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Back To School Auto Accidents & Traffic

Pensacola Personal Injury LawyerWhether its school bus drivers making their stops, bike riders whizzing by in traffic or parents dropping their kids off, it is everyone’s responsibility to use caution and stay alert to ensure children travel to and from school safely.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, approximately 100 children in the United States are killed while walking to or from school and the National Center for Safe Routes to School reports nearly 17,000 children sustain injuries in school zone accidents every year.

To ensure safe transportation, everyone should make sure they properly protect themselves and others. Sharing the road during the school day can be stressful, but reducing the risk of school-zone traffic accidents is a combined effort between drivers, bus riders, bicyclists and walkers.

Although the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises that children under the age of 10 to be escorted by a parent or legal guardian, not everyone has the privilege to have adult supervision at the bus stop.

To accommodate for those who don’t have this guidance, kids can form walking groups in the morning and afternoon. From experience, strength in numbers alleviates the feeling of being scared and also helps protect kids from being approached by strangers. However, whether being supervised by an adult or with a group of peers, I knew to trust the bus driver and abide the rules.

School-day traffic can be wearying but by planning ahead and allowing extra time to reach the destination, drivers can help alleviate their stress. This reduces the feeling of being rushed which allows people to focus on driving correctly, following the speed limits, and keeping an eye for pedestrians at crosswalks, children leaving school buses and bicyclists in traffic.

Using these traffic safety rules and exercising a little extra care and caution, drivers and pedestrians can co-exist safely in school-zones. No matter how experienced we may be in our means of transportation, it’s always important to be cognizant of traffic laws and our surroundings to reduce the risk of traffic accidents.

Safety should be the highest priority when traveling regardless of the person or destination. One accident can alter the rest of someone’s life. However, don’t let one wrong turn, mistake, or ignorance of the law result in obstructing a child’s pursuit in education.

Zarzaur Law Firm and Personal Injury Lawyer Joe Zarzaur, can investigate the Pensacola auto accident that caused your child’s injury. If it was a preventable accident, we can help you see to it that the responsible party is held liable under Florida personal injury or wrongful death laws. We can help you deal with the financial consequences of your child’s accident and provide further compassion and support as you deal with the emotional aspects of your child’s case.


McDonald’s Recalls 29 Million Fitness Trackers Amid Burn Reports

McDonald’s is recalling 29 million “Step It!” fitness trackers that were given away in some Happy Meals after reports that children experienced skin irritations and burns from the toy’s wristband.

The recall comes less than a week after McDonald’s pulled the fitness tracker from its stores in the U.S. and Canada.

The fast-food giant has received more than 70 reports, including seven reports of blisters from wearing the wristbands, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement.

Last week, McDonald’s spokeswoman Terri Hickey told USA TODAY, the activity trackers, which were available in all U.S. and Canadian stores would no longer be offered in Happy Meals.

“We have taken this swift and voluntary step after receiving limited reports of potential skin irritations that may be associated with wearing the band,” Hickey said in a statement.

The “Step It” fitness tracker came in six colors and strapped on like a watch. The device counted steps or blinked according to how quickly or slowly the person wearing the device was moving.

McDonald’s swapped out the plush toys and figurines for the fitness trackers as part of a promotional campaign to get kids moving again in early August.

McDonald’s reiterated on its website that the activity bands were tested and in compliance with federal and state requirements.

“McDonald’s is aggressively investigating this issue,” the company said on its website.“While we do not yet know what may be causing these incidents, we believe it is appropriate to recall these wristbands from consumers in an abundance of caution.”

McDonald’s is urging parents to take the wrist bands from their children and return them to their local McDonald’s restaurant for a new toy or apple slices.

If you child is in need of a Pensacola product liability lawyer, call us – Zarzaur Law firm.

Personal Injury & Back To School: Playground Concussions Are on the Rise

Personal Injury Lawyer PensacolaBack to School: Back To Injuries

By now most parents have heard about the danger of concussions in sports like football and hockey. But parents trying to keep their children safe from head injuries need to be concerned with more than contact sports. A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found around 21,000 kids aged 14 and younger suffer traumatic brain injuries including concussions on playgrounds every year.

