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Boating Accident Leads to Wrongful Death Lawsuit

boating wrongful death lawsuitNo one wants to be part of a wrongful death lawsuit in any capacity. Yet, if an unfortunate incident occurs, it is imperative you have the proper legal protection. Consider a recent article for Local 10 titled “DJ Laz accepts plea deal in boating death.”

Amanda Batchelor and Sanela Sabovic of Local 10 write, “Mendez’s attorney, Mycki Ratzan, said he feels for the Hernandez family, but said they have turned the incident into a media frenzy. Ratzan claims that Mendez wanted to meet with the family, but they declined. She said Mendez did not appear in court Wednesday because the court date had been rescheduled before. As part of the plea deal, DJ Laz will pay a $500 civil penalty, give a $1,000 donation to a beach restoration fund and serve 120 hours of community service. He is also required to take a boating safety course. Hernandez, 23, was killed after his upper body was sliced by a propeller on the Voli vodka party boat that DJ Laz was operating. Hernandez was trying to help the radio host get the boat off the Nixon Beach sandbar. Authorities said toxicology tests showed that Hernandez had been drinking on the night of the accident. Mendez refused to submit to any intoxication tests, and authorities said Florida Fish and Wildlife officers did not see any signs of impairment and could not force him to submit to tests. Hernandez’s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Mendez.”

The Law Offices of Gilbert & Smallman handles wrongful death cases of all types. If someone you care about passed away due to another’s negligence, contact us today. Free consultations available 24/7 by phone! Our offices conveniently are located in Miami, North Miami, Hollywood and Tallahassee. At Gilbert & Smallman we pride ourselves on service to our clients. Contact us today for your free one on one consult with one of our experienced injury law partners.

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