North Florida Facility Serves as Central Receiving Facility for both Baker Act and Marchman Act Cases – These two acts are similar but the differences are critical: Florida has two separate laws designed to help those in need of treatment and/or stabilization as a result of mental health or drug/alcohol addiction issues. They are very separate and distinct laws, but now, a new facility serving eight Northern Florida Counties, including the Tallahassee area (Leon County), known as the “Apalachee Center”, will serve as a reception center and receiving facility for both mental health patients under the Baker Act as well as continue to receive and house the only detox unit and receives all Marchman Act patients in the area. Although the new combined use for this facility joins both the Baker and Marchman Act “under one roof”, it is important to understand the differences. First of all, the Baker Act is a law that allows someone to be placed in a protective facility for up to 72 hours to stabilize a mental health issue only. The Baker act is NOT a vehicle to force someone into stabilization and/or treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction. The significant limitation of the Baker Act, unlike the Marchman Act, is that it only provides for a maximum of 72 hours of supervision in a locked facility. The Marchman Act, on the other hand, is a much more powerful law than the Baker Act because the Marchman Act provides first a period of 5 days of mandatory detoxification and/or stabilization to be followed, if recommended as being necessary, a 60-day period of court ordered treatment either in a residential facility or an outpatient setting, depending on the specific recommendations of the treating health care professional at the detox center. In addition, under the Marchman Act, it is possible to have the 60-day period of mandatory treatment extended up to an additional 90 days, if the respondent still is unable to appreciate the need for care as a result of their addiction and is still a risk to themselves or others as a result of their drug or alcohol addiction. Robert E. Gluck, a former drug court prosecutor in Miami-Dade County, now handles Marchman Act cases in all the counties covered by the Apalachee Center, to include cases in Franklin, Gadsen, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor and Wakulla Counties. In addition, Robert Gluck has handled Marchman Act cases throughout Florida and has appeared in Hillsborough County, Pasco County, Lee County, Collier County, Palm Beach County, Broward County and Dade County just to name a few. It is important to hire a Marchman Act lawyer for drug or alcohol addiction issues and to NOT confuse the Marchman Act with the Baker Act because usually, there is not much a lawyer can do to assist a family under the Baker Act. Robert Gluck and his law firm looks forward to working with the new Apalachee Center, now opened as both a Baker Act and Marchman act centralized receiving facility. Mr. Gluck can help you or your loved ones with a Marchman Act filing anywhere in the State of Florida so just send him an email at [email protected] or if an emergency, call him on his cell phone any time at (954) 895-7455. Read the full story
A veteran of the US Army went to the VA Medical Center near his home in Virginia where he was the victim of a botched surgery to repair a completely blocked carotid artery. During the procedure, the patient suffered a massive stroke and a surgery that should have lasted under an hour, lasted five hours. He spent 60 days in the hospital just to regain his speech and balance but unfortunately lost 90% of the use of his arm permanently. (video) The artery was not blocked and the surgery was unnecessary. What makes matters worse, what contributed to the stroke, his lawyers believe, was that the patient was told to stop taking aspirin a week before the surgery. Taking aspirin may have prevented the stroke. Now, because of this case, the VA now requires veterans to make sure they are taking aspirin and anti-platelet therapy medicines when undergoing the same procedure. Sometimes it takes a million-dollar settlement and a lawsuit like this to get institutions to change their policies and procedures. One case at a time, change can occur that benefits everyone. It is a shame it took a situation like this to do it, but future surgical candidates at the VA will now be that much safer. If you or a loved one believes a hospital or medical provider did smoothing wrong or failed to do something they should have, you may have a medical malpractice claim. Make sure you hire the right lawyer to review your case. Robert Gluck has been handling these cases since the early 1990s and will be happy to discuss your case with you. Just call him at 877-GluckLaw or email him at [email protected]
In May, the Code Council, building and fire code officials, and other partners will celebrate Building Safety Month. At that time, Floridians will be recognized as a national leader in the application of some of the most modern and stringent building codes in the country. Florida, always at risk for natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and heavey thunderstorms, have one of the most effective building code systems in place. Throughout the decades lawmakers have gotten tougher and tougher to ensure that Florida has the highest standards to protect residents against the perils of south Florida weather. Florida codes protect residents by offering safe construction and strong buildings and also ensure that they get the latest innovations in energy efficiency, durability and sustainability too. Many Floridians understand the difference that modern building codes have made since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, especially when buildings and homes survived the deadly, back-to-back hurricanes of 2004 and 2005. If you have any storm damage that leaves you in a quandry with your homeowners insurance company, call Robert Gluck to assist you. Mr. Gluck can be reached at 1-877-GLUCK-LAW and at www.robertgluck.com.
