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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

The viral video that is putting teens at risk of slip and fall injuries

While many slip and fall accidents occur due to hazardous conditions, a recent social media craze has teenagers deliberately putting themselves at risk of injury. Dubbed the Banana Peel Challenge, the viral trend involves participants testing just how slippery a banana skin really is. It all began when Twitter user Jason Oakes tweeted a video… read more

How improper electronic fetal monitoring can lead to birth injuries

Medical staff are responsible for carefully monitoring the unborn baby throughout labor and delivery. They must ensure the infant is getting enough oxygen and is not displaying signs of fetal distress. Common warning signs of fetal distress include changes in the baby’s heart rate or movement. Doctors often use electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) to ensure… read more

Family wins nearly 5 million dollars in birth injury lawsuit

A family was awarded more than $4.8 million in a medical malpractice case arising from a birth injury that occurred over a decade ago. Guerline Cherenfant Jean, Loheirson Jean and their 14-year-old daughter filed the lawsuit in 2004 against a Fort Lauderdale midwife and doctor. Circuit Judge Michele Towbin Singer presided over the five-day trial… read more

Man sues Disney World after Christmas Parade fall

A man filed a slip and fall lawsuit against Disney World for an accident that occurred when he visited the theme park in Orlando, Florida, in December 2015. Michael Amabile was allegedly injured at Magic Kingdom while waiting to view the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade. He claimed he tripped over a sidewalk that was… read more

Takata airbag recall now largest auto safety recall in history

Takata airbags have been linked to car accidents that have caused 10 deaths and more than 100 injuries, in Florida and elsewhere. Now U.S. officials have announced that an additional 35 million to 40 million airbag inflators will be recalled, adding to the 28.8 million inflators recalled since 2008, making it by far the largest… read more

Investor pays hefty price for failing to answer slip and fall lawsuit

The Florida Supreme Court on March 17 sided with the plaintiff in reinstating a default judgement and jury award of around $1.1 million against a real estate investor who did not respond to a slip and fall lawsuit in a timely manner. Anamaria Santiago sued Mauna Loa Investments, LLC, in February 2010. She leased a… read more

Miami hospital has highest C-section rate in United States

Florida hospitals have among the highest cesarean section rates for low-risk pregnancies for first-time mothers in the nation. Consumer Reports analyzed C-section data reported by more than 1200 hospitals across the country. They found C-section rates varied significantly among institutions and within the same communities. Low-risk pregnancies are defined as those in which the baby… read more

Will self-driving cars cause accidents or prevent them?

Autonomous vehicles are under development by a number of auto manufacturers and other companies, notably Google. The promise of self-driving cars is that they will not only be convenient for travelers, but will greatly reduce car accidents. Some reports indicate that wide adoption of driverless vehicles could reduce car accidents by 90 percent, saving 300,000… read more

Recent crashes a reminder of Florida’s high rate of motorcycle accidents

A series of recent motorcycle accidents is a reminder of Florida’s high rate of injuries and deaths from such crashes. In Miami, a fatal motorcycle crash closed multiple lanes of I-95. A Punta Gorda man was killed in a motorcycle accident on I-75. In Boynton Beach, four motorcyclists died in crashes in a two-week period… read more

How assisted delivery can put babies at risk for birth injuries

Pregnant women may sometimes require assisted delivery through the use of medical instruments to help the baby’s passage through the birth canal. In such cases, the doctor uses either a vacuum device or forceps to aid childbirth. An assisted delivery may be necessary if the mother is undergoing a lengthy, difficult labor and is too… read more

Young adults: the unlikely victims of slip and fall accidents

Among the general population the elderly are often considered to be at the highest risk for slip and fall accidents due to a lack of balance and strength resulting from old age. However, a Purdue University study has found that young adults tend to fall more often than expected. Researchers asked 94 undergraduate college students… read more

Jury decides in favor of Florida community center in slip and fall case

A community center was cleared from liability in February for a slip and fall lawsuit filed by a Florida woman. She was seeking damages of $850,000. Mildred Golbois sued the Jewish Community Centers of South Broward Inc. (JCC) after an alleged fall in 2011. She claimed she slipped on spilled juice while sampling refreshments on… read more

Chloe’s Law, aimed at preventing drowning deaths in car crashes, passes House panel

A Florida bill aimed at preventing drowning deaths in car accidents has passed its first House committee. The bill is named “Chloe’s law” after Chloe Arenas, a University of Central Florida student who died last year when her vehicle ran off the road and into a retention pond. The bill is aimed at installing guardrails… read more

Florida penalties for refusing a Breathalyzer could get harsher

In an effort to reduce drunk driving, which causes many car accidents, a Florida lawmaker has introduced legislation to increase the penalties for refusing to take a Breathalyzer test. At present, a person who is suspected of impaired driving and refuses a breath, urine or blood test can have their driver’s license suspended for one… read more

Study suggests babies born on weekends have a higher risk of death

Researchers in England have found that babies born during weekends have a slightly higher risk of dying within their first seven days in comparison to those born on weekdays. Imperial College London scientists analyzed 1.3 million births across English National Health Service hospitals between April 2010 and March 2012. Their findings showed the death rate… read more

Impaired driving a factor in many car accidents

In the United States, almost 30 people die every day in car accidents caused by drunk drivers. This is the equivalent of a fatality every 51 minutes. Alcohol-related collisions have an annual cost of more than $59 billion. Drunk driving is of particular concern during the holidays. Nearly half of all highway deaths on Jan…. read more

Study says inducing labor for large babies may prevent shoulder dystocia

Induced labor may help reduce the chances of shoulder dystocia for pregnant women giving birth to larger-than-average babies. Earlier in 2015, researchers at Geneva University Hospitals in Switzerland studied labor induction as an option to decrease the risk of shoulder dystocia during delivery. They found that one case of shoulder dystocia was prevented for every… read more

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