Florida Injury Lawyer Blog
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Ear injuries in Hollywood and Florida are a common occurrence, especially for children. Although most of us consider ear injuries to be fairly minor, they can cause serious complications. Ear injuries, left untreated, can lead to lifelong and permanent injury or can affect hearing for a lifetime. Serious trauma to the ear can also result in head trauma and permanent injury.

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There many ways that ear injuries can occur. They can occur due to:

1) External injuries.

Even minor injuries to the external ear or to the ear canal can lead to infection that can spread to other parts of the ear and even to the brain. Frostbite, scrapes, burns, and cuts can all become infected. If you or your child has a minor injury to the ear area, be sure to keep the area clean. Seek medical attention at once if the injury does not heal or seems to get worse.

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Now that the summer is here, it’s a great time to own a pool. If your home in Homestead or South Florida has a pool, though, you have an obligation to make sure that your pool area is safe. It is especially important to keep your pool area safe from children who may be attracted by the pool and may wander onto your property. Even if a child trespasses on your property and is injured in your pool, you may be held liable because as a property owner you are considered to have a special obligation of care to children.

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To keep your pool area safe, there are several things you will want to do:

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Summer often means an increased risk of fires. Dry, hot conditions combined with more people taking time to grill or to set up an outdoor fire can all lead to dangerous conditions. Even overusing your air conditioner can pave the way for fires. To stay safe this summer, there are several things you’ll want to do:

1) Check your electrical system.

HVAC and air-conditioning systems can put a big strain on your electrical system. The last thing you want is your system producing sparks or flames because it is overworked or has not been updated in too long. If you notice flickering lights or other signs of wiring problems, consult with an electrician. When using your air conditioner, check to make sure that it does not overheat and keep flammables (such as curtains) away from the unit.

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Hurricane season in Florida runs from June 1 to November 30. Hurricanes are a deadly and dangerous force. Being trapped in this type of storm can be terrifying and can lead to serious injuries, including head trauma, quadriplegia, fractures, spinal cord injuries, and more. Before a storm affects your Florida or Miami home, you may want to keep these safety tips in mind to prepare yourself for the upcoming season:

Have an emergency preparedness kit.

In your home, you will want to prepare an emergency kit that includes water, food, blankets, medications, a first aid kit, a radio, and anything else you may need if you are affected by a hurricane and must retreat your basement or other shelter for safety. Ideally, your emergency kit should have enough provisions to keep everyone in your family safe, nourished, and hydrated for a few days. It should also have enough cash so that you can buy necessities, even if bank machines are no longer working. You might want to keep a smaller preparedness kit in your car or workplace.

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Now that children will be home from school, you may want to send your child off to summer camp, science camp, or another type of summer program. These programs can be a great way for your child to learn, spend time with others, and have fun during the summer months. It can also be a good way to give you a break and let you get other things done.

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Most summer programs and activities are very safe for children and most directors who run these programs take great care to provide a safe and healthy environment for your child. Nevertheless, injuries at camp and at summer programs can and do occur. Camp injuries in Hollywood and South Florida can result in head injuries, eye injuries, fractures, and other serious injuries.

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Summertime is a fun time for kids, but it also means that children will be spending more time at home. Hollywood schools usually have systems for making sure that classrooms and common spaces at school are safe for kids. Now that the kids are home from school, it’s important that your home is also safe for them. While you may have childproofed your home at some point, you may want to take a few extra precautions at this time of year to keep your kids safe:

1) Keep chemicals and any toxic materials well out of reach.

Small children can easily become interested in colorful bottles or boxes that contain poison. Make sure that these items are kept not only on high shelves, but also in locked cabinets or cupboards that are not easily accessible. Items such as firecrackers, which may appeal to older children, should especially be stored carefully in a locked area that only you have the key to. Be especially careful about things you don’t think twice about. For example, colorful laundry tabs can look like candy to children and can pose a serious poisoning risk.

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Florida has a huge number of boaters, water enthusiasts, and waterways. While most boating enthusiasts stay safe on the water, the state is dedicated to helping prevent boating accidents. Even so, boating accidents cause far too many injuries and claim far too many lives each year across Florida. There many things that you can do to keep safe when heading out on the water this year:

1) Get training.

Take a boating safety course to find out how to avoid accidents and how to protect yourself if you are ever in a boating collision or go overboard. According to authorities, lack of skill is one of the leading contributors to boating collisions in Hollywood and across the state.

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Now that summer weather is back in Hollywood and across Florida, it’s time to look forward to the warmest months. It’s a time when many of us take vacations or relax a little bit more and it’s also time of year when there are many festivals and special events across South Florida.

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Unfortunately, some hospitals also report an increase in the number of Hollywood emergency department visits that occur during this time of year. Now that children are home from school and many of us are celebrating, injuries can be more of a risk. Here’s how to keep you and your family safe and happy this summer:

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Fireworks, although they can be a lot of fun for celebrating the Fourth of July, can be unpredictable. Each year, people are seriously injured or even killed while using fireworks at home. Fireworks injuries in Miami and Florida can include eye injuries, burns, and other potentially serious and permanent injury.

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Many people are already planning their Fourth of July festivities and June is Fireworks Safety Month, so this is a good time to review fireworks safety. To have a fun Fourth of July, be sure to follow these fireworks safety tips:

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At this time of year, many students look for part-time or full-time summer jobs in Homestead and across South Florida to raise some money for cars, clothes, or just pocket money. If you have a teenager or younger child looking for a paper route, office job, temp job, or other employment, make sure that your child knows how to stay safe.

One of the risks with summer employment for Hollywood youth is that there is a high risk of injury. Studies and research have shown that youth may be less protected than other workers because they do not have seniority and may be hired on a contractor or temp basis, meaning that they do not have the same protections as full-time employees.

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