Safety Tips for Driving With a Baby As September is National Baby Safety Month, we wanted to discuss several safety tips for driving in a car with a baby. Caring for young ones can be a stressful task. Whether it be a parent, caregiver, family member or friend, we want to make sure that whomever is transporting a baby takes all the necessary steps to keep our most fragile passengers safe. Driving with babies and infants can be extra daunting, especially as a first time caregiver. That is why we decided to compile an easy-to-read list of tips and suggestions that can help ease the stress of traveling with a baby. Tip #1: Understand Your Specific Car Seat According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, using child safety seats reduces the risk of death in a car crash by 71 percent for infants. The first step to understanding car seat safety is to understand car seat regulations, including how long a child should remain rear-facing. A rear-facing car seat, as the name suggests, is one where the infant’s face is looking towards the rear of the vehicle. It is usually suggested that a baby should remain facing the rear till at least 2 years of age. Never place a baby in the front seat, especially if there are airbags. Airbags can be dangerous to a fragile baby in the event of an accident. Once you understand local regulations, you will want to choose a car seat that has a high safety rating and one that is federally approved. Make sure your car seat is set up for the age, weight and size appropriate for your baby. Read the car seat manual carefully, as well as your car's manual, to assure you have installed the car seat correctly. You will also want to make sure the car seat you choose fits well inside the make and model of your car. You can request to test the car seat model by installing it in your car before purchase. Be sure to register your car seat to stay up to date on any possible recalls. It is also recommended to not use used car seats or car seats that are older than 6 years. Tip #2: Try to Avoid Physical Engagement with Baby It might be tempting to want to quickly turn around to pick up a dropped toy, touch your baby, soothe a crying baby, or even to just make eye contact, but any type of physical engagement could put you and your baby at risk. It is best to situate your baby with car-safe toys that might possibly hang from the car seat. This could be a good way to keep baby entertained and prevent toys from falling down. However make sure the toy does not pose a choking or strangulation risk, and that it does not get in the way of the harness fitting properly. Tip #3: Avoid Distractions Picture this, you are on the highway and your baby begins screaming and crying. As the caregiver, you know this is a hunger cry. As tempting as it might be to try to get baby a bottle or snack ready, if it causes any sort of distraction to the driver it is unsafe and should be avoided. Instead, pre-plan for your trip with premade bottles and snacks. You can consider playing music and installing a mirror so you can see the baby and help ease your worries. Tip #4: Get Your Baby Accustomed to the Car seat and the Car It is recommended to acclimate your baby to the car seat by placing the baby in the car seat, with the straps secured while inside the home. Offer your baby things they enjoy such as toys, snacks and a bottle. This will help them associate positively to being strapped in the car seat. After this, you can begin placing the baby in the car seat that is installed in the car. Getting baby adjusted to being in the car is helpful for when you start to move around with baby more often. Tip #5: Map out your drive and pre-plan stops You will want to familiarise yourself with your route and know where you can safely pull over and exit onto a safe area to give your child the attention they need if you need to. When a baby begins to scream and cry while the car is moving, it can be a stressful time for the driver. That is why knowing your way beforehand can help prevent accidents on the roadways. Also, keep in mind, that it is not recommended to pull on the side of the road. Tip #6: Prepare baby before getting them in the car To reduce the need to have to stop or pull over, it is recommended to make sure the baby's needs are met beforehand. We suggest feeding or nursing baby, putting them in comfortable clothing and changing diapers. A happy baby makes for a smoother drive, while an upset baby can be distracting and cause an accident. Caring for a baby is a huge responsibility. We hope that this article can help you keep your baby safe while traveling in a car. Unfortunately, other drivers’ behavior is out of our control. If you were in an accident with a negligent driver, we can help. Call Robert Gluck at 877-Gluck-Law (877-458-2552) for a free case evaluation. His team is here to help you every step of the way. _______________________________________________ You May Also Be Interested In: How Does A Personal Injury Trial Work? Florida Hurricane Season Preparedness Guide What Should I Do If I Was Involved In A Boating Accident in Florida?
