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Distracted Walking is a Danger to Kids as They Head Back To School

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As school gets back in session, parents have lots to think about when it comes to keeping their kids safe. We know that distracted driving is a major issue for teens, but did you know that pedestrian accidents caused by distracted walking is also a very real danger?

A study done by Safe Kids Worldwide found that one in five high school students and one in eight middle school students crosses the street while distracted. These distractions included typing on a phone, listening to music, talking on the phone, or using an electronic device such as a tablet.

Uber Hasn't Made an Impact on Drunk Driving Deaths

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Ride sharing has become popular among people who live in heavily populated regions and metropolitan areas. Two of the most common carpooling companies are Uber and Lyft. In theory, the idea behind being able to call someone to come and pick you up is seemingly useful; especially in situations where excessive drinking may have been involved. Unfortunately, a new study has shown that even with the development of these third party ride-sharing companies, the impact on fatal drunk driving has been little to none.

Study Uncovers New Teen Driving Danger Called "App and Drive"


The majority of parents hold valid concerns about their young teen drivers. They tend to make more careless road mistakes and studies have shown that often times they don't heed the speed limit. However, there's a new craze out there that has been placing teenage drivers on the auto accident map.

Many of us are aware that smart phones attract our attention both on and off the road, but more specifically to blame are social media applications. Teenagers are forever obsessed with Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat and it is beginning to cause a real problem. The now termed "app-ing and driving" phenomenon has reached a whopping 67 percent among teenagers.

Records Show Traffic Deaths Increased by Over 7 Percent in 2015

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Many of us already know that there's a huge risk when driving on the road, especially in South Florida, which is notorious for auto accidents and aggressive driving. While people deserve to be safe when driving, that fact is seemingly becoming less of a reality. In 2014, 32,675 fatalities were reported due to road traffic accidents. In 2015 that number increased to over 35,000 individuals.

Not surprisingly, a good number of fatal auto crashes involved young drivers with a 10 percent increase from 2014 to 2015. Younger drivers are often careless, however with the development of more technology as the years progress, a greater number of younger drivers get into collisions from being distracted behind the wheel.

Proving negligent security after an assault on a public property

Unfortunately, assaults and muggings occur frequently at night clubs and other public places. As a general rule, property owners are liable for the safety of their premises. When someone gets hurt on their properties, they are legally responsible to cover the costs of medical expenses and other damages that result from lack of adequate security.

However, lawsuits based on negligent security are complicated and difficult to win. Learn more about some of the challenges of negligent security cases and how you can win your case.

Your surgeon will not openly admit to committing a preventable error

We all value honestly in the people we trust. When someone makes an error, the bare minimum expectation is that the party in error admits to the mistake and apologizes, especially when the error results in harm to someone else.

However, would your surgeon tell you if he or she made a critical error in your surgery? Is there reason for concern that surgeons are keeping critical information from their patients after they make damaging and potentially deadly mistakes?

Pokémon Go Players Responsible for an Increase in Accidents on and off the Road


On July 6 a brand new craze swept the nation. The beloved childhood 90's cartoon, Pokémon, has now become an interactive game you can take to the streets. The game consists of a multitude of activities from being able to purchase poke balls (device used to catch the mythical characters known as Pokémon), to battling your brand new buddies at neighboring gyms. However, with great power comes great responsibility. Though we understand your need to be the very best, there are dangers attached to the now widely loved gaming application that can result in personal injury

Could your doctor be lying to you without saying anything?

No one likes bad news, especially when it comes to our health. Learning about a series illness from the doctor is one of the worst fears for more people.

Silence Can Be Deadly

However, bad news from the doctor is better than the alternative, if the alternative leads to worse problems. Silence can be seriously hazardous or even deadly when the doctor fails to tell you key information about your symptoms, an upcoming surgery or prescriptions.

New Miami Killian Senior High Scholarship Presented by Panter, Panter, & Sampedro Honors Beloved Teacher Lorraine Silverstein

Mitch Panter, Kelly Green, Lorraine Silverstein and Jordan Panter small.jpgAll teachers are special, but there are some that are simply spectacular. Mrs. Lorraine Silverstein, who served as a law studies teacher at Miami Killian Senior High, was one of those remarkable educators.

Silverstein taught at Killian for 17 years where she also prepared students for local and state Mock Trial and We the People competitions. After years of tireless dedication, including never missing a day of school even after her husband died, she retired and moved to be with her family in Maryland where she passed away in March.

Is Your Child's Cerebral Palsy a Result of Medical Error?

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is defined by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke as "a group of neurological disorders that appear in infancy to early childhood and permanently affect body movement, muscle coordination, and balance."

Statistics show that one in 323 children has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, or CP as it is commonly called. Perhaps more alarming, one in 10 CP cases is due to medical malpractice. Most often, children are "born" with CP, due to a variety of risk factors including low birth weight, disrupted blood and oxygen supply to the brain (often due to medical negligence), an infection in the mother, and birth defects.

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