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Miami Personal Injury Law Blog

Florida parents will want to avoid defective products

Parents across the nation, including those in Florida typically enjoy giving a gift of a new toy to their children. Some review various consumer reports ahead of time in order to make educated choices as to which toys are safe and worth buying. However, in some cases, parents are unaware of defective products in the marketplace, sometimes discovering the fact only after their child has suffered an injury.

World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH), a consumer advocacy organization, recently listed a new dinosaur claw toy on its annual list of potentially dangerous items. The foam toy was inspired by the new "Jurassic World" film. The consumer watch-dog group suggests that children who play with it are at risk for eye and facial injuries.

Cruise ship accidents re possible litigation

Florida is known world-wide as a hub of recreation and tourist activity. Seafarers from across the globe take to the beautiful waters surrounding the peninsula during personal vacations, sporting expeditions and everyday family fun. Maritime activity is not always smooth sailing, however. Cruise ship accidents sometimes put a damper on a person's R&R. A question often asked in the aftermath of personal injury suffered in a sea-voyage accident is "Should I pursue legal action in the matter?"

At Panter, Panter & Sampedro, P.A., we help those who have been injured in boating accidents. Whether you were sailing on a friend's private craft or were a paid ticket holder on a major cruise line when the accident occurred, you are entitled to seek compensation for damages if your injury was caused by another person's negligence. As a passenger on a seafaring vessel, you have the right to reasonably expect that the ship's owners have ensured a safe and secure atmosphere on your behalf. 

Have you suffered illness due to medical malpractice in Florida?

The widow of a Vietnam veteran who underwent a dental procedure and ultimately died as a result of complications afterward said that her husband survived war and cancer but was unable to survive a simple dental implant surgery. She blames her husband's death on medical malpractice, claiming that the dentists' negligence caused her husband's demise. She further asserts that doctors knew of the error but did not disclose the information. Florida patients who believe that a doctor has hidden information that resulted in a serious illness or death of a loved one may want to be aware of the recent events regarding the above-mentioned case.

Child suffers serious personal injury in Florida accident

Florida parents are among many others throughout the nation whose children ride school buses to and from their classrooms each day. When a mother or father entrusts his or her child's travel to a school bus driver, he or she has the right to expect that the driver will do his or her best to keep the child safe during travel. In a recent incident, a school bus crashed and multiple students suffered personal injury.

No other vehicles were reported to have been involved in the accident, which happened on Interstate 95 close to the International Golf Parkway. Preliminary investigations suggest that at approximately 7 a.m. on a Wednesday morning, the bus suddenly careened off the road. It then smashed into a tree.

Did defective products cause fire?

In Florida, as in all other states, the law protects any person who has suffered injury, illness or otherwise because of a faulty product that made normal usage of it hazardous to the consumer. Defective products are suspected to have been the cause of a restaurant fire, and an insurance company has filed claims in the matter. The fire took place in 2014 and is believed to have been caused by an espresso machine.

The claim has been filed against two separate corporations. Each had a part in designing and/or manufacturing the espresso machines that are thought to have started a fire. It has been alleged that power wiring to one of the machine's solenoids failed during use, thus causing the machine to malfunction and a fire to ignite. The lawsuit claims that the named defendants should have checked the machine for defects and made any necessary repairs.

Considering filing a personal injury claim in Florida?

When a Florida resident suffers injury due to the negligent or unlawful actions of another person, he or she is able to file a claim in a civil court to seek restitution for damages sustained. A personal injury can be very severe, sometimes resulting in permanent disability, such as those who suffer spinal cord injuries due to gunshot wounds. In such circumstances, a surviving victim often requires daily living assistance and a lifetime of medical care.

One man in another state who took a bullet near his spine while attending a barbecue party where a gun fight broke out said that he has been hospitalized 14 times in the past year due to ailments and situations that have arisen because of his condition. Spinal injury victims apparently tend to be vulnerable to pneumonia and various skin infections. The cost of ongoing medical care for those in such circumstances can be astronomical, amounting to millions of dollars over a lifetime.

Medical malpractice award issued to child in case outside Florida

Florida mothers may relate to one woman's devastation when her child was born with severe brain injuries. To make matters worse, those injuries were entirely preventable and were caused by a doctor's negligence during birth. Medical malpractice is a serious issue that continues to plague our society. When errors are avoidable, it is understandable that patients want justice for the damage that has been sustained.

The mother whose baby was injured during birth was awarded $250,000 in U.S. District Court for emotional pain and suffering. What should have been a time of joy and excitement turned into a horrific tragedy when a doctor chose to ignore signs that the woman's baby was showing signs of distress during labor. A federal judge determined that the doctor waited too long to perform a needed c-section, which resulted in serious brain injury to the child that could have been prevented.

Florida motorists might be interested in defective products case

In what might turn out to be a record civil punishment in the automobile industry, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration came down hard on the Takata Corporation regarding its production of airbags that have been deemed hazardous for use. The apparently defective products are known to rupture and suddenly explode, causing metal fragments and pieces of the device to spray through the air. Many vehicles in Florida were surely among the more than 19 million that were recalled in the United States because they contained the potentially dangerous airbags.

Up to $200 million in fines have been issued against the manufacturers. Some $130 million of that will be paid if the company does not comply with a consent form that was also issued. The consent form requires Takata to phase out its use of an ammonium nitrate propellant used to inflate the airbags. This chemical is thought to be the main cause of the ruptures and explosions.

Beware of Candy Dangers This Halloween

Most parents are aware of the importance of inspecting their children's candy for unwrapped packages, discarding opened or unidentifiable items as potential threats. They're also used to scanning labels for fat, sugar, and harmful allergens.

This Halloween, police want parents to be aware of the potential new threat in disguise: drugs masquerading as candy.

Florida teen did not survive personal injury in recent accident

When a fatal Florida pedestrian accident occurs, the sorrow is magnified when a young person is involved. A recent tragedy occurred where a 16-year-old boy did not survive personal injury. The driver of the vehicle that is alleged to have struck him reportedly said after the accident that could be used against him in court.

Apparently, the teenager had entered a local store along the road just moments before his life came to an end. A video camera used for surveillance in the area shows the young man walking into the establishment. Also on the film, the boy can be seen coming back out of the store and attempting to cross the street on foot when he is suddenly struck by a moving vehicle.