Florida Medical Malpractice Attorneys Get Help from Unlikely Source

pills.jpgThe untimely and tragic death of Michael Jackson in 2009 pushed what appears to be an ever-growing problem into the national spotlight: the tendency of doctors to over-prescribe medicines for their patients’ use. Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, is currently being prosecuted for involuntary manslaughter. If convicted, Murray faces the very real prospect of actually spending some time in prison.

According to an article from Reuters, this is a relatively new, but increasingly popular, way in which to deal with problems of Florida medical malpractice. Until recently, criminal prosecution of negligent doctors was virtually nonexistent. If a doctor made a mistake, he or she could expect to be called upon to answer for that mistake in a civil court and possibly to pay out money damages, but the idea of going to jail for a medical mistake was typically not a concern. Continue reading “Florida Medical Malpractice Attorneys Get Help from Unlikely Source”

Possible Cancer Risks from Chemical Dispersants Used by BP in Oil Spill

water and oil.jpgOur Florida toxic injury lawyer is well aware of some of the consequences that follow from major oil spills. These include things like high wildlife mortality rates, tarballs washing up on beaches, and imbalances in ocean and beach ecosystems. In addition to these problems, there are also other serious dangers, not just to wildlife, but to human life.

During the now-infamous BP oil spill that occurred in 2010, many concerns were raised about how the massive amounts of oil that leaked into the Gulf of Mexico every day for months would affect the health of people, especially those living in the coastal states, like Florida. Toxins that are released into the ocean can leach into the groundwater and eventually become part of the drinking water supply. When that happens, the results can be absolutely catastrophic. Depending on the type of toxins involved, it is possible that people may not even realize that they are drinking contaminated water until it is too late, and they have already contracted some kind of disease. Because it may take time to realize the water is not safe, a great number of people could be affected by the contamination before the problem can be remedied. Continue reading “Possible Cancer Risks from Chemical Dispersants Used by BP in Oil Spill”

Attorney General Institutes Lawsuit Against Florida Attorney for Legal Malpractice

Florida Legal MalpracticeWith the economy’s rapid decline, many consumers, even those who once thought they had excellent job security, have found themselves unemployed and in dire straits. Some have had to rely on credit cards and have gone into debt trying to feed their families and maintain the lifestyles they had before losing their jobs. As the economy has continued to struggle many struggling families have seen their credit card balances grow. Now, many people are struggling to find their way out from underneath mounting debt, even while they continue to try to keep food on the table and clothes on their backs. Continue reading “Attorney General Institutes Lawsuit Against Florida Attorney for Legal Malpractice”

Helpful Tools to Help Prevent Florida Legal Malpractice

The legal profession is one of the most closely guarded professions in the United States. Before being permitted to practice law in most states, including Florida, lawyers are required to attend an accredited law school and earn a Juris Doctor degree. Typically, this involves a minimum of three years of law school, in addition to a four-year degree from a college or university. After completing law school, Florida attorneys must then sit through a grueling two-day examination and pass a character and fitness review before they can be admitted to the state bar and be legally allowed to practice law. In addition, some attorneys take the added time to go through the intense testing and examination process of earning an extra accreditation within a specific area of the law. For example, our Palm Beach attorney has been Board Certified in Civil Trial law for nearly two decades. courthouse.jpg

The reason that the practice of law is so carefully controlled is because of its great importance to Florida citizens. Lawyers have an abundance of knowledge on complicated questions of law, including estate planning issues, tax liability questions, contract disputes, lawsuit filings and defenses, and much more. Most laypersons are unable to effectively manage their own legal affairs because they simply have not received the necessary training to do so. Therefore, they often must rely on lawyers to handle important matters in their lives. Continue reading “Helpful Tools to Help Prevent Florida Legal Malpractice”

Florida Fireworks Accidents Often Caused By Faulty Products

Summer is a time of fun and relaxation for many here in Florida. But as our Florida personal injury attorney knows, entertainment can turn dangerous all too quickly. Though the picnics and parades that were part of July 4th celebrations are just a distant memory now, the fireworks used to celebrate our independence are coming back to haunt some.

