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In Florida, injuries are the number one cause of fatalities for the ages 1- 44, and generally the third leading cause of death.
Injuries are damages caused to the function or structure of the body by an outside agent or force. Injuries can be accidental or intentional. Unintentional injuries include motor vehicle accidents, falls, fires, poisonings, drowning, suffocation, and recreational and sports-related activities. Intentional injuries result from homicide, assaults, abuse, and sexual assault.
In Florida, injuries are the number one cause of fatalities for ages 1- 44, and generally the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer. In 2015, 14,706 Florida residents lost their lives as a result of injuries. As these numbers are higher in Florida compared to other U.S. states, in 2004 the Florida Injury Prevention Program was created to lead, facilitate and coordinate injury prevention planning efforts.
Although air transportation is considered the safest way to travel (the odds of dying in an aircraft accident in the United States are about 1 in 7,178), sometimes accidents do occur, and the consequences are tragic for passengers and their friends and families.
Many accidents are caused by the pilot's or the crew's negligence, by mechanical failures, or by bad weather conditions. However, sometimes, the passengers can make a difference and avoid some accidents if they know some basic safety tips, such as:
We know how aircraft accidents affect both victims and their families, and we have years of experience in dealing with aircraft accidents. We begin with a transparent and straightforward communication with our client in order to understand fully what happened and to gather all the information we need to prepare the case. We offer our clients a free initial case evaluation, and we will closely collaborate with aviation experts and accident investigators to establish proper liability.
If our client has a valid legal claim, we will pursue just compensation from the parties responsible for the accident, either through a settlement or through pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit. We will make sure that you will benefit from the rightful compensation to cover the costs of medical bills, property damage, medical care, and lost wages. Do not hesitate to contact us at 305.416.9805.
Keeping your baby safe and secure requires paying attention to some simple things. The things you'll have to change and childproof depend on your home's characteristics. Attention should be paid to every room in your house and to the obvious dangerous places.
Contact The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary to learn more about receiving compensation for injuries caused by unsafe products. The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary can help as long as the consumer products are not made in China. If the products are sold by a USA supplier or are manufactured in the USA, we can help you obtain compensation for medical bills and for your pain and suffering. Contact The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary today at 305.416.9805.
The minimum insurance requested in Florida is a 10.000 dollars personal injury protection coverage and a 10.000 dollars property damage liability coverage. In Florida, personal injury protection is requested to ensure that car crash victims can receive immediate medical coverage. In this way, they don't have to wait for the court system to decide. Auto insurance companies in Florida additionally offer nonobligatory coverage, for example, comprehensive, uninsured and underinsured motorists, or collision coverage.
While comprehensive car insurance may seem something you don't need to purchase, Personal Injury Protection is something you should. The costs correlated with an accident can rapidly add up. Therefore, to cover up those costs Personal Injury Protection is available. With this coverage, the medical bills will be paid, no matter who is to blame.
When you are required to carry a type of insurance for your car, your state usually demands that it is liability insurance. In case you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, and it is decided that you were at fault, liability insurance will cover the cost of damaged property, also your medical bills. Most states have some requirements for liability insurance coverage that you should definitely have.
The most important thing with carrying just liability insurance is that in case of an accident, you could end up without the money to repair your car. By having collision insurance, you can be sure that your insurer will pay for the repairs. If your vehicle is irreparably damaged in an accident, collision insurance will reimburse the value of your car. This won't cover for a brand new vehicle, but it will give you the approximate sum regarding the value of the vehicle before the accident. Collision insurance isn't a must-have if your car is older, it won't be worth paying for insurance, especially if you can save up some money that could buy you a new one if necessary.
It is a good idea to have a fully comprehensive cover if the vehicle you have costs more than 2000$. Insurers usually insist on fully comprehensive insurance when it comes to expensive cars. Even if you are involved in a vehicle accident, and it's your fault, you will still be able to claim for the amount of money needed to repair your car and treat your injuries.
It comes a time in everyone's life when taking care of a child becomes the greatest responsibility. One of the most concerning things is our child's safety while riding in a car. How informed are we on this topic? We should be doing, at least, brief research on what the child seats must provide before buying one. One of the most important duties one has as a parent is keeping their child safe when riding in a vehicle. Proper use of car seats definitely helps keep children safe. According to the child's age and weight, seats are categorized into several groups:
Children under 12 years old or below 150 cm height MUST wear a safety belt and those under 3 years old are transported only in approved restraint devices, according to the following law:
"No person shall drive a motor vehicle on any way while carrying as a passenger a person less than 7 years of age unless such passenger is properly fastened and secured by a child restraint system which is in accordance with the safety standards approved by the United States Department of Transportation in 49 C.F.R. section 571.213."
Always register your car seat to receive important safety updates from the manufacturers about recalls and safety notices.
Carefully read all the installation information and the detailed instruction booklets included in the package to make sure that the car seat has all the necessary components and that you understand how to use them properly. Always carefully check each component from the car seat and look for cracks in the plastic, stiff buckles or any other possible damages. If everything looks ok, investigate the car seat for possible recalls because of a defect that could cause injuries to your child in case of a car accident. Look up the name of the car seat manufacturer and the name of your car seat model and research if the purchased product has been placed on a certain recall list.
There is a big difference between what kind of car seat the law requires and what is the safest one for your child. For more detailed information on picking out the right car seat, review the NHTSA's safety recommendations.
Contact The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary to find out more about receiving compensation for injuries caused by child car seats. The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary can help you obtain compensation for medical bills and for your pain and suffering. Call The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary today at 305.416.9805.
In our everyday lives, we place our trust in the safety of the products we use. Their proper application and function enhance our experiences. However, injuries sustained from the same products will burden our existence. Therefore, it is in our best interest to pay attention to safety and proper handling.
If you have suffered an injury due to a defective or unsafe product, it is important to know the following:
Our offices are experienced in representing product liability cases. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a consumer product, we can provide expert legal counsel so that you will make an educated decision about your claim.
We can represent you during the course of legal proceedings. In order to obtain the compensation you deserve, contact The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary today at 305.416.9805.
Who does not like to relax by the pool during the hot summer days? Unfortunately, pool-related injuries are quite often caused by the owners' negligence. Most often, they fail to ensure the necessary safety of the pool, hot tub, or pool deck. Each year thousands of people, especially children, are injured or die in accidents that occur in swimming pools. Recent studies show that more than 1,300 children die each year in pool accidents. Also, more than 5,000 children are hospitalized with serious injuries such as fractures, brain injury, or spinal cord injury.
Most of the pool-related accidents are caused by malfunctioning suction drains that can trap swimmers underwater. Accidents are, also, caused by missing or broken drain covers that can expose swimmers to the suction of the drain.
According to the law, all public and private pools must comply with the safety standards to prevent drain suction accidents. The use of non-approved covers is in violation of federal laws. Pool owners have to complete a Pool Drain Safety Compliance Sheet that will indicate any change of grate/cover or pump installed on their pool since the original compliance check in 2010.
Inlets and outlets where the suction is very strong can trap body parts or hair, causing the person's head to be held under water. Hair entrapment takes place when the water flow inside the inlet takes the victim's hair into and around the outlet cover. The hair is therefore pulled into the drain due to the suction created.
The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary can help you recover monetary compensation from the responsible party in case of a pool or hot tub accident. We work with experts in this field to determine who is liable for your accident: the owner, the supervisor, the manufacturer of the pool or the person in charge of the maintenance of the pool. Give us a call at 305.416.9805 and you will have the professional legal representation ready to face even the toughest cases.
Under the pressure of buyers' demands and motivated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's toughening standards, producers are coming up with safer, better-equipped vehicles.
According to the IIHS, a group founded by auto insurers, in order to receive a Top Safety Pick Award, the vehicle has to earn top scores for occupant protection in 4 of the most common kinds of crashes: front crashes, side crashes, rollover - roof strength, and rear crashes.
Beginning with 2013, the Institute is constantly changing the criteria for determining the safest cars. That was the year when they have created a new category, Top Safety Pick+ that awards models that offer proven crash avoidance technology.
In 2014, they added good or acceptable performance in the small overlap front test. This test evaluates the effects of crashing into a tree or utility pole at 40 mph.
In 2015, IIHS asked for better results in the small overlap front crash test and for efficient automatic braking technology. With this in mind, the safest brands and models for the past 5 years are as follows.
In order to establish 2011's safest cars, Forbes magazine took the IIHS's data, excluded SUVs, crossovers, and pickup trucks and kept only those cars that received perfect "good" scores in all tests. The top 3 winners were:
As noted in IIHS' reports, in serious crashes it is the larger, heavier vehicles that offer better occupant protection compared to the smaller, lighter ones. Many small cars are equipped with advanced safety technology but cannot break the laws of physics and be stronger than cars that weigh twice as much as they do.
As they have been diligent in implementing the crash-prevention technology, for 2016 the Asian manufacturers keep their dominance in the Top Safety Pick.
