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How exercise can reduce slip and fall accidents among the elderly

Recent research suggests step training and exercises for improving balance may help prevent seniors from slipping and falling. People over the age of 65 are particularly at risk for sustaining serious injuries from such accidents. A Yale University study has found that exercising can help older men significantly reduce their risk of dangerous falls. The… read more

New app helps identify risk of premature birth

A new app called QUiPP could help doctors predict the risk of preterm deliveries. Infants born before 37 weeks’ gestation are considered premature. Each year 15 million babies worldwide are born prematurely. More than one million die from the resulting birth injures and complications. Doctors use several factors to determine the risk of premature birth… read more

How shoes can affect the outcome of a slip and fall case

Footwear can play an important role in slip and fall lawsuits. Florida’s liability system is based on comparative negligence, which means a jury can reduce an award by the extent the victim is deemed responsible for causing their injuries. While wearing certain types of footwear does not automatically make someone negligent, the defendant in a… read more

Study warns not to underestimate birth injury risk for second-time mothers

Researchers have claimed doctors should not assume that a mother who has previously undergone a vaginal delivery is exempt from the risk of her subsequent babies sustaining brachial plexus birth injuries. A recent study analyzed all brachial plexus birth injuries that occurred between October 2003 and March 2013 at an academic medical institution. There were… read more

Palm Beach County plans health fairs to reduce slip and fall accidents

In an effort to tackle the large number of slip and fall accidents reported in Palm Beach County, Florida, officials announced three senior health fairs in January. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said 87 percent of the 911 calls they received in 2015 were regarding medical emergencies. The most common calls they responded to involved… read more

Hoverboard Travelers Are Hovering Over Danger

As the product reportedly catches on fire, a number of retailers are pulling the products from their sites, and the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission is conducting an investigation. [powerpress]

Diabetes drug may help treat preeclampsia in pregnant women

A diabetes medication considered safe for pregnant women could potentially be used to treat or prevent preeclampsia, a leading cause of maternal death. Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication that kills more than 60,000 women around the world each year. It occurs when an insufficient blood supply to the placenta causes the release of toxins into… read more

How a simple fall can lead to serious head injuries

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of five slip and fall accidents results in a head injury, broken bones or other serious injuries. Hazardous conditions such as spills on supermarket floors and cracked sidewalks have the potential to cause slip and fall accidents that can lead to significant head injuries…. read more

Simulation manikins gain popularity as medical training tool

Simulation using manikins is becoming an integral part of medical training around the country to help improve the quality of care for patients. Research indicates that simulated learning environments contribute to preparing medical staff for emergencies, enhance their skills and allow them to practice rarely used procedures. In addition, simulator training is credited with reducing… read more

Scientists to study impact of worn shoes on slip and fall accidents

University of Pittsburgh researchers received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health to develop techniques for predicting the wear rate of footwear in order to reduce the risk of slip and fall accidents. The study is titled “Impact of Worn Shoes on Slipping.” The university’s Swanson School of Engineering… read more

Florida Supreme Court declines University of Miami birth injury liability case

The Florida Supreme Court in December 2015 decided not to hear a dispute over whether the University of Miami could be held liable for the actions of two physicians it employed through its medical school. The case concerned a baby who sustained a brain injury during delivery in 1998 at Jackson North Maternity Center in… read more

Florida seeks to prevent wrong-way auto crashes

Florida officials are looking for ways to prevent wrong-way car crashes, which occur with alarming frequency in the state. In April, a study published by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) found that 75 people were killed in 280 wrong-way crashes between 2009 and 2013 on Florida highways. Miami-Dade County accounted for 60 of those… read more

What the Florida Supreme Court Said About a University of Miami Birth Injury Case

In this month’s podcast, the Florida Supreme Court Weighs in on a University of Miami birth injury case. [powerpress]

Truck Accident Evidence Preservation

Evidence Preservation at Truck Accident Scene When you are involved in a Florida truck crash, critical injuries can occur to you and your passengers. In the midst of dealing with the pain of your injuries and trying to heal, you also have to deal with insurance companies during this difficult time. Sometimes insurance adjusters are… read more

Truck Accident Case Process

What to Expect in Your Truck Accident Case If you’re reading this, you have probably been the victim of a truck accident in Florida, and you’re wondering what to do next. You may be in pain and unable to work, or lost your car after it was totaled in the crash. With all these things… read more

Internal Injuries Caused in Truck Wrecks

Some truck accidents produce mild-to-moderate damages, but the majority of car and truck accidents in Florida are violent in nature and create serious damages and injuries to people. Because of a semi truck’s size and weight, occupants in the other vehicles are typically the ones injured when cars and trucks collide. Injuries that often occur… read more

Fort Lauderdale Truck Accident Injury Claim

The 3-Step Process to Filing a Claim After a Fort Lauderdale Truck Accident With as many 18-wheelers as we have driving on area roads, it is no mystery why Fort Lauderdale truck accidents happen all the time. Due to the weight and speed these big rigs bring to a collision with smaller vehicles, catastrophic injuries or… read more

Commercial Truck Accident Compensation

Steps You Need to Take in Order to Receive Compensation After a Florida Commercial Truck Accident If you read our earlier article about the types of commercial trucks that can cause accidents in Florida you know that these vehicles pose a near constant threat to those around them on the road. You may also know… read more

Florida Parasailing Regulations Bill Passes

As of June 2014, the White-Miskell Act is law in Florida. With Governor Scott’s signature, it feels as if a hard fought battle has finally been won. We didn’t get everything we wanted or need, but after seven years of trying, Florida citizens at least have some minimal protection against those parasailing operators who put… read more

Safe Driving Resources for Teen Drivers

Chalik & Chalik wanted to share information on the best practices to teach new teen drivers.  You will find downloads to use in your discussions with your teen about the traffic laws and how to stay safe on the road.  Additionally, we have provided links to websites focused on helping parents teach their teens to… read more