Recently a Florida woman was hospitalized after she was injured by fireworks. The morning started innocently enough. While her boyfriend was still sleeping, she discovered fireworks left over from the Fourth of July. As reported in the Miami Herald, the woman was attempting to dispose of the fireworks her boyfriend had purchased several months earlier when they unintentionally ignited. The woman was rushed to the hospital but doctors were unable to save her thumb and two fingers. Continue reading “Florida Fireworks Accidents Often Caused By Faulty Products”

Florida Supreme Court Decisions Often Affect Florida Injury Lawsuits

Our Palm Beach injury attorney understands that a crucial component of the job of a lawyer is to understand all the ways that a client may recover for their losses. This often requires keeping up to date with all relevant legal decisions that may have ramifications for injury victims in our area. Most of the time this means that the lawyer needs to understand precedents in a given area of the law. These include previous cases and ruling on particular issues such as when a lawsuit must be filed, who can be sued, and other issues. In the vast majority of cases a court is bound by that precedent and must apply the rule decided in a previous case. However, in rare instances, an attorney is called upon to argue on behalf of a client in an area in which no previous rule has been created. Continue reading “Florida Supreme Court Decisions Often Affect Florida Injury Lawsuits”

Florida Food Poisoning Scare Causes Stores to Pull Turkey From Shelves

Our Palm Beach food poisoning lawyer closely follows all reported instances of possible food contamination in our area. Dangerous bacteria often use food as a breeding ground. When that food is not properly prepared by manufacturers, restaurant owners, and other businesses that handle the product, then consumers are at risk of suffering serious illness. Improperly prepared food can cause a wide range of problems, from nausea and vomiting to paralysis and death. Millions of people are affected by food-borne bacteria each year. salmonella turkey outbreak

The Sun Sentinel recently reported on the latest Florida food poisoning scare involving contaminated ground turkey. The problem has affected residents throughout the country over the past few months. Officials from the United States Department of Agriculture are still working to understand the outbreak and determine the best way to keep consumers safe. Investigators currently believe the problem can be traced to a manufacturer from Kansas known as Cargill Meat. The company apparently sold 36 million pounds of turkey to Walmart and Aldi supermarkets that may have become contaminated with a fatal strain of salmonella. Tests at the manufacturing site indicated the presence of a strain of the bacteria known as salmonella Heidelburg–known to be resistant to antibiotics. The contaminated turkey was produced over a five and a half month period in the first half of 2011. Continue reading “Florida Food Poisoning Scare Causes Stores to Pull Turkey From Shelves”

Disagreement Over Whether Red Light Cameras Prevent Palm Beach Car Accidents

West Palm Beach car accidents injure thousands of residents every year. While the total number of fatalities caused by these crashes has decreased slightly over the past decade the total number of accidents has remained constant. Unfortunately, negligent driving remains as prevalent in our area as ever before. It is only through superior safety designs by car manufacturers that fewer lives are lost in area accidents. Our Palm Beach car accident lawyer works with many victims who have been hurt by the driving mistakes of others. Continue reading “Disagreement Over Whether Red Light Cameras Prevent Palm Beach Car Accidents”

Serious Safety Violations Found At Palm Beach County Schools

Our Palm Beach injury lawyer has worked with many individuals who have been harmed because of poor property maintenance. Visitors have a reasonable expectation that their surroundings are safe when they are shopping at the grocery store, walking through a public building, or even visiting another’s home. Owners and operators of spaces generally have a duty to warn visitors of certain dangers that exist in the area and makes changes to eliminate those dangers. They can reasonably be held responsible for the harm caused when they fail in this duty. Continue reading “Serious Safety Violations Found At Palm Beach County Schools”

Government Report Reveals Prevalence of Preventable Florida Medical Errors

Florida medical malpractice has severe consequences on the lives of those affected. It is unacceptable for patients to visit a hospital to receive treat for an ailment only to get even more ill because of poor medical care. Unfortunately, these hospital errors occur much more frequently than most residents imagine.

ABC Action News reported last week on a new government report which shines a spotlight on the quality–or lack thereof–of many local hospitals. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) released information that shares the total number of “hospital acquired conditions” (HACs) reported at area facilities. These are infections and other ailments that a patient develops while they are staying in a hospital to seek aid for a separate condition. Research indicates that virtually all HACs can be prevented if hospitals follow proper prevention standards and guidelines. Common HACs include: air embolisms, blood incompatibilities, catheter-associate urinary tract infections, pressure ulcers, vascular catheter-associated infections, and many others. Continue reading “Government Report Reveals Prevalence of Preventable Florida Medical Errors”