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In the aftermath of an auto accident, many troubles arise: the state of your mental, physical, and emotional health, the medical and legal costs, and the conflicts at work that the accident may cause, such as your ability to competently continue to do your job on a daily basis. When the physical and emotional strain resulting from personal injury or an accident becomes too much, it can cause damage to much more than just your physical well-being.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident as the result of negligence on the part of another, give our offices a call today. At Rue & Ziffra, we are in your community, and on your side. We are here to help those who cannot help themselves. Your circumstances may seem as if they’re leading to a rough road ahead, but it doesn’t have to be faced alone.

We here at Rue & Ziffra have over 30 years of combined legal experience, and we specialize in personal injury and injuries resulting from any type of accident. We take pride in helping those who have been injured as a result of negligence on the part of another. We are here 24/7 to listen to your claims and make sure that you understand every detail of your case, so that we can work together to get you the compensation that you deserve. If someone has breached their duty of due care, and as a result, you or a loved one has been hurt, give our offices a call today.


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With the holidays behind us, it’s time to begin the new year. However, in the wake of the holidays, we too often see many cases arise involving personal injury or bodily harm. Whether from holiday excitement that got too out of hand, to the thick holiday traffic clogging up the roads and leading to injuries from auto accidents and fender benders, the end of the holidays do not always sustain the merriment and joy that the beginning of the holidays bring.

The holidays are a time that should bring together families, and the communities in which they live. But if you or your loved one has been injured in an accident, it can affect you physically, mentally, and emotionally. That’s why you need a competent lawyer who understands and knows what you’re going through, and one who will be there to walk you through every step of your case. You need a lawyer who will help you understand the details of your case, and who will see it through until you get the compensation you deserve.

At Rue & Ziffra, we are a personal injury law firm with years of experience in protecting the rights of the families in our community, because we are in your community, and on your side. If you have been injured in an accident, we are here to take your call and listen to your needs 24/7. Give our offices a call today.

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Road Rage


Many factors can come into play in the events that lead up to a nasty, if not fatal, auto accident: carelessness, distractions, failing to check your blind spots. Even when you’re focused and doing everything a good driver should, making the common mistake of assuming that the other drivers around you are paying just as much attention to the road as you are, can end up being an unfortunate mistake. Yet, there is one factor that we all sometimes hear about in the news. Though, let’s be honest, we never truly think it will ever happen to us: road rage.

Road rage is a real danger, and it does happen. In large, tourist-filled cities such as nearby Daytona and Orlando, road rage is a growing concern. During a morning and evening commute to and from work, a driver’s stress level can escalate without he or she being aware of it. Whether you have that meeting you’ve been dreading, your child was sick last night, or you had a particularly difficult fight with your spouse, all these factors can have an emotional effect on you. The stresses of your day that may lie dormant as you’re focused on work, can end up manifesting themselves in ways that you may not realize, culminating during a time when your stress level reaches a climax: when you’re behind the wheel.

More often than not, altercations between drivers have nothing to do with personal vendettas against one another, but rather, personal stress often often lies at the heart of the quarrel. This is why we see so many “crimes of passion” in the news, where adults who had no prior knowledge of one another, have been injured or even killed for seemingly senseless reasons. Acknowledging your emotional state and recognizing its cause is the first step to dealing with your stress in a healthy way, before you run the risk of putting others in danger. At Rue & Ziffra, we are in your community, and on your side. Together, let’s help keep our community safe.

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Nursing Home Neglect


Our loving, caring, grandmother, grandfather, or even elderly mother or father, lying on a hospital bed, alone and neglected by those in whose care she has been entrusted. It’s not a thought anyone of us wants to have. In fact, our loved ones being left to fend for themselves against negligent doctors or nurses would make anyone cringe or redden with anger. But the reality of the matter is, that neglect in nursing homes happens all too often, and what a tragic and devastating reality it is.

Whether or not a nurse or doctor puts his or her hands on a patient, nursing home neglect can have similar emotionally traumatizing effects for the patient as being physically abused. However, the harm that comes to the patient when he or she is physically abused is intentional, whereas nursing home neglect can happen without the intent of the nurse or doctor in charge. The neglect must, however, involve a breach of duty with foreseeable consequences.

At Rue and Ziffra, we care about you and your family, and that includes those loved ones who cannot care for or fend for themselves. That’s where we come in. We will defend you and your family when you are unable to do so yourself. We will be the voice for those who have lost theirs. When you need help, and you call our offices, you will talk to an actual member of our team, not a call center. When you contact Rue and Ziffra, we are here for you, and you can reach us anytime, day or night. If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home neglect, let us be your voice. Give us a call today.

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Local Law Firm Settles Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident

Driver told authorities he struck a deer

Driver who left scene in a company van told employer and authorities he had struck a deer

PORT ORANGE – Luis Gracia, a partner in the Port Orange-based law firm of Rue & Ziffra, recently won a settlement in a 2013 hit-and-run case that left a 24-year-old Oak Hill man and his girlfriend dead along State Road 44 in New Smyrna Beach. Gracia, who has been with the personal-injury firm since 1998, represented the estate of Zachary Kahle. After their car broke down on Aug. 6, 2013, Zachary Kahle and his girlfriend Savannah Jo DeJarnette were struck and killed by a plumbing van as they walked along S.R. 44 just east of Sugar Mill Drive. Authorities said the couple, thrown some 200 feet from the site of the initial impact, was left in the grass along the shoulder of the busy road. “Because the driver of the vehicle that hit Zach and Savannah fled the scene, we had to investigate the accident to determine what occurred and who caused the incident”, said Gracia. Brian Kennedy, 37, was driving a company van home from work when he hit the two and fled, according to police reports. Records show he was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death and driving with a suspended license after telling authorities and his employer that he had struck a deer on his way home. According to Gracia, the insurance company that covered Kennedy paid its policy limits of $2,000,000 dollars to resolve the entire case. “While we’re pleased with the recovery we obtained for the Kahle family, no amount of money will ever bring Zach back”, Gracia said.

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