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accidentWhen most people think of DUI, they tend to think of driving under the influence of alcohol. While DUIs are commonly associated with drunk driving, Florida law also recognizes the offense of driving under the influence of drugs (DUID). If you or someone close to you was injured by a drugged driver, you should reach out to a Miami injury attorney immediately. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we can examine the facts of your case and help you seek the damages you deserve.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, there were about 3,494 drug-related car accidents in Florida in 2014. Data indicates that about 25 percent of all impaired accidents involve drugs. Under Florida Statute § 893.03, a motorist who is under the influence of any of the following substances may be charged with drugged DUID in Florida:

  • Cocaine
  • Codeine
  • Ecstasy
  • Gamma-Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB)
  • Heroin
  • Marijuana
  • Methamphetamine
  • Morphine
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)
  • Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD)

It is important to note that legally prescribed drugs may also result in a DUID. The general rule to remember is that if a person’s ability to drive is impaired (regardless of the cause), he or she should not be getting behind the wheel. For example, a prescription drug that causes drowsiness could cause a serious accident and resulting injuries.

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washing machineWashing machines and dryers are a routine part of life in Florida and the United States. However, fires originating from these appliances are more common than you may think. If you or someone close to you was injured in a dryer or washing machine fire, it is important to reach out to a skilled Miami personal injury attorney. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we have successfully represented countless South Florida victims of fires, and can help you as well. We will examine the facts of your case and determine the viability of your claim.

The United States Fire Administration estimates that there are 2900 home clothes dryer fires every year that results in 5 deaths, 100 injuries and $35 million in property loss. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there were 16,800 reported U.S. home structure fires involving clothes dryers and washing machines in 2010. In the vast majority of cases, the clothes dryer is responsible for the fire. The NFPA found that the leading cause of dryer fires between 2006 and 2010 was the failure to clean the dust, fiber or lint in the machine.

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fireBurn injuries impact a number of people in Florida and throughout the United States every year. When you go to a hospital or clinic for a burn injury, you expect medical professionals to treat the injury with the utmost care. You certainly don’t expect the injury to get worse. Unfortunately, the reality is that medical professionals sometimes mistakenly choose treatments that may exacerbate the burn. If you suffered additional damage to an existing burn injury, you may be entitled to compensation through a medical malpractice claim.

Burn injuries can be extremely painful and leave the burn victim with long-term, even permanent, scars. A burn is defined as an injury to the flesh, tissue or skin caused by fire, electricity, chemicals, radiation or excessive friction. Burns can be classified in four different ways. First-degree burns refer to superficial burns that leave the skin red but with no blisters. Second-degree burns, also known as partial-thickness burns, extend beyond the top layer of the skin and lead to swelling and blistering. Third-degree burns, also known as full-thickness burns, extend through every layer of the skin, leaving the skin with a white, leathery appearance. Fourth-degree burns are the same as third-degree burns except they extend beyond the skin into the tendons and bones.

Physicians and medical professionals are trained to ask certain questions and look out for certain symptoms to be able to identify and treat a burn correctly. When medical professionals exacerbate a burn injury, they may be liable for medical malpractice. Under Florida law, medical malpractice takes place when a medical professional is negligent. Negligence, in this context, occurs when a medical professional causes harm by failing to use the level of care that a reasonably prudent medical professional in the same specialty would have used in the same situation.

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school busCountless children across Florida and the United States ride school buses every day. While most kids make it to and from school safely, the sad reality is that accidents do happen. School bus accidents can lead to serious and long-term injuries for everyone involved. If you or your child has suffered an injury in a school bus accident, you may be entitled to compensation. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our highly skilled Miami injury attorneys have successfully represented school bus accident victims and can help you as well.

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, a school transportation crash is one that involves, among other things, a school bus vehicle transporting children to or from school or school-related activities. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, school bus accidents in Florida rose 16 percent between the years 2012 to 2015. In 2015 alone, there were a reported 2,698 school bus accidents in the state. The highest rates of accidents were recorded in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

While Florida is one of a few states that has implemented safety belt requirements for school buses, the reality is that injuries continue to take place when school buses are involved in crashes. School bus accidents can have a variety of causes including, but not limited to: distracted driving, faulty bus brakes; dangerous roads, poor weather conditions, and/or improper maintenance.

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eyelashEyelash extensions can leave you looking and feeling good about yourself. This is precisely why eyelash extensions are part of many people’s beauty regimens. The unfortunate reality is, however, that many beauty salons do not carry out the procedure safely and individuals suffer injuries as a result. If you or someone close to you has suffered an eyelash extension injury, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your harm. At The Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our skilled Miami injury attorneys will review the facts of your case and provide you with a realistic assessment of your claim.

