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tractorFarmers routinely use machines that make their day-to-day jobs easier. This machinery is typically very heavy and requires some basic skills to operate. The unfortunate reality is that, each year, a number of people in Florida are injured and even killed due to defects in farm equipment. If you have been hurt in a farm equipment accident, we can help. Our skilled Miami product liability attorneys can assess the specifics of your situation and determine all of your legal options.

According to the Florida Department of Agriculture, Florida had 47,300 commercial farms and ranches in 2015. This totaled 9.45 million acres of the state. The average farm size was approximately 200 acres. That same year, Florida ranked seventh in the United States for agricultural exports, with over $4 billion worth of agricultural commodities shipped in 2015.

The high level of farm activity in Florida also means that many accidents take place. In some cases, these accidents are caused by farm equipment defects or malfunctions. Due to the size and power of farm equipment, any mishap can have devastating consequences for the individual operating the machinery.

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left turnMaking left turns is a routine part of driving. Motorists making left turns must take the necessary precautions to make sure they are making the turn safely and not putting others on the road at risk of harm. Left turn accidents can lead to devastating injuries for everyone involved. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a left turn accident, you should reach out to a skilled Miami injury attorney who can evaluate the circumstances of the crash and determine your eligibility for compensation.

According to Arbella Insurance, 31 percent of severe accidents in 2013 involved a vehicle turning left. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports close to half of the 5.8 million car crashes in the United States are intersection-related, and the majority of those are a result of making a left turn.

Automobile drivers must obey traffic signals and rules of the road when making a left turn. Drivers should signal some time before they actually turn and wait until it is completely safe to proceed. Under Florida law, when a motorist makes a left turn, he or she should do the following:

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nursing homeWhen you send a loved one to a nursing home, you expect them to receive proper attention. The sad reality is that many nursing home residents suffer from preventable conditions, such as bedsores, simply because of inadequate care or neglect on the part of the nursing home facility. If you or your loved one has developed bedsores while in the care of a Florida nursing home, we can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami nursing home attorneys can examine the circumstances of your case and determine your eligibility for compensation.

Bedsores are a common problem in nursing homes in Florida and throughout the United States. A bedsore, also sometimes known as a pressure sore or a pressure ulcer, is a sore that develops because of pressure caused by lying in bed in one position for a long period of time. The sores are essentially lesions to the skin. Put another way, the bedsores are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue. Bedsores can lead to a number of health concerns, including infections, sepsis, gangrene, and, in the most serious cases, even death.

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kneeSince most drivers are propelled forward during a car accident, knee injuries are among the most common types of injuries in a car accident. Knee injuries can have devastating and even life-long consequences for an individual. If you or your loved one has sustained a knee injury in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, we can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our diligent and hard-working Miami car accident attorneys have the skill, dedication, and experience to handle your case.

Our knees are vital for mobility and comfort during day-to-day activities. As a result, even the most minor strain or tear can have a significant impact on our quality of life. Knee injuries can be extremely painful and uncomfortable. There are a number of ways to injure your knee in a car accident, such as sprains, strains, tears, and broken bones. Symptoms of knee injuries can vary, depending on the type of injury that it is. Some common symptoms include swelling, tenderness, weakness, pain, inability to extend the knee, and grinding or locking when walking.

If your knee injury was caused by someone else’s carelessness, you may be able to recover compensation from that party through a negligence claim. A negligence claim is a civil lawsuit intended to establish liability. Negligence occurs when an injury or death results from a party’s failure to use the level of care and caution that a reasonable person in the same or similar circumstances would have used.

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pick up truckPick up truck accidents, like other accidents, can have serious and long-term consequences for everyone involved. If you or someone close to you was injured in an accident involving a pick up truck, our seasoned Miami injury attorneys can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are well-versed in investigating truck accidents, collecting evidence, and building a strong case to try to hold the negligent party accountable for the harm that they caused. We are here to answer your questions and address your concerns at every step of the way.

A pick up truck is a light duty truck having an enclosed cab and an open body with low sides and tailgates. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), pick up truck occupant fatalities in the United States increased by 200 in 2015, a 4.7 percent increase from the prior year. The NHTSA also reports that in 2015, there were 1,900 alcohol-impaired drivers in fatal crashes involving pick up trucks. Common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Distracted driving;
  • Drug or alcohol intoxication;
  • Poorly maintained brakes;
  • Speeding;
  • Running off the road; or
  • Drowsy driving.

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busBuses can be difficult to maneuver, especially in adverse weather conditions. As a result, bus drivers have an obligation to obey traffic laws and operate the vehicle safely. Unfortunately, in some cases, intoxicated bus drivers cause accidents that result in serious injuries to passengers as well as others on the road. If you or someone close to you was harmed due to an intoxicated bus driver’s negligence, we can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are committed to pursuing the compensation you deserve in your case.

In a study, “Risk Factors Associated with Bus Accident Severity in the United States,” the Journal of Safety Research found that four percent of drivers were found to have been driving under the influence, speeding, or driving while drowsy. While this number is low, given the sheer size, height, and weight of a bus, accidents involving these vehicles can have devastating consequences.

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batWhen you buy food, you don’t expect to find harmful foreign objects inside. Individuals injured by foreign objects in food may be entitled to seek damages for their harm. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our seasoned Miami food injury lawyers can examine the merits of your case and determine the viability of your claim.

The Walmart brand ‘Fresh Express’ issued a recall for its Spring Mix salad this month after two Florida customers found a dead bat in the package. The recall affects salads sold in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that two people reported eating some of the salad before discovering the animal. The bat was sent to the CDC rabies lab for testing, but the deteriorated condition of the animal did not allow the CDC to definitively rule out whether the bat had rabies. While the two individuals who ate the salad appear to be in good health, they will undergo post-exposure rabies treatment as a precaution.

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carIf your loved one was killed in an automobile accident that was not their fault, we can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami wrongful death attorneys have represented many families who have lost loved ones in fatal car accidents, and we can help you as well. We understand that this is a difficult time, which is why you can expect the utmost compassion from us at every step of the way.

According to the National Safety Council, motor vehicle accident deaths increased by six percent in 2016 as compared to 2015. In fact, motor vehicle accident deaths topped 40,000 for the first time since 2007. These numbers are consistent with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s findings, which reported an eight percent increase in fatal crashes in the first nine months of 2016 compared to the previous year. In Florida, there were 2,699 fatal crashes, resulting in 2,939 deaths, in 2015, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This translates to 14.5 deaths per 100,000 people.

Fatal car accidents can have a number of causes, such as texting while driving, not wearing seat belts, adverse weather conditions, excessive speeding, faulty car parts, and aggressive driving.

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operating roomAt the beginning of this year, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that a presumption of negligence is applicable in cases in which a foreign object is unintentionally left in a surgical patient, even if there is no direct evidence of medical negligence. Prior to this ruling, a federal appeals court had held that a plaintiff was not entitled to the presumption of negligence if no direct evidence of negligence existed.

In the case at hand, a man was admitted to the hospital for colon cancer surgery. After the surgery, it was discovered through a CT scan that a four-inch piece of a broken drainage tube had been left inside the patient’s body. The patient and his wife filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital.

A medical malpractice lawsuit is a civil claim that is intended to hold negligent medical professionals accountable for the harm that they cause to a patient. Such a claim makes sense when a medical professional fails to adhere to the acceptable standard of care. In Florida, a medical professional should use “the level of care, skill and treatment which is recognized as acceptable and appropriate by reasonably prudent, similar healthcare providers under similar circumstances.” In other words, a medical professional’s actions should be consistent with what a competent medical professional in the same specialty would have done in the same situation.

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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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