Researchers looked at playground injuries to kids 14 and under who were treated in the emergency room. From ages 5 to 9, most of the injuries were to young boys. Concussions accounted for 10-percent of the injuries.

The study also found that the rate of concussions was rising among children, from 23 out of 100,000 in 2005 to 48 out of 100,000 in 2013. While the CDC isn’t sure what’s causing the rise in traumatic brain injuries, it is recommending “improved adult supervision, methods to reduce child risk behavior, regular equipment maintenance, and improvements in playground surfaces and environments.”

Playground TipsResearchers also suggest using soft ground surfaces such as wood chips and sand rather than concrete. Adult supervision is also key to help prevent injuries. Age appropriate playground equipment that is in good condition is also helpful.

Safety First

The two pieces of playground equipment most commonly associated with concussions were swing sets and the monkey bars. Considering that even properly constructed playground equipment can be dangerous, poorly designed, assembled, or maintained equipment can increase the injury risk for children.

Playground equipment manufacturers have a duty to ensure their products are safe to play on, and companies can be strictly liable if a person is injured by their product. A piece of playground equipment could be improperly designed, poorly manufactured, or lack proper warnings, leading to dangerous or deadly accidents. The CDC study recommended that playgrounds use soft ground surfaces like wood chips or sand, rather than concrete.

Location, Location, Location

Where a playground is located may also affect legal liability for injuries. If the playground is on school property or in a city park, you could have a premises liability claim against the school or municipality. But suing a government entity is can be more complicated and may require filing a notice of claim first, so that the school or city is on notice that an injury has occurred. (This gives the government entity an opportunity to accept and pay the claim before going to court.) If your claim is ignored or denied, you can then sue the entity in court.

If your child has suffered a concussion or traumatic brain injury on a playground, you should talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer. Joe Zarzaur is an award winning Pensacola personal injury lawyer specializing in premises liability and personal injury.

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Playground injuries can occur at public schools, private schools, daycares, city parks, and private homes. Most of these injuries are caused by unsafe behavior by children or by unsafe equipment. If your child was seriously injured while playing on a playground, you may want to learn more about the legal concepts of premises liability and negligent supervision of children, which might be utilized in a claim for injury compensation.

Premises Liability

Schools and other operators of playgrounds have a duty to protect children from foreseeable dangers on the premises. To bring a suit to recover for a playground injury based on a premises liability theory, you must show that:

  • the defendant was in charge of the property
  • the injured child was the type of person that the defendant could expect to be on the property
  • the defendant did not exercise the proper amount of care
  • the child was injured in a foreseeable way, and
  • the defendant’s carelessness was a major cause of the child’s injury.

For example, in a case where a child is injured on a school playground by a sharp crack in a metal slide, the school has authority over the playground area. The school expects students to play on the school playground equipment. To make the playground reasonably safe, the school has a duty to regularly inspect the playground equipment and repair any problems. If the school in question never inspected the playground equipment, the school failed to exercise a reasonable amount of care. It would not be surprising that the equipment had deteriorated in a dangerous way over a period of years. Injury due to decaying playground equipment is a foreseeable harm. The school’s failure to discover and fix the problem with the slide would be the major cause of the child’s injury.

With facts such as these, the elements of a premises liability case would be met, and the school or owner/operator of the playground could be deemed negligent.

Negligent Supervision of Children

When someone accepts the responsibility of watching your child, that person could be liable for harm that comes to your child because of a lack of supervision. School teachers and staff have a heightened duty of care toward your child because they are acting in loco parentis, which is Latin for “in the place of parents,” at school. They must take reasonable steps to prevent foreseeable harm to students. The school must have an effective system of supervision in place to keep students safe. Other organizations and individuals that agree to watch your children also have a duty to act with reasonable care to avoid injury to your children.

To sue for negligent supervision, you need to show that:

  • the defendant agreed to supervise your child
  • the defendant did not properly monitor your child, and
  • your child was hurt because of the inattentiveness of the defendant.

One example of this type of claim is where children at school are let out to play at recess without any supervision and a fight erupts. If the fight escalates and a child is pushed off a climber and breaks an arm, the school could be sued for negligent supervision of the children. The school has the responsibility of monitoring the students. If a staff member had supervised recess and stopped the fight, this incident likely would not have occurred.