Contact our offices as soon as possible if you have been involved in a car accident. The Law Offices Of Sean M. Cleary are experienced in handling many diverse car accident cases from head-on collisions and drunk-driving accidents to pedestrian accidents and accidents involving defective equipment.
We work with various specialists and are able to properly investigate the circumstances of your accident. The Law Offices Of Sean M. Cleary can be contacted at 305.416.9805.
It is not unusual to slip and fall even within a familiar environment such as your home. In fact, it is one of the main risks of fatalities, according to the National Safety Council. Therefore, prevention should be the first habit any member of the family and community pays attention to. The most common locations for accidents are ladders, stairs, doorways, ramps, hallways, and areas with heavy traffic. Also, wet areas and uneven surfaces.
Despite prevention measures, sometimes accidents happen. If any serious injury occurs, we advise you to call the firm and document the scene exactly how it happened. Our number is 305 416 9805.
Regarding future slip and fall compensations or remedies, we advise you to:
What you have to do right after the slip and fall is to examine your physical condition and call for professional help, depending on how you feel. If you have suffered an injury, you may qualify for damages or remedies from those responsible - a landowner, a business manager etc.
From the very beginning, the assistance of any of our experienced lawyers may be to your best advantage. That means going through the entire process in a more efficient and time-wise manner.
Our lawyer will carefully examine the circumstances and make sure you receive the correct compensation. You will be assisted in every step of the process and you will receive all the necessary clarifications regarding your case.
Studies show that young drivers are more prone to accidents due to their lack of experience and poor hazard detection. There are several other risk factors that influence their safety on the road, including:
In the US, 243,243 young people aged 16-19 died in 2013 in car accidents. This means that 6 teenagers within this age died each day due to car crash injuries.
By adopting defensive driving techniques, many could keep accident-free driving records. If you want to drive defensively:
No matter how carefully you might drive, accidents can happen due to other drivers' fault. You should know how to react in this situation to reduce costs, prevent further injuries and accelerate the repair and clean-up process.
Car accidents can take a tremendous toll on everyone involved. The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf and we will make sure that you receive just compensation. Call 305.416.9805 and let a dedicated personal injury attorney deal with your case.
Keep your peace of mind and your driving experiences safe by properly maintaining your tires. Pay attention to this important detail and your car will benefit from better steering, traction, stopping, and load-carrying capacity. Correctly inflated and maintained tires will also increase miles per gallon.
One of the causes of extremely dangerous accidents is tire blowouts as it is natural for tires to lose pressure. Under normal conditions, tires are estimated to lose 1 psi each month.
Use these tire safety tips for prevention:
In dangerous situations, to minimize a potential accident, the National Highway Commission recommends:
Car accidents can take a tremendous toll on everyone involved. The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf and we will make sure that you receive just compensation. Call 305.416.9805 and let a dedicated personal injury attorney handle your case.
In Miami, Florida, water can be the place where you test your craziest ideas and where you overcome your limits. Over the years, a lot of people craving for adrenaline, have started practicing extreme water sports in favor of the traditional water sports as polo or swimming. However, besides the fun and intense feelings that such activities involve, a series of safety measures have to be taken. Here you can find some safety tips for each and every one of the extreme water sports in order to keep safe while practicing them.
Whether you own one or you are going on a cruise, you must always wear a life jacket as it is one of the most important parts of a yacht safety equipment. Moreover, every person on board should wear one.
Not to mention that you should always check the weather conditions and do a pre-departure investigation of the boat in order to make sure that it is functional and that you haven't forgotten anything.
First of all, those who want to take up this sport must be incredibly good swimmers. Second of all, a performant equipment and great practice are needed if you consider trying this.
Before going underwater make sure your scuba diving equipment is functioning properly and avoid using one that you don't know how to operate. It is also safe to plan your diving days before and always have someone to accompany you.
According to Chapter 27 of the 2003 Florida Statutes, all divers must prominently display a divers-down flag in the area in which the diving occurs, other than when diving in an area customarily used for swimming only. The divers-down flag means that one must meet the specifications mentioned in Chapter 27 of the 2003 Florida Statutes.
A diver down flag also called a scuba flag, is a flag displayed on the surface of the water showing there is a diver below. This is a safety measure to indicate to boats they should steer clear for the safety of the diver and of the dive boat. In the U.S., this is a red with a white diagonal stripe flag. Also, the flag has to be square or rectangular, if it is rectangular, the length must exceed the height; the flag must have a wire or other stiffener to hold it completely unfurled; the minimum size for divers-down flags on a buoy or float towed by the diver is 12 by 12 inches; the minimum size for divers-down flags on a vessel or structure is 20 by 24 inches; flags displayed on a vessel must be on the highest point of the vessel and must not be obstructed in any direction.
