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Feb  16,  2015
Tampa criminal attorney Kevin Hayslett 

Prominent Clearwater criminal defense attorney Kevin Hayslett, of Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett P.A., has returned to the Tampa airwaves as the on-air legal commentator for “Kevins Law,” a one-hour segment on Bubba the Love Sponge’s new morning radio show, now airing on WHFS-98.7 FM. The “Kevins Law” segment, which originally debuted in 2011, airs on alternating Thursdays at 7:30 am EST. 


In the returning segment, Hayslett takes questions from individuals in the Tampa Bay area via Twitter about criminal matters and offers commentary on the legal ramifications surrounding current news events. “So many people in the Tampa Bay area have questions about legal issues they or their family members are currently facing,” said Hayslett. “Being able to provide general guidance and direct them down the right path helps them save time and resources and hopefully leads them to a successful resolution of their situation.” Hayslett, a well-recognized Florida criminal attorney who is best known as The Attorney to the Stars, is a partner in the law firm Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett. He has provided useful legal information and commentary to hundreds of thousands of listeners during his affiliation with Bubba the Love Sponge. 

A topic Hayslett frequently addresses during “Kevins Law” is the expungement of criminal records. Hayslett is keenly aware that criminal records cause Florida residents to be blocked from jobs and schools and denied credit. He is skilled at providing a clear explanation of the steps to take to wipe one’s criminal record clean and eliminate a criminal record as a barrier to a productive life. 

For questions about expungement or other legal matters, listeners are encouraged to tweet their legal questions to @BTLSRadio or directly to Mr. Hayslett at @atty2thestars.

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Posted in Announcements|Criminal Defense|News and Media
Jan  28,  2015
By Mary Ann Bounacos

Terri F. Cromley, managing partner of the Bradenton office of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A., and attorney Jason Reid, attended the investiture of Judge Susan Maulucci on January 16, 2015.

 Terri was honored to present a gift during the ceremony on behalf of the Manatee Chapter of the Florida Association for Woman Lawyers to Judge Maulucci, a fellow member.

Congratulations to Judge Maulucci!

Posted in Announcements|Workers Compensation
Jan  27,  2015
By Mary Ann Bounacos

Jason M. Reid, a Board Certified Criminal attorney at the Bradenton office of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A., prepares for jury selection. As reported by Bay News 9, this is a jury selection for the trial of a Manatee County couple facing animal abuse charges.

Alan and Sheree Napier are facing charges after more than 300 animals at their Napier's Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary in East Bradenton were confiscated last year.

The Napiers are charged with 15 counts of aggravated animal cruelty, and Alan Napier is also charged with one count of fraud. The animal cruelty charges involve nine dogs, five horses and one cat.

About 150 potential jurors are being interviewed in the search for eight people who will sit on the jury. All are being questioned about how familiar they are with the case because of all the media attention and community concern it received.

Alan, 51, and Sheree, 45, were arrested in April 2014, two months after more than 300 dogs, cats, horses, pigs and other animals were confiscated from their property.

Judge Peter Dubensky is also asking the prospective jurors if being a pet owner is a problem for them.

"The point is to serve as a fair juror," said Dubensky, with the 12th Judicial Circuit.  "You have to be able to say to the Napiers and their lawyers, and to me, you know what? I want to hear the evidence."

The trial is expected to last eight days and wrap up by Wednesday of next week.

If convicted, the couple could face up to 85 years behind bars.


Posted in Criminal Defense
Nov  06,  2014
By Jennifer Burns

Jennifer A. Burns, of Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett explains that the rule of “comparative negligence” could limit or block the personal injury damages. An example of this is in the news concerning the amount of damages comedian Tracy Morgan is entitled to receive following his tragic accident involving a Walmart truck.

The June 7 six-car pileup on the New Jersey Turnpike that severely injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed a fellow passenger remained in the headlines, most recently due to Walmart’s claim in court papers that Morgan's injuries, sustained after a Walmart truck driver rear-ended his limousine, were allegedly "caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs' failure to properly wear an appropriate available seat belt restraint device." The case is Morgan v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., 14-cv-4388, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey (Trenton). Walmart’s defense is known in the legal world as a contributory negligence or comparative negligence defense.

