Toyota Recall

Lexus RX350 Recall

Toyota has announced they will recall 2.5 million cars sold in the U.S. to fix a defective power window switch linked to several hundred reports of smoke and fires. At least nine people have been injured from the defect.

If you have been injured because of a defective product, call the Bruner Firm today. Our Panama City Attorney and Fort Walton Beach Attorney are ready to help. We can be reached toll Free for a FREE consultation at 1-800-Bruner-1.

Destin Lawyer

Destin Florida - Destin Lawyer

If you are in Destin and need a lawyer, you have come to the right place. Our Destin Lawyer is ready to help with any personal injury, product liability, paralysis, motorcycle or boat wreck case that you or a love one may have. The Bruner Law Firm Destin Lawyers are available by appointment any day of the week to help with a Destin Car Wreck, Boating Wreck, or most any other type of legal question relating to personal injury, workers’ compensation, or social security disability.

Some Interesting Facts about Destin, Florida

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Destin is a incorporated city located in Okaloosa County, Florida. It is one of the major cities in the Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin, Florida Metropolitan Area. Destin gets its name from Captain Destin Leonard, a New London fisherman who settled in the area in the mid 19th century. The first condominiums were built in the seventies, although Destin was not incorporated until 1984. The city has grown like wildfire ever since the eighties and continues to be one of the fastest growing areas to this day. It remains one of the most highly trafficked destinations in all of the Florida gulf coast. The Florida DEP estimates that more than 80% of the roughly 4.5 million visitors to the Florida Gulf Coast choose Destin as their final destination. Destin is known as the “Luckiest Fishing Village Around” and has some of the whitest sand beaches in all of the world. Part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore is just down the road on Santa Rosa Island. Sandestin borders destin on the East in between Panama City and Panama City Beach

Our Destin Lawyer has been in the area for his entire life. If you have been injured and want an attorney that knows Northwest Florida, call our Destin Law Firm today at (850) 243-2222.

Honda set to recall 268,000 fiery SUVs

Honda will recall roughyl 268,000 CRV sport utility vehicles (SUVs) sold in the United States due to risk of fire emanating from the power windows under certain conditions. The Japanese automaker will collect and repair free of charge CR-V vehicles produced between 2002 and 2006. There have been no official incidents reported thus far. Honda officials have not immediately confirmed the report. Honda recalls have also recently requested 572,000 mid-size Accords sold in the U.S. be recalled which were at risk of catching fire due to faulty power steering hoses. It appears as if many Hondas are experiencing defects which may cause fire or some other types of injuries. If you have been harmed by a motor vehicle (similar to the Honda Recall) you may need an attorney. Our experienced product recall lawyers may be able to help. This Honda Recall is just a classic example of a vehicle defect that may create an injurious condition for a vehicle occupant.


At the Bruner Firm, we specialize in personal injuries al throughout the Florida Panhandle. Whether you are in Chipley, Bonifay, Blountstown, Altha, Marianna, Wewahitchka, Port St. Joe, Mexico Beach, Panama City Beach, Crestview, Defuniak Springs, Vernon, Ponce De Leon, Ebro, Freeport, Destin, Alford, Wausau, Cottondale, Greenwood, Sunny Hills, Graceville, Caryville, Apalachicola, Westville, Campbellton, Grandridge, or Navarre we can meet you by appointment. Call 1.800.BRUNER.1 for a FREE consultation. You can also fill out our online contact form. We can help.

Defuniak Springs Lawyer

Personal Injury Lawyers in Defuniak Springs

At the Bruner Firm, our Lawyers will travel to Defuniak Springs to visit with any potential client. With offices conveniently located in Fort Walton Beach (Okaloosa County) and Panama City  (Bay County), we are prepared to serve and handle cases throughout all of Northwest Florida. Many of our clients are from the Defuniak or Walton County Area. If you have been in a car wreck, boating accident, or suffered some other sort of injury and find yourself asking if you need a lawyer, give our law firm a call today.

