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$135 million awarded in medical malpractice case

Many Florida residents may know someone who has undergone treatment for a serious medical condition. These treatments are sometimes risky and could permanently injure the patient if something goes wrong. A teenage girl was recently awarded $135 million dollars in a medical malpractice case after a medical treatment resulted in long-term health problems. 

When she was ten years old, the patient underwent surgery in hopes of correcting a curve in her spine. She had several rods attached to her spine in an effort to straighten it and provide some relief. However, instead of providing relief to her spine, the rods began causing serious problems. Over time, the young girl began experiencing weakness in her limbs as well as problems controlling her bladder and bowel. 

When others take risks with their personal watercrafts

Among the most dangerous sentences you may hear while on the water in Panama City is, "Can I borrow your PWC?" Sure, you can perfectly understand someone asking to borrow a personal watercraft, especially after seeing how much fun they are. However, passing your keys to someone who has no training or experience or who is too young to effectively handle the craft is a mistake than can lead to tragedy.

The National Traffic Safety Board and other agencies have endless statistics to support the recklessness of putting an inexperienced driver in control of a PWC. For example, over 80 percent of PWC accidents involve someone who has had no instructions for operating a watercraft. Over 70 percent of those accidents occur within the first hour of the ride. While you may be smart enough not to loan your PWC to a neophyte, others on the water may not have learned their lesson.

Driver fatigue suspected in crash resulting in personal injury

There are a wide variety of hazards on the road that may cause an accident. Some of these accidents have an outside cause, such as poor weather conditions, and others are caused by other drivers. Even a small mistake can cause a serious crash. For example, many people are guilty of driving while tired. Often, drivers are able to stay awake and complete their trips with few problems, but sometimes, the driver is overwhelmed by his or her exhaustion, which can result in a crash causing personal injury, as was the case in Florida. 

Authorities suspect that driver fatigue is the cause of a serious accident that occurred at a toll booth. Witnesses saw a vehicle traveling very quickly towards the toll booth before it crashed into the barrier protecting the booths. One of the passengers was thrown from the vehicle, and another staggered out of the car after it caught fire. 

Coaster derails and causes multiple personal injuries

Roller coasters are a favorite attraction for many theme park visitors. These exciting rides are usually carefully maintained by the park staff in order to prevent them from malfunctioning. In Florida, both locals and tourists flock to theme parks of all sizes to enjoy roller coasters and a variety of other attractions, and very few believe that they will be injured during their visit. If these rides do malfunction, then a tourist personal injury could occur.

Recently, several people were injured when a roller coaster derailed. Witnesses say that they saw the front car leave the tracks. The two passengers riding in the front car were thrown from the ride and fell approximately 34 feet. Two more passengers were seen dangling from the scaffolding under the tracks. Firefighters were able to help the remaining passengers down from the ride using ladders. 

A life jacket may help to prevent personal injury

Boating is a popular activity in Florida among both locals and tourists. Unfortunately, many people neglect to take proper safety precautions, and accidents can occur. These accidents can often result in the personal injury or death of one or more people. Authorities are encouraging boaters to wear life jackets and take safety courses in order to prevent injuries and fatalities. 

Last year, there were more than 750 boat-related accidents in Florida. Of those accidents, nearly 70 resulted in at least one death. There were also millions of dollars worth of property damages done as a result of those accidents. In more than 80 percent of the fatal accidents where a passenger was thrown into the water, the passenger was not wearing a life jacket. More than half of those killed also had no formal boater education, and nearly 20 could not swim. 

Medical malpractice alleged after doctor fails to follow up

Breaking a bone is not a terribly uncommon injury. Many Florida residents, as well as many others across the country, may recall at least one classmate walking around with a cast on his or her arm or leg while in school. However, sometimes, these breaks are not as clean or as simple as they first appear, and additional treatment is required. A patient is seeking compensation in a medical malpractice suit filed against his doctor whom he claims failed to provide him with the treatment he needed. 

Originally, the patient sought treatment for a fractured bone in Aug. 2015. The doctor treated the break, but the patient continued to complain of pain even after the treatment. However, the patient claims that the doctor never followed up on his complaints. 

What can I do after a loved one's wrongful death?

The death of a human being is never easy, and families need adequate time, space and resources for grieving. Unfortunately, not all families in Florida are able to grieve peacefully. When the circumstances surrounding a loved one's death were negligent, it is possible that they were the victim of a wrongful death.

Wrongful deaths are not as uncommon as you might think, and the impact is often devastating. Civil suits tend to be surviving family members' best option for seeking related compensation, and you can pursue these cases even in the absence of criminal charges.

Woman released on bond after being arrested for drunk driving

People sometimes behave strangely while under the influence of alcohol, but sometimes, there are other contributing factors. This might include medications that a person has taken or a stressful situation with which the person is trying to deal. Florida authorities arrested a woman for drunk driving after witnessing her supposedly strange behavior. 

Authorities discovered the defendant asleep behind the wheel of her vehicle on Sunday, May 28. The vehicle was stopped on the side of the road with its hazard lights flashing and the engine running. When officers looked inside of the vehicle, they saw what appeared to be four empty sangria bottles. After waking the defendant, the police claim that she began to behave strangely.

If a loved one died in a car accident, do you have a case?

Losing a loved one in an accident can be devastating for your Florida family. In addition to the emotional and mental duress you are experiencing, you may have lost your source of income and your companion. There is no way to reverse what happened and bring your loved one back, but there are ways you can hold liable parties accountable for what happened.

If your family member died as a result of the dangerous, reckless or negligent actions of another person, you may have grounds for a civil claim. Through a wrongful death claim, it may be possible to secure compensation for your financial losses, as well as your emotional pain and suffering. It can be beneficial for you to learn about what qualifies as wrongful death and valid reasons to move forward with this type of legal recourse.

Street racing accident results in personal injury and fatality

Fast cars and drag racing are appealing to many people across the nation. Many people limit their interest in this dangerous activity to movies, television shows and video games. However, some people allow their interest in street racing to take a dangerous turn by taking part in a real race. These races are illegal in many places across the United States, including in Florida, and a race gone wrong can potentially result in serious personal injury or even death. 

A crash involving pedestrians and racing vehicles recently resulted in the death of a mother and the severe injury of her very young daughter. The mother and child were attempting to cross a street when they were struck by a vehicle racing through the area. Although there was no crosswalk, authorities say that the two were attempting to cross the street lawfully. Witnesses familiar with the area say that the speed limit might be around 40 miles per hour, but few vehicles are seen driving that quickly. 

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