Power Tools Accidents, Electrocutions, and Injuries

Dangerous Power Tool

Every day someone is hospitalized due to an injury caused by some sort of tool. Weather it be something as simple as a hammer and nails to a skill saw, high-powered and high performing tools have led to some fairly catastrophic and debilitating injuries. When the manufactures of various tools design, construct, and market such devices, they are held to a very high standard of care. A lawyer can help you determining if a manufacturer breached their duty to make a product reasonably safe.

How common are hand and power tool injuries?
The number of injuries that power tools cause each yeah is really quite alarming. Consider the following:

Power tool injuries account for roughly 400,000 annual emergency room visits. Among the dangerous tools are:

  • Power Nailers: 37,000 Emergency Room Trips per year
  • Chain Saws: 36,000 Emergency Room Trips per year
  • Table Saws: 29,000 Emergency Room Trips per year

Electrical appliances and hazards also pose a substantial risk for injuries that happen on the job. 6% of all workplace fatalities (places employing 11+ people) are the result of electrocutions. All it take is one-tenth of an amp of electricity passing through the body for two seconds to kill.

If you or someone you love has been harmed on the job while using a machine, power tool, or some sort of electrical device, you may need legal help. At the Bruner Firm we have dealt extensively with workplace injuries and other personal injuries in the past. Our Panama City Lawyer / Fort Walton Beach Lawyer is ready to help you obtain the compensation you may need and deserve. Medical bills can sink a family. Call us today at (850) 243-2222 or fill out our contact form.

If you find yourself saying, “I need a lawyer in Fort Walton Beach” call us today. We can help.


“The Most Dangerous Power Tools,” Forbes.com, December 2009.
MEM Safety Materials, 2009.

Fort Walton Beach Lawyer

Okaloosa County Lawsuit

Fort Walton Beach LawyerVince Bruner has been practicing law in the Fort Walton Beach area for over 30 years. He built his office on Eglin Pkwy in 1985 where it remains to this day. A Choctawhatchee High School graduate, Vince Bruner knows Northwest Florida and is actively involved in the local community. The Fort Walton Beach Law Office sits on Eglin Pkwy across from “the Block.” Gold’s Gym is just down the road. If you are in Okaloosa county and need to see a lawyer regarding a personal injury case, please feel free to come by any weekday. Our Fort Walton Beach Lawyer is ready to help you and his office is conveniently located and there is always plenty of parking.

If you are closer to Panama City or Bay County, don’t forget about our Panama City Lawyer Office. Its located on US Highway 98 near the entrance to St. Andrews, (Approximately three miles from the Hathaway Bridge.)

Come see us or Call us today at (850) 243-2222.

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Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death Funeral

Wrongful death generally means a lawsuit that filed when wrongful conduct results in the death of another person. Like personal injury, this area of tort law can involve every area of tort practice – from boat wrecks or traumatic brain injuries to dangerous products on the market – but your first step should be to consult with an experienced wrongful death attorney. One of our Panama City wrongful death lawyers will help determine, first, who is the personal representative allowed to sue on behalf of the estate of a deceased person against the person or company responsible for the victim’s death. Next, our firm will evaluate the nature and wrongfulness of the conduct. After looking at the various expectations and damages that one may have suffered, depending upon their relationship to the victim, we will then begin to explore every avenue possible to obtain justice for the survivors.

If someone you love has died because of the wrongful conduct of another, contact the Bruner Law Firm today at (850) 243-2222. We have offices in Panama City and Fort Walton Beach and serve all of Northwest Florida. We are available to meet with you in any of the surrounding communities as well.

Dog Bites

Dog Bite Injury

If you have been bitten by a dog and suffered injuries, you are not alone; each year, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), more than 368,000 people went to the emergency room for dog bite-related injuries. A dog bite can cause very serious injuries. Scaring,

Laws controlling liability in dog bite cases vary amongst the states and they often depend on the circumstances surrounding the attack. In most states, strict liability laws apply. This means that the animal’s owner is held completely liable for all damages. Knowledge of a dog’s propensity for violence is of no importance.

In other states, an owner may be liable to a lesser degree if the animal had shown no previous propensity to attack or if the dog was playful. The law can also be complex regarding the victim’s role in the attack (i.e. if the victim was on the property illegally, or there was a “Beware of Dog Sign”). Given the unique and “case-by-case” nature of dog bite law, it is crucial to hire an attorney as soon as possible.

