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Technology makes our lives easier and allows us to stay in touch. However, it can also result in personal injury when it is not made and designed with safety in mind. Each year, Americans are seriously injured or killed because their computers overheat and they sustain burn injuries, or because technology injures them in some other way. Whether the issue is a GPS system leading a driver to an unsafe area or a self-driving car causing a car accident, technology can be deadly. When technology manufacturers are negligent in creating their hardware and software systems, they can be held liable and you may have a claim if you have been injured.

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What to do if Technology Hurts You

If a computer, cell phone, tablet, or other device or piece of technology has overheated and caused injury or has exploded or the battery has leaked or if there is any other problem which has caused injury, you will want to get immediate medical attention. You will also want to take photos of the device and keep the device itself as well as any paperwork you have for that item, such as receipts or an owner’s manual.

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First, it was the dangerous Tide Pod challenge, where teens, adults, and even some children challenged each other to bite into a Tide Pod detergent package as a dare. Videos of the challenge were posted on social media, even though experts noted the challenge could (and did) lead to serious chemical burns, poisoning, and serious injury.

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Then came the #InMyFeelings challenge, where passengers of cars posted videos of themselves hopping out of a moving car and dancing alongside the still-moving vehicle. Again, experts noted that the challenge could lead to serious rollover and car accident injuries. Yet the challenge continued.

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For families with an elderly loved one who needs care, nursing homes provide one option for providing adequate levels of support. Nursing homes are supposed to be safe environments where residents can get additional 24/7 care and medical attention their families may not be able to provide. However, for many families the decision is a difficult one.

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It is especially difficult to make that decision when families worry about Hollywood nursing home abuse and negligence. Unfortunately, their worries are not unfounded. Some residents do suffer subpar care, abuse, or dangerous levels of neglect which can impact safety and dignity. When a nursing home is needed to provide levels of care not feasible with family caretakers, there are a few ways to select a care environment to reduce the risk of nursing home negligence:

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First-year students at college in Miami and other cities in South Florida love the sense of freedom. With the responsibility of being an adult and living on your own, however, comes a greater awareness of personal safety. First-year students can be at risk of crime and personal injury, especially since some fraudsters and criminals may target college students.

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While you are pursing a college education, there are a few tips you can follow to improve your safety, especially during your first year:

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In Hollywood and across South Florida and the entire United States, storms and natural disasters can occur at any time. In Florida, especially, tropical storms and hurricanes can be a danger during parts of the year, threatening lives and causing serious injury.

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Authorities recommend that every home have an emergency preparedness kit to keep households safe during and after a natural disaster. To avoid injury, you will want to pack and check your emergency kit regularly. Your kit should contain:

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At this time of year in Miami and across south Florida, many students are heading back to college and this can mean hiring a truck to get everything into a dorm. For younger drivers, especially, trying to operate a big rental truck can be a danger. These larger vehicles have many blind spots and may be harder to maneuver than passenger vehicles, increasing the risk of a truck accident in Miami or your community. In addition, rental trucks see plenty of use and this wear and tear can impact performance.

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If you are heading to college or have a child moving into dorms, you’ll want to use these tips to keep everyone safe:

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At this time of year, when many children in Hollywood and South Florida are heading back to school, many student athletes are also looking forward to a new season of their favorite sports. If you have a young athlete in your family, you may be concerned about sports injuries. Sports injuries in Hollywood schools and youth sports programs can include sprains, concussions, fractures, torn ligaments, dislocations, and other injuries.

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No one wants to see a promising athletic career or love of a sport sidelined by injury.  Fortunately, there are things you can do to help your child athlete avoid injury:

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Misdiagnosis is a serious concern in Hollywood and across South Florida. When a medical professional misses the signs of a serious illness, patients may not get the treatment they need. Medical malpractice cases in South Florida can also occur when incorrect treatment is given. If the wrong site is operated on or if you are given treatment intended for another patient or another illness you don’t have, you may have a claim.

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Overdiagnosis and overtreatment get far less attention, but they are also causes of concern. Overdiagnosis and overtreatment refer to exceedingly vigorous diagnosis and unneeded treatment, which can lead to injury and complications. For example, if a patient has a small thyroid tumor and they are subjected to radiation or chemo when the tumor is benign or unlikely to cause averse effects, the patient may suffer serious complications or injury as a result of the treatment, even though the treatment may not be needed.

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If you are travelling in Miami, Hollywood, or anywhere in southern Florida, of course you want to have a stress-free and wonderful vacation, one you remember for many years to come. The last thing you want is to remember your vacation as a painful experience. Taking a few steps before you travel can help you avoid travel injuries while on vacation.

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Before traveling, reduce your risk of injury by:

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Hotels in Hollywood, Miami, and South Florida promise a comfortable and safe stay for guests. When hotels are negligent in providing safety measures, however, you may sustain injury during your stay. Common hotel injuries and damages can include slip and fall accidents, thefts or attacks, exposure to pests, and other hazards.

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Hotels can reduce these dangers by using cameras and security guards, screening staff carefully, maintaining locks and other hotel features, keeping areas well-lit, having 24/7 staff on duty, controlling infestations of pests, and training staff properly. If hotels fail to take these and other reasonable steps to keep guests safe, they can be held liable for any injuries guest sustain as a result of the negligence.

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