2023 Tort Reform Enacted in Florida

The Florida Legislature recently enacted sweeping tort reform. The changes are effective immediately and impact various aspects of the civil justice system. The most salient features of this latest wave of tort reform are discussed below, along with a brief summary of anticipated effects of same.

With Sex Assault Cases on the Rise, Insurers Tighten Hospital Liability Exclusions

South Floridians may remember the case of a patient at Westchester General Hospital in Miami, who said she was sexually assaulted by a hospital worker on New Year’s Eve in 2019 while she was sedated. The worker’s trial is set to begin next week.

Florida Legislature Considers Comprehensive Tort Reform: What It Means for Insurance Claims and Litigation

The Florida Legislature is currently considering comprehensive tort reform that could have significant implications for claims and litigation in the state.

Law Firm Expands Office in Palm Beach County

A local personal injury firm is hiring more attorneys and staff and increasing the size of its Boca Raton office.

Falk Waas Sponsors 10th Annual ZooRun by West Kendall Baptist Hospital and Zoo Miami Foundation

Falk Waas recently sponsored the 10th Annual ZooRun, co-hosted by the West Kendall Baptist Hospital and the Zoo Miami Foundation. Firm attorneys, staff and their families..

Scott L. Mendlestein Named New Managing Shareholder

Scott L. Mendlestein, Esq. has been named managing shareholder. Mr. Mendlestein joined the firm in 2001, developing an expertise in claims involving medical negligence, sexual assault, premises liability, auto negligence, and trucking liability.

Florida Court Authorizes Interlocutory Appeals of Orders Granting or Denying Leave to Amend a Complaint for Punitive Damages

On January 6, 2022, the Florida Supreme Court amended Fla. R. App. P. 9.130 to authorize interlocutory appeals of orders granting or denying leave to amend a complaint to assert a claim for punitive damages.

Three Attorneys are Elevated

David J. Emas and Anthony M. Alvarez have been elevated to the position of Partner, while Paige I. Saperstein has been promoted to Shareholder.