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Blog Posts in April, 2015

  • Why Are Fatality Rates for Private Aircraft Rising?

    Many of our readers may remember the tragic story from January of this year involving a family returning from a Key West vacation in their private plane. The plane crashed in Kentucky, killing four people -- two adults and two children. The sole survivor was a 7-year-old girl who, dressed for a Florida vacation rather than a cold January night further north, walked alone through the woods to get ...
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  • Lead Is Still Present in Some Children's Toys and Jewelry

    Many Florida parents assume that the dangers associated with lead poisoning in their children's toys are a thing of the past. However, as recently as December 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that some children's toys and jewelry could contain potentially-dangerous amounts of lead. The United States banned lead in children's products as well as cookware, dishes and house ...
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  • Report Sheds Light on Key U.S. Patient Safety Concerns

    As medicine and technology continue to intersect and advance, medical mistakes remain a major safety concern and, annually, result in the injury and death of hundreds of thousands of U.S. patients. In an effort to identify those mistakes that are the most prevalent and damaging to patient safety, the Economic Cycle Research Institute recently released its "Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for ...
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  • Carbon Monoxide Can Injure, Kill Floridians

    Property owners are required by law to ensure to the best of their ability that their property is safe for anyone who lives, works or visits there. At Freidin Brown, P.A., we work to hold property owners liable for any negligence that has caused personal injury or wrongful death . People often associate this area of law, which is called premises liability, with things like slip and fall accidents, ...
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  • What Do Classifications Mean in Defective Product Recalls?

    Florida consumers are always hearing about product recalls in which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is involved. The FDA regulates a number of products, not all of which are actually food or drugs; however, most are. These include approximately 80 percent of food products, animal feed, human and animal drugs, vaccines and medical devices. The agency also oversees recalls of cosmetics, ...
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  • Anesthesia Negligence Can Greatly Harm Surgical Patients

    Generally, a surgery will involve a great many different steps, processes and elements. Mistakes by medical professionals or complications when it comes to any of these steps/processes/elements could result in problems arising during the surgery which could cause physical harm to the patient. Given the fact that harmful problems during a surgery can be caused by a great many different things, it ...
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  • Where Do You Turn When Your Baby Suffers a Birth Injury?

    Having a baby is usually one of the most joyful times in people's lives. However, when your child is born with an injury or disability, that joy is quickly replaced by fear, anger, confusion, sadness and helplessness. People often don't differentiate between a birth defect and a birth injury. However, they are not the same thing. Birth injuries are caused by something that happened during the ...
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  • Why Are Many of Florida's Older Drivers Safer Than Younger Ones?

    Older drivers tend to get a bad rap. However, a study done by the Automobile Association of America's Foundation for Traffic Safety found that they less likely to engage in unsafe driving behaviors than their younger counterparts. Interestingly, older drivers seem to support greater restrictions for people of their generation. Over 70 percent of those surveyed said they favored requirements for ...
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  • Learn More About Recovering from a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

    We recently published an interesting SlideShare presentation regarding the serious consequences often suffered by those with mild traumatic brain injuries . Take a look at the presentation below for information regarding the potentially catastrophic symptoms that often result from such injuries. The presentation provides information about the frequency of traumatic brain injuries in the United ...
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  • Man Paralyzed Due to Hospital Errors, Receives $4.5M Settlement

    Paralysis-related injuries are among some of the most serious and life-altering of all medical conditions. Additionally, the costs associated with these types of injuries are often significant with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation reporting that, for the first year following a paralysis injury, associated medical and personal expenses average roughly $502,000. Recently, a man in his early ...
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  • How Can Florida Drivers Prevent Driveway Tragedies?

    Florida parents take multiple steps to keep their children safe while they're riding in the car and crossing the street. However, over 9,000 children are injured every year by cars and other vehicles in driveways, parking lots and streets by drivers who did not see them playing or standing nearby. Tragically, the drivers who accidentally injure or kill children under these circumstances are often ...
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  • How Ego and Fear Negatively Impact Patient Safety

    In every profession, there is a hierarchy and certain unwritten rules of conduct and which are widely practiced and followed. In many cases, the more education, skills and experience necessary; the more likely those in positions of power are to abuse their power. When it comes to the health care industry, such abuses of power and inflated egos can come at a cost to patients' safety. The results of ...
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  • 'Right-To-Try' Laws Allow Use of Still-Unapproved Drugs

    When people suffer from a terminal illness, it's understandable that they and their loved ones are willing to try just about any drug or treatment that could help them. This includes drugs that have not yet received approval from the Food and Drug Administration. That approval process can take a decade or more. However, understandably, pharmaceutical companies and physicians are concerned about ...
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