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Hollywood, FL – Many media outlets have reported that at least 8 people died and several others were injured at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills as a result of heat exhaustion and other related issues after parts of the nursing home were left without power following Hurricane Irma. The residents continued to live in sweltering heat following Hurricane Irma without any working air conditioning, according to news reports.

If you had a family member staying at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, you can call us at 954-515-5000 or submit your question online for a free consultation. We are open after hours as well. We can investigate this incident and fight to get answers as to what happened, how it happened, and how it could have been prevented. Families deserve answers and justice.

Over the past year, our Florida product liability attorneys have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people calling us with potential product liability claims. Florida has strict liability laws for products that cause injuries to our resident. Our product injury lawyers can make claims on your behalf if you are injured as a result of a defective product. If you were injured by a product, call us at 800-337-7755 for a free consultation, or submit your question online.

Several different government agencies regulate products to help protect the public.

Consumer Products

According to their website, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Each year, many defective products are recalled by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.001-224x300

Drugs, Medical Devices and Food

The Food and Drug Administration, according to its website, has a Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) which is responsible for regulating firms who manufacture, repackage, relabel, and/or import medical devices sold in the United States. In addition, CDRH also regulates radiation-emitting electronic products (medical and non-medical) such as lasers, x-ray systems, ultrasound equipment, microwave ovens and color televisions. The FDA also regulates food products, and also pharmaceutical drugs.

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Disney World may be one of the happiest places on Earth. Disney generally takes good care of their property and rides, but sometimes people get hurt while in Disney World or at one of Disney’s resorts. Over the years, we’ve handled many claims of personal injury by tourists injured in Disney World. disney world - Copy

Personal injury claims are actually fairly common against Disney. Disney even has its own claims department to help settle claims when Disney caused or contributed to the injury. So, what can you do when you get hurt on Disney property and Disney may be responsible?

Reporting the Claim

Nearly every day in the news we hear about someone getting shot and killed in an apartment complex in Florida. Even more heartbreaking, is when the killer is never found, leaving the family seemingly without any means of pursuing justice for their loved one’s death.

So what could a family do if their loved one is shot to death in an apartment complex?Police Line

Remember that there may be two separate cases: the criminal case and the civil case. Most often, families focus on the criminal investigation. It is usually a frustrating process because the police are seeking to arrest a criminal for committing a crime against the state of Florida. They are not necessarily concerned about the rights of the victim. A victim in a criminal case is often looked at as a witness as opposed to an actual party to the case. If the police have no leads, they may not aggressively pursue the case at all. That may leave the family feeling helpless as if there are no other options. But there are.

There are many factors to consider when trying to find the best wrongful death attorney in Florida to handle a fatal car accident case on behalf of the family whose loved one was killed following a motor vehicle accident. Some considerations may be their experience in handling fatal accident claims, negotiation skills, settlement history, professional memberships, attorneys fees, and overall passion for representing victims of fatal accidents to get answers for the victims family, and fight for justice.Taxi Accident

Find an attorney with experience a wrongful death claims

There are many attorneys who practice in the field of personal injury or accident law who have never handled a wrongful death case in Florida. In order to get the best attorney for your case in Florida, you should find an attorney who has handled many fatal car accident cases. These are very different cases than a typical car accident case. They may involve very complex legal issues, including Florida car accident law, Florida wrongful death law, Florida guardianship law, and Florida probate law.

CBS in Miami recently reported that two people were shot in the same apartment complex that 6 year old King Carter was murdered just months prior. According to CBS, a man and woman were rushed to the emergency room at Jackson Memorial Hospital after shots were fired at a northwest Miami-Dade apartment complex at night.

“The two victims were outside of the apartment complex when the shooter opened fire striking both victims,” said Miami-Dade police Det. Marjorie Eloi. “One victim was struck in the head and the second victim was struck in the shoulder and left arm.”

crimesceneCBS reported that the shooting happened at the Blue Lake Village apartment complex off NW 12th avenue and 103rd Lane – the same apartment complex where 6-year-old King Carter was shot and killed in February. King’s father ducked for cover, he said, after he heard about 20 shots.

Police LineThe Sun Sentinel reported that two men died in a fatal motor vehicle crash after their Dodge Challenger slammed into a charter bus carrying several students as it pulled out from Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Police said that the Fort Lauderdale auto accident occurred around midnight at the intersection of Northwest 27th Avenue and 11th Court, near Sunrise Boulevard.

According to Officer Keven Dupree, a spokesman for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department,, the driver of the car, Cedric C. Camper III, 41, of Fort Lauderdale, “pretty much died on impact.” His passenger, Otis Harvey, 37, of Sunrise, was pronounced dead at Broward Health Medical Center according to the police.

