Blog Posts in January, 2014

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  • Florida and a Recent History of Appalling Nursing Home Abuse

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 31-Jan-2014

    A series of investigative reports on Florida's nursing home industry by the Miami Herald showed that incidents of abuse and neglect typically occur in patterns rather than as isolated incidents. These troubling stories, published in 2011, raised relevant questions that deserve answers: Who holds nursing homes responsible when they're guilty of abuse and neglect? Where is the justice when ...
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  • Lake County Woman Arrested in Abuse of Disabled Man

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 29-Jan-2014

    A woman was recently arrested for allegedly abusing a 21-year-old disabled man in her care. Disabled adults face abuse risks whether they are cared for in the home or at a residential facility. Such cases, particularly where serious injury occurs, can be difficult to read about, but they offer lessons for the disabled, their loved ones, and the people tasked with caring for them. According to My ...
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  • Corporal Punishment or Abuse?

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 27-Jan-2014

    Certain Florida School Districts Still Allow Corporal Punishment Some Florida school districts continue to allow teachers to paddle students. But a number of national reports have found that students with disabilities are more likely than others to be paddled or suffer other forms of physical punishment. Their disabilities - something that is beyond their control - may lead to punishment. Florida ...
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  • Five Ways to Help Your Teen Driver Avoid Distractions

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 23-Jan-2014

    Recent research has revealed that teens and other novice drivers are at greater risk of having an auto accident than more experienced drivers. Parents can play a big role in preventing accidents involving teen drivers, particularly accidents resulting from distracted driving. The study, published this month in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that novice drivers are at a high risk of ...
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  • Do Florida Doctors Have to Reveal Mistakes to Patients?

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 17-Jan-2014

    Hundreds of thousands of people are victims of medical errors every year. Accurately estimating the number of people harmed by medical errors is difficult, as many of these mistakes go unreported. The most recent study on the prevalence of medical errors estimates somewhere between 210,000 and 400,000 fatal errors occur each year. This makes medical mistakes the third leading cause of death in the ...
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  • Antidepressant Lexapro Blamed For Newborn's Death

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 16-Jan-2014

    Antidepressants such as Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft have long been associated with birth defects. However, drug companies have been reluctant to warn pregnant mothers about these dangers, as any type of warning of increased risk of injury affects sales. A recently filed lawsuit against Forest Laboratories and its popular antidepressant drug, Lexapro, alleges that a pregnant mom was prescribed Lexapro ...
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  • Six Common Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 10-Jan-2014

    Motorcycle drivers generally suffer more serious injuries than people in vehicles during car accidents. In 2012, nearly 500 motorcycle drivers died in accidents in Florida, and thousands more were injured. Because of the lack of protection motorcycles have, riders are exposed to a whole host of serious injuries when they collide with a car. With Florida's beautiful scenery and warm weather ...
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  • Four Types of Distracted Driving

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 8-Jan-2014

    When most people think of distracted driving, they think of people using cell phones, talking on the phone, or texting while driving. However, there are many activities that people don't think twice about doing in the car, which can be just as, if not more, distracting. Distracted driving is anything that takes a driver's attention away from the road. These distractions can include eating, ...
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