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Prepare for Severe Weather BEFORE It Strikes – A Guide

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Cusimano, Roberts, Mills & Knowlton
Personal Injury Attorneys
May 2023
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How a Motion for Summary Judgment Can Hit Like a Tornado 

When seeking damages from someone who has hurt or wronged you, summary judgment can strike much like a natural disaster. Under Civil Procedure Rule 56, a defendant might argue the proof for your claims doesn’t meet legal requirements, asking for dismissal in a motion for summary judgment. 

An expert lawyer in personal injury and other tort laws can argue against this motion with available evidence and precedents from appeals courts and statutes. The losing party can ask an appeals court to overturn a trial court’s decision—one of many reasons it’s crucial your lawyer be well-versed in tort law

What To Do Before, During, and After a Natural Disaster

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Even with advanced weather science to better predict storm conditions, Mother Nature still holds all the cards. Last year’s Hurricane Ian was the deadliest hurricane to strike the state of Florida since 1935. And while violent storms grab all the headlines, more common severe weather like heat waves, heavy rain and lightning cause considerable casualties. While there are no guarantees, you should know how to prepare for the worst and increase your chances of survival during any type of severe weather.


Severe weather tallied over 500 fatalities and more than $165 billion in combined property and crop damage in 2022.


Floods 101 from National Geograph
Flash flooding is the number one cause of death from thunderstorms. Just six inches of water can sweep you off your feet.



Learn how to spot and report fraudsters who prey on the survivors of natural disasters.
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