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I-4 Most Dangerous Highway in America

Florida's Interstate 4 has been named the most dangerous highway in America — again. And Orlando car accidents are the main culprit. A 2016 report from online insurance broker Everquote put Central Florida's busiest highway on the map, in a bad way, when I-4 topped the list of the 10 Deadliest Interstates in America. A new recent study by GPS company Teletrac Navman confirms the dubious honor for the second year in a row. Over a five-year period, there were 1.25 deaths per mile on the roadway, the highest rate in the country. That translates to 165 auto accident deaths over...

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What is Medical Malpractice? How Does it Happen?

You had the procedure like the doctor said, but it didn't work out. You're in a lot of pain — and he 's not talking to you anymore. So now you're trying to find the best medical malpractice lawyer in Florida. Welcome to one of the fastest growing clubs in America. And the fact is that you're probably lucky to be alive. Medical mistakes kill more than 250,000 people every year. It's the third leading cause of death in this country. Hospital mistakes and medical malpractice cause more preventable deaths than breast cancer and car accidents combined. Estimates vary, but hospital negligence and doctor mistakes injure between...

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Why so Many Florida Car Accidents?

If you're wondering why so many people in Florida spend time asking Siri "Who are the best Orlando car accident attorneys?" or Googling "Central Florida car accident lawyers," all you have to do is watch one of the many YouTube Videos featuring the state's drivers in action. You'll see hours of harrowing dashcam footage documenting boneheaded, reckless, and downright dangerous driving. It's no wonder that I-4 has been proclaimed the most dangerous highway in America.     Florida Car Accidents Hurt and Kill a lot of People Drivers in Florida have more than 1,000 car accidents every day. Every year in Florida, auto accidents kill nearly 3,000...

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Court Victory for Medical Malpractice Victims

Florida personal injury lawyers scored a win for medical malpractice victims when the state Supreme Court recently decided to reinstate protections for patient confidentiality in medical negligence cases. It all began with a toothache. Broward County resident Ramsey Hasan's oral health took a turn for the worse after a visit to a local dentist in 2011, and Hasan sued the practitioner for maxillofacial malpractice. In the course of the proceedings, Hasan scheduled a deposition with the oral surgeon who had since taken over his care. Then Hasan found out that the insurance company which was defending the original dentist had scheduled a private, pre-deposition...

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Lawmakers Target No-Fault Car Accident Insurance

It looks like no-fault car accident insurance in Florida may soon become a thing of the past. Versions of a bill to repeal mandatory no-fault, or personal injury protection (PIP) car insurance have been advancing in Tallahassee.  Legislators are likely to repeal the PIP law in 2018. Florida is only one of a handful of states that requires all drivers to carry no-fault insurance. It's designed to pay an injured accident victim's medical bills to a certain amount, regardless of who caused an accident.  Before PIP coverage, car accident injury victims had to wait until insurance companies decided who was at fault....

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Car Accident Injuries: More than a Pain in The Neck

Nearly 3 million Americans to go to hospital emergency rooms every year because of car accident injuries. Half of those injuries are not plainly visible wounds, like cuts or, abrasions, but "soft tissue" injuries like neck and back trauma. Doctors treat more than a quarter of car accident injury victims for strain and sprains to the neck, back, and spinal cord. Such injuries are the leading emergency room diagnosis for car accident injury victims in Central Florida. The sudden movement of the head backward and then forward causes Whiplash, the most common neck injury. It's the kind of car accident injury...

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Regulators Scarce in Medical Malpractice

State regulators in Florida are putting patients at risk by failing to discipline dangerous doctors in a timely manner, according to an investigation by the Florida Sun Sentinal. Florida "allows doctors to continue to see, treat, and operate on people" after accusing them of endangering patients. One cosmetic surgeon was deemed unfit to perform surgery after a botched breast augmentation surgery nine years ago. The doctor seriously injured two more patients since then. Regulators decided last year he should have his licensed revoked, but have not done so. He is still practicing. He operates two cosmetic surgery centers and even advertises as a...

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Florida Closer to Distracted Driving Bill

Florida is one of the few states in the country where texting and driving is a secondary offense. This particular form of distracted driving is formally described as "operating a motor vehicle in motion while manually typing into a wireless communications device." It is against the law, but police are not allowed to pull you over if that happens to be the only crime they catch you committing behind the wheel. As it stands now, a police officer would have to see you texting while speeding, or a driving with broken tail light before you could be ticketed for distracted driving. State Representative...

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Record Safety Recalls for Cars

One of the good things about buying a new car is the peace of mind that comes with that new-car smell. When you drive off the lot in Orlando, you don't think you'll be contacting personal injury attorneys anytime soon. You're not thinking of a car accident from exploding airbags, defective tires, or faulty ignition switches. But car safety recalls are setting a record high for the fourth year in a row. And they affect as many as 60 million people, or more than one in four drivers. These people are driving around in vehicles at risk for causing a car accident because of unfixed safety recalls. It's...

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$417 Million Award in J&J Baby Powder Lawsuit

A jury in Los Angeles has awarded $417 million to a woman who says her ovarian cancer was caused by using Johnson & Johnson's baby powder for decades. Eva Echeverria, a 63-year-old medical receptionist, filed suit in July of last year. She said she used Johnson & Johnson's baby powder twice a day for nearly forty years. She developed ovarian cancer in 2007 and stopped using the product in 2016. She stopped after hearing about a lawsuit from another woman who said that baby powder caused similar cancer. Echevara was too ill to attend the trial. Her lawyer said that she "feels...

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