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segwaySegways can often be seen in malls, beaches, and other outdoor spaces. While these transportation devices can be fun, they can also be dangerous. If you or your loved one has been injured on a Segway, you should reach out to a skilled Miami personal injury attorney who can assess the merits of your case. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we understand the nuances of personal injury law and can apply our understanding to your case.

A Segway is a two-wheeled personal transport system that uses the weight of the rider to determine speed and direction. Segway riders lean forward to increase the speed and stand upright to slow down. A Segway’s top speed typically caps at 12.5 miles per hour, which may not seem very fast, but to put it into perspective, the average bicycle speed is around 9.6 miles per hour. As a result, Segway accidents can result in serious harm to a victim, including spinal cord injuries, broken bones, head injuries, facial injuries, and more.

According to a George Washington University study, Segways are extremely dangerous. The study examined the medical records of 41 people in Washington, D.C. who were admitted to emergency rooms at the university hospital from 2006 to 2008. The survey found that there was a steady increase in Segway injuries each year, and the overall percentage of serious injuries was even higher than for pedestrian accident injuries. Of the 41 documented injuries, 24 percent were for serious injuries that involved admission to the hospital.

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car seatCar seats save the lives of children in Florida and elsewhere in the United States each year. When a child’s car seat is defective, however, the child can sustain serious injuries or even die as a result. If your child has been hurt by a defective car seat, it is vital to reach out to a skilled Miami product liability attorney who can help evaluate your case. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are committed to holding negligent parties accountable and getting our clients the compensation they deserve.

Just this summer, Britax Child Safety recalled over 207,000 rear-facing infant car seats because part of a clip can break and create a choking hazard. According to documents, parts of the car seat were found in the mouths of three children, although no choking injuries were reported. Unfortunately, recalls like this are commonplace for child safety seats, especially for car seats that have been on the market for a long time. Some examples of car seat defects are as follows:

  • Flaws in the harness;
  • Low chest clips;
  • Sudden release of the car seat;
  • Flammable material;
  • Choking hazards;
  • Weak construction;
  • Base separation; and
  • Faulty locks.

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bikeRiding a bicycle is a great way to stay active and healthy. It is also an environmentally friendly form of transportation. Unfortunately, even when there are designated bike lanes, a number of people are injured in bicycle accidents in Florida and throughout the United States each year. If you or someone close to you has been injured while riding a bike in a bike lane, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our skilled Miami bicycle accident attorneys are committed to holding negligent parties accountable for the harm that they cause.

Sadly, Florida leads the country in bicycle deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Florida ranks first in the top 10 states for bicycle fatalities with 0.57 deaths per 100,000 people. In 2015, there were 120 people killed on bicycles in Florida, accounting for 16.5 percent of all bike deaths in the nation.

A bike lane is a lane on the road that is specifically marked for bicycle use. Under Florida Statute 316.2065, when there is a designated bike lane, cyclists must ride in that lane except for certain reasons. If there is no bike lane, a bike rider does not necessarily have to use the sidewalk even if there is one present. In Florida, a bicyclist has every right to use the street in Florida. If a bicyclist does decide to use the road, however, he or she must ride as close to the right hand curb or edge of the roadway as possible.

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playgroundEach day, children across Florida spend time at public and private playgrounds. Playgrounds are places where children go to make new friends and enjoy themselves, but they can also be dangerous. If you or a loved one suffered an injury from defective playground equipment, our seasoned Miami injury attorneys can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we can examine the circumstances of your injury and determine what likely happened. You can trust that we will work efficiently on your behalf to help you seek the compensation you deserve in your case.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 200,000 children under the age of 14 are taken to emergency rooms for injuries that take place on playgrounds. In fact, approximately 75 percent of all non-fatal playground-related injuries occur on public playgrounds, mainly daycare centers and schools. Almost half of all playground-related injuries are serious injuries, such as concussions, fractures, internal injuries, dislocations, and even injuries that necessitate amputations.

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sidewalk

We tend to think of sidewalk accidents involving slip and falls or falling objects. However, people in Florida and throughout the United States have been injured when vehicles have come crashing onto the sidewalk. If you or someone close to you has been hit by a car while on a sidewalk, you could have grounds to pursue a claim against the at-fault party. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami pedestrian accident attorneys can take care of the legal process so that you and your family can focus on recovering.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 5,376 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States in 2015. This averages to one crash-related pedestrian death every 1.6 hours. In addition, the CDC found that about 129,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for non-fatal crash-related injuries in that same year. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip. This makes sense because there is no steel cage protecting pedestrians in the same way there is for passenger vehicle occupants.

Negligent drivers not only affect those driving on the road, but also they can affect pedestrians on the nearby sidewalks as well. This is because, in the case of multiple car crashes, each car can have a different impact point and collide with nearby property and pedestrians.

