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Food plays a big role in many holiday festivities in Hollywood and across Southern Florida. If you are celebrating any holiday event this year and will be serving food, you will want to take steps to keep you and your family safe. Food-borne illnesses are a serious concern, especially for children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.

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A bout of food poisoning  can lead to stomach upset, vomiting, and other unpleasant symptoms. Some of the more serious concerns with food-borne illnesses, such as botulism, can lead to fatalities. To stay safe this year, make sure that you:

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At this time of year, many Hollywood and South Florida residents have guests visiting their homes. While the holidays can be a great time to see friends and family, however, keep in mind that homeowners have a duty to make their homes safe for guests. If you have elderly family members and friends visiting, especially, you will want to:

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Nursing home and elder abuse is a serious concern in Hollywood and across South Florida. If you have an elderly family member in a care environment in Homestead, Miami, or any community, it’s important to take precautions to ensure they are not a target.

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One of the first steps you can take is to choose caregivers and care facilities carefully. Whether you choose to place your loved one in a nursing home, retirement home, assisted living facility or with a full-time or part-time caregiver, always check backgrounds and references. Seek out recommendations, compare options, and ask lots of questions.

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The fall and winter months are a great time to review fire safety. A number of issues around the holidays can affect fire safety in your home, so take the time to sit down with your family and discuss ways to prevent fire and burn injury.

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Specifically, you will want to:

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Running is a great activity and can be especially enjoyable in Hollywood and the rest of South Florida, where mild weather and lots of sunshine can mean many days of the year are available for joggers and runners. However, sports injuries in Hollywood and South Florida are quite common with runners. This type of activity, while beneficial, does put extra strain on your joints, ankles, and knees, and can lead to serious injuries. Runners can suffer repetitive strain injuries, torn ligaments, trip and fall injuries, and other injuries. To prevent these types of painful problems, here are a few tips to run safely:

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If you have suffered a sports injury in Hollywood or anywhere in South Florida, you may need to find an orthopedic surgeon to start treatment. In fact, you may need an orthopedic surgeon if you have been in a car accident or have sustained serious injuries any other way.

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How can you be sure you choose the right surgeon for your needs? There are a few steps you can take: Continue reading →

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If your child is seriously injured at school, you may wonder whether the school is responsible for your child. After all, when you send your child to get an education, you expect them to stay safe. If your child is injured, do you have a claim against the school and other parties?

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In Hollywood and in Florida, you may have a claim against the school and other liable parties if your child has suffered a serious injury due to negligence or recklessness. You may have a claim if:

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Workers compensation benefits in Florida are meant to protect workers who have suffered an on-the-job injury in Hollywood, Homestead, or any Florida community. The workers’ compensation program is paid for by the employer either through self-insurance or through a third party insurance company.

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In the event of a workplace injury, employees must report their injury and employers are required to submit a claim on behalf of the injured worker. When a legitimate injury happens in the workplace, workers expect to receive the benefits they may be entitled to. Unfortunately, in many cases legitimately injured workers find they are denied the benefits they need as they heal.

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Nursing home abuse and neglect in Homestead and other communities can go undetected for years. Unfortunately, this can have terrible consequences as those who are affected by neglect and abuse can become ill, can suffer injuries, or can even pass away due to the abuse and neglect they suffer.

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Nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, and other care facilities are supposed to be monitored by agencies and are answerable to governing bodies to ensure residents stay safe. How is it possible, then, that neglect and abuse are allowed to happen in Homestead and other communities?

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Many South Florida police departments have issued safety tips about PokemonGo, the popular game which allows players to play interactively and “in the real world” by using phones and other mobile devices. The popularity of the game has led to a number of car accidents and other injuries across the country and around the world.

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If you’re playing the game, there are several things you can do to stay safe:

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