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INJURY BLOG

Will Florida Ban Motorist Cell Phone Use in 2013?

In an effort to make roads and highways safer for all drivers, many states across the country have enacted cell phone bans prohibiting the use of handheld devices for talking or texting while operating a motor vehicle. Policymakers pushed for these laws based on the generally accepted theory that cell phone use and text messaging result in inattentive driving and contribute to the high number of car accidents in the United States. Florida, however, has no restrictions on motorist cell

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Tragic Amtrak Train Crash in Central Florida

On November 29, an Amtrak train headed for Miami collided with a dump truck at an Orlando intersection, killing the truck driver and injuring over a dozen passengers (see the article in the Orlando Sentinel). At least 50 fire-rescue workers and 50 law enforcement officers were sent to the scene of the accident. Once there, they found the truck in two pieces on either side of the track, the driver, already dead, thrown about 150 feet from the impact zone,

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Don’t Let the Use of Dangerous Products Come Back to Haunt You this Halloween

Whether your costume has been planned for months or you’re running to the drug store to pull off a last minute transformation, dressing up for Halloween often means covering your face, body, hair or all of the above in some type of goop, paint or other substance. You may even consider some creepy contact lenses — slit pupils or spiraling orbs — to put the finishing touch on your costume. But beware of side-effects associated with these products, and watch

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Reported Florida Amusement Park Injuries for the First Quarter of 2012

Florida is world-famous for its many large amusement parks and theme parks, which draw millions of visitors to the state every year with promises of adventure, excitement, and dreams come true. While most rides are reasonably safe, injuries do occur that can turn a fun-filled day into a horrifying event. Florida’s major theme park companies, including Disney World, Universal Orlando, Seaworld, Legoland, Wet ‘n Wild, and Busch Gardens Tampa, file “occurrence reports” with the Florida Bureau of Fair Ride Inspection

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Avoid Back-to-School Injuries

Most Palm Beach County students went back to school on August 20, with teachers, parents, and children likely gearing up for the summer to fall transition for many weeks. Returning to school not only means getting back in the classroom, but also the return to playgrounds, gymnasiums, school buses, and sports. While recess and extracurricular activities are the “fun” part of school for many children, they are also the setting for numerous accidents and injuries. According to research conducted by

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Intentionally Mislabeled Seafood Could Harm Florida Consumers

A recent study conducted by the ocean conservation group, Oceana, found that many varieties of seafood sold in restaurants and grocery stores in Palm Beach County may be intentionally mislabeled. As reported by The Palm Beach Post on July 27, DNA testing confirmed that almost one-third of nearly 100 seafood samples collected from 60 area retail outlets were not the type of fish indicated on the menu or label. In most cases, a less desirable, less expensive fish was substituted

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Florida Injury Rate Ranks 18th in the United States

Last month, Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, two nonprofit groups focused on promoting the nation’s health, published the “The Facts Hurt,” a report ranking states based on total number of yearly fatal injuries. According to the report, 67 out of every 100,000 Florida residents die each year from preventable injuries, which puts Florida at number 18 in the national ranking. To compare, in the state with the most injuries, New Mexico, nearly 1,000 residents suffered

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Florida Passes Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Reform: A Boon for Consumers or a Curse for Injured Drivers and Passengers?

HB 119, passed by the Florida legislature in March, was signed into law by Governor Scott on May 4th. This 67-page bill is being touted as Personal Injury Protection (PIP) reform that will yield savings to vehicle owners on their no-fault car insurance premiums, but the true cost may come not in savings to consumers but in a decrease in benefits paid to people injured in car accidents. Decrease in Insurance Premiums…Maybe The new law, which goes into effect in

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Choosing a Rehabilitation Hospital for Your Spinal Cord Injury

A spinal cord injury causing paraplegia, quadriplegia, or other sensory or motor impairment, can result from a serious personal injury in a car or truck accident, motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian accident, or other catastrophic injury brought about by the negligence or misconduct of another. These types of injuries to the central nervous system can create life-long disabilities and challenges to the accident victim.   Whether and to what extent the afflicted individual will be able to return to work or

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Be Aware of Pradaxa’s Dangerous Side Effects

This month, the Journal of Neurosurgery reported that side effects from Pradaxa could be fatal and irreversible. Medical researchers focused on a case in which an elderly man taking Pradaxa sustained a seemingly minor fall at home, and died as a result of intracranial bleeding that rapidly expanded and could not be stopped by doctors. In Florida, many seniors have likely been prescribed Pradaxa, and should be aware of the dangerous side effects associated with the drug. What is Pradaxa?

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Voluntary Product Recalls Protect Companies as well as Consumers

Products, foods, drugs, and almost anything bought and used by the public may be recalled by government agencies if they are found to be harmful, or even potentially harmful, to consumers. Depending on the type of good or aspect of production at issue, one of the following agencies generally has the responsibility of monitoring and testing a product’s safety: United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) – Consumer products, including toys, appliances, and other household goods Food and Drug Administration

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Personal Injury Protection Reform in Florida

As reported by the Orlando Sentinel, a Florida House of Representatives committee has approved a bill that would significantly change the state’s no-fault auto insurance program by requiring auto policies to cover only emergency treatment received within 72 hours of an accident. Florida Governor Rick Scott and CFO Jeff Atwater are behind Florida personal injury protection (PIP) reforms, pushing hard to see changes take place this year. On January 25, Governor Scott held a press conference, during which he worked

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