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.
Mimi's Squash Casserole
This is one of Chris’ childhood favorites:
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.
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!
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:
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 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.
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.
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!
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:
The movies teach us many things. Here’s some “truth” they gladly share: