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Bicycle Accident Attorney: What to do After a Crash

Any bicycle accident attorney can tell you that cycling can be dangerous. The experienced ones know how to deal with the legal problems that a cyclist faces after a crash.In a recent article for The Recorder, Concord Law School Professor Shaun Jamison lays out what you should do if you've been involved in a bicycle accident. The advice is given in the case of a cyclist who has been hit by a car, which is not an uncommon occurrence in Florida.  Document Everything for your Bicycle Accident Attorney Jamison says the key to building your legal case is documenting your injuries. So it...

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Medical Injury Season in Full Swing

No time is ever good, but if you had to pick the worst time to go the hospital, it might well be a weekend in July. Statistically, your chances of becoming a victim of medical injury are generally higher on the weekend. And higher still in July because new medical staffers are just coming on the job. Your odds of getting out alive are even worse if you wind up in a teaching hospital. July is when new doctors start the learning curve.The notion of a rise in hospital death and medical injury from the "July Effect" --of new doctors...

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Doctor Negligence in Double-Booked Surgeries

A lawsuit filed by a former anesthesiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital charges that scheduling two or more operations at the same time leads to doctor negligence.In her whistleblower suit, Dr. Lisa Wollman also said that doctors had committed billing fraud with overlapping surgeries. Doctors would charge Medicare and Medicaid for operations even though they were not present for critical parts of the procedures. According to Wollman, the hospital encouraged over-booking because it made more money for them. She noted that patients rarely knew that their surgeon was not always in the operating room during the whole procedure. The situation led to...

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Unnecessary Surgery Case Dismissed

A Florida woman cannot sue a Lakeland orthopedic doctor for unnecessary surgery because her medical expert was not from the same medical specialty as the treating physician.Maria Johnson Lynch went to the Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) in Lakeland after breaking a toe. She underwent surgery as well as other therapies which, she said, did not fix her problems. She then went to see other doctors. One of them told her that the surgery she underwent was not necessary or appropriate in her case. Filed Unnecessary Surgery Claim without a Lawyer Accordingly, Lynch filed a lawsuit in Hillsborough County Court alleging that Dr. Michael Clare and FOI committed medical...

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Lawsuit over Birth Control Drug Injury

A judge refused to dismiss a medical malpractice lawsuit against a New York hospital over a birth control drug injury. An expert testified that a nurse practitioner at Montefiore Medical Center should have told teenager Sarah Adams to remove a contraceptive device called NuvaRing after she complained of chest pains.NuvaRing is a combined hormonal contraceptive which is associated with a risk of blood clots. Missed Chances to Prevent Drug Injury A nurse practitioner prescribed NuvaRing to Adams in 2010 when she sought advice for birth control options at a clinic that Montefiore hospital runs at her school. She returned to the clinic two...

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Florida Nursing Home Injury Lawyers and Medicare Data

Orlando personal injury attorneys who sue in cases of nursing home injury can learn a lot from Medicare data, according to a recent story in The New York Times. The Special Focus Facility Initiative singles out nursing homes with the worst safety records. The program began in 2005. These facilities get more inspections until they improve, but many of them later return to unsafe practices.  These nursing homes injured patients by giving them the wrong medicines, for example, or failing to stop physical assaults by staff or other residents.Safety Improvements Are Usually Temporary The Times reported that Medicare removed more than 500 nursing homes from...

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Compounding Pharmacy Drug Injury

Citing a risk of drug injury, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has closed an Alabama compounding pharmacy that sold contaminated steroids. Unlike regular pharmaceutical manufacturers, compounding pharmacies make drugs from scratch to suit the needs of individual patients.MedistatRx, located in Foley, Alabama, manufactured specialty drugs such as testosterone creams, injectable vitamins, steroids, and hormones. The distributed the drugs throughout the United States to more than 5,000 doctors' offices and clinics. The pharmacy also supplied prescriptions to 25,000 individual patients. Officials say that the company had failed safety inspections over the years and citing it for unsanitary conditions that could lead...

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Florida Leads Nation in Bicycle Accidents, Deaths

More bicyclists are killed and injured in accidents in Florida than any other state in the country according to a new report by the State Department of Transportation. Cycling accidents claimed 139 lives the state in 2014, the last year that statistics are available.The deaths from bicycle crashes in Florida makes up 20% of all bicycle-related deaths nationwide. Recent Deaths add to Grim Toll The Gainesville Sun reported that the new study identified several 'hot spots' throughout the state where cycling accidents happen most frequently. Areas in Gainesville and Fort Lauderdale are among the most dangerous. Just in the last week, a Gainesville...

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Dangerous Holiday

Death and injury from unsafe driving and boating combine to make July 4th the most dangerous holiday of the year. A record two million Florida drivers will take to the road this weekend, and area attractions make Orlando a top destination for travelers nationwide. Last year, there were almost 900 car crashes in Florida on the 4th of July, killing eight people. Florida has the Most Boats, and Most Boat Injury and Accidents Nearly a million recreational boats area registered in Florida, far more than any other state. There were 684 boating accidents in the state last year, resulting in 70 deaths....

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Florida Farmworkers Join Lawsuit Over Pesticide Safety Rules

The Farmworker Association of Florida has joined national environmental and heath advocacy groups in a lawsuit against the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) seeking to prevent worker injury by reversing the Trump administration's delay in enforcing a rule to protect workers from dangerous pesticides.The Certification of Pesticide Applicators rule requires safeguards for agricultural workers who handle “restricted use pesticides.”The rule was to go into effect in March.  According to the EPA, the chemicals involved have the “potential to cause unreasonable adverse effects to the environment and injury to applicators or bystanders without added restrictions.”The pesticides include chemicals linked to cancer, like Atrazine. New...

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