This is one of the extreme water sports that involve serious injuries. The safety of those brave enough to try it is mainly ensured by lower leg gloves and a pair of special glasses that reduce facial injuries.
The water ski rope is another important aspect regarding one's safety while practicing this sport. It should be very resistant and in accordance with each person's weight and height. Also, a dry suit is recommended when water skiing in cold weather.
First rule: never sail alone! Always check the weather forecast before sailing and avoid areas where people usually swim so you won't hurt anyone. In addition to this, you should dress correctly, wearing a wetsuit and a hat to protect you from the sun. And don't forget to drink a lot of water!
Watersports accidents can take a tremendous toll on everyone involved. The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary will investigate and handle the case on your behalf and we will make sure that you receive just compensation. Call 305.416.9805 and let a dedicated personal injury attorney handle your case.
Summer can be a good friend for kids but it can also bring a lot of troubles for those children whose parents don't take the necessary safety measures when letting them play in the water. Whether you go to the seaside or to the pool, a child should always be supervised, even though he knows how to swim.
No fun compares to playing into the water in the summertime. A holiday at the seaside is what most kids dream about when it is too hot outside to even breath. Yet, if you don't want your long-awaited vacation to transform into a nightmare, you should consider the safety tips above.
A child's accident can take a tremendous toll on everyone involved. The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary will investigate and handle the case on your behalf and we will make sure that you receive just compensation. Call 305.416.9805 and let a dedicated personal injury attorney handle your case.
Careless behavior and inattention are some of the causes leading to boating accidents in Florida. Pay attention to your surroundings and respect basic safety measures. Even if you're only renting a boat, remember that rental facilities have to assure pre-rental or pre-ride instruction on the safe operation of the vessel.
Before riding a boat make sure it is equipped with the necessary, properly functioning safety equipment, prescribed for different categories of boats. If for example, you are riding a 16 feet or longer boat, you must carry a "Type-4" flotation devices and life vests for every person aboard. Lifejackets must be coast guard approved, in good and serviceable condition, and must fit the user.
The lifejacket could protect lives in the following cases:
Another life-threatening risk boat operators and passengers face is hypothermia. It occurs when the body's internal temperature drops below normal.
To prevent death by hypothermia riders are advised to:
As shown above, many of Florida drowning victims were good swimmers. Swimming might not save your life in case you are caught by a rip current. Rip currents form when large amounts of water at the shoreline rush in a narrow path back to the sea. If you are caught by such a current there are some techniques that could save your life:
The truth is that boating accidents and accidents, in general, will continue to happen. However, The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary would like you to know that the number of victims and the severity of the injuries can be considerably reduced by being properly informed about the risks and respecting basic safety measures.
Cruise lines and cruise ships need to meet every requirement of the maritime law and to ensure the safety of their passengers during the voyage. As a passenger, however, you also need to prepare and follow some common-sense rules that improve your chances for a safe, event-free cruise trip.
In this age of the internet, for example, it is not wise to post and brag on social media or forums about planned trips, especially not about the exact dates and routes. Giving out this kind of information makes passengers vulnerable to cruise ship accidents as well as to thieves and robbers who learn valuable information about houses left empty. The following are safety rules that you can follow while aboard a cruise ship:
These are basic, common-sense rules, and are only some of the ones to keep in mind when registering for a cruise. It is recommended obtaining thorough information before registering for a cruise.
Using the right combination of seat belts and airbags is a decision that may have saved many people's lives before and will also in the future. Airbags have been protecting lives since their introduction in the 1980's, making a difference between fatal injuries and less severe ones, as bruises, for instance.
However, the airbag safety provided is also proven to come with a cost - the risk of causing a certain degree of harm- even if minor, to drivers and passengers being involved in a car accident. If the harm is rather substantial, then a proper investigation may establish the distinctions between the car owner's fault or the fault of the people who manufactured and/or sold the car.
In the particular cases of defective airbags, our specialized staff is available for evaluating the context, bringing the necessary amount of expertise and legal knowledge.
The design and functionality of the airbag may vary significantly from a manufacturer to another. There are differences regarding the size, the shape, the placement, the manner in which an airbag inflates and the speed of the airbag deployment.
Here are some possible airbag faults to be taken into account:
If crash sensors are not working properly, the airbag may not deploy or it may deploy too late to protect the persons from injuries. The car company is responsible for designing a good frame of the vehicle, to ensure the signal is received fast enough by the crash sensors, and that means testing how they work on crash test dummies.
