It has been nearly seven years since Amber May White was killed in a tragic parasailing accident. Amber’s death began a call for better regulation of the parasailing industry, and after several House and Senate hearings, bill revisions, and petition signatures, the parasailing law known as the White-Miskell Act – which Chalik & Chalik adamantly and actively supported – has come to pass. Beginning October 1, the White-Miskell Act goes in
Car safety seats for children play a vital role in protecting your kids when driving in the car. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) citing a 2011 study in Pediatrics, car seat use reduces the risk for death to infants by 71 percent, and for toddlers by 54 percent. Sadly though, of the children who died in a car wreck in 2011, one-third were not buckled up. In recognition of Child Passenger Safety Week, which runs fr
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a 33-page report regarding a special investigation conducted by the board concerning the safety of the parasailing industry. The NTSB conducted eight investigations across the U.S. involving parasailers who were seriously injured or killed. Four of the incidents occurred in Florida, including the accident where our client, Alexis Fairchild, and her friend Sidney Good were seriously injured
Debi Chalik, founding partner of Chalik & Chalik Law Offices, was featured in the media last month when she publicly urged Gov. Rick Scott to sign new legislation that requires parasailing operators to take safety precautions and carry insurance. She was also quoted in local news coverage about the legislation, which is designed to reduce fatalities and make parasailing safer for residents and tourists. Chalik has been a proponent of stricter
Congratulations to attorney Debi Chalik for being invited to become a member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40. The Top 40 Under 40 is an elite group of America’s top young trial attorneys. Membership is by invitation only and is given only to those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership. National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 Invitation
Earlier this year, General Motors (GM) announced it was recalling 2.6 million vehicles due to the presence of a faulty ignition switch. This specific defect could cut off the engine while driving, thereby preventing the deployment of the airbags in the event of a crash. This defect has been associated with 31 crashes and 13 deaths. Recently though, over the course of two weeks in May, GM saw media attention again when it announced that it was rec
People bicycle for many different reasons. Some do it for exercise, to save money on gas, or for sport and recreational purposes. But bicycling can be a dangerous source of transportation on Florida roads. Even streets with designated bike paths might not always provide the greatest protection from cars and put cyclists at risk for bicycle accidents. But there are places in Florida where bicyclists can avoid sharing the road with other vehicles.
On May 1, 2014 the Florida legislature voted in favor of SB 320: Commercial and Recreational Water Activities, commonly known as the White-Miskell Act. After years of legislative review and supportive action, the work of Florida Senator Maria Sachs and thousands of Floridians has paid off in bringing this bill to the Governor’s desk. Now, the final step is to have Governor Rick Scott sign the bill into law. Florida’s legislative process states th
Florida is a hotbed for private and public pool use, thanks in large part to the state’s year-round warm weather. But pools and other bodies of water also present certain dangers, and the state has the highest age-adjusted drowning rate in the nation at 0.7 per 100,000 people. Examining the statistics highlights certain hazards of which parents and all individuals should be aware. Pool Drowning Statistics in the U.S. Nationwide, drowning i
As a husband and wife legal team, we truly know the importance of personal relationships, building trust, and how working closely with clients is the single best way to achieve optimum outcomes. We work as a team with you from the initial consultation to the end, and our personal approach to the law means that you will never have to work with an associate or unfamiliar lawyer during your case.
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We understand that traveling may be challenging. Either Jason, Debi or Charles Chalik will personally travel to your location. The consultation is still free. Call us at 954-903-4199 or Toll-Free 855-529-0269