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  • Pedestrian Bridge Collapse in Miami Kills at Least One Person

    Officials report that at least one person was killed after a pedestrian bridge collapsed on Florida International University on March 15. "There are eight vehicles that are trapped underneath as far as we know and we are going to try and get to them as quickly as we can,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Wednesday. The bridge cost approximately $14.2 million to build, and was constructed ...
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  • Oakland Warehouse Fire May Have Been Caused by Lack of Safety Standards and Codes

    On Friday, December 2, at about 11:32 PM, a fire broke out in an Oakland warehouse commonly referred to as the “Ghost Ship,” a residential building that hosted dance parties like the one that took place on the evening of the fire. Reports state that 33 bodies have been recovered, making this incident possibly the deadliest in Oakland. Sergeant Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office ...
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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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  • 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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  • Helping Florida Families Hold Nursing Homes Accountable

    The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is never an easy one. Even when it's clear that it's best for a family member's well-being, there's naturally sadness and perhaps some guilt when that time comes. Floridians trust nursing home facilities and their staff to provide the best possible care for their loved ones. In addition to treating any medical issues, this also means giving them ...
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  • Legionnaires' Disease Still a Concern Nearly 40 Years On

    Many people have never heard of Legionnaires' disease. It often results from exposure to a bacterium called Legionella pneumophila. It got its name from an outbreak in 1976 of a then-unknown illness similar to pneumonia. Some of our readers may remember that over 200 people attending an American Legion convention in a Philadelphia hotel became ill, some fatally, from what became known as ...
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  • Are Florida Hosts Responsible for Overserving Their Guests?

    When Florida residents or their children attend a gathering at someone else's house, they generally are focused on having a good time -- not on who is criminally or civilly liable if tragedy strikes. The recent case of a North Carolina couple shows what can go wrong. The couple was found not guilty of aiding and abetting drinking by underage guests at a wedding reception at their home last year. ...
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  • What Can Be Done to Lower the Suicide Rate of Those Behind Bars?

    Most of our readers have heard of Sandra Bland. She is the 28-year-old woman found hanging in a Texas jail cell three days after her arrest following a traffic stop. A medical examiner determined that she committed suicide. Her family and others dispute the notion that Bland, who was about to start a new job, would take her own life. Whether it is ever determined for certain how Bland ended up ...
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  • How Can You Help Protect Your Health and Safety in Hotel Gyms?

    Many of our readers heard about Dave Goldberg's death. Goldberg, who headed the company SurveyMonkey and was married to Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg , died while working out on a treadmill in the gym of a Mexican resort. Although there are reports that Goldberg's death may have been related to a heart ailment rather than a treadmill malfunction, the story gave pause to many of us who use ...
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  • Aviation Accidents Require Experienced Legal Guidance

    Airplane crashes don't always involve large commercial aircraft. In fact, people are injured and killed in accidents involving small planes all the time. Just last month, a sightseeing plane carrying passengers from a cruise ship on an excursion crashed in the mountains of Alaska. Nine people, including the pilot, died in the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board is still working to ...
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  • Who Has Liability When Fireworks Go Wrong?

    One of the tried and true traditions of summer is watching Fourth of July fireworks. However, whether you're attending a backyard party where the hosts are setting off their own pyrotechnics or a public event where a fireworks company is running the show, there is a risk of severe injury or worse. On average, over 9,000 people are injured and four killed annually by fireworks gone wrong. People ...
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  • Liability Waivers for Teen Parties -- a Good Idea?

    Do you need to get legal guidance before sending your teen off to a party? That's what an increasing number of parents are asking themselves. Some of our readers with high school-age kids may have already encountered a practice that is becoming more frequent, particularly in wealthier communities. It involves liability release forms for parties. Some parents who host large gatherings such as ...
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  • The Dangers of Missing and Broken Pool Drain Covers

    When Floridians hear about pool safety, it often involves ways to prevent drowning. However, another potentially-deadly danger involves people becoming entrapped in pool drains. There are a number of ways that swimmers can become trapped in a drain that is broken or uncovered. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission: Almost 30 percent of cases involve a person's body being sucked down ...
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  • Why Floridians Should Know About 'Dry' and 'Secondary' Drowning

    As another summer gets underway, Florida residents will no doubt hear important warnings about how to protect children from drowning, both in pools and in the ocean. However, there are other types of drowning that most people have never heard of, despite the fact that they can be fatal. They are called "dry drowning" and "secondary drowning." Children are more susceptible than adults because of ...
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  • How Can Florida Nursing Home Falls Be Prevented?

    We've previously discussed the troubling issue of nursing home abuse and neglect. However, not all dangers to nursing home residents can easily be linked to the facility or staff. For example, falls are a significant cause of injuries and deaths in nursing homes. Every year, about 1,800 people die from injuries suffered in these falls. Those who survive may be left with fractures, permanently ...
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  • Helping Florida Victims of Misdiagnosed Aortic Dissections

    Most people aren't familiar with an aortic dissection until it happens to them or to someone they know. It's a relatively rare but potentially fatal condition. It is seen most frequently in older men between 60 and 80. People with high blood pressure are also more likely to suffer an aortic dissection than those with normal blood pressure. An aortic dissection occurs when a large blood vessel near ...
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  • 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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  • 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 Floridians should know before calling 911 from a cellphone

    In an age when our precise location can be determined by Facebook, Uber and video games, it seems unthinkable that many 911 call centers lack this ability. However, in many cases, these centers don't have the technology to determine where a cellphone call is originating, and it has resulted in the deaths of people who were unable to speak or couldn't provide their location. As the Florida Sheriffs ...
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  • How can Floridians spot signs of possible elder abuse?

    While it's not uncommon for people to live into their 80s and even 90s in the 21st century, many of our elderly family members require professional care, whether in nursing homes, assisted living facilities or from in-home caregivers. Sadly, when they are vulnerable and dependent, they can fall victim to neglect, abuse or exploitation by the people whose job it is to care for them and sometimes ...
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  • Miami's Carnival to pay $3.6 million in asbestos-related death

    The family of a Carnival Cruise Lines electrician who died from asbestos-related lung cancer in 2005 has been awarded $3.6 million. The man worked as an electrician for the cruise line, which is headquartered here in Miami , from 1985 to 2000. According to the lawsuit, the electrician was exposed to asbestos fibers that were in the insulation in the machine and engine rooms of the ships on almost ...
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  • How can the Elder Justice Act help Floridians?

    Most of our readers have seen stories in the news about elder abuse. Sometimes, it occurs in nursing homes and other group facilities. Cases of reported abuse in both long-term care and daycare facilities have increased substantially in recent years. Even more tragically, perhaps, the abuse is at the hands of family members or others caring for a person at home. Even when the abuse is financial or ...
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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