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Wrongful Death

Birth Asphyxia and the Brain: Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)

Birth asphyxia

Birth asphyxia is oxygen deprivation that can result in muscle, liver, heart, and brain damage in newborns.1 A variety of conditions and situations can cause Birth asphyxia, from pregnancy to delivery and beyond. It can lead to hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, also referred to as HIE, a serious and specifically brain-related birth injury. In cases of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, cerebral blood flow is disrupted and not enough oxygen is received by a baby's brain.2 Sadly, birth injuries due to hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy often result in death or major long-term disabilities. Depending on the length of time a baby's brain is deprived of...

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Automobile Accidents Involving Electric Vehicles: When Silence Isn’t Golden

automobile accidents

Automobile Accidents can happen for many reasons. Hearing loss. Visual impairments. Other physical handicaps. One of the things all of these have in common is the fact that when individuals with any of these conditions are on foot or are utilizing a handicap-assisted device in a parking lot or housing development, they may be at a higher risk of being injured or killed by an electric or hybrid vehicle. Not to mention individuals moving at a fast pace on foot (or on a bicycle, scooter, moped, or motorcycle) or bending down to pick something up in these same locations, or...

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Automobile Accidents: Backup Camera Blind Spots & More

automobile accidents

Many vehicles are now produced with rear-view video cameras, often referred to as "backup" cameras. And while the goal of having such technology—and using it—is to avoid collisions and resultant injuries and deaths, it does not provide a 100% guarantee of effectiveness against automobile accidents. A host of factors are responsible for this, including: -- operator age -- weather -- visibility -- maneuvering speed -- camera range Operator Age According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the 65-and-older population grew by over one third (34.2% or 13,787,044) in the past decade, and by 3.2% (1,688,924) from 2018 to 2019 alone.1 There are more elderly  drivers than ever before....

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Erring On The Side Of Malpractice: When Cautious Treatment Causes Harm

Malpractice

For medical professionals, perhaps nothing is more ironic than when actions taken to avoid medical malpractice negligence actually cause it. Yet unnecessary testing and treatment occur constantly in the U.S. medical industry. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, the National Academy of Medicine reports that unnecessary testing alone is performed to the tune of over $200 billion a year.1 Beyond the monetary implications of such actions is the potential for harm to patients.  Unnecessary testing can cause delays in medical care that in turn can result in improper treatment, advancement of illness, or even death. Further, unneeded treatment in itself can cause...

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Infant Birth Injuries Due To Vacuum-Assisted Delivery

infant birth injuries

In a shift away from the use of forceps during vaginal births, vacuum-assisted delivery of babies has become more prevalent over the past 20 years.1 Unfortunately, this type of infant delivery carries a number of risks, including the potential development of neonatal intracranial hemorrhages, convulsions, or encephalopathy.2 Strict protocol must be adhered to in instances where vacuum-assisted delivery is the procedure of choice. When protocol is not followed, or is improperly implemented, short-term or permanent birth injury may result for the baby, the mother, or both. In situations involving provable medical malpractice negligence with regard to infant birth injuries caused...

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When Nursing Home Negligence Results in Wrongful Death

nursing home negligence

Learning that a loved one has experienced nursing home negligence in a care facility is one of the most disturbing events in life. When such a situation results in a loved one's death, it is nothing short of devastating, and the pain, hurt, and anger is unimaginable. Feelings including shock and misplaced guilt can make it difficult to function, let alone focus. Yet gathering the proof needed to build an effective case and finding expert legal guidance are essential. Finding answers and seeking justice become priorities for most individuals and families. When a loved one is injured or dies due to...

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Florida Medical Malpractice Negligence: 7 Potential Case Arenas

Florida Medical Malpractice Negligence

From the point of professional assessment to the point of cure, improvement, or repair in situations involving illness or injury, Florida medical malpractice negligence can occur. Individuals and entities alike may be involved in such occurrences. There are many potential scenarios in which malpractice or negligence can arise, the majority of which involve one or more of the 7 sections listed below. In Florida, the law defines medical malpractice negligence with relation to a breach of the prevailing medical standard of care.1 Breaches can occur in multiples and involve several parties at once. Here are 7 potential case arenas involving medical malpractice...

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Smoke On The Water: Boating Accident Litigation

boating accident

Smoke On The Water: Boating Accident Litigation Florida as a whole is a boating paradise that attracts not only local boating enthusiasts, but also tourists looking to enjoy its many waterways and water access points. These include lakes, rivers, and canals as well as the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Florida Straits. Unfortunately, with the ever extensive number of boaters, the number of boating accidents and fatalities tends to increase. Even with safety measures in place, boating accidents can occur. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, hundreds of injuries related to boating accidents occur annually in Florida...

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Miya Marcano Family Looking for Justice, Takes Aim at Apartment Complex Negligent Security Where She Lived

Apartment Complex Negligent Security

Published October 3, 2021 • Updated on October 4, 2021 at 10:12 am Family blames apartment complex negligent security in her killing. The family of slain college student Miya Marcano is calling for justice in the wake of her death and taking aim at the apartment complex where she lived. "We believe that this apartment complex was negligent in a number of things that they did," Marcano family attorney Daryl K. Washington said at a news conference with the family Sunday. Washington said the family plans to "hold those responsible accountable" in her death. Orange County investigators said they believed the prime suspect Armando...

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Product Liability: Is More Than One Party Liable?

product liability

Product liability includes current product recalls and involve a variety of items including bicycles, baby loungers, propane heaters, and ATVs (all-terrain vehicles).1 Every year there are numerous product recalls, many of which are the result of injuries or deaths that involve product liability. In 2020 alone hundreds of recalls were issued on items, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Product liability that occurs as a result of injuries and/or deaths due to the use of defective items is often met with legal recourse. Liability claims may involve more than one liable party and more than one insurance claim. When multiple...

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