The Ironman® Triathlon Ran An Illegal Lottery And Made Millions

Pensacola Personal Injury LawyerFeds: Ironman® Ran An Illegal Lottery And Made Millions

There have been a few ways to enter the Ironman® World Championship in Hawaii: earn a slot, try the auction, get picked via the legacy program, or plunk down $50 to enter the Ironman® Lottery. That last option made Ironman’s owner, the Tampa-based World Triathlon Corporation, a whole lot of money, according to federal prosecutors, who also say the setup was illegal.

Now the corporation is forfeiting all its proceeds from the lottery since late 2012, which totaled more than $2.7 million. In return for the forfeiture, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida has agreed to not bring criminal charges.

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In Florida, lotteries are illegal except for certain exceptions, like drawings by charities and the state-run Florida Lottery. The definition of a lottery is pretty simple: a scheme involving consideration (such as an entry fee), chance (like a random selection), and a prize (in this case, a slot in Ironman). In Ironman’s case, it was the fee that caused the problem, according to federal prosecutors. On top of that, the company took in more money by selling “membership” in the Passport Club, which let athletes “double their chances of winning the lottery” for another $50.

Ironman’s haul went up every year. Here are the financial breakdowns from the complaint, which was released last week:

  • In 2013, 10,939 people entered. The entry fee was $40. Of those, 4,337 people bought Passport Club to increase their chances of winning. Total brought in: $654,410.
  • In 2014, 12,292 people entered. The entry fee was $50. Of those, 5,940 people bought Passport Club. Total brought in: $911,600.
  • In 2015, 14,254 people entered. The entry fee was $50. Of those, 6,889 people bought Passport Club. Total brought in: $1,057,150.

For each year, only 100 entrants were selected to participate.

Ironman® also rewarded entrants for playing the lottery consecutive years. From a footnote in the complaint:

In 2012, WTC changed the way it selected lottery winners. Beginning that year, athletes gained an increased chance of being selected for the Ironman Lottery based on the number of years that they had entered the lottery since 2004. For example, if an athlete had registered for every Ironman® Lottery from 2004 through 2012, his or her chances of winning a lottery entry to the Ironman® World Championship would have been eight times greater than if he or she were registering for the first time. Additionally, entrants were required to have consecutive entries, year-over-year, to maintain credit from previous years.

Pensacola Auto Accident AttorneyThe complaint goes on to note that the company ran two other lotteries in 2014: a Valentine’s Day lottery and the “Gift of Kona drawing.” The Valentine’s Day lottery also had a $50 fee and unlimited chances to enter for a slot in the Ironman championship; it brought in $67,600 (and had one winner). Gift of Kona also had a $50 fee and athletes could purchase up to 10 entries for a chance to participate in the Ironman® championship as well as getting a “VIP package for two people on race day,” the complaint said. It brought in $71,150 (and had one winner).

In total, prosecutors say Ironman® brought in $2,761,910, which as the proceeds of illegal gambling is “subject to forfeiture.”

And the fees weren’t over even if you won. According to the complaint, 2015 lottery winners still had to pay the race’s $850 entrance fee.

Avoiding Car Accidents: Zarzaur Law Crash Report

Pensacola Personal Injury LawyerFlorida’s personal injury laws allow victims of accidents that have been seriously injured to collect damages for pain and suffering. Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance also covers any driver under the no-fault system. These protections ensure that you won’t be left on your own after a car accident occurs. However, better than recovering after an accident, is preventing that accident in the first place. The majority of car accidents can be prevented by avoiding several simple actions that many drivers take while on the road. If you are behind the wheel, take a look at these 10 actions that cause accidents. Learn how to avoid them for your own safety and the safety of those around you. If you are in a accident please don’t hesitate to reach out to us, Joe Zarzaur: Pensacola Personal Injury Lawyer.

1. Talking on the phone.

Personal Personal Injury Lawyer- Cell Phone Safe Driving TipAlthough talking on the phone while driving is legal in Florida, it is advised against mainly because of the distraction that it causes drivers. According to theFlorida Highway Patrol, you should make safe driving a priority, and wait to call until parked if at all possible. If not, limit conversations and keep your eyes on the road.

