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Medical malpractice happens when a patient is harmed by a medical professional who failed to provide proper care. In such cases, it must be determined if the doctor acted in a reasonable manner or if mistakes were made that another professional in a similar situation wouldn’t have reasonably made.
There are a number of different errors that are commonly made by medical professionals. Here are a few examples of mistakes made by doctors and hospital staff members: Read the rest »
The Miami Herald reports that Cedric Williams, 48, has been arrested as a suspect in a fatal Miami hit-and-run accident that took the lives of three people and seriously injured another on January 2. According to the article, 25-year-old Robbie Wissler, 69-year-old Robert Judd, 20-year-old Lindsey Ellen Ennis, and 19-year-old Kayla Elizabeth Bain were riding in a Honda Civic when they were struck by Williams, who was traveling in a Chevy Astro van. Investigators stated that all occupants of the Civic were wearing seat belts. However, Wissler, Ennis, and Bain were all killed instantly as a result of the accident. Judd suffered serious injuries and was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Williams confessed he had been drinking before the crash. He was driving with a suspended license, ran through a red light at the intersection of Northeast Second Avenue and 82nd Street, and fled the scene of the collision. Williams sustained bruises, scrapes, and a minor head injury from the crash. According to the report, he showed remorse when discussing the accident. He is being charged with four counts of leaving an accident scene with deaths or injuries and driving with an expired and suspended license. Read the rest »
Tort reform. You’ve heard the term thrown out as something that is needed to cut down on so-called “frivolous” lawsuits. Generally industries or medical practices that do not want to be regulated champion tort reform as a way to fix the economy and reduce health care costs. These industries and medical societies have a lot of money to conduct very effective campaigns that encourage everyone to be cynical about the law and lawyers.
After all, it is a right under the Seventh Amendment to the Constitution to take our grievance to a jury as a way to right a wrong. Lawsuits hold companies accountable that harm average consumers and they serve as a deterrent to reckless and negligent behavior. Read the rest »
Florida’s Gulf waters have been reopened to commercial fishing. The announcement was made in late July by federal officials opening more than 26,000 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico off Pensacola to commercial and recreational fishing.
FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg reassured the public that the seafood from the area is safe in an official statement on August 2.
“Through close coordination with our state and federal partners, we are confident all appropriate steps have been taken to ensure that seafood harvested from the waters being opened today is safe and that Gulf seafood lovers everywhere can be confident eating and enjoying the fish that will be coming out of this area.” Read the rest »
It was one of the most horrible trucking accidents this area can
On January 25, 2006, a tractor-trailer driver reportedly fell asleep behind the wheel and drove his trailer into a car full of Lake Butler children waiting for a school bus.
All seven children died in an inferno. They were all from the same family. And five children onboard a bus that was then hit by the car, not only witnessed the accident but were injured and taken to the hospital.
The driver, Alvin Wilkerson, of Jacksonville, Florida was facing seven counts of vehicular homicide and other charges. On Thursday afternoon, Wilkerson pleaded no contest to the seven courts and was sentenced to seven years in prison. Read the rest »
Jacksonville is recognizing a dubious distinction.
The city’s infant mortality rate tops all of Florida. Within the black community, the numbers are nearly twice that of whites, according to findings by the Jacksonville Community Council Inc.
In 2006, 130 infants died before their first birthday in Jacksonville. The mortality rate overall in the city is 9.5% with the rate for whites 7.2% and for blacks 12.7% in 2006.
“Jacksonville has the highest rate in the state,” said Helen Jackson who is the JCCI Board of Directors President. “This is not something we want to be known for.” Read the rest »
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