What Constitutes Negligence in a Boating Accident

Boating accidents happen all the time. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, there were 4,158 recreational boating accidents in 2015. These resulted in 2,613 injuries, 626 deaths, and roughly $42 million in property damage.

Many of these accidents were caused by operator negligence.  Negligence in a boating accident can result in spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and wrongful death.

If you’ve been in a boating accident, you may be able to recover damages for your injuries.  Contact Heintz & Becker and schedule a free consultation with one of our boat accident attorneys. Continue reading


Hyundai and Kia Announce Massive Recalls Coming

Hyundai and Kia Motors will be recalling nearly 1.5 million cars and SUVs due to engine malfunctions. In the U.S. alone, 1.19 million vehicles are being recalled. The recalled vehicles consist of the 2013 -2014 Hyundai Sonata and Santa Fe, along with the 2011-2014 Kia Optima, 2012-2014 Sorento, and 2011-2013 Sportage. All of the defective vehicles are equipped with 2.0 liter and 2.4 liter engines. Continue reading


Silicone Breast Implant Advisory

Breast implant complications are once again making news. Last week the FDA announced an increased risk of developing anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) for women with breast implants. You may recall the previous cancer linked recalls from the early 1990’s of silicone breast implants. Silicone implants were thought to be linked to an increased risk of cancer however, in 2006 the FDA returned them to the market after definitive evidence of a link was not established. There has been backlash and criticism since that time. Even after being made available again, the FDA was warning women of the possible increased risk they faced for developing ALCL if they had breast implants. Continue reading


Brazilian Jiu-jitsu – Workout and Self-Defense

Are you looking for a great way to stay in shape but get bored with traditional weight lifting? Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is the perfect way to get fit while learning self-defense techniques that can save your life. There are thousands of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu gyms across the U.S. and in recent years the sport has grown exponentially. People of all ages, sizes, and backgrounds have come to know and love the sport. Celebrities and athletes including Kelly Slater and Ashton Kutcher are avid practitioners. The late Paul Walker and star of The Fast and The Furious was also one of the sport’s biggest enthusiasts. Continue reading



The Dangers of Riding in Truck Beds

Many people enjoy the thrill of riding in the bed of a pickup truck. Unfortunately, as fun as it may be, it’s also dangerous.

While 30 states, including Florida, have at least some legislation regarding passengers riding in the beds of trucks, some don’t. In fact, there are 20 states that have no laws against riding in the bed of a truck. This has led to hundreds of deaths and thousands more injuries. Continue reading


Insurance Claims – Industry Problem or Provider Calamity (Part 2)

In the first installment of my insurance nightmare blog, I shared how I had paid an estimated out of pocket cost to my children’s surgical provider without questioning the amount. I also shared some tips on things to do before you sign on the dotted line so to speak that may help make you a more informed consumer. Now I’d like to pick up where we left off, nearly three weeks later, and share another leg of my journey. Continue reading


No Cost Stress Relief- Meditation

Meditation. When many people think of this word they are likely to be skeptical and have difficulty believing that the age old art can derive many mental and physical benefits. Studies have shown that this practice can lead to lower stress, anxiety, and blood pressure, as well as strengthen the immune system. However, cultural and social stereotypes may be keeping this effective and free resource highly underutilized.

Despite what many believe, meditation is not only a religious practice; it has a wide variety of applications that can be beneficial to the body as well. Meditation practices can range from simple breathing techniques to advanced visualization or mantra-based techniques. Continue reading


The Rise of Distracted Walking

More and more people are choosing alternate ways to commute. Some rely on public transportation, some bike, and others walk. There are plenty of advantages of being a pedestrian. It’s cheaper than maintaining a car and improves your health.

The rise in pedestrians has led many cities to make it easier to get around on foot. Unfortunately, many of these walkways are right next to busy streets, creating a new problem: distracted walking accidents. Continue reading


Insurance Claims – Industry Problem or Provider Calamity (Part 1)

Have you spent time reviewing your medical bills, insurance claim forms (like the explanations of benefits), or insurance contracts to know if you are really getting what you pay for?

With the Affordable Healthcare Act (“Obamacare”) passage in 2010 and implementation in 2013, reports show more Americans are using health insurance than ever before. With an uninsured percent of less than 10% of Americans, the number of claims submitted to insurance companies has increased as well.

Wouldn’t it be wise then,  as consumers as well as patients, to make sure that in a paperwork and electronic tangle of co-payments, deductibles, covered services, co-insurances and maximum out of pocket expenses, that we make sure nothing slips through the cracks? Continue reading