Florida Hurricane Season Preparedness Guide Florida oldtimers know that hurricane season is no laughing matter, and hurricane season preparedness is essential. For all the newcomers, those of us who have lived through a number of powerful and destructive hurricanes can’t stress enough how important it is to prepare for hurricane season. We have compiled a list of tips, tools and resources that we hope can help you when (not ‘if’) a hurricane makes landfall in Florida. Hurricanes are powerful and destructive cyclones. To be categorized as a hurricane, a tropical storm must have sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or more. In 1980, hurricane Allen had a wind speed of 190 miles per hour. Hurricane Katrina and Harvey were two of the most destructive hurricanes on record. In Florida, hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 every year. While hurricanes are one of the most destructive acts of nature, they can be predicted days in advance, unlike earthquakes, tsunamis and tornadoes. However, we urge you not to wait till the last minute to start preparing for an impending hurricane. If you do, you will soon realize that water, gasoline, non-perishable foods, and other highly important survival materials have quickly sold out. Before we dive into hurricane preparedness, please familiarize yourself with important hurricane terminology provided by www.stateofflorida.com - Tropical Storm Watch: Tropical storm conditions are possible in the area. - Hurricane Watch: Hurricane conditions are possible in the area.Watches are issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds. - Tropical Storm Warning: Tropical storm conditions are expected in the area. - Hurricane Warning: Hurricane conditions are expected in the area.Warnings are issued 36 hours in advance of tropical storm force winds. - Eye: Clear, sometimes well-defined center of the storm with calmer conditions. - Eye Wall: Surrounding the eye, contains some of the most severe weather of the storm with the highest wind speed and largest precipitation. - Rain Bands: Bands coming off the cyclone that produce severe weather conditions such as heavy rain, wind and tornadoes. - Storm Surge: An often underestimated and deadly result of ocean water swelling as a result of a landfalling storm, and quickly flooding coastal and sometimes areas further inland. Preparing for a Hurricane: Before Determine Risk: Do not assume just because you are inland, you are not at risk for hurricane damage. Hurricanes can impact areas far inland. It is important to assess your neighborhood and home's vulnerability to storm surges, high winds, flooding and rip currents. Regardless of the strength of the storm, intense paths of destruction can go from coastal areas to as far as a few hundred miles inland. You can search historical hurricane tracks through this link provided by NOAA. Familiarize yourself with potential local hazards that could arise around where you live, and begin preparing a written plan for how to handle them. Find your local or state emergency management agency and connect with them. They can help you stay up-to-date on new storms and help you prepare for an emergency. Do not forget to visit Ready.gov or Listo.gov to find your state’s emergency management contact information. Evacuation Plan: After determining if your home is in a hurricane-prone area, you will then need to determine your hurricane evacuation zone. You must decide where you will go in case of an evacuation. Check with local officials to know what local shelters are in your town. Downloading the FEMA app will give you access to real-time active local shelters in your area during a hurricane. Remember, shelter locations change, so it is important to stay current. The organization Hurricane Strong has provided this “Find Your Evacuation Zone” document for you to download or print. Furthermore, find your county's evacuation zone on this interactive map by clicking here. Next, list several different locations you could potentially evacuate to, such as a friend or family member's house, or a hotel in a different city. Try to choose a few options that are in different directions from each other. It is also wise to understand different routes and alternative options for transportation. If you have pets, it’s important to find out what places accept pets, as local shelters typically only allow service animals. Never leave a pet at home. Prepare in advance a ‘to-go’ bag and emergency kit. It is also wise to have a plan in place should you get separated from your loved ones. For those whose medical needs prevent them from evacuating on their own, the EEAP provides evacuation assistance. Gather Supplies: If you need to evacuate, usually by car, then a full tank of gas is critical. Always fill up beforehand. Other than that, it is important to make sure you have these items available and ready to use: - Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation) - Food (at least a several-day supply of non-perishable food) - Battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert - Flashlight - First aid kit - Extra batteries - Whistle (to signal for help) - Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air) - Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place) - Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation) - Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities) - Medications - Waterproof container for important docs and paperwork - Disinfectant - Pet supplies - Manual can opener (for food) - Local maps - Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery Prepare Your Home: The Miami-Dade County website has wonderful resources for hurricane readiness. They have created a list of things to do to properly prepare your home. These things include: - Make sure all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors (important for generator use) are operational. - Protect areas where wind can enter. - Withdraw cash from the bank and get fuel for your vehicle, generator and other gas-powered tools. - Have battery-powered light sources available and ready for use. - Protect electronics with surge protectors and waterproof coverings. - If power is lost, lighting will be poor inside, so keep heavy-traffic areas free of clutter. - Bring in lawn furniture or other outdoor items not tied down that could become airborne. - Repair or replace broken or damaged fences. - Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris. - Inspect the roof for loose tiles, shingles or debris. - Make sure you have homeowners, flood and wind insurance. - Make bed rolls from your existing comforters and blankets. - If you will be evacuating your home for the storm, turn off the power at the main circuit breaker before leaving. Beyond these tips, it’s important to have the trees around your home properly trimmed and pruned, as well as install county-approved shutters. You may also use 5/8-inch plywood. It is important to note that