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Florida radio host interviews Attorney Matthew Shaffer; reflects on Deepwater Horizon disaster

November 15th, 2016 by EmilyB

  Radio talk show host -Rick Outzen-  is known in Pensacola for his extensive coverage of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the victims and families who were affected by it, including SMSH client- Blair Manuel. After catching sight of SMSH’s news release on the Deepwater Horizon movie and the remembrance of client Blair Manuel and his family, it


Halloween 2016 brings on some new scares; Clowns added as safety concern

October 27th, 2016 by EmilyB

Halloween falls on a Monday this year, which means a long weekend of parties, festivals, haunted houses and parades preceding it. Halloween is considered one of the most fun-filled, celebratory holidays of the year, but it’s also one of the most dangerous. According to a study by the NSC (National Safety Council), 6,300 pedestrian deaths


When To Call A Personal Injury Lawyer Infographic

October 26th, 2016 by EmilyB

No matter how safe you are behind the wheel, sometimes car accidents are simply unavoidable. In fact, there were over 6 million auto collisions in the U.S. alone in 2014. Of those, over 2 million people suffered personal injuries. Unfortunately, most of these accidents were the result of distracted driving as well as drivers under

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It Can Wait: The Dangers of Distracted Drivers

October 19th, 2016 by EmilyB

When you are behind the wheel of a vehicle, every action you take has potential consequences that could lead to a serious car accident and personal injuries if you become distracted. If you cause injuries to another driver because you were distracted, you could find yourself being sued by their car accident injury lawyer. You


Testimonial Tuesday: “I really got all of my questions and needs met.”- Kara Mosely

October 18th, 2016 by EmilyB

SMSH client, Kara Mosely, was rear-ended by a commercial vehicle back in January of 2015. The accident left her with severe back injuries that would ultimately require continuous medical attention. As medical expenses started to pile up, Kara sought out legal representation and was referred to attorney Jonathan Harris. Mr. Harris proved negligence on behalf


Uber and Lyft Accidents: Are you Covered?

October 10th, 2016 by EmilyB

    Rideshare services, such as Uber and Lyft,  have taken the modern world by storm within the past few years. Quick, easy and convenient- a ride to the destination of your choice is available at the touch of an app on your smartphone. It’s become especially popular for party-goers and bar hoppers who use

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What Is Personal Injury Law?

October 5th, 2016 by EmilyB

Personal injury law is part of the civil legal system. Unlike criminal law, the civil legal system is where one party files a suit against another party, often due to some form of negligence which resulted in injury to the plaintiff. The “offences” committed by the defendant in civil suits are defined under tort law.

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SMSH Legal remembers Deepwater Horizon client in wake of movie release

September 30th, 2016 by EmilyB

Deepwater Horizon was released nationwide today in theaters, more than six years after the explosion claimed the lives of 11 crew members and left an estimated 3.19 million barrels of oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico.  The movie is expected to chronicle the events that led up to and during the catastrophe in what


Testimonial Tuesday: Keith Mitchell reviews his experience with Attorney Jonathan Harris

September 27th, 2016 by EmilyB

“He referred me to Jonathan Harris…right from the beginning, I knew this was the right guy for me.”- Keith Mitchell When Keith Mitchell was hit by an 18-wheeler in September 2014, he wasn’t sure of who to turn to. After suffering substantial injuries all over his body, his medical bills started to pile up and

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Blue Bell Ice Cream Recalled. Again.

September 22nd, 2016 by EmilyB

But not all of it. This time it’s only two flavors that the beloved Texas-based manufacturer is halting distribution on. Blue Bell announced recalls on Wednesday of products containing chocolate chip cookie dough after learning a batch of edible cookie dough from its third party-supplier, Aspen Hills, may be contaminated with listeria. No illnesses have