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Florida jury makes landmark ruling on wrongful death claim

A Florida jury made history this month when it decided that a gay man was due $157 million from two of the biggest tobacco giants in the industry for the 2018 death of his spouse. It's the first wrongful death case by a same-sex spouse of its kind.

The victim developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in 1996. He died from the disease last year. He'd been a smoker since he was only 15 years old, like many others in his generation. He was 74 when he died.

Protecting your personal injury claim on social media

These days, a lot of people form pretty significant connections online and do much of their communicating via social media. However, when you have a personal injury claim pending after an accident, social media can be a minefield for the unwary.

The No. 1 best thing you can do is to get off social media altogether until your claim is resolved -- but that may not be totally practical, especially if you're reaching out to support groups online. If turning off your social media accounts for an extended period isn't an option, here's what you should do:

Fatigued driving is a big problem but can be prevented

Fatigued driving is a serious problem in this country, but it is one that could easily be prevented if nobody got behind the wheel without getting enough sleep first. It is imperative that anyone who is starting to notice signs of fatigue get off the road and rest before continuing their journey. If they fail to do this, there is a chance that they might cause a catastrophic or fatal crash.

There are many reasons why driving while drowsy is a bad idea. First, you can't pay attention to the road like you should. It is difficult to focus on what you need to do if you are too tired. Second, your reaction is slower. This is partially because you can't think straight. Third, you probably aren't going to make the best judgment calls because you can't process information properly.

Motorcycle collisions: Avoid them with these 3 tips

Motorcycle accidents can happen anywhere and at any time, but when you live in an area full of tourism, the chances of getting into a crash go up. People who are unfamiliar with the area and who may not expect to see motorcyclists may make mistakes that put your very life in danger.

Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to make your time on the road safer. Following just a few safety tips can significantly reduce the risk of a motorcycle crash and serious injuries or death.

Phone-related accident fatality statistics

Few things that people do behind the wheel are as dangerous as using the phone. Whether they are talking, texting or browsing the web, they're putting others in danger. These activities lead to fatal accidents year in and year out.

For instance, in 2017, reports show that 3,166 people lost their lives in car accidents caused by distracted drivers. Some of these fatalities were the distracted drivers themselves, while others were drivers, cyclists or pedestrians that they hit. That's almost an average of 10 deaths per day, and they are all easily preventable. If people would just stay off of their phones while in the car, all of those individuals would still be alive.

Death from heat illness draws attention to college practices

A young football player for a Kansas community college collapsed after starting his first day of conditioning practice. The young man, only 19, died from heatstroke.

According to the news on Nov. 14, the young defensive lineman was found outside his dormitory in an alleyway in August. He died later that night at the hospital.

Accidental injury is one of the top causes of American deaths

Death is our constant companion throughout our journey through life. We all know that we will die one day, but most of us assume it won't happen until we are old and have enjoyed a full life. In most cases, this is exactly how the average lifespan plays out. As such, we rarely spend our time worrying that we won't reach our golden years, which is how it should be.

It might surprise you to learn that accidental injury was the third leading cause of death in 2017. We found this statistic by exploring a piece published online by the Insurance Information Institute. Below is a brief breakdown of the Institute's data regarding accidental personal injuries and deaths in 2017.

  • 40,231 accidental deaths occurred due to some type of vehicle accident
  • Accidental poisoning or exposure to harmful substances resulted in more than 64,000 deaths
  • Nearly 2,500 deaths occurred because of falling on a stairway
  • Space and air travel accidents accounted for 385 deaths
  • Accidental firearm discharges took the lives of almost 500 Americans
  • Exposure to accidents involving fire and/or smoke resulted in 2,812 deaths
  • Accidental drowning accounted for 723 fatalities
  • Nearly 40 deaths occurred due to dog attacks and/or bites

Regulatory agency issues warning about inclined sleepers

If you have a baby or are expecting one, you may have already read or seen news reports about the potential suffocation danger of inclined sleepers. Earlier this year, Fisher-Price and two other companies pulled their inclined sleepers off the market.

The danger arises from the fact that babies who are sleeping at an angle that's more than 10 degrees can roll over so that they're facedown on the sleeper. Most of the inclined sleepers that have been on the market since Fisher-Price invented the product (with its Rock ‘n Play) put babies at approximately a 30-degree angle.

Can you sue your friend or relative over a Thanksgiving injury?

Thanksgiving can be hazardous to your health -- and we're not just talking about the potential for a serious bout of indigestion. Every year, a lot of extended family members gather at a relative's house for feasting and fun -- but accidents do happen. Some of them can be quite serious.

Some of the most common reasons that people end up in the hospital after a visit to a relative's home on Thanksgiving include:

  • Food poisoning: Not everyone knows how to actually cook a turkey and the safe way to make stuffing
  • Knife injuries: There are a lot of sharp objects around and someone may get careless
  • Burns: Sometimes, a guest will just accidentally get too close to a hot stove -- while other times actual fires break out in the oven and injure people
  • Alcohol: Traffic accidents always spike around Thanksgiving because people over-indulge and don't have designated drivers -- and their hosts don't cut them off
  • Overexertion: Sometimes, guests overexert themselves playing tag football with their cousins, while other times it's helping grandma get the tree and decorations out of the attic
  • Slips and falls: A piece of torn carpet on the stairs or a loose grab bar in the bathroom can spell trouble for an elderly or intoxicated guest
  • Dog bites: Dogs can easily get riled up and mistake a friendly tussle between brothers as a fight -- which could cause even a good dog to bite

Horrifying drunk driving accident leaves Florida mother dead

A Saturday evening accident shut the entire Rickenbacker Causeway down, closing the route to and from Key Biscayne, Florida, for nearly eight hours. Many motorists were trapped in their cars until 4 a.m. on Nov. 4. A drunk driver was to blame.

Even worse, the accident caused by the drunk driver claimed the life of a mother of two after she was impaled right in front of her husband and children by the fence post from a chain fence.

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