by boarding up windows, your ability to exit your house becomes compromised, so make sure to have a plan for exiting and that everyone in the household is aware of what exits will be available. Preparing for a Hurricane: During One of the most important tips for staying safe during a hurricane in Florida is to understand if you live in a mandatory evacuation zone and to leave immediately if the officials tell you to do so. Stay informed by paying attention to emergency information and alerts. Miami Dade County has also prepared this comprehensive list of what to do if a hurricane is going to impact your area. - Monitor your radio or television for weather updates and instructions from public safety officials. Upon activation of the Miami-Dade County Emergency Operations Center, all key service update information will be posted on www.miamidade.gov. - Stay indoors, preferably in a room with few or no windows. - Take your emergency kit and disaster supplies with you if you move from room to room or if you evacuate to a shelter. - If flooding threatens your home, turn off electricity at the main breaker. - Use flashlights, not candles or kerosene lamps, as your light source. - If you lose power, turn off all major appliances. - Avoid using the phone and do not take a bath or shower during the storm. - Fight the temptation to go outside during the eye of the storm. There's only a brief period of calm before hurricane-force winds return. - Keep children informed about what’s happening and watch for signs of stress. - Keep animals in their carriers or crate. - Get in the tub and pull a mattress over you to protect yourself from debris if your home begins to come apart. - For seaport and airport passenger information, contact your local carrier about closings. - Listen for advisories from local law enforcement agencies regarding roadways and bridges being locked down. When dealing with extreme weather, Ready.org suggests you: - Determine how best to protect yourself from high winds and flooding. - Take refuge in a designated storm shelter or an interior room for high winds. - Go to the highest level of the building if you are trapped by flooding. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising flood water. - Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown! Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away. Preparing for a Hurricane: After It is important to stay connected with your local officials to get updates and important information, especially before returning to your home in the aftermath of a hurricane. When helping with the cleanup effort, always wear protective gear and facemasks. You may be exposed to dangerous toxins such as mold, and not be aware of them. Always work with someone else around in case of an injury. If it is safe to do so, turn off all electric breakers during cleanup efforts. Never wade through water, as there could be hidden dangers such as pathogens, dangerous debris, toxins, wildlife, holes, or downed electric poles. Photograph all damage and report it to your insurance company. We hope our Florida Hurricane Season Preparedness guide will help you better understand the importance of being well prepared this hurricane season, and help you put into place protocols and plans that can save your life. Stay safe out there! For any questions, you can reach us at (877) Gluck-Law or visit us at robertgluck.com
Boating Accident in Florida Florida Boating Accident Statistics Boating is a very popular pastime in Florida. With its perpetual tropical weather and warm, clear waters, Florida is considered a boater’s paradise. Every year more and more people visit and move to Florida, congesting our waterways and making boating accidents more common. Florida leads the nation with the highest number of recreational vessels, with over 1,013,211 registered vessels in 2021. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, there were 751 reportable boating accidents in 2021. Collisions with other vessels or fixed objects were the leading causes of Florida boating accidents. There were 60 reported fatalities in Florida in 2021, with falls overboard being the leading cause of death. 2021 Statistics Summary via Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Reportable Boating Accidents Collison with vessel was the leading type of accident with a total of 250 (33%). Towed watersport activities were involved in 11 accidents, resulting in 1 fatality and 12 injuries. Paddle/Human powered craft (canoes, kayaks, rowboats, paddleboards) were involved in 13 accidents resulting in 10 fatalities. (9 kayaks, 2 canoes, 2 rowboats) May was the month with the highest number of accidents (102). Miami-Dade County reported the highest number of accidents and injuries (95 total accidents with 7 fatalities and 65 injuries). Reportable Boating Fatalities 59 fatal accidents resulting in 60 fatalities. 22% of the fatal accidents resulted from falls overboard (19 accidents). Boaters falling overboard remains the leading category of boating fatality. The leading cause of death in fatal boating accidents was drowning with 33 fatalities (55%). • May was the month with the highest number of fatalities (10). Alcohol or drug-use is reported to have played a role in 23% of boating fatalities. 85% (51) of the victims of fatal boating accidents were males. 72% (47) of the 65 operators involved in fatal accidents were age 36 or older. 81% (55) of all vessels involved in fatal accidents in 2021 were 21 feet in length or less. Reportable Boating Injuries There were 324 accidents that resulted in 469 injured persons. The rate of injury was 47 injuries per 100,000 registered vessels. Reportable Personal Watercraft Accidents Personal watercraft (PWC) accounted for 16% of all registered vessels in Florida. PWC were involved in 26% (195) of reportable boating accidents. Rented PWC represented 56% (153) of PWC involved in accidents. 52% (101) of PWC accidents involved a collision with another vessel. 44% of PWC accidents occurred in Miami-Dade (37), Monroe (31) and Pinellas (18) counties. 17 fatalities resulted from the 195 PWC accidents. 162 people were injured in PWC accidents. 