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Broward County, Florida – One woman was injured in a South Florida apartment building fire Monday morning. The fire killed several of her kittens and caused serious damage to seven units in a Hallandale Beach apartment building Monday morning.

Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue Fire Rescue transported the female resident of the apartment building to Memorial Regional Hospital for emergency medical treatment.

The fire began around 10:30am inside apartment #4. Thirteen residents were displaced and it took at least six fire trucks to put out the inferno, which was extinguished after about an hour.

According to neighbors, the injured woman is a 54 year old waitress at Oceans 11. Her neighbor, Emilio Gomez, was the one who pulled her out of her apartment.

Fire Department officials are investigating the cause of the fire.
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Two infant deaths have prompted a massive crib recall. The recall of cribs made by Delta Enterprises is being called the largest crib recall in U.S. history. The cribs pose an entrapment and suffocation hazard to infants. For more information, contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

China has had more than its share of dangerous, defective products making news lately. Now dangerous, defective Chinese-made cribs are said to pose the risk of entrapment and strangulation which can lead to infant brain damage or death. Already at least two infant deaths are being attributed to the recalled cribs so far.

New York-based Delta Enterprises recalled almost 1.6 million cribs manufactured in China, Indonesia and Taiwan after it said two babies died. No other details were made available.

Following the announcement by Delta Enterprise Corp. that it was issuing a massive crib recall following the deaths of two infants, the CPSC is considering changing its rules covering crib defects. According to an agency spokesperson, the CPSC was prompted to consider rule changes after its Early Warning System identified issues with the durability of cribs, especially those with drop sides that can disengage and lead to entrapment and strangulation hazards.

The crib recall is one of the largest ever initiated in the U.S. and follows another recall of 2,000 Chinese-made portable cribs which was issued by the CPSC just last week. Those cribs made by Playkids USA of Brooklyn, New York were recalled following the death of a 5-month-old infant. The baby died due to suffocation in August after becoming entrapped between the mattress and the drop side rail of the convertible crib.

This latest recall comes about a year after a massive recall of Mattel toys manufactured in China which were tainted with lead.

More recently, milk contaminated with melamine killed at least four children and prompted Chinese-made products to be pulled from shelves around the world. Tens of thousands of children fell ill with kidney stones.

In August, defective Simplicity bassinets were also recalled after they were implicated in the deaths of two children.

Prior to the August recall of dangerous bassinets, Simplicity recalled 1 million cribs in September 2007. Until this announcement by Delta, last year’s Simplicity recall was the largest crib recall in US history.
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Clearwater, Florida – Nick Bollea was released from Jail after causing a serious Central Florida car accident which left his friend with a traumatic brain injury – often referred to as a TBI.

Bollea is the son of famous wrestler Hulk Hogan. He was jailed last year after crashing his father’s car. This Clearwater car accident made headlines because of the celebrity status of Bollea’s father, but each year, thousands of people are seriously injured or killed in preventable Florida car accidents as a result of negligence.

Hopefully this tragic automobile accident will focus more attention on the problem and on prevention.

Nick Bollea was released from the Pinellas County Jail early this week after serving five months. He originally plead no contest to causing the crash.

Bollea was facing the possibility of serving up to five years in prison, but the victim’s family requested a more lenient sentence.
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Tampa, Florida – A Florida Medical Malpractice Lawyer filed a lawsuit against University Community Hospital in Carrollwood for malpractice last month. The circumstances surrounding this case are anything but typical.

Robin Lumley, childless arrived at the hospital’s emergency room 2 1/2 years ago complaining of terrible pain in her abdomen.

ER nurses documented her complaints and a doctor ordered tests. Lumley asked to use the restroom and the hospital staff let her go.

A short time later, the hospital’s medical staff found that she had delivered a baby girl into the toilet.

The lawsuit alleges that Lumley, 46, didn’t know she was pregnant.

Lumley’s lawyer, however, claims the medical staff should have. Because they failed to recognize obvious signs and symptoms of labor, he says, Lumley’s baby nearly drowned.

The lawyer sued the hospital contending that baby Brianna Rose Lumley went into respiratory arrest which resulted in hypoxic brain damage due to the near drowning and sub-standard medical treatment.

According to the lawyer, the law suit was filed on the child’s behalf, not the mother’s. If it is successful, Robin Lumley won’t get a dime. All of the money recovered in the Florida medical malpractice case would be allocated to pay for the baby’s medical care.

