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Can a centralized medical list reduce medication errors?

People in Miami may be surprised to hear that, despite advancements in technology centralizing their medical records in one database, there is not one up-to-date record available of what medications -both prescription and over-the-counter -- they are taking, except for the knowledge the person carries him or herself. This has significant, negative consequences that could harm patients.

For example, a study performed by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2016 found that the third leading cause of fatalities in the nation were due to medical errors, many of which had to deal with errors in medications taken. Moreover, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year approximately one million people go to the emergency room for treatment for an adverse drug reaction. Right now, some common medication errors include patients being administered duplicate medications, patients not receiving the medications they need and the unreported use of herbal supplements and other dietary aids.

Drunk driving is a major problem on U.S. roadways

This past Labor Day weekend was a time for many Floridians to relax and celebrate the end of summer. Many people, however, may have overindulged when it comes to alcohol. This overindulgence becomes a problem when a person chooses to get behind the wheel of a car while drunk.

Drunk drivers are a hazard not just to themselves, but to all others on the road. This is serious since, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one person in the United States dies every 50 minutes in a drunk driving accident. Therefore, it is important to understand more about drunk driving.

How can Floridians dispute a denied homeowner's insurance claim?

Homeowners in Florida are no strangers to the possibility that an act of nature could damage their home. Whether it is a tornado, a sinkhole, a hurricane or a flood, sometimes Mother Nature can wreak havoc on a person's abode. It is at times like these that homeowners may be very grateful that they have homeowner's insurance.

However, there will be instances in which an offer from the insurance company is insufficient, or a homeowner's claim is denied altogether. This situation may seem hopeless, but homeowners shouldn't despair. There are ways to dispute an insufficient insurance settlement or denied home and commercial property insurance claim.

Over 300 people have fallen overboard cruise ships since 2000

Many cruise ships depart Florida each year, carrying vacationers out to sea for what passengers assume will be a relaxing and fun trip. However, the good times can be cut short if a person is injured or killed aboard a cruise ship. One of the most dangerous incidents a person could experience on a cruise ship is falling overboard.

Some may be surprised to hear that the cruise ship industry does not maintain records in any centralized fashion on how many people fall overboard on cruise ships, and of those, how many are saved. According to one academic expert, based on Federal Bureau of Investigation records since 2000, 314 individuals have fallen overboard on approximately 12 major cruise ships. Of those individuals, an average of 17 percent were saved.

Swimming pool owners can face premises liability claims

Many homeowners in Florida have swimming pools. In a state that can see hot weather year-round, swimming pools are a great way to cool down. However, property owners should understand that when it comes to swimming pools and children, the property owner could find themselves the subject of a premises liability claim.

If a person's premises has features -- such as a swimming pool -- that attract a child's attention but could also harm a child, then under the "attractive nuisance" doctrine, the property owner has a duty to protect children who may enter their premises. An attractive nuisance is an item that a child would be so interested in that they would go onto a person's premises to explore it. In general, attractive nuisances are man-made and need maintenance in order for the property owner to face liability if a child is hurt.

What damages can be sought in a Florida wrongful death suit?

The loss of a loved one is never easy, but when that loss comes at the hands of another person, the blow is even more devastating. Whether it is in a car crash, medical malpractice, criminal act or any other breach of a duty of care owed to the victim, the victim's survivors in such situations may wish to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions. One way to do this is through a wrongful death lawsuit.

In Florida, a wrongful death action is brought by a personal representative of the decedent's estate on behalf of the decedent's survivors. Under Florida Statutes §768.21, there are a variety of damages the decedent's survivors can pursue in a wrongful death claim.

Anesthesiologists can make medication errors, harming patients

Entering the operating room can be frightening. People in Florida may fear that something will go wrong during the procedure that could cause them harm. They may even fear they may not survive the surgery. When a person must undergo an operation, they depend on all medical professionals involved to ensure the procedure runs smoothly and without complications.

All medical personnel present during an operation have certain duties. Anesthesiologists are tasked with prescribing, preparing and administering drugs to patients. The anesthesiologist is not assisted by another person, does not have technological support and is often working in a stressful environment. Therefore, it may come as no surprise to hear that anesthesiologists can make medication errors.

Car accidents involving pedestrians are on the rise, report says

While summer may be a scorcher in the Sunshine State, the rest of the year the weather in Florida is pleasant enough to take a walk. Some people walk for exercise, some people walk as a more cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly means of getting from point A to point B and some people walk simply because it may be more convenient for them than driving. However, car accidents involving pedestrians in Florida and nationwide are on a dangerous rise.

According to a recent report, pedestrian deaths across the nation have risen by 46 percent since 2009. In fact, nearly 6,000 pedestrians nationwide lost their lives in car accidents in 2016. The report noted that this uptick in pedestrian fatalities may be due to distracted driving and an increasing number of drivers on the road since the so-called "Great Recession." However, safety experts also cite the rise in popularity of SUVs was a factor in many pedestrian fatalities. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported that the number of fatal auto-pedestrian crashes involving SUVs soared over 80 percent from 2009 to 2016.

Help is available when hurricanes strike

Hurricane season is here, and residents of Florida may be remembering last year's hurricane season that caused major damage in the state. While people can prepare for hurricanes through the use of hurricane shutters, by boarding up their doors and windows and by placing sandbags around their property, these massive storms can easily destroy a person's home.

The aftermath of a hurricane can be dramatic, with some people losing their homes and possessions. When this happens, a person might want to submit a home or commercial property insurance claim. However, in the end insurance companies are looking to protect their bottom line. They may offer the policyholder a settlement that is too low to cover all the damages the policyholder suffered or they may deny a policyholder's claim altogether. This can be very distressing for property owners who are just trying to get back on their feet after losing everything in a hurricane.

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.