2021 Reportable Boating Accidents Top 10 Counties Miami-Dade - 95 Monroe - 91 Palm Beach - 54 Lee - 51 Pinellas - 40 Broward - 30 Okaloosa - 28 Collier - 28 Brevard - 26 Hillsborough - 20 Immediately Following the Accident If you were involved in a boat accident in Florida, it is required that you stop your boat immediately at the scene of the accident. It's crucial to check that everyone is still on board the vehicle and that all passengers are accounted for. It is not uncommon for passengers to go overboard during a boating accident. It is recommended to safely move your vehicle to an area that allows you to safely check all passengers for injuries or make appropriate rescues. You are required to assist those who have been injured or are in distress, as long as you are able to do so without risking the safety of others or yourself. Once everyone is accounted for and assessed, under Florida law, those involved in the accident must provide their name, address, and boat information, in writing, to any person who was injured and to the owner of any property that was damaged as a result of the accident. When Is a Written Boating Accident Report Required? You are required to file an accident report boating when the following circumstances occur: A vessel or equipment results in death within 24 hours of occurrence An injury occurs requiring more than first aid A disappearance of a person There is damage to a boat or property of $2,000 or more To file a boating accident report, contact either The Division of Law Enforcement, FWC, The county sheriff from where the accident occurred, or the police department in the municipality where the accident occurred. If you are unsure whether your accident warrants a report, it is best to make one, as not doing so in a circumstance when it is required is a criminal offense. The law for reporting boating accidents in Florida is Florida Revised Statutes 327.30 Vessel Safety – Collisions, Accidents, and Casualties. The law requires a driver involved in a collision to take certain steps, including notifying law enforcement after an accident occurs and exchanging information with others who were involved in the accident. Resources We recommend keeping a US Coast Guard Boating Accident Report form on board with you at all times. This way you can quickly document all the important aspects and details of the accident in a timely manner. Boating Accident in Florida If you were involved in a Florida boating accident, you have important rights under Florida law that allow you to obtain recovery for your losses under certain circumstances. These may include compensation for bodily injury, lost wages due to injury, current and future medical expenses, as well as pain and suffering. If you or a loved one was injured in a boating accident, it is in your best interest to immediately contact a Florida personal injury attorney. Under Florida law, you have a maximum of four years from the date of the accident to file a boat accident claim. If you have questions about a boating accident, call Robert Gluck today at (877) Gluck-Law, or email him directly at [email protected]
Holiday Safety Tips The holidays are meant to be full of love, laughter, family, friends, and enjoyment. So, when accidents and injuries happen during the holiday season it can feel extra shocking and heartbreaking. While the pandemic continues to pose a risk to the global population, many of the other types of common injuries seen during this season still are present and should not be ignored. This article will discuss common safety concerns that arise during these seasons, also including Covid-19. It is our hope that by reading this blog, you can implement some safety measures in your home and travel plans, to avoid injury or property damage, and accidents of any kind. Fire Safety Decorations and Christmas Trees According to the National Fire Protection Association, Between 2015-2019, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 160 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of two deaths, 12 injuries, and $10 million in direct property damage annually. Christmas trees however are not the only fire risk this season. An estimated average of 790 home structure fires per year began with decorations, not including Christmas trees. Commonly, fires happen due to electrical and lighting issues. It is suggested to always read the instructions on any decorative lighting devices and the outlets and surge protectors they are connected to. Always make sure there are no frayed or broken wiring on your decorative lighting. When it comes to your Christmas tree, a helpful safety measure to take is to keep the tree watered. A moist tree will burn much slower than a dry tree. It is always helpful to remember to keep your tree away from heat sources such as fireplaces, candles, heaters, etc. While that might not be a big concern in Florida, do not let your guard down. Fake trees can also minimize fire hazards, so that is another option to consider. Cooking Safety It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day account for many home fires that start in the kitchen. A great way to avoid these cooking-related fires is to never, under any circumstances, leave the kitchen when you are cooking. This is the most common way that fires in kitchens start. Fryers and frying foods tend to pose a higher risk than other means of cooking. Grease and fats from meats easily catch on fire that easily spread. Be sure to have a working fire extinguisher in the home, and know how to use it! Holiday Shopping Retail stores and malls see a huge surge in shoppers looking to snag the perfect gift for loved ones. Sadly, this also gives thieves more opportunities to target unsuspecting victims. When venturing out to the stores, always try to park in a well-lit area close to the entrance of the store you are visiting. Do not have gifts and purchases visible from outside the vehicle. This signals to thieves that your car could be an easy target for a break-in. Also, it is best to not carry large amounts of cash on you, and if you do, do not flash it where other people around you may see it. Holiday Travel Tips While maintaining Covid-19 safety measures continues to be a priority for keeping healthy and safe this holiday season, such as wearing a mask, washing hands, and being current on vaccinations, we must not forget about other safety precautions that help keep our family safe when traveling. Driving If your family is driving to a holiday destination, make sure that all children are using appropriate and properly fitting car seats. Re-read the car seat’s manual to assure that your child is still age and weight appropriate for their seat. It is also a great idea to have your car serviced and checked by a mechanic before heading out on the road. Accidents often happen due to mechanical issues that have not been addressed. Also, breaking down on the side of the road can be very dangerous, especially if you are with young children. Having an emergency kit handy can help, should an unexpected car problem present itself. You might want to study the routes and maps to your destination prior to getting in the car, as maps on your phone can be very distracting and can lead to accidents on the road. You can also give a family member a copy of your itinerary and routes, so someone can alert authorities should something go wrong. Air Travel Covid-19 seems to be the biggest concern for air travelers this season. Always wear protective masks, use hand sanitizer, and keep up to date on your vaccinations. Be sure to help young children properly fit their masks around their face and nose. You may want to practice wearing masks for those who are 2 years and older before a flight. This will help get young kids adjusted to wearing masks for long stretches of time. Always make sure to research Covid-19 requirements for both your destination and the place you return to. These requirements are changing all the time. Taking out a travel health insurance policy might also be helpful if you are traveling internationally. Conclusion The holiday season can be very time-consuming and stressful for a lot of people. That is why we stress the importance of taking a moment to assure that common hazards and risks be mitigated through educated safety measures. It takes just a few moments to implement many safety measures this season that can help reduce the risks of injury or home damage. Feel free to share this article with friends and family, because we can never be too careful. We hope you have a safe and healthy holiday season. We are here for you if you need our support for any injury-related issues. Call Robert Gluck at (877) Gluck-Law for a free case evaluation. 