Gladiolus Food Pantry Donations

The Berke Law Firm, P.A. will be participating in donating food to the Gladiolus Food Pantry in Fort Myers.   Please help us support this cause by donating cereal and Mac and Cheese at our office.  The office is open Monday – Friday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.  You can also donate directly to Gladiolus Food Pantry, Inc. at 10511 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33908. Service hours at the pantry are as follows:
Monday – 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Tuesday 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thank you for helping support our community!

BERKE LAW FIRM, P.A.
4423 Del Prado Blvd S.
Cape Coral, FL 33904
(239) 549-6689
www.yourinjurylawyer.com

Bottled Water Contains Plastic Particles

Out of 250 bottles tested worldwide, plastic was identified in 93%.  In a study led by researcher Sherri Mason of the State University of New York tiny plastic particles are seeping in during the packaging process of bottled water.

The link can also be accessed below:

http://system.suny.edu/system-featured-content/dr-sherri-mason/

BERKE LAW FIRM, P.A.
4423 Del Prado Blvd S.
Cape Coral, FL 33904
(239) 549-6689
www.yourinjurylawyer.com

Opioid Epidemic

In a recent Center for Disease Control and Prevention study they found opioid overdose hospital emergency room visits climbed 30% from July 2016 to September 2017.

In the same study, it was found that more than 115 deaths are attributed to opioids every day.

In 2016, more people died from drug overdoses than ever before in the United States.

Attached below is the link to the study.

https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/index.html

BERKE LAW FIRM, P.A.
4423 Del Prado Blvd S.
Cape Coral, FL 33904
(239) 549-6689
www.yourinjurylawyer.com

Chronic Pain Costs

The cost of pain in the U.S. ranges from $560 to $635 billion annually according to https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120911091100.htm

Chronic pain productivity estimates:

  • Days of work missed (ranging from $11.6 to $12.7 billion)
  • Hours of work lost (from $95.2 to $96.5 billion)
  • Lower wages (from $190.6 to $226.3 billion)
  • Incremental health care costs due to pain ($261 to $300 billion)
BERKE LAW FIRM, P.A.
4423 Del Prado Blvd S.
Cape Coral, FL 33904
(239) 549-6689
www.yourinjurylawyer.com

Drowsy Driving

Here is new information on motor vehicle accidents.

  • Drowsy driving plays a role in nearly eight times as many accidents than federal estimates suggest according to a study by the AAA Foundation  last week
  • In about 9.5% of crashes, drowsiness was a factor
  • Out of 700 crashes, drowsiness was a key factor in 10.8% of accidents that caused serious property damage.
  • The (NHTSA) reported in 2017 that driver drowsiness was involved in:

–          1.4% of all police-reported crashes

–           2% of crashes resulting in injuries

–          2.4% that resulted in death from 2011 to 2015.

  • 35% of U.S. drivers sleep less than 7 hours, which is what the AAA foundation recommends a person should sleep before driving.
  • 37,461 Deadly automobile accidents in 2016, which is higher than the last five years
BERKE LAW FIRM, P.A.
4423 Del Prado Blvd S.
Cape Coral, FL 33904
(239) 549-6689
www.yourinjurylawyer.com

Happy Martin Luther King Day Everyone!

  • President Ronald Reagan signed the King Holiday Bill into law on Nov. 2, 1983.
  • The first official holiday was observed on the third Monday of January 1986.
  • At the time, only 27 states and Washington, D.C., honored the holiday.
  • South Carolina was the last state to sign a bill recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a paid holiday in 2000.

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BERKE LAW FIRM, P.A.
4423 Del Prado Blvd S.
Cape Coral, FL 33904
(239) 549-6689
www.yourinjurylawyer.com

Motor Vehicle Statistics

Here are some statistics for motor vehicle accidents for 2015 and 2016 nationwide:

In 2016:

37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes
• Over 4,000 passenger-vehicle impaired crashes – a 5% increase from 2015, but it is less than the 8% increase from 2014 to 2015.
• Florida had 3,174 fatalities.
• Florida and California have 236 additional fatalities each, which are the largest increases in fatalities for 2016 compared to 2015 in the U.S.
• The amount of lives saved due to seatbelts is 14,668.
• Seatbelt use rate is over 90%

In 2015:
  • 2015, there were 6.3 million police-reported crashes and 2.4 million injured and bother numbers show increases over 2014 of 3% +.
  • Florida and California have 236 additional fatalities each, which are the largest increases in fatalities for 2016 compared to 2015 in the U.S.
  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death at age 10 and every age 16 through 23 in 2015.

BERKE LAW FIRM, P.A.
Bill B. Berke, Esquire
4423 Del Prado Blvd. S
Cape Coral, FL 33904
Phone: (239) 549-6689
Fax: (239) 549-3331

www.yourinjurylawyer.com