Sarasota Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog

CRPS/RSD PART 15: The Impact of Those who Fake Pain to Get Pain Medications

Every year in the U.S. over 240 million prescriptions are given out for narcotic painkillers. Doctors and hospitals are required to dispense prescriptions responsibly for legitimate medical reasons, to patients who really are suffering from pain, and not to people who are faking pain symptoms to feed their pain medication addiction or to get drugs to sell to others. Prescription pain medication addiction and abuse has become a nationwide epidemic - some addicts and abusers are not hard to spot, but quite often the signs of addiction and abuse can be elusive.  Rx in hand.jpg

Draining a Swimming Pool Can Cause it to "Pop Up" Out of the Ground

It's not an urban legend - draining a swimming pool, even partially, can cause it to "pop up" out of the ground and cause an incredible amount of damage. That's because after a pool is drained something called "hydrostatic movement," can result in upward pressure from surrounding groundwater and lift the pool right out of the ground, along with the pool deck and surrounding improvements and landscaping. It's the same principle that makes boats float in bodies of water.

Exploding Airbags Prompt Massive Recalls with Initial Focus on Florida Vehicles

BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota have all announced recalls of cars that contain airbags manufactured by global supplier Takata. The recalled Takata airbags could explode, maiming and killing instead of saving lives. The number of cars which will be affected is still being determined, but it will be in the millions for sure. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTSA) has just recently opened a preliminary evaluation to look into the issue. And, like in the case of the faulty GM ignition switches, the question being asked is what took them so long?

Parasailing Alert: Read this before you go!

parasail.jpgMillions of people in the United States enjoy the beauty and thrill of parasailing every year. It's a once in a lifetime experience that offers such a feeling of being alive that is a personal triumph over our fears, enlivening the spirit and fueling the soul. But there's a dark side to the parasailing industry and maybe those fears are not without good reason. The National Transportation Safety Board's ("NTSB") first ever published report into parasailing safety paints a troubling picture of a largely unregulated industry with many instances where serious injuries and deaths were caused by faulty equipment and operator errors. Parasailing is not subject to any federal safety regulations - no operator training requirements, no inspections of parasailing ropes and equipment, and no requirement to suspend operations during rough weather. Changes recommended by the NTSB include legislative regulation and mandatory operator licensing.

Heintz & Becker Motorcycle Safety Series Part 15: Motorcycle Safety and the US Military

The motorcycle is beloved symbol of our national freedom and pride for many of our active military personnel and service veterans. For US military forces, motorcycles have a long and revered history of use and service. From WWI to today, motorcycles have served our military all over the world and have been an integral part of our fight for freedom. For many military personnel, riding on the open road and racing through the wind on a motorcycle provides a way to savor that freedom like no other.vet on motorcycle.jpg

St. Petersburg Hit and Run Kills 3 Young Women and Leaves 6 Children without their Mothers; Suspected Driver Surrenders in Midst of Police Manhunt

Grace Collier, 25, Briana Lequinda Campbell, 23, and Jamesia Chera Santoria, 21, died in the aftermath of a fiery hit and run accident that happened on the corner of 16th Street and Ninth Avenue S. in St. Petersburg on Thursday, June 26, 2014. The tragic accident leaves 6 children ranging in age from 1 to 6 without their mothers. The police were quick to report that they knew the identity of the hit and run driver - Marquice L. Anderson, 27, of St. Petersburg. For the next three days, Anderson was a fugitive on the run and the subject of a police manhunt. The U.S. Marshal Service's Fugitive Task Force helped with the search for Anderson and a cash reward was offered for information leading to his arrest.

AAA "Tow to Go" Program Available to take Impaired Drivers and their Vehicles Home this 4th of July

The 4th of July is one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes. We are constantly reminded that "Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving" and we need to "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over", and we know that we should make plans for a safe, sober way home before we head out to celebrate. But planning and doing are two different things, and sometimes you or a friend of yours may have one or a few too many. At that moment the choice you make has the potential to change everything.

4th of July Advisory: be Aware of Florida's Fireworks Laws and Safety Considerations

Fireworks are an integral and historical part of celebrating the 4th of July, the independence of our nation and the sacrifices of those who have fought to keep us free. While it is commonplace to see people putting on their own private fireworks displays on the 4th of July, it is actually illegal in the State of Florida to set off fireworks that leave the ground or explode. Although you may have heard about recent legislative efforts to loosen Florida's strict fireworks law, the law remains firmly rooted for now, making all firecrackers that go "boom" illegal, including roman candles, bottle rockets and cherry bombs.

CRPS/RSD PART 14: FDA Evaluating New Drug Naloxegol to Treat Constipation Caused by Pain Medications

More than 240 million narcotic painkiller prescriptions are dispensed every year in the U.S. for the treatment of pain. One common side effect of taking pain medication is constipation, which plagues 40% to 90% of patients being treated with narcotics for chronic pain. That's a lot of constipated people. Severe constipation can be debilitating and dangerous. A new drug called Naloxegol shows promise in treating constipation caused by prescription narcotic painkillers, and is currently being evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as well as health agencies in Canada and Europe.

Women's Health: FDA Warns of Cancer Risks Associated with Laparoscopic Hysterectomy and Fibroid Removal Procedures

In the past, women facing a hysterectomy or fibroid removal procedure had one option - a traditional abdominal hysterectomy where a large incision would be made through the abdomen and the uterus or fibroids would be removed intact. Today, minimally-invasive laparoscopic assisted surgeries which only require tiny incisions have become popular because they typically involve lower costs (which make them the preferred choice for insurers), shorter hospital stays, and quicker and easier recovery with less scarring. But, in order to remove tissue through a tiny incision it often must first be pulverized - and that process can release and scatter undetected cancer cells into a woman's pelvis, creating an instant case of Stage 4 cancer called "metastatic uterine sarcoma" or "uterine leiomyosarcoma."