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Blog Posts in June, 2011

  • Car accident risk increases even with small amounts of alcohol

    There is no genuine dispute about the dangers of drunk driving . Intoxicated drivers are far more likely to cause car accidents and inflict severe personal injuries on innocent people than are sober drivers. But what about so-called "buzzed drivers," drivers with small amounts of alcohol in their systems, but well within the legal limit for driving? A recent study suggests that these buzzed ...
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  • Drug use more common than suspected in fatal car accidents

    A recent study that examined fatalities in single-vehicle car accidents found that fully one-fourth of all drivers killed in these crashes tested positive for drugs. The researchers looked at single-vehicle fatalities over a ten-year period, which amounted to more than 44,000 drivers. Of the drivers killed, 37 percent of them had alcohol in their systems at levels above the legal limit. There were ...
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  • Medical malpractice does not just occur in hospitals

    According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, patients do not just suffer medical malpractice at hospitals, but also at doctors' offices and other outpatient facilities. In fact, the study revealed that more than half of all medical malpractice claims that were paid in 2009 were made with respect to outpatient care. This amounted to $1.5 billion paid for ...
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  • Toyota faces wrongful death claim for unsafe product design

    A 29-year-old Florida woman died from carbon monoxide poisoning in her Boca Raton townhouse. The carbon monoxide came from her Lexus that was running in the garage attached to her townhome. Her boyfriend, who was also in the townhome at the time, was found clinging to life. The woman's family has recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Toyota, the company that manufactures Lexus, over ...
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  • Florida mother and baby run down by truck driver

    When drivers are negligent they can cause serious injuries to others on the road, especially pedestrians. Anyone walking near a roadway can be the victim of a negligent driver. When a driver hits a pedestrian , the resulting injuries can be very serious. A woman pushing her toddler son across a Florida street was hit by a truck in an accident that occurred this week. The 22-year-old woman was ...
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  • Update: UCF football player's wrongful death suit heads to trial

    Last December we discussed the wrongful death case of a 19-year-old Florida football player who collapsed and died following a workout at the University of Central Florida. According to an autopsy, the football player died from complications of sickle cell trait, a blood disease that can lead to decreased blood flow under extreme physical strain. He went into cardiac arrest on the field and then ...
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  • Miami motorcyclist killed after crash in Charlotte County

    A 23-year-old Miami man who was riding his motorcycle was killed recently when he collided with a pickup truck. The motorcycle crash , which occurred about three hours northwest of Miami in Charlotte County, demonstrates how at-risk motorcyclists can be in accidents. Motorcycles do not offer the stability and protection of a car frame, for example, which makes their riders more vulnerable in ...
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  • Florida offers funds for patients with TBI and spinal cord injuries

    Florida's $31.5 million agency, the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program, was established to help patients who suffer from brain damage and spinal cord injuries. However, many people who suffer from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and spinal cord injuries have not been receiving the help they desperately need under the program. Otherpatients were, in fact, offered services that they did not need. ...
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  • Safety in Car Accidents Is Improving for Small Vehicles

    Big vehicles get poor gas mileage but are the safest to be in if you are in a crash. Small vehicles get very good gas mileage but passengers are almost certain to be injured in a car accident . These truisms may not be as true as they once were. It is still the case that, in general, occupants of big heavy vehicles will be safer in a crash than occupants of small, lightweight vehicles. But recent ...
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  • Florida's Cap on Medical Malpractice Awards Upheld

    Florida law caps jury awards in medical malpractice lawsuits at $500,000 for non-economic damages. Non-economic damages include compensation for pain, suffering and loss of consortium, along with punitive damages intended to punish bad behavior. . The law was passed in 2003 because medical malpractice insurance premiums were rising substantially, and many believed that medical malpractice caps ...
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  • Automaker's Culture Led to Car Accidents and Injuries

    This blog has frequently covered the topic of sudden acceleration car accidents associated with vehicles manufactured by Toyota. Recently, the automaker convened a panel to investigate internally what could have led to the problems that led to the recall of more than fourteen million vehicles and which hundreds of car accident lawsuits in Florida and across the country claim led to serious ...
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