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2 dead in Florida freeway crash

Florida authorities report that a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 39 in Lithia claimed the lives of two individuals on Dec. 13. A third person was also critically injured in the incident.

Police said that the head-on collision occurred about 7 p.m. when a 23-year-old man driving a southbound Ford van suddenly veered over into the opposite lane and into the path of a Chevrolet Impala. The van driver as well as the Impala driver, a 44-year-old Ruskin man, died from the injuries they suffered in the accident. The report did not indicate if the drivers died at the scene or if they were first transported to a local hospital.

Florida head-on proves deadly for 1, several injured

The driver of a pickup truck was killed when his vehicle collided with a box truck on State Route 123 on Dec. 11, according the Florida Highway Patrol. Three other people involved in the crash suffered injuries, including the driver of the box truck, who was hospitalized in critical condition. Two dogs said to have been in one of the vehicle also died, one at the accident scene and the other at a veterinary clinic.

The accident happened in the late afternoon near Valparaiso on Route 123. According to the FHP, a 2011 Isuzu box truck driven by a 35-year-old man from Panama City was traveling south when he crossed into northbound traffic and collided head-on with a 2010 Ford F-150 pickup. The 75-year-old driver of the pickup truck, a man from Brundidge, Alabama, was killed in the crash. His 69-year-old passenger, a woman from Shalimar, was transported to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. A 35-year-old male passenger in the box truck also suffered injuries described as minor by the FHP.

Settlement reached in Nissan of America class action lawsuit

Florida drivers may be interested in the near-resolution of a class action lawsuit against a major automobile manufacturer. The lawsuit involves a defective component that could affect the vehicle's brakes.

In 2011, a class of plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against Nissan of America, alleging that brakes in certain Nissan models would fail due to a faulty electrical component. The issue, according to reports, affected around 350,000 vehicles in the U.S. The models involved were all from model years 2004 to 2008, and affected vehicles included the Armada, some models of the Titan and the Infiniti QX56s. The original lawsuit was looking for compensation for the monetary losses suffered because of the brake issue but there were not physical injury claims involved in the action.

Failure to diagnose a patient

Failure to diagnose medical conditions is one of the most common legal claims of medical malpractice that patients in Florida and around the country make. Although certain cancers, heart attack and appendicitis are the most costly misdiagnoses that a professional can make in terms of dollars and in terms of severity, they are not the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions.

The most prevalent conditions that doctors fail to diagnose are hypertension and diabetes. These diseases do not generally cause sudden death but are quite serious and can be life-threatening in the long-term. However, they are often present without accompanying symptoms, so they are easier to miss. Some estimates suggest that about one in three people have hypertension that has not been diagnosed.

Dangerous toys and defective products for Florida parents to know

With the holiday season in full swing, the search for toys is on most parents' minds. However, a recent study estimates that more than three million children were admitted to emergency rooms between 1990 and 2011 as a result of toy-related injuries. In the past year, toy-related injuries have gone up by 40 percent. Toys should be designed to be safe for their particular age group, and if toys cause harm to a child, they may be considered defective products.

Product liability laws are designed to keep kids from injuring themselves. Some of the more commonly dangerous toys include riding toys. They accounted for 28 percent of injuries for children under 5 and 42 percent of injuries for kids between 5 and 17 years of age. The most common hazardous riding toy is a foot-powered scooter; these have accounted for the increased child injury rate.

Car accidents may cause whiplash injuries

Florida drivers may have heard of the term 'whiplash" in relation to car accidents, but they may not be entirely sure what the condition exactly is or how it is caused. Whiplash is a common injury to a person's neck, often caused by a car accident. It is not thought to be life-threatening and is oftentimes ignored or unnoticed, but it may lead to psychosocial issues such as depression or anxiety. Symptoms can include headache, shoulder pain, weakness in the arms, jaw pain as well as visual disturbances.

Whiplash can be caused by the forward and backward motion of an individual's head and neck caused by sudden acceleration and deceleration during a crash, most often involving an impact from the rear while a vehicle is stationary. This can cause damage to bone structures and soft tissues in the neck and could potentially lead to long-term partial disability.

Representing Florida children after incidents at school

Florida children have rights to safe, secure environments at their schools and on school buses. However, some schools are dangerous areas for the students they serve, and many students enter school grounds every day in fear of abusive peers or teachers, dangerous equipment, unsecured construction or renovation areas and other hazards.

Serious physical or emotional trauma often results from incidents at school or on school buses. These incidents may include persistent bullying that escalates to fights or serious physical abuse, accidents involving defective athletic or playground equipment, or ineffective security protocols. Your child may have suffered head injuries in a fight that school staff did not break up or that occurred in an unsupervised area. Swings or other playground equipment may have failed, causing your child to fall and break a bone. Sex offenders or other dangerous people may have been able to enter school property and harm your child because of insufficient security.

Understanding vehicle recalls

Florida drivers may be interested to learn that in 2009, 30,000 people lost their lives on America's roadways, which represents a decrease of 28 percent from 2006. However, traffic accidents were still the biggest cause of death for Americans under the age of 34. Furthermore, injuries and deaths from traffic accidents may leave behind a staggering and long-term emotional toll on families.

Created in 1996, the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act allows motor vehicles to be recalled if they do not meet federal safety standards. These actions may be ordered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and are usually issued if there is a safety-related defect associated with a particular vehicle. A safety-related defect is any defect in the design, performance or component of a vehicle that could lead to a higher risk of injury.

Graco strollers recalled for fingertip injury hazard

Florida residents who have purchased strollers manufactured by the Graco company may have to be careful when using their products. On Nov. 20, federal officials announced that approximately 4.7 million Graco products were being recalled after the company received reports of at least 10 incidents of serious finger injuries that occurred while using Graco and Century strollers

The reports included one finger laceration, four partial amputations of fingertips and six full amputations of fingertips. The injuries were caused by a hinge on the side of the strollers that can pinch a child's finger. Eleven models of the strollers have this particular hinge.

Hit-and-run accident seriously injures BMW driver

A 27-year-old man suffered severe injuries in a hit-and-run accident in Broward County on Nov. 16, according to authorities. Law enforcement officials reportedly suspect that a 23-year-old woman involved in the crash was impaired while driving.

The 27-year-old man was driving a 2004 BMW, authorities said. Following the accident, emergency personnel transported him to the hospital with a fractured skull.

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