Posts Tagged ‘Florida’


New Year’s DUI Arrests Up 18% from Last Year

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

According to public records research, there were 13 people arrested for DUI in Polk County, Florida over this New Year’s holiday.  This includes those arrested on December 31 (4 people) as well as January 1 (9 people).

This year’s arrests are up 18% from last New Year’s holiday where there were 11 DUI arrests in Polk County.


~At Matthews Law Firm, P.A., we handle DUI cases.~

(Disclaimer: This post is not intended as legal advice nor does it create an attorney-client relationship.)

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Gambling Operations-Part 5: Renaming a Town

Friday, August 19th, 2011

(This is the final post in a series of blogs related to gambling operations in Florida.)

Throughout this series of posts, we have discussed some of the gambling laws in Florida, including the legality of different types of games.  This post will be a little different, as it will focus on the stigma of gambling.

Keno, Florida

Did you know that there once was a town called Keno, Florida?  That’s right, you won’t find it on a current map, however.  And it was all because of the post office and the stigma of being known as gambling town.

Back in the 1870’s, Colonel Whetstone ran the general store in Keno, Florida.  In 1876, Whetstone applied for a post office to be located in Keno.  However, the post office denied the request because the name “Keno” means to gamble.  Mr. Whetstone then changed the town name to Leno to justify that it was a decent town. The post office was put upstairs above the general store, along with the telegraph office.

Due to the railroad bypassing Leno, the town gradually died out and became a ghost town.  The last known record from the town of Leno is from 1896.  Local residents started calling the abandoned town “Old Leno”, which over time was shortened to O’Leno.

Currently, the area originally known as Keno became O’Leno State Park in Columbia County, Florida.

For more information on O’Leno State Park, click here.

And THAT is how the stigma of being known as a gambling town forced one Florida town to change its name.

(Disclaimer: This post does not constitute legal advice nor does it create an attorney-client relationship.)

Florida Medical License–Common Patient Complaints

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

At Matthews Law Firm, P.A., we practice health law and deal with medical licensing issues in Florida.  A common question we receive from those in the field is ‘What are the most common patient complaints filed with the department?’

Typically, when a patient files a complaint with the Department of Health, the reasons include one or more of the following (note: this is NOT an exhaustive list):


  • Quality of care
  • Misdiagnosis of condition
  • Substance abuse
  • Advertising violation
  • Unlicensed practice
  • Inappropriate prescribing
  • Sexual contact with patient
  • Insurance fraud
  • Misfilled prescription
  • Excessive test or treatment
  • Failure to release patient records
  • Impairment/medical condition
  • Patient abandonment or neglect

Usually, the department will not get involved with the following types of complaints:

  • Fee disputes
  • Billing disputes
  • Personality conflicts
  • Bedside manner or rudeness

Being aware of the most common patient complaints can help a health practitioner adhere to proper standards of care and better protect his or her medical license.

(Disclaimer: This post is not intended as legal advice nor does it create an attorney-client relationship.)

Florida Medical License–Disciplinary Action in a Nutshell

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

If you practice medicine in Florida, then you know just how important your medical license is.  Your career and livelihood are attached to that medical license.

That is why doctors and physicians need to understand the regulatory process of what happens when the Department of Health receives a complaint.

The Regulatory Process in a Nutshell

Once a complaint has been lodged, the regulatory process begins.  Some parts of the process are confidential, while other parts are public record.  If a panel determines there is no probable cause to proceed, the complaint is dismissed.  However, if probable cause is found, then the licensee (the doctor/physician) will need to decide whether to contest the charges at an administrative hearing before the Board or to enter into a settlement agreement.  For a great flowchart of the process, go here.

Possible Disciplinary Action

Disciplinary action can include a reprimand, fine, restriction of practice, remedial education, administrative cost, probation, license suspension or license revocation.


DOH Complaint Forms (scroll over “Complaint Forms” to see the list.)

How Complaints are Investigated

How Complaints are Prosecuted

(Disclaimer: This post does not constitute legal advice nor create an attorney-client relationship.  If you are having medical license issues, please contact a qualified attorney to assist you.)