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Text and Drive? Show This to Your Family

  About a third of the teens in a recent survey said that they or someone they knew lost a friend or loved one in a distracted driving accident. Nine people are killed every day in America, and more than 1,000 are hurt because a driver wasn't paying attention behind the wheel. The most distracted drivers in the country are in Florida, according to the Department of Highway Safety. Annual traffic deaths in the state rose from 2,497 in 2014 to 3,158 in 2016 because more drivers were texting and talking on cells phones. Teen drivers cause the majority of distracted driving car...

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Injured? 1st Call is NOT to a Lawyer.

Many law firms advertise that the first thing to do after you've been injured in an accident is to call them in order to protect your legal rights. At Martinez Manglardi, we want to remind you that the first thing you need to do is look after your health and well-being. Symptoms of injuries from a car or bicycle crash may not show up for many days. This is because they are often soft-tissue injuries that are not readily apparent. Also, the human body releases certain natural painkillers after trauma, called endorphins, which can mask symptoms of injuries. You may not...

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Florida’s Sickest Children Kicked from Health Care Plan

The Florida Department of Health is facing questions over whether it removed thousands of the state's sickest children from a special Medicaid program as a political favor to Republican party insurance industry donors. According to a CNN report, the state switched more than 13,000 children from a special Medicaid program called Children's Medical Services (CMS) that covered that most serious, chronic health conditions. CMS is a public program. The state moved children to Medicaid programs that are run by private insurance companies. Most of those companies have donated millions of dollars to the Florida Republican Party over the years. Republicans control the...

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Birth Injury Lawyer: D.C. Hospital Ordered to Close Obstetrics Unit

A Washington, D.C. hospital has been ordered to stop delivering babies because hospital staff made dangerous errors in caring for pregnant women and newborns, according to the Washington Post. The District of Columbia Department of Health took the move against United Medical Center after learning of mistakes that could lead to birth injury. In one case, doctors failed to monitor and properly treat an overweight pregnant woman who was having trouble breathing. The woman arrived at the hospital in "acute respiratory distress." She had a history of a deadly blood pressure condition called preeclampsia. Another maternity patient was infected with HIV, and doctors...

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Nursing Home Abuse: Losing the Right to Sue

Nursing home abuse attorneys say the government wants to prevent nursing home residents from being able to sue over cases of neglect and abuse. Presently, many nursing homes require residents to sign a contract which includes a clause known as forced arbitration - or the "no sue" contract. They usually bury the wording in the fine print. Consequently, injured, abused or neglected residents and their families waive the right to take nursing home owners to court. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a rule in 2016 that prohibited forced arbitration contracts in any nursing home that receives Medicare or Medicaid funding. Most...

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Coping with Birth Injuries

Doctors diagnose more than 10,000 children every year with birth-related brain injuries. The name "cerebral palsy" actually describes the many conditions that result from birth injuries to the part of the brain that controls motor functions. Most of these conditions involve life-long problems with muscle control, movement, and coordination. Children with cerebral palsy have difficulty with balance and walking. The condition can lead to other health problems later in life. However, there are many resources available to help those with cerebral palsy lead long and productive lives. Recent advances in technology are helping to make a difference in the lives of...

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Drug Injury and Death

In the wake of recent reports showing that drug injury and overdose deaths in America are reaching record levels, some local governments in Florida are considering suing drug companies that manufacture prescription painkillers. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that the latest data reports at least 59,000 overdose deaths nationwide in 2016, as compared t0 52,000 the previous year. The latest information available for Florida shows that drug-related deaths in 2016 may increase by as much as 36 percent over 2015. That means an average of 14 people a day are losing their lives to the opioid crisis in the state. Gov. Rick...

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Negligence, Wrongful Death Payout 16 Years Later

Amie Stephenson sued the State of Florida in May 2001 for negligence in the wrongful death of her husband after he was killed in an accident on the Hart Bridge Expressway in Jacksonville. Christian Stephenson had been driving a gasoline tanker that jack-knifed when he swerved to avoid two cars that had crashed after hitting a pool of standing water. Stephenson was killed when his truck overturned and burst into flames, leaving behind his pregnant widow and a two-year-old daughter. His wife filed a wrongful death and negligence lawsuit against the Department of Transportation. She charged that the state was negligent...

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Missed Heart Attack Diagnosis

A recently published study in the Emergency Medicine Journal may save doctors from a missed heart attack diagnosis in emergency room patients. Thinking that you are having a heart attack because of chest pain is one of the most common reasons to visit the emergency department. Correspondingly, the failure to diagnose a heart attack is one of the leading reasons that patients contact medical malpractice lawyers. The study, by researchers at George Washington University, found that symptoms pointing to a heart attack generally differ depending on the race and sex of the patient. For example, white men usually present with typical, well-known symptoms...

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