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The following articles have been provided by the attorneys of Freidin Brown, P.A. to inform, educate and protect the public on various consumer, personal injury and legal topics. If you have any questions regarding any of the articles below please feel free to contact us.

Personal Injury / Premises Liability

College sued for predatory lending, provides example of consumer fraud

Ads Aim To Decrease Florida Pedestrian And Cyclist Fatalities - As the deadliest state in the United States for vehicle-pedestrian accidents, Florida has plenty of room for improving safety for walkers, runners and cyclists.

Semi Truck Tire Blowout Causes Head-on Collision In Jacksonville - A blown tire on a semi-truck creates headache for morning rush-hour traffic. Regular maintenance and safety checks are important pieces to ensuring the safety of commercial vehicles on Florida roadways.

Dangerous School Buses Place Children at Risk of Injury - Millions of parents across the country rely upon school buses to safely transport their children to and from school. Unfortunately, two separate recalls by Thomson Built Buses indicate that this reliance may be misplaced.

New Florida Law Reinstates Child Liability Waivers - In 2008, the Florida Supreme Court held that parents who sign liability waivers allowing their children to participate in risky adventure activities are endangering their children's property and estate, and therefore not acting in their children's best interest.

Taser Guns Linked to Heart Attacks, Cardiac Problems and a Growing Number of Fatalities - Taser manufacturer Taser International warned that shooting someone in the chest with the stun gun can lead to cardiac arrest and may be linked to a number of fatalities.

Claims Involving Failure In Security - When a person is assaulted, attacked and / or injured by a third person on a business or commercial property, the question always arises as to what responsibility the business owner had to ensure the safety of its patrons. Often times, the law imposes liability on the business under the theory that the business owner is in the best position to a) ascertain if the property is subject to criminal acts and b) what protections to put in place if the business owner determines that their property is subject to criminal acts.

Medical Malpractice / Nursing Home Abuse

New study may change radiation treatment practices - A new study reviewing the impact of certain radiation treatments could lead to a change in the acceptable standard of care.

Known To Fail But Implanted Anyway: DePuy ASR Hip Replacements - It is estimated that close to 31,000 people in the United States received a DePuy ASR hip replacement. The defective hip joint replacement system can cause severe pain and suffering, limited mobility and require at least one additional surgery to replace the defective medical device.

Inducing Labor With Pitocin May Increase Risks Of Birth Injury - Modern medicine has come a long way in protecting the life and health of an expecting mother and her unborn baby during pregnancy and childbirth. One reason is the drug Pitocin. When used properly, it can effectively induce labor in a mother who has progressed past term (41 weeks or beyond) or to augment labor, when a mother is not progressing on her own.

Is Medical Malpractice Ignored By Those Happy To Just Be Alive? - In Florida, medical malpractice occurs when a health care professional acts unreasonably or does not follow a reasonable standard of care that a similar medical professional would exercise under the same circumstances. The result of medical malpractice may be injury, an extended hospital stay, revision surgery, readmission after being sent home or death.

New Accountable Care Organizations Pose Risks to Patient Safety - Accountable Care Organizations are intended to improve patient care by creating a network of health care providers, but their emphasis on cost-cutting could come at an even greater cost to the patient: individual safety and long term health.

Non-Economic Medical Malpractice Caps - Limiting non-economic damages that a patient can recover in a medical malpractice lawsuit, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life and others, unfairly limit a injured person's ability to fully recover for the negligence or bad acts of a health care professional.

Retinopathy Of Prematurity - Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) is a disease that affects the eyes of premature babies. The blood vessels that nourish the developing retina of a premature infant may grow out of control toward the center of the eye and not into the retinal bed. If not properly detected and treated, ROP can lead to retinal detachment and blindness.

Assisted Living Center Oversight Must Be Overhauled, Bad Sites Must Be Shut Down - Harsher fines are necessary to stop abuse in assisted living centers. Assisted living or group homes should be shut down if a resident dies from abuse.

Nursing Home Industry Needs Better Care, Not Less Accountability - As the present legislative session continues, the nursing home industry and its insurance companies are waging war against trial attorneys. Rather than focusing on issues of care and respect for residents in nursing homes and solving problems from within, the nursing home lobby, the insurance industry, and its army of lobbyists are attacking the tort system.

