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Blog Posts in 2014

  • Representing Florida plane crash victims and surviving families

    Commercial airline crashes make headlines with good reason. Often the death toll is very large. However, small private plane crashes claim lives every year as well. Aviation law covers commercial, private and military plane crashes. Different rules and regulations apply depending on what type of plane was involved, and both state and federal laws can come into play. For these reasons and more, ...
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  • Helping roof crash victims of Florida rollover crashes

    Serious vehicle accident injuries and fatalities can result from any number of product defects. Air bag and initial switch defects certainly dominated the auto recall news this year. However, according to the consumer rights advocacy group Public Citizen , a crushed roof is a "major cause of rollover deaths and injuries." The group contends that automakers have been able to get away with not ...
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  • Rheumatoid arthritis drugs and expectant Florida moms

    Everyone knows that there are certain prescription drugs as well as other medications and substances that women should not take when they are pregnant and as long as they are breast-feeding. A number should also be avoided for some time before conception. That's why women who are hoping to get pregnant should consult with their physicians if they are thinking about having a child. This is ...
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  • Why cruise personal injury and wrongful death claims are unique

    The holidays are a popular time for cruises. Couples and families anxious to get out of their snow-packed cities and enjoy island breezes flock to Florida's ports to set sail on ships adorned with Christmas trees and other holiday decorations. No one expects to be the victim of an accident or a crime on a cruise, but they occur. The rules for filing a claim against the cruise line are stringent ...
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  • Woman vindicated 10 years after defective product caused crash

    By now, everyone has heard about the ignition switch problem that caused General Motors to recall millions of vehicles. The defect , which those at GM and the ignition switch manufacturer were aware of for at least a decade, disabled power steering, brakes and airbags. It has been linked to a number fatalities. Now another death that occurred a decade ago has been linked to the defect. The woman ...
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  • Artificial hip maker paying $1.5 million for defective products

    None of us wants to hear that a product we purchased has been recalled because it is defective. However, when that product is in your body, the news can be particularly frightening. Of course, by the time the product is recalled, you likely know that something is wrong. That was the case for thousands of people who received artificial hips made by Stryker Corporation, which is considered the ...
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  • Lawsuits: Does Viagra Cause Skin Cancer?

    In June 2014, JAMA Internal Medicine published a study which reported that users of the drug Viagra were 84 percent more likely to develop skin cancer over a 10-year period. The study looked at 26,000 men , finding that those who had taken Viagra, 6 percent of the total, had roughly double the risk of developing melanoma than those who never took the drug. Among subjects who were actively taking ...
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  • Faulty strollers recalled after reports of fingertip amputations

    Parents in South Florida and around the country heard alarming news recently involving strollers manufactured by Graco Children's Products. The company, as we discussed here, was in the news earlier this year for problems with its car seats. Now, it has recalled approximately 4.7 million of its strollers in the U.S. Over 200,000 additional strollers have been recalled in Canada and over 10,000 in ...
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  • Beware of arbitration clauses in Florida nursing home contracts

    People faced with the sad but often necessary task of placing a loved one in a Florida nursing home often find themselves consumed with a variety of emotions. Consequently, they may not take the time to read the fine print in the facility's contract. Even if they do, few people outside the legal profession have the knowledge to understand all of the language. Many nursing home contracts contain an ...
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  • Lab mistakes can be as dangerous as physician errors

    Many of us in Florida feel confident that we know and trust our doctors and the medical facilities where we receive health care. However, we are still required at times to place our health and our lives in the hands of people and entities we will never see. Among the most important are laboratories and the people who work there. We rely on labs to test blood and other samples, examine biopsied ...
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  • Supplements and medications can be a deadly mix for Floridians

    We hear a lot about interactions between various prescription medications or between those drugs and over-the-counter medicines. However, many Floridians don't consider the possible negative effects of taking dietary supplements, including vitamins and minerals, while on prescription meds. According to a 2005 to 2008 study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a third of ...
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  • Pedestrians and bicyclists can be at risk on Florida streets

    One of the many advantages of life in Southern Florida is being able to bicycle, walk and skate all year long. For some people, these activities provide fun and exercise. For others, they are an inexpensive, environmentally-friendly way to get around town. However, people who get around on bikes, skates and by foot often have to share the streets with car and truck drivers as well as ...
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  • Lawmakers, regulators call for urgency on faulty airbag fixes

    Ten major automakers have recalled 11 million vehicles in the U.S. due to faulty airbags made by Takata. The defect can cause the airbags to rupture and spray out parts. So far, the ruptures, which can occur in minor collisions, have been linked to over 30 injuries and several fatalities. In October, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged consumers to have their airbags fixed ...
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  • How can Florida parents keep up with children's product recalls?

    Having a child in the 21st century means buying no end of products, including cribs, high chairs, car seats and of course, a seemingly-endless supply of toys. We have seen a number of recalls in recent years involving children's products. While recalled products are generally removed from stores and online retailers' selections, what happens if you already have the product? How is a parent to keep ...
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  • Florida victims of violent crime may have premises liability case

    Every year, too many Florida residents are victims of violent crimes, including assault, mugging, rape and murder. Obviously, victims and their loved ones want to see their attackers brought to justice. However, sometimes others have some responsibility for providing an environment where such a crime was able to occur. Obviously, no one can guarantee that they will be safe when they are out and ...
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