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Father and daughter killed while trick or treating

Recently, people in the Miami area celebrated Halloween by going to parties, dressing in costume and the ever-popular trick or treating around neighborhoods. Many families take their children trick-or-treating as a fun tradition. Drivers understand they need to be extra cautious on Halloween night, but unfortunately, a tragic fatal car crash still occurred.

A father and his 5-year-old daughter were fatally struck by a car when they were trick or treating on Halloween. The two were walking in a designated crosswalk near the 6000 block of Griffin Road in Davie where they were struck by a car. The two were declared dead at the scene, while a 2-year-old was taken to a local hospital for her injuries.

How to get a U.S. work permit

There are many people from foreign countries who are interested in working in Florida. Foreign workers have some steps to go through in order to be granted a work permit. There are many different work permits that can be issued, depending on a person's immigration status. As such, both workers and employers are interested in employment immigration issues.

A work permit is issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and is formally referred to as an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). An EAD is a card that is given to the recipient and is usually valid for one year and can be renewable.

Roofing contractor cited for fatal Florida accident

When Miami residents go to work each day, they expect to return to their families at the end of their shift. Most of the time this is the case, as workplaces understand the importance of employee safety. But, occasionally a workplace accident occurs that causes serious injuries and even death. In these situations, a wrongful death lawsuit may be appropriate.

A Florida roofing contractor has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for exposing their employees to hazards. The citation comes as the result of an employee who was performing routine residential roofing activities fell and died from his injuries. OSHA inspectors determined that the employee was not wearing fall protection devices and did not receive fall protection training. If the employee would have complied with OSHA's fall protection standards, the tragedy could have been avoided. The Florida roofing contractor is facing a fine of over $130,000, the maximum allowed by law.

Barriers caravan immigrants may face when they reach the country

News agencies in Florida and across the United States have been reporting on a caravan of immigrants that are headed to the U.S. to seek asylum. Many of these immigrants are coming to the U.S. from Honduras hoping to make a better life for themselves and their families. But, they face many obstacles when they arrive at the U.S. border.

One barrier an immigrant who is seeking asylum may face at the border is getting turned away. Many times border officials have stated that they're at processing capacity and that an immigrant will need to come back later.

Health examination for legal immigrants has changed

There are many people in the Miami area who are in the process of obtaining a green card in order to be a legal citizen of the United States. The process of obtaining a green card can be complicated, and a new policy change affects those who are applying for a green card.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated a requirement to obtain a green card. The medical and vaccination process has been changed so that those who are applying for a green card must have Form I-693 signed by a USCIS civil surgeon no later than 60 days before the application. The form will remain valid for two years. Previously, a doctor was not required to sign the exam result so close to the filing date, which resulted in problems for the applicants because by the time their benefit was adjudicated, their I-693 had expired.

Exploding toilets lead to recall

When a Miami resident uses a product, they expect it to do what it is designed to do. Consumers assume manufacturers understand how important it is to create a safe product. When there is a negligent manufacturer that produces a product that results in a consumer injury, it can be unexpected and serious.

Millions of toilets have been recalled due to the risk of explosion. The toilets contained pressure-assisted flushing systems that burst in nearly 1,500 of the toilets. Total damage has reached over $700,000, and 23 people have been injured, including one who had severe injuries that required foot surgery.

Injured by a toxic product? Contact our law firm for help

The products that we use on a daily basis are important to us. Our cars, medical devices and food are all critical needs for Miami residents. Usually, these products are safe, but occasionally, an unexpected injury occurs because of a defective product. When this happens, having an attorney to sort out what happened can be important.

It seems like we hear about another defective product almost every day. Whether it be a defective air bag, defective breast implants, toxic chemicals or car seat straps that are defective, among many thousands of others, defective products can be dangerous. Thousands of people are injured every year in the U.S. due to defective products. When a product has an unexpected defect or danger, the product is not meeting the ordinary expectations of the consumer and the manufacturer can be held liable for the injury.

There are two types of international adoption visas

Adopting a child is an exciting time for many families in Florida. Thousands of families have adopted children from other countries to create or add to their family. Part of the international adoption process is obtaining a visa for the new child and gaining child citizenship.

There are two types of international adoption visas. The IR-3 visa is a visa that is given to children who have already completed the adoption process in their native country. Another requirement for this visa is that the new parents had a chance to observe the child in their native country before the adoption. Upon entering the U.S., the child is immediately given citizenship if one of the adoptive parents is a U.S. citizen. A child under the IR-3 visa does not need to go through domestic re-adoption under federal laws, but state laws vary.

Federal judge blocks TPS status

Thousands of immigrants in the Miami area are here because of Temporary Protected Status (TPS). These immigrants come from Haiti and other Central American countries who came to the U.S. after war or natural disasters in their country. Recently, a federal judge has stopped the Trump administration from terminating the TPS status, which is part of U.S. immigration law.

The Trump administration has been trying to end TPS status for hundreds of thousands of people living in the United States for many months. Over 300,000 people who live in the U.S. came here because of a natural disaster or war that happened in their native country. Many of them have been in the U.S. for decades and have built a life for themselves and raised their family here.

Bicyclist killed by hit-and-run driver in Coconut Grove

Many people in the Miami area enjoy riding their bicycle. The Miami climate allows for year-round biking, and it is a great way to get exercise and to get to many places. Usually, bicyclists can share the road with cars safely, but sometimes, a serious accident occurs. Unfortunately, a recent accident left a Miami-area resident dead and a wrongful death situation has ensued.

A Miami Dade College professor who was biking to work was hit and killed by a driver recently. The bicyclist was riding along Douglas Road near Charles Terrace in Coconut Grove when he was hit.

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