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December 2015 Archives

Family settles lawsuit against Florida paramedics

The survivors of a woman who died after paramedics failed to take her to the hospital settled a lawsuit on Dec. 10 that they had filed against Palm Beach County The woman, aged 35, had been previously diagnosed with pneumonia and had a 102-degree fever. Her family stated that the paramedics were again called the next day and she was transported to the hospital but she later died.

New FMCSA rule requires electronic tracking of driver hours

Florida residents may know that federal rules are in place to restrict the amount of time that truck and bus drivers can spend behind the wheel without taking a rest break. The goal of the rules is to reduce the number of road users injured or killed each year in accidents caused by a fatigued truck or bus driver. Keeping track of the hours worked by drivers has traditionally been done using paper logs, but new rules introduced in December 2015 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration require commercial vehicles to have sophisticated electronic tracking devices installed within two years.

Understanding anterior cord syndrome

Florida residents may recognize that a spinal cord injury can be debilitating and permanent. An incomplete cord injury may resolve over time, but a complete injury may cause permanent loss of motor and sensory functions. Anterior cord syndrome has one of the worst outlooks due to the fact that this injury is actually caused by interference with the blood supply to the anterior spinal artery.

Paul Walker's father sues Porsche

Florida residents who were fans of the late 'Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker may be interested to learn that Walker's father has filed a wrongful death claim. Walker's father sued Porsche for the fatal car accident that killed his son in 2013. According to the claim, the Porsche Carrera GT that Walker was riding in when he died lacked safety features that would have prevented his death.

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