Below are some interesting facts about Defuniak Springs, Florida:
  • Population: 5,089 in the 2000 census and 5,141 in 2004.
  • Geographic Size: 11.2 Square Miles
  • Population Density: 464.0 people per square mile
  • Defuniak Springs is the County Seat of Walton County, Florida.
  • The City was founded by Officers of the Louisiana & Nashville Railroad and named after the company’s former vice president, Frederick R. De Funiak.
  • The city was originally intended to be a final destination resort. An auditorium seating 4,000, was constructed on Lake Defuniak in the center of town (Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood). Seminars and others classes were held in the hall for those on vacation.

If you are in need of legal service or a lawyer in Defuniak Springs, Florida, we can help. Call the Defuniak Springs Lawyers at the Bruner Firm today at 8502434227.

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Nursing Home Cleanliness Guidelines

Nursing home negligence cases oftentimes develop from unclean conditions. Sanitization is of the utmost importance in preventing the spread of germs, viruses, and bacteria, like Staph infection (Staphylococcus aureus). Poor hygiene and signs of uncleanliness are generally an indicator that some sort of abuse may be occurring. These conditions generally occur when there are too few staff attending to too many residents. When a nursing home is dirty, this sign may often be an indicator that greater abuses are occurring in the facility. Make sure to carefully observe and questions any suspicious behavior. Always keep an eye for “skin tears” or bruising that may be visible on a loved one. Listed below are some spots where germs and other harmful bacteria often incubate:

Handrails on the bed
These are to be cleaned daily by nursing home staff. Signs of dirt or griminess should raise flags.

TV Remote
This is often times more dirty than the toilet seat. A prime germ spreader.

Dirty Laundry Hamper
Dirty clothes are often discarded once they accumulate food particles or other sources of uncleanliness. The dirty laundry hamper is often very dirty and a good cleaning can prevent the spread of germs.

Door and Drawer Handles
Doors handles are one of the most common sources of contact for spreading germs in a hospital or nursing home. Wipe these down for your loved ones in order to prevent the spread of germs.

Telephone / Cell Phone
Telephones and cell phones also commonly contain germs transferred from the face and/or mouth. Make sure to wipe the phone down with an antibacterial wipe on the outside of the phone in order to eliminate this pesky source of uncleanliness.

If you have witnessed any of the following signs of uncleanliness, it may time to contact a nursing home negligence lawyer. Fill out our contact form or call the Bruner Law Firm today at (850) 243-2222. We can help.

BP oil spill still sending tar balls ashore

BP Oil Spill Claims

Researchers from Auburn University have confirmed a link between oil from the massive BP oil spill and tar found on Alabama beaches after Hurricane Isaac. Auburn University researcher Joel Hayworth said Tuesday a chemical analysis showed that tar balls collected after Isaac were associated with the type of oil spilled after the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig in 2010.

Auburn researchers collected roughly 15 pounds of tar balls after the storm. Officials around the Gulf Coast area continue to collect more. BP will hold a press conference in New Orleans to discuss its response to the news.

Texting and Driving: Teenagers

Texting and Driving Dangerous

As recently as August of this year, a Wisconsin teen was named the fastest texter in the United States. Austin Wierschke of Rhinelander, Wisconsin was able to outpace the competition in a number of tests that measured speed, accuracy, and dexterity. Technology had invaded every aspect of our society. Sparse is the place where you don’t see someone in front of their screen, intently focused on whatever app, text, or website happens to be of importance at the moment. Its not just limited to texting and driving. Any time you use your phone, tablet, or handheld device while driving, you’re diverting your attention from the roadway. Like driving under the influence of alcohol, your reactions are slowed, judgement is skewed, and responses are delayed.  In fact, if you’re text while driving, the chances of a wreck increases 23 times. On average, reading or sending a text diverts the driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds; nearly the same as distance as driving the length of a football field at 55 mph.

In 2006, a survey of almost 1,000 teenagers showed that 37% of students found texting to be “very” or “extremely” distracting. A study by the American Automobile Association found 46% of teens said they were distracted behind the wheel of a car because of texting. This is especially alarming because 40% of teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger.

There is little debate that texting and driving is dangerous. It is especially dangerous for our youngest drivers who will not be able to put down their electronic devices for just few minutes each day. If you, your spouse, or someone you love has been injured because of texting and driving, call us today. Our Fort Walton Beach Lawyer or Panama City Lawyer today. We have extensive experience in handling automobile accident lawyer and staff will work our hardest to help you obtain the justice you deserve.

