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Medical Malpractice Cases in the News


These days, medical malpractice is becoming an all too-common occurrence. Too often we read in our newspapers or watch on our television sets, stories about doctors and nurses, who should be caring for the sick and the elderly, are being sued due to breach of duty and medical negligence. As recently as this month, a 71 year old woman by the name of Annabelle Glasgow was awarded a whopping settlement of $4.7 million dollars against Dr. Easwaran Balasubramanian. Doctors were forced to amputate poor Ms. Glasgow’s severely infected leg after an incision site from knee surgery performed by Dr. Balasubramanian had festered. Dr. Balasubramanian had ordered Ms. Glasgow released from the hospital after her surgery, despite her complaints of pain, and ignored further complaints from Ms. Glasgow when she went for her follow-up visits. The resulting amputation was devastating to Ms. Glasgow, but unfortunately, many other victims of medical malpractice do not find themselves so lucky as to undergo surgery and live to tell the tale.

There are many cases in the news of medical malpractice, and the accumulating stories often result in the unfortunate and unnecessary death of a loved one. If you find that you or a loved one has been the victim of a doctor or nurse’s breach of duty, and resulting medical practice, give our offices a call today. Here at Rue and Ziffra, we care for those who cannot care for themselves. We are in your community, and on your side, and we make it our duty to speak up and fight for victims of medical malpractice. We strive to make ourselves available to you 24/7.

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Rue & Ziffra Celebrates 40 Year Anniversary

Rue & Ziffra Law Firm Celebrates 40 Years Serving and Supporting Central Florida Communities

40 year anniversary


Port Orange, FL: The Central Florida personal injury law firm Rue & Ziffra has announced their 40thAnniversary celebration. The company takes pride in living up to its motto: “In your community and on your side.”

 Since first opening its doors in 1976 the company has been providing clients with caring and dependable legal services after an accident or when facing a stressful situation.

 As an avid motorcyclist, Attorney John Rue founded the firm dedicated to helping bikers who had been injured because of another driver’s negligence.  He later expanded his vision to helping individuals with other types of personal injuries.

 In 1991, Attorney Allan L. Ziffra joined Rue as the co-founder of Rue & Ziffra, P.A. Sharing a passion for motorcycling, Ziffra also felt compelled to help all victims with personal injury claims to make certain theyreceived full and fair compensation.  Ziffra was instrumental in expanding the law firms practice areas as well, adding the departments of workers’ compensation, medical malpractice and many more.  For a complete list of practice areas please visit:  www.RueZiffra.com.

 Following Rue’s original mission, the firm is committed to giving back to the community in a multitude of ways. For decades they have sponsored motorcycle runs throughout Volusia and Flagler Counties to raise money for various causes. In the past few years Rue & Ziffra expanded its outreach to a broad range of other community events including the introduction in 2012 of the Text Free Zone simulator that helps bring awareness to the dangers of texting and driving, supporting area high schools with various sports and academic activities, providing refreshments during Port Orange Family Days, Teen Safety Driving Schools or helping numerous other local charities and schools throughout Central Florida.

 Rue & Ziffra has dedicated a page on their website to show all the school and charity events they sponsor. Visitors will find relevant information, as well as pictures from previous activities and dates of upcoming events. During events staff members and attorneys are on hand with free giveaways or raffle prizes under the Rue & Ziffra tent and invite community members to stop by to chat and ask questions.  Visit the “RZ Cares” section of RueZiffra.com to see all community outreach events.

 “Our families live here and we are proud to be a part of such a wonderful community,” says Rue. “We continue to set goals to help more non-profit organizations right here in Volusia and Flagler Counties.”

 Some of the company’s attorneys were born and raised locally and all have lived in the area for more than 20 years.  Their children attend local schools and participate in local sports and other activities.

 When asked about their 40-year track record of success, Ziffra says, “It has been such an honor to serve this community that we call home.  Our firm will continue to help as many locals as possible.  When they need someone to fight for them they can call on us.”

 The mid-size personal injury law firm features an “On Call” after business hours attorney service for client convenience. They also send attorneys to meet directly with clients instead of investigators to expedite cases. Rue & Ziffra serves communities throughout Volusia County, including Port Orange, Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater, Ormond Beach, Palm Coast, DeLand, Deltona, Orange City, DeBary, Bunnell, Sanford and Orlando, Florida.

 The company has offices in Port Orange, DeLand and Palm Coast and can be reached at 1-800-JUSTICE.The public is also invited to visit www.RueZiffra.com to learn more about services and initiate a complimentary case review.