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National Baby Safety Month | Baby Safety Tips September is National Baby Safety Month, which makes it a great moment to familiarize yourself with baby safety information. In honor of this national observance we have put together a list of baby safety tips and surprising home hazards for new parents. We hope that after reading our blog, you can walk away feeling a bit more confident and prepared while caring for your new baby. Parenting can be overwhelming and stressful, especially for new parents. There is a plethora of advice thrown at you, yet it is common to feel ill-prepared and nervous bringing a baby home. There are so many fears that many first time (and second and third!) parents feel. While we know you will do your very best to keep your new baby away from harm, it’s never a bad idea to familiarize yourself with a few safety tips and advice on keeping your little bundle of joy safe. Just keep in mind it is totally normal to feel overwhelmed and under prepared. Parenting is a continual learning process. Just remember, you are doing a great job, and it is ok to reach out and ask for help or advice. Baby Safety Tips Product Safety - Before adding those coveted items to your baby registry, make sure the products are age appropriate and safe for your baby. Always familiarize yourself with the instructions and warning labels. Using toys correctly, as outlined in the manufacturers documentation of said products, is very important for the safety of your baby. Remember to discontinue the use of the product once your baby outgrows the age specified on the packaging or instruction manual. Baby Proofing - While there are the obvious home hazards such as sharp objects, electrical cords and medicine cabinets, keep in mind there are always hazards that do not appear as obvious. These can be toxic plants, cleaning products, loose tablecloths that can be yanked down, toilets, dishwashers and more. Also remember to cover electrical outlets, install safety latches on cabinets, and remove hanging cords from curtains. Home, Stairs and Furniture - Place baby gates at the top and bottom of stairs. It is best to do this before the baby becomes mobile. Secure furniture to the walls, as babies like to climb and explore, and loose furniture can fall on children causing great harm and even death. Place bumpers on sharp corners. Another tip is to have your paint tested for lead, and either remove or seal it. Fire Safety - Install smoke detectors in every room, and test them at least twice a year. Also, have at least one working fire extinguisher in the home. Bathroom Safety - Never leave your baby alone in the bathtub. It takes mere minutes for a child to drown, and it can happen in less than one inch of water. It is best to bring everything you need with you to the bathroom before you begin to bathe your baby. If you need to leave, bring your baby with you. Never rely on other children to safeguard your baby. Check the water temperature before putting your baby in the bath. Always drain the water completely after use. Install safety locks on toilets, as it is possible for a baby to fall in. Car Seat Safety - Always familiarize yourself with the reading and instructional material provided by the manufacturer. Children should travel in a rear-facing car seat for as long as they are able to per the car seat manufacturer’s instructions. Register your car seat with the manufacturer so you can be notified for any issues or recalls. The back-middle seat is the safest place for young children to ride. It is best to not use second-hand car seats, as they may have functions that don’t work properly. Home Hazards Magnets - If ingested, magnets can cause great internal damage. Never leave any magnets lying around and avoid toys with magnetic functions. Tipovers - Tipovers of furniture and electronics are one of the leading causes of injury to young children. Remember to safely secure all furniture like dressers, cabinets and televisions using hardware or furniture straps. Loose Change - If ingested, coins can also lead to severe internal damage. Have a safe place where you keep your loose change, away from babies' reach. Kitchen Safety - Never have a baby or child in the kitchen while you are cooking. Scalding water or hot pots and handles can cause severe burns. Also, remember to keep coffee and tea mugs away from the reach of children. Carpets - Loose rugs and carpets can cause slip and fall injuries. Use a grip or pad underneath to avoid injury. Loose Cords - Any cord or string can be a potential strangulation hazard. Always check blinds and curtains for loose cords, as they have killed young children. Other cords can come from electronics, computers, exercise equipment and more. Cleaning Products - Keep all cleaning supplies and products away from children. Most products are toxic and deadly if ingested. Batteries - Batteries contain extremely toxic compounds that can lead to severe injury and death if swallowed. Never allow your child to tamper with toys or electronics that have batteries, and always properly dispose of unwanted batteries. Our goal is that after reading this blog, you feel a bit more confident about keeping your baby safe in your home. You may also want to extend these tips to households where your baby may spend a lot of time, such as their grandparent’s or babysitters’ home. You can never be too careful when it comes to baby safety. If you have any questions, feel free to call my office anytime at (877) Gluck-Law. If your baby was injured due to unsafe conditions on someone else’s property, I may be able to help you get the justice you and your child deserves. Call me for a free case review. Take care and stay safe. 