Mercedes-Benz recalls over 8,000 SUVs due to Defective Floor Mats

Defectice Car Recall

Mercedes-Benz has recalled select all-season accessory floor mats sold for use in model year 2012 and 2013 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class SUVs. According to the recall notice, the floor mats in question may not properly conform to the contour of the vehicle’s floor plan. The recall affects models 8,675 ML350, ML550 and ML63. As such, the clearance between the mat and gas pedal may be constricted, thus causing the gas pedal to become stuck, which may prevent it from retracting. Not surprisingly, this could make it hard to bring the vehicle to a stop. Drivers are advised to apply the brakes cautiously to slow the vehicle. If you have been harmed in car wreck, call our Fort Walton Beach or Panama City Lawyer today at 1.800.BRUNER.1

Causes of Car Crashes

Bay County FL car wreck

Cars. There’s nothing really more American than the automobile. They’ve impacted nearly every aspect of our society. From the layout of our cities and towns, to our lives as adolescent youths, few things have escaped the influence of the automobile. Although automobiles have served to improve society in a countless number of ways, one problem that has plagued their existence since day one has been safety.

Cars will kill more young people than any other cause. Among 5-34 year olds, the Automobile is the number one cause of death. Each year, more than 2 million people will be treated in hospitals for injuries sustained from cars, trucks, or other automobiles.  The lifetime cost of crash-related deaths and injuries among drivers and passengers was $70 billion in 2005. Although the statistics are alarming, there a few simple precautions you can take improve your driving safety. (Statistics from Center for Disease Control) Note the following:Whether it is a simple fender-bender in town or a serious accident on the highway, all car accidents can result in high medical bills, property repair costs, and other expenses for those involved. Five common causes of car accidents include:

Whether it is just a fender-bender or a serious accident on the interstate, all car accidents can result in high medical bills, property repair costs, and other expenses. Seven of the most common reasons cars crash are:

  • Reckless driving
  • Speeding
  • Texting and Driving
  • Auto defects or malfunctions
  • Driving while distracted
  • Poorly maintained roads
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Injuries from a car wreck can be life changing. You don’t have to go it alone. Contact an Panama City personal injury attorney today to learn more about your rights. Call the Bruner Firm at 1.800.Bruner.1. With offices in Panama City and Fort Walton Beach Florida, we can help.

Panama City Florida

Bay County Florida

Panama City is the largest city between Tallahassee and Pensacola, Florida. It was incorporated in 1909. Panama City sits in Bay County, which was established from Washington County in 1913. Bay County gets its name from St. Andrews bay, which borders the county on the south. Before the was settled, it was a large community for Native Americans. The Spanish first made contact with the natives around 1500. At that point, the area was occupied primarily by the Chatot and Yucci tribes. Several hundred years later, the Creeks and Cherokees who had managed to avoid the trail of tears began to relocate to the area. By the mid 1800’s, an influx of caucasian settlers had forced the remaining natives into South Central Florida–into a new tribe that would eventually become the Seminoles.

The first European settlement in the area was near Beach Drive; approximately between Frankford Aveneue and Lake Caroline. At the start, the summer population hovered just over a thousand people strong. The town played a role in the Civil War as a supply port and came under attack numerous time by Federal troops; being eventually destroyed in 1863. in 1908, St. Andrews finally incorporated for the first time. It grew as a popular port for a number of years. Panama City became such an important port during the 20’s, that it ended up annexing St. Andrews, and three other small towns in 1927.

Panama city became an even more vital port during World War II and as it was used extensively for shipbuilding. Local restaurants, bars, shops, and fishing charters were frequented by many; including one of America’s biggest celebrities at the time, Clark Gable. The area had become a destination.  In the 80’s however, Panama City’s economy suffered as Panama City Beach supplanted it as the destination of choice. Panama City recognized the need for improvements and began a revitalization of St. Andrew’s in 1989.  St. Andrews went on to receive numerous grants from the State of Florida and has flourished into the beautiful area as we know it today.

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