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Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart and Shipley, P.A. is currently prosecuting claims relating to the recent recall of Takata manufactured airbags. It is estimated that tens of millions of U.S. and foreign vehicles are involved and the defect has been responsible for a still undetermined number of serious injuries and deaths. The danger of shrapnel-generating airbag explosions is of greater concern in hot, damp climates, so owners of affected vehicles in areas fitting that description should take special note of this recall. Please visit https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/ and enter your Vehicle Identification Number to see if your car is affected by this recall.
When choosing an attorney, you should check qualifications and experience – and make sure your case will get the attention it deserves.
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!
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 confidently an auto policy that meets your state's legal requirements, your financial situation, and your unique needs. Whether you deal with an independent agent or a representative of a specific insurance company, understanding your coverage and cost options will help you make decisions that best protect you and your family.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.