2. Text messaging.

According to a recent study, text messaging while driving makes an accident 23 times more likely to occur. Text messaging takes your eyes away from the road, and makes your hands occupied so that your reaction time is slowed. Avoid text messaging while driving at all costs.

3. Eating or drinking.

A study by Exxon Mobil shows that over 70% of drivers eat behind the wheel – and over 80% of drivers drink. As with text messaging, eating or drinking while driving occupies your hands so that you cannot react as quickly as necessary if something does occur. According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, eating while driving increases the chances of an accident by 80%.

4. Reaching for something far away.

Personal Personal Injury Lawyer- Driving While Eating StatsticsIt may seem like you will be done in a few seconds, but even those few seconds that your eyes are off the road while you are reaching for something out of your range can be crucial. In those few seconds, you may miss a crucial signal or steer the car out of your lane. Avoid reaching for things that are not in your immediate peripheral vision.

5. Reading.

Reading has the same effects as text messaging, occupying your eyes and your hands. Avoid even something as seemingly inconspicuous as reading billboards or storefront signs too closely.

6. Holding something in your lap.

Whether it is a pet, a child, or an inanimate object, driving with something in your lap is dangerous for both you and, if it is a living thing, for whatever you are holding. This provides an obstacle for your hands and feet, and causes you to press down harder than you should while distracting you at the same time. Furthermore, if an accident does occur, children or pets in your lap will not be secured with a seat belt and will be in danger of injury or death.

7. Driving with headphones.

Although you may see this as a safer alternative to talking on the phone, using headphones while driving can be equally dangerous. Since these often block out sound, you will be unable to hear crucial pieces of information from other drivers or cars around you. It is crucial that you are able to hear when a car is approaching behind you, or if a driver is trying to tell you something important. You also need to be able to hear police and emergency vehicles so that you can move out of the way if they approach.

8. Changing clothes.

Another action that distracts you from the road, changing clothes should be left until you are parked or have arrived at your destination. This takes your foot off of the brake and your eyes off of what is going on around you. Furthermore, if you become entangled in your clothes, the danger of running into trouble on the road can increase.

9. Putting on makeup.

Although the availability of mirrors in a car makes putting on makeup while driving a tempting prospect, avoid doing this at all costs. While your hands and eyes are occupied, even for a few seconds, you will lose crucial focus, increasing your chances of a car accident. Furthermore, even a small bump in the road can cause serious problems if you are applying eye makeup and your hand slips.

10. Losing your temper.

The most important thing to remember when driving is to not let your temper cloud your judgment. Numerous cases of “road rage”, when one driver feels angry at another driver’s actual or perceived poor driving skills, have resulted in accidents because the driver then takes a rash or unsafe action as a result of this anger. Anger keeps you from making rational decisions and makes you unfocused. The important thing to remember is to not act without thinking. Instead of chasing the person down or making obscene gestures, try to let it go and continue driving. Doing otherwise would distract you and make you more likely to get into an accident. Also make sure that you do not allow any other negativity (such as a bad day or upset feelings over something else) take over your judgment on the road. Recognize when you are feeling angry and make a conscious effort to not have that become a part of your driving.

Pokemon GO Turns Violent: Are These the First of Many Pokecrashes?

Pokemon Go Auto Accident LawyerIt’s now official: Pokemon GO has done some serious vehicular damage.

In what may be the first verified automobile crash resulting from DWP (Driving While Poke-ing), police in Auburn, New York, reported that a driver wrecked his car while playing the wildly popular game, which was released last week. It was bound to happen eventually, but on Tuesday, July 12th, a 28-year-old driver in Auburn, New York reportedly crashed into a tree while playing Pokemon Go.

According to the department, police responded to a car accident Tuesday night shortly before 11 p.m.

“Cell phone distraction comes in many forms. Any one distraction can be enough to divert a driver’s eyes from the road or his hands from the steering wheel. It can take less than a second for an accident to occur. Distracted drivers often fail to brake or maneuver out of the way of other cars until it’s too late,” explains Joe Zarzaur, Pensacola personal injury lawyer at Zarzaur Law, P.A.

The driver admitted to police that he crashed into a tree when he became distracted while playing Pokemon GO.

pensacola personal injury lawyer“Luckily the driver was not seriously injured, but this is an example of how easily accidents can occur when someone is engaged in the game and not paying attention,” police said, adding that the investigation into the accident is ongoing.

Meanwhile, KBTX reports that another Pokemon GO-related crash occurred on campus at Texas A&M.

According to university police, an illegally parked car was struck from behind after the driver of the parked car left his vehicle to catch a Pokemon.
A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told TheWrap on Wednesday that, because of the newness of Pokemon GO, there is no current data on how many infractions or accidents may have occurred because of the game as of yet.

However, he cautioned, playing while driving is an infraction, with fines ranging from $20 to $50.

Pokemon Go & Driver Liability

pensacola personal injury lawyerA distracted driver is legally responsible for the damages he causes (even if they are playing Pokemon Go!). To understand responsibility in cell phone car accidents is to understand the process of legal liability, which concerns cause and effect. All 50 states impose on every driver a legal duty of care (obligation) to other drivers who share the road. This means every driver is bound to look out for the safety and well-being of every other driver.

When a driver intentionally engages in distractive conduct by using his cell phone, the driver breaches (violates) his duty of care to other drivers. That breach of duty is called negligence. When negligence results in an accident, the driver becomes liable for the damages he causes. Here’s how it works:

  1. Cell phone distraction is a breach of duty of care.
  2. Breach of duty of care is negligence.
  3. Negligence causes car accidents.
  4. Car accidents result in damages to victims (property damage and injuries).
  5. The negligent driver then must legally compensate the victim for his damages.

Damages & Pokemon GO

A victim in a cell phone car accident is eligible for compensation for all reasonable damages. Reasonable damages include:

    • Property damage – the cost of having the car repaired or payment for its fair market value, also personal property damaged in the accident like computers, clothing, jewelry, etc.
    • Medical bills – emergency room costs, doctors’ bills, hospital bills, chiropractic treatment, and physical therapy
    • Out-of-pocket expenses – prescription and over-the-counter medications, crutches, bandages, nursing care, and so on
    • Pain and suffering – mental anguish, emotional distress, loss of consortium (marital intimacy), and other intangible losses.


Half A Million ‘Hoverboards’ Recalled Over Risk Of Fire, Explosions

Pensacola Product Liability LawyerMore than 500,000 balancing scooters — better known as hoverboards, are being recalled because of the risk of fire or explosions.

The devices were extremely popular gifts this past holiday season. Online, they were hits in viral dance videos … and in less-impressive videos of people falling off their new toys.

But hoverboards made headlines for another reason — some of them were apparently catching on fire.

Now several manufacturers and retailers are recalling the devices over the hazard, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Wednesday — adding that many devices not included in the recall should be discarded for consumers’ safety.

“There have been at least 99 incident reports of the battery packs in self-balancing scooters/hoverboards overheating, sparking, smoking, catching fire and/or exploding,” the CPSC says, “including reports of burn injuries and property damage.”

The full list of recalled devices is at the CPSC site. They were all sold within the last year or so, for between $350 and $900. About 501,000 devices are involved in the recall.

The CPSC advises people who own a recalled hoverboard to stop using it, and to reach out to the manufacturer or retailer for a refund, repair or replacement, depending on what the company is offering.

And if your hoverboard isn’t on the list?

Hoverboards sold on AliExpress.com and Alibaba.com by third parties will be certified by testing agencies from now on, the CPSC says.

Last December, as reports were emerging of self-combusting hoverboards, Carnegie Mellon University’s Jay Whitacre spoke to NPR about what can cause such fires.

Whitacre, a professor of materials science and engineering, explained that lithium-ion batteries have a flammable electrolyte in them. In most products, including in most hoverboards, the batteries are safe.

But powerful, poor-quality batteries can be dangerous, he said.

“I think a lot of [hoverboard makers] are using second-tier battery sources, which are going to have probably a higher rate of defects,” he said. “These things have more lithium-ion batteries in them than most things because they’re used to move you around. It takes more batteries to get you the power … to do that and as such there’s just more energy in a small space. And so if something does go wrong, it’s a bit more catastrophic.”

Whitacre advised consumers not to overcharge their hoverboards, and never to charge them or use them indoors.

