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What are the elements of a successful wrongful death claim?

To bereaved family members, the death of a loved one always feels wrong. In legal terms, wrongful death means that a person died due to negligent or reckless acts by another party. A wrongful death lawsuit provides the bereaved with a way to bring negligent parties to justice for causing the death of your loved one.

If you have recently lost someone you love, and you believe negligence was a factor, you may wish to pursue such a claim. However, it is in your best interests to talk with an injury attorney beforehand. This provides you with authoritative insight into Florida's wrongful death laws while helping you determine if you meet the requirements for such a claim.

Who is liable for injuries from contaminated food?

Food-borne illnesses are once again a problem in the United States. Major companies have issued some big recall notices for their products recently -- and there's a real danger that someone could get sick.

At least three people have been hospitalized in an E. coli outbreak that's affected several states due to contaminated flour. Pillsbury, King Arthur Flour and the ALDI grocery chain have all issued multi-state recalls for their flour -- since E. coli has the potential to be life-threatening.

How an attorney helps when a loved one is injured in a crash

If you are like most people, you will go through a period of shock and then intense sorrow upon hearing that a loved one has suffered a severe injury in a car crash. Anger, guilt and anxiety are also common emotional responses to the injury or incapacitation of a close family member or spouse. You may not really start to worry about the practical consequences of the crash for some time.

However, putting off dealing with the financial and legal realities of such an accident could leave your family at a disadvantage. If your loved one is not in a position to take legal action on their own, you may want to sit down with an attorney to talk about your options after a serious car wreck.

Law protects manufacturers when recalls or alerts are issued

As a consumer, you expect the products that you purchase to be safe. There are laws in place to keep unsafe products out of the marketplace; however, these laws aren't foolproof. Unfortunately, loopholes do exist that can make it difficult to impossible to keep unsafe products off shelves. The applicable laws can also make it possible for companies to hide the dangers of their products.

The Consumer Safety Product Safety Act contains vital information about how products must be handled if they aren't safe. One section of this act, Section 6(b), requires that manufacturers of unsafe products provide permission to reveal their name or any information that could point to them. It also enables companies to negotiate the statements that will be issued and the information that can be provided to the public when there is a recall or alert issued.

Common Orlando boating accident injuries

The boating season is upon us in Orlando, Florida. This means that more and more people will be out on their watercraft on the rivers, lakes, and ponds. Planning a day trip to go fishing? Want to spend a few hours water skiing? If so, you need to protect yourself as much as possible while on the water. Below, you will find the most common Orlando boating accident injuries.

A head injury is the most common type of injury boaters and passengers suffer in Florida. You can easily be tossed about a watercraft that is in an accident or hits a wake too hard. You could also be thrown from the boat. All of these accidents can lead to injuries to your head.

Scaffolding accidents are all too common on construction sites

Scaffolding is used on construction sites for a variety of reasons. For example, it's commonly used by bricklayers who require a stable platform for performing their work.

While there are many benefits of using scaffolding, a simple mistake can result in a serious accident.

Infant dies, parents critically injured in car vs bicycle crash

In a tragic story out of Altamonte Springs, Florida, which is about 20 minutes from Orlando, an 18-month baby girl was killed in a car versus bicycle crash. The crash happened about 7:30 p.m. on June 2, at the corner of Eden Park Road and Maitland Boulevard.

The two adults, a 36-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman, were both on bicycles on the sidewalk. One of the parents was pulling a bicycle trailer with the baby inside.

Can Florida accident victims seek pain and suffering damages?

Victims of motor vehicle accidents already know how deep the damage can run after a crash. Along with significant physical injuries, many victims suffer in additional ways. For example, a victim injured in an accident may suffer from depression, paranoia or other mental and emotional hardships.

When negligence plays a role in motor vehicle accidents, most victims want to hold the responsible parties liable to the fullest extent allowed by law. In many cases, this means pursuing pain and suffering damages in addition to economic damages. Florida does allow victims to seek pain and suffering in a legal action. When successful, this means that victims of motor vehicle accidents have the opportunity to acquire additional compensation based on their level of suffering.

What's the most dangerous type of pool float?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published a report that shows that as many as 800 children die each year from drowning. This is one of the leading causes of preventable death among those in this age group. Children who are lucky enough to survive a water-related incident may be left with permanent injuries. Pool floaties are often responsible for them.

Swim floaties are one of the most dangerous types of floatation devices. They can be easily removed by children themselves. A child can easily drown within seconds after removing them.

Product liability: How hard is it to prove manufacturing defects?

Regardless of how an injury occurs, victims must prove liability before they can obtain compensation for their suffering. This is the case in product liability claims, just as it is in car crashes.

Occasionally, it is not difficult to prove liability. For example, if a drunk driver swerves into your lane and collides with your car, the evidence will probably show what happened.

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