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Recently, a Georgia man filed suit against Snapchat and the driver of a car using Snapchat that caused a horrific car crash resulting in serious brain injuries. A young woman was speeding at more than 100 mph while using Snapchat when she crashed into the young man’s car, leaving him with a permanent brain injury. […]

Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability and fifth cause of death. It effects 800,000 Americans and their families every year, according the Centers for Disease Control. Recog­nizing the signs of stroke, seeking immediate medical attention with the onset of symptoms, and getting the right level care are key factors effecting patient outcomes. Signs […]

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Northeast Florida commended and gave thanks to law enforcement officers and others in Northeast Florida for excel­lence in drunk driving prevention and enforcement. For more than 20 years MADD has hosted this event devoted to MADD’s lifesaving mission to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and […]

Florida Insurance Commis­sioner Kevin McCarty led a task force inves­ti­gating the life insurance industry. What was uncovered was the life insurance industry failed to properly and timely pay life insurance benefits to benefi­ciaries. Instead, life insurance companies followed an inequitable industry-wide claims practice requiring benefi­ciaries to contact the insurance company. If the insurance company was not […]

The travel industry has reported a sharp increase in the number of complaints regarding fraud­ulent Florida vacation packages. On April 8, 2016, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued a consumer alert advising Floridians and visitors of an ongoing scam offering fraud­ulent vacation packages. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services department […]

Wayne Hogan spoke with Melissa Ross today on First Coast Connect to discuss Distracted Driving Awareness Month. It was announced earlier this month that the National Safety Council, National Highway Traffic Safety Admin­is­tration, the National Trans­portation Safety Board, Impact Teen Drivers and other highway safety groups have joined together to kickoff of Distracted Driving Awareness […]

With the motto “Service Above Self” Rotary Clubs encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enter­prise and, in particular, to encourage and foster oppor­tu­nities for service and improving the community. At a 2015 Palatka Rotary discussion of schol­ar­ships for St. Johns River State College, former Dean of Students and Interim […]

Recently, in Sgouros v. TransUnion, a federal appeals court held that TransUnion could not enforce an arbitration clause in a service agreement hidden on its web site. The court had considered the issues of arbitration clause enforce­ability and contract formation: whether TransUnion, one of the three big credit reporting agencies, gave its customers adequate notice […]

Local businesses, profes­sionals and community members are teaming up to help prevent accidental drownings by funding lessons to teach kids at the Guardian Catholic Schools how to swim. Between now and May, 100 K-8 students from the Guardian Catholic Schools with little or no swimming ability will receive eight 30-minute water safety and swim lessons […]

By Wayne Hogan and Audrey Gibson According to Distraction.gov , 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured, in vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2014. Distraction.gov is the official website for efforts by the U.S. Department of Trans­portation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin­is­tration addressing the dangers of this all-to-common hazard. In what has become a national and inter­na­tional […]