Rolling NICU Library Project

Simon Reed & Salazar, P.A. was pleased to participate in this heartwarming project as part of its community outreach.

Throughout the holiday season, SRS in conjunction with employees from all three offices, donated over 120 books and a cart to establish a rolling library for the Tampa General Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

This was a passion project by our Tampa office. Attorney, Anita Bitter, knows well what loving care a NICU provides to premature babies and their families, having been in the NICU with her youngest child. “The newborns can’t do much, but they love to hear their parents’ voices. Reading books to their babies also gives parents something to do in order to feel like they’re comforting their child and helping their development, which eases some of the anxiety surrounding the NICU stay.”

Legal Assistant, Kelly White, has a special connection to the TGH NICU where her daughter is a nurse. Just this year, Kelly has made approximately 25 fleece tie blankets for those special moments in the NICU when parents get to hold their little ones. She brought another batch with her for delivery of the library.

Partner, Greg Reed, was on-hand for delivery of the library as well. “What a wonderful thing to be a part of,” said Greg. “A great experience!”

Defense Verdict!

Last month our firm obtained another complete defense verdict in a premises liability case, again successfully defending a big box retailer against the claims of a Plaintiff. This time the venue was Broward County state court. The case involved the claims of a young child’s mother, brought on her own behalf and on behalf of her six year old son (2 and a 1/2 at the time of the accident), that her child had sustained significant, permanent injuries from scarring caused by contact with an “unmanned” pallet jack. Plaintiffs asked the jury to award over $560,000. Following the four day trial, the jury deliberated for around an hour and a half and returned a verdict for our client, finding that there was no negligence which was a legal cause of Plaintiffs’ claimed loss, injury or damage. Congrats again to our trial team for a difficult job done well. The trial team was led by firm partners Greg Reed and Julian Smothers. We are also thankful to another South Florida jury for their time and service to our system of justice and for rendering a just and fair verdict.

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