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There are 4.5 million seniors in Florida, and for these residents falls can be a serious danger. While some healthy adults may be able to brush off a slip and fall or trip and fall with no serious injury, falls are one of the leading risks of death and serious injury for seniors.

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Underlying health conditions can make the elderly susceptible to falls. They can also make seniors more at risk. Conditions such as osteoporosis, for example, can make bones more brittle, leading to more serious fractures.

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Carbon monoxide (also known as CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause serious illness and even death. In fact, about 430 Americans die and another 50,000 visit ERs due to accidental carbon monoxide poisoning each year.

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Both people and pets can be harmed or killed by CO, which can build up to dangerous levels in closed homes or garages. Exposure can come from idling cars, furnaces, and appliances such as heaters.

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For many parents, bunk beds are a fact of childhood. They’re often used at camps and at colleges and boarding schools. They can also be a great option for children’s rooms, especially if kids share a room with their siblings or want an extra sleep space for sleepovers.

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While bunk beds can be space-effective, a study has found that they have been linked to thousands of injuries requiring emergency room treatment. Between 2006 and 2015, in fact, there were 639,700 bunk bed injuries across the country requiring emergency room treatment. These injuries included:

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August is National Dog Month, and while Florida residents love their canine companions, dog bites are the most common animal attacks that lead to fatalities and serious injury in the state. Unfortunately, these types of attacks disproportionately affect children, whose lives can be changed permanently by severe dog bites.

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August is National Water Quality Month. In the past several years, water has been in the news, with concerns about water quality in some cities and droughts in parts of the country. While many communities in South Florida, including Miami and Hollywood, are fortunate to have good drinking water quality, poor water quality can be caused by many factors and can affect residents at any time. Knowing how to keep your water quality protected and what to do in case you’re affected by contaminated water is important.

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We’re surrounded by chemicals every day, from the dish soap we use for cleaning up to the medicine which helps us heal from illnesses. While some chemicals are beneficial, some are dangerous, especially at high doses. When chemical exposure happens, serious injuries can happen. When the chemical exposure and the injuries it causes are caused by someone’s negligence, those who are injured may have a claim.

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In Homestead and across Southern Florida, many seniors are living an excellent quality of life, thanks in part to medical and tech innovations. The elderly are now able to live interpedently for longer and some families choose to have elderly loved ones move in with them when they need some case.

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Whether you are the family member of a senior living alone or are a caregiver for an elderly family member living with you, home poses a number of hazards for seniors, from falls to slippery shower floors. Here are things you can do to make home safer for a senior:

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Fourth of July festivities are just around the corner, and we at Flaxman Law Group want to wish everyone a terrific long weekend. Before we start celebrating, however, fire stations, police and emergency departments are all preparing for a busy weekend. Each Fourth of July weekend, people are seriously injured.

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Summer is an excellent time for grilling outdoors, but there are dangers with any cookout. Whether you are preparing meals outside for your family, planning a Fourth of July or other holidays, you may be at risk. Each year at cookouts, people suffer burn injuries, food-borne illness, falls, and other injuries.

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In Aventura, Coral Gables, and other South Florida communities, serious storms and winds routinely blow in, causing serious damage, especially if properties are not built and renovated to code.

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Common damages to homes can include fallen trees, broken windows, damaged siding, collapsed roofs, and more. Trailers and smaller buildings can be completely demolished. In addition to the personal injury which can occur with some damage, the aftermath can put properties at risk of mold, looting, and other problems and repairs are often lengthy and expensive. In some cases, the interior and personal belongings in your home can also be damaged. While homeowners’ insurance is meant to help property owners with repairs, it’s not always easy to get the money you deserve—and there may be other options available to you.

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