To speak with a skilled Destin, Fort Walton Beach, and Panama City dog bite lawyer, contact the Bruner Firm today. Our law firm has the experience necessary to get you a great outcome. Call us today at 8502434227 in Fort Walton Beach or 8507699292 in Panama City.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

TBI MRI Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injuries, or “TBI’s”, occur nearly once every 23 seconds. TBIs can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and brain tissue. The symptoms of brain injury can be very wide-ranging. TBIs often times result in confusion, personality changes, disability, difficulty thinking, planning, and remembering. When someone experiences a traumatic brain injury it is rare they ever fully recover or live the life they once had. The Florida brain injury attorney at the Bruner Firm have experience with many types of head injury cases. When we represent someone suffering from a severe brain injury, we examine all the sources of fault for the action that caused your injury and analyze all possible sources of compensation.

If you or someone you love has experienced a traumatic brain injury, contact the Bruner Firm today. We are available by phone at 1.800.BRUNER.1 or by filling out our online form. Our Fort Walton Beach Attorney and Panama City Lawyer can help. Don’t wait another day. We have offices conveniently located at:

3201 W. Highway 98
Panama City, FL 32401


110 Eglin Pkwy SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Come see us today!

Social Security Statements: Moving into the 21st Century


Until last year, the Social Security Administration sent taxpayers an annual statement showing a complete record of their taxable earnings as well as estimated retirement, disability and survivor benefits based on those earnings. Now, the SSA has made the records available online in a cost-cutting method likely to save the program money.

Once you’ve created an account, you can login and access the following:

  • Estimate the retirement, disability, and survivor benefits available to you
  • Estimate benefits your family would get when you receive Social Security or die
  • See your lifetime earning to date
  • See the estimated Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid over your life
  • Find information about qualifying and signing up for Medicare
  • Apply online for SSI and SSDI
  • Access a printer-friendly version of your Social Security Statement

To create your My Social Security account, go to ssa.gov/myaccount/ and follow the directions. You must have a valid email address, Social Security number, U.S. mailing address, and be an adult.

How to apply for Social Security Disability

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income Disability are the two biggest Federal programs providing assistance to those that have been determined to be disabled. Social Security Disability Insurance pays out to people that have been determined to be insured. Meaning, they must have worked long enough and paid social security taxes. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) pays benefits base on financial need. In order to qualify for either, you must meet the Social Security definition of disabled. If you think you may eligible for benefits, try using the Social Security Administration’s Disability screening tool at: https://ssabest.benefits.gov/

In order to apply, you can fill out an application online (https://www.ssa.gov/applyfordisability/), at your local social security office, or by calling: 1-800-772-1213


In any event, you may be denied benefits. If you need help appealing a denial of social security disability benefits, contact the Bruner Firm today at 1.800.BRUNER.1 or fill out our online form. We serve nearly all of the Florida Panhandle and are prepared to fight your case today.

Isaac: Hopefully not another Opal

Well it appears out worst fear here on the Gulf Coast is being reckoned. As Tropical Storm Isaac begins making its way towards the Florida Coast, the state has already started showing signs of panic. Although Isaac is not yet a hurricane, there is no question it has the potential to do exactly what our worst nightmare, Hurricane Opal, did back in 1995. It may be hard for most Americans to remembers this mid 90’s catastrophe, but the resident of Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, and Panama City remember it all too well.

Opal entered the Gulf of Mexico as a category 1 hurricane. However, almost overnight, the beast transformed into a Category 4 worst nightmare situation. The hurricane somehow managed to gather energy from some unseen reserves. Wind speeds hurdled up to 150mph. The Florida Panhandle was in a total panic. Everyone tried to evacuate last minute. I remember sitting in traffic like it was yesterday; it was like a scene from a movie. Although it only made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane, it turned out to be the 4th most damaging hurricane in US history (it eventually ended up costing $3 Billion and killing 4 people.)

