheel-skateboard-injury-lawsuit-7316679/

https://oneradwheel.com/severe-trauma-from-onewheel-to-er-to-icu-lessons-learned/

https://thetechleaders.com/the-burning-question-are-onewheel-boards-safe/

https://apnews.com/press-release/pr-newswire/business-health-b908e4a5ca916b6441aaa59c7713270b

Meet Our Summer Clerks: Jacob Salter

Jacob Salter
Law Student at Florida State College of Law
Hometown – Pace, Florida

Jacob Salter Q&A:

1. School You Are Attending And What Year Of Law School Are You In?

Florida State University College of Law & Rising 2L.

2. What Area Of Law Are You Interested In Pursuing? When Did You Know You Wanted To Be A Lawyer? 

I am interested in litigation practice, I am not sure which area, in particular, I would like to practice; however, I do have a slight interest in business litigation, but also an interest in personal injury as it allows me to help others who have been wronged. Growing up I always had an interest in being a lawyer. My dad was a police officer when I was young which sparked my interest in law, so from a young age, I was able to somewhat learn about criminal law.

3. What Do You Hope To Learn While Interning At Zarzaur Law, P.A.? 

I would like to gain a more practical understanding of litigation and sharpen those needed skills so that I can become the best lawyer possible.

4. Why Did You Choose Zarzaur Law, P.A.?

I chose Zarzaur Law because of the firm’s strong reputation and because of all of the lawyers’ experience, both in and out of the courtroom, which provides an amazing learning opportunity.

5. Name Some Of Your Top Achievements Thus Far

Staff Editor for Law Review

6. What Do You Like To Do? (Hobbies, Sports, Charity Work)

I enjoy watching baseball, playing video games, fishing, and running.

7. Who (Dead Or Alive) Would You Like To Meet And Why? 

James May, Richard Hammond, and Jeremy Clarkson (the cast of Top Gear). I grew up watching Top Gear almost daily. The show was one of my favorites because of my love for cars, learning about other cultures, and travel.

8. Why Do You Love / Like Pensacola? 

What I like about being in Pensacola is that I have an opportunity to see all of my family and the beach here is one of a kind.

9. Best Piece Of Advice That You Have Ever Received? (By Who?)

Not to compare yourself to others. I have found this is especially important in the competitive law school environment where you have to trust your study habits and work product rather than try to imitate others.

10. What Are Your Reading?

I am not currently reading anything for pleasure.

WATCH JACOB’S INTERVIEW WITH JOE HERE!  >

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 SkiAccidents, 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 for a free legal consultation or visit www.zarzaurlaw.com.

Meet Our Summer Clerks: Billy Harris

Meet Our Summer Clerks: Billy HarrisBilly Harris
Law Student at Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
Hometown – Pensacola, Florida

Billy Harris Q&A:

1. School You Are Attending And What Year Of Law School Are You In?

Cumberland School of Law, going into my second year.

2. What Area Of Law Are You Interested In Pursuing? When Did You Know You Wanted To Be A Lawyer? 

The more I study the more areas that I am interested in. But I have a big interest in both business law (transactional and litigation), as well as personal injury.

3. What Do You Hope To Learn While Interning At Zarzaur Law, P.A.? 

Everything and anything that I am able to do while I am here, it has been a great experience so far and I have learned so much already.

4. Why Did You Choose Zarzaur Law, P.A.?

Joe is a Cumberland alum which I think is neat, I had also heard tremendous things about both The Firm and Mr. Zarzaur personally.

5. Name Some Of Your Top Achievements Thus Far

I have reinstated the Florida Student Bar Association and am currently its sitting President.

6. What Do You Like To Do? (Hobbies, Sports, Charity Work)

I love to be outdoors, golfing, going to the beach, etc.

7. Who (Dead Or Alive) Would You Like To Meet And Why? 

Probably our Nation’s Founding Fathers. I love history so I think it would be really interesting to meet anyone from that time, but it would be a huge added bonus to really see what the people who founded our country were really like.

8. Why Do You Love / Like Pensacola? 

I love the perfect mix of large and small-town appeal that it holds, also all my family is here so it’ll always be home.

9. Best Piece Of Advice That You Have Ever Received? (By Who?)

Just to work hard and to always keep trying to get myself better, I have been fortunate in that I have parents who’ve provided me with enough advice for two lifetimes and are always able to make me remember just exactly why I am doing what I am trying to do. (Become a lawyer)

10. What Are Your Reading?

Mostly caselaw!