The news reported that the bus was returning from a four-day Tallahassee field trip and had 38 people on board — 34 students from McArthur, South Broward and Stranahan high schools, three chaperones and the bus driver.

Disney_World_Main_EntranceA 2 year old child was reportedly attacked and killed by a gator near Disney’s Grand Floridian hotel beach and dragged further into the Seven Seas Lagoon water. Cops allegedly killed at least five gators in the waters while searching for the child, though none appeared to be the one who attacked the child. According to reports, Disney has a wildlife management system which is supposed to prevent this type of incident, but somehow several gators remained in the water.

It is unfathomable that gators continued to live in the waters near where Disney guests played without warning guests.

It is apparent to those of us who investigate wrongful death claims based on the information available at this time that there was a possible procedural breakdown at Disney. The fact that there were at least six gators in water where resort guests can walk in or near, or even boat, is six too many. While employees may have been diligent in the past at keeping gators from accessing guest areas, something happened which could have possibly been prevented. Perhaps they became too relaxed? Understaffed? Lacked proper training and experience?

image1.JPGA recent CBS News report revealed that Suburu is recalling certain 2016 and 2017 Legacy and Outback vehicles over concerns that the steering could fail and they could lose control. According to the report, Suburu advises owners not to drive them out of concern for their safety. It also has told dealers to stop selling these vehicles until they’re repaired.

The report says that Suburu disclosed in government documents that steering columns may have been manufactured improperly by a parts supplier. The defect means that the steering wheel could rotate freely and the driver could lose control.

Suburu will likely replace these defective parts free of charge. If your vehicle was recalled, get it fixed as soon as possible.

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Just two weeks ago, a Fort Lauderdale man broke his jaw when the Takata airbag console in his 2001 Honda Accord literally exploded, detached from the steering wheel, and struck him in the face. My law firm has been retained to represent the victim.

For nearly 2 years, I have been advocating for a complete wipeout of all 2001-2004 Honda Civics and Honda Accords from operation unless their airbags are replaced. It is mind-boggling that we have not done so yet. A significant majority of the injury and death claims were in these vehicles, yet claims continue to come in.

Honda and Takata have access to many vehicle owners. Florida, for example, keeps a database. A simple request could provide Honda and Takata with the name and address of the vehicle registrants. They claim to mail notice letters, but those notice letters could get lost in the mail or inadvertently thrown out with other spam mail. In fact, many vehicle owners claimed to first receive a recall notice after their accident.

If a company puts a potentially deadly product in your car and knows it must be replaced or could kill or injure you, I don’t think a tv ad or mailing a letter is enough. At this point, I think it is prudent to take all affected vehicles off the road until they are deemed safe.

There is no reason Honda or Takata can’t start knocking on the doors of vehicle owners or try to find the affected vehicles and maybe put a giant red sticker on the window if they can, something apparent to let the operator know the vehicle is unsafe.

We already have laws in many states requiring vehicles to have a certain level of safety in order for it to be permitted to operate on our public roads. Look at these photos. Read the reports of injuries and death. At what point will we say enough is enough and make it unlawful to drive a vehicle with a recalled airbag. The operator is not just putting himself or herself in danger, but every occupant in their car.

I think it is time for an independent study to be sanctioned to see which vehicles are most susceptible to airbag rupture and make those a priority to get fixed or off the roads. Let’s stop focusing on geographic areas. Cars travel. Location may not be the best indicator. When we look at the vehicles, my suspicion is that a large percentage of airbag ruptures come from 2001-2004 Honda Civics and Accords. If so, I think we need to get everyone of these vehicles off the roads to prevent more people from getting hurt or killed.

Honda airbag completely detached from steering wheel after explosion.

How Do We Prevent Future Airbag Ruptures?

Over the last 2 years, I’ve been developing an airbag system capable of inspection prior to an accident. Imagine getting your oil changed and having your airbag inspected at the same time.

Many ruptured airbags we’ve seen showed signs of defect or post installation changes which could have been detected prior to the accident. For example, the canisters are often metal. If not adequately treated, or over time, the metal may rust. This rust may impact the integrity of the canister.

When moisture gets into the canister, it can contact the explosive. That contact can cause the explosive tablet to increase in size and push against the metal canister. Over time, the outside of the metal canister may show signs of expansion and could change size, almost like stretching the metal.

I think it is also time to mandate routine airbag inspections beyond just confirming that there is an airbag or that the airbag light is not on. Many major airbag components are already routinely inspected. Brake pads are inspected and repaired, tires are rotated and changed, oil is changed, belts get replaced, engines get serviced, and other parts get checked.

Will We Ever Have A Total Recall?

Some media have reported on the possibility of a total Takata airbag recall. The more Takata fights these airbag injury and warranty claims, the longer it may take to come to a solution.

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