July 2010 Archives

Medical Malpractice Death

July 30, 2010

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Fatal Doctor Mistakes:
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We count on medical professionals to exercise the greatest of care in making diagnoses, providing patient services and managing surgery when a loved one is in their care. Doctors and hospitals are not infallible. They make mistakes and should be held accountable for their actions. If a physician's mistake causes someone's death, it may give rise to a wrongful death lawsuit.

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If you suspect that medical malpractice or hospital negligence caused the death of a loved one, contact the medical malpractice and wrongful death lawyers at Greenberg & Stone, P.A. We fight for clients nationwide in medical malpractice claims. We review suspected hospital error and doctor mistake cases with board-certified physicians who provide their expert opinions about the potential causes of wrongful death.

  • Did your loved one die because of a surgical error? A surgeon's mistake with an incision or a failure to clean a wound properly can be fatal.
  • Too much anesthesia, the wrong anesthesia or the failure to monitor a patient's reaction to anesthesia can be fatal. If you have reason to believe an anesthesia error caused a loved one's death, talk to an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
  • Failure to diagnose a condition or misdiagnosis of an illness can delay treatment. Breast cancer, colon cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer, serious infections, heart attacks and stroke require immediate and appropriate treatment. An experienced wrongful death lawyer can help determine whether a health care provider's negligence needlessly delayed your family member's treatment and caused his or her death.
  • When a radiology or pathology lab fails to do ordered tests or makes mistakes in reporting the results, the radiology or pathology error can prevent necessary treatments, causing serious health problems and even death.
  • A prescription error — a contraindicated drug, the wrong dosage, the wrong drug — can be fatal. The doctor, the pharmacist or the nurse administering the drug may be at fault.

Doctors, hospitals, nurses, medical labs, pharmacists, therapists and all other health care providers are expected to meet accepted standards of care. We work with recognized experts to explain to a jury what those standards are and how falling below those standards caused your loved one's wrongful death.

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At the AV-rated* law firm of Greenberg & Stone, our trial lawyers have the experience and dedication to handle complex medical malpractice lawsuits. Our attorneys work with a nationwide network of medical experts to find the answers to complex wrongful death cases.

Do not risk missing a legal deadline that prevents you from filing a claim and obtaining justice after a family member's unnecessary death due to medical malpractice. Contact us online today or call toll free (888) 893-9846 to schedule a private appointment.

What to Do if You Have Been in a Car Accident

July 26, 2010

An average of 646 car accidents occurred each day on Florida roads last year, and more than half of those resulted in injury or death. If these numbers seem high, that's because they are: Florida's rate of traffic fatalities per capita has hovered around 30 percent above the national average for years. While careful driving can go a long way toward keeping you safe on the road, there is always a chance that another driver's recklessness may cause you to crash. Listed below are some basic steps to follow if that happens.

Exchange Information

If you have been in an accident, exchange the following information with every other driver involved in the crash, even if you do not think you have been injured -- many injuries do not appear until days after an accident, or even later.

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Insurance provider and policy number
  • Driver's license number and description of the vehicle

Document the Accident

Write down exactly where and how the accident occurred. It is a good idea to carry an inexpensive camera in your car to take pictures of the accident scene and any damage to your vehicle. You also may want to record the contact information of any witnesses who saw what happened.

File an Accident Report

An accident report can help the insurance company process your claim more quickly, but police do not always respond to accidents unless someone has been injured. Fortunately, you can file an accident report yourself by visiting a police station after the accident.

Contact Your Insurance Company

After you have been in an accident, you should contact your insurance company as soon as possible to let them know what happened and to give them your side of the story. It is essential, however, to seek legal counsel before providing any kind of statement. And never speak to the adverse insurance company directly or provide them information about potential injuries or witnesses.

Even if the other driver has offered to pay for your repairs out of pocket, you never know for sure if he or she will follow through. If you wait too long to get your insurance company involved, it will be more difficult to gather the information they need to process your claim.

