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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. This year’s theme is Anytime, Anywhere – Brain Injuries Do Not Discriminate. Did you know that 2.4 million people sustain brain injuries in the U.S. each year? An injury that happens in an instant can bring a lifetime of physical, cognitive, and behavioral challenges. Early access to good care will greatly increase overall quality of life.

“Brain Injury Awareness Month honors the millions of people with brain injury, who with proper acute care, therapeutic rehabilitation and adequate long-term supports, are living with the successes and challenges that each day brings,” said Susan H. Connors, president/CEO of the Brain Injury Association of America. “Our goals are to continue to sustain and bolster brain injury programs, increase access to care and preserve vital brain injury research.”

Here are some startling brain injury facts:

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Florida cities, including Panama City, Daytona Beach, Clearwater Beach, St. Pete Beach, Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale, South Beach – Miami, and Key West, are major destinations for spring breakers and tourists looking for warm sunshine and fun.

Whether by car or by air, hundreds of thousands of people flock to Florida each year to visit its miles of white sandy beaches, theme parks, restaurants, and bars. Some schools and colleges start spring break as early as the last week in February, and it runs through the end of March. According to, the two busiest weeks are March 10-17 and March 17-21.

Some common spring break dangers include:

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Tallahassee legislators will soon be voting on a bill that would allow a 75-mph speed limit on some Florida highways and also boost speeds on other roads. Today only seventeen states allow speed limits above 70 mph. But, is this a good idea for Florida?

The proposal includes:

* 75 mph on interstates and other limited access highways (currently 70 mph)

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The holiday season is in high gear. This means increased stress levels, holiday shopping, time with family, and numerous parties and festivals. You may be surprised to learn that the holidays are becoming one of the most dangerous times of the year for alcohol-related accidents and deaths.

Each year approximately 11,000 people will die in drunk driving crashes – one every 50 minutes, according to MADD. Sadly, in 2009, Florida ranked third in the nation for DUI fatality rates for both adult and underage drivers, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

It is important to remember that drunk driving is preventable.

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In 1999, the Florida Legislature passed Jeremy’s Law, a law that would impose an obligation on daycare providers to be truthful. Since then, numerous children have died at the hands of negligent day-care operators, and not until August 1, 2012, was a daycare operator charged with having violated the law. The law has sat idly on the books as daycare providers continue their dangerous and deceitful practices. The Miami Florida injury lawyers at our firm know the importance of keeping children safe. If your child has been injured or you have lost a child due to the negligence of a daycare provider, you may be able to receive substantial compensation and help prevent another tragedy in the future.

The Florida Legislature passed Jeremy’s Law after the death of infant Jeremy Fiedelholtz. His father, Mark Fiedelholtz, an attorney, became a public figure, speaking out against daycare providers who engaged in deceitful practices, after his son died just two hours after being dropped off for his first day at a provider’s home. His son was placed sleeping on his belly in a mesh portable crib and suffocated. Fiedelholtz spoke before Congress and the Florida legislature and was eventually able to get laws passed in New York and Florida that make it a crime for childcare operators to lie to parents or authorities. Since the legislature enacted the law, at least five children have died at the hands of negligent daycare providers, most recently on August 1, 2012.
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N. Miami – A 51-year-old North Miami man was in critical condition yesterday after a his bicycle was struck by a van in a hit and run car accident in northeast Miami-Dade.

Our Miami accident lawyers are experienced in representing victims of negligence like Patrick Johnson who was riding a bicycle near the intersection of North Miami Avenue and Northwest 148th Street when, according to Miami-Dade police, a van ran a red light and hit Johnson as he crossed the street.

Following the impact, the van made a U-turn and left the scene. Johnson was transported to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital where he was in critical condition.

The van was described to police as light gray or white, with damage to the hood and windshield.

Anyone with information about the accident should call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

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Parents rely on cribs as a safe haven – a secure place to leave babies unsupervised while they tend to other responsibilities. According to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, cribs are not nearly as safe as we think.

Cribs, playpens and bassinets are responsible for injuries to 26 babies each day (9,500 every year) in the United States. Those figures do not take into account the approximately 100 crib-related infant deaths (“crib death“) that occur each each year.

The author of this study, Gary Smith is also the director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He says that “cribs are unique among other children’s products. Parents expect to be able to place a child in a crib and know when they walk away that child will be safe. We need to hold cribs to much higher safety standards as opposed to baby equipment you are supposed to only use with parental supervision.”