Now, depending on the model, owners may have a third precautionary option: Sending the ‘board back for a refund.

July 4: The Deadliest Day on the Highway

Pensacola Auto Accident AttorneyAn analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has found that July 4 has been the deadliest day on the road in recent years.

The institute looked at accident statistics from 2004 to 2008 and found that on average, 148 people died in motor vehicle crashes on July 4, more than on any other day.

A typical day has an average of 114 traffic deaths.

July 4 was followed by Aug. 13 and July 15 (both averaging 143 fatalities) and New Year’s Day (140 traffic deaths).

So why is July 4 so deadly?

The Insurance Institute suggests that more people are on the road, driving longer distances. Alcohol plays a role too. Independence Day has the second highest rate of alcohol-related crashes — 41 percent — eclipsed only by New Year’s Day at 49 percent.

On a typical day, 31 percent of traffic deaths are alcohol related.

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This year it was a particularly busy one on the roads.

AAA is projected that the number of Americans traveling last weekend would increase 17.1 percent from 2015, with approximately 34.9 million people taking a trip at least 50 miles away from home.

Like most other holidays, the vast majority of people — 90 percent — are expected to travel by car. The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas is $2.76, according to the Energy Information Administration. That’s up 12 cents from the same time last year.

AAA expects it will come to the aid of 520,000 stranded motorists during the holiday weekend. Batteries can be especially affected by heat. AAA anticipates it will replace 30,000 auto batteries on the roadside, and jump start an additional 60,000 during the holiday weekend.

The average distance traveled by Americans this Fourth of July weekend is forecast to be approximately the same as last year, 617 miles. This year’s spending is expected to be $644, down $50 from last year.

But let’s face it. The real hassle for most highway travelers is traffic.

IBM recently released a “Commuter Pain Study” that found 65 percent of drivers said traffic causes them health problems, such as stress, anger and reduced sleep.

Their top frustrations? Stop-start traffic (42 percent), rude and aggressive drivers (32 percent) and unreliable journey time (26 percent). The 8,192 motorists in 20 cities around the globe said that driving at low speeds was less of a frustration than was stop-start traffic.

ICopy of Copy of Copy of Copy of leader-f you got into an accident this past holiday weekend – call Joe Zarzaur, an expert at accidents involving Florida Drivers.

Pensacola Personal Injury Lawyer, Joe Zarzaur, founder of Zarzaur Law has created this blog in an effort to educate the many citizens and visitors of Pensacola, Florida about their legal rights. Joe Zarzaur knows the ins and outs of Florida law, and offers friendly-quality legal help whether you have experienced an auto accident/car wreck, have been a victim of medical malpractice or are in need of a personal injury lawyer.

Enjoy the Water, but be Smart and Avoid the Vibrios

Pensacola Personal Injury LawyerSmall wounds can happen easily when you are out fishing or enjoying some time on the beaches, for example, getting hooked on your own fishing tackle or stepping on an oyster shell. At the time, it may seem an insignificant injury.  But, the Vibrio vulnificus bacterium can enter through a new wound or through an existing wound, like a tiny cut, scratch or even a mosquito bite. For most healthy individuals, any infection or irritation is minor and hardly noticed. The case is different for people who have weakened immune systems. The bacterium invades the bloodstream, potentially causing a severe and life-threatening illness. Vibrio wound infections happen fast; symptoms may become evident in only four hours.

Dr. Evan Malone explains that Vibrio has always been in Gulf Waters. Here are some facts and tips about the bacteria:Pensacola Personal Injury LAwyer

  • Vibrio has always been in the Gulf waters
  • Vibrio thrives in warmer water months
  • Healthy, immunocompetent individuals are at low risk for becoming infected
  • Immunocompromised individuals are at increased risk of infection
  • Those with open wounds, independent of underlying health history, are at increased risk of infection

Swim. Enjoy the Gulf. 

Avoid the Gulf with open wounds or underlying systemic illness (uncontrolled diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, cancer, immunosuppressant therapy). 

If you are injured in or around Gulf waters seek medical attention, even if you “think it doesn’t need stitches” — these wounds need to be evaluated by a medical professional to determine the best treatment. 

