Monthly Archives: June 2010

Surgical Tech Testimony Leads to $2.15 Million Florida Medical Malpractice Award

A surgical technician’s surprise testimony has led to a $2.15 million medical malpractice award for a former ballerina who sued her surgeon and a Florida hospital for an alleged botched hip arthroscopy. Katie Shreffler, who was 17 at the time of her initial operation to repair a labral tear, now walks with a cane. According to court documents, Shreffler had a second operation on her hip one year later to alleviate continued pain and limited mobility following the first surgery performed by Dr. Marc Philippon at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale. Her second surgeon informed her that he had … Continue reading

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Study on Teens and Car Crashes – Dangers of Teen Driving – Safety Tips for Teens and Parents

An Eastern Virginia Medical School study has found an association between teen early risers and car crashes after studying two Virginia counties whose schools had different starting times. In Virginia Beach County, where schools start at 7:20 a.m., the crash rate per 1,000 teen drivers was 65.4; in Chesapeake County, where schools start at 8:40 a.m., the crash rate was 46.2 for every 1,000 teen drivers. The county with the earlier start time had a 40 percent higher incidence of teen car crashes than the county with later start times. The new research confirms findings in a 2008 study featured … Continue reading

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Florida Hit-and-Run Driver Kills Astatula Man in Pedestrian Accident

The Florida Highway Patrol is looking for the driver who killed an Astatula man in a hit-and-run pedestrian accident on June 21, 2010. The FHP discovered the body of 32-year-old Shane Clinton Moore at 6:44 a.m. on June 21 on Duda Road after someone called 9-1-1 to report a man lying in the road. Moore was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators say that Moore could have been hit by a dump truck or a large truck with dual rear tires, based on the skid marks left at the scene. They said there was little debris left from the vehicle, … Continue reading

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Florida Products Liability – Increase in Number of Window Blind Recalls – Important Safety Measure for Children and Consumers

So far this year, there have been four major recalls of window blinds in the U.S. due to strangulation hazards. The latest recall involves over 3.3 million blinds sold by international retail giant IKEA in the U.S. and Canada. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC), IKEA is voluntarily recalling the following blinds: Roller Blinds: Strangulations can occur if the blind’s looped bead chain is not attached to the wall or the floor with the tension device provided and a child’s neck becomes entangled in the freestanding loop. Roman Blinds: Strangulations can occur when a child places … Continue reading

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Special Needs Van Collision in Boynton Beach, Florida Kills One, Injures Five

A van carrying four special-needs people returning home from a day of vocational training was hit by a passenger car on Interstate 95 in Boynton Beach, Florida, killing one person and injuring the other four. The van was returning the four special-needs people to their homes from a day of training at the Boca Habilitation Center on Boca Rio Road. It was hit by a Toyota Scion that tried to merge into the HOV lane and swerved to miss a vehicle already traveling in that lane. The impact sent the van into the Boynton Beach Blvd. exit sign pole. One … Continue reading

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Potential Fire Hazard Forces Recalls by BMW and Volkswagen

A potential fire hazard has forced the recall of certain BMW model cars and Volkswagen vans. BMW has recalled their 2008-1011 Model 1 Series cars and Volkswagen has recalled Routan vans from model year 2009. The VW recall involves approximately 15,900 vehicles; BMW has not reported how many vehicles its recall impacts. The BMW 1 Series cars from model years 2008-2011 are being recalled because of the potential for seat-belt pretensioner insulation to overheat and catch on fire in the case of a crash. 2009 Volkswagen Routans are being recalled because of an improper wiring harness in the sliding door … Continue reading

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Teen Suffers Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Following Corvette Accident at Palm Beach International Speedway

A Stuart, Florida teenager who crashed his Corvette at the Palm Beach International Speedway and suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is being released from a rehabilitation center because his insurance company will no longer pay for his stay there. Casey Bicknell received the Corvette for his 16th birthday. Last Christmas, his parents gave him the opportunity to race the car at the Palm Beach International Speedway / Raceway. On January 6, 2010, Bicknell, 18, crashed the car into the wall on the first lap and suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result. Bicknell has undergone a number … Continue reading

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Florida Law – What Constitutes Medical Malpractice? What Are the Patient’s Florida Legal Rights?

In order to prove a medical malpractice claim, there are four requirements that must be met: Existence of a doctor-patient relationship. You must prove that you are the patient of the doctor being sued. Your doctor was negligent. You must prove that your doctor was negligent in your treatment or diagnosis. This means that your doctor caused you some harm that a competent doctor would not have caused. The doctor’s care must be “reasonably skillful and careful” – meaning that they meet the standards of care for your particular diagnosis or problem. Your doctor’s negligence caused you harm. You must … Continue reading

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Florida Products Liability Cases – 3 Types of Defective Product Liability Claims

When a product causes injury or harm, there is usually potential for a defective product liability claim. And even though the list of products can vary wildly – from consumer products to vehicles to pharmaceuticals – the types of defective product liability claims commonly fall into one of these three categories: Manufacturing Defects. When a product does not function as it is supposed to because of the way it has been made and causes harm, the injured party may be able to file a defective product liability claim. Examples of a manufacturing defect could include tainted medicine, a car made … Continue reading

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What Legal Rights Apply to Wrongful Death Cases in Florida?

If a person dies due to the legal fault of another person or entity, a wrongful death claim may exist. In Florida, those who can potentially recover damages for a wrongful death claim include: • Spouses • Children under the age of 25 (both natural and adopted) • Parents • Siblings • Grandparents Basically, any blood or adoptive relative who has depended upon the deceased for support or services may file a wrongful death claim in Florida. The state defines “support” as both financial and contributions-in-kind; “services” are usually held to mean anything the deceased did that now requires additional … Continue reading

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