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In Weston and across South Florida, many children are looking forward to Halloween this year. The holiday often means dressing up in costumes for parties, school events, and trick-or-treating, but while this should be a fun experience, unsafe costumes can have tragic consequences.

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Each year, children are at serious risk of injury because of their Halloween costumes, which can cause tripping hazards, contribute to pedestrian accidents, or can pose choking dangers. Before Halloween, make sure you check your children’s costumes for safety, whether you’re using store-bought costumes or home-made.

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Short-term rentals are a popular form of accommodation for visitors to Pembroke Pines and surrounding areas. Local residents set up short-term accommodations on sites such as VRBO and Airbnb, but while hotels must meet certain standards there are usually no inspections of short-term rental properties. Both hosts and guests have been injured through short-term rental situations and in some cases it may be challenging to get compensation for injuries.

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In Oakland Park and across South Florida, dog owners enjoy spending time with their pets. Yet in Florida in 2019, 1,268 claims were made to insurers resulting from dog bites. While many dogs are well-trained and docile, almost any animal can bite when provoked or when it is not correctly supervised.

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Unfortunately, in dog attacks, it is children and minors who suffer the most. About half of American children will experience a dog bite during their childhood. Some of these are serious or even fatal, and many can be prevented.

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Ghost kitchens are popping up everywhere in Hollywood, Miami, and across South Florida. Also known as delivery-only kitchens, these facilities are for the preparation of food for food trucks, take out-only restaurants, delivery-only eateries, caterers, chefs, and others who need a kitchen on a temporary basis.

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Companies offer ghost kitchens to multiple users and advertise their facilities are stocked with appliances, counter space, and everything else chefs need to prepare their culinary creations. They may have loading bays for food trucks, kitchens lighted for YouTube cooking channels, and other features to help chefs prepare their food.

Many companies offering these facilities on a time-share basis offer insurance and security features, but what happens if you are injured, either as a customer or a worker in these kitchens? Since this business is still fairly new, getting fair compensation for your injuries may be challenging. You may wish to consult with a Miami premises liability attorney or workplace injury claims attorney.

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Your home is a place of refuge, but in a natural disaster or other unexpected event, it’s not uncommon to suffer serious injury at home. Burn injuries, falls, head injuries, and other injuries can easily happen after a serious disaster.

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September is National Preparedness Month. This is a great time of year to make sure you’re ready for any emergency. Being prepared can help you stay safer, reduce your risk of injury, and ensure you’re ready for most events.

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September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, dedicated to raising awareness and funds for cancer affecting kids and minors. According to The American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO), each year about 15, 780 American children are diagnosed with cancer each year, with about 1 in 285 Americans being diagnosed with cancer before adulthood. While childhood cancer is rare, it remains the leading cause of disease-related death in children.

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Child cancer patients in Coral Gables have access to some of the best children’s hospitals and pediatric oncology departments in the region, with an easy drive to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Kindred Hospital, Miami Children’s Hospital, Holtz Children’s Hospital, and other centers.

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Right now, many companies are offering work from home arrangements. When employees work on site and are injured on the job, workers’ compensation pays for needed medical expenses and some lost wages.

But what happens when the injuries occur at home?

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Playgrounds in Hollywood, Florida should be a fun and safe place for children to play. Unfortunately, each year about half a million American children are injured on the nation’s playgrounds, according to the CDC (National Centers For Disease Control and Prevention).

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For many Miami homeowners, their swimming pool is one of the largest concerns when it comes to premises liability. After all, if a guest is injured on the property, homeowners may face legal claims. Even if a child trespasses on the property, the owner may be liable if the child is injured in the pool.

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And pool injuries are a concern in Miami. There are many ways people are injured in pool incidents each year. There are drownings and near-drownings where survivors are seriously injured because they are deprived of oxygen for minutes. Head injuries, slip and fall injuries, and spinal cord trauma as well as fractures and lacerations are also common around the pool.

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Short-term rentals through sites such as Airbnb are popular in Coral Springs, Miami, and other cities in South Florida. Some travelers like them because they offer less-expensive stays when compared with hotels. Others like the unique properties and home amenities, such as kitchens, available through short-term rentals.

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However, there is a trade-off. While hotels and official accommodations are legally obligated to maintain certain standards of safety and cleanliness, short-term rentals are under no such official obligation. Studies and investigative reports have shown that a significant portion of short-term rentals lack safety basics such as first aid kits, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and carbon monoxide detectors.

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