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  • Are You at Risk for Food Poisoning?

    Sometimes it seems as if every couple of weeks grocery stores or food manufacturers announce a new recall due to the potential of a product's carrying a foodborne disease. With increased news reports over the years talking about foodborne illnesses, public awareness about causes, symptoms, and the general risks has increased. Unfortunately, thousands of people still die each year from one type of ...
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  • Prepare for Boating Season with These 8 Safety Tips

    One of the perks of living in Florida is that we have a much bigger window in which to enjoy outdoor activities. Boating is a favorite pastime for locals and tourists alike, and while you can pretty much boat any time of the year in the Sunshine State, things start to pick up noticeably in the spring season. Enjoying the beauty of the open water is an amazing experience, but it is not without its ...
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  • Florida Leads the Nation in Motorcycle Injuries

    Florida's famous sunshine and nearly perfect weather is what draws a lot of people to the state. Because of this ideal climate, it's no wonder that many of Florida's residents and visitors can be seen taking to the streets on motorcycles. Yet with the large number of motorcycles on the road comes an increased risk for motorcycle crashes. Unfortunately, the National Highway Traffic Safety ...
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  • Wednesday, May 24, is Emergency Medical Services for Children Day

    “Benny the Bearamedic” may sound like a cute and cuddly creation, but he exists to bring awareness to a very serious matter – specialized emergency care for children. The need for quality pediatric emergency medical care is so important that it is highlighted annually during Emergency Medical Services Week (EMS). Started in 1974, EMS Week runs May 21 st through 27 th this year. May 24 th is EMS ...
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  • Settlement vs. Trial

    To most Americans, the legal process is limited to what they’ve seen portrayed on television or in the movies. While some depictions are accurate, it can seem completely foreign once you are the one directly involved in a lawsuit. Trials have many stages, but few civil cases progress that far. Rather, the majority of personal injury actions end in pre-trial settlement with as many as 95 percent of ...
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  • This Spring Break, Don't Take a Break from Safety

    It’s almost that time again. Spring break. Whether you are a college student or a family with kids about to get days off from school, traveling for spring break is a welcome adventure. South Florida is a very common destination this time of the year. Fort Lauderdale ranked as the fourth most popular spot for Spring Break 2017 in a recent survey by Allianz Global Assistance , which examined more ...
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  • To Err is Human...

    The day after Christmas, three people on their way home from a nightclub were killed when their car smashed through two fences and plunged into a lake near Fort Lauderdale. Only the driver escaped the sinking vehicle and, although the cause is still under investigation , witnesses reported that the car had been speeding prior to the crash. A tragedy for sure, perhaps even a preventable one – and ...
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  • Zika Outbreak Update

    We've got good news and bad news. The good news is that, in mid-November, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that they do not consider Zika to be a “public health emergency of international concern” anymore. While that's a relief on a global front, the bad news is that Zika virus is still very present in the Miami area, and WHO says that going forward, places like Miami that are seeing ...
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  • What is Subrogation?

    The law is full of cumbersome terms and complex principles that can seem intimidating to many people. Yet, these notions are at play in our daily lives, whether we realize it or not. Subrogation is one of those ideas that can be very useful to understand in the context of personal injury. The word “subrogation” means to stand in the place of another, particularly to substitute for another with ...
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  • What are Personal Injury Damages?

    While there are lots of jokes about how litigious American society is, when you are the one that is harmed, it’s no laughing matter. Without the legal system, many injured people would be left holding the bag, suffering both physical and financial damage through no fault of their own. If you have been hurt due to someone else’s actions, you may want to consider filing a lawsuit in order to make ...
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  • Personal Watercraft Accidents

    There’s nothing like fun on the water. Boating, waterskiing, kayaking, sailing, paddleboarding, windsurfing – just a few of the many ways South Floridians get out and enjoy the waves. One of the more popular aquatic activities is the use of personal watercraft (PWC), which began as “water scooters” in the 1950s and evolved into stand-up and sit-down varieties. A fast-growing segment of the ...
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  • Hand Hygiene Lacking in Healthcare Settings

    Back in April, we wrote a blog about how some Florida facilities were being penalized for their unacceptably high rate of hospital acquired infections (HAIs), which are caused by bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other less common types of pathogens. HAIs do not have to be an inevitable part of healthcare and their elimination has been made a priority by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...
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  • Healthcare Based on the Clock

