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Red tide leads to workers' compensation claims in Florida

In Florida, there are many unusual hazards you might not think will affect you on the job. One of those hazards is red tide. The red tide occurs when algae blooms and releases toxins. This colors the water and has a potential to harm animals and humans.

In a case in Palm Beach, five police officers have reported respiratory illnesses in relation to the red tide. Of them, two had to seek medical treatment. They filed for workers' compensation as well.

How does social media play a role in a product-liability case?

When a product has a defect, it can lead to injuries or deaths. That defect could result in a toy cutting a child, a bed falling apart during use or other serious hazards.

One interesting thing about product-liability cases is that it's usually more than one person who is involved. Since multiple consumers buy these products, the offending product could be found in homes across America.

The process of settling a claim for your car crash

Car crashes are life-altering. They happen suddenly, and they change any plans you had in the immediate future. They may strain you financially and physically, pushing you to your limits.

In Florida, there are 1,197 miles of coastline, so imagine how many miles of roads there are. No matter what you're doing in Florida, you need to know what to do in the event of a crash.

What do you do if a broken bone is obvious at a crash scene?

In many accidents, the injuries that occur seem like things that people can heal from easily. For example, many people suffer from broken bones every year, and it's seen as a common injury. That doesn't mean that everyone can heal from it properly, though.

Additionally, some people end up having injury complications to deal with. On top of that, all broken bones are not equal. Different types of breaks require surgery, physical therapy and other treatments to help them heal correctly.

2 killed in fall from 7-story construction job in Florida

It is always important for those working in construction to follow strict protocols. They have to make sure their equipment is in good condition and used accurately. If not, it could end up leading to injuries or deaths like in this case involving three workers in Orlando.

In a horrifying situation that should have been preventable, two workers died in a scaffolding collapse that occurred near Walt Disney World in Florida. The Aug. 29 report states that the two workers fell from scaffolding as they were pouring concrete into a 16-story hotel. Orange County sheriff's officials stated that the men were on the seventh floor of the hotel at the time of the incident.

Device managers might rely on physicians instead of recalls

In what may be a shocking report, an Aug. 22 article describes how medical manufacturers actually rely on medical professionals to alert them to problems with their devices. Then, once the physicians know of defects, the medical device managers rely on those physicians to screen the devices out because of defects.

What should happen? A device that causes patient injuries or that has defects should be recalled, but that doesn't always happen. Results from a behavioral study from Indiana University and the University of Minnesota claim that issuing a recall could affect an operation manager's career, so many rely on medical providers to screen out the devices and stop using them on patients.

Hospital acquired infections: What you need to know

One of the most dangerous hospital-acquired infections is methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). This infection is not something a patient ever wants to hear that they have developed.

MRSA is a bacterium that causes infection to spread throughout various parts of the body. The biggest problem with it is that it developed in hospitals, so it infects the vulnerable and is extremely resistant to antibiotics.

Struck by an uninsured driver? Here's what to consider

You were traveling with your family when another driver, seemingly not paying attention, slammed into your vehicle with theirs. In an instant, everything you planned for the future changed. You suffered a serious injury, and several of your loved ones did as well.

You felt a little comfort knowing that you could file an insurance claim to cover your losses, but that's when you discovered that the driver wasn't insured. They were breaking the law, but now they're breaking your bank.

Delayed diagnoses can cause irreparable harm

Delayed diagnoses are a significant problem in the medical world. While a diagnosis is delayed, a patient often goes without a necessary treatment. Without the appropriate treatment, the patient's medical condition could get worse or even end up becoming terminal.

Missed diagnoses are likely in some cases, like if a disease is very rare or there are few specialists to see in an area. However, it's a medical provider's job to do all he or she can to help a patient get an accurate diagnosis. Failing to do so because of not ordering tests or guessing at a diagnosis is unfair to the patient and potentially life-threatening.

Hazardous children's products could result in serious injury

There are many products that can be dangerous to children, but product liability only really comes into play when parents aren't warned adequately about a product's potential risk to cause injury. In the majority of cases, for instance, a parent would know there was a potential for injury from a baseball. He or she would not know there was a potential for injury from the paint on the ball, though, if it was lead paint or other forms dangerous to the human body.

Every day, people face dangers in their own homes. For example, children's jewelry can be extremely risky to have in the home and could lead to choking injuries. The manufacturer should be making sure that the jewelry does not contain lead or cadmium. If it does contain those chemicals, it should be recalled. If not, parents may have a case against the company for putting a child at risk or giving the child metal poisoning.

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