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February 2018 Archives

Help is available in Miami when an insurance policy is violated

When disaster strikes, homeowners in Miami may be very thankful that they have homeowner's insurance. Whether it is a hurricane, a fire, a sinkhole or any other type of property damage, most homeowners expect that since they've been dutifully paying for their insurance policies on time and in full, that these policies will come to the rescue when their home has been damaged or destroyed.

Despite advances in medical field, medication errors persist

We are fortunate to live in the age of modern medicine, when there is medication to treat almost anything. When people in Miami have a headache, they will take an over-the-counter pain killer. If they have high blood pressure, diabetes or even a mental illness, there are prescription medications that can help alleviate these conditions.

Could self-driving cars reduce the number of car accidents?

While they may have once been the stuff of science fiction, self-driving cars are becoming a reality in Miami and nationwide. One of the hopes of these autonomous vehicles is that they will reduce the number of car accidents. However, are self-driving cars really safer than traditional human-driven vehicles?

Cruise ship accidents may increase as more ships fail inspections

Many people in Miami may be looking forward to taking a cruise vacation in 2018, but these trips could potentially affect their health. According to a MarketWatch analysis, in 2017 a greater number of cruise ships did not pass health inspections than ever over the course of the past 10 years. This analysis was based on numbers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2016, two cruise ships did not pass health inspections. However, in 2017, there were 14 occurrences wherein a cruise ship did not pass a health inspection. In fact, one cruise ship did not pass a health inspection two different times. Moreover, merely 50 percent of the cruise ships that did not pass a health inspection were inspected a second time and passed that second inspection. In comparison, in 2007 and again in 2011 all ships inspected received a passing score.

Premises liability and a property owner's duty to trespassers

People may have a "no trespassing" sign posted on the entrance to their property, but this does not always keep trespassers away. And, unfortunately, sometimes a person is injured or killed while trespassing on another's property. When this happens, it is important to understand how premises liability applies to trespassers under Florida law.