Personal Injury

June 26, 2012

Firework Injuries

Summer is a time for camping trips, picnics, summer parties, and, of course, fireworks. Professional firework displays often are breathtaking and entertaining events. However, amateur firework use and displays can be dangerous and even deadly events. In 2010, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, during the 30 days surrounding the Fourth of July, approximately 1,900 people were injured by fireworks and wound up in the emergency room. The most common injuries caused by fireworks include blindness, third degree burns, loss of limbs, hand and finger injuries, and permanent scarring. Sparklers can be especially harmful to adults and children. […]
June 6, 2012

Driving Tips During a Hurricane

Hurricane Season 2012 started five days ago and 2012 is shaping up to be an active season with two named storms before the season officially began. Hurricane season normally runs between June 1st and November 30th with the peak of the season during the months of August and September. Below are some safety tips about driving during or after a hurricane or tropical storm: Stay in your home or in your safe place. Do not venture out during a hurricane. During the aftermath of the storm, if you must leave your home or safe place, exercise extreme caution while doing […]
May 21, 2012

Boating Accidents

With Memorial Day and warm summer days fast approaching, the attorneys and staff at Zweben Law Group would like to remind you to practice safety on Florida’s beautiful navigable waterways. Florida is the number 1 state for boating accidents. With approximately 982,470 registered vessels, Florida’s waterways can be dangerous. In 2009, there were 620 total reportable boating accidents resulting in 65 deaths, countless injuries, and millions of dollars in property damage. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission’s Boating Accident Statistical Report for 2009, the top five primary types of accidents were: (1) Collision with another vessel(2) Collision with […]
March 29, 2012

School Bus Accidents

Any time there is an accident involving a bus, it is always tragic because of the number of people that are normally involved. What makes a bus accident even worse is when the accident involves a school bus loaded with children, like what happened at Okeechobee Road and Midway Road in Port St. Lucie on March 26th where a 9-year-old boy was killed and 15 of his peers were injured. Because of their size, buses are naturally harder to control and maneuver, and due to the higher center of gravity, they often times flip when involved in an accident which […]
March 2, 2012

Cruise Ship Accidents

On January 13, 2012, the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia hit a reef and sank in the shallow waters off the coast of Italy. At the end of February, the Costa Allegra went adrift after a fire in its engine room knocked out power. Since then, the dangers of cruising have been brought back into the media’s spotlight. Although cruise ship accidents are rare, when one does happen, it can result in serious trauma and serious injuries. One of the most common cruise ship accidents is slipping or tripping on wet or uneven surfaces, or injuries due to the ship […]
February 14, 2012

Martin/St. Lucie County’s Dangerous Intersections

New Local Traffic Studies Show Intersections on U.S.1 to be Most Dangerous Does your morning or afternoon commute involve driving along U.S.1. through Martin County? If so, be careful! Recent county traffic studies show that Martin County’s most accident-prone intersections are along U.S.1. According to these traffic studies, Jensen Beach Blvd. and U.S.1. was the most dangerous intersection in Martin County. Between 2006 and 2010, there were 311 crashes at this intersection, averaging out to about 62 a year. Cove Road and U.S.1. was ranked second; Britt Road and U.S.1. was ranked third; and Monterey Road and U.S.1. was ranked […]
January 27, 2012

Study Finds an Increase in Number of Injuries to Pedestrians Wearing Headphones

Last Monday, the Injury Prevention Journal published a study titled Headphone Use and Pedestrian Injury and Death in the United States: 2004\2011. According to this new research from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical Center, serious injuries to headphone wearing pedestrians have more than tripled in the last six years. The researchers reviewed 116 pedestrian injury cases from 2004 to 2011 where it was documented that the injured pedestrian was wearing headphones at the time of the accident. Based on those cases, researchers determined that: Seventy percent of the accidents resulted in death […]
January 16, 2012

Helmet Use Prevents Injuries

Johns Hopkins Study Finds that Helmet Use Helps Prevent Injuries In 2009, in Florida, motorcycle fatalities accounted for 15.6% of all traffic fatalities. According to a new study conducted by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle does in fact reduce a person’s chance of suffering from cervical spinal injuries and traumatic brain injuries. This new study debunks the long standing belief that helmets actually increase the likelihood of spinal injuries. Researchers studied information from more than 40,000 motorcycle collisions between 2002 and 2006 and found that helmet wearing motorcyclists were 65% less likely […]
December 28, 2011

Slip/Trip and Fall Accidents

A slip/trip and fall is the single most cause for emergency room visits in the United States. The Center for Disease Control estimates that over one million Americans suffer from a slip and fall injury each year. Out of that number, it is estimated that 20%-30% will suffer moderate to severe injuries such as serious bruising, hip fractures, or a head injury. Slip and falls are the number two cause of death and disability, following behind automobile accidents. Over 17,000 people die each year from slipping and falling. Under Florida law, property and business owners are accountable for maintaining safe […]
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