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Injuries that may result from a rear-end collision

A rear-end crash occurs when a vehicle drives into the back of another vehicle. It is a common form of car accident and often happens when a driver is distracted and fails to see changes in driving conditions in front of them. Rear-end collisions can be very serious and can result in significant injuries and even the deaths of Miami victims.

One of the most common forms of rear-end accident injuries is whiplash. Whiplash affects the neck and happens when a person's head is thrown forward and backward due to the force of an accident. Whiplash can be minor or serious and may result in pain, stiffness, dizziness and even cognitive disorders like affected memory and concentration.

What is a wrongful death?

The loss of a loved one is a tragic event in the life of a Miami resident. When that loss is unexpected, however, a person may suffer more significantly because they did not have time to stay goodbye or prepare for their loved one's death. When a death happens because of the actions of another party, that death may be considered wrongful if certain factors are present.

First, a death is considered wrongful if it occurred because of the negligent or intentional actions of another person. For example, when a driver gets behind the wheel of their vehicle after drinking alcohol, their actions may be considered negligent. If they crash into a pedestrian and kill that individual while they are in their state of intoxication, it may be reasonable to claim that the pedestrian's death was caused by the negligent actions of the drunk driver.

How can I protect myself in a slip and fall?

No one wants to experience a fall, but it can happen to anyone. Older people are particularly susceptible to falls, due to many physiological and cognitive changes that can come with age. A quarter of adults older than 65 experience a fall every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and 20% of those falls will result in serious injury. Strangely, adults aged 50-60 experience even more falls, due to their increased activity over those who are older than them.

Though a fall can happen to anyone, there are times when someone else is to blame for the conditions that caused the fall in the first place. Florida businesses and companies need to be sure they don't have improperly maintained sidewalks, wet floors with no warning signs or dangerous stairs, so that customers and other people don't experience a slip and fall. However, in the interest of protecting yourself, experts say there are four ways to keep yourself safe if you do suffer a slip and fall.

Medication errors in emergency settings

When an accident happens and victims are hurt, emergency medical personnel must move quickly to stabilize those who are harmed and transport them to trauma centers where they can receive further medical care. In some cases, Florida EMTs may have to administer certain medications to victims to provide them with pain management and to stop further harm from happening in their bodies. In these frenetic environments, medication errors can happen and patients can suffer additional serious harm.

A medication error happens when a patient gets a drug that they should not receive. While not all medication errors will cause drastic suffering to those who are affected, medication errors can result in delayed treatments, serious allergic reactions, worsened conditions and other problems. While EMTs work hard to provide the best possible care to their patients, medication errors often do happen because of negligent practices.

Florida takes steps to curb texting and driving

Our cellphones have become such an integral part of our daily lives that it can be difficult at times to put them down. However, this dependence can lead a person to engage in the risky act of texting and driving. When this happens, it is very easy to cause a car accident that injures or kills another person. Florida has recently taken steps to encourage motorists to put down their cellphones while driving.

With the passage of a new law, Florida has recently joined the 43 other states in the nation that makes texting and driving a primary offense. This means that an officer can pull a motorist over and ticket the motorist for texting and driving even if no other traffic violation occurred. Previously, an officer could only ticket the motorist for texting and driving if the initial traffic stop was due to some other violation of the law. The new law also permits officers to ticket motorists who using a wireless communication device in a handheld manner while operating their vehicles in construction zones and school zones.

Who is liable for cruise ship accidents?

Florida is a popular place to board a cruise ship for a relaxing vacation on the ocean, and in fact, many major cruise lines are headquartered in the Sunshine State. However, for some people a dream vacation aboard a cruise ship turns into a nightmare if they are injured in a cruise ship accident. If this happens, cruise ship accident victims may wonder who they can hold responsible for the injuries and damages they suffered.

In general, if a person is injured on a cruise ship, the operator of the vessel will not be held strictly liable. Instead, there must be a finding that the cruise ship operator acted negligently or with willful intent. Negligence is determined based on whether a "reasonably careful ship operator" would have or should have known about the hazard. The law recognizes that even careful ship operators would be unable to anticipate every possible hazard.

Homeowners' insurers should not wrongfully deny claims

Owning a home can be a source of pride, and many homeowners in Florida take great lengths to care for their home. Unfortunately, disasters such as fires, sinkholes, hurricanes or strong winds could all cause significant damage to one's home. In such situations, homeowners may feel relieved that they have homeowner's insurance.

However, it is not unusual for a person's home and commercial property insurance claim to be denied. This can be incredibly frustrating, especially if you feel you have a valid claim and should be compensated. Unfortunately, insurance companies are ultimately businesses that are looking out for their bottom line. They will try to underscore the value of a person's claim or will deny it altogether.

April brings awareness to distracted driving car accidents

Most people in Florida and elsewhere own a cellphone and keep it with them at all times. While we may enjoy being easily accessible and being able to contact others at a moment's notice, cellphone use can sometimes be dangerous. This is especially true when a person tries to use a cellphone while driving.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that across the United States, each day nine people lose their lives and over 1,000 suffer injuries in car accidents where distracted driving is a factor. To help shine light on this important issue and with the aim of reducing the number of car accidents involving distracted driving, April has been designated as the national distracted driving awareness month.

Medication errors linked to electronic health records

As technology improved over the ages, and the use of computers became increasingly common. Thus, health care professionals in Florida and across the nation, backed by a law passed by the federal government, moved from keeping paper medical records to keeping electronic health records. The idea was that electronic records would reduce medical errors, and they would provide patients with a portable system in which they could easily share their medical history with any other health care provider -- something that could prove invaluable in a life-threatening emergency.

However, despite the $36 billion the federal government has spent so far following a law to accelerate the transition from paper records to electronic records, electronic health records have not met the goals the government, health care professionals and patients hoped they would. Physicians have stated that the systems can be difficult and time-consuming to navigate. Since there are over 700 vendors of electronic health records systems, rather than a single global network, many records still need to be transferred via fax or CD-ROM, and patients can find it difficult, if not impossible, to access their own medical records.

When can a retail store be liable for shopping-related injuries?

When a person enters a store in Florida, they usually expect that they will make their intended purchase without incident. However, shopping-related injuries do occur in stores across the Sunshine State. Shopping-related injuries could include anything from slips and falls, to head injuries and overcrowding injuries. While these types of injuries may be more common during popular shopping seasons, any store could overlook a spill on the floor or fail to inspect and maintain their premises at any point in the year.

Shopping-related injuries can be very serious, leading to costly medical bills, lost time at work and a life that may never be the same again. Thus, Floridians injured in shopping-related accidents may want to determine what they can do to hold the responsible party accountable for the incident. For some, this means pursuing a premises liability claim.