Stevenson Klotz Monthly Calendar—May of 2016

May Day, May 1. An ancient northern hemisphere spring festival celebrated in many cultures. Dances, singing, and cake are usually part of the activities.

Cinco de Mayo, May 5. Citizens of both Mexico and the U.S. celebrate this day noting the victory of Mexican forces over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

Mother’s Day, May 8. Don’t forget to tell your mother (and mothers everywhere) how much she means to you.

World Dracula Day, May 26. Celebrate (and fear) the greatest vampire of them all, Count Dracula, and his creator, Irish author Bram Stoker.

Memorial Day, May 30. A U.S. Federal Holiday honoring those who have given their lives while serving in the armed forces.

Also Inside This Issue:

Recipe of the Month

Mimi’s Squash Casserole

This is one of Chris’ childhood favorites:


  • 3 pounds squash
  • 1 large white onion
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ tsp. of paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cook squash until tender and drain. Sear the bacon until brown, but save that grease! Sauté the sliced onions in the cooked bacon grease. Add the can of mushroom soup, bacon and carmelized onions to the squash. Mix together. Add the egg and the seasonings and mix. Sprinkle the top with bread crumbs and a pinch of paprika. Bake at 350°F for 35 minutes.

What’s Up at SKLF?

April was a great month for Stevenson Klotz. We were able to help a number of clients with personal injury claims. Auto accidents must have been prevalent in April, because we saw intake on those cases rise. We also were able to help some clients get good settlements for their injuries in existing cases. We sponsored a little league baseball team, the Tiger Sharks. They play for the Bill Bond League in Pensacola, and are having a great season! We also started our consumer law practice helping people who are victims of automobile fraud and harassed by telephone bill collectors. We hired a new paralegal, Mike, and he has been a great help. We are fully staffed to help you and your family with your legal needs. Most of our cases come from referrals. If you have a family member or friend who is injured in a car wreck or some sort of other accident, we will always be happy to screen their case for free. We are looking forward to a great summer of baseball, Gallery Nights, and helping people!

Choose the Best Car Seat for your Youngest Passengers

Here’s how to choose one that protects your most precious cargo.

Safety is your number one concern when driving with small children. The proper car seat is crucial. Here’s how to choose one that protects your most precious cargo:

  • Check the safety label. Make sure it meets or exceeds federal safety requirements for carrying children.
  • Be cautious used seats. A previously owned seat that’s more than six years old may not be safe. Look for missing parts, cracks, or other signs of wear and tear. Call the manufacturer to ask about durability and recalls.
  • Get the seat that fits your child. Infant seats are designed for children from birth to about 20-35 pounds. Some can be converted to hold a child up to about 40 pounds. Otherwise, you’ll need a front-facing safety seat capable of holding children until they reach 40 pounds, and after that a booster seat can be used until they hit about 80 pounds. Keep careful track of how big your children grow.
  • Learn the safety belt test. When your child is about 13 years old, he or she may be ready to ride with just a seat belt. Do the child’s knees bend at the edge of a regular car seat? Does the belt ride low on his or her hips? Does the shoulder belt lie on the child’s collar or shoulder? Does the child sit comfortably with seat belt and shoulder strap correctly fastened? If any of the answers to these questions are no, keep the child in a safety seat until he or she has grown sufficiently.


Person of the Month: Joe Abston

Vendor Spotlight

Each month, we like to feature people we work with, our neighbors, or people who are influential in our community. This month, we would like to feature Joe Abston.

Chris:was able to catch up with one of our favorite Palafox street food vendors for this month’s vendor spotlight, Joe Abston and his lineup of restaurants. Hopjacks has provided catering for Stevenson Klotz functions and this month we got to catch up with Joe about some recent happenings for him and his restaurants.

Chris: Joe, how has catering events evolved for the industry?

Joe: Hosting an event has evolved from the days of grabbing a store bought sandwich and veggie platter with a couple of soda or tea choices. We strive to create an extraordinary experience that enhances our clients’ vision and taste, each and every time.

Chris: You have done some great work catering our firm functions and gallery nights! Can you tell us a little about where have you been and where are your businesses going in downtown Pensacola?

Joe: Since opening Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom in 2008, we developed a family of restaurants to include The Tin Cow and Pot Roast & Pinot. Having an assortment of restaurants managed under one umbrella has made it easy to bring together all of the elements of a successful event. We also do catering for private affairs like we have done for Stevenson Klotz. We like to provide unique dishes from each of our concepts, ranging from beer marinated Angus meatballs with blue cheese crumbles to deviled eggs topped with lobster claw & pork belly, accompanied with an assortment of canned craft beers, and a great mix of red and white wines.

Chris: Tell us about your newest project?

Joe: If hot pizza with cold beer, design your own burgers and spiked milkshakes, and southern comfort food with wines from all over the world wasn’t enough – we will soon be adding our newest establishment—Taco Mez.

Chris: Sounds festive! What’s the concept?

