According to a recent article in the Orlando Sentinel, a court decision could end up serving as “another blow to a controversial 2003 law that limits the amounts of money injured patients can receive in medical malpractice cases.” The case being discussed involved a dental assistant who underwent carpal tunnel surgery and ended up with a perforated esophagus. The assistant, Susan Kalitan, was injured as a result of tubes being placed in her mouth and esophagus as part of the pre-surgery anesthesia process.
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Typically the Fourth of July weekend is the perfect storm for boating accidents in Florida. However, this year law enforcement officers are reporting a decrease in the number of reported accidents – a result they claim is due to increased preventative measures.
A 21-year-old man was driving a 1998 Lexus sedan north along Three Oaks Parkway in Estero on Sunday morning at approximately 2:40 a.m., when he lost control of his vehicle. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the Lexus drifted into the grassy median and began to spin clockwise. As the vehicle was rotating, the front end of the car slammed into a tree, bringing it to a stop. It was reported that the driver died at the scene of the accident. The accident remains under investigation and few details are known at this time. It is also unknown if speed or fatigue were factors in the incident.
A report released by the Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday indicates that nearly 75% of the ruptured faulty airbags they have tested that were manufactured by Takata are from the State of Florida. Officials cite the heat and humidity associated with Florida weather as factors in the high rate of rupture of these airbags. The airbags expand with such force that they can potentially propel shrapnel throughout the vehicle, severely injuring occupants.
A 29-year-old woman was killed on the first weekend of July in an accident on Florida’s Turnpike in Osceola County. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the woman, who was driving, lost control of her vehicle and it veered off the road and hit a tree. She was pronounced dead at the scene, while the only other passenger suffered minor injuries.
In mid-June, a young man was struck by a vehicle in St. Augustine Beach and killed. The accident was a hit-and-run. The victim, 23-year-old Casey McLendon, was on a skateboard when he was hit by a pickup truck that kept driving. According to witnesses, the crash sounded like a gun going off.
A 17-year-old Florida teenager was fleeing the scene of an accident when he crashed his Chevy into a swimming pool in the Tampa area. He crashed into a black Hyundai parked on the road, then sped off, driving through a fence and screened enclosure and straight into an underground pool.
Wilton Drive in Broward, Florida, is a prime spot for pedestrian accidents. More than 80-percent of city accidents involving pedestrians since 2009 have occurred on Wilton Drive, Oakland Park Boulevard, Andrews Avenue, Powerline Road, and Northeast Sixth Avenue, with Wilton Drive taking the majority.
Tim Nicholls, a former police officer and top athlete, was severely injured the last weekend in June when his cycling team slid over alligator remains on the road, causing his bike to flip onto the concrete and other cyclists to run over him as they tried to stop. Nicholls is in recovery in the intensive care unit of the Broward Health Medical Center, where he is being treated for five broken ribs, a collapsed lung, a broken clavicle, and several facial fractures.
A crash on the Florida Turnpike near milepost 220 has claimed the life of a father and son from West Palm Beach. The Florida Highway Patrol reported that five family members riding in a northbound vehicle on Florida’s Turnpike, when one of the rear tires blew out or separated causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle.