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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

Jury finds Florida woman at fault in Target slip-and-fall lawsuit

A Miami, Florida, woman was assigned 90 percent of the blame in a slip-and-fall lawsuit filed against Target Corp. in January 2014. Elvia Hernandez claimed she fell at a Target store in Miami after slipping on a “liquid or other similar foreign substance on the floor of the main aisle,” according to court documents. The… read more

Florida woman wins medical malpractice lawsuit over birth injury

A Miami, Florida, woman was awarded $23 million in damages by a Charlotte County Circuit Court jury for medical malpractice that resulted in her premature daughter being born with severe brain damage and cerebral palsy. The mother visited her obstetrician in 2010 when she was pregnant with her first child. At 24 weeks of pregnancy,… read more

Where Do Slip and Fall Accidents Occur?

In this month’s injury report, we look at the top 10 places you are most likely to get a slip and fall injury. [powerpress]

Ten automakers to make automatic braking standard

Automatic braking will become a standard feature on cars produced by ten major automakers. The technology, which uses cameras, lasers or radar to sense an impending collision and apply the brakes automatically, will be made available as standard equipment in all car, SUV and truck models sold by Ford, BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Mazda, General Motors,… read more

Couple files slip-and-fall lawsuit against Florida resort

A couple from Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, sued an upscale resort in Key West, Florida, for premises negligence. They are seeking damages in excess of $500,000. The wife claimed she sustained permanent, life-changing injuries after a slip-and-fall accident at the resort in 2013. The lawsuit was filed against Casa Marina Resort, Waldorf Astoria and Hilton Worldwide… read more

Learn the facts about drowsy driving

Drowsy driving causes car accidents, which can result in serious injuries and even death. Although everyone knows driving while fatigued is not a good idea, many people are not aware of just how great the risk can be. Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as driving drunk. The legal limit for driving in the… read more

How seniors can prevent slip-and-fall accidents at home

Slip-and-fall accidents are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries among the elderly. One in three adults aged 65 or over falls each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of these falls occur within the home or in close proximity to it. Many elderly people wish to remain… read more

Home births are safe and save money, says study

A study from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada has found that births performed at home with the help of a midwife are less costly than hospital deliveries and are equally safe for low-risk births. The researchers examined home births by registered midwives in British Columbia over a four-year period. They found that… read more

Children with TBI may develop attention problems, says study

Brain damage is among the most serious birth injuries a baby can suffer. It can be caused by head trauma during the delivery process due to oxygen deprivation and decreased blood flow to the baby’s brain. Brain trauma can affect a child’s ability to grow and develop normally, impacting their entire life. A new study… read more

Researchers link C-section births to chronic health problems in children

A new study has found that babies born through cesarean sections are at a higher risk of developing chronic health ailments such as obesity, asthma and type-1 diabetes later in life than infants born vaginally. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 32 percent of newborns in the United States are delivered… read more

Steps to take immediately after a slip-and-fall accident

Although you may be distressed and injured after a slip-and-fall accident, it is essential to document the incident in order to build your case and protect your rights. If your accident occurred due to someone’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation. Take advantage of items that you may be carrying with you, such as… read more

One-third of Fatal Car Accidents Caused by Intoxicated Drivers

This month’s Florida Injury Report talks about how drunk drivers are causing one-third of fatal car accidents in the Nation. Two years ago, Florida experienced 676 fatalities caused by drivers with excessive blood alcohol limits. [powerpress]

Cerebral palsy may have genetic causes, study says

A new study by Canadian researchers suggests that genetics may play a more significant role in the origins of cerebral palsy than experts previously thought. Researchers from Sick Kids Hospital in Canada and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center have found that at least one in 10 cases of cerebral palsy has… read more

Drunk driving causes one-third of all fatal car crashes

According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2013 a total of 10,076 Americans lost their lives in car accidents where a driver was above the legal blood alcohol limit. In fact, drivers who are legally drunk, meaning their blood alcohol level is 0.08 g/dL or higher, caused one-third… read more

Florida parents file cerebral palsy lawsuit against doctor

A West Palm Beach, Florida, couple has filed a birth injury lawsuit against an obstetrician who they claim caused their son’s cerebral palsy by choosing to extract him with a vacuum pump instead of allowing a natural delivery. The boy, now 16 years old, was born with the condition on March 6, 1998, and currently… read more