When Ronda Mitchell’s mother died in 2014, the West Palm Beach woman struggled with getting over the loss of her best friend. Belle Glade funeral home Taylor, Smith, and West proved to be of no help, forcing the grieving Mitchell to make many contacts over the ensuing months in pursuit of her deceased mother’s ashes. After the crematory that was said to have handled the matter reported never having received the body, Mitchell got in touch with the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato. A jury has now awarded her $3.5 million in damages thanks to the work of the firm’s attorneys, with the same advocates now moving to collect on the judgment.
$3.85 Million Settlement. A truck rolled over after making a reckless turn on a busy Fort Lauderdale street, causing severe injuries to our client. Don’t settle for less.
There is little in life more devastating than losing a child. It goes without saying that the last thing grieving parents should have to deal with is a funeral home operating with such disregard so as to lose, discard or otherwise misplace the body of a recently deceased child. Not knowing what else to do, S.F. and S.L. contacted our office in November of 2018. We immediately took over all dealings with the funeral home, identified all negligent acts and statutory violations and began working to right this wrong.
We obtained a great recovery of $300,000 for our client. We fight and win cases that other law firms can’t or won’t take on. Our client tripped and fell over exposed wires in his back yard. The company who installed the wires denied fault. Client had contacted two law firms whom both passed on this case. We filed a lawsuit and dug in and discovered the company violated its own procedures and safety protocols. We obtained a great recovery of $300,000 for our client. We fight and win cases that other law firms can’t or won’t take on.
Mr. Rivera was 33 years old and was riding his motorcycle Eastbound on Atlantic Avenue in Margate, Florida. He was in the left hand lane, traveling just under the speed limit at 40 MPH. An elderly man that was stopped in a left turn lane was facing Westbound. As Mr. Rivera approached, the elderly man made a left turn directly in front of Mr. Rivera.
Mr. Rivera attempted to avoid the accident by quickly moving his motorcycle to the right; however the car made an extremely wide turn. Mr. Rivera eventually was pinned between the motorcycle and the car, causing a near amputation of his left arm.
The trial lawyers at Wolf and Pravato, P.A., who are Ft. Lauderdale motorcycle accident attorneys, filed a lawsuit in Broward County, Florida.
While using a BBQ at his rental community it exploded. Our client was burned and luckily had a marvelous physical recovery.
The rental community denied fault, we filed suit and we were able to get our client a fantastic recovery of $500,000.
Thomas Joseph Heike lived a full life before it was cut short by a fall down a defective stairwell, where he suffered fatal traumatic injuries to his head and cervical spine. He was a father, grandfather and great grandfather, despite being just 61 years old at the time of his passing. He also spent what little free time he had volunteering at his church and participating in food drives all over South Florida. Shortly after his untimely passing, his family contacted the Law Offices of Wolf and Pravato seeking answers. Immediately, we retained an engineering expert and traveled to the scene of the tragic fall.
After exhaustive investigation and research, it became clear the tragedy which claimed the life of Thomas Heike could have been easily avoided. As we alleged and would later establish in Court as a matter of law, the stairwell which claimed Tom Heike’s life was unfit for use. What made the stairwell even more dangerous was that the defects identified by our expert would not be observable to an untrained individual. We were able to prove that the stairwell was not built to code, was not properly permitted, was lacking required safety fixtures and fell well below the statutory standards regarding habitability. Once the Court determined fault, our next step was to present this tragedy to a Broward County jury for a determination of damages. Based on the Wrongful Death Statute in Florida, the only legal survivors were Tom’s four sons, who sought compensation for the loss of parental companionship, instruction and guidance, as well as for pain and suffering related to their father’s passing.
At the close of trial, after about two (2) hours of deliberation, the jury awarded each son $500,000, and awarded the Estate of Thomas Joseph Heike $11,000 for medical and funeral expenses. Following trial, lead counsel Brett Yonon was asked what this 2 Million Dollar verdict meant: “Seeing the family’s reaction as the verdict was read aloud in Court is something I will never forget. Nothing will erase this tragedy or bring Tom Heike back, but if his family felt even a small measure of justice from this verdict, we did our job.” In addition to the very personal impact this case has had on the Heike family, our broader hope is that the substantial verdict will serve to encourage property owners across South Florida to follow all safety regulations and guidelines when building or improving any residential property.
After 18 months of more than 50 worldwide negotiations in New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia and Miami, as well as Frankfurt, Germany, the Honorable Judge Eldon E. Fallon of the U.S. Eastern District Court, New Orleans, Louisiana, announced that the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee and Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin (KPT) Defendants proposed a class action settlement that would resolve potentially thousands of Chinese drywall claims.
The proposed settlement is subject to court approval and the settlement value is estimated to be between $800 million to $1 billion, with approximately $160 million paid in attorney’s fees. The Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato, P.A. represent clients with approximately 395 homes that were affected by Chinese drywall.
Judge Eldon E. Fallon, United States District Court Judge for the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, presiding over MDL 2047 In re: Chinese-Manufactured Drywall Products Liability Litigation, advises that the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) and Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin (KPT) jointly announced a landmark global class action settlement that will help thousands of American homeowners affected by problems with KPT Chinese drywall on December 15, 2011. This settlement effectively signals an end to the ongoing litigation and class action lawsuits against KPT and certain of its affiliated companies.
The agreement creates 2 funds from which plaintiffs may recover: the Remediation Fund and the Other Loss Fund. The Remediation Fund, which is uncapped, will pay costs of the three types of relief the class members can choose from: (i) remediation by Moss & Associates, the contractor for the remediation program established by the parties in October 2010; (ii) self-remediation by a qualified contractor of the homeowner’s choosing; and (iii) a cash out option, in which the homeowner can elect to receive a cash payment.
The Other Loss Fund, which is capped, will reimburse for certain provable economic loss and provide a review process for individuals who believe they have bodily injury claims. In addition, attorneys’ fees and costs will be paid.
In August, 2015, Jane D., was on vacation in Iowa. As she was slowing to make a right hand turn, a large construction truck struck her from behind. The damage to Jane’s vehicle was extensive, resulting in the vehicle being deemed a total loss. Jane suffered severe injuries to her head, neck and back. She underwent lumbar spine surgery, a discectomy, in August of 2015.
Unfortunately, Jane had significant complications following her surgery and she began to experience progressively worsening lower back pain with left sided sciatica. A repeat lumbar MRI revealed persistent abnormalities in the spine. Jane underwent a lumbar epidural steroid injection in February 2016. Finally, in an effort to resolve her ongoing lumbar pain and nerve damage, Jane underwent a second lumbar spine decompression and laminectomy in October 2016.
Jane was employed as an emergency room technician before the accident and has not been able to return to that job as it requires lifting and other strenuous activities. Jane lives in south Florida with her dog and is eager to return to a normal life. As the litigation team at Wolf & Pravato, PA was preparing to file a law suit in Iowa for Jane’s losses and for the severe personal injuries she sustained, the defense for the construction truck agree to settle the case for a total amount of $765,000.00.
Attorney Vincent Pravato and his partner and brother, Richard Pravato, were co-lead counsel on Jane’s case. Vincent Pravato said, “Jane was once a super healthy lady who enjoyed practicing Kung Fu and a healthy life style. In the blink of an eye, her world was shattered. At times, I witnessed the devastating pain and severe nerve damage literally take her off her feet and knock the wind out of her. I am happy that today she has improved and is doing much better.”