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What damages may be recovered in a wrongful death action?

The state of Florida has established by statute the types of damages that may be claimed and by whom they may be claimed in a wrongful death civil suit. Typically, only the surviving spouse, the lineal descendants or a representative of the estate of the person who died may claim damages. In some instances, the parents of the decedent may also bring a wrongful death action.

Florida family sues school district over son's brain injury

The parents of a high school football player have filed a negligence lawsuit against a Tampa school district in connection with a brain injury that put their son in the hospital. Last year, on Oct. 9, 2013, the highschooler was playing catch on the football field when he hit his head on a paint machine used to line the field.

The main causes of trucking accidents in Florida

There are many reasons truck accidents take place in Florida, but a few stand out from the rest. Commercial truck drivers may cause accidents by not being trained well enough in their driving techniques or not being knowledgeable about safety concerns. Commercial drivers should be driving defensively, and passive driving may result in crashes.

Some of the ways to obtain a green card

A majority of green card applicants in Florida have a family member legally residing in the United States or a job offer from a U.S. employer. However, there are some other ways that immigrants without a family member or job in the United States can apply for permanent residency.

Understanding the basics of traumatic brain injuries

A traumatic brain injury occurs when an external force impacts the head sufficiently enough to affect the brain's functions. Some Florida residents may not be aware of the extent to which traumatic brain injuries are a public health issue in America.

Wrongful deaths in Florida: Your right to compensation

As a person who has faced a spinal cord or brain injury or lost a loved one to an accident, it's important that you regain as much of your health as possible and are able to deal with the death of your loved one. You may not be able to work, could be suffering from pain that isn't easy to relieve or you could be stuck in a hospital and working through months of recuperation. On top of that, your loved one, a passenger or driver of the vehicle you were in, has now passed away.

United States deporting fewer immigrants

Individuals in Florida who wish to remain permanently in the United States may be interested to learn that deportation numbers are dropping. In 2014, the fewest number of immigrants since at least 2007 will be deported from the country. This will be the case despite the fact that President Obama is delaying until after the November 2014 elections the implementation of policies that could lead to even fewer deportations.

What are some motorcycle injury statistics in Florida?

As a motorcyclist, it's important to know the driving statistics in your area. If it's incredibly dangerous to drive your motorcycle in your area, then you may be able to make better decisions about your routes or even the time of day you head out on the road.

Woman files lawsuit against Florida hospital for misdiagnosis

A woman has sued a Florida hospital after they allegedly misdiagnosed her with rectal cancer, leading them to perform unnecessary surgery. According to the news release, the woman claimed that the surgery was performed after the hospital mixed up her lab results and misdiagnosed her with cancer.

Understanding the refugee process

Refugees desiring to come to Florida need to understand the process that must be followed. First, the individual must have received a referral to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. Once a referral has been received, the applicant will be interviewed by an immigration officer who will determine the applicant's eligibility for resettlement.

Car accidents: On the rise and growing in expense

Did you know that the number of fatal car crashes in the urban areas of Florida has been on the rise? As a driver or person who has suffered an injury in a wreck, this is sad news. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said that the number of fatal crashes rose from 1,607 in 2004 to 1,750 in 2009. That means that every year, there are thousands of people being hurt and killed due to negligence and careless driving.

Mentally ill man allegedly abused in Florida state hospital

Video footage was recently released of an incident at a Florida state hospital in December; said footage reportedly depicts a schizophrenic patient locked alone in a dark room for an extended period of time while the nurse charged with his care sits outside the door.

How do I immigrate to the United States?

Families in Florida may benefit from learning more about the process that enables people to immigrate into the United States. According to the U.S Department of State, the first step towards becoming a lawful permanent resident is for a foreign citizen to obtain an immigrant visa. Most foreign citizens are either categorized as immigrating for employment reasons or for family. In order to qualify for immigration, foreign citizens must be sponsored by a prospective employer, U.S. lawful permanent resident or a relative that is a U.S. citizen.

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