May 2011 Archives

Miami pop star recovers from weekend accident


Local 10 News in Miami, Florida has reported that over the Memorial day holiday weekend local pop star Sean Kingston and a passenger were riding on a jet ski when the watercraft crashed into the bridge that connects Miami's Palm Island to the MacArthur Causeway. Both were rushed to the Jackson Memorial Hospital where Kingston remains, while the passenger has been discharged, The cause of the accident is still under investigation by authorities.

In 2009 the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee released a Boating Accidents Statistical Report which ranked, Florida #1 for reported boating accidents in 2008. The total that year was 657 reported accidents. The good news is that this number represents a decline that has bee steady year after year since 2000.

n Miami and surrounding areas, watercraft use is extremely popular, especially around holiday weekends. Unfortunately boating and watercraft accident are far too common. Many due to boating under the influence and other negligent acts of watercraft operators. The damages that result from these accidents are often significant.

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Collisions Cause Serious Injuries when they Happen on a Motorcycle

I always hear stories about how great motorcycles are and how fun it is to ride in cities like Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Malibu and Redondo Beach, and of course, gorgeous Newport Beach, CA, with its cool fairy ride and Balboa Island to party and have fun at the "Fun Zone." And when I go on vacation to California, I want to try a motor scooter to get around town. But I did some research and learned a few things I want to share with you, so you won't need a vacation motorcycle accident attorney.

Collisions in California cause serious injuries when they happen on a motorcycle, and they are avoidable in many cases if the driver in the motor vehicle was paying more attention to the road. There are motorcycle accidents that occur every day across the nation and they involve drivers that swear they did not see the biker prior to the collision.

These types of motorcycle crashes in large part occur at intersections and this even at a slow speed can seriously injure the motorcycle rider. The injuries can involve traumatic head injuries, since all the rider has in a collision for protection is their helmet when they are thrown to the road. This is not the only injury; the person on a motorcycle can also suffer neck and spinal cord injuries, amputations, cuts, gashes and scrapes. The scrapes alone can cause lifelong scars, and are known by motorcycle riders as road rash, which when severe can require skin grafts to repair the damage.

Collisions cause serious injuries when they happen on a motorcycle, which if the driver was not negligent in their actions on the road the collision would not have happened and the rider would not have been injured. When this type of collision occurs and it was caused by a negligent driver the injured victim will need to file a lawsuit in order to hold them responsible for causing the accident, so that they can recover compensation.

They also need the protection of a motorcycle injury attorney for two main reasons, according to this motorcycle lawyer I saw online named Michael Ehline, of Ehline Law Firm PC at 201 Wilshire Blvd., Second Floor, Santa Monica, CA 90401. 310.376.8488; 620 Newport Center Drive Suite 1100, Newport Beach, CA 92660 (949) 891-0278.

The first reason Ehline gives is that this can be complicated litigation and require resources to build the case the injured motorcycle rider does not have, like experts to reconstruct the accident and testify. The second reason is that it has been proven the injured victim that is represented by an attorney will recover a higher amount of compensation.

The injured motorcycle victim that has been involved in a collision in Newport Beach is not alone, this is a problem for motorcycle riders across the country, but the Southern California injured motorcyclist has the advantage of having an experienced Newport Beach and Santa Monica motorcycle injury attorney who will handle all the aspects of their lawsuit. This includes when the drivers insurance company attempts to settle with the injured motorcycle rider for a much lower amount than they deserve.

Florida lawmakers change Medical Malpractice laws

The Miami Herald reported this week that the Florida Senate approved a modified version of a bill from the House which changes medical malpractice claims and law suits in Florida.

The new law requires that any doctor testifying or submitting an affidavit in a malpractice law suit shall apply for an expert witness certificate.There is an application fee of $50 and allows Florida to discipline out of state doctors.

The law makes it harder for those filing certain malpractice claims by increasing their burden of proof. It indicates that a plaintiff in a medical negligence action for failure to order, perform or administer a supplemental diagnostic test must prove the breach of the standard of care by clear and convincing evidence. This is harder than the burden of proof of preponderance of the evidence.

The law also indicates that a hospital is not responsible for the negligence of a contracted medical provider unless the hospital clearly directs or exercises actual control over the event which caused the injury. The bill goes on to make several other changes and can be viewed at http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents/loaddoc.aspx?FileName=h0479d.HCAS.DOCX&DocumentType=Analysis&BillNumber=0479&Session=2011


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