The hospital refused to comment on the pending litigation.

According to caregivers, baby Brianna is just starting to speak and while she has had physical therapy to strengthen her limbs, she will likely face more physical and cognitive challenges.

The lawsuit also alleges that a doctor ordered a pregnancy test, but that test was never performed.

While near drowning incidents rarely occur in a hospital, the consequences are almost always tragic. Hypoxic brain damage – caused by partial deprivation of oxygen to the brain, and anoxic brain damage – caused by total deprivation of oxygen to the brain, are common problems following a near drowning. This type of brain injury is also commonly the result of malpractice. See my earlier post “Miami, Florida – Brain Damage Due To Cerebral Anoxia / Hypoxia Can Result From Medical Malpractice“.

Although this particular occurrence may be unusual in the hospital setting, medical malpractice is not. Unfortunately, many families suffer as a result of Florida medical malpractice.
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Tampa, Florida – Deputies from the Hillsborough County’s Sheriff’s office arrested a 23 year old man who admitted shaking a 2-month-old baby.

Javaurian Vonshae Saffold was arrested on Monday and charged with aggravated child abuse. He is being detained at Orient Road Jail without bail.

The baby suffered a traumatic brain injury, fractured ribs and retinal bleeding.

Joseph’s Hospital doctors were treating the baby for serious injuries.

Most people recognize that the facts surrounding this terrible incident will be the subject of a case in our criminal justice system. What many people do not realize is that crime victims, like this baby’s family, have rights which can sometimes be enforced in the civil courts. In some cases, a victim of violent crime may be entitled to compensation.

One example of this is where a land or business owner’s negligent security or inadequate security placed the victim at risk for a criminal attack. In cases where there is no Florida premises liability cause of action arising out of negligence, crime victims may still recover money through the Florida Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund.
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Florida Keys – Key West resident Timothy Prigge and Santiago Adames were injured in a Marathon car accident in the northbound lane of U.S. 1, known locally as Overseas Highway. The September 11th wreck occurred on the Long Key Bridge just to the north of Marathon.

Both Adames and Prigge suffered serious injuries in the crash and were airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami. Two passengers in the car driven by Prigge, Elizabeth Coats, 43, and a toddler were transported to Mariners Hospital in Tavernier.

As a result of the Florida Keys car accident, two restaurants in the Keys have closed temporarily. Santiago Adames ownes two Miami Subs restaurants, one in Marathon and one in Tavernier. The restaurants will remain closed while Adames recovers from injuries he sustained in the head-on collision that has left him unable to speak or walk.

Liliam Guzman, Adames’ wife, closed both restaurants on Monday.

Apparantly, Adames, 42, was attempting to pass a car in the northbound lane of U.S. 1 on Sept. 11 when he crashed head-on into the vehicle driven by Timothy Prigge of Key West.

Prigge nearly had to have his right foot amputated and has bruised lungs from his seat belt. Coats suffered shattered bones in her foot and several broken ribs. The toddler, an 18 month old girl, sustained a burn injury on her neck from the airbag and abrasions to the cornea in her right eye.

While the full extent of Adames’ injuries are not yet known, he is said to be battling infections in some internal organs and may have suffered a Florida traumatic brain injury (TBI) as evidenced by two blood clots on his brain. A TBI is always a concern when someone has suffered a head injury like this.

Overseas Highway which spans the Florida Keys from Key West to Key Largo, is a dangerous road and is often the site of serious car accidents. The road is long and narrow with very few places where it is safe to pass.
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Miami, Florida – A woman in her mid 30s who was walking up U.S. highway 441 Thursday morning wearing only a sheet was critically injured when she stepped in front of a pickup truck.

Miramar police are attempting to identify the woman, who was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to Bill Robertson, a spokesman for Miramar Police Department.

The woman was seen crossing County Line Road and heading from Miami-Dade County into Broward County on U.S. 441 about 5 a.m. shortly before being hit by a Dodge pickup truck in the left turning lane.

The truck driver stopped to help the woman, who was seriously injured in this unusual Maimi car accident.

The woman did not have any identification so investigators took her fingerprints, but that will only help if she has a past arrest.