Any of these can prevent the airbags from deploying properly.
The straps of the tethers help the airbag keep a flat pillow shape instead of a rounder, closer one. The closer it is, the harmful it proves for the driver or the passengers involved in a car accident.
It seems that the danger of injuries lies in having airbags that inflate horizontally, compared to the safer airbags that inflate upwards and then they extend outwards.
If the airbag inflates too much, it causes severe injuries and fatalities due to insufficient space between the persons and the car's safety system. Multi-force inflators are preferred, as they are safer than single-force inflaters, generally used for older car models.
Sometimes, the stature of the person involved in the car accident may be significant in terms of airbag safety. There must be a special care for kids' safety, also for shorter or taller people traveling in a car. The manufacturers have the duty to test their airbags on crash test dummies of different statures.
If there are any malfunctions like fluid leaks, be aware that they cause short circuits also produce unexpected deployment of the airbags, thus causing unnecessary harm to driver or passengers.
Other factors that affect deployment of airbag systems include:
Considering that airbags deploy at a speed of 200 mph or more, there is also the hazard of being injured by the airbag itself. Other components may cause injuries when the airbags deploy by breaking the dash and the high-speed flying pieces can hurt the passengers.
As preventive safety measures, when you decide to buy a vehicle, it is best to check with the sales people that the car is safe and properly adjusted to your needs. If it is a new car, there are many modern improvements that increase the airbags safety - ask for all the details. When you buy a used car, make sure the airbags are not cut or torn, have a professional inspection and certification. If you need to replace the airbags for any reason, go to authorized car services.
Airbags safety is an important part of your overall safety while using a car. For any unfortunate circumstance, our team of experts is ready to offer you assistance regarding your legal rights and claims.
Sean M. Cleary knows how airbag accidents affect victims and their families, and we have years of experience in dealing with car accidents.
If our client has a valid legal claim, we will pursue just compensation from the parties responsible for the accident, either through a settlement or through beginning a lawsuit. We will make sure that you will benefit from the rightful compensation to cover the costs of medical bills, property damage, and lost wages. Do not hesitate to contact us at 305.416.9805.
There are mistakes that manufacturers can make while designing or building a car. Mistakes that can lead to serious accidents and damages, mistakes that most of us are not aware of until they impact our lives. Many think they are safe if they put the seatbelt on and drive a car that has as many airbags as possible. However, there are other aspects regarding the safety of a car that should be taken into consideration. 3% of traffic fatalities are caused by rear-impact crashes. The fact is that not all car seats have protected their passengers in rear-end accidents. Even when passengers took necessary measures and had their seat belts on.
Conducting an investigation about collapsing seats, CBS Los Angeles found that:
If you are involved in an accident:
Injuries caused by car seats collapsing are, frequently, severe. They will affect victims forever or for a long time. With the help of a biomechanical engineer, we will determine what happened to a person's body as the car seat collapsed. We investigate and gather evidence in order to prove what caused the accident and the injuries. Accordingly, whenever the injuries are compensable we will be able to sustain a case.
Contact The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary at 305.416.9805 and benefit from our expertise.
The need for a healthier alternative to smoking brought in 2007 the vaporizer on the American market. Manufacturers marketed it, also, as a smoking cessation aid. Some studies have found that vaporizers are more likely to help in nicotine abstinence than nicotine replacement therapy. However, the vaporizer is a product that can cause addiction to nicotine. Moreover, many of those vaping continue to smoke. In which case, vaporizers can cause more harm than good. Additionally, the vaporizer is a product popular among teens. Therefore, instead of helping people get rid of the unhealthy nicotine, vaporizers may make it more fun or accessible.
Some products might be dangerous as they could:
Other aspects of concern
The moment a fire starts, your time to escape safely is quite limited, around 2 minutes. Having a fire safety plan may help you get out faster. It is advised to talk to all your household members about making a fire escape plan. You should practice this plan twice a year. 60% of house fire deaths are caused by smoke alarms that don't work. If smoking alarms do work, the chances of dying in a fire are reduced by 50 percent. A way to ensure fire safety is by identifying and removing fire hazards from your home. This also means keeping flammable items, for example, drapes, away from heating elements.
It is estimated that in 2013, 334 children died in house fires. Also, in 2008 alone, 61,000 children around the world died from fire or burn.
If you have suffered injury because of negligence, a defective product, or another type of incident, you may be entitled to reimbursements for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and reduced future income, and diminution in lifestyle. Please contact The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary today at 305.416.9805 for a free case evaluation and to determine the most appropriate plan of action.