WATCH DANIEL’S INTERVIEW WITH JOE HERE!  >

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 SkiAccidents, 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 for a free legal consultation or visit www.zarzaurlaw.com.

 

What Should I Expect From My Personal Injury Lawyer?

Personal Injury LawyerMany clients who end up needing a personal injury lawyer following an accidental injury have no expectations for such a professional.  Thankfully, most have not had the need in their lives for a personal injury lawyer. With that inexperience, comes a void of thoughts on what this lawyer should be doing and what their relationship will be with one another. As far as Zarzaur Law is concerned we feel that this relationship is a sacred one where a client is entrusting their lives and future to us.

Hiring a personal injury lawyer is placing trust in another person to act on your behalf and in your best interest.  The legal systems give you one chance to present your case and you are trusting this personal injury lawyer to take your case and then present it in the best manner so that just compensation and justice is delivered to you. Our firm takes this responsibility seriously and prides itself in delivering professional, personal, and aggressive representation.

Professional Personal injury Attorney

The legal profession, like all professions, has many segments and areas.  Personal injury law is a distinct section of the law that deals with injuries caused by the negligence of others. Personal injury lawyers are hired to seek justice for victims in the form of compensation so that they and/or their families can move forward. Pro is one who specializes in a field to such a degree that he/she is respected by their field as an expert.

The Florida Bar allows for personal injury lawyers to qualify as experts.  This expert process is called board certification.  Florida personal injury lawyers can choose to become experts in their field if they concentrate their work on personal injury cases and then elect to go through the board certification process for civil trial lawyers.

This board certification process involves taking a second bar exam and then getting confidential recommendations from judges and lawyers who have observed their litigation skills firsthand.  Only about one percent of Florida lawyers are board-certified in a civil trial.


ZARZAUR LAW PRIDES ITSELF IN HAVING BOARD CERTIFIED CIVIL TRIAL LAWYERS WHO HANDLE THE CASES SO THAT WE CAN OFFER ONLY THE MOST PROFESSIONAL SERVICES TO OUR CLIENTS.

Personal Injury Attorney Pensacola


Personal

Personal injury lawyers are usually the first and only lawyers that many people have ever been associated with. The public expectation of a lawyer is not a friendly or personable image. Zarzaur Law strives to break that stereotype into pieces.  We pride ourselves in redefining the common perception of lawyers being stuffy and difficult to relate to.

  • Communicating with our clients in regular language.
  • Explaining the process in a way that is easy to understand and keeping our clients up to date and aware of their case at all times.
  • Making sure we are easily accessible to clients from the start of their case to the final day.
  • Lawyers here can be contacted directly on their personal cell phones instead of going through staff members.

You as a client deserve to be able to ask questions and get answers quickly, not the following day or later in the week. It is your personal injury case, and we are working for you not the other way around.

Aggressive Personal injury Attorney

Personal injury lawyers are all in a battle against insurance companies in most cases. These battles are usually intense since insurance companies have plenty of money to hire big law firms to put up as many barriers as possible to delay and deter justice. Many times, these insurance companies through their lawyers will wage a battle of attrition. They have plenty of money and they know that many of our clients are in the worse financial spot ever due to their injuries. These companies know that if they make this process longer and more stressful, maybe the personal injury plaintiff and lawyer will become more and more negotiable and they can get off cheaper for the case.

It is incumbent upon a personal injury lawyer to counterbalance this typical defense tactic of delay to be aggressive.  The personal injury lawyer will always be pushing the case to a trial.  If we are not pushing the case to the conclusion then the insurance company lawyers will fill that void with delay.  Each day without just compensation for our clients is another wound to their injuries. Personal injury lawyers have to be the ones pushing hard on the case and making certain that the case is concluded sooner rather than later.

Zarzaur Law is a personal injury law firm that prides itself on professional, personal, and aggressive representation to our clients. We feel that our personal injury clients are the customer, and they are the boss.  While we will guide our clients on the legal issues, we involve them in the decision-making process so that they make intelligent and legally sound decisions.  All the while, we are aggressively pushing the case to conclusion, to justice.

If you or a loved one is in need of a personal injury lawyer that is professional, personable, and aggressive.

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 for a free legal consultation or visit www.zarzaurlaw.com.