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Tire Dry Rot – What It Is, How to Spot It & Liability for Accidents

All vehicle owners should know what tire dry rot is, how to spot it, and what to do if their tires have it. Meanwhile, if it causes an accident, talk to an attorney about liability. In some cases, a manufacturer may be liable if the dry rot was due to a defect in the tire…. read more

Gated Community Liability for Injuries

The term “gated community” brings to mind images of privacy and security. Security is a common reason some homeowners decide to buy properties in these communities. But crime still can and does occur in gated community. Some argue that gated communities foster a sense of false security among residents, who may not be as diligent… read more

Work and Construction Injury Statistics for Florida

The Department Of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) tracks injury and illness statistics across the country, including in Florida. The non-fatal workplace injury rate in Florida was 3.8 per 100 full-time workers in 2010, the last year the data was available, according to the BLS. The rate for injuries requiring days away from work… read more

Chalik & Chalik sponsors Survivors Scholarship

Chalik & Chalik Law Offices is proud to sponsor the Survivors Scholarship. The scholarship aims to assist individuals who have survived a serious medical diagnosis. We are proud to support these survivors as they move forward in their lives and pursue new opportunities. The $1,000 scholarship is open to those attending college or law school… read more

Hazards to Look for When Renting an Apartment

From mold-contaminated interiors to lack of adequate fire escapes, your apartment could conceal a number of dangers that place you at risk for serious injury. Keep your eyes open when renting an apartment and look for hazards that your landlord has failed to mention.  Landlord Obligations to Reveal Hazards  Under Florida law as well as… read more

Are You Buying Dangerous Counterfeit Tires?

While there are many counterfeit products that consumers might come across, ranging from clothing to handbags to watches and more, counterfeit tires are an unexpected development. The following reviews a scary report of the discovery of counterfeit tires, and what you should do as a consumer when purchasing tires.             … read more

4 Safety Tips for Boating at Night

You may be a good boater or seaman by day, but nighttime excursions on the water are a whole new ball game. Low light conditions and drastically reduced visibility increases risks of  boat accidents. It’s important to be fully trained and prepared and follow basic safety rules when you hit the water for some nighttime… read more

Flaws in Tire Identification, Registration, and Recall System

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, tire failure causes approximately 11,000 accidents per year, some of which lead to serious injuries or fatalities. But how do consumers know when a tire is at risk of failure and requires replacement? Some experts argue that there are flaws in the tire identification, registration and recall… read more

Pool Drowning Dangers: 6 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe

Nearly 1,000 children in the U.S. drowned in 2011, and swimming pools were the most common site for youth drowning accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other drowning statistics are just as troubling. Martin Eichelberger, MD, president and CEO of Safe Kids and director of emergency trauma and burn services at… read more

2014’s Most Dangerous Tires

2014 was a big year for tire recalls with 55 – the most since 2008. Toyo Tires U.S.A. Corp. had the most tires recalled with 2,454,340 tires spread over 14 recalls. American Pacific Industries Inc. had the most recalls at 18, and ITG Voma Corporation also saw 664,230 tires recalled. Tire recalls are almost always for… read more

Chalik & Chalik Award Scholarship to Cancer Survivor

The First Annual Survivor’s Scholarship was awarded to Marissa Ierna, a student at the University of North Florida. Marissa was chosen, not only for moving past her medical challenges, but also because of her efforts in helping others with cancer. The scholarship, offered by Chalik & Chalik Law Offices, is meant to help those whose… read more

Preventing Deadly Scaffolding Accidents

An estimated 65 percent of construction workers work on scaffolds frequently, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). Scaffolding may involve some common types of construction site injuries – each year, 4,500 workers are injured, and 50 workers die in scaffolding accidents. Not only do scaffolding accidents affect workers and families, but they… read more

NHTSA Asked to Conduct Investigation on Hercules Tires

In August 2013, 24-year-old Krystal Cantu lost her left arm in a rollover accident caused by the faulty Capitol Precision Trac II tire on the 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac in which she was riding. As a result of that accident, ITG Voma recalled 95,000 Capitol Precision Trac II tires in October of that year…. read more

Tire Defects: Moisture and Foreign Matter Cured into the Tire

When objects or moisture is trapped in the tire during the curing process, it can cause tread or belt separations, which can lead to blowouts and accidents. Tire companies have a responsibility to ensure the tires they manufacture are safe and free from defects. If they make a mistake and their defects cause a consumer… read more

Motorcycle and Alcohol Impairment Facts

According to motorcycle accident statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012, there were 2,030 people killed in single-vehicle motorcycle accidents. Forty-three percent of these motorcyclists were under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher at the time of the wreck. Twenty-seven percent of motorcyclists… read more

Causes of Tire Bead Failures: Who is liable for injuries?

Tire defects can lead to tire failures, which can significantly increase the risk of an accident when the car is in operation. One of the more serious causes of tire failure is a tire bead failure. Causes of Tire Bead Failures  The tire bead is the part of the tire that sits on the wheel…. read more

10 Facts about Product Liability Claims

If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one as a result of a defective product, you can file a product liability claim against a manufacturer and in some cases other parties as well. Here are some facts about product liability claims. 1. Florida is a Strict Product Liability State  Florida’s product liability laws are based… read more

The Use of Strict Liability in Product Liability Claims

Under the strict liability doctrine, a person who suffered injuries as a result of the use of defective product can hold the manufacturer responsible for the injuries without the need to prove negligence. In other words, the person can hold the manufacturer liable even if the manufacturer did everything possible to prevent the defect. The… read more

Exercises for Lower Back Pain

Workers who perform repetitive motions in the workplace are at risk of repetitive stress injuries. Back pain is one of the more common musculoskeletal disorders because many workers perform repetitive motion that put stress on the back muscles. Workers in jobs requiring them to do the following may be at risk for repetitive stress injuries…. read more

Watch This Campaign and You Will Never Drive Reckless Again

The holiday season brings a higher volume of drivers on the road in Fort Lauderdale. There are relatives and friends visiting others, there are holiday parties, and there are seasonal residents trying to escape the cold winter season up north. With a greater number of vehicles on the road – and people attending holiday parties… read more