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Miami Personal Injury Law Blog

Veterans Affairs doctors must report medical malpractice

Recently, a news report stated that the Department of Veterans Affairs doctors had been reminded that if they don't report medical malpractice, they could face losing their licenses. Supposedly, many doctors have been under the impression that they don't have to report medical malpractice, since the VA covers them in most situations.

That's not really true anymore. In fact, the VA may cover things like the doctor's liability, but malpractice or a reduced standard of care could still lead to a doctor losing his license. For instance, if a doctor doesn't report a malpractice case that another VA doctor took park in, both doctors, once the situation is realized, could face losing their licenses.

Marijuana a cause of car accidents? It's a debate in Florida

There has been an ongoing debate about the legalization of marijuana and the potential for drugged driving. Now, Florida has gotten into the argument with a group called, "Don't Let Florida Go To Pot." The coalition is a group of over 40 organizations that are fighting against the medical marijuana amendment, because it claims that the drug could be implicated in up to a fourth of all fatal car accidents.

Under the group's statistics listing, they claim that 25 percent of all drug-related fatal vehicular accidents in the United States involve marijuana. That statistic comes from the October 2011 White House Office of National Drug Control Policy report. That report was used to measure the positive result for marijuana in drivers who had been involved in fatal crashes between 2005 and 2009 and then tested for drug use.

Florida motorcyclist killed by wrong-way driver

Because of the almost certain accident that awaits those who travel the wrong way on Florida roads, one woman has chosen to start an online petition to the governor for a better way to prevent such actions. Suggestions have included spikes or bigger, more visible signs.

The woman who started the petition said that a 42-year-old man killed in a motorcycle accident caused by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 95 South was her best friend. The horrifying impact of the accident threw the victim's body through the wrong-way driver's windshield and into the back seat. It was there that the man died from catastrophic injuries.

Medical mistakes lead to third-most deaths in Florida, elsewhere

Back in 2009, a pilot was said to be a hero when he landed his plane on the Hudson River, saving hundreds of lives. That pilot has now been speaking out again, focusing on safety in other areas, and he is using the idea of air travel to do it.

Basically, the premise that he suggested was that people needed to think about what types of things would happen if 20 passenger jets started going down each week, killing those on board. He said that the government would quickly step in and shut everything down. Planes would have to stay on the ground and no one would be able to fly. He suggested that air travel would grind to a halt until the issues that were bringing the planes down were fixed.

Car accidents injure 4 on US 19 in Florida

Four people were hurt in a serious accident on US 19 in Florida, a July 23 report states. This crash, like so many others, appears to be caused by mechanical failure, as a trailer separated from a white Ford pickup and went airborne. The trailer then crashed, causing mayhem.

The accident took place on July 22 during rush hour, which is probably the reason so many vehicles became involved. The count, at last update, was 10 vehicles. One driver reported that her minivan was struck by the trailer directly, but others had to swerve to avoid being hit, and that caused other accidents.

Crash in Miami-Dade leaves 1 dead, 3 injured

A crash in Miami-Dade left one person dead and three others injured, according to a report from July 13. An elderly woman passed away from her injuries, while several others had to be treated for injuries following the car accident. This crash happened when one driver failed to stop at a red light.

Failing to stop is sometimes construed as negligence, and if you've been hurt by someone who wasn't paying attention, you deserve to be compensated for your pain and suffering as well as ongoing medical needs or costs associated with missing work. If someone you love was killed in the accident, you could be able to collect compensation to cover their medical bills and funeral costs as well.

Man charged with murdering a grandmother in car accident

A man who allegedly used his car as a weapon to kill a woman has been denied bail in a neighboring state. According to police, the 23-year-old man purposefully ran a woman over after he got into a car accident with her. Witnesses say the 53-year-old woman had exited her vehicle to survey the damage when the man purposefully drove into her and then ran over the top of her when he tried to escape the accident scene. Accidents involving senseless acts of violence like this are rare in Florida, but when they occur, authorities will hold responsible parties criminally accountable for their actions.

Wrongful death on highway in Florida being investigated

The death of this man is a good reminder of how important it is to be aware when you're driving. According to a June 28 report, the man was a tow truck driver who was helping move a disabled vehicle off the roads. He had stepped outside his vehicle on the interstate during the job, and that's when he was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer.

When someone is involved in a pedestrian accident like this one, it can end with injuries or a wrongful death. When you're the one who is injured, you may seek compensation for your injuries. In cases like this one, the man's family would need to do so.

1 dies in beach accident in Florida

This case in Florida discusses the death of a pedestrian who was allegedly struck by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the wreck. The news reports that the 45-year-old victim was struck on a beach; she was walking with her 21-year-old son and his wife when she was hit by a car at around 9:30 p.m.

The victim's husband had to drive from North Carolina to Florida after the accident. His wife had been a grandmother of four and a mother to seven; he reported that his son, the 21-year-old who was with his mother at the time of the accident, is not doing well having lost his mother so suddenly.

Pair suffers serious injuries in Florida hit-and-run crash

If you've been injured in a motorcycle crash, then you may be familiar with the costs associated with your recovery. From missing work to spending thousands on physical therapy, the costs of your injuries does add up. That's why it's important to seek information on claiming compensation that you deserve; another person's negligence shouldn't leave you with unwanted bills.

This woman allegedly caused catastrophic injuries to a couple riding their motorcycle, and she has just now turned herself in to police. The accident took place in Florida, according to a report from June 5, when the 45-year-old woman hit a man and woman on their motorcycle along Bell Shoals Road.

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