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Can you get hurt when you drink something at a bar?

Injuries can happen almost anywhere, even when you're out drinking. No, it's not getting drunk that you necessarily have to worry about, it's the possibility that you could be hurt when eating out at a bar or restaurant.

In the case of a bar, there are dozens of ways to get hurt, but most people don't think about drinking a single drink as one of them. Unfortunately, even a single drink can lead to injuries in some cases. For instance, if you drink out of a cup that has lead in it, you could suffer from lead poisoning. Likewise, if a specialty drink with dry ice is served and someone swallows it, there is a major risk of serious injuries.

Halloween safety tips for Panama City kids

Panama City parents want to keep their kids safe on Halloween just like they do on other days of the year. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it's estimated that kids have quadruple the risk of getting hit by a car on Halloween than they do on other days of the year.

Below are some tips from local and national authorities to keep your little monsters safer on the spookiest day of the year.

  • Stay sober while driving. The traffic safety project coordinator for AAA reminds drivers to slow down and refrain from driving after consuming alcohol. She notes that almost 40 percent of fatal collisions that happen after dark on Halloween involve drunken drivers.
  • Eliminate distractions. While this should be an everyday goal, it's especially important during trick-or-treat times when kids may dart suddenly into the street.
  • Make kids obey traffic laws. School-age kids should understand basic safety laws, such as not stepping into the road between parked cars where they will not be as visible to drivers, using sidewalks whenever possible and walking facing traffic when no sidewalks are present.
  • Use facial paint instead of masks. Cumbersome masks restrict vision and create hazards.
  • Make sure costumes don't pose safety hazards. Too-long gowns or wide-legged pants can trip kids up.
  • Stay off social media while trick-or-treating. The time to snap selfies in those cute costumes is before setting out on the route or after they return.
  • Carry glow sticks or flashlights. Increase their visibility to motorists with the use of these safe devices.
  • Only trick-or-treat at homes that have lit porch lights. Some residents don't participate in trick-or-treating, so teach kids to respect all by passing by those houses without porch lights on.
  • Accompany wee ones on their door-to-door treks. Walk up to the door with your kids to help them avoid tripping hazards.

Man wins lawsuit over botched eye surgery in Florida

A jury has ordered Leon Medical Centers to pay $13 million to a man who has been left blind following a cataract surgery. The 80-year-old man had surgery to correct cataracts in 2013; he chose to go to Leon Medical Centers because of its reputation as a popular Medicare clinic.

The company has several clinics, and most provide multiple services in each. The man was able to schedule a visit with the ophthalmologist, scheduled surgery and set up his post-operative care all in one place. That's why it was a shock when the medical center didn't want to face the blame when the man was blinded following the botched surgery.

What are common reasons to file a personal injury claim?

There are several reasons a person may file a personal injury claim. The first may be negligence. Another might include strict liability. Intentional wrongs committed by one party are another common reason.

In a case involving negligence, the individual claims that he or she was hurt as a result of another person's negligence. For example, a driver who was texting and caused a crash was being negligent at the time of the collision.

What should you do to prepare your vehicle for a hurricane?

Hurricane season is here, and it's important to understand how to keep your car ready-to-go at all times. When heavy waters flood the area and you're trying to evacuate to somewhere safer, your car may be the difference between sitting out the storm at home or getting away to a safer place.

There are a few things you should do before the storm hits to make sure you prepare your vehicle and are ready to evacuate if you need to. Start by taking photos of your vehicle, so you know what it looked like before the storm hit. That way, if it is damaged, you have something to show the insurance company.

Workers' compensation premiums to potentially decrease

In 2018, the cost of workers' compensation could decrease, which is good news for employers and employees alike. With lower workers' compensation costs, more employers are likely to have the insurance coverage. Even though it is required by law, costs can be prohibitive and lead to employers not taking the steps they need to protect their employees.

An Aug. 29 report states that premiums for workers' compensation in Florida will likely decrease in 2018 after 2017 was a year of unexpected double-digit increases. The National Council on Compensation Insurance has suggested a decrease in premiums of 9.6 percent, which would be effective on Jan. 1. The proposal has not yet been approved, but the state Office of Insurance Regulation has the authority to do so.

Florida Supreme Court lifts cap on noneconomic awards

Imagine being unable to collect the full amount of compensation a jury decides you deserve for a medical mistake. You suffered, and with your testimony, you won your case. Now, the court says that you've been awarded millions, but you'll be capped at $500,000 regardless of your needs. It doesn't seem fair, and the Florida Supreme Court has determined that it isn't.

If you've been hurt as a result of medical malpractice, then this news is good for you. On June 8, the Florida Supreme Court determined that the caps on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases are violating the constitutional rights of patients. This is great news for patients who previously may have been limited in how much money they could collect after a serious injury.

Can you refuse to work in a dangerous situation?

Imagine going to work and being told you need to do something that you know is extremely dangerous. You don't have the right equipment or training, but your employer believes you can still get the job done.

You need to know your rights in this kind of situation. There is no reason that any employer should put his or her employees in harm's way purposefully.

Adrenaline Mob bassist killed in 3-vehicle crash in Florida

If you're a fan of rock, then you may have followed the band Adrenaline Mob. If so, there is some bad news. The bassist for the metal band has passed away in Florida following a serious car crash.

A July 17 news report indicated that the accident involved three vehicles. The band had pulled over to the side of the road to repair a flat tire alongside the highway when a tractor-trailer drove off the highway and into the parked RV.

Are medical malpractice claims limited in Florida?

In Florida, there were caps on the awards that could be given for medical malpractice claims. As of a report from June 28, the Florida Supreme Court has ruled these caps as unconstitutional. The court ruled them as unconstitutional because they limit the rights of patients to recover compensation for medical negligence.

As a patient who may need to recover damages, this is good news for you. Here are a few things you need to know about the ruling.

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