Dangerous Drugs

Contaminated Steroid Puts Thousands At Risk For Fungal Meningitis, Death - As many as 1,185 patients in Florida may have received a contaminated steroid injection, putting them at risk for developing fungal meningitis; at least one Florida man has already died from the outbreak. According to Florida health officials, the only known cases of fungal meningitis linked to the NECC steroid have been in Marion County, but back pain patients in Miami-Dade County, Escambia County and Orange County may also have been exposed but have not yet developed symptoms.

Birth Control & Blood Clots: The Dangers of Yaz, Yasmine, Beyaz And Ocella - Bayer has set aside $200 million to deal with legal claims related to problems caused by taking Yaz, Yasmin or Beyaz. Some analysts estimate that clot claims from the birth control pills could reach as high as $2.5 billion.

Pradaxa May Cause Uncontrollable and Life-Threatening Internal Bleeding - Pradaxa was approved by the FDA as an easier-to-use alternative to Coumadin (warfarin) for those at risk of stroke because of atrial fibrilation. However, the dangerous and defective drug was not built with an 'off switch' and can lead to severe and even fatal internal bleeding.

Blinding Bacteria Found In Drug - If you or a loved one have suffered an eye injury due to a similar compound of a drug called Avastin, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Our compassionate and experienced team of product liability attorneys are here to help and will answer your questions free of charge. For a free consultation please contact the law firm of Freidin Brown, P.A. at 305-371-3666.

Neurontin: Important Information Available If You Or A Family Member Received A Prescription - Pfizer's drug, Neurontin, has been tied to suicide and suicidal behavior amid claims that it also illegally and improperly marketed the drug for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Defective Products

GM auto recall: Safety disaster, textbook product liability fact pattern.The vehicle component at the center of a massive GM recall affecting at least 2.6 million vehicles reportedly cost the automaker a paltry 57 cents. Yet, a defect in this 57 cent part located within the ignition switches of millions of vehicles has caused more than a dozen deaths.

Did You Purchase Axona Or Glucorein? Both "medical foods" are under scrutiny by the FDA for misbranding.

If RingStop from NaturalCare Did Not Work, You May Have a Claim. The anti-tinnitus product from NaturalCare may not be as effective at stopping ringing in your ears as the company has advertised; you may have a legal claim for compensation.

Did You Purchase A Pair Of Defective Steel-Toed Brahma Boots From Wal-Mart? - Despite promises of superior shoe craftmanship techniques, the Wal-Mart Brahma work boot does not use a Goodyear welt and tends to fall apart after just a few uses.

Misled By Deceptive Labeling Of Evaporated Cane Juice, Consumers Can Fight Back Against Mislabeling By Food Companies - Food labels that note contents including evaporated cane juice are false and misleading to consumers. The FDA has said using the label "evaporated cane juice" rather than "sugar" misrepresents the actual ingredients in the food item.


Information Regarding Tax Evasion Can Lead to Handsome Rewards -The federal government is firmly committed to ensuring that each person pays the taxes he or she owes, but the IRS is not always in the best position to monitor individual compliance.


Departing chief judge Joel Brown proud of work, wants funding returned

If You Own Google Stock, You May Be Entitled To File A Claim Against The Company - Google agreed to a $500 million settlement related to advertising it ran in the United States for fraudulent pharmacies in Canada.

Imprelis Herbicide Suspected In Tree Deaths - A recently approved herbicide called Imprelis, widely used by landscapers because it was thought to be environmentally friendly, has emerged as the leading suspect in the deaths of thousands of Norway spruces, eastern white pines and other trees on lawns and golf courses across the country.

Floridas Two U.S. Senators Revamped the Membership of the Florida Judicial Nomination Commission (JNC) - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Florida's two U.S. senators Friday released the makeup of a revamped statewide panel that's charged with selecting nominees for presidential appointments to federal judgeships, U.S. attorneys and U.S. marshals.

The state's two senators revamped the membership of the Florida Judicial Nomination Commission (JNC) to account for the election of Sen. Marco Rubio. Under the JNC's rules, the 64-member commission recommends candidates to the state's two senators. The senators then interview and forward the names to the White House, unless they object to a specific candidate's appointment.

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