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  • How to Drive Safely at Dangerous Intersections

    An intersection is a road junction where two or more roadways meet, cross, or converge. In other words, functionally, an intersection is where traffic moving in different directions all comes together. If you live in an urban area, you navigate intersections dozens of times every day. And if you’re taking a road trip, you will encounter huge mazes of intersections that look like the most complicated Lego fantasies.

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    How to Drive Safely at Dangerous Intersections

  • Why You Should Say Yes to Uninsured Motorist Coverage

    Studies conducted by the Insurance Research Council indicate that about 16.1% of U.S. motorists are uninsured. Drivers of older cars are especially negligent: A whopping 40% of vehicles older than 15 years are driven by uninsured drivers. If you live in Florida, your odds of encountering an uninsured driver are even greater than the national average: An estimated 19% of Florida’s licensed drivers – almost one in five – do not carry bodily injury insurance.

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    Why You Should Say Yes to Uninsured Motorist Coverage

  • Gas Devices Can Explode or Leak Toxic Fumes

    The gas that we use every day to heat a room, cook a meal, barbecue steaks, supply hot water or propel our lawn mower can cause smoke, fire, and poisonous fumes if equipment and appliances are not maintained.

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    Gas Devices Can Explode or Leak Toxic Fumes

  • “Cool” Keyless Ignition Systems Can Trigger Accidents

    Touching a button to unlock and start the car seems like magic. But there can be serious safety problems when a computer is running your car, not you!

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    “Cool” Keyless Ignition Systems Can Trigger Accidents

  • Protect Yourself by Selecting the Right Attorney

    When choosing an attorney, you should check qualifications and experience – and make sure your case will get the attention it deserves.

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    Protect Yourself by Selecting the Right Attorney

  • Fire Safety Is More than Heeding Smokey the Bear

    As small children, we learn that fire is dangerous and we’re taught to stay away from a long list of obvious fire sources such as fireplaces, fireworks, campfires, candles, lit cigarettes, matches, and more. As adults, we watch horrific videos of huge fires – forest fires, factory explosions, gas leaks that have ignited – but we’re likely to say to ourselves, “This can’t happen to us.”

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    Fire Safety Is More than Heeding Smokey the Bear

  • Play It Safe: Buckling Up Can Save Your Child’s Life

    Like many parents, you may be frustrated with what seems like the endless and thankless task of strapping your child in and out of a car seat several times a day. You have to be a rocket scientist to understand how to install the seat in the first place, and some days buckling up a wiggling, crying child borders on the impossible.

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    Play It Safe: Buckling Up Can Save Your Child’s Life

  • The Rules of the Road for Safe Bicycling

    Bicycling is one of the great American family pastimes, one that is becoming increasingly popular. It’s no wonder: Biking is a low-cost way to get where you want to go, stay fit, have fun, and even help the environment by reducing your carbon footprint. But bicycling is becoming increasingly deadly as well.

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    The Rules of the Road for Safe Bicycling

  • How Aging Tires Can Cause Unexpected Blowouts

    Gone are the days of just measuring your tire tread with a penny to see if you need to replace them. Now you need to know your tires’ birthday too! Because research indicates that tires more than six years old should be retired, regardless of their tread depth or their miles on the road.

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    How Aging Tires Can Cause Unexpected Blowouts

  • Tips for Sharing the Road Safely with Big Trucks

    With 11 million large trucks on the road, it’s no wonder that we often find ourselves frustrated, stuck behind a tractor-trailer that is blocking our vision or waiting for a semi-truck to make a tight turn.

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    Tips for Sharing the Road Safely with Big Trucks

  • Do Not Resuscitate: Form Over Substance?

    There are few areas in medicine today more fraught with contention and high emotion than the issuance of a DNR – do not resuscitate – order on a patient. The purpose of this article is to review the inauguration and history of DNRs, to state the current law in Florida regarding DNRs, and to offer some suggestions for a more medically reasonable approach to the issuance of DNRs.