Nobody likes to think about being in a car accident, but it is something that most drivers have to deal with sooner or later. Following these steps after a crash will help protect your rights and make it easier to get the compensation you need.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. for a free consultation. For more information, visit our website at www.sgglaw.com.

Common Cruise Ship Injuries

July 25, 2010

The popularity of cruise lines has been steadily rising as more people decide to start their vacations from Florida's ports. Sadly, some of these customers suffer harm and even tragedy while sailing the seas. These people often endure more than a ruined vacation: their cruise will end but their injuries will follow them home.

Many injuries that occur on cruise ships are weather-related. Dangerous situations can arise as ships are pounded by waves or storms that can break windows and cause heavy objects to tumble. While cruise ships cannot control the weather, they do know the risk and have a duty to warn and protect their passengers against it.

Mechanical failures can also cause injuries. Cruise lines are obligated to keep their ships' mechanical and electrical systems well maintained. Faulty engineering can create fires, losses of power or even cause a ship to run aground.

Customers can even find themselves the victims of other passengers. With no police to call for assistance, cruise lines take on a duty to protect their passengers from criminal behavior. Regardless, people's cruises have been ruined and their lives disrupted when victimized by theft, assault or even rape.

When the Cruise Line is Liable

No matter what type of injury a passenger suffers, the cruise line may be legally responsible. A passenger may succeed in holding the the cruise line responsible for her injury by proving the following four elements:

  • The cruise line owed the passenger a duty of care
  • That duty was breached
  • The breach caused the harm
  • There is a damage or loss

If an injured passenger is able to demonstrate the above elements, she has a chance of receiving compensation from the cruise line. Cruise lines may, however, assert a variety of defenses. For example, the cruise line may contend that the customer waited too long before bringing the suit or has already forfeited her rights to do so. It is important for passengers to review their tickets: many cruise lines require injured passengers to file suit in Miami, to provide notice of injury within six months and to file suit within one year of the sailing. If you or someone you love has been injured on a cruise, it is crucial to contact an attorney experienced in litigating cruise ship injury claims. Cruise lines like Carnival, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean have become experts in shielding themselves from liability for passenger injuries. To learn more, please contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. or visit our website at www.sgglaw.com.

Stay Safe and Have Fun: Amusement Park Safety Tips

July 23, 2010

It is that time of year when families from all over the country travel to south Florida to enjoy the thrills offered by the roller coasters, water slides and other attractions at parks like Universal Studios Orlando, Walt Disney World and Busch Gardens.

While riding roller coasters and other amusement rides can provide some much needed summer excitement, such activities carry some risks. Despite parks' safety precautions, accidents do happen, sometimes with catastrophic results.

Below are some tips to help keep you and your family safe and smiling at Florida's amusement parks.

  • Before boarding a ride, do your own inspection and trust your instincts. If the equipment looks to be poorly maintained or if the ride operators appear to be distracted, do not get on the ride.
  • Always follow the posted rules and use the provided safety equipment. Operators provide safety belts, lap bars, handrails and other features to help keep patrons safe.
  • Double check your own safety restraints before the ride begins. If something does not look or feel correct or if you have questions about how to use the provided equipment, call the ride operator immediately.
  • Keep your hands and feet inside the ride at all times and follow all ride instructions, including height and weight requirements.
  • Be smart and know your own limitations. If you have a health condition that will impact your ability to ride - such as a weak heart or a bad back - do not ride. Watch the rides in operation and frankly evaluate which ones are too fast or too scary for you to enjoy. If you are unsure about a ride, do not get on.

If the unthinkable happens and you or a member of your family is injured at an amusement park, it is essential to seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney, like those at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A.

A lawyer experienced in handling personal injury cases can provide you with the information you need to protect your rights and can help you receive the compensation you deserve. For more information, visit our website at www.sgglaw.com.