As Isaac enters our area of the planet, there are a few simple precautions that all fellow Floridians, (and especially those in Pensacola, Fort Walton, Destin, and Panama City) should take in order to prevent injuries to person or property:

  1. Plan an evacuation route
  2. Have disaster supplies on hand in the even of a storm
  3. Make arrangements for pets
  4. Get your boat secured
  5. Protect valuable property like Birth Certificates, Jewelry, Vehicles Titles, Passports, etc.
  6. Make sure your whole family is informed and know how to respond to a hurricane.
  7. Teach children how to call 911. Explain the importance of the service.
  8. Protect windows; Make sure to stay clear of them if you are unable to evacuate
  9. Develop an emergency communication plan; Get cell phone chargers and battery packs all juiced up in the event of a power outing
  10. Take photos of your house and property; this will make it easier for you or an attorney to prove your losses to an insurance company

Here at the Bruner Firm, we hope everyone will remain safe throughout any storm that may eventually make landfall in Florida. If for some reason you or a loved one are injured due to the negligent acts of another, always feel free to contact our staff. The consultation is free and you will speak with an attorney. We are conveniently located in Panama City and Fort Walton Beach Florida.

Our phone number is 850-243-4227 (Fort Walton Beach) or 850-769-9292 (Panama City).

We are also Toll Free at: 1-800-278-6371 (1-800-Bruner-1)

UPDATE: This video of Opal illustrates just what these storms are capable of.

Nursing Home Negligence

Nursing Home Neglect Victim

Florida Nursing Home Abuse Attorney

It is a sad truth that each year thousands of elderly Americans are abused and harmed while under the care of another. Although Nursing homes and assisted-living providers do many great things for elderly Americans, it is an unfortunate consequence that still thousands will experience injuries due to the neglect or mistreatment of those we trust with the lives of the people we love.


If you have evidence of abuse and wish to take action against the parties who have harmed your elderly relative, the Bruner Law Firm is here to help. Our experienced Panama City and Fort Walton Beach personal injury lawyers can help you fight back on behalf of a loved one. To learn more about the rights of nursing home patients, their families, and relatives, call our Panama City Office or Fort Walton Beach Office at 1.BRUNER.1.


If you have a suspicion that a loved one is being abused or mistreated by nursing home staff, you may want to speak with an elder care professional. Even if your fears are unfounded, an investigation can bring you peace of mind – while reminding medical staff that someone is looking after your relative. To report suspected abuse to Florida Department of Children and Families’ Adult Protective Services, you can contact them at 1-800-962-2873.


How to tell if a loved one is being abused?

While abuse can sometimes be very obvious, it can also be subtle and hard to detect. This is especially true in nursing homes, where patients’ relatives may not be able to see regularly. You may want to discuss your options with our Panama City and Fort Walton Beach nursing home negligence lawyer if you have noticed red flag warning signs such as:

  • Unnecessary restraints
  • Overmedication
  • Cuts
  • Bruising
  • Uncooperative staff members
  • Staff members unwilling to answer questions or let you see certain areas of the facility
  • Unexplainable deterioration in health
  • Signs of trauma: regressive behavior, sudden aggression, social withdrawal, sudden changes in mood or personality
  • Other unexplainable injuries

If any case of abuse has occurred, you and your loved one deserve compensation in order to get them the care they deserve. Call us today at 1.800.BRUNER.1.


Back to School: Opening the doors for Child Injuries

Swingset injury

Often times some of the most harmful accidents that a child may encounter occur in the schoolyard. Although they’ve just made it through summer, the start of a new school year always creates new perils for the most curious of members of our population.

School, daycare, and after school activities injuries frequently occur on the playground, but can come from other sources:

  • Playground accidents
  • Dangerous Conditions
  • Unsafe Equipment
  • School bus accidents
  • Pedestrian and crosswalk accidents
  • Field trip Accidents
  • Youth sports injuries
  • Daycare accidents
  • Poorly maintained premises
  • Bullying
  • Assault
  • Inadequate supervision
  • Use of unsafe child and baby products
  • Illegal activity on the behalf of another

Children have the right to a safe childhood. As parents, caretakers, and responsible citizens, it is our duty to make sure we provide for a safe environment and upbringing for America’s future. The negligence, abuse, and illegal actions of others often times make our goals for less attainable. When preventable injuries harm our kids, it is only right for us to seek justice. Call our Northwest Florida Law Firm today. If you are in Panama City, Defuniak, Crestview, Fort Walton Beach, Santa Rosa, Destin, or anywhere nearby, we can help. Call us now at 1.800.BRUNER.1.

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