What I Need

Wednesday is the day YOU get to “Ask an Attorney.”  Just leave your question in the comments below, and if your question is selected, it will be answered on an upcoming Wednesday by one of our attorneys at Dean Burnetti Law.


Michael L. from Plant City asks, “I’ve just moved here from Minnesota.  What insurance is required for me to drive in Florida?”

Hi, Michael.  That’s a good question, as insurance requirements do vary from state to state.  To register a vehicle in the State of Florida, the minimum insurance coverage needed includes $10,000 in PIP (or Personal Injury Protection) coverage, which insures you if you are injured in an accident (regardless of who is at fault), as well as $10,000 in PDL (or Property Damage Liability), which covers damage to the other driver’s vehicle if you are involved in an accident and are at fault.

 ~Dean Burnetti

[If you have a question for one of our attorneys, please write it in the comments below, and be sure to check back soon for a response.]

 (The information contained herein is for informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice.) 

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Chicken, Green Beans, and Cream Cheese

It’s “Tuesday Newsday,” the day when Dean Burnetti Law brings you news of recalls, legal or political events, or other important happenings…


Chicken, Green Beans, and Cream Cheese all sound delicious, don’t they?  But not when they carry the possibility of contamination…

Earlier this week, Panera Bread announced it was recalling packets of cream cheese after some were found to contain listeria.

Although no illnesses have been reported, the company issued the recall as a precaution. Five types of their cream cheese — Plain, Reduced-Fat Plain, Reduced-Fat Chive & Onion, Reduced-Fat Honey Walnut, and Reduced-Fat Wild Blueberry are bring pulled from Panera Breads throughout the U.S.

Panera’s president and CEO, Blaine Hurst stated that, “Only one variety of 2-oz cream cheese from a single day yielded the positive result. Our intent is to go above and beyond for our guests. You should expect nothing less from Panera.”

The National Frozen Foods Corp. is voluntarily recalling several brands of not-ready-to-eat, individually quick frozen green beans and mixed vegetables because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria.

The recall comes two days after foodservice supplier US Foods and the U.S. Department of Defense Commissary Agency reported the frozen food company had recalled certain frozen green beans.

Several more brands of green beans are included in the recall, including Sysco brand. Sysco is the largest broadline foodservice supplier in North America. US Foods is the second largest. Together they have well more than half of the market, which includes school cafeterias, restaurants and other foodservice operations.  For a full list of which vegetables to avoid, visit the Food Safety News website.

Perdue Foods is recalling ready-to-cook chicken breast tenderloin fritters for misbranding and undeclared egg, which is a known allergen.  The chicken products were inadvertently packaged with the wrong labels.  (Federal law requires foods containing known allergens to declare them on labels.)

“The ready-to-cook chicken breast tenderloin fritters were inadvertently labeled with the Homestyle Chicken Tender Fritter label. The chicken breast tenderloin fritters contain egg whites and the Homestyle Chicken Tender Fritters do not,” according to the recall notice.

Perdue Foods produced the recalled products on Dec. 6, 2017, and shipped them to unspecified foodservice operations in Florida, Maryland, and Washington D.C. All of the recalled chicken fritters have the establishment number “P-11507” inside the USDA mark of inspection on package labels.

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Guess What?!


Dean Burnetti Law is pleased to announce that as of 2018, the firm is taking on adult Social Security Disability clients.

The firm’s founder, Dean Burnetti, said,So many of our injury clients’ lives are forever altered by the single moment when they were involved in their accident.  And various illnesses or injuries prevent other adults from reaching their full financial potential.  We are happy to be a voice for these deserving individuals with the Social Security Administration.”


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Scholarship Contest!!

Dean Burnetti Law is pleased to announce…


Dean Burnetti Law recognizes the vast expense related to higher education. While tuition for American colleges and universities continues to rise, students and their parents are often left with momentous financial adversity. To help defer some of this cost for one lucky student, the Dean Burnetti Law Charitable Foundation is proud to announce our first annual $1,000.00 college scholarship contest!

• Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited United States college or University during the 2017-2018 academic year.
• Applicant may not have won any previous contest hosted by Dean Burnetti Law during 2017.
• Applicant may not have any other scholarship or financial assistance in place.

This year’s contest will be a video contest with the theme:

Distracted Driving

• Videos must be at least 1 minute long but no longer than 3 minutes.
• Videos must be submitted in MOV or WMV format.
• Any music used must be original or you must own or you must present the copyright to use any other music in your video.
• All contestants must be able to provide signed releases for all persons appearing in their video.
• Do not use any identifying personal information in the video such as a license plate number, name tag, driver’s license, or telephone number.
• Entries may be any style such as original music video, poem or essay reading, technical, interview, narrative, documentary, fiction, live action, animation, or slideshow.
• Dean Burnetti Law is a Christian Law Firm, and while we do not require entries to be religious-based, we respectfully ask that the video entries not contain actors (or animated characters) who swear or gesture in a way that could be considered offensive.
• Entries should not contain graphic gore such as excessive blood or severed body parts.
• Any entries containing any language or imaging considered vulgar or offensive by the viewer will be immediately disqualified, and the applicant submitting such entry will be banned from entering any future contest hosted by Dean Burnetti Law.
• Applicants may submit up to 3 entries per contest using separate emails.

