NFL Player Protests and the Constitution

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The hottest topic in our country right now involves NFL (National Football League) Players kneeling during the United States National Anthem. Colin Kaepernick began kneeling as a protest against police brutality in America. Now other players and entire teams (including the Pittsburg Steelers and Dallas Cowboys) are protesting racial inequality and injustice that still exists in our country today. Opponents to the protests consider kneeling to be disrespectful to the military, first responders, and the United States as a whole. President Donald Trump has added fuel to the fire by suggesting that NFL Owners should fire players who protest. While the country appears to be divided on this political issue, it presents an interesting question for some NFL Team Owners: Can NFL Team Owners fire players for protesting the national anthem?

It is well established that the First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects the rights of free speech, and the right to peacefully assemble. However the First Amendment applies towards the United States government, not private organizations like the NFL. The current debate does not involve any state action, so it is highly unlikely that the First Amendment would preclude any NFL Owner decisions.

The most likely way for NFL Players to defend themselves for protesting would be in their NFL employment contract. If players had contracts that protected their right to free speech within the scope of employment, then they would likely be able to protest the national anthem among other free speech actions. Currently the player’s collective bargaining agreement put together by the NFLPA (National Football League Players Association) gives vast power to the NFL Owners. NFL owners are allowed to fine or discipline players for any actions that diminish public respect for the game. These terms make it highly unlikely that players have any defense for being fired for their actions.

The latest debate regarding NFL Protests brings about significant constitutional, employment, contractual, and civil legal matters. If you or someone you know is facing civil legal issues please contact the Bruner Law Firm. The Bruner Law Firm has served thousands of clients throughout Northwest Florida for over 30 years. The Bruner Law Firm has lawyers who specialize in recovering damages for victims of car accidents, slip and falls, dog bites, boating accidents, motorcycle accidents, and trucking accidents. If you need a personal injury attorney in Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Panama City, Niceville, Navarre, or Crestview please contact the Bruner Law Firm. With offices located in Fort Walton Beach and Panama City, Florida the team of lawyers and legal specialists at the Bruner Law Firm are ready to help!


Who will pay my medical bills after an automobile accident?

If you have been in a wreck in Florida and were treated for your injuries, either with a doctor of some sort or at an emergency room, you may have started receiving that inevitably ugly pile of bills that often accompanies a trip to a healthcare provider. In Florida, the bills could be possibly be paid through something known and “PIP Insurance” aka Personal Injury Protection / “No-fault” benefits. In Florida, PIP is generally going to be the first pool of funds responsible for paying medical bills subsequent to a motor vehicle accident. This isn’t always the case (i.e. Workers’ Compensation can be primary to PIP when you’re injured in a motor vehicle and on the job) but generally, if you’re a named insured (or resident relative) on a Florida Auto Insurance Policy, it is a good first starting ground for getting rid of these bills.

Additionally, bills may be satisfied or paid in part through health insurance—whether it is Medicaid, Medicare, tricare, or Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Since PIP generally only pays 80% of the medical expenses, health insurance may help by picking up the other 20%. If “Medpay” is available (Medical payments insurance made irrespective of fault) this coverage may also pay for the other 20% of unpaid bills or cover the expenses outright.

It is important to mention that any health insurer will likely have a right to be repaid by the at-fault party in the event they pay for medical expenses caused by a wrongful act. This is sometimes known as a “Right of Subrogation.” Depending on the language of the health insurance plan (or if it is government provided health insurance—statutes) this right of subrogation may be a legally valid and enforceable lien on any proceeds obtained pursuant to a settlement or suit against a tortfeasor. If this all sounds a little messsy—that’s because it is—and also, why it is important to seek advice from a licensed and qualified attorney when you have been involved in any of the situations mentioned above. At out law firm, we not only provide a free consultation, we also provide pro bono (“Free”) representation for clients for various legal situations that they may be unable to afford. If you’re still unsure about any of the medical bills you have received and feel burdened by the task of getting them resolved, feel free to give us call, we’d love to help!