    If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give much thought to doctors or hospitals until you need one. When you get sick or have an emergency, you expect medical practitioners to be accessible and helpful, to accurately diagnose your condition, alleviate your pain, administer proper treatment, resolve the uncertainties. Anyone who has to spend time in a hospital looks forward to going home, ...
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  • Boat Insurance Claims

    Here in Florida, we have a lot of sunshine and a lot of water. Those elements combine to make us a boater’s paradise, as demonstrated by the over 870,000 boats registered here . Florida is also a haven for visitors who come by boat or bring their boat along. Although Florida law has strict registration policies, boat insurance is optional. Most boaters elect coverage, knowing there are many risks ...
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  • Permanent Injuries Plague Temporary Workers

    As part of the United States Department of Labor, the mission of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is “to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance.” OSHA’s rules and regulations are intended to reduce on-the-job illnesses, injuries, and fatalities. ...
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  • Windstorms: Preparation and Filing for Loss

    South Florida is rich in sun, sand, water, and wind. Advertisements for the area often depict people sunbathing or strolling along the beach, waves lapping the shore as a gentle breeze keeps things fresh. However, residents are familiar with the weather that lurks on the other side of this peaceful coin. Torrential rains lashed by howling winds can leave a path of devastation. Adequate preparation ...
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  • Medications and the Older Driver

    Pharmaceuticals are big business. In 2014, around $370 billion was spent in the U.S. on medication. The top three therapy areas for which the most money was spent were oncology, diabetes, and mental health, to the tune of almost $90 billion. Statistics suggest that medicines are used more by older adults than by any other age group. In fact, this demographic frequently takes multiple medications ...
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  • After the Storm

    South Floridians know they live on borrowed time. One of the sacrifices we make for the warm sunshine, water accessibility, diverse cultures, abundance of nature, and friendly people is knowing a hurricane is always just around the corner. Some tropical Atlantic storms never gain hurricane strength or make landfall, but those that do have a penchant for the Sunshine State. In fact, eight of the ...
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  • An Unwelcome Visitor: Zika Comes to Miami

    Back in March, it was estimated that there had been 193 cases of Zika in the United States and that none of them had been transmitted locally. Rather, the virus in those cases was spread by travel or sexual activity. But researchers warned that the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the primary carrier of Zika, could find the southern Florida environment quite hospitable. In fact, Miami was determined to ...
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  • Hurricane Season is a Good Time to Review Your Homeowner's Insurance

    The Weather Network warns that warmer than normal sea surface temperatures off the eastern coast of the U.S. as well as the Gulf of Mexico mean that the Atlantic hurricane season this year has the potential to be a powerful one. This month, the Tropical Meteorology team at Colorado State University updated its April prediction of 13 named storms to 15, with six of those storms becoming hurricanes ...
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  • Dangers of Pesticides and Their Improper Application

    Of the more than eight million species that inhabit the planet with humans, we seem to have the hardest time coexisting with insects. While many insects are beneficial, others destroy crops, damage property, spread disease, bite, or sting. When they infest households, many people turn to professional pest control services that use chemical pesticides to manage the problem. Pesticides are designed ...
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  • When Healthcare Kills

    Although not an especially cheery thought, the truth is our lives are bookended by official pieces of paper, “vital records” that give and take a number of legal rights. As far as the U.S. government is concerned, you don’t really exist until you have a birth certificate and you don’t expire until you have a death certificate. Generally, deaths have to be recorded with local health departments ...
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  • Before the Storm

    The forecast for the 2016 hurricane season is out, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season. The season, which begins June 1 and ends November 30, has a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms. Of these storms, 4 to 8 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including as many as 4 so serious that they ...
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  • Florida: Deadly for Pedestrians

    Long before we learn to balance on a bicycle or drive a car, one of our first milestones is learning how to walk. The “shoe leather express” is always available, fairly economical (though some of those Air Jordans can cost as much as vehicle down payment) and good for the environment. The thing is, many American roadways fail to provide for the safety of pedestrians. And year after year, the ...
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  • National Safe Boating Week: May 21 - 27

    Recent headlines from around the state are alarming: Pastor Watches Two Friends Drown as He Races in Kayak to Save Them (Lake Manatee, 5/2/16) Key Largo Man Dies in Boating Accident (4/14/16) Three Die, One Survives in Stuart Boating Accident (4/12/16) Woman Takes Plea in Deadly Drunk Boating Accident (Ft. Lauderdale, 4/5/16) Key Biscayne Crash Throws Boaters from Vessel (3/13/16) With accidents ...
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