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Theme park safety and accidents

Each year, thousands of people flock to Florida to visit some of the world’s most popular theme parks. With attractions like roller coasters, carousels and other exciting rides, many amusement park guests do not take into consideration the potential hazards that could hurt them. Although theme park accidents statistics are scarce, Bustle.com reports that amusement park rides are the reason 4,400 children are injured each year. Information on the annual number of deaths that occur from theme park rides is currently not available.

Is cerebral palsy always due to a doctor's negligence?

According to the Mayo Clinic, cerebral palsy is "a disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture that is caused by damage that occurs to the immature, developing brain, most often before birth." In many cases, the cause of cerebral palsy is unknown. However, doctors do know that some of the reasons a baby's brain does not develop properly include gene mutations, infections, traumatic head injury or lack of oxygen to the brain. 

Motorcycle safety tips

Summer is prime motorcycling season. Although cyclists can enjoy motorcycling year-round in Florida, summer is the ideal time to take advantage of long daylight hours and agreeable weather.

How restaurant owners can protect their guests from injuries

With Florida being one of the country’s biggest travel destinations, there are plenty of restaurants and fine dining establishments for tourists and locals to visit. Many of the owners and their staff work hard to keep their establishments free from hazards, but situations can arise at any time where accidents can happen. Anyone who becomes injured because of a restaurant owner’s negligence may be able to seek compensation for their ordeal by filing a premises liability lawsuit. 

Factors that contribute to senior slip-and-fall accidents

Slip-and-fall accidents are a leading cause of injury for many Florida seniors. According to Modern-Seniors.com, emergency rooms saw more 2.3 million seniors who had nonlife-threatening injuries from slip-and-fall accidents in 2010. Older people are more likely to trip and fall than any other age group. Most of these accidents often occur in their homes, but they can also occur anywhere, especially inside of grocery stores and on sidewalks. 

Hotels, robberies and guest assaults

When people make their reservations for hotel rooms in Florida, the last thing on their minds is safety. Hotels and motels are full of risks that can endanger guests. Even though they may have state-of-art security systems, well-trained security guards, and high safety ratings, issues can still suddenly pop up that can result in their guests being assaulted. Hotels have a duty of care to incorporate best practices to keep their premises safe and secure, states Hospitalitynet.org. 

Ways to prevent medication errors

Technology in health care is supposed to improve care, not create more problems. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality estimates that about one out of every seven Medicare patients in a hospital experiences a medical error. You need to be an active participant in your treatment to avoid errors in medication. 

Know the common types of resort accidents

Now that the temperatures are warming up, more people are traveling to Florida to kick back and relax on vacation. The increase in tourist activity means there is a higher risk of vacation accidents. No one expects to spend their vacation time recovering from injuries or mourning the loss of a loved one due to a resort or hotel accident. But for some people every year, those circumstances become an unfortunate reality.

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