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medical deviceWhen a doctor recommends that you use a medical device, you trust that it will be safe to do so. Medical devices are supposed to protect patients and not injure them. Unfortunately, each year, a number of people in Florida and across the United States are injured and even killed as a result of using defective medical devices. If you or someone close to you has been harmed by a medical device, it is imperative to reach out to a seasoned Miami product liability attorney who can assess the merits of your case.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the responsibility of protecting the public from any health hazards that may be caused by a defective medical device. Despite the FDA’s thorough approval process, the unfortunate reality is that dangerous medical products are sometimes introduced into the marketplace. A wide range of medical devices may cause injuries to an individual. The following are a few examples:  defibrillators, pacemakers, stents, breast implants, contraceptive devices, insulin pumps, hip implants, and any other retail or prescribed devices.

If a defective medical device has injured you, you can file a product liability claim against the at-fault party. Such a claim can be filed for one of the following reasons:

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faceSerious car accidents put drivers and passengers at risk of severe, even disfiguring facial injuries. The impact of a car crash can cause broken glass or torn metal to fly into a person’s face. Facial injuries are not only physically painful; they can be emotionally traumatic and adversely affect a person’s self-esteem. If you or your loved one has suffered a serious facial injury in a motor vehicle accident that was not your fault, you need to reach out to a skilled Miami injury attorney.

A facial injury, also known as a “maxillofacial trauma,” is any type of physical trauma that affects the facial area. Common causes of facial injuries include airbags, broken glass, steering wheels, dashboards, windshields, debris, and more. Examples of facial injuries that can result from car accidents include fractures, lacerations, eye injuries, burn injuries, and soft tissue injuries.

If someone else’s negligence caused your car accident and resulting facial injury, you can file a personal injury claim against the responsible party. In the context of a car accident, negligence takes place when a person causes an injury or death to another person by failing to exercise reasonable care while driving. Reasonable care is defined as how a prudent or sensible driver would act in the same or a similar situation. In order to win on a Florida negligence claim, the plaintiff must establish the following elements:  i) the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty to use reasonable care; ii) the defendant failed to use reasonable care; iii) the defendant’s failure to use reasonable care was a direct and proximate cause of the accident and the plaintiff’s resulting facial injury; and iv) there were actual damages that can be compensated.

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angerWhile everyone should obey traffic laws, the reality is that each year, a number of people in Florida and throughout the United States get into accidents due to road rage. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a crash involving road rage, it is important to speak to a skilled Miami attorney as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are committed to pursuing the compensation you deserve. We understand that any incident involving road rage can be very stressful and even traumatic, which is why we will handle your case with the utmost compassion.

In Florida, aggressive driving consists of engaging in at least two of the following behaviors:  excessive speeding, changing lanes or passing improperly, tailgating, failing to yield, and failing to obey traffic signs. Road rage differs from aggressive driving in that road rage may escalate into a criminal offense, such as an assault or an incident involving a weapon. While a driver can face both criminal and civil claims, our firm focuses on helping clients recover damages through civil claims.

According to the Trace, a non-profit news organization that covers gun issues, road rage incidents involving firearms have more than doubled from 247 in 2014 to 620 in 2016. The report found that there were 1,319 road rage incidents from January 2014 to December 2016. Nationwide, at least 354 people were injured and 136 people killed in such incidents. Florida contributed the most to this tally with 146 incidents, making it the worst state for road rage involving guns.

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school zoneEach year in Florida and throughout the United States, children are injured in accidents that occur inside school zones. Many of these accidents involve child pedestrians and can cause serious, even fatal injuries to the child. If a negligent driver injured your child in a school zone, we can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami injury attorneys will examine the facts of your case and fight for the compensation your child deserves.

According to a 2015 report by the Federal Highway Administration, nearly 44 children are involved in pedestrian collisions with motor vehicles each day. A significant number of these children were hit while walking to and from school. The National Safety Council notes that most auto-pedestrian accidents involving children take place near schools.

Under Florida law, the speed limit in Florida school zones ranges from 15 to 20 miles per hour in urbanized areas, although the exact limits may vary depending on local regulations. Drivers are not to exceed the speed limit during specified hours when children are most likely to be walking to and from school. In an effort to make school zones more noticeable, any signs that are used must include the hours the reduced speed is in effect or lights that flash during the restricted hours.

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poolPool owners and operators in Florida have an obligation to maintain their pools to make sure that individuals who use the pool are not injured. Part of this obligation includes ensuring that pool chemicals are in check and the pool is sanitary at all times. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a pool chemical accident, it is important to reach out to a skilled Miami injury attorney who can assess the merits of your case.

The CDC has warned homeowners with swimming pools about the potential dangers caused by the improper use of pool chemicals. These dangers include poisoning as well as severe chemical burns from improperly used or mixed chemicals. The CDC found that injuries from pool chemicals led to nearly 5,000 preventable emergency room visits in 2012. Nearly half of these preventable injuries affected children and teenagers, and more than a third took place at home. Pool chemical injuries were the most common during the summer swim season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and almost half of these occurred on weekends.

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