Month: January 2014


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Category: Accident Injury

Vacation Injuries Are More Common Than You Might Think

 
It’s vacation season, and Floridians can expect to see plenty of tourists exploring our state’s cities, beaches, and amusement parks this winter. You and your family may be planning your own in-state vacation, or getting ready to visit another part of the world. If you are getting ready for a vacation, you’re probably thinking about what to pack, how you’re getting to your destination, and how to keep the kids entertained along the way. The possibility of a vacation accident is probably far from the front of your mind.
 
Not too many people spend much time thinking about vacation accidents, and why would they? Vacation is a time to relax, try new things, and spend time with loved ones.…

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Category: Personal Injury

Why Are Buses Missing Obvious Safety Features?

 
When you ride the bus, you’re probably not thinking much about whether or not it’s safe. You just want to get from point A to point B, and if you don’t have a car of your own, the local metro is the easiest – and cheapest – way to do that.
 
Unfortunately, buses aren’t safe. Take a quick look around the internet and you’ll find all kinds of stories about recent crashes. After a bus was hit by a car this past December in Austin, TX, 13 riders had to be evaluated and two people went to the hospital. In London, 20 people were injured when a bus plowed into a tree.…

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Why Changes to PIP Have People in Florida Piqued

 
Okay, a quick show of hands. How many of you actually know what PIP means? Probably not very many – but you should. The acronym stands for Personal Injury Protection, and it’s a law that is a by-product of Florida being a no-fault state. It was put in place to make sure that Floridians injured in car accidents are able to get the treatment that they need immediately rather than having to wait for cases to be decided through the court system. Sounds like a good thing, right? Well, unfortunately there have been some recent changes to the law that help insurers at the expense of regular people trying to recover from injuries.…

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People Go On Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas Cruise, get Norovirus

 
What do you think about when you imagine going on a cruise? Most people would probably say things like sitting by the pool, taking in amazing sights, sipping delicious cocktails, enjoying onboard entertainment, and – most of all – relaxing. One thing that you’re not likely to imagine is spending large portions of your vacation hanging out with your toilet because you get sick on the trip.
 
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened to an astounding 66 passengers on a Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas cruise ship that docked in Miami last Friday.
 
Cruise Ships Are Incubators for Illnesses
 
The point of going on a cruise to a destination as opposed to booking a flight is that the journey itself is part of the vacation.…

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Category: Criminal Defence

The “Affluenza” Defense: Right or Wrong?

The recent case of Texas teen Ethan Couch has left many in and outside the legal community scratching their heads in confusion. Couch, a wealthy white sixteen-year-old, killed the four people he plowed his truck into while driving drunk after stealing beer—but was only sentenced to 10 years’ probation,with no jail time.
 

 
How did this happen? Arguing for his client, attorney Scott Brown created the “affluenza” defense. He claimed that Couch’s wealthy parents so effectively cushioned their son with so much privilege,that he wasn’t really responsible for his actions because he never learned right from wrong. Brown positioned Couch as a victim of wealth whose parents “never set limits for the boy.”Basically, Brown argued that because Couch didn’t know it was wrong, he wasn’t really responsible.…

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What to Do If You Fall and Hurt Yourself in a Store

 
If you slip and fall in a store, parking lot, or neighbor’s walkway, the first thing you’re probably going to feel (besides the pain!) is embarrassment. No one wants to be looked at as the clumsy person who ends up on their rear end all the time, and this might lead you to do some foolish things like ignoring the severity of injuries. Many people try to walk them off in an effort to be tough or hurry away before anyone sees them.
 
These things are natural emotional reactions, but they are definitely not smart. The damage that you sustain from a fall can be incredibly serious. According the state of New York, falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths for people who are 45 years and older.…

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Category: Truck Accidents

New Regulations Call for Truckers to Take a Break

 
Long haul truckers are well-known for their lengthy stints behind the wheels of big rigs. If ever there were a career where workers push themselves to the limit, this is it. Because they often get paid per mile and have to meet tight deadlines, many truckers will drive for days without taking a significant break. This leads to a lot of fatigued drivers who may have trouble reacting quickly or even staying awake on the road, endangering both the truck drivers and the people who share the road with them.
 
Knowing the dangers fatigued truck drivers can pose, the Department of Transportation implemented new regulations this past July. Under the new rules, truck drivers are required to take at least one 30-minute break within the first eight hours of driving and a 34-hour break from driving at least once a week, including two periods from 1 am to 5 am.…

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