Ohio Suing Pharmaceutical Companies For Causing Opioid Epidemic

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This Wednesday the State of Ohio filed suit against five big Pharmaceutical Firms alleging that they undersold the risks of potent opioid drugs. Drugs like OxyContin and Percocet are used to reduce pain symptoms in patients, but have led to mass addiction. Attorney General Mike DeWine stated, “We believe the evidence will also show that these companies got thousands and thousands of Ohioans, our friends, our family members, our co-workers, our kids, addicted to opioid pain medications. These drug manufacturers knew what they were doing was wrong, but they continued to do it anyway.”

The State of Ohio claims that big Pharmaceutical companies have caused patients to become addicted since they have not adequately described the risks associated with taking the drugs. DeWine stated, “We believe that the evidence will show that these pharmaceutical companies purposely misled doctors about the dangers connected with pain meds that they produced, and that they did so for the purpose of increasing sales.”

Patients often form physical and psychological dependencies to opioids like OxyContin and Percocet. Once patients are no longer able to obtain the prescribed drugs, they often turn to the street for opioids and sometimes heroin. Big pharmaceutical companies minimizing the risk of addiction in order to increase sales leads to a slippery slope. Some are even comparing these unethical marketing strategies to that of the tobacco companies during the 1990’s.

Have you or someone you know been harmed by addiction to legally prescribed opioid drugs? Have you been wondering how to deal with a problem with prescription pain pills? Were you given adequate knowledge and warnings about the risks related to using legally prescribed opiates? If so you should immediately contact an attorney to seek relief for the potential damages that you have incurred. The Bruner Law Firm has represented thousands of clients in Northwest Florida against major corporations in lawsuits related to personal injuries. If you or someone you know has been injured please contact The Bruner Law Firm by phone (850-243-2222), or visit our office in Fort Walton Beach 0r Panama City. It makes sense to talk to Vince.


Two injured in Florida accident involving school bus

A collision between a compact vehicle and a school bus in Clearwater, Florida resulted in two personal injuries, and an investigation is underway to figure out the cause of the crash, a January 3 article of Clearwater Patch reported.

Reports revealed that at around 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, a two-vehicle collision took place at the Fort Harrison Avenue and Drew Street intersection. The school bus driver, 52-year-old Joseph Dale Morgan, was in the southbound lane of Fort Harrison when he was struck by a passenger vehicle operated by 58-year-old Edward Michael Burke, who was heading west on Drew Street. Rescuers took the better part of an hour to extract Morgan from the bus, as he was pinned inside. Burke and Morgan were both treated due to injuries they sustained. A male student, who was a passenger on the bus at the time, was not hurt in the incident. Initial investigations of the Clearwater Police revealed that the collision happened after Burke failed to stop at a red traffic light.

Incidents such as these, unfortunately result in the burden of costly hospitalization and car repair for affected families. If this sounds familiar and you live or were injured in Fort Walton Beach, the attorneys of the Bruner Law Firm may possibly help you get the financial aid you need from any possible negligent parties. Call us today at (850) 243-2222 for your immediate legal assistance.


Food processors with flawed blades recalled in the US and Canada

A Stamford-based appliance distributor is recalling approximately 8 million units of Cuisinart food processors sold in the U.S. and Canada after receiving dozens of personal injury complaints, an article of cpsc.gov reported on December 13.

Conair Corp. and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have been informed that the blades of the affected processors might chip while being used. If the problem occurs, small pieces of the blades could cause mouth injuries if mixed with processed food. The recalling company is aware of 69 incidents of blades getting broken and mixing with processed food, 30 of which resulted in personal injuries. Conair identified the 22 affected models and advised consumers to refrain from using the food processors while waiting for the free blade replacement they plan to provide.

Defective appliances can cause serious harm to people who use them. However, if you or a loved one sustained injuries from a defective product, a product liability attorney at the Bruner Law Firm in Fort Walton Beach may be able to offer you legal assistance to pursue damage claims against negligent parties. Find out how we could help you recover your loss today by calling (850) 243-2222 to discuss your legal options.


Babies among injured in Florida pileup

A December 5 article of Florida Today revealed a recent vehicle accident involving several vehicles in Florida caused personal injuries to several people, including three babies, but authorities confirmed no one was seriously injured.

According to reports, at 9:00 p.m. on December 4, several vehicles on Interstate 95 got involved in a collision. Crews from different stations responded to the pileup, which took place near the State Road 46 exit. The babies were secured by car seats and were found by responding fire crews on the ground. State highway spokeswoman Kim Montes confirmed the babies sustained only minor injuries and are in good condition. Authorities as of reporting could not determine the total number of people injured, but they said two people were brought to a hospital.

