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May 14, 2022

Jury Trial Win For Policy Holders

MERLIN LAW GROUP - Our firm’s point of emphasis this year has been to get case resolutions faster. Cases that drag on are usually not good for policyholders—even the insurance company ends up paying a lot in attorney’s fees and costs that could have gone for settlement. But the only policyholders that are going to get a full settlement are those with attorneys who will try cases.

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by Chip Merlin | MERLIN LAW GROUP

There will undoubtedly be post-trial proceedings before the claim gets paid. Still, this victory is pretty sweet. Having a team approach to trial preparation and presentation is important...

Mar 4, 2022

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Mar 1, 2022

Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces Honored for Surfside Condo Collapse Response

Members of Florida's Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1 and 2 were recognized Tuesday for their dedication and bravery while responding to last year's condominium collapse in Surfside.
"The emotional toll that some of these women and men went through led to some early retirements. Humans are just not built to see the horrible things these men and women dealt with."
Since the collapse, which killed 98 people, task force members like Frank Garcia said they still struggle with what they saw.
Courage - Integrity - Respect - Unity

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Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces Honored for Surfside Condo Collapse Response

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By NBC 6

"I know that I saw the work of God when hundreds of urban search and rescue teams showed up, working on this mound of rubble, fighting to ensure there were any signs of life," State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis said.
"I’ve had some really high moments in Surfside and some really, really low moments," said Garcia, who was deployed with his 4-year-old K-9, Zoe. "We train and we train all year long and there’s no way to be prepared to that level."
On top of recognizing the task force members, Patronis was also there to advocate for more funding. He's seeking $10 million for more equipment and training for task force members.
“As we move forward and funding becomes challenging, for him to work extremely hard to allocate $10 million to this initiative is unprecedented and for that we thank you,” Miami Fire Chief Joseph Zahralban said.

Article by NBC 6 and https://www.facebook.com/MiamiDadeFireRescue

Jan 5, 2022

South Florida Homeowners Prevail Against Insurer

A Boca Raton couple was awarded $107,000 in a dispute with their insurer over damage to their home.
In March 2019, plaintiff Alyssa Lerner and her husband, plaintiff Jeffrey Lerner, discovered that a leak had damaged their home, which was located in Boca Raton. The leak was a result of damage of the home’s roof. The Lerners suspected that the damage had been created on Sept. 10, 2017, when Hurricane Irma struck the Boca Raton area. The Lerners sought reimbursement from their insurer, Citizens Property Insurance Corp., but the claim was denied.

Insurer: Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

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By Melissa Siegel - Read on at http://www.Law.com

​Plaintiff Experts: Eduard Badiu Ph.D., P.E., civil, Fort Lauderdale, FL Karl Stephen Smith II, roofing, Melrose, FL Douglas A. Stewart Ph.D., meteorology/climatology, Palm Beach, FL (videotaped deposition presented)
Defense Experts: Gene Akers, insurance claims, Huntersville, NC Paul Marsenison P.E., engineering, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Verdict: $107,000

Case: Alyssa H. Lerner and Jeffrey C. Lerner v. Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, No. 50-2019-CA-015621-XXXX-MB
Court: Palm Beach County Circuit Court, 15th
Judge: James Nutt
Plaintiff Attorneys: James E. Mitchell; Chavin Mitchell Shmuely; North Miami, FL George O. Mitchell II; Chavin Mitchell Shmuely; North Miami, FL
Defense Attorneys: Bartholomew Cozad; Derrevere Stevens Black & Cozad; West Palm Beach, FL Marni Rogalsky; Derrevere Stevens Black & Cozad; West Palm Beach, FL

Oct 1, 2021

Plaintiff’s Verdict for $155,000.00

In the Circuit Court of the 20th Judicial Circuit in and for Lee County Florida, during the Jury Trial In the matter of Robert & Barbara Kircher vs Avatar Property & Casualty Insurance Company.
Case Number: 18-CA-001558

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Case Number: 18-CA-001558

Aug 26, 2021

The jury awarded a Plaintiff’s Verdict.

In the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County Florida, during the Jury Trial In the matter of Mirko & Gloria Gross vs Heritage Property & Casualty Insurance Company, The jury awarded a Plaintiff’s Verdict.
Case Number: 2018-042803-CA-01

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Case Number: 2018-042803-CA-01

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security.

The National Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) Response System (the System), established under the authority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 1989, is a framework for organizing federal, state and local partner emergency response teams as integrated federal disaster response task forces.

Since 1991, the South Florida Urban Search and Rescue Team (FL-TF2) has been serving the national community in times of need.

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The team is designed to respond to a variety of disasters, including earthquakes, hurricanes, typhoons, storms and tornadoes, floods, dam failures, technological accidents, terrorist activities and hazardous materials releases where victims may be trapped, lost or injured.

With only 3 1/2 hours notice, this nationally recognized group can be on its way with 80 highly trained members and thousands of dollars worth of specialized tools and equipment to a community in need.

Expert Witness Eduard C. Badiu, PhD, P.E.

serves as First Responder, Structural Specialist with DHS-FEMA Florida Task Force 2 and as a Subject Matter Expert with Technical Rescue Team with Broward County Sheriff’s Office – Department of Fire Rescue & Emergency Services, responding frequently to Nationally/Federally and locally declared emergencies.

As such, his presence is required sometimes imminently or in a very short notice (6 hours), which takes precedence over normally scheduled appearance as an Expert Witness in a legal matter, then subject Appraisals, Arbitrations, Umpire Meetings, Depositions, Mediations, Pre-Trial Hearings, Trial Hearings and Trial Testimony shall be re-scheduled.

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