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What is Florida's Move Over Law?

A recent accident in St. Johns County has prompted the Florida Highway Patrol to remind motorists of the importance of our state's Move Over Law. The accident, as reported on Sept. 24 by News 4 Jax occurred on Interstate 95. A state trooper inside his car was injured, and the driver who reportedly caused the crash was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. It occurred when, reportedly unaware of the slowdown caused by an earlier accident, the woman rear-ended another car and then an FHP cruiser at the scene the accident.

The Move Over Law was designed to protect motorists and public safety professionals by requiring motorists to slow down and/or move over when they see a law enforcement or emergency vehicle along the road. This July, it was broadened to include utility service and sanitation vehicles.

Why Floridians should be concerned about doctor-owned businesses

It's been almost a year since we first discussed a wrongful death lawsuit against a spine surgeon. That case, as we noted, exposed a potentially-deadly phenomenon known as physician-owned distributorships. Because of their financial involvement in the companies that sell medical devices like the spinal implants in this case, critics of PODs argue that some doctors perform unnecessary and risky operations to boost sales of their products.

Now the federal government is taking action. A recent report on "CBS This Morning" discussed the Department of Justice's suit against the network of physician-owned companies to which the doctor involved in the wrongful death case belonged. Prosecutors say that some 35 doctors in these companies have performed unnecessary and dangerous operations.

What kinds of birth injuries result from shoulder dystocia?

Shoulder dystocia is a complication that occurs most often with larger babies. It happens in anywhere from 5 to 9 percent of babies who weigh over nine pounds at birth. It can occur in smaller babies, but not as commonly. Just 1 percent of six-pound newborns experience shoulder dystocia.

Shoulder dystocia occurs as the baby moves into the birth canal if the shoulders become trapped behind the pelvic bone of the mother. It will cause the delivery to stall once the baby's head is out.

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Florida For-Profit College Sued By Federal Government

A for-profit college with campuses across Florida may promise its students better careers and a better life, but according to the federal government, it's doing the opposite. 

Corinthian Colleges is being sued by the government for lying about job prospects and forcing students to pay exorbitant interest on their loans.

According to the lawsuit, Corinthian's loose definition of a career included students who got a job lasting one day, and providing high-interest private loans that caused financial ruin for most students. 

Most of Corinthian's 10 campuses operate under the Everest University brand, and runs its online operations out of Tampa. Currently, about 72,000 students are enrolled  and it has over 10 campuses in 26 states and Canada. 

The vast majority of Corinthian's revenue comes from taxpayers in the form of federal grants and student loans, receiving $1.4 billion each year. 

In a statement, Corinthian Colleges said the lawsuit focuses on isolated incidents and the loans criticized are only obtained by less than 40 percent of the student body.

The U.S. Department of Education has ordered the company to sell or close its campuses in six months. 

In February, the agency filed a lawsuit against ITT claiming predatory lending practices. 

In the past decade, enrollment for for-profit colleges has grown from 9 percent in 2003 to 12 percent. 

Auto safety agency seeks more resources for defective products

The fallout from the faulty ignition-switches that remained in General Motors vehicles for years after they were found to be defective continues. Congress is turning its attention to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and asking how it failed to deal with the problem and others that have plagued the auto industry in recent years.

As David Friedman, the NHTSA's deputy administrator found himself on the hot seat at a Senate hearing this month, one thing that he and the legislators agreed on was that the agency needs help if it is to properly oversee and regulate automakers. This means more people, more power and more money. The NHTSA is asking for a budget increase of $32 million to $851 million next year.

19-Year-Old Miami-Dade Woman Dies Of Meningitis

A 19-year-old woman from Miami, who was attending George Washington University died Tuesday from meningitis.

According to a statement released by the Washington D.C. university, "Andrea died from apparent meningitis. We are awaiting test results to confirm the exact cause." 

Andrea Jaime was starting her sophomore year at the school of nursing and health studies, and she was a graduate of Coral Gables Senior High School.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the infection is caused by inflammation of protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. 

The disease is spread through close contact, primarily exchanging saliva from sharing drinks or living in same household. 

It can progress rapidly and cause severe complications, like brain damage, hearing loss or learning disabilities. 

In 2012, two students in Miami died from meningitis, both misdiagnosis by doctors at affiliated with Baptist Memorial Hospital.

At FDBR, attorneys were able to recover a $1 million settlement for wrongful death of a child as a result of medical negligence in failing to diagnose meningitis. 

Cruise lines may be liable for injuries, wrongful deaths

Every year, millions of Floridians and people from all over the country begin their cruises from one of our state's ports. Fortunately, most cruises are joyous experiences. However, these floating resorts can also present dangers.

Passengers have been injured and killed in a variety of ways on cruises. Wet decks can lead to slip-and-fall accidents that can be deadly, particularly for the older people who make up a significant portion of the cruising public. People sometimes fall overboard. Passengers have been sexually assaulted or attacked in other ways on cruise ships.

NHTSA Faltering In Dealing With Deadly Auto Defects

An investigation by the New York Times has found that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's handling of major safety defects over the past decade has been slow in identifying and acting on problems.

The Times found that many major recalls, including the G.M. ignition defect and Honda air bag ruptures, the agency did not take a leading role until well after the problems had reached a crisis level and motorists were injured or killed. 

For example, by the time GM began recalling cars this year for ignition defects, the agency had logged more than 2,000 complaints about the issue in the recalled models.

Also, in February GM published an article advertising its 2014 Chevys had earned more five-star overall ratings in a new car assessment than any other vehicle. The next day, they began recalling millions of its cars, and by August, six of the eight Chevrolet models had been recalled for various safety issues. 

The rankings had been awarded by the NHTSA. 

Not only does the agency spend about as much money rating new cars as it does investigating defects, but it also failed to make a question regarding fatal accidents mandatory. 

As of this month, GM has recalled about 16.5 million vehicles for igntion-related problems. 

In 2000, Congress passed a law requiring automakers to report to the safety agency any claims they received blaming defects for serious injuries or death. However, the agency has allowed automakers to conceal important information by not requiring full disclosures when confronted with follow-up questions. GM chose not answer inquiries regarding at least three of the 13 fatal crashes that are linked to the ignition defect. 

Florida doctors still licensed after multiple malpractice payouts

When a physician is found responsible for wrongdoing in multiple medical malpractice suits, most people expect the state medical board to take action to restrict or revoke that doctor's license. In Florida, that accountability is sorely lacking.

The show "CBS This Morning" recently reported on a case involving a St. Petersburg surgeon who settled a medical malpractice case brought by another physician whose wife died following an emergency appendectomy. After she bled to death, her husband reviewed her hospital records. He says that although her blood pressure after the surgery was unusually low, no tests were done to ascertain the problem.

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