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Blog Posts in August, 2014

  • Floridians can search for vehicle recall history before buying

    As we noted here earlier this year, automotive recalls are at their highest number in history. For those Floridians who are the original owners of our cars, it may be inconvenient to take our vehicle in to be fixed, but at least we know we've done it. For people who are looking for or already own a used car, there's often no way to be certain if all of its recall repairs have been made. In fact, ...
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  • Miami doctor may have license revoked for misdiagnosis cover-up

    There has been yet another unusual twist in the case of a Miami doctor who admitted to falsifying patient records to cover up his misdiagnosis. The Florida Department of Health indicates that it plans to appeal a decision by the state Board of Medicine regarding his medical license. The doctor was charged by the DOH with five counts of professional misconduct last October. He was suspended in June ...
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  • What Florida parents should know about retinopathy of prematurity

    Many Floridians have never heard of retinopathy of prematurity until it impacts their family or someone they know. According to the National Eye Institute , which is part of the National Institutes of Health, most sufferers of ROP are premature infants weighing under three pounds who have not reached what is considered a full-term gestational period of 38 to 42 weeks. The NEI notes that the ...
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  • Medicare Star Ratings Not Reliable Measure of Nursing Homes

    The New York Times has examined the rating system of nursing homes and found that most top-ranked nursing homes have been given the seal of approval based on incomplete and self-reported data. The Medicare ratings are based in large part on self-reported data that the government does not verify. Only one of the three criteria used to determine star ratings, health inspections, relies on ...
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  • Florida drivers deal with melting dashboards this summer

    After all the dangerous and potentially deadly product defects we have seen in various manufacturers' cars over the past few years, a sticky dashboard may seem like a minor problem. However, for those of us here in South Florida, a problem caused by hot, sunny weather can be a significant one. One woman who has lived in the area for over a quarter-century says, "I've never, never, ever seen a ...
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  • What Floridians considering hip or knee replacement should know

    As Florida baby boomers settle into their 50s, 60s and beyond, many find that their joints aren't what they used to be. Years of athletic activity, injuries and just plain living take their toll. More people than ever before are taking advantage of the tremendous advances made in medical devices to have their hips and knees replaced. Joint replacements can drastically improve a person's quality of ...
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  • Florida wrongful death suit complicated by insurance company

    A wrongful death case in Hillsborough County, Florida, is being complicated by an insurance company's refusal to allow settlement talks between representatives of the victim's estate and the county. The Miami attorney for the victim's estate says, "I've never seen anything so blatantly wrong in my 34 years of practice." The wrongful death suit stems from an accident in Feb. 2010. A 39-year-old ...
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  • Why Nursing Homes Should Always Have A Nurse On Staff

    On July 31, Illinois Representative Jan Schakowsky introduced the Put A Registered Nurse in the Nursing Home Act after discovering that federal law only requires a registered nurse on-site only 8 hours a day, regardless of the size of the facility. The act, also known as House Vote 5373, would require that a direct-care registered nurse be present 24 hours a day, seven days a week in all the ...
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  • What You Need To Know About Forced Placed Insurance

    Did you receive a notice from your home mortgage lender that your homeowners insurance had lapsed, even if it hadn't? Did your mortgage company secure replacement insurance ( forced placed insurance) at your expense? If so, we can help. At the law firm of Freidin Brown, P.A., we confidently stand up for the rights of mortgage borrowers who find themselves charged for homeowners insurance that they ...
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  • How do you know if cerebral palsy was caused by a birth injury?

    Cerebral palsy is one of the most common types of birth injury. However, it is not always caused by a complication during delivery. Sometimes it is caused by a brain injury before the baby is born or even by a head injury in infancy. People with CP have a wide range and severity of symptoms. It is not one specific disorder, but a generic term for a variety of disorders that impact brain function. ...
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  • Florida appeals court uphold medical malpractice verdict

    Florida's Third District Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of a jury to award $12.6 million for a tragic turn of events back in 1998 at the University of Miami medical school. It involved their then-2-year-old daughter. According to a Jan. 13, 2012 article in the Sun-Sentinel after the award was announced, the Miramar, Florida, girl's spleen and some other organs were removed when she was ...
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  • How do Floridians help prevent swimming pool tragedies?

    Swimming is pretty much a year-round activity for many of us here in South Florida. Every summer, however, we hear stories from around the country where children, eager to enjoy some much-anticipated warm-weather activity have tragically been killed in swimming pools. On July 26, The New York Times reported the story of a 3-year-old boy who climbed over a locked fence and drowned in the ...
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  • Deal Reached In Coconut Grove Trolley Garage Dispute

    Coral Gables will have to look for a new home for its trolley garage after the City Commission approved a settlement Monday to remove it from neighboring Coconut Grove. The dispute over the new trolley garage in the West Grove started when residents of the predominantly black neighborhood protested the construction of the garage for Gables residents. The complaint led to an investigation that ...
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  • Florida mom-to-be told by hospital she must have cesarean

    Who makes the decision about how a child is delivered -- the mother or the hospital? That's the question at the heart of a controversy here in Florida. It began when the chief financial officer of a Port Charlotte medical facility, Bayfront Health, sent a letter to an expectant mother. Her previous three children were delivered by cesarean section, but she had determined that she wanted to attempt ...
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