Most people are unaware of a dangerous flesh eating  bacterium, Vibrio vulnificus, which thrives in our coastal salt water. Scientists have identified more than 100 distinct species of Vibrio bacteria.

But only a few are pathogenic and harmful to humans. Among those are  Vibrio cholerae, the bacterium that causes cholera which still kills over 500,000 people annually. CDC states that Vibrio parahaemolyticus causes on average about 45,000 cases of disease in the U.S. each year, 86% of which are food-borne gastorenteritis. By comparison, CDC estimates that Salmonella causes 1 million cases of gastroenteritis annually, Shigella 500,000 and Listeria 1,600. The V. parahaemolyticus death rate is low, about 2% for gastroenteritis and 20-30% for wound-related cases.

The CDC states that Vibrio infections may be under-reported. Since 1988, the CDC has maintained a voluntary surveillance system for culture-confirmed Vibrio infections in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Between 1988 and 2006, CDC received reports of more than 900 infections from the Gulf Coast states. In 2007, surveillance was expanded to national notification of infections caused by any Vibrio species. Wounds account for approximately 60% of all U.S. Vibrio vulnificus cases.

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Pensacola Product Liability: Ikea Recalls 29 Million Dressers and Chests

Pensacola Personal Injury LawyerAt least six children have been crushed to death by toppling Ikea chests, prompting the voluntary recall of about 29 million chests and dressers sold by the popular retailer, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says. Pensacola product Liability Lawyer, Joe Zarzaur explains the products recalled include dressers from Ikea’s lower-cost Malm line, which has been plagued with consumer reports regarding injuries and deaths.

Ikea and the CPSC told ABC that at least 36 children have been injured by Ikea chests and dressers, which are prone to tip over when they aren’t anchored to the wall. The deaths — all children under the age of 4 — date back to 1989 and are as recent as this February, the CPSC said.

The company is offering a refund or repair kit for affected dressers, including the MALM and other styles, the CPSC said. Further details were not immediately available. Furniture manufactured between 2002 and 2016 will entitle customers to a full refund; consumers can receive a partial store credit for items manufactured before 2002.

Pensacola Personal Injury LawyerUpon request, the company will send a crew to install the wall anchor for customers who don’t want to do it themselves, the CPSC said. In the meantime, the CPSC is encouraging consumers to store the dresser where children won’t have access to it. At least four of the deaths were the result of unanchored chests.

In a statement regarding the voluntary recall, Ikea said that “a child in the US dies every two weeks from furniture, appliances, or TVs tipping over,” stressing that it instituted a repair kit program last year “to communicate the importance of wall attachment, which resulted in the distribution of 300,000 kits to consumers who had not used their original hardware.”

Joe Zarzaur, founder of Zarzaur Law and Pensacola product liability lawyer, has created this  blog in an effort to educate the many citizens and visitors of Pensacola, Florida about their legal rights. Board Certified Lawyer Joe Zarzaur knows the ins and outs of Florida law, and offers friendly-quality legal help whether you have experienced a product malfunction, auto accident/car wreck, have been a victim of medical malpractice or are in need of a personal injury lawyer.

“Since then, we have been in close contact with the CPSC to evaluate the success of the repair program and the impact it is having on consumers’ actions. We are announcing this recall today given the recent tragic death of a third child,” the statement said, referring to the number of children killed by MALM dressers. Three other children have been killed by other-style IKEA chests.

“It is clear that there are still unsecured products in customers’ homes, and we believe that taking further action is the right thing to do,” Ikea continued in the statement. “We will continue to work collaboratively with the CPSC on tip-over prevention, development of the ASTM standard, and innovations that will enhance product safety and further reduce the risk of tip-overs.”

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Some childhood injuries – bumps, cuts, and bruises – are a part of growing up. But if your child was hurt, you deserve answers. In cases of a serious accident resulting in substantial medical care or lasting impairment, you may need a Pensacola product liability lawyer or child accident lawyer to help get the financial compensation your family needs.

Zarzaur Law Firm can investigate the accident that caused your child’s injury. If it was a preventable accident, we can help you see to it that the responsible party is held liable under Florida personal injury or wrongful death laws. We can help you deal with the financial consequences of your child’s accident and provide further compassion and support as you deal with the emotional aspects of your child’s case.