Coral Gables, Florida Personal Injury Law Blog

Pregnancy Complications that may Lead to Birth Injuries

by Bonner Law | Jan 26, 2021 | Firm News

There are many potential complications that can arise during pregnancy that can negatively affect both the mother and the baby.  Many of these complications can and should be detected early with the proper medical care. Unfortunately, medical negligence can result in a misdiagnosis or cause doctors to overlook these conditions altogether, putting the mother and the baby at risk. Some common prenatal conditions and complications include: Preterm Premature Rupture of the Membranes (PPROM) – PPROM occurs when the amniotic sac (the membrane surrounding the baby in the womb) breaks before 37 weeks of pregnancy which increases the risk of infection...

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Cerebral Palsy

by Bonner Law | Jan 26, 2021 | Firm News

Cerebral palsy is a disorder that is caused by damage to a developing brain and interferes with the nervous system and movement.[1]  Cerebral palsy can happen before birth, during birth, within the first month following birth or during the first few years of a child’s life while the brain is still developing.[2] However, 85-90% of cerebral palsy occurs before or during birth.[3] Cerebral palsy does not affect every child the same way because the condition depends on what part of the brain was affected. Types of Cerebral Palsy There are four main types of Cerebral Palsy, depending on which part...

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Boating Accidents in Florida

by Bonner Law | Jan 26, 2021 | Firm News

Recreational boating is enjoyed by people across the country but is an especially popular pastime in Florida. While boating is meant to be fun, boating accidents and injuries are becoming more prominent with each passing year and Florida leads the rest of the country in boating accidents and injuries. From 2015 to 2019, Florida had more boating accidents and related injuries or deaths than any other state.[i] Most of these boating accidents could have been prevented though, if it weren’t for the carelessness or negligence of other boat operators. Boating Accidents can be caused by an array of natural and...

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Slip and Fall Injury – Premises Liability

by Bonner Law | Nov 11, 2020 | Legal Questions/Issues

n many instances, a slip and fall injury could have been prevented if the property owners had kept their property safe.  Under Florida Law, all property owners have a duty to maintain their property in a safe condition and may be liable for accidents that happen on their property.[1] However, Florida law places some burdens on the injured party to prove certain elements before they can recover for a slip and fall, especially if they slip and fall on a transitory foreign substance. Transitory Foreign Substances A transient foreign substance is a liquid or solid substance located where it does...

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Florida’s Wrongful Death Act

by Bonner Law | Sep 16, 2020 | Legal Questions/Issues

The death of a family member or loved one impacts a family for a lifetime. In addition to the inevitable grief, shock, and sadness, families may also face financial hardships due to the lost financial support of the deceased, medical bills and funeral expenses. When someone is killed because of the negligence of another or due to an intentional or even criminal act, or because of a defective product, a claim can be pursued under Florida’s Wrongful Death Act.  If a loved one's death is caused by the wrongful actions of another, family members can recover for their pain, suffering,...

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Heart Attacks and Medical Malpractice

by Bonner Law | Sep 04, 2020 | Medical Issues/Negligence

Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States. A Myocardial Infarction (MI), commonly known as a “Heart Attack”, occurs when the blood flow to the heart muscle is cut off and a part of the heart muscle does not get enough blood and dies. According to the CDC, around 805,000 Americans have a Heart Attack each year and one in five people who have a Heart Attack are not aware that they are having a Heart Attack.  A Heart Attack requires prompt diagnosis and treatment to reduce the risk of serious...

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Medical Malpractice Presuit Requirements in Florida

by Bonner Law | Aug 25, 2020 | Legal Questions/Issues

Florida is one of several states that has placed restrictions on the filing and prosecution of lawsuits for Medical Malpractice because of a perceived litigation crisis affecting the health care industry.  Medical Malpractice reform in Florida began in 1985 by requiring potential plaintiffs in Medical Malpractice cases to provide a Notice of Intent to each prospective defendant before filing a lawsuit.  In 1988, Florida added a “Presuit Investigation” requirement, which included provisions permitting potential parties to conduct “informal discovery” before a complaint was filed.  Florida’s “Presuit” requirements have been modified several times since then, with the most recent revisions coming...

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Medical Malpractice Presuit Requirements in Florida

by Bonner Law | Aug 25, 2020 | Legal Questions/Issues

Florida is one of several states that has placed restrictions on the filing and prosecution of lawsuits for Medical Malpractice because of a perceived litigation crisis affecting the health care industry.  Medical Malpractice reform in Florida began in 1985 by requiring potential plaintiffs in Medical Malpractice cases to provide a Notice of Intent to each prospective defendant before filing a lawsuit.  In 1988, Florida added a “Presuit Investigation” requirement, which included provisions permitting potential parties to conduct “informal discovery” before a complaint was filed.  Florida’s “Presuit” requirements have been modified several times since then, with the most recent revisions coming...

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Still Birth and Fetal Demise

by Bonner Law | Aug 25, 2020 | Medical Issues/Negligence

A still birth occurs when a mother loses her baby between the 20th week of pregnancy and birth.  Still births can be caused by complications of pregnancy or birth such as: Preeclampsia – when an expectant mother develops high blood pressure during her pregnancy. Chorioamnionitis – an infection an expecting mother can suffer when bacteria moves upward into her uterus and affects the placenta and the membranes around the baby. Cord Prolapse – when the umbilical cord comes through the birth canal before the baby. If this happens in a hospital, action must be taken by the physicians and/or nurses...

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Boating Accidents in Florida

by Bonner Law | Aug 14, 2020 | Medical Issues/Negligence

With its year-round warm weather, Florida is one of the most popular places for boating in the country.  Unfortunately, Florida also has a higher amount of boating accidents per year than any other state in the United States. Boating accidents are often caused by inexperienced or careless operators driving their boat too fast for the conditions, not maintaining a proper lookout or operating their boat while they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In Florida there is no minimum age to operate a boat.[1]  Section 327.395(1), Florida Statutes, provides that anyone born after January 1, 1988, must have...

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