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                                                 Zweben Law TaLk

      Do You Have A Case?                                  Trial  is  expensive.  It’s  time-consuming. And  it’s   On top of that, the minimum is pretty skimpy, when you get
                                                         emotionally draining. Most important, not every case has   right down to it. So the other party may not have enough
      By Gene R. Zweben, Esq.                            the potential to win in court. When we evaluate a case, we   coverage to repair your car or pay your hospital bills. Such
        It may be hard to                                generally ask three questions:                    people rarely have material assets sufficient to justify the
      believe,  considering  how                         Was the other party at fault?                     effort it takes to sue them personally, so in a case like
      many billboards and  TV                              The  term  of  art  is  “clear  liability.” We  ask  about   that, we would look to your own insurer for relief under
      commercials we see on the                          everything from seatbelts and cellphones, to intoxication,   uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
      subject, but only around 600                       speeding, and the status of driver licenses – on both sides.     There are other considerations, of course. But these are
      lawsuits due to automobile                         Were there physical injuries?                     the “big three.”
      accidents are tried in a typical                     The key word here is “causation,” meaning that the     To learn more about what’s involved in a personal injury
      year in the 19th Circuit Court,                    injuries are the fault of the other party. There may be   lawsuit, visit our website and look for our free guide, “10
      which covers four counties,                        existing  injuries  which  were  aggravated,  and  they  are   Steps to Justice: Anatomy of a Lawsuit.”
      including Martin.                                  considered, but our concern is with injuries caused by     Located in historic downtown Stuart, Zweben Law
        But  that’s  not  because                        this accident.                                    Group offers legal services in the areas of personal injury,
      people here are less litigious, or more forgiving. Nationwide,   Was the other party insured?        wrongful death, and family law. For more information about
      fewer than 5 percent of all personal injury cases of all types     Florida Law requires all drivers to have insurance, but   Zweben Law Group, visit or call
      go to trial, and the reasons are pretty simple.    some people still don’t, or carry only the bare minimum.   (772) 223-5454.

      United Way Funds New Programs from page 3            • Martin County School District Head Start program.   Martin Volunteers, more than 1,200 volunteers devoted nearly
                                                         This program will provide culturally sensitive, low literacy   100,000 reported hours in service to nonprofit and public
        • A challenge grant for Project LIFT Pre-Apprenticeship   materials that will engage and empower families to make   agencies, providing an estimated dollar value of $2.24 million
      Certification Program. The Pre-Apprenticeship Program in   healthy decisions.                        for their volunteer time.
      carpentry that allows teens access to a career pathway with a     United Way’s impact goes beyond financial support.     To learn  more about  United Way of Martin County
      livable wage;                                      Each year the organization helps taxpayers in low-income   and to view a full list of funded programs, visit www.
        • Helping People Succeed’s Behavioral Services program.   households keep more of their hard-earned money by
      This program will provide parenting classes, support and   providing free tax preparation services. This year, trained   About United Way Of Martin County
      outreach for special child populations, including Autism   volunteers prepared 267 tax returns for Martin County     United Way of Martin County’s mission is to lift the
      Spectrum Disorders (ASD), pre- and post-adoptive and foster   residents. This free tax preparation program brought $298,585   community and change lives together through the collective
      children, and children with behavior disorders.    back to residents and into the community through tax refunds   power of advancing the common good. Since 1972, the United
        •  Martin  County  School  District  Getting  Ready  for   while saving $70,000 in tax preparation fees.   Way has been working to create long-term social change
      Kindergarten program. This is a summer program for children     United Way’s passionate and hardworking volunteer   and provide support to Martin County residents by investing
      entering kindergarten with suspected below level literacy   network also drives meaningful impact in the community.   in programs that strive to: enhance healthy living, improve
      mastery and professional development for VPK teachers at   Through United Way of Martin County’s volunteer center,   education, and support financial stability.
      child care centers.

                                                         United Way of Martin County
                                                         President/CEO Carol G. Houwaart-
      United Way of Martin County presented two grants to   Diez and Alzheimer’s Community Care   United Way of Martin County staff and board members announced that the
      Salvation Army of Martin County. Left to right: United Way   President/CEO Mary M. Barnes  organization has invested $2,204,848 in Martin County for 2018/19.
      of Martin County President/CEO Carol G. Houwaart-Diez;
      Salvation Army Public Relations/Volunteer Coordinator Kim
      Johnson; Salvation Army Corps Officer Captain Christine
      Kim; United Way of Martin County Incoming Board Chair
      Denise Ehrich

                                                         As part of United Way of Martin County’s $2,204,848 impact, the organization announced community impact grant awards
                                                         for 47 local programs and initiatives totaling $983,042.

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