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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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Hip Implant Lawyers Keep Busy

Hip implant lawyers may have new grounds to sue medical device makers. Doctors have long been aware of health problems such as joint deterioration and inflammation caused by the break down of materials used in metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implants, but new research is uncovering an additional risk of brain damage associated with the implants. Researchers using newly improved imaging techniques are developing the ability to detect neurological damage caused by metal particles that leach into the blood stream as the metals deteriorate. Dr. Kevin Kavanagh is Associate Editor of the Journal of Patient Safety and Chairman of the Board of Health Watch USA....

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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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