Tens of thousands of chickens have been destroyed at a Tennessee chicken farm due to a bird flu outbreak, and 30 other farms within a six-mile radius have been quarantined. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said over 70,000 chickens were destroyed at the facility and will not enter the food system. The H7 avian influenza can be deadly to chickens and turkeys. "Bird flu" is a phrase for a variety of influenza viruses that spread among poultry. They can be very contagious and deadly among birds, but rarely spread to humans. That said, deadly human flu pandemics have been sparked by viruses that first emerged in birds, and health officials closely track what's killing poultry. Flu can spread from birds to humans when through the air, or when people touch a bird or an infected surface and then touch their eye, nose or mouth. The Tennessee breeder supplies the food company Tyson Foods Inc. The company said that it doesn't expect its chicken business to be disrupted. Wall Street reacted to the news as Tyson shares fell three percent and other chicken companies dropped sharply as well. "We're responding aggressively, and are working with state and federal officials to contain the virus," Tyson said in a company release. The company said it tests all of its flocks for the virus before they leave the farm "out of an abundance of caution." Results are known before the birds are processed, the company said, and animals are not used if bird flu is detected. Department of Agriculture is not identifying the farm where the chickens were destroyed, saying only that it is located in the state's Lincoln County, just west of Chattanooga. The USDA said Monday that it does not yet know what type of H7 bird flu is affecting the chickens at Tennessee, but will know within 48 hours. If you are the victim of defective food products, call Robert Gluck at 1-877-GLUCK-LAW.
When deputies moved in to capture a suspect, they found that this Florida criminal came with baggage. According to the Bradenton Herald, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies saw Gonzalo Pedraza, 33, walk into his sister’s home and they approached the home to execute a felony warrant for Pedraza’s arrest. His sister claiming that Pedraza wasn’t there. With the help of a K-9, deputies were able to find Pedraza, who had zipped himself inside a piece of luggage. After the suspect refused to exit his unique hiding spot, deputies unleashed the K-9, forcing him to comply, according to an affidavit obtained by the Bradenton Herald. For information on criminal law advice, call Robert Gluck at 1-877-GLUCK-LAW and check out his website at www.robertgluck.com.com
Former NFL defensive back Will Allen was given six years in prison for his role in a Ponzi scheme, a much harsher sentence than courtroom observers expected. Brian Amaral, a reporter for Law360, said Allen got twice the average sentence for fraud. Former banker Susan Daub also got six years, according to Law360. Both pleaded guilty last year. Allen, a cornerback, played 140 NFL games with the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins from 2001-11. He was the Giants' first-round pick in 2001. Allen (not to be confused with fellow former NFL defensive back Will Allen, who played mostly for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Pittsburgh Steelers from 2004-16) was charged with fraud in 2015. In this Ponzi scheme, Allen and Daub convinced investors to fund loans to professional athletes, but the loans were bogus or oversubscribed and they used the money for personal expenses and other business ventures, Law360 said. Amaral said some in the courtroom were stunned at the sentences of six years in prison, and he reported that even the U.S. attorney's office seemed surprised. The scheme cost investors about $17 million, Law360 said. "This was a huge fraud," U.S. District Judge William Young said, according to Law360. If you are the target of a criminal investigation, or have recently been arrested, call Robert Gluck at 1-877-GLUCK-LAW for a free consultation and learn about your criminal rights. You can also see Mr. Gluck's web page at www.robertgluck.com.
There’s an important topic to include in the discussion of how to help a drug addict. It is not widely used, but is becoming more common in the mental health and substance abuse counseling and program management work. The topic is the Marchman Act. It’s saved lives. Under the Marchman Act, named after the late Rev. Hal Marchman, of Daytona Beach, a single relative or guardian, or three friends, can petition the court to order an involuntary assessment of an alcoholic or drug abuser deemed in their good faith judgment to be in danger for their life and health. The person or persons can go to the County Courthouse and fill out the paperwork. The judge will review it, and if it’s found worthy, issue an order for an involuntary assessment. If the assessment shows the person to be in need of treatment to protect their life and health, they will be adjudicated to mandatory treatment which can last up to 60 days. The act applies both to juveniles and to adults. If the person violates the judge’s court order, they can be incarcerated. Virtually all persons comply with the judge's order. For more information on Marchman Act cases call attorney Robert Gluck at 1-877-GLUCK-LAW. You can also visit him on the internet at www.robertgluck.com/marchman-act.html.