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Volusia Law Firm Receives Dual Presidential Awards For It’s Support Of Veterans’ Programs


Rolling Thunder Chapter 8, a local veterans’ organization, submitted the nominations and recently presented the two awards


PORT ORANGE – Rue & Ziffra, a well-known, personal-injury law firm based in Port Orange, has received two Presidential Volunteer Service Awards for its continued efforts in helping local veterans’ groups.

The honors – one of which is a platinum award and the other gold – are the second-highest civilian service awards signed by the President of the United States for volunteerism, according to John Trask, president of Rolling Thunder Chapter 8, the veterans’ organization that nominated both the firm of Rue & Ziffra and its Marketing Director Jessica Eckelbarger.

Trask said his group uses criteria such as what an individual or business does in the way of community service, how many hours they donate and the outcome for the intended organization when making its selections. He said the nominations then are examined by an agency in Washington to determine the level of the award: silver, gold and platinum, or lifetime.

Eckelbarger, who received the platinum award, is always eager and enthusiastic to help his group, Trask said. “She is just amazing. She is so energetic and always helps us out with print, radio and television ads for our motorcycle rides, galas, and other fundraising events to support our local veterans and their families.”

Trask added that every cost absorbed by Rue & Ziffra means more money goes directly to the veterans through scholarships, flag donations, food drives and education-awareness programs.

The people at Rue & Ziffra have been so generous to us these past three years that we really can’t believe it,” Trask said. “And the partners like John Rue are so supportive of Jessica and what she does. They really do walk the talk.”

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Volusia Law Firm Client Awarded $4.3 Million

in Accident Involving Texting and Driving

BUNNEL – A local personal injury law firm that has sponsored an anti-texting and driving campaign since 2012 has won a $4.3 million lawsuit for a Bunnell woman who was a passenger in a car driven by a man who was texting while driving.

Attorney Luis Gracia√, a partner in the Port Orange-based law firm of Rue & Ziffra, received the verdict Aug. 5 in a bench trial for damages before Flagler County Circuit Judge Dennis Craig.

On December 20, 2010, Cacilia Carter, 26, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her then boyfriend, Joseph Edward O’Guin, both residents of Bunnell. At the intersection of State Road 13 and U.S. Highway 1 in Flagler County, O’Guin ran a stop sign and their vehicle was struck by a tractor trailer. As a result of the impact, Ms. Carter sustained a traumatic brain injury.

“Because he may have allegedly been texting, O’Guin didn’t notice the stop sign and drove into the path of a tractor trailer,” Gracia said. “The tractor trailer hit the car on my client’s side leaving her in a coma for three weeks. She has come a long way in her recovery, but she’s still impaired and permanently and totally disabled.”

Gracia said this type of accident is all too common with drivers being distracted by cellphones and other devices.

“It’s such a tragedy that someone’s decision to text while driving has affected Cacilia’s life in such a manner,” he said.

As a show of its commitment to the anti-texting and driving campaign, Rue & Ziffra purchased a $30,000 texting and driving simulator. With the beginning of a new school year, the simulator will be offered free to area high schools to help get the message to students about the dangers of texting while driving.

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Veterans Group Shows Appreciation to Local Law Firm

for its Support of “Those Who’ve Served”

Veterans Assistance Coalition Inc.

PORT ORANGE –Two members of the Veterans Assistance Coalition Inc. of Daytona Beach visited the Port Orange office of Rue & Ziffra Tuesday 4/22 to present the company with a plaque in appreciation of the annual Rue & Ziffra Heroes Gala. Veterans Gary Benson and Jim Kreinest, treasurer and director respectively of the non-profit veterans’ organization, presented the plaque to Attorney Luis Gracia and Marketing Director Jessica Eckelbarger for the firm’s recognition of veterans throughout the year. Eckelbarger said the firm is “honored to help support veterans in any way they can.” “Veteran’s Day remembers those who have and are currently serving our country, but these annual events also are fundraisers for non-profit agencies that help provide for hungry, disabled and homeless veterans.” This year’s Heroes Gala is set for Nov. 7th. For more information, visit Heroes Gala on Facebook or the Rue & Ziffra event calendar. 


 About Rue & Ziffra: Founded by John D. Rue and Allan L. Ziffra, the personal-injury law firm of Rue & Ziffra has served the Central Florida community for more than 30 years. The firm’s commitment to its profession and its clients has earned it a reputation as one of the top personal-injury law firms in Central Florida. Known for handling everything from automobile and motorcycle accidents to medical malpractice, wrongful death, and social security and disability cases, Rue & Ziffra has recovered millions of dollars for injured clients and their families. With a staff of eight attorneys, the firm maintains offices in Port Orange, DeLand and Palm Coast.

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