In Florida, the theory of comparative negligence could impact a personal injury victim’s compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages following an automobile or trucking accident. Section 768.81 of the 2014 Florida Statutes, states that, “in a negligence action, the court shall enter judgment against each party liable on the basis of such party’s percentage of fault.” This means that if an injured driver or passenger contributed to the severity of his injuries by not wearing a seatbelt, the amount of damages he may recover may be reduced based on the percentage of fault attributed to him. For example, if a victim suffered injuries worth $100,000 in a trucking accident, but was 10% at fault during the accident, the value of his claim may be reduced to $90,000.

Jennifer A. Burns states, “comparative negligence comes into play most often when negotiating settlements with insurance companies.” Burns notes that when multiple parties are found to have contributed in some way to an automobile accident, the insurance policies of each party are subject to claims. A skilled personal injury attorney can help victims of trucking and automobile accidents evaluate the impact of their own carelessness on the value of their claim, review the relevant insurance policies to determine the best approach and options for pursuing claims, and negotiate with insurance adjusters to obtain the maximum compensation for their injuries.


Posted in Personal Injury
Oct  14,  2014
By Edward D. Carlson


Edward D. Carlson alerts Florida auto accident victims that full compensation for injuries will not be awarded if they do not comply with the strict requirements of the state’s recently amended Personal Injury Protection (PIP) law.

Sweeping changes to Florida’s PIP law, which became effective in 2013, make it more difficult for individuals injured in automobile accidents to recover medical expenses, lost wages and death benefits under their PIP auto insurance policy. PIP is “no-fault” auto insurance coverage available to people hurt in Florida car crashes regardless of who was at fault for the accident. All Florida drivers are required to carry PIP coverage in the amount of $10,000.

The recent amendments to the PIP law, intended to curtail insurance fraud, impose a number of new restrictions on individuals seeking PIP benefits for injuries received in an automobile accident, including:

1) Injured individuals must seek medical treatment within 14 days of an auto accident.

2) Medical care must be “lawfully provided, supervised, ordered or prescribed by a licensed physician, licensed osteopathic physician, licensed chiropractic physician, licensed dentist, or must be rendered in a hospital, a facility that owns or is owned by a hospital, or a licensed emergency transportation and treatment provider. Follow up services and care requires a referral from such providers and must be consistent with the underlying medical diagnosis rendered when the individual received initial services and care.”

3) To receive the full $10,000 in PIP benefits, injured individuals must have an "Emergency Medical Condition,” defined as a “medical condition manifesting itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity that the absence of immediate medical attention could reasonably be expected to result in serious jeopardy to patient health, serious impairment to bodily functions, or serious dysfunction of a body organ or part.” If an individual is not diagnosed with an emergency medical condition, he is only entitled to $2,500 in PIP benefits.

4) Massage and acupuncture services are not covered by PIP policies.

5) An insurer may require injured individuals to undergo an “Examination Under Oath” (EUO). Failure to comply with the EUO demand will make an injured person ineligible to receive compensation under PIP.

6) An insurer may also require injured individuals to undergo an independent medical examination (IME) to determine if their injuries are as severe as indicated by the initial medical examiner. Failure to comply with the IME demand will make an injured person ineligible to receive compensation under PIP.

“Because auto accident injuries are often soft tissue injuries that do not appear right away, it is common for accident victims to refuse treatment at the scene of the accident and only see a doctor when pain eventually surfaces and becomes unbearable. The amended law makes it more important than ever for car accident victims to see a physician right away to make sure they don’t lose their rights to benefits under PIP,” said accident attorney Edward D. Carlson of Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett. Attorney Carlson also recommends consulting with a personal injury attorney immediately to learn how to protect and maximize PIP benefits following a car accident.

Attorney Edward D. Carlson helps auto accident victims evaluate their recovery options and develop an effective strategy for obtaining maximum compensation. He has more than four decades of experience successfully taking on insurance companies on behalf of car accident victims.

For additional information on Florida’s amended PIP laws, consult the 2012 Florida Statutes: This information is provided for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.


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Posted in Personal Injury
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