The victim was described as a black woman in her mid-30s, approximately five feet tall, weighing about 175 pounds with brown eyes and a short black Afro. She did not have any tattoos or scars and wasn’t wearing any jewelry.

While there are a variety of reasons this woman could have been wandering the streets wearing only a sheet, it is likely that she was not fully competent. It is likely the result of some type of brain injury, mental illness, alcohol or drug use.

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for brain injured patients to wander away from rehab facilities where they are being treated for their neurological deficits. Often, hospital or nursing home patients suffering from mental illness or dementia wander away from those facilities as well.

Those who provide medical services or other care for patients with brain damage, alcohol or drug dependency or mental illness have a duty to ensure that they are not permitted to wander off. Indeed, there are many options available to caregivers to prevent this type of tragedy.
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BOCA RATON, FLORIDA – A multi – car accident earlier this week morning killed two people, injured one and is believed to be responsible for another pile-up, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

At approximately 3:30 a.m. 19 year old Daniela Torres of Boca Raton was northbound on I-95 on her way home from work at a restaurant in Fort Lauderdale when she changed lanes and rear-ended a slower-moving vehicle occupied by three people. That vehicle was pushed onto the shoulder and rolled over and its driver and front-seat passenger were ejected from the car. The front seat passenger, a Pompano Beach resident, was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver was transported to Delray Beach Community Medical center, where he too was pronounced dead.

Calvin Braggs, the back seat passenger was also transported to Delray Community Medical Center for emergency medical treatment.

Torres, who was not injured, was interviewed by troopers at the scene and picked up by her father.

As work crews cleaned up after the fatal crash, three other vehicles were involved in at least one secondary crash, according to Lt. Tim Frith of the Florida Highway Patrol. No one was injured in that accident.

The cause of the fatal crash is believed to be Torres’ lane change, Frith said.

FHP said the names of the two people killed are being withheld until their families have been notified.
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MADRID, Spain – A Spanair MD-82 jetliner bound for the Canary Islands crashed during takeoff Wednesday. An estimated 153 were believed dead. The crash of Spanair flight JK5022 is Spain’s worst aviation accident in almost 25 years.

According to Magdalena Alvarez, Spain’s Development Minister whose department oversees civil aviation in Spain, only 19 people survived the crash at Madrid’s Barajas International Airport. Some of those survivors are still in critical condition.

Spanair has not released the death toll, but a company spokesperson said the plane carried 172 passengers and crew, including two babies and 20 youngsters. No one has said how many children died.

Spanair is a Spanish company but is wholly owned by Scandinavian Airlines. Investigators are searching for clues to help determine what caused the accident. Foul play has reportedly been ruled out according to Alvarez who also said that the crash is being treated as an accident. She confirmed that the plane’s “black box” data recorder and cockpit voice recorder have been recovered.

Flight JK5022 which originated in Barcelona and was bound for the city of Las Palmas was a code-share with Flight LH255 of the German airline Lufthansa.

This plane crash is Spain’s worst air disaster since 1983, when a an Avianca Boeing 747 crashed near Madrid killing 181 people. In 1985, a Boeing 727 operated by Iberia Airlines crashed near Bilbao, Spain killing 148 people.

The deadliest airline disaster in history also occurred in Spain killing 583 people. That 1977 plane crash involved two Boeing 747s which collided on a runway in the Canary Islands.
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Jackson County, Florida – 63 year old Lillie Conyers of Crestview, Florida was seriously injured in a truck accident on I-10 Monday morning in Jackson County.

Also injured was 39 year old James Conyers, also of Crestview.

According to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), Lillie Conyers was driving westbound on Interstate 10 and struck a semi that had overturned in front of her. The Conyers were transported to the Jackson Hospital for emergency medical treatment.

The 2006 tractor-trailer had also been traveling westbound on I-10 when it left the roadway. The truck driver, 29 year old Michael Dufur of Ocala, Florida, over-corrected causing the truck to overturn blocking all of the westbound lanes of I-10.

Dufur and his passenger 36 year old Guertho Lemorin of Tampa, Florida, received only minor injuries in the crash.

Too often, truck drivers like Dufur are pressured by the trucking companies they work for to drive longer hours than Federal Regulations allow. When that happens, truck drivers are forced to drive 80,000 pound tractor trailers on our roadways while they are fatigued and, at times, inattentive. Fatigue one of the most common causes of truck accidents.
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