Distracted Driving Fatalities

Applicants should send their video as an (WMV or MOV) attachment in an email to Rachel@BurnettiLaw.com by December 15, 2017 5:00 PM EST. If the video attachment is too large to email, a DropBox link will be acceptable. “Video Scholarship Contest” should be in the subject line. In the body of the email, applicants should include the following information:

• Your name and phone number
• The name of the school you are attending
• Your course of study and expected graduation date
• A link to your Facebook profile so that we can confirm your identity and school enrollment
• Release(s) (Download Here) signed by all person(s) appearing in your video, including voice-only actors.

• Responsiveness to the topic assigned
• The quality of the message expressed in the video
• The substantive content of the video

Upon submission, all entries submitted to the Dean Burnetti Law in connection with this contest, along with all copyright, trademark and other proprietary rights associated therewith, become the property of Dean Burnetti Law.
Entry materials will not be returned to any entrant. By submitting an entry, you acknowledge that if you win the scholarship contest, Dean Burnetti Law will own all rights to publish and promote the submission.

The winning entry as well as any or all other entries may be posted on any of Dean Burnetti Law’s websites or social media pages. Entrants acknowledge that they give permission for their names and likenesses to be used in conjunction with these videos being published.

• Each entrant consents to Dean Burnetti Law’s use of their name and area of residence, as well as the use of their likeness (as in a photograph) and prize information.
• First Day to Submit Application: November 1, 2017, 12:00 AM EST
• Deadline to Submit Application: December 15, 2017, 5:00 PM EST
• Send completed materials to: Rachel@BurnettiLaw.com
• Contest winner will be notified via telephone call or email on December 29, 2017. No other applicants will be personally notified.
• There are no fees associated with applying for the scholarship. The winner of the scholarship may be required to send a photo that may be posted on Dean Burnetti Law’s website. PLEASE DO NOT CALL DEAN BURNETTI LAW.
• A one time, non-renewable scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00 will be made payable to the winning student.
• The scholarship check will be written from The Dean Burnetti Law Charitable Foundation’s bank account.
• Winner will be required to complete a W-9 Form before payment is issued and will be subject to local and federal income tax.

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Paper Lives

By: Rachel Carrera, Director of Marketing and Community Relations

The delicate flowers adhered to the wall
Seem to wilt as the wallpaper peels;
As I watch their paper lives ebb away,
I can’t help but know how that feels.

I was handed my diagnosis after
So many tests that I couldn’t refute it,
It felt like a life sentence was passed on to me
Sealing my fate, and I couldn’t commute it.

Even as I watched vial after vial after vial
Of crimson liquid being drawn from my arm,
I held onto the hope – nay, the knowledge, belief –
That there was no cause for alarm.

But then came the day after numerous tests
The doctor told me I have lupus;
I knew my life would be forever changed,
And wondered just how I’d get through this.

With my hair falling out, the inflammation and pain,
And every ounce of my energy taken,
I couldn’t handle another thing!
I never felt more lost and Godforsaken.

“Why’d You do this to me?” I cried to the Lord,
“Haven’t I been through enough?”
“Trust me, my child,” He whispered in my ear,
“I’ll be with you when life gets more tough.”

“What do You mean when it ‘gets more tough,’” I asked;
“I’ve already seen much adversity.”
Then God told me, “Child, I’ve shown you bad times
So that you could appreciate my mercy.”

So I looked back on my life, and I thanked God right then
For all He had sacrificed to save me;
And I promised to always praise His holy name
Even when my lupus enslaved me.

Since then, I’ve remained in a state of constant flare,
Nearly each day’s brought physical pain;
But the few random good days have delivered me hope
And a promise that it won’t always rain.

So I look toward the sun and hope it shines on my face,
And I pray that the storm will soon taper;
And I reflect on the good times and forget all the bad
In this delicate life made of paper.

This poem was in response to Dean Burnetti Law’s staff poetry challenge to celebrate National Poetry Month.


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By: Rachel Carrera, Director of Marketing and Community Relations

If you were hurt on your journey
Or practicing taxidermy
And carried out on a gurney,
You need an attorney.

I’ve got your lawyer right here,
He doesn’t know fear,
He’s braver than a buccaneer
And more clever than Shakespeare.

He dresses up on Halloween
Like a sports figurine
Or a sly wolverine,
Of course I’m talking about Dean!

Dean’s definitely your guy!
He’s your biggest ally
To make your settlement multiply;
So just ask him to drop by.

Dean Burnetti’s the lawyer you want,
He never will act nonchalant,
In the courtroom, he’s a feared commandant,
From Key West all the way to Vermont.

Okay, the part about Vermont’s not really true,
But Dean Burnetti is luckier than a horseshoe.
In case you think this feels like déjà vu,
Yes, Dean Burnetti’s the attorney for you!

This poem was in response to Dean Burnetti Law’s staff poetry challenge to celebrate National Poetry Month.

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Down Home

By: C. Hodges, Case Manager

Trading my heels for boots and spurs,
I am no cowgirl, that for sure.
Back to my roots and small town dreams,
In what seems like forever since my teens.
I made my way to the top
Dreaming of the future so I never would stop
I only felt I would have a moment to stay
Realizing later I should have basked in the day
Memories are meant to be made,
Take a deep breath and enjoy each moment of every day.

This poem was in response to Dean Burnetti Law’s staff poetry challenge to celebrate National Poetry Month.

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