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Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer in Florida In Florida, Following these 5 Slip and Fall Prevention Tips Could Just Save Your Injury Case Over the past 32 years, I have seen how the value of a slip and fall personal injury case can be significantly reduced by the injured party’s comparative negligence. Comparative negligence is a legal term that in Florida, results in a reduction of any recovery you may be entitled to based on your own negligent actions that contributed to the fall or to the severity of the injuries you sustained. An example of this would be that the full value of an injury claim for someone who fractured an arm from slipping on a wet floor in a supermarket may be $50,000.00. (as an example only) If you failed to follow the basic fall prevention tips below, a judge or jury could say you were a certain percentage at fault for contributing to your own injury. If that percentage is 50%, by example, your $50,000.00 recovery would be reduced after the trial down by 50% to $25,000.00. If you have complied with the five slip and fall prevention tips outlined in this article, you would likely avoid any reductions in the full value of your injury claim, should you be forced to present such a claim to a judge or jury due to an injury on someone else’s property that was caused by their failure to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition, failure to warn you of the condition, and/or failure to timely remedy the condition. Footwear 1. Be sure to wear properly fitting shoes that have good grip and tread. If not, your footwear could contribute to causing your fall. As a result, even if the property had a puddle of dirty water that had been sitting there for many minutes, allowing the property owner adequate time to see it, put up wet floor signs and then clean it up, your claim could still be significantly reduced if your failure to wear the proper shoes caused you to slip. Wearing crocks or “flip flops” or other type shoes are a real problem in these types of cases. Vision 2. Make sure to have up to date vision screenings, and wear glasses and contacts if needed. If you fail to do so, the defendant in a slip and fall case could argue that your poor vision caused or contributed to you not observing a condition that others were able to see and avoid. Listen 3. Listen to your surroundings as your hearing can help you predict a future event, or hear a warning. Having up to date hearing screenings are also helpful and will prevent the defendant in your slip and fall case from arguing that your poor hearing prevented you from hearing an adequate warning regarding the condition that caused your fall. Be Aware 4. Be aware of and mindful of your surroundings and always be on the lookout for unexpected changes in your daily routine. This awareness of your surroundings might cause you to notice a hole in the ground, an uneven sidewalk, a foreign substance on the flooring surface in a food store or other such hazards that might cause a slip and fall incident or a trip and fall incident. Go Slow 5. Be more cautious during rainy weather. The slower you go the less likely you will slip and fall. If you do, your method of and speed of walking will be analyzed. Don’t forget that a reasonably prudent person will walk slower during rainy weather. In conclusion, remembering the fall prevention tips above will not only keep you safe but if they don’t, following them could save you thousands of dollars in terms of the value of your injury claim, in the event you do fall and get hurt on someone else’s property. If you or a loved one has such a claim pending and would like my case evaluation at no charge, call me at 877 Gluck-Law 24 hours a day. See below our 5 General Slip and Fall Prevention Tips:
What are the Top Dangers of Motorcycles on the Road in Florida | Davie Florida Motorcycle Accident I have been a trial lawyer since 1989 and since that time have represented hundreds of motorcycle accident victims throughout the State of Florida. I have garnered a great understanding of the nuances of this type of accident case. I have learned over the years that presenting motorcycle crash cases to a jury requires a unique set of litigation skills that not all trial lawyers possess. Motorcycle accident and injury cases are different than others and require the lawyer you select to understand the psychological predispositions and opinions (negative in most cases) many people have of motorcycles and motorcycle riders. Your lawyer would also need to recognize that Florida is one of the most dangerous places for a motorcycle rider in the entire country for several reasons. This blog addresses those reasons and what you can do to protect yourself if you ride in Florida. Top Dangers of Motorcycles on the Road in Florida First, there are just more motorcycles here than in other states. We have well over half a million registered motorcycles in Florida. The popularity of motorcycles here culminates each year with the Daytona Bike Week celebration, one of the largest type events in the country each year. With so many motorcycles concentrated in such a small area, that event alone results in significant injury crashes and motorcycle fatalities annually. We have a large population of senior citizens in Florida who are not required to take driving re-examination as they get into their 80’s. This is a significant factor in many crashes. Our younger population has their share of distractions as well. Especially with the elderly, the size of a motorcycle makes it difficult for them to judge its distance. Our brain sees a smaller object and quickly sends a message that this object must be far away. Since a motorcycle is smaller than a car, we sometimes misjudge the distance and the motorcycle is much closer than we originally perceived. This is the cause of many intersectional collisions when a vehicle turns in front of a motorcycle. An additional factor contributing to increased danger in Florida for motorcycles is that we have two highways that are made for biking. I-75 and I-95 are very popular and easy routs with long stretches of open roads. We also have miles and miles of roads along the various beaches of Florida and the beautiful beachside scenery up and down this very long state serves as a distraction to the motorcyclists as well as drivers of the cars and trucks around them. In regard to Fatalities and serious injuries, Florida’s increase in both these categories over the years is mainly due to the fact that our beautiful weather invites long open rides, until the thunderstorms and hurricanes hit and cause many roadway issues and an increase in crashes as a result. Contact our Davie Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorney Wearing appropriate gear such as the right helmet, boots and clothing, along with riding at safe speeds with people you know and trust can significantly increase your chances of avoiding a Florida Motorcycle Crash. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle crash in Florida, call me now to discuss your situation. I can be reached 24 hours a day on my cell phone at 954-895-7455 or you can check out my website at www.robertgluck.com.