Though no one was seriously injured in the recent pileup, the attorneys at the Bruner Law Firm in Fort Walton Beach know incidents like this often result in financial and emotional loss. If you were the victim of a car accident, we could help you recover your loss. Learn more about your legal options from us today by calling (850) 243-2222.


Ex-Houston Rockets star Steve Francis nabbed for drunken driving

A former player for the Houston Rockets, Steve Francis, is facing a drunken driving charge in Houston after authorities caught him driving with excessive speed, The Washington Post said on November 22.

Reports said, Francis, 39, was stopped on November 19 after officers saw him driving a vehicle with a speed of 88 mph while on the road with 65 mph limit. Francis, who had been verbally abusive with the officers showed signs of alcohol intoxication and had avoided a field sobriety test. Charges related to the incident were filed against him and he is expected to face other charges in Florida over suspicion that he ransacked all the valuable items inside a vehicle parked at Bradenton in June. Florida authorities during the time ignored Francis after he turned himself to police, telling them what he did.

The Fort Walton Beach lawyers of Bruner Law Firm understand that families have to deal with expensive hospitalizations after being injured in car accidents caused by drunken drivers. If this happened to you or to a loved one, we may possibly help you get treatment funds for your fast recovery. Call us today at (850) 243-2222 to pursue damage claims against negligent parties.


6 people hurt on Florida carnival ride

At least six people, two of whom were teenagers, suffered injuries in Apalachicola, Florida after a carnival ride malfunctioned, an article of WTXL reported on November 5.

Reports have confirmed an air ambulance was needed on November 4 to immediately bring one of the victims, who sustained serious injuries, to a hospital in Tallahassee. An investigator told reports that the other victims, who were at the Florida Seafood Festival, sustained minor injuries. A person who was also at the fair stated people were aboard a carnival ride when it malfunctioned. Rescuers used a “jaws of life” to extract some of the victims, who were pinned by the ride. Though details of the accident were not available because the festival committee and state authorities are still investigating the incident, the involved ride stopped operation.

The premises liability attorneys at the Bruner Law Firm represent Fort Walton Beach individuals who were injured from dangerous property. If another person’s property caused you serious injury, we may be able to offer you legal assistance so you can recover your loss by pursuing damage claims against negligent property owners. Call us today at (850) 243-2222 to learn more about your options.


Hyundai vehicles with faulty sunroofs recalled in the US

Roughly 63,000 Hyundai vehicles in the U.S. are being recalled by the manufacturer due to a potential sunroof problem that could cause physical injuries to other motorists when it malfunctions, an article for Fox Business stated on October 20.

In the recall papers submitted by Hyundai to federal auto safety authorities, the sunroofs of 2015-2016 Sonata vehicles may suddenly detach during operation and struck other vehicles. The problem, according to the company was due to the improper bonding of the sunroof components during manufacturing stage. Though there were no injuries or accidents that were linked to the malfunctioning sunroofs, Hyundai had been notified of some complaints of detaching sunroofs. Hyundai dealers will provide the free repair of vehicles once recall notification letters are sent in December.

The auto defect legal team of Bruner Law Firm understand that many people in Fort Walton Beach are devastated when they are involved in car accidents. If this sound familiar to you, we may possibly be able to help you get remunerations you need for fast recovery. Learn more about your legal options today by calling (850) 243-2222.


Suspected drunken driver busted in Orange County

State patrol authorities recently arrested a driver in Orange County, an article of Click Orlando reported on October 21. The charges come after the man, who was driving while under the influence of intoxicants, caused an accident that injured two people

According to reports, 32-year-old Joel Padilla got involved in a three-vehicle accident on Friday after he drove the wrong way on State Road 417 in Orlando. The driver of the other vehicle was identified only as an Orlando resident and he was transported to the hospital due to his injuries. A third vehicle reportedly was involved in the incident and its driver was also injured.

The lawyers at the Bruner Law Firm in Fort Walton Beach represent people who are injured in accidents caused by drunken drivers. If this happens to you or to a loved one, we may be able to help you obtain the financial assistance you need for treatment. Call us today at (850) 243-2222 to find out how we may be able to work for you.


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