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Information about Orlando personal injuries at tourist attractions

Are Theme Parks Underreporting Injuries?

The major theme parks recently released statistics regarding injuries received in the parks during the first quarter of 2015, according to a recent article in the Orlando Sentinel. In the first three months of business there have been only six reported injuries from Walt Disney World and seven from Universal Studios. But what is the basis of this report? The major theme parks in Florida are overseen by Florida’s Department of Agriculture, and are not required to report injuries, as others are. They voluntarily report injuries and injury statistics to the public. In this quarterly report the injuries listed were only those that were the result of a hospital stay that lasted more than 24 hours.  So what does that really mean? In 2012, the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with the National Centers for Health Statistics released a summary of health statistics.  That report shows, on average, only 7.6% of Emergency…
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Crosswalk Crackdown in Orange County

In the State of Florida drivers are required to