Motorcycle Helmet Laws in Florida | How Can They Impact Your Personal Injury Case? Motorcycle Helmet Laws in Florida fall in the middle of the spectrum, as compared to other states. Some require Helmets and Eye Protection with no exemptions and others require no helmets or eye protection. Florida has come out somewhat in the middle. Under Florida Law, there are three things you need to know: First, helmets and eye protection are required for any motorcycle occupant under 21. Second, all other motorcyclists (over 21) and motorcycle passengers are required to wear helmets UNLESS they are exempt from doing so. To be exempt, you must have proof of insurance coverage for $10,000.00 to cover medical expenses in the event that a crash causes injury. Third, all riders must wear eye protection even if they are exempt from the helmet requirements. Florida has decided that for young adults, the state must step in and protect them from themselves. They basically allow you until the age of 21 to get into the habit of wearing helmets whenever on a motorcycle and once you are 21 you are on your own as far as the State of Florida is concerned. At the Law Offices of Robert E. Gluck, P.A., we have been involved in motorcycle crash cases in some form or another since the early 1990’s. I have seen significant traumatic brain injury cases that could have been avoided if the injured party was wearing a helmet. With the type of catastrophic injuries that can occur more commonly in a motorcycle related crash, many times there is not enough insurance coverage to compensate the injured party for medical expenses, wage loss and the pain and suffering they will go through with such an injury. An additional factor in many motorcycle crash cases is that Florida is a comparative fault state. That means that if you sue the driver who caused your crash and subsequent brain injury, the other side can hire a doctor to examine you who might say that if you were wearing a helmet, you would not have suffered such a severe brain injury. This doctrine of comparative fault in this situation could reduce any potential recovery by 50% to 90% of what the value of a brain injury case would otherwise be in Florida. If you have been involved in a motorcycle related crash, before you call an insurance company, call us. The team at the Law Offices of Robert E. Gluck, P.A. is ready to get working on your case. I will personally take your calls 24 hours a day and get to the scene of the crash before the insurance company does. Just call me on my cell any time at 954-895-7455.
Florida Nursing Home Safety When a family is faced with the difficult decision of placing one or both of their aging parents in a long-term care facility or a nursing home, there are many factors that come into play. A common reason for putting your parents into a nursing home is that your parent(s) need around the clock supervision, medical care and a team of skilled nurses that can come to your parent’s aid at any moment. Another reason for placing an aging family member in a long-term care facility is when they are unable to properly take care of themselves and become fully dependent on others to eat, maintain hygiene, move etc. Sometimes looking after elderly parents in your own home becomes too stressful and time consuming, and for their own mental health, they decide the best thing is to move their family member to a nursing home. When the final decision has been made to move your parent into a nursing home facility because professional care is required, there are certain steps you can take to ensure you have chosen the right facility to care for your loved ones. Some of the most important things to consider before placing your parent into a nursing home are: Nursing Home and Administrative Staff One of the first questions you might want to ask when researching nursing homes is, “what is the staff to resident ratio?” You can come prepared for the answer by researching before you visit potential facilities. A great resource for staffing data listed state-by-state is from the website of the nonprofit Long Term Care Community Coalition. Annually, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services conducts inspections on all nursing and long-term care facilities. Survey data, reports and ratings are all available to the public, and should also be posted at the facility. You should look for low deficiencies, and be on the lookout for deficiencies within the categories of mistreatment, actual harm or immediate jeopardy. These are clear red flags that this facility is not a safe place for your loved ones. On top of these points to consider, you may want to request background checks for staff as well as ask for staff turn-around numbers. Fall Safety and Prevention Measures According to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of injury to the elderly. While it is nearly impossible to avoid all falls at nursing homes, there are some measures that the facility can put in place to encourage safer practices amongst staff and residents. Creating unique and individualized care plans for each resident is a great tool for reducing traumatic injuries due to falls. Well trained staff that can pin-point hazards and risks to each patient and make appropriate changes in a timely manner can help drastically reduce the risk of minor and major injuries due to falls. Some other tools to reduce fall risks are promoting physical activity to increase strength and mobility, clearing any hazards from the floor, placing non-slip mats and carpets, and using the correct medical aids such as walkers and canes when moving around. Security Measures in Nursing Homes It’s great if the facility you are considering placing your parent in has a high standard of security measures. There should be cameras in all entrances and exits, as well as protocols for visitors and check-in policies. The use of security cameras not only helps keep residents safe from intruders, it also helps keep those residents with cognitive issues like Alzheimer's from wandering off premises. You can also consider placing cameras inside your parent’s unit in order to monitor their care and prevent nursing home abuse. In addition to cameras, you should also ask about their emergency preparedness and protocols in the event of any local or natural disaster. On top of this, ask about fire safety and evacuation plans. Medication Error Prevention