Florida No-Fault Auto Accident Law

Florida has a law that requires owners of automobiles to carry $10,000 of insurance under the Motor Vehicle No-Fault Law. Otherwise known as Personal Injury Protection or “PIP” insurance, it covers the owner of the automobile and other insured under the policy and even family members for up to 80% of medical bills regardless of who caused the accident. In other words, if you are driving your car and are injured and another person caused the accident, your PIP insurance will cover up to 80% of your first $10,000 in medical bills. Your PIP would pay you even if you caused the accident. Hence the term “No-Fault.” This money is supposed to be paid promptly for any reasonable and necessary medical expenses. To qualify for the full amount of the policy, however, a person must seek medical treatment within 14 days and have a doctor determine that the person has an emergency medical condition. The law can be very confusing and tricky. If you are in an accident and have questions about how your medical bills will be paid, feel free to give us a call. We will be happy to answer any questions you have.

Harmful Drug Cases

There are several drug cases that we are presently reviewing. If you or a loved one has taken either of these drug classes and had an illness, or worse, please contact us for a free consultation.

Nexium or Prilosec (for heartburn or acid reflux): This class of drugs is sometimes referred to generically as a “PPI” or “proton pump inhibitor”. It is designed to reduce symptoms of excess stomach acid and treat GERD. Some patients have taken this drug and experienced renal (kidney) failure. This has led to serious injury or death in some cases.

Antibiotics in the fluoroquinolone class: These antibiotics are frequently sold as Cipro, Levaquin or Avelox. We are reviewing cases where people have taken these antibiotics and have had a rupture or aneurysm of their aorta. These drugs may seriously weaken certain tissues in your body. Certain people have had serious bleeding issues or death resulting from damage to their aortas. If you have taken these drugs and had to have a stent placed or other procedure on your aorta, please contact us for a free consultation.

Chris’ Corner

This month, I’m wrapping up our Cub Scout season and travel lacrosse for the boys. We have one last Cub Scout den family camp out coming up and it will be at Fort Pickens. Hopefully, we will get some fishing in that weekend too. We have our last lacrosse games in Louisiana and Alabama. Both boys have had great lacrosse seasons and Sam’s team is undefeated. We have been tuning up everyone’s bikes and starting to ride to dinner, beach and for fun since the weather is getting nice. Also, bring on the Frisbee golf!! At work, we are preparing for several major trials later in the year and working on finalizing the terms of the jail explosion settlement. It’s a work in progress and not completely done yet. We are outgrowing our present office space, so we are hunting for a new location, which we hope to be in by fall. It’s hard to find great space downtown, but we are going “to stay as close as we can to our present location on Palafox. We’ll keep you posted. Thanks for trusting us with your case!

Anti-lock Brakes: Use Them Properly

Here’s the right way to use the ABS when you need to stop quickly.

Anti-lock braking systems in cars are designed to improve safety, but they won’t do the job unless drivers know how to use them correctly. Here’s the right way to use the ABS when you need to stop quickly:

  • Apply steady, firm pressure. Never pump or “feather” your brakes. The ABS regulates the braking pressure so the brakes don’t lock up. If you pump or slightly release pressure on the pedal, it confuses the computer system and shuts it off.
  • Don’t let up. The grating noise you may hear is the sound of the ABS working.
  • Don’t yank the wheel. You can steer your car safely, but if you yank the wheel, you could lose control.
  • Be prepared for skids. Remember that the ABS doesn’t prevent skids. Nor does it allow for shorter stopping distances than conventional brakes.

The Real Truth from Hollywood!

The movies teach us many things. Here’s some “truth” they gladly share:

  • During all police investigations, it will be necessary to visit a strip club at least once.
  • When they are alone, all foreigners speak English to each other.
  • No investigation gets anywhere until the chief of police either suspends the detective or gives him/her 24 hours to solve the case.
  • All grocery bags contain at least one loaf of French bread.
  • The Eiffel Tower can be seen from any window in Paris.
  • A hero who can endure ferocious beating will wince in pain when a woman tries to clean his wounds.
  • Mothers cook extravagant breakfasts when their husbands and children have no time to eat.
  • A single match will light up an entire room.
  • When your enemies outnumber you, they will always attack you one at a time.
  • People always turn on the news right when a story that affects them is aired.

Business Trip? Take the Kids!

More and more working parents are taking their kids along on business trips.

When you travel for work, you don’t necessarily have to leave your children behind. More and more working parents are taking their kids along on business trips. Before you start packing, though, keep these suggestions in mind:

  • Choose the right kind of trip. A high-pressure trip where you’ll be working 18-hour days can become even more exhausting with a child or two in tow. Bring your kids to events where you’ll have the flexibility to work and also spend time with your family.
  • Bring another adult. A spouse or friend can ease the burden for both you and your children. Discuss your needs ahead of time so everyone knows what’s expected and nobody feels dumped on or ignored during the trip.
  • Choose a child-friendly hotel. Many hotels can provide information on child-related events and frequently provide babysitting services. Call around to find one that best suits your needs.

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