The study focused on the number of injuries in children under the age of 2 who were treated in hospital emergency rooms for crib-related injuries between 1990 and 2008. It’s authors relied on data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. Many more children are treated in doctor’s offices or urgent-care centers and those cases are not even included in the study.
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BROWARD COUNTY – A tractor trailer crashed into two parked cars along U.S. 27 killing two and causing serious injuries to four others early this morning according to Florida Highway Patrol.

The two cars, a 1998 Acura Integra and a 1994 Honda Civic, were apparently stopped side by side when the truck hit them and crushed the rears of both cars according to investigators.

The accident happened about 12:30 a.m. and closed the roadway to northbound traffic for more than 6 hours.

Witnesses are being interviewed and a detailed investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the deadly crash.

FHP Sgt. Mark Wysocky said they are “investigating to see if there was some sort of racing going on.” Police have not yet released the identity of the two people who were killed in the truck accident.

Anthony Perez, 19, of Miami was air-lifted to North Broward Medical Center in critical condition. Raymon Garcia, 18, of Virginia Gardens was taken to Broward General Medical Center in serious condition. Angel Lazo, 18 and Matthew A. Forman, 19, both of Miami Springs were transported to Broward General Medical Center in serious condition.

All of the occupants in both cars were wearing seatbelts, according to investigators.

The tractor trailer driver, Placid Ferdinand, 42, was not injured and his passenger, 47 year old Sandy Kay Ferdinand was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
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Broward County, Florida – A three-vehicle accident on I-595 left one man dead and another in critical condition, according to a spokesperson for the Florida Highway Patrol.

The fatal motorcycle accident occurred shortly after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. According to FHP, two motorcycles were eastbound in the left lane near Hiatus Road and a four-door Kia, driven by twenty-two year old Erica Vieira Borges of Sunrise was eastbound in the center lane ahead of the motorcycles.

Reports indicate that when the Kia merged into the left lane, one motorcycle, operated by twenty-five year old Josue Rene Robles Duprey of Miramar, struck the rear end of the Kia.

Duprey was thrown from his Yamaha motorcycle, which slid across the highway and came to rest in an exit lane.

Borges’ Kia left the roadway and struck a guardrail. When it attempted to move back onto the interstate, it was hit by the second motorcycle which was operated by twenty-two year old Shaun L. Pasley of Miramar.

Pasley was thrown from his Honda CBR 1000 motorcycle. Both Pasley’s motorcycle and Borges’ Kia then caught on fire.

Pasley and Duprey were transported to Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale. Duprey did not survive and Pasley was in critical condition even though both motorcyclists were wearing helmets.

Erica Borges appeared to have suffered only minor injuries.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of this fatal accident.
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Miami, Florida – Drowning is the number one cause of death among children in Miami-Dade County. With Summer approaching, more children will be in or near swimming pools, at beaches, water parks and lakes. This increased exposure to water coincides with an increase in the number of drownings. For this reason, it is extremely important that children are taught about water safety.

The Miami-Dade Fire Department has responded to 199 drownings since January 2007. Most of those involved children under 16 years old and 32% involved children under 5 years old. In Miami, most drowning incidents occur between 11:00am and 6:00pm peaking between 3:00pm and 4:00pm. The majority of Miami drownings and near drownings occur in the Summer months from May through August. MDFR has already responded to 11 drowning incidents just since January of 2009.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue has prepared the following list of Summer Safety Tips to help keep our children safe:

• Always think of the ocean, lakes and your pool as dangerous places.
• Always directly supervise children when they are in a pool or around any body of water. Young children can drown in just a few inches of standing water. Bathtubs and large buckets also pose a threat. Most childhood drownings occur without an adult immediately present.
• Keep a phone at poolside so you don’t have to leave the kids to answer the phone and so you can call 9-1-1 immediately in case of an emergency.
• Never assume that swimming lessons or flotation devices can completely protect a child from drowning. Don’t have a false sense of security!
• Install alarms on all doors that lead into a pool area so you will know if a door to the pool has been opened.
• Secure long hair to the head, braid it, or cover it with a cap. Long hair can get suctioned into defective pool drains and vacuum lines.
• Make sure that all family members learn how to swim and what to do if they see someone in trouble in the water.
• Have your family members learn CPR. Drowning victims have a better chance of surviving if they get assistance right away.
• Know and comply with the Florida and Miami-Dade County statutes for pool fencing and pool safety. Pool fencing has been proven to save the lives of many children.
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