Category: News

Baseball team charter bus involved in deadly accident

The charter bus for the baseball team at Hiram College was involved in a deadly accident in Pasco County, Florida. The bus was headed south on I-75 from Ohio. According to Sergeant Steve Gaskins of Florida Highway Patrol, among the 38 passengers on the Hiram bus, no one suffered any injuries. However, an 81-year-old woman… read more

April Is National Driver Distraction Awareness Month

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and, at the law offices of Chalik & Chalik, we take this month seriously. We have seen the horrors of distracted driving accidents in Fort Lauderdale, and we want all Florida citizens to be as safe on the road as possible. As cars have grown faster and more… read more

Deadly Intersections in Broward County

Florida ranks fifth in the nation for overall traffic accident deaths, and Broward County is statistically one of the most dangerous places to drive in Florida. Fort Lauderdale in Broward County has the second highest pedestrian fatality rate in the country. Fort Lauderdale has a relatively small population of only about 165,000 residents, but about… read more

Study: Top Fears of Rideshare Passengers in the U.S.

With more than four billion rides completed in 2017 alone, rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft are poised to take over the taxi industry in no time. However, due to the as-of-yet largely unregulated nature of the industry, ridesharing can bring on a unique set of concerns for passengers. Uber and Lyft horror stories… read more

What Florida’s New Ridesharing Law Means for Your Safety

Ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft have grown in popularity in recent years, giving consumers an alternative to limo and cab companies. Convenience and the relatively low cost of service, have helped these services develop rapidly across the country. Many cities, however, have pushed back against them, and enacted local laws meant to keep… read more

Slip and fall accidents in airports

Airports are crowded with passengers who are rushing to reach their plane on time, but in their haste, they may run the risk of slipping, falling and suffering an injury. They are frequently carrying heavy luggage, which only serves to compound the situation. In addition, the chaotic atmosphere of the airport may cause some passengers… read more

Fort Lauderdale detective killed by suspected drunk driver

A memorial service was held on August 26 for a police detective who died in a fiery rear-end collision. Loved ones, police officers and South Florida community members paid their respects to the seven-year veteran of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. Christopher Sheehan, 30, was driving a 1995 Jeep Wrangler in Coral Springs, Florida, located… read more

Florida appellate court rules in favor of plaintiff in slip and fall case

In personal injury cases in Florida, the jury has to make a decision as to whether to believe part or all of the account of events presented by the defendant. They must decide whether there are any genuine issues of material fact. However, judges must decide matters of law, and they are required to permit… read more

Birth injury lawsuit against the University of Miami

The Florida Supreme Court permitted a family to resume their birth injury claim against the University of Miami (UM). According to the Florida Record, the parents of a child who is currently age 17 filed a lawsuit against UM, alleging that at the time of his delivery at Jackson North Maternity Center in Miami-Dade County,… read more

Erb’s Palsy lawsuit alleges negligence on the part of hospital and staff

A woman from Lake Worth, Florida, filed a personal injury lawsuit against her obstetrician/gynecologist and the staff at Bethesda Memorial Hospital. She alleges that they neglected to use the required level of care, skill and treatment at the time of her delivery. As a result of their negligence, her child suffered a brachial plexus injury,… read more

How simple precautions can prevent summer accidents

Making safety a priority is essential when enjoying Florida’s warm weather. Otherwise, a fun summer activity could quickly turn into an accident that can cause serious injuries ranging from broken bones to paralysis. Summer marks the onset of the state’s rainy season. The risk of car crashes increases with frequent and heavy downpours. Sudden showers… read more

Jaguar Land Rover is the latest carmaker to join Takata airbag recall

Jaguar Land Rover issued a recall for 54,000 cars in the United States to fix faulty Takata airbags that have killed over 10 people and injured more than 100 nationwide. The luxury carmaker is the latest to join a series of recalls that have been ongoing for months. Millions of Takata airbags have already been… read more

$3M verdict upheld in birth injury lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson

An appeals court upheld a $3 million verdict against Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, for serious birth injuries that were caused by the mother’s ingestion of Topamax while she was pregnant. As reported in PRNewswire, the daughter of Kelly and Brian Anderson was born in 2008 with bilateral cleft… read more

$53M award in birth injury case of child with cerebral palsy

A jury rendered an award of $53 million to a 12-year-old boy who was born with a serious brain injury following 12 hours of fetal distress in the course of the delivery. The trial in the medical malpractice cased lasted one month, and was initiated in December 2013 by the boy’s guardian, who filed a… read more

Fatal collision due to tire separation

Tire separation was the cause of a deadly crash that occurred between a tractor-trailer and the south median guardrail on Interstate 95 in West Melbourne, Fla. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident took place in the vicinity of Palm Bay Road where a tractor-trailer was carrying a road construction excavator. The excavator fell… read more

First fatality for self-driving car

The first American fatality in which a self-driving car was involved, poses the question of how to accept the car’s life-saving technology. The issue becomes even more difficult given the fact that the motorist had a history of speeding. His name was Joshua D. Brown, age 40, from Canton, Ohio, and he owned a technology… read more

Using crutches safely to avoid slip and fall accidents

A person may have to use crutches due to chronic conditions like amputated limbs or cerebral palsy that result in decreased range of motion, coordination and strength. Crutches may also be necessary if an individual suffers broken bones or other injuries that limit their ability to move. However, the very device that is designed to… read more

A promising drug for preventing brain damage in babies

New research indicates the drug erythropoietin may be effective in protecting babies from brain damage. Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) is a dangerous complication that can occur during delivery. Newborns suffer brain damage due to oxygen deprivation in the nervous system, which can cause debilitating birth injuries such as cerebral palsy and even death if left… read more

How escalators can cause slip and fall accidents

Escalators are widely used in day-to-day life to enable individuals to quickly move between different floors in a building. They are located in malls, hospitals, airports, hotels, apartment complexes and more. Most people do not even think of potential hazards when they step onto an escalator. However, escalators can lead to slip and fall accidents… read more

Past malpractice lawsuits may help reduce birth injuries

Doctors and hospitals are using past medical malpractice cases to avoid repeating mistakes that could put patients at risk and give rise to future claims. Shoulder dystocia was found to occur the most frequently among the birth injury lawsuits examined. According to The Wall Street Journal, malpractice insurers and medical specialty groups are analyzing thousands… read more