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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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Nursing Home Medication Injury

CNN is reporting that a drug company puts nursing home residents at risk by heavily promoting a drug called Nuedexta. Avanir Pharmaceuticals originally developed the drug to treat a condition called pseudobulbar affect, or PBA, a relatively obscure disorder. But recently, the company has aggressively marketed the drug to nursing homes as a treatment for Alzheimer's disease and dementia. "Nuedexta is being increasingly prescribed in nursing homes even though drugmaker Avanir Pharmaceuticals acknowledges in prescribing information" that they have not extensively studied its effects in elderly patients -- "prompting critics to liken its use to an uncontrolled experiment," CNN reported. The CNN investigation revealed that Avanir...

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Safer Driving for Seniors

Despite what you may think, the fact is that senior drivers are safer drivers. It's partly because by the time you've made it into your 70's or 80's you've learned a thing or two. Senior drivers are more likely to follow basic safety rules like wearing seat belts, not speeding or driving after drinking. In addition to the wisdom that comes with age, car makers and highway engineers are increasingly working with safety in mind. Here in Central Florida,  Orlando car accident attorneys see the results of negligent driving every day. But traffic safety engineers have been working for decades with older...

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Roads Designed for Senior Safety

A recent story in the Sun Sentinel addresses the sometimes difficult topic of when and how to let senior drivers know that it may be time to hang up the car keys for good. Twenty percent of Florida's population is over 65, and there are more than 750,000 people over 80 years old driving here. The situation is especially acute in Central Florida, where the booming tourist trade and growing population drive more and more traffic through perpetual road construction. The resulting car crashes keep Orlando car accident attorneys busy trying to recover damages for injury victims. It's an ongoing dilemma and a...

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Tips for Driving in Orlando

Driving on the Tomorrowland Speedway in Disneyworld is a lot safer than driving the roads that take you there. All the things that make Orlando a great place in which to live also make driving in Orlando a challenge. This video from Sun Sentinal Transportation reporter Wayne Roustan offers a whimsical view of driving in Florida. Watching it a few times may lower your chances of getting to know any Orlando car accident attorneys.   [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZSmDSR0Sn0[/embed]   Driving in Orlando - Safely The online training and certification company Aceable rated 10 Florida cities by driving habit, and Orlando landed right in the middle at number five. That's actually...

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Dangers of Distracted Driving

Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in America, according to a story in the Orlando Sentinel. And it appears that Orlando's teen drivers still won't heed the warnings about the dangers of distracted driving. The most distracted drivers in the country are in Florida, according to the Department of Highway Safety, and the most distracted drivers in Florida are in the greater Orlando area. Of the 45,000 distracted driving accidents in Florida last year, 5,000 of them happened in Orange County. Experts say that teenagers making phone calls and texting while driving are one reason for the increasing popularity of Orlando car...

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