Florida is ranked among the top five states in illegal street (drag) racing of cars and motorcycles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, resulting in injuries and deaths from crashes. Capt. Keith Gaston of the Florida Highway Patrol calls it a very dangerous crime, and the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles issues many citations each year. NBC-2 reported that on August 28, an 84 year old grandmother, a passenger in her granddaughter’s car, died after an accident on Immokalee and Livingston Roads in North Naples. Witnesses to the accident say the granddaughter’s car was hit by a Honda Civic which they believed was involved in drag racing. The Honda was driven by a 37 year old male who lost control of his vehicle. Investigators are looking into the possibility that the accident was drag-racing and/or alcohol-related. A young woman in the Tampa Bay area died in May as a result of a brain injury suffered after being struck by a racing vehicle while vacationing in Jacksonville. Witnesses to the accident reported seeing a Volkswagen Beetle (VW) striking the rear of the mother’s pickup truck when the VW was racing along the road. The pickup truck rolled several times before coming to a stop. If you are the subject of a motor vehicle accident, call Naples-area attorney Robert Gluck at 1-877-GLUCK-LAW for a free, no-obligation consultation where you can learn more about your potential case. You can also learn about Mr. Gluck on his website RobertGluck.com
Earlier this month, a Florida appeals court upheld a state PIP statute that stands for the proposition that a chiropractor isn’t considered an authorized medical physician for the purposes of an emergency medical condition determination. The case noted that in February 2013, an insured of Progressive’s, Alejandro Godoy, was involved in a motor vehicle accident in Miami. He suffered bodily injuries relating to the accident and treated with Eduardo Garrido, a chiropractor. Godoy assigned his Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits to Garrido, resulting in Garrido submitting invoices to the insurer for chiropractic treatment that totaled $6075.12. Progressive paid $2500 in PIP benefits and refused to pay any more, as there was no required determination of an emergency medical condition that necessitated treatment by an authorized physician as per section 627.736 (1)(a)3 of the Florida Statutes. Garrido responded by filing a lawsuit against the carrier which sought the full $10,000 PIP benefit and disputed the fact that he was not qualified as an authorized physician, because chiropractors are not included in the list of authorized physicians under the statute. The trial court found that “a portion of Florida’s PIP statute is unconstitutional as applied to chiropractors; and (ii) determined that, in the absence of an “emergency medical condition” diagnosis, Florida’s PIP statute allows an insured to recover up to $10,000 in PIP benefits. The trial court certified the constitutional issue to the appeals court as a question of great public importance. The appeals court reversed the trial court’s findings and found that the statute’s requirements are not unconstitutional as applied to chiropractors, thus his diagnosis of Godoy was insufficient to trigger the $10,000 PIP benefits limit. For information about your personal injury case call Plantation lawyer Robert Gluck at 1-877-GLUCK-LAW and look at his web page at RobertGluck.com
In a stunning defeat for medical providers across the state of Florida, a divided Florida Supreme Court on Thursday sided with Allstate Insurance Company in a dispute about fees paid to care for victims of automobile accidents. The 4-3 ruling focused on the personal-injury protection insurance program and attempts by Allstate to pay providers under certain fee schedules from the dated Medicare program. The fee schedules involve limits on payments for services rendered. Medical providers challenged the archaic practice, arguing that insurance policies were “ambiguous” about whether Allstate would use the fee schedules to curtail reimbursements. The 4th District Court of Appeal, in a 2015 ruling that involved 32 similar and alike cases, backed the providers. But the majority of the Supreme Court overturned that prior decision last month, finding that Allstate’s policies provided “legally sufficient notice” that the insurer would use the Medicare fee schedules. The unanticipated 15-page decision, written by Justice Charles Canady and joined three other Justices, provided a detailed analysis of the policy wording and the personal-injury protection, or PIP, law. Providers are not limited by the medicare fee schedules promulgated a long time ago and Allstate must pay according to those schedules. The complete article on this subject matter can be located at http://miami.cbslocal.com/2017/01/26/supreme-court-backs-insurer-on-pip-medical-fees/. For more information on Florida personal injury litigation, please click on www.robertgluck.com/personal-injury.html. Mr. Gluck can also be reached toll free at 1-877-GLUCK-LAW.