Eyelash extensions can have serious and long-term consequences. Some examples of eyelash extension injuries include:

  • Swelling and bruising;
  • Chemical burns;
  • Eyelash loss;
  • Permanent eyelash damage;
  • Damage to eyes;
  • Allergic reactions;
  • Eye infection or other types of injuries;
  • Inflammation and itching.

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airplaneIf you have been injured in an airplane due to luggage falling from an overhead bin, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. Airlines have a duty to ensure passengers are safe from preventable injuries. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our airline accident attorneys are well versed in this area of law and can put our knowledge to use in your case. We can scrutinize the facts of your case, seek to establish fault, and zealously pursue full and fair compensation on your behalf.

Airlines are ‘common carriers,’ which means that their primary business is to transport people from one place to another for compensation. Other examples of common carriers include commercial buses, boats, and trains. Common carriers have a heightened legal responsibility and duty of care to their passengers. This duty of care includes making sure that passengers are protected from harm at every stage of the flight.

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drugsMedication errors injure a number of people in Florida and across the United States each year. In the most serious cases, medication errors can lead to death. If you or someone close to you has been harmed by a medication error, it is important to reach out to a skilled Miami medical malpractice attorney who can assess the merits of your case.

Last year, a Johns Hopkins study revealed that medical malpractice was the third-leading cause of death in the United States. The second-most common type of medical malpractice involved medication errors, including dispensing medication incorrectly, mismanaging medication, and improperly prescribing medication. According to a report by the Institute of Medicine, at least 1.5 million people across the United States suffer harm from medication mistakes each year.

When a patient goes to a medical professional for care, that patient trusts that he or she will be treated with a certain level of care. When a medical professional makes a medication error, it can be grounds for medical malpractice. A medical malpractice claim is a civil claim that is designed to hold negligent medical professionals accountable for the harm that they cause. This type of claim is appropriate when a medical professional fails to adhere to the acceptable standard of care. In Florida, the acceptable standard of care is defined as “the level of care, skill and treatment which is recognized as acceptable and appropriate by reasonably prudent, similar health care providers under similar circumstances.” Put another way, the medical professional’s conduct must be consistent with what a competent medical professional in the same specialty would have done under the same or similar circumstances.

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chairMost of us use chairs on a daily basis without incident. The reality, however, is that a number of people in Florida and throughout the United States are injured each year in chair accidents. If you or someone close to you was injured due to a chair accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our skilled Miami injury attorneys can scrutinize the circumstances of your accident and determine whether or not you may have grounds for a lawsuit.

Common ways that people are injured include falling when a chair collapses, fingers being severed by chairs with jagged edges, chair wheels getting jammed and causing a tip-over, or leaning to the side to reach something while seated in a chair, which causes a tip-over. Injuries that could result from chair accidents include lacerations, fractures, broken bones, neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, and back injuries. In the most severe cases, chair accidents can cause permanent disabilities and render individuals unable to work.

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shopping cartEvery day, parents in Florida and across the United States put their children in shopping carts when they visit a store. If your child has been injured in a shopping cart accident, it is important to reach out to a seasoned Miami injury attorney who can analyze the facts of your case and determine whether or not you may be able to seek compensation for your harm. Having an experienced attorney on your side can make a difference in your case.

Shopping cart accidents involving children are more common than you may think. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 24,000 children under the age of 15 are injured each year in shopping cart accidents. Of those injuries, almost 20,000 occur to children younger than five. A report from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital revealed that about 66 children are victims of shopping cart injuries each day.

Falls from shopping carts accounted for over two-thirds of shopping cart accidents. Other common causes of shopping cart injuries include broken or insufficient restraints allowing a child to slip out or unbuckle the safety belt, side or rear tip-overs due to faulty construction, falling over the cart, entrapment of limbs in the cart, and scratching or cutting due to sharp or rusty edges. The most common types of injuries that are reportedly sustained in shopping cart accidents are head injuries such as concussions or traumatic brain injuries. Other injuries may include broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and contusions or lacerations.

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balconyFlorida has countless high-rise apartment buildings, hotels, and condos, which means that people often enjoy outdoor time on their balconies. While most people do this without incident, the reality is that balcony accidents do happen in Florida and across the United States. Serious accidents can happen when the balcony or balcony railing is not built to code or properly maintained. If you have fallen from a balcony or been hurt in a balcony accident that could have been prevented, you may be entitled to compensation.

According to The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, there were an estimated 86,500 balcony fall injuries treated in hospital emergency departments between 1990 and 2006. Most of these falls ranged from five feet to 87.5 feet. In approximately 6.5 percent of these cases, injuries were caused by structural deficiencies. Children under the age of 18 were more likely than adults to suffer closed head injuries or skull fractures.

Balcony falls can have a number of causes, including loose railings or rusted bolts, railings that are not high enough, gaps in railings that leave a dangerous space through which people can fall, unsafe design or construction of the balcony, structural weakness, a failure to place proper warning signs, and improper maintenance.

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