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How parents can prevent children from slipping and falling

Although every parent wants to protect their child from harm, falling down is a natural part of life for active kids while growing up. However, children can also be vulnerable to slip-and-fall accidents that can result in serious injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the most common cause of… read more

Safety Commission to require labels identifying slip resistance of floors

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is considering new regulations that would require floor manufacturers to label the degree of slip resistance in their flooring. The CPSC proposed the rules in response to safety advocates who said the measure would prevent slip-and-fall accidents among elderly people. Floor manufacturers are currently not required to indicate the… read more

Woman wins 366 thousand dollars in Orlando slip-and-fall lawsuit

A woman in Winter Springs, Florida, was awarded $366,000 in a lawsuit against the city of Orlando after she suffered serious injuries in a slip-and-fall accident. Mary Ann Schwabe, 66, tripped over a curb when returning home from an Orlando Magic basketball game on Nov. 12, 2010. She was walking back to her car with… read more

Doctors warn obesity could lead to pregnancy complications

Health experts are urging pregnant women to eat healthy and exercise in order to combat obesity and reduce the pregnancy risks associated with it. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), more than 50 percent of the nation’s childbearing-age women are obese, overweight or have chronic diseases when becoming pregnant. Obese women… read more

Drug company sued for birth injuries

In this month’s Florida Injury Report, we talk about a Florida couple filing a personal injury lawsuit against pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline. [powerpress]

Study Finds Pharmacist Workload Affects Error Rate

Pharmacists are more likely to make errors when they have more orders to fill, a new study found. The study, published in American Journal of Health-Systems Pharmacy, was authored by researchers from the University of Houston College of Pharmacy and pharmacists at Houston Methodist Hospital. The researchers reviewed medication errors that happened over a one-year… read more

Florida Supreme Court assesses fee limits in birth injury case

The Florida Supreme Court is assessing a cerebral palsy lawsuit that has raised questions about whether there should be caps on attorney fees in birth injury cases. The case involves a child diagnosed with a debilitating form of cerebral palsy that has left him wheelchair-bound and in need of constant care. The child’s mother alleged… read more

Safety features are highlights of new car models

At a new car show in Tampa, Florida, safety technology took center stage. Automakers displayed their newest car and truck models, highlighting safety features that could prevent car accidents and save lives. Automatic braking systems are one such feature currently available on several models. The technology senses impending collisions with obstacles in front of the… read more

Florida parents sue GlaxoSmithKline for son’s birth injuries

A Florida couple filed a personal injury lawsuit against pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) on Nov. 6. They alleged that their son suffered birth injuries after his mother was prescribed Zofran, a GSK drug, during her pregnancy. The lawsuit claims negligence and intentional misrepresentation on GSK’s part, among other charges. The couple is seeking compensatory and… read more

Report finds high number of premature births in Florida

A new study shows that although Florida’s premature birth rate has improved since four years ago, the state still has a high number of such births every year. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, Florida’s premature birth rate has dropped from 13.6 percent in 2013 to 9.9 percent in 2014. The March of… read more

How to prevent slip and fall accidents during the holiday season

The holiday season is a busy time of year that tends to involve activities such as celebrating with friends and family, shopping for gifts and putting up decorations. However, the festivities also bring with them the risk of slip-and-fall accidents that can cause serious injuries. There are a number of precautions people can take to… read more

Florida court allows Facebook photos as evidence in slip-and-fall case

In a slip-and-fall case from earlier this year, a Florida court ruled that Facebook users can have no reasonable expectation of privacy for the photos they post online. The decision has a significant impact on people who file slip-and-fall claims in the state as an increasing number of judges are compelling plaintiffs to produce social… read more

Study finds prevalence of flat head syndrome among babies with brachial plexus injuries

Babies with brachial plexus palsy may be at a higher risk of developing plagiocephaly, or flat head syndrome, a condition that causes an infant’s head to be misshapen. Brachial plexus palsy is a birth injury that results in weakness or the loss of movement in a baby’s arm due to the collection of nerves around… read more

Researchers question underlying cause of cerebral palsy

A new study has found that cerebral palsy occurs mostly due to prenatal factors such as birth defects rather than birth asphyxia and other potential causes often thought to be responsible. The research was published in the September 3 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health and… read more

Vehicle-to-vehicle technology expected to reduce car accidents

High-tech auto safety features like automatic braking, lane-departure warnings and adaptive cruise control are already helping to prevent car accidents and save lives. But these safety features have one major limitation: They can only detect the car immediately in front of, beside or behind you. In the case of currently available adaptive cruise control, the… read more

Researchers link fracking to high-risk pregnancies and premature births

A new study has found that expectant mothers living close to hydraulic fracturing wells are more likely to experience high-risk pregnancies or deliver prematurely. Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, involves drilling into the earth and pumping water, chemicals and sand to release the natural gas inside. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of… read more

Rapper Rick Ross sued for slip-and-fall accident in Miami Gardens home

Rapper Rick Ross and his mother are co-defendants in a slip-and-fall lawsuit that was filed for an accident that allegedly occurred in her home in Miami Gardens, Florida. The plaintiff filed the lawsuit in a Broward County court. He claimed he suffered tremendous pain after tripping on the rail of an iron gate while visiting… read more

Palm Beach County schools lack funds for repairs to prevent slip-and-fall accidents

Schools in Palm Beach County, Florida, are suffering from various maintenance problems that could result in slip-and-fall accidents for students. The district’s schools are struggling to deal with plumbing issues, roof leaks, malfunctioning air conditioners and mold. In 2014, the maintenance department received around 1,300 calls on roofing problems and over 12,000 reports of plumbing… read more

Treatment options for brachial plexus birth injuries

Brachial plexus injuries are among the most common types of birth injuries today. They affect the network of nerves that extends from the neck to the shoulder, arm and hand. Brachial plexus injuries can be caused by a number of factors during the delivery process, including birth trauma or shoulder dystocia, where the baby’s shoulder… read more

New technology will address dangers of drowsy driving

Driving while fatigued can cause accidents, leading to serious injury and even death. Although studies have shown that drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving, experts say that too many drivers do not take the hazards seriously enough. New technologies under development may help prevent accidents caused by drowsy driving. Some auto safety… read more