Even the smallest slip, trip, and fall injury can leave you feeling serious pain. Think about it: when was the last time you took a tumble and wound up on the floor? You probably remember it pretty vividly. You were shopping at St. Johns Town Center or strolling down The Riverwalk and a slippery surface or loose piece of sidewalk left you suffering a rough landing on the ground. While you most likely got up with little more hurt than your pride and ability to claim gracefulness, there are others who suffer debilitating injuries in Jacksonville slip, trip, and fall accidents.
Medical malpractice is an injury situation caused by a health care provider failing to meet an acceptable standard of care. Legally, an "acceptable standard of care" means the actions any competent medical professional would have taken in the same situation. Any health care provider who doesn't meet the acceptable standard of care can injure a patient.
Statistically, Florida is one of the most dangerous states to drive in. The National Safety Council (NSC) reported nearly 1,500 car accident-related deaths across the state from January to June 2015. This makes Florida one of only three states (the others are Texas and California) to suffer over a thousand car accident deaths over that six month period. This was a 30 percent increase in car accident deaths from the same time period in 2014.
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) switchboards lit up on a recent Monday morning. Police responding to the scene reported that the 28 year old driver of a Honda Civic crashed head on with another Honda Civic. The accident happened on Interstate 295 near the Interstate 95 interchange. The other driver involved is a 69 year old St. Johns County man.
A 57-year-old Lessburg ophthalmologist has been found guilty of cheating Medicare. The doctor pretended to provide medical procedures to patients who didn't need them. A Jacksonville federal jury convicted the doctor on 20 counts of healthcare fraud, each punishable by 10 years in prison.
Invokana is a type 2 diabetes medication that has many known dangerous side effects. There is a known link between the Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. drug with cardiovascular injuries and kidney failure. According to officials with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Invokana may also lead to decreased bone density and increased risk of bone fractures. The FDA has warned consumers of bone fracture risks when taking Invokana. But, there is new information from recent clinical trials that confirms these concerns.
Slipping and falling on someone else's property can be a stressful and frightening experience. Slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall situations can also cause serious and debilitating injuries. If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident caused by someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, it’s important that you understand your legal rights and options.
Here are the steps you should take after a slip-and-fall accident to be sure that your rights are protected:
It’s important to teach your children to love and appreciate animals. It is also crucial for parents to make their children know to be cautious around dogs. Even safe dogs that your kids already know can cause devastating physical injuries and emotional trauma if they attack because they feel threatened or scared.
Teaching your children to be safe and careful around any dog is the first step to preventing dog bite injuries. Here are a few tips all kids should know:
A 53-year-old Lake Worth man suffered serious injuries when his moped was rear-ended by a hit-and-run driver. According to a news report in The Sun Sentinel, the hit-and-run accident occurred on West Gateway Boulevard in Boynton Beach. Witnesses say the 52-year-old female driver tailgated the moped driver and struck him. He suffered serious injuries and was put on life support. She was told to return to the crash site by the witness, but instead fled the scene. She was arrested later that day in Lake Worth for leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injuries.
In Florida, drivers who are aware that they have been involved in an accident must remain at the scene. Under Florida Statute 316.061, drivers are not allowed to leave a crash site without first providing the name, address, registration information and driver's license. Under Statute 316.027, drivers involved in an injury accident must stop immediately, exchange information and render reasonable assistance to the injured victim.
The summer is a wonderful time to pack up your things and go for an adventure. However, before you hit the road, you may want to make sure your vehicle is up for the challenge. If your vehicle can't handle a long trip, you may want to rent a car from a company that allows unlimited mileage. This way, you won’t have to worry about putting miles on your vehicle.
Now that you are ready to go, here are a few driving safety tips to keep in mind:
- Always use a navigator. It is advisable to have someone in the front passenger seat at all times who is awake with the driver. The navigator can give directions so that the driver can focus on the roadway. The front seat passenger can also make sure the driver is alert and not suffering from fatigue.
A 68-year-old Ocala man was killed in a Florida car accident that involved a driver who failed to yield the right of way. According to a news report in The Ocala Star Banner, the fatal crash occurred on East SR 40 near Southeast 12th Terrace in Ocala. Officials say the victim was in a 2000 silver Honda Accord with his 9-year-old grandson when a 1999 Toyota Camry turned right at the intersection and struck them. The Accord veered from the road and hit a wall. The man was killed and his grandson was injured.
The 21-year-old woman behind the wheel of the Toyota was not injured, but she has been cited with failing to yield the right of way at an intersection. This traffic fatality is the second in Ocala this year. There were four people killed in Ocala traffic accidents all of last year.
Decks, porches, and balconies are perfect for hosting events and relaxing outdoors. However, when they are not properly designed, installed and maintained, they can collapse. If you have an outdoor deck or porch, you could be held accountable if anyone is ever injured in a collapse or falling accident.
According to a recent study by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), about 224,000 people were injured over a five-year period in deck or porch related incidents. Approximately 15 percent of those injuries were the result of a structural failure or collapse. According to a 2007 study by Morse Technologies, deck collapses are increasing about 21 percent annually.
The injuries suffered in deck collapse accidents vary from minor to severe. Serious injuries suffered in deck and porch accidents can include head trauma, bone factures, concussions, neck and back injuries, spinal cord injuries, and paralysis. Many of these types of injuries can be prevented if the property owner hires someone to perform a deck inspection.