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The rights of Florida tenants to a safe property

If you are a tenant in a Florida apartment, or if you own a condominium, you are not in full control of the communal spaces that exist in the building. This means that you, as a tenant or condominium owner, do not have the responsibility to maintain these spaces. It is the responsibility of the building owner.

When building owners are not engaged with the maintenance of their property, injuries can occur. If you have become injured as a result of poor safety standards in your Florida building, it is important to know that you may be able to take legal action to recoup damages.

What steps should be taken after an injury at school?

When children become injured while attending school, it can be a very stressful time for you as a parent. It may mean that you need to take time off work in order to care for your child while he or she recovers, and it is likely that medical expenses will occur.

If you are dealing with a situation where your child has been injured, it is important that you take the time to understand your legal rights. It's also a good idea to consider the best possible car plan for your child while he or she is in recovery.

Would autonomous cars be safer?

Many people feel wary about the idea of autonomous or self-driving cars. They cannot shake the feeling that the computer could make a mistake and cause a deadly accident. Is a line of code really going to lead to the end of their life? Do they have to worry about programing errors sending a car speeding out of control, with no way to stop it?

How safe would these cars really be?

Potential signs of brain injuries in children

Brain injuries are very complicated. The signs and symptoms differ from one incident to the next, making them a challenge to diagnose and treat uniformly. This is especially true for children, since they cannot always express their symptoms accurately — or, in some cases when they are very young, they are unable to describe their symptoms at all.

Choosing caution

5 safety hazards you may find on someone else's property

You spend more time than you realize on other people's property. Every time you visit a friend, drop by the grocery store or stay in a hotel, you're putting your own safety in someone else's hands.

You expect the person who owns that property to maintain it and ensure that it's safe. You take these things for granted. Unfortunately, many property owners do not hold up their end of the deal. They leave dangerous conditions in place through ignorance or negligence. The risk of injury surrounds you.

5 major risk factors for teen drivers

Your teen, along with his or her friends, can legally get a driver's license at 16. That may feel way too young to you; as a parent, you still feel like it was only yesterday that you brought that little baby home from the hospital. But lawmakers have decided that 16-year-olds are mature enough to handle these 3,000-pound machines.

Unfortunately, teen drivers do pose a lot of risks, primarily because they do not have experience behind the wheel. Some would argue that they're not as ready to drive as lawmakers believe they are.

Distracted driving is more than texting

You tell your children not to text and drive. You mention it every time either one of them, both teens, decides to leave the house. They roll their eyes, but you keep saying it.

You also resolve never to do it yourself. You don't even check your messages at stoplights, as many people do. Often, you turn the phone off until you get to your destination. You've heard about the dangers of distracted driving, and you never want to feel distracted behind the wheel.

Beware of construction hazards when you are working

Hazards present at construction sites are very serious and can kill or cause significant injuries. It is imperative that construction workers keep an eye out for these hazards and that employers take a proactive stance to address them. Without both approaches, workers can have accidents with horrifying outcomes.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) keeps track of on-the-job injuries and accidents. Here are some points to remember based on the information OSHA has gathered for the construction industry.

What qualifies as an on-the-job injury?

In order for an employee to recoup workers' compensation damages, an accident and related injuries need to have happened while the worker was carrying out his or her job duties. In other words, the incident needs to have happened in the course and scope of the workers' employment.

If an employee, for example, gets hurt while driving home from work – and he or she was off the clock – then it's highly unlikely that a viable claim for workers' compensation damages can be made.

Similar packaging often causes accidental poisonings

Accidental poisonings are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that nothing causes more accidental injury deaths overall, year in and year out. For anyone older than 25, nothing is a greater danger.

Surprised? Other common causes of injury-related deaths are car accidents, unintentional drownings and things of this nature. But many people feel shocked to see poisoning at the top of the list.

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