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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

VOLUSIA LAW FIRM RECEIVES DUAL PRESIDENTIAL AWARDS FOR ITS 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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Woman Sues After Police K-9 Attack

Port Orange

June Dileo had just stepped outside her house to help in the search for a neighbor’s missing 4-year-old when she was mauled by an out-of-control Port Orange police dog, according to a lawsuit she has filed against the city. Dileo’s negligence lawsuit filed this month in circuit court in Volusia County accuses the city of failing to properly train the German shepherd K9 Rex to obey commands and its handler Officer Justin White. Dileo said she was bitten at least five times by the dog, one bite a gaping cavern of torn flesh in her inner thigh. The 53-year-old Dileo said in an interview that she could feel the blood pulsing as she pressed a hand to the wound while with the other she pushed on the dog’s snout. “I could feel the tear,” she said. “I could feel the flesh tear and I could feel the blood pumping.” Port Orange Police Chief Gerald M. Monahan Jr. said this week he could not comment because of the pending litigation over what police described in reports as Dileo’s “apprehension” by the K9. But in a Port Orange police report, White wrote that Rex was about to stop when Dileo appeared to try to grab the dog and it bit her. A report from Officer Gregory Cook said White was running after Rex and yelling down at the dog. Cook said Dileo spread her arms as if she was trying to block the dog from passing her. While Monahan would not comment about the incident, he praised both Rex and his handler Officer White for other work they had done. “The dog is a decorated police canine,” Monahan said in a phone interview. “He’s been very effective. He’s done very well for the department. Both the dog and the handler are decorated in terms of the job they have done on the street.” The dog was removed from service immediately after the attack on July 18, 2013, police said. Monahan declined to say this week whether Rex had received any special or additional training after biting Dileo. However, a memo obtained from Port Orange shows that Rex underwent training afterward, although it did not appear to reference the attack. Monahan did say that Rex is back at work on the street with White. Dileo’s eyes watered and her face reddened when she learned Rex was back on the street during an interview with her attorney, Luis Gracia, at Rue & Ziffra. “I have a big concern with him being on the force again,” Dileo said. Dileo, who described herself as an animal lover, said the dog should not be returned to the street without additional training. Dileo said also that she was not trying to stop the dog when it bit her. She said she stepped outside the house to help in the search for the child. Then as she stood on her property in July she saw shadows in the darkness. Then she saw something coming at her. She said she bent down and put out her hands. But Rex didn’t stop. “Next thing I know I was on the ground,” Dileo said. “He grabbed my inner thigh. That’s how he got me.” It was not the first time Rex had disobeyed commands. On July 26, 2011, nearly two years before Rex bit Dileo, the dog escaped from White as they searched for a missing woman. Police said then that the dog broke free and possibly ran after some wildlife into the woods. Rex was found after several hours. Last summer, Port Orange police were behind Dileo’s home on the 6600 block of Nasser Lane about 8:30 p.m. on July 17, 2013, looking for the 4-year-old. Neighbors were already outside concerned about the child’s whereabouts. An officer went to Dileo’s home which she shared with her roommate to ask if they had seen the missing child. In a recording of the interaction, the officer states to them not to go outside because the dog is out there. Dileo said in the interview and told police after the incident that she does not remember the officer telling them not to go outside. She also said there were other neighbors out on the street. Officer White and Rex were checking a pond behind the house. The police dog got tangled in some loose palm fronds and debris behind Dileo’s house, according to the lawsuit. White attempted to lift the dog to untangle it but the lead came off the dog’s collar, the lawsuit states. Rex ran to the front of the house and ignored numerous commands to stop. “…Rex viciously attacked (Dileo), dropping her to the ground and repeatedly biting her,” the lawsuit states. Rex bit her at least five times, she said. The worst was a gaping 7 1/2 inch-long bite which required 35 external staples. She said the police dog had been on her for “at least 15 seconds” when she saw Officer White. “I said to him, “Could you please get him off me and that’s when he said, ‘Ma’am be still.’ And I wasn’t even moving.” She said White then took his fist and brought it down like a hammer three times on top of Rex’s head. The dog let go. She said she was grateful the officer got the dog off her. Gracia said White tried to prevent Rex from biting Dileo. “We know that the officer was doing his best to stop him,” Gracia said. “The shame is that Rex was simply not following commands.” Cities are liable for a maximum of $200,000 due to sovereign immunity laws. Dileo and Gracia have not said how much money they’re seeking in the lawsuit. Dileo’s roommate, Janice Smith, used to be a trauma nurse, and rushed over to help her. She said, though injured and rattled, Dileo told her everything would be OK. “She said ‘I think I’m bleeding to death,’ ” Smith said. “And she’s reassuring me. And she is saying, ‘I think I’m going to die.’ ” The child was found later safe and sound under a table in his house. But Dileo, Smith and Gracia wonder what would have happened if things had turned out different. “We always wonder what would have happened had the dog found the kid,” Gracia said.

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