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People sickened aboard Holland America cruise ship

Cruise ships vacations are supposed to be relaxing and fun. Cruise ships in Florida these days are equipped with many luxury features such as swimming pools, buffets and spas. However, the fun can be cut short if a person becomes ill due to a cruise ship's unsanitary practices.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is performing an investigation of a gastrointestinal illness that has broken out on a Holland America cruise ship. Nearly four percent of passengers and 15 percent of crew staff have contracted an illness highlighted by diarrhea and vomiting. One possible cause of these symptoms is norovirus, which is highly contagious if conditions are not kept sanitary. However, investigators may not be able to determine the exact food or objects that were contaminated with the illness.

How long does one have to bring a premises liability claim?

A broken handrail, torn carpet or wet floor may seem rather innocuous but, in reality, they can be very dangerous to those who do not know they are there. A person in Florida could slip or trip and fall on these surfaces and become seriously injured in the process. Broken bones, sprains and head injuries are not uncommon in these instances.

It is up to property owners to keep their premises safe for others. If a property owner knows of a dangerous condition on their property, does nothing about it and a person is injured as a result, the victim may have a cause for legal action. However, if a person wishes to pursue a premises liability lawsuit they should not wait too long to do so.

Florida motorcyclist dies after being struck by SUV

Motorcycling has become more mainstream these days, and whether it is a person on a traditional Harley Davidson or a person on a more modern motorcycle, it is not unusual for people in Florida to see a motorcyclist on any given day. However, what hasn't changed over the years is the fact that motorcycling presents dangers that people driving automobiles do not face. While the use of helmets and protective clothing has become more commonplace, the fact of the matter is that a motorcycle doesn't offer the rider the same structural protection a car has. There are no seatbelts, no airbags and no crumple zones. So, when a motorist strikes a motorcyclist, the motorcyclist could wind up severely injured or even killed.

In one recent incident in Florida, a 24-year-old motorcyclist lost his life after being struck by an SUV. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that two motorcyclists were traveling due north when an SUV tried to execute a left turn and drove into the path of the motorcyclists. The motorcyclist who lost his life struck the right side of the SUV. The other motorcyclist struck the first motorcyclist and a vehicle in front of him. The first motorcyclist died; the second motorcyclist and the driver of the SUV suffered injuries that have been described as minor.

Impaired truckers are on the rise

A tractor-trailer can weigh up to 40 times the weight of a standard motor vehicle. It can take as much as 40 times the length of road to stop a big rig than to stop a regular car on a clear, dry day. Add adverse weather, poor truck maintenance or worn tires to the mix, and the chances of a tragic accident increase. Add further the impairment by drugs or alcohol of the truck's operator, and you and your family are in danger of catastrophic injuries.

Nevertheless, a recent report shows that more truck drivers than ever before are behind the wheel while under the influence of mind-altering substances. While the reasons for using and abusing drugs may be understandable, there is no justification for such reckless and negligent behavior when it causes injury or takes a life.

What duties do physicians have to prevent medication errors?

Sometimes, a health care professional in Florida will give a patient the wrong medication, wrong dosage of a medication or will not follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the medication. This could mean not only that a person's illness is not being properly treated, but it could even lead to a worsened condition. While the health care professional may not have made such a mistake on purpose, the fact of the matter is that they have a duty of care to meet with respect to their patients, and this includes ensuring that medication errors do not occur.

A doctor who provides a prescription to a patient may be considered a "learned intermediary." Basically, this means that due to their medical education and the information they obtained from the manufacturer of the drug, the doctor has the duty to determine which medications are appropriate for their patient. Therefore, when a doctor gives a patient the wrong type of medication or wrong dosage of a medication, causing the patient further harm, the patient may want to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Cruise ship accident victims need a strong advocate on their side

People in Florida who are planning a cruise ship get-away often look forward to their vacation at sea. They anticipate soaking up the sun, dining on fine food and exploring the exciting locales the ship stops at during its journey. What they don't expect, however, is that a cruise ship accident will take place that could lead to serious injuries or even deaths.

Luxury vacations can turn into nightmares when cruise ship accidents occur. For example, many cruise ships are equipped with elaborate swimming pools. However, if these pools are poorly maintained and safety measures are not in place, drowning incidents can occur. While this is one of the most serious accidents that can harm people on cruise ships, there are other dangers on cruise ships that can injure people if the ship isn't kept safe. For example, a slippery deck or uneven carpet could cause a slip-and-fall accident. The failure to follow proper food safety protocols could lead to food poisoning incidents. Sometimes, crimes like assault even take place if proper lighting and security measures are not in place.

Car accident statistics from 2016 show interesting results

Memorial Day is behind us, and the unofficial start of summer has begun. Over the next few months, Florida residents and tourists to the state will go to barbecues, head to the beach, go to one of the state's many theme parks, go camping and, in general, enjoy the activities the season has to offer. However, some people will find that their summer fun has turned to tragedy due to a car accident. Some of these accidents will be caused by negligent driving or drunk driving. And, statistics from a 2016 report by the state show that drunk driving accidents and accidents all around are still a problem in Florida.

In 2016, there were 395,785 car crashes in Florida. This was up from 374,342 crashes in 2015. Fatalities and injuries due to these crashes also went up in 2016. In 2016, 3,176 people lost their lives in car accidents and a further 254,155 were injured. In 2015, these numbers sat at 2,939 and 243,316, respectively.

Poorly maintained pools in Miami could lead to drowning incidents

With children out of school for the summer and people vacationing in Florida, swimming at this time of year is especially enjoyable. However, swimming can also be a dangerous activity.

Federal statistics show that drowning is the second highest cause of unintentional injury-related fatalities for those between the ages of one to 14. Moreover, for each child that loses his or her life in a drowning accident, four more are sent to the emergency room for drowning injuries that, fortunately, are not fatal. And, while sometimes drowning accidents are just that -- unpreventable events that are no one's fault -- sometimes a person drowns due to negligence.

Will a homeowners insurance policy cover hurricanes?

Hurricane season is almost here, and Florida homeowners may already be stocking up supplies and preparing themselves for the possibility that their home could be hit by a major hurricane. Of course, many homes in Florida are built to withstand hurricanes as best as possible, but a hurricane can still cause major damage or even completely demolish a person's home. Most homeowners in Florida have homeowners insurance, but do these policies cover damages caused by hurricanes?

In general, a homeowner's insurance policy will provide coverage for fires, wind damage, hail damage or if a tree topples over onto a house, among other events. However, many policies do not provide coverage for flooding. This is significant, as a hurricane can cause flooding that causes major damage to a person's house. Moreover, for homes on the coast, even wind damage might not be covered if combined with concurrent flood damage, as it would be in a hurricane.

What damages can be pursued in a wrongful death lawsuit?

When a person loses a loved one, it can be a difficult experience. When a loved one dies simply due to old age, their survivors will grieve tremendously, but will understand that this is at least a natural cause of death. However, when a loved one's death is due to the negligence of another, such as in a car crash, the victim's survivors are left with a whole other type of grief highlighted by anger and pain. In such situations, the victim's survivors may want to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.

Under section 768.21 of Florida law, what damages a victim's survivors can seek in a wrongful death lawsuit depends on the relationship the survivor had to the victim. For example, every survivor can pursue damages for lost support and services spanning from when the victim was injured until the victim died. They can also pursue damages for future loss of support and services, to a certain extent.