Florida Injury Lawyer Blog
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Health care workers face many job-related injuries in Homestead and across Florida, but nurses are among the workers that seem to suffer the most. Nurses report about 35,000 back injuries and other serious injuries each year, according to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This group of workers suffers more back and related injuries than construction workers and every other type of worker.

The biggest workplace injury risk for Homestead and Florida patients is the lifting and moving of patients. According to NPR, part of the problem may be that nursing students are taught to lift patients while keeping their backs straight and bending the knees – a posture that can lead to injury.

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Driving alone is a fact of life, whether you are running errands, heading to classes, or simply going for a drive along the coast. When you don’t have passengers, however, you may be more at risk of certain crimes, such as muggings or theft when you exit or enter your car. If you are in a car accident in Miramar or your community when driving alone, you may not have someone else on hand to call for help if you are too injured to call emergency services.

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Luckily, there are a few things you can do to make driving alone a little safer:

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Miami and surrounding areas have some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Each year, residents and visitors alike flock to these beaches in order to enjoy themselves. While most beachgoers leave with a suntan and some great pictures, each year some people are injured near the water due to preventable accidents. If you are headed for the sun and surf, make sure that you:

1) Check conditions before you go.

Look up surf conditions and avoid swimming when red or yellow flags indicate that swimming is prohibited or dangerous. Check the tide schedule and temperature so that you are prepared for the conditions.

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Each year, tourists arrive in Miami and the rest of South Florid to enjoy our state beaches, climate, and sun. While South Florida is a safe place to travel and while the state takes significant precautions to keep tourists and residents alike safe, it is important for visitors to take precautions and to take responsibility for their own safety. If you are new to Florida, make sure that you follow these safety tips:

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1) Be prepared for the sun and heat.

The sun can be especially intense in the early afternoon and late morning, when sunburn, heat stroke, and heat exhaustion can become real problems – even if you are not arriving in the dead of summer. Apply sunscreen and seek shade. Stay hydrated and eat small meals to fight the heat. If you start to feel too warm or faint or tired, go inside.

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Florida has many waterways and while this presents wonderful opportunities for boating and recreation, the many boaters in Florida also make the state the leader when it comes to serious and fatal boat accidents.

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One of the risks associated with boating is the risk of inebriated boating. Unfortunately, some people head out on the water after drinking or drink while boating. Just as in a car, this can lead to slower response times, fatigue, sleepiness, and poor judgment which can result in a collision. Each year, people fall overboard, drown, or crash into other boaters or into the shore because they’ve been drinking and boating. Boating under the influence is illegal in Fort Lauderdale and the rest of Florida, but it is still a serious problem.

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A long work week or a long work day can mean a lot of stress, as can deadlines, disagreements with coworkers, or an overbearing boss. While stress can seem like part of almost any job in Hialeah or Florida, it doesn’t have to be. In fact, there’s more reason than ever to stay away from employment situations which cause upset.

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Not only do we now know that stress is extremely bad for you, potentially putting your risk of high blood pressure, cardiac illness, and other problems, but stress may be contributing to your risk of injuries in a few important ways:

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Many workers in Hollywood in Florida dream of the day that they can retire. They may have a nice retirement fund or pension that they have worked towards their entire work lives and they may dream of having enough time to pursue leisure activities and all the recreation that Florida has to offer. Florida is one of the most popular areas for retirees as well, thanks to a mild climate and the natural beauty of the state.

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While you may dream of your retirement someday, would you be able to survive financially if you were forced into retirement today?

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Workplace injury in Homestead and other Florida cities is unfortunately all too common. Although many of us associate workplace and job injuries with high risk occupation such as construction, factory work, and police work, every worker in Florida is at risk.

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This is truly a type of injury that does not discriminate. No matter what tasks you are expected to complete during the day, there’s a chance that some of those tasks may be putting you at risk of serious injury.

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A new law in the state aims to prevent concussions among student athletes in Miami and the rest of Florida. HB-291 requires that student athletes be removed from practice or a game if it appears they may have sustained a head injury or a concussion during a school athletic activity or event. Injured athletes require written permission from a doctor to return to play. Thirty states now have similar legislation.

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There is certainly a need for more prevention. Statistics show that 90% of the 300 000 brain and head injuries reported among high school athletes each year are concussions. Under the new Florida law, students who have sustained a head injury will return to sports gradually. They are not allowed back on the field the day they have sustained their injury and they must re-enter the sport with gradual activity, then moderate sport activity, then supervised activity. They can only return to contact sports after a doctor has agreed, in writing, that they are fit to do so.

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Miami and Florida are known for huge concerts, special events, festivals, and spring break parties. While these huge events can be exhilarating, though, crowds can pose a real risk. Getting lost in a crowd can put you at risk of being trampled or injured and in the event of an emergency you may have a hard time getting to safety because of the people in your way. At some events, assault can occur in crowds. To stay safe and have fun, follow these basic safety tips for big events:

1) Go with a friend.

Going in a group is safer and more fun. With others, you can keep tabs on each other and one of you can act as a designed driver, if you decide to get home safely that way. If you fall and are injured at a Miami event, having someone else with you can make it easier to call for help.

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