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According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), about 400 people die in wrong-way accidents each year. While this is a relatively small percentage of the over 30,000 car accident fatalities that happen across the country each year, wrong-way accidents are notable for two reasons: they are almost always entirely preventable and they have a much higher-than-average rate of fatalities.

Taken at Fairfield Waters Townsville Qld.© 2010 I retain Copyright.

Taken at Fairfield Waters Townsville Qld.© 2010 I retain Copyright.

Across all collisions, the rate of fatalities is under one percent. For wrong-way collisions, that jumps to 22%. Being in a wrong-way accident in Hollywood or your community is more likely to lead to fatal or serious injury, in part because speeding is often a factor in these crashes. In many cases, these are drunk driving accidents and can be prevented.

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Many people associate amusement parks with the summer, but thanks to mild South Florida winters, amusement parks in this part of the country remain open all year round. In fact, many amusement parks have special deals or promotions during the winter months in order to attract tourists, visitors, and snowbirds to the area.

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While amusement parks, including Disney World, Universal, SeaWorld, Epcot, Busch Gardens and the many other parks in Florida offer plenty of fun in the winter, they can also create the possibility for amusement park injuries throughout the year.

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Cases of Salmonella, Listeria, botulism, norovirus, E. coli, and other foodborne illness outbreaks occur in Hollywood, Miami, and across Florida each year. You may be trying to make all the right decisions about the healthful foods you eat, but poorly stored, prepared, or served foods can injure you.

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In some cases, foodborne illnesses results only in mild digestive upset and maybe a few hours of discomfort. In other cases, however, the illness can be life-changing. Botulism, for example, can easily become deadly or can lead to extensive paralysis, leaving the victim in an assisted-living facility.

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Each year, tens of millions of tourists travel to Miami, Hollywood, and the rest of South Florida. In fact, the state saw 87.3 million people arrive as tourists in 2011 alone. In addition to tourists, snowbirds are people who decide to purchase a second home or vacation home in Florida to take advantage of the warm weather during the winter months. Each year, millions of people arrive in Florida during the winter months from the Northeast United States and from Canada. They stay a few months before returning home.

For most snowbirds and tourists, Hollywood and the rest of South Florida provide a temporary and exciting place to visit or stay. Unfortunately, some visitors each year are injured on visits to Florida. A serious injury can affect your stay, leave you with high medical bills, and cause confusion and concern. If you’ve been injured in Florida but aren’t from the state, what can you do?

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You might have big financial goals for 2016. Maybe you want to save a certain amount, get out of debt, or start earning more income. They’re all great goals, but if you don’t have a plan for injury, you could be hurting your chances of improving your financial life.

The reality is that injuries are extremely expensive, whether you have medical coverage or not. For the US, injuries cost the economy $671 billion in 2013 alone. For individual families in Hollywood and across the nation, unexpected medical costs (like those caused by injuries) are one of the leading causes of personal bankruptcy.

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Business owners owe a duty of care to their customers, employees, clients, and visitors to their business. If you’re starting up a new business in Hollywood or anywhere in South Florida, you are vulnerable to premises liability claims and other legal claims if you don’t take care to keep visitors to your business safe.

Even if you have an online business, you could be held liable and may be sued if your servers or files are hacked, if another business accuses you of trademark infringement or other illegal actions, or if you’re accused of breach of contract. Whether you have a bricks-and-mortar company or an online enterprise, you need to take steps to keep yourself safe from legal claims while also protecting your customers and clients from harm.

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At this time of year, most gyms in Hollywood and South Florida see more business as people set New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and get in shape. In fact, the first few weeks of the New Year tend to be the busiest time of year for gyms and many fitness businesses offer special promotions to entice people to join.

Unfortunately, the enthusiasm to get in shape can lead to serious injury. In some cases, new gym members might not know how to use every piece of equipment or may overdo things and get injured due to overexertion. Larger crowds at the gym can also lead to dangerous conditions, especially if spills and other hazards aren’t removed promptly because of the sudden influx of new clients.

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During the first few weeks of the year, many people are still working on their resolutions for 2016, and for many workers that means going after exciting new career opportunities. Whether you’re embarking on a new job or launching a new career, however, make sure you consider workplace safety as well as all the possibilities of your new position.

Each year, workers in Hollywood and Florida suffer workplace injuries. Across the country, an average of over 9000 workers are injured each day and 12 suffer fatal injuries, according to OSHA. Every workplace is affected, from obviously hazardous workplaces such as factories, mines, and manufacturing plants, to seemingly “safer” workplaces such as libraries and offices. Any worker can be affected by serious injuries.

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Refugee and immigration issues can tear families apart. Whether a member of your family is seeking asylum and needs to escape a life-threatening situation in their home country, or whether you need help resolving an immigration issue that would allow you to remain in your current home, you will need legal assistance.

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There are several issues that can potentially affect immigration issues:

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With the New Year almost upon us, you may be thinking about New Year’s resolutions and about your plans for New Year’s Eve. No matter what your resolutions are, there are several things you can do right now to ensure you stay safer during the new year – and that might be the best resolution of all:

1) Have a plan to prevent drunk driving.

From New Year’s Eve all the way through the summer and into the fall, having a plan to prevent buzzed or drunk driving can save your life. Drunk driving accidents in Hollywood and across South Florida claim far too many lives each year, and these accidents are always preventable. Before you head out anywhere, put extra cash into a compartment of your wallet, contact three friends and arrange to be each other’s sober drive home at any time of the year, and install an app on your phone that lets you contact a taxi service when you need one. The more you do right now, the easier it will be to make the right decision if you’ve had too much to drink.

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