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Nearly $5 Million Jury Verdict Against Royal Caribbean in Passenger Death

Miami, FL – Late Thursday, following a four-day trial,  a federal court jury in Miami delivered a $4.8 million verdict against Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines in the death of passenger Richard Puchalski.

A cruise to Alaska in July of 2016 is how the Puchalski family chose to enjoy the 70th birthday of its patriarch Richard. But that celebration vacation aboard RCCL’s Explorer of The Seas turned into a traumatic tragedy when Puchalski suffered a massive cardiac arrest.

Michael Haggard and Todd Michaels of The Haggard Law Firm in Coral Gables and co-counsel Phil Parrish,  argued to the jury that the massive cardiac event was the direct result of decisions made by RCCL‘s shipboard doctor, Dr. Amanda Sanders. Puchalski went to the ship’s infirmary in the midst of a serious but treatable cardiac incident.

Press Conference Discussing Legal Action Against Florida City in Police Shooting Death

    On May 30, 2018, 23 year old Juvon Simon was shot twice through the closed door of a neighbor’s apartment by Florida City Police Officer Frantz Hardy. Simon died as a result of his injuries. The Haggard Law Firm has joined with the Law Firm of Asnis, Srebnick & Kaufman to represent the Simon family. We have jointly filed, on behalf of Simon's mother, a lawsuit against the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s office and The City of Florida City. The intention of the legal filing (a pure bill of discovery) is to make sure the family has access to all evidence...

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Slicing and Dicing Defense Experts – Negligent Security

    By Michael Haggard, Managing Partner - The Haggard Law Firm  Former Special Agents for the FBI, former CIA, decorated Soldiers, medical doctors with illustrative careers.  These are the individuals who make up the field of experts.  Their resumes can be impressive and most often, they present well to a jury.  Unfortunately for you, they are experienced, well composed, and generally speaking, very cunning.  Although it seems as though you are fighting a lost battle, it is accepting this realization that will help you the most in defeating the expert. In terms of the negligent security expert, he/she will undoubtedly say it…“This crime...

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