The improper administration of medicine can be a potentially fatal error made by nursing home staff. It’s important to ask what the standard system for administering both pharmaceutical and over-the-counter medicine is. Typically, nursing homes have a well-planned system in place where medications are measured and separated in advance, and placed in sealed plastic bags. Each dose is cross-referenced and double checked. With the ever changing technologies, it has become easier than ever for nursing homes to keep digital records and reports of medications, allergies and adverse effects. Infection Control Due to the living conditions of multi-person nursing homes, most residents are in close contact with each other, therefore the spread of infectious diseases can pose a very real and dangerous risk. We all learned this during the Covid-19 pandemic, which is still affecting our elderly populations. One of the more common illnesses found inside nursing homes is influenza, which could easily progress into pneumonia. Besides staff and residents being vaccinated, it is important to keep up with good hygiene practices like regular washing of hands, keeping common areas clean and sanitized, and wearing masks when necessary. Unfortunately, antibiotic resistant infections continue to be a major problem at these types of facilities. Common ways residents get infections are from contact with others, bed sores, catheters etc. It’s very important the staff and administrators take the risks of infections very seriously! Balancing Safety, Independence and Comfort According to Carol Bradley Bursack, Author, speaker, columnist and eldercare consultant, “Trying to maintain a home-like atmosphere for vulnerable elders while keeping them safe is not an easy task. Yet, the public has increased their expectations of modern nursing homes, forcing them to examine their approaches to common problems and concerns. Many skilled nursing facilities have fostered a culture of safety among their employees and found ways of using technology and person-centered care to improve the quality of care and quality of life for their residents. Perfection may never be reached in these settings, but the happiness and security of elders in nursing homes is becoming a requirement instead of an added benefit. To me, that's great news.” Read the Full Story here If you suspect your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or wrongful death, contact Robert today at 954.583.8999 for a free case consultation.
Florida Motorcycle Safety Tips Many motorcycle riders relish in the mental and physical thrills of riding. There are so many exciting factors of riding a motorcycle, including feelings of liberation and freedom. Motorcycles are also more environmentally friendly, as they consume less gas than a car or truck, which is also appealing to many younger drivers. All these things make riding motorcycles a very popular sport. Unfortunately though, motorcycle riders have a higher chance of experiencing traumatic injury and even death if they are involved in a Florida motorcycle accident. When choosing to get around on our roadways on a motorcycle, you essentially forfeit the physical protection that a car provides. Also, motorcycles have two wheels which are much more unstable then 4 wheels in the event you need to make a sudden move or turn. In order to greatly reduce the risk that comes along with driving a motorcycle, it’s critical that riders get the proper training and take their safety very seriously. We have compiled a list of 6 tips that, if followed, can drastically decrease your chances of being involved in a Florida motorcycle accident and experiencing life threatening injuries. Maintain Your Bike Knowing your bike and how to maintain it is the first step in bike safety. If you are new to riding, or recently purchased a new bike, it's important to get to know your motorcycle in a controlled environment. Before every ride, it is critical to do a quick check of your bike. This includes checking tires (pressure and depth), make sure your turn signals are functioning, check your brakes and brake lights, and check the overall condition of your motorcycle. This will help ensure a safe ride. Wear the Correct Riding Gear You may have heard the popular acronym, “ATGATT”. It stands for “All The Gear All The Time”. What you choose to wear when riding a motorcycle could mean the difference between minor injuries and traumatic injuries if you were involved in a motorcycle accident. While motorcycle safety gear is an option, it should be considered mandatory. Important protective riding gear are helmets, motorcycle jackets, goggles, gloves, boots, riding pants or riding suits. Ride with Caution It is extremely important to never assume that you are visible to all the cars on the road. In fact, a motorcycle is notorious for being difficult for automobile drivers to see. It is very easy to slip into cars and truck's blind spots, and this can lead to disastrous results to the ill prepared motorcycle driver. Always assume drivers can not see you. Maintain a safe distance between you and the other motor vehicles on the road, and most importantly, drive defensively. Maintain a Safe Speed Don’t forget to keep within your lane and maintain the suggested speed limit. Be sure to follow all lane markings and signs. Avoid reckless speeding and cutting other vehicles off. Get Training There are many options when it comes to motorcycle education. A number of schools offer both street and track courses. You can select from group or private classes. Motorcycle training courses can prepare riders for driving on the road, and will also teach riders basic and advanced techniques to help you ride with more confidence. Check the Weather Changes in the weather while riding could lead to disastrous results. Rain or snow can lead to slippery conditions, which makes riding a motorcycle extra dangerous. Always check weather conditions before heading out for a ride. Having the right Motorcycle Accident Attorney who understands these issues is critical. Your experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney can coordinate a thorough investigative effort to ensure the proper outcome for your case. If you need immediate assistance from a lawyer that you can reach 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, call the Law Office of Robert E Gluck, P.A. right now at (877) Gluck-Law.