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    Do Not Resuscitate:  Form Over Substance?

  • FDA Orders Investigation of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

    On May 6, 2011 the FDA ordered twenty-one artificial hip manufacturers to conduct an extensive investigation into whether the devices cause heavy metal poisoning in patients who receive them. Following up on medical reports of excessive levels of cobalt and chromium found in patients who received a particular type of hip prosthesis, the FDA cited medical literature linking excessive levels of heavy metal ions to cardiac and neurologic complications.

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    FDA Orders Investigation of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

  • 2011 Cars and SUVs with the Best and Worst Ratings

    At Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley PA, we know that it’s not really an accident when automobile manufacturers negligently disregard your safety by hiding known defects and continuing to make and sell defective cars, vans, and SUVs. When the design of vehicles and their safety ratings represent a decision to put profits before the safety of consumers, that is simply wrong.

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    2011 Cars and SUVs with the Best and Worst Ratings

  • Check Out Your Doctor, Don't Be Afraid to Ask Questions

    Few decisions are more critical than choosing the physicians who hold your health, sometimes even your life, in their hands. This is a very personal choice, one that warrants research and careful thought. But if you are new in town, or unexpectedly in need of immediate care, it may be tempting to open the Yellow Pages, shut your eyes, and point to a listing for a nearby medical practice. Or, you may be swayed by a doctor’s social standing or reputation for charisma.

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    Check Out Your Doctor, Don't Be Afraid to Ask Questions

  • Choose Attorney with Credentials, Experience You Need

    Too often, you need a lawyer because a problem has arisen unexpectedly: a catastrophic auto accident, a business deal gone wrong, a death or injury from a defective product, or one of many devastating situations where you or a family member have been harmed by the negligence of another.

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    Choose Attorney with Credentials, Experience You Need

  • Prepare for Hospitalization, Take Documents with You

    A hospital is a place where miracles happen, where human hands join science and technology to fix broken bones, remove cancerous tumors, and battle all manner of nasty diseases.

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    Prepare for Hospitalization, Take Documents with You

  • Protect Your Family by Knowing Auto Insurance Basics

    Don't be dismayed by insurance industry jargon and the pages of confusing forms that auto insurance companies provide – this is not rocket science! With some basic information, you can choose confi dently an auto policy that meets your state's legal requirements, your fi nancial situation, and your unique needs. Whether you deal with an independent agent or a representative of a specifi c insurance company, understanding your coverage and cost options will help you make decisions that best protect you and your family.

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    Protect Your Family by Knowing Auto Insurance Basics

  • Innocent-Looking Toys Could Poison or Choke Your Child

    What could be more innocent and wholesome than toys... dolls with golden curls and sky blue eyes, teddy bears that talk when you pull a string, china tea cups straight out of the Mad Hatter’s tea party, miniature beams and arches that build Eiffel Towers.

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    Innocent-Looking Toys Could Poison or Choke Your Child

  • Defective Products Threaten Your Family's Health and Safety

    A car swerves out of control without warning, killing the driver and seriously injuring the passenger. A grandfather relying on his implanted defibrillator abruptly collapses from a heart attack. A child playing with a brightly-colored toy is suddenly choking, and suffers irreversible brain damage.

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    Defective Products Threaten Your Family's Health and Safety

  • Get Copies of Medical Records, Keep Them for Reference

    Most of us rely on our doctors to keep track of what we might call the technical elements of maintaining our health. After all, it is the physicians who understand and act on the x-rays, MRIs, mammograms, PAP smears, and batteries of blood tests that write our medical history from birth to death.

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    Get Copies of Medical Records, Keep Them for Reference

  • If You Become Ill or Are Hurt by a Consumer Product, Save the Evidence

    When you are suddenly taken ill or unexpectedly injured by a consumer product, your first priority is to seek immediate medical attention – especially if your illness or injury is life-threatening. In an emergency like this, when you are in pain and frantically seeking help, you will likely be confused, and may not have your wits about you.

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    If You Become Ill or Are Hurt by a Consumer Product, Save the Evidence

  • A Serious Head Injury Is Not Always Readily Apparent

    You're driving to work with a colleague, taking your usual route, mindful of the other cars and pedestrians that make up daily traffic in your neighborhood. Suddenly, you’re broad-sided by a speeding sports car that came out of nowhere... or, stopped at a red light, you are unexpectedly rear-ended by a SUV.

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    A Serious Head Injury Is Not Always Readily Apparent

  • FDA Approval Is Often Based on Drug Company Information

    As the FDA's website breezily explains, "The center (CDER) doesn’t actually test drugs itself, although it does conduct limited research in the areas of drug quality, safety, and effectiveness standards." So, who does conduct the research that provides so-called evidence of a drug's effectiveness? Who objectively reports benefits and risks discovered through clinical trials?

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    FDA Approval Is Often Based on Drug Company Information

  • Have an Advocate at Your Side When You Are Hospitalized

    No matter how prepared you think you are, a family member or friend at your side can provide more than comfort. He or she can help you navigate the health care system and serve as an advocate for your best interests if you are confused or your judgment is impaired.

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    Have an Advocate at Your Side When You Are Hospitalized

  • Cell Phones and Texting Are Major Cause of Truck Accidents

    A fully-loaded 80,000-pound 18-wheeler looms in your rearview mirror, terrifying in its sheer size, weight, and speed. Maybe it is spewing out bits of trash on the road, or rocks that could hit and pit your windshield. Then your heart races when you realize the worst: the truck driver is texting or talking on a cell phone instead of keeping his eyes on the road!

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    Cell Phones and Texting Are Major Cause of Truck Accidents

  • How You Can Prevent Accidents at Home

    For most of us, our home is a safe haven, the place where we go to be protected from the dangers of the outside world. Take a walk through your house, room by room, to find out whether your home is an accident scene in the making

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    How You Can Prevent Accidents at Home

  • While You're on Vacation, Burglars May Be at Work

    Eager to escape the stress of the workaday world, last summer a Florida couple booked a Caribbean vacation, packed their swimsuits, and set sail on a major cruise line. They had a wonderful time wining, dining, and exploring the islands. It was a perfect vacation... that is, until they returned home.

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    While You're on Vacation, Burglars May Be at Work

  • Civil Justice System Drives Auto Safety Innovations

    Each time, it seems auto manufacturers claim they didn’t know... and then it turns out that they did. Every time, it seems, federal enforcers such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration drop the ball, incapable of acting until people die, long after safety violations are first reported.

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    Civil Justice System Drives Auto Safety Innovations

  • Food Poisoning Strikes Millions of Americans Each Year

    Even when we read about the salmonella outbreak linked to eggs that sickened 1,300 people, or 826,000 pounds of contaminated ground beef that was recalled in 12 states, or the E. coli epidemic traced to California spinach that spread to 26 states... we don’t think this can happen to us – not in the United States.

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    Food Poisoning Strikes Millions of Americans Each Year

  • How to Navigate Confusing Auto Insurance Rules and Options

    Without a map of the basics of automobile insurance coverage, shopping for auto insurance can be a minefield of confusing clauses and unfamiliar provisions. Florida auto insurance laws spell out mandatory minimum coverage, but there are numerous additional coverage options.

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    How to Navigate Confusing Auto Insurance Rules and Options

  • Do Your Homework Before Hiring a Builder or Contractor

    There are few things more frustrating than the singular decision to build a home, renovate your old one, or make extensive repairs. You are investing thousands of dollars of your hard-earned money, and there are hundreds of decisions to be made. Most of the decisions you will have will require special knowledge to arrive at a well thought decision. If you do not choose contractors wisely, they could walk off with your money in their pockets.

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    Do Your Homework Before Hiring a Builder or Contractor

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