Steps to Take if You Are Injured On a Cruise

July 19, 2010

Frequent departures, numerous ports of call, ease of travel and relatively affordable prices have made cruises the vacation of choice for many. Almost 11 million Americans took cruises in 2008 -- more than twenty times the number who did so in 1970. Unfortunately, injuries aboard cruise ships are also at an all-time high, caused by inattentive or untrained crew, poor maintenance policies and a myriad of other reasons.

What should I do if I am injured while on a cruise?

If you have been injured or assaulted while on a cruise, it is crucial to seek legal assistance immediately. Because they are located at sea rather than on land, cruise ships are governed by maritime law, a very different set of laws than ordinary businesses.

It is important to choose an attorney who is familiar with maritime law and has experience with cases like yours. There are many nuances in maritime law, including international treaties that could limit the amount of money you may be able to recover or your ability to file a lawsuit. It is extremely important to take pictures and document the source of your injury. Get the names and contact information for any witnesses to your accident. As cruise ships are out at sea quite frequently, a true inspection of the premises is often difficult and not conducted until much later. Pictures and eyewitness accounts are often the most valuabe source of information to an attorney investigating a cruise ship accident.

Your cruise ticket is a contract

Most people don't read the fine print, but your cruise ship ticket is actually a contract that significantly restricts your rights. First, you must file your legal claim within one year of the date that the accident or injury that occurred. Additionally, you must place the cruise line on notice of your intent to file a claim within a certain amount of time, usually 180 days. If either of the deadlines is missed, you may lose your right to bring a lawsuit. Many cases have been barred completely by failing to observe these crucial deadlines.

Another important factor to note is that the cruise ticket dicates where a lawsuit must be filed. This is called a forum selection clause, and is completely enforceable by the Courts. Regardless of where you live, where you purchased your ticket or where you boarded the ship, you can only sue in the city and state designated in the contract. Many of the most popular cruise lines - including Carnival, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean - require that plaintiffs file suit in Miami, Florida. If you or someone you love has suffered an injury on a cruise, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. Visit our website at www.sgglaw.com to learn more.

The New Drowsy-Driving Bill in Florida: What Does It Mean For You?

July 17, 2010

The Florida Legislature recently passed a bill aimed to make the public aware of the dangers of driving while fatigued. The bill formally recognizes the first week in September as 'Drowsy-Driving Week.' The week is intended to raise awareness and educate people about the potential consequences of driving drowsy. Representative Alan Williams championed the bill in response to a tragic accident that occurred in 2008, when an 80 year-old woman was killed after the driver of a cement truck fell asleep and rear-ended the bus in which she was a passenger.

The Dangers of Driving Fatigued

Unfortunately, this woman's death is just one horrific example of the results of driver fatigue on Florida's roadways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that around 100,000 accidents occur from drowsy driving in America each year.

Drowsiness affects many skills and processes that a driver relies upon to stay safe. The National Sleep Foundation reported that fatigue impairs reaction time and judgment, decreases performance and vigilance and increases moodiness and aggression. Driving while sleepy not only endangers the driver's life but risks the lives of other travelers on Florida's roads.

Tips on Preventing Tragedy

If you feel drowsy while driving it is important to protect yourself and others. If a passenger is with you, let them drive. If you are alone, pull over to a safe place and take a nap or rest.

If you or someone you love is involved in an accident, it is crucial to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. The process of gathering evidence and meeting strict legal deadlines requires immediate attention from an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney. The attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A., have assisted numerous car accident victims to obtain compensation for their injuries. Please visit www.sgglaw.com to learn how Greenberg, Stone & Urbano can help you.

Another Baby Crib Recalled: The Deadly Danger of Drop-Side Cribs

July 16, 2010

Another manufacturer recalled its drop-side cribs in an effort to avoid severe injuries or infant deaths caused by its product. Simmons Juvenile Products is the latest of numerous manufacturers with recalled drop-side cribs. These companies include Graco, Dorel, and even Fisher-Price, whose brand name graced cribs manufactured by Simplicity and Stork Craft. These company's products are routinely sold in Florida.

The massive recalls, more than three million cribs in the past two years, have largely come in response to the tragic deaths of 32 children sleeping in drop-side cribs, as reported by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The babies either suffocated or were strangled when the drop side fell out of position, trapping the babies in gaps in the mattress or in the slats on the sides of the cribs. The cribs causing the deaths were made by an assortment of manufacturers.

Some consumer rights groups have recommended that parents no longer use drop-side cribs and that companies no longer manufacture them. Increased safety standards and testing has also been proposed. While some cribs have been recalled by companies, many continue to manufacture and sell similarly unsafe products to families.

How to Prevent Tragedy

Florida parents may be scared when learning of the real dangers that some products for children hold. Every day, a new story about an unsafe children's product, from cribs to strollers or jewelry is found in the news. Parents may wonder how it is possible to avoid such dangers. Fortunately, there are some basic steps parents can take to help avoid a serious accident with such products.

First, before purchasing children's products, visit the CPSC's or Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) websites for information about recalls. The CPSC also makes valued recommendations to consumers, such as avoiding the purchase of drop-side cribs. Other resources such as Consumer Reports and parenting magazines often have great information pertaining to safe products for children.

Routinely inspect your child's furniture and toys to ensure that the parts are in good condition and working properly. If something seems worn or unsafe, immediately stop using it and contact the manufacturer or retailer.

If your child has been harmed by a crib or other children's product, immediately contact an experienced products liability attorney.

The law firm of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A., represents families who have suffered from personal injury because of a product or design defect, including defects involving unsafe baby products. For more on what your rights are, or on how we hold wrongdoers accountable, please visit our website at www.sgglaw.com.

Fatal Construction Accidents

July 15, 2010

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Construction sites can be dangerous when the general contractor or subcontractors fail to provide a safe environment for workers or for people who might be passing by or visiting the site. Serious construction site accidents happen — but most of them are preventable.

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The experienced trial lawyers at Greenberg & Stone, P.A., offer more than 60 years' combined legal experience litigating and negotiating wrongful death claims. One of our attorneys has worked in construction and knows many of the dangers firsthand. Responsible construction contractors take steps to prevent accidents and construction deaths. Too often, however, the pressure to meet deadlines or a miscommunication among subcontractors can cause situations that lead to fatal construction accidents.

  • When construction debris is not properly disposed of, it can become a lethal hazard. If falling debris on a construction site killed a loved one, talk to an experienced wrongful death lawyer.
  • Heavy trucks frequently enter and exit construction sites delivering necessary materials. Maneuvering and unloading a large truck requires skill and caution. If a driver makes a mistake, he or she may hit or drop heavy materials on unsuspecting workers, causing an injury or a construction worker death.
  • Preventable collapses — including the collapse of trenches, scaffolding, newly poured concrete floors and cranes — cause numerous injuries and construction accident deaths. Our experts arrive at the scene as soon as possible after an accident to preserve physical evidence and to begin investigating possible causes.
  • Electrical wiring used for construction equipment is temporary and can be hastily installed without proper protections. A mistake in wiring can lead to an electrocution death.

Construction death cases are often complex because they typically involve multiple contractors and a constantly changing work environment. At Greenberg & Stone, our attorneys know how to investigate construction accidents. We work with investigators and construction experts to get to the truth.

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Proving fault in fatal construction accidents requires thorough investigation into the facts to discover all possible defendants. The AV-rated* law firm of Greenberg & Stone serves the needs of grieving families who seek justice after fatal construction site accidents. We have immediate appointments available — discuss your concerns and discover your full range of legal options in a compassionate and dependable environment. Call (888) 893-9846 or use our online contact form.