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Blog Posts in September, 2013

  • Florida drug deaths drop, but oxycodone is still the top killer

    A just-released report by Florida medical examiners has both good and bad news regarding drug deaths in Florida. While drug-related deaths fell 8.8 percent last year in the state from the previous year, the prescription painkiller oxycodone was still responsible for more of Florida's drug-related deaths than any other drug last year. This is despite the fact that oxycodone-related fatalities ...
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  • Jury Finds Night Club Negligent; Awards Victim's Family $1.7 Million

    Darnell Parker was shot and killed during an altercation at Studio A nightclub in 2008. Five years later, a jury has found Studio A negligent and awarded his mother and two children $1.7 million. On the night of the incident, Parker had a verbal altercation with a young man and 15 minutes later, the assailant came back and shot him in the back. Studio A recognized a risk of violence at the club, ...
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  • Jury awards $1M in teen's death at Heart of Florida Hospital

    A Kissimmee, Florida, cardiologist has been found negligent in the death of a 19-year-old girl in 2007. He has been ordered to pay $1 million in damages for pain and suffering, and to cover her funeral expenses of over $6,700. The lawsuit filed by the teen's mother, who lives in Haines City, alleged that the doctor injected her daughter with a lethal overdose of potassium. The young woman died the ...
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  • Update: Hepatitis C Case Linked To Oklahoma Dentist's Office

    Last March, state health investigators shut down the dentist office of W. Scott Harrington in Oklahoma after officials found sterilization and other health violations . Officials asked 7,000 of his patients to be tested for hepatitis and HIV, and a total of 89 patients tested positive for hepatitis C. However, so far, only one case has been directly tied to his dental practice. Four cases of HIV ...
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  • Florida medical malpractice bill raises patient privacy concerns

    Both houses of the Florida legislature have passed a bill that could make it more difficult to file a medical malpractice suit, and discourage some people from doing so. If Governor Rick Scott signs the bill, it will become law. The bill is supported by the Florida Medical Association. The group's president says he hopes the legislation will ease the burden of malpractice suits on Florida ...
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  • DUI Arrests Decrease Sharply Across South Florida

    In Miami Beach, police officers arrested 1,299 suspected drunk drivers in 2009. Last year, that number dropped to 492. This year, the number continues to plummet with just 221 arrests so far. Has the message finally sunk in that drinking and driving is a deadly combination? Hardly, the number of traffic wrecks in Miami-Dade linked to drinking has remained level. The Miami Beach police blame a lack ...
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  • Broward Psychiatric CEO Sentenced To 25 Years For Medicare Fraud

    A judge just sentenced a psychiatric CEO to 25 years in prison for Medicare fraud . Karen Kallen-Zury, a 60-year-old Lighthouse Point woman, and CEO if the Hollywood Pavilion psychiatric facility was also ordered to repay about $40 million to the Medicare program and had her bond revoked. The judge also delivered lengthy prison sentences to two other Hollywood Pavilion executives who were also ...
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  • Admitted accomplice to Miami murder ordered to pay $44 million

    Over ten years after the brutal murder of a 21-year-old Miami Beach woman, the victim's family has been awarded $44 million in a wrongful death lawsuit against a 40-year-old Miami woman who admitted her participation in the crime. The victim's husband has been charged with killing his new wife in October 2002. The resolution of the murder case has been slow in coming. Police lacked the evidence to ...
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  • Connecticut Amusement Park Ride Fails, Injuring 12 Children

    An amusement park ride at Nowalk's Oyster Fair in Connecticut broke down this weekend, sending 13 people to hospitals . One adult was among the 12 children that suffered injuries, including five people who refused treatment at the scene. The rotating, swing-type ride called Zumur lifts riders up and away as it spins. A mechanical failure caused the ride to suddenly stop, and those on board ...
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  • Judges' comments open door to making texting a driver illegal

    A recent ruling by a state appeals court in New Jersey could signal a movement towards holding Floridians and other Americans legally responsible for auto accidents caused by texting while driving. The case involved a lawsuit against a young woman for her part in an accident that left a couple seriously injured. In September 2009, a couple on a motorcycle was struck by a young man in a pick-up ...
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  • Teen charged in deadly crash at Miami Dade College entrance

    A 16-year-old driving a car that was reported stolen has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident after a crash at the entrance to Miami Dade College's (MDC) Liberty City campus at Northwest Seventh Avenue. The collision killed one person and seriously injured three others. According to witnesses, the driver of the four-door Lincoln sedan was speeding when the ...
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  • Nurse At Ohio Hospital Throws Away Kidney; Ruins Transplant

    One year ago, an Ohio man donated his kidney to save the life of his sister. However, the Ohio hospital botched the transplant when a nurse accidentally threw the kidney away. The University of Toledo Medical Center apologized to the family this week, and said it has "worked hard to learn from this incident." Paul Fudacz Jr. sued the hospital for gross negligence and failure to meet accepted ...
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