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Blog Posts in 2015

  • Florida Malpractice Damage Caps Supported by the Attorney General

    The legal and political battle over medical malpractice limits is heating up again more than 12 years after then-Gov. Jeb Bush worked to pass a controversial law that would limit damages that could be awarded for pain and suffering (also known as non-economic damages) in medical malpractice suits. Those in favor of the limits argued that the rise in malpractice insurance rates was hurting the ...
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  • Are Your Children's Toys Harming Their Hearing?

    Many Floridians have by now heard their share of noisy toys being played with non-stop in the days following Christmas. If it seems like toys are louder than they used to be, that's because many are. The noise level of some can be dangerous to children's hearing. According to one hearing expert, noise is the leading cause of hearing loss in children. Further, the number of children under 12 ...
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  • Chipotle Hit with Lawsuit Involving Norovirus Outbreak

    The Chipotle food contamination saga is likely far from over. Even though the company has just announced changes to its food preparation and cooking methods, the various cases of contamination that began this summer have left in their wake numerous people throughout the country who became victims of foodborne illnesses tied to its food. The problems first started getting media attention in October ...
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  • Who Is Responsible for Your Security in Public Spaces?

    During the holidays, millions of people across the world are out in public spaces, from shopping malls to restaurants to movie theaters to restaurants and bars. After the tragedy in Paris and with escalated concerns of terrorism, many Americans have been understandably concerned about their safety as they're out and about living their lives. Just this month, Disney, SeaWorld and Universal ...
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  • Health Worker May Have Exposed Newborns to TB

    Many of our readers have heard troubling stories of people going into the hospital and ending up more ill than they were due to exposure to bacteria or a virus. Parents of newborns may be particularly concerned since babies aren't born with fully-developed immune systems. Across the country in Northern California, hundreds of parents are confronting their worst fears. The Santa Clara Valley ...
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  • How Can You Help Ensure That Your Used Car Is Safe?

    Even new cars cannot be guaranteed to be default-free. However, what if you're buying a used car for yourself or for one of your children? What steps can you take to help ensure that the car doesn't have any defects or hasn't developed a problem during its use that could make it unsafe to drive? Whether you're buying it privately from its current owner, from a dealership or from a company that ...
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  • Can Your Self-Driving Car Kill You to Protect Others?

    Many of you have likely read, perhaps with some trepidation, about self-driving cars being the wave of the future. Florida is one of just a few states already testing these "autonomous" cars. While humans are too often guilty of reckless or negligent behavior behind the wheel, the thought of handing that power over to a programmed vehicle can be a frightening one. As manufacturers work to develop ...
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  • What Is Birth Trauma?

    During the birth process, a number of forces are being exerted on the child who is being born and on the mother who is giving birth. Birth trauma can be caused by any number of circumstances that can occur during labor as well as during the delivery of a child. This trauma can have serious and long-lasting, if not permanent, health consequences for the child. This can include hypoxic injury, where ...
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  • Can a Mental Health Professional Commit Medical Malpractice?

    We've talked a good deal here about medical malpractice lawsuits for things like misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, treatment that harmed a patient, birth injuries and any number of mistakes that physicians and other health care professionals can make that injure or worsen the condition of patients. However, what about psychiatrists? Can they be held responsible for malpractice? Psychiatrists, ...
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  • How to Avoid Lead in Your Artificial Christmas Tree

    Many Floridians prefer artificial Christmas trees to real ones. They look just as good, if not better, than the real thing and they're ready when you want to put it up. There are no needles to fall off and get embedded in your carpet. Your dogs are less likely to use an artificial tree as a bathroom than a real one. Lastly, you don't have to drag it out to the trash after Christmas. However, just ...
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  • Safety Group Releases List of the Most Dangerous Toys

    Many Florida parents and grandparents assume that the Christmas and Hanukkah toys they buy for the little ones in their lives are safe. However, that's not a guarantee. The group World Against Toys Causing Harm recently published its annual list of the most hazardous toys available this holiday season. Despite increased safety regulations, according to WATCH, retailers still sell an "alarming ...
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  • Why Are So Many American Women Dying from Childbirth?

    Most people would assume that our country is one of the safest, if not the safest, in which to give birth. However, three women die while giving birth every day in the U.S. In fact, maternal mortality has doubled in recent years. The risk of dying from childbirth, sadly, appears to be linked to race and ethnicity. Latina women are twice as likely to die as white women. Black women are four times ...
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  • Compensation in Wrongful Death Cases Involving Children

    When Florida residents file a wrongful death suit following the death of a loved one, it may seem impossible to put a monetary value on that person's life. However, that's what such a suit ultimately asks a judge and/or jury to do. It's part of the job of personal injury attorneys to help their clients to determine how much compensation to seek, using a number of factors, such as the person's ...
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  • Tips for Staying Safe on Florida Roads over the Holidays

    Thanksgiving week kicks off the beginning of our holiday travel season that lasts until after the first of the year. Our Florida roads are filled not only with residents driving to visit family and friends within the state, but with tourists from across the country and around the world seeking sun, warmth and Disney World. Following are some important reminders to people who are on the roads over ...
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  • What Foods Are Most Likely to Make You Ill?

    When people hear about the seemingly-endless food recalls due to possible contamination by bacteria like salmonella, E. coli and listeria, it may feel like nothing is completely safe to eat anymore. No food can be guaranteed to be free from contamination. However, some foods are more likely to lead to foodborne illnesses and cause food poisoning than others. Since Thanksgiving is fast approaching, ...
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