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Florida Court Lifts Caps on Medical Malpractice Pain and Suffering Awards

The Florida Supreme Court threw out a law limiting the amount of  money that can be awarded for pain and suffering in medical malpractice cases. Caps randomly "reduce damage awards for plaintiffs who suffer the most drastic injuries," the court said. No Reason for Medical Malpractice Caps Randomly reducing awards "without regard to the severity of the injury does not bear a rational relationship to the Legislature's stated interest in addressing the medical malpractice crisis," wrote Chief Justice Jorge Labarga. "Therefore, we hold that the caps on personal injury non-economic damage violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Florida Constitution.” The law was...

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$3.1 Million Awarded in Florida Birth Injury Lawsuit

The mother of a child born with severe birth injury has been awarded nearly $3.1 million by a federal judge in Florida. Dulce Rojas sued Jessie Trice Community Health Center in Miami. Rojas's attorneys said doctors injured her baby in a botched vacuum-assisted delivery in 2013. They say doctors should have performed an emergency delivery, but failed to notice symptoms of fetal distress. Charges of Negligent Delivery Resulting in Birth Injury   Rojas's lawyers also say that staff didn't call neonatal intensive care (NICU) staff quickly enough. The baby was gasping for air after birth, but staff did not supply additional oxygen for five minutes....

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Birth Defects Linked to Pesticides

A California jury is deciding the case of whether farm owners are to blame for birth defects of a baby born to a field worker who says she was exposed to pesticides while pregnant. Eulalia Lopez-Gomez says that spraying chemicals in the fields while she was picking fruit at Westside Strawberry farms in Oxnard in 2007 was common. The Ventura County Star reported that Lopez-Gomez testified that "she could feel the mist from the chemicals." She said that her eyes and throat burned and she got headaches as she picked strawberries. Lawyers told jurors that exposing pregnant women to a chemical...

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Lawyers: Higher Risk for Nursing Home Negligence

  If the government cuts Medicaid spending, nursing home negligence will likely injure more people. According to a new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, three in five Florida nursing home residents depend on Medicaid, and less money will strain an already overworked system. Most cases of nursing home negligence happen because many long-term care facilities don't have enough staff. Workers often receive poor training and not enough supervision. Experts say that nursing homes neglect or abuse about one-third of their residents.   Types of  Nursing Home Negligence The most widespread danger for nursing home residents is neglect, which happens in many ways. Medical: Caregivers...

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Distracted Driving Leads to More Car Accidents

There's a car crash on an average of every 12 minutes in Florida because a driver was paying attention to a cell phone or other electronic device instead of watching the road, making the Sunshine State one of the most dangerous places in America to travel by car. These avoidable car accidents caused more than 3,500 serious injuries and 233 deaths last year. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), distracted driving is responsible for more than 5,000 deaths a year across the country. AAA research has shown that it takes nearly a half minute to refocus attention to the road after looking...

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DIGITEK Recall

April, 2008: Actavis, maker of the prescription drug DIGITEK, launched a Class I nationwide recall of the drug in April 2008. Digitek pills were made for an unknown period of time with a potentially fatal defect. Some tablets may have been twice as thick as they were supposed to be. That meant they could contain twice the approved level of Digitalis, the active ingredient in Digitek, leading to Digitalis toxicity. More information on Digitek recall....

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FL Personal Injury Lawyers in Apopka, Kissimmee, and Osceola

News Archive > The Orlando Sentinel has reported that Attorneys Trial Group has settled a lawsuit with Universal Orlando over Universal Studios' Back to the Future ride. For more information on these rides, please see: Dangers of G-force on roller coasters > September 2007: The InsuranceHoax - Property insurers use secret tactics to cheat customers out of payments as profits break records. Read the full article at bloomberg.com. > August 2, 2007: The Miami-Dade Circuit Court ruled that Jackson Memorial Hospital was liable for the death of premature infant, Ryan Rodriguez, on February 10, 2005. Read the full article on the Court’s ruling. >...

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Recent News – Orlando Attorneys

News Archive Case against Ryland Homes A Florida woman’s five-month-old home sustained thousands of dollars in water damage after the fall 2004 hurricanes, and her home has been declared uninhabitable by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Attorneys Trial Group has filed a suit on her behalf against Ryland Homes of Florida Realty Corporation, alleging that after the woman purchased the home, and continuing until the present, there have been construction defects with the home, including, but not limited to, water intrusion, mold and settling due to improper construction. The suit also alleges that Ryland Homes has violated a number of Florida building codes, including...

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Medical Error News – Fl Medical Malpractice Attorneys

News Archive US leads the way in medical errors WASHINGTON – According to a recent survey, patients in the United States reported elevated rates of medical errors, disorganized doctor visits, and more out-of-pocket expenses than patients in Canada, Britain, Germany, Austria, and New Zealand. Statistics show that thirty-four percent of U.S. patients received wrong medication, improper treatment or incorrect or delayed test results within the past two years. Researchers, who conducted the poll between March and June, questioned adults who had experienced some kind of serious condition that required intense medical treatment or had been hospitalized for something other than routine pregnancy. Between 700...

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Jackson Memorial Liable in Death of Premature Baby

News Archive Jackson Memorial Liable in Death of Premature Baby The Miami-Dade Circuit Court ruled on August 2, 2007 that Jackson Memorial Hospital was liable for the death of premature infant, Ryan Rodriguez, on February 10, 2005. Ryan’s mother, Odette Acanda, was seven months pregnant when her doctor sent her to Jackson Memorial Hospital, concerned that Acanda's amniotic fluid levels were low. She delivered Ryan nearly two months early through induced labor on Feb. 5, 2005, and he was put in a make-shift incubator and provided oxygen. But five days after his birth, he died of an infection. Ryan’s estate sued the Public Health...

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