Attorney Derrick Gregory Isaac Joins Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz
The law firm of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A. announces the addition to their staff of Attorney Derrick Gregory Isaac who will focus his practice on General Law, Civil Litigation, and Personal Injury Law.
Mr. Isaac, a member of the Florida Bar, graduated from Florida State University College of Law where he received his Juris Doctor degree. He is a member of the U.S. District Court,
Middle District of Florida, and Florida Middle District Bankruptcy Court.
Mr. Isaac is presently the Chair of the City of Fort Myers Planning Board, is a member of the Lee County Bar Association, and has previously worked as a Staff
Attorney for 6 years with Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc.
Attorney Richard L. Purtz Recertified in Civil Trial Law by Florida Bar
The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization & Education has recertified Richard L. Purtz of the Southwest Florida law offices of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A. as a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. Purtz was first certified in 1996 and has successfully been recertified every 5 years by continuing to meet Florida Bar standards which require heightened experience and advanced skills as a trial attorney.
Florida Bar Board Certification is a voluntary designation program for Florida attorneys. Initial certification is valid for a period of five years. To remain certified, an attorney must apply for recertification
every five years and meet substantial involvement, peer review and continuing legal education requirements for the specialty area. Board certification identifies Purtz as a lawyer with special knowledge, skills and proficiency, as well as distinguishes him as a specialist and expert in his practice area.
J. Jeffrey Rice Selected for Inclusion in the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
J. Jeffrey Rice, managing partner of Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A., has been selected by his peers to be included in the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers© in America, published by Woodward/White for his work in the practice area of Commercial Litigation. Rice has received this distinction for seven years, and is recognized as one of the top attorneys in his field.
Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprised of more than 5 million confidential evaluations by top attorneys. Because no fee or purchase is required, being listed in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.
- Motor vehicle accident with shoulder and elbow arthroscopic surgery— $210K Settlement
- Motor vehicle acccident with sternum fracture—$225K Settlement
- Motor vehicle accident with arthroscopic knee surgery—$218 Settlement
- Motor vehicle accident with exacerbation of pre-existing low-back problem requiring low-back fusion—$200K
- Two motor vehicle accidents with soft tissue neck and back injuries overlapping from both accidents—$185K
- Slip and fall with broken nose—$175K Settlement
- Motor vehicle accident with cervical discetomy—$350K Settlement
- Motor vehicle accident requiring ankle surgery—$300K Settlement
* All results are different and case specific
Alcohol Impaired Driving
The holidays are officially upon us. The Thanksgiving turkey has been roasted and Christmas decorations are hanging. This is the time of year when family and friends come together to share goodwill. With people off work and college students home, the volume of traffic on the roads increases significantly during the holidays. With an increase in family gatherings and holiday parties, undeniably the consumption of alcohol will also increase.
Consuming alcohol prior to driving drastically increases the risk of motor vehicle accidents. Motor vehicle skills become impaired when alcohol is consumed. The skills that require safe driving such as concentration, coordination, reaction time, visual acuteness, and judgment become faulty after the consumption of alcohol. Statistically, Florida has the third highest rate of alcohol impaired driving fatalities in the United States (right behind Texas and California).
All 50 states have laws that prohibit driving under the influence of alcohol. Drivers are considered impaired by alcohol when their BAC (blood alcohol concentration) is .08 or higher. The more alcohol consumed, the higher the BAC, the more likely a person is to be involved in an accident. Driving alcohol-impaired comes at a price. Lives are forever changed through serious injuries and fatalities. In 2014, there were almost 10,000 deaths involving an alcohol- impaired driver—this was 31% of the total traffic fatalities for the year. According to the NHTSA, an average of one person dies in an alcohol-impaired driving accident every 53 minutes and costs the U.S. over $44 billion.
In addition to injury and death, there are also legal consequences to drinking and driving and these legal consequences are punishable by law. DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated) is one of the most widespread criminal offenses in the United States. Once convicted of either a DUI or DWI, an individual’s punishment will depend on state law.
In Florida, a first time offender may be punished with the following: 6-9 months in jail
$500 – $2,000 fines and penalties 180 days – 1 year license suspension Interlock ignition device
These punishments increase for each subsequent offense. And once a person has fulfilled their legal consequences and paid the fines—the effects continue for years. The criminal conviction will stay on your record forever (with very few exceptions). The decision not to drive will not only save you time, money, and aggravation, but more importantly, may save someone’s life or your own. If you have been drinking, DON’T DRIVE!
Common Holiday Accidents
Clark Griswald, a character played by Chevy Chase, epitomized the idea of holiday accidents. The 1989 slapstick comedy was based on Griswald trying to engineer a picture-perfect Christmas for his family. This comedy was a compilation of the misadventures of the entire family. Falling off ladders, high speed downhill sledding, electrocution, house fires and high speed projectiles were just a few of the mishaps that helped to propel this movie to fame. Interestingly enough, no one was seriously injured in the movie.
That’s what happens in movies… In real life, these ‘accidents’ are not funny. People often suffer serious injuries and even death when these accidents occur outside the realm of Hollywood.
While we all get wrapped up in our own seasonal activities, it’s important to know what dangers surround us this time of the year. Being extra cautious in going about certain activities could possibly save you from serious injuries and ruining your holiday.
Here are just a few holiday dangers to be aware of: food-borne illness, falling while putting up decorations, tripping over extension cords, candle and tree fires, scalding accidents, and injuries to back, neck and shoulders due to carrying luggage. These are some of the most common accidents that occur during the holiday season that leave people injured and sitting in an emergency room. All of these injuries can be easily avoided with just a little forethought and a lot of caution.
For the tenth consecutive year, Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A. offices throughout Southwest Florida served as collection points for the U. S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation, which distributes toys to less fortunate children in the community.
The attorneys at GBCR&P participated in the Lee County School district’s Constitution Week by visiting 4 different high schools and middle schools during the week of September 12th-16th.
The purpose of “Constitution Week” is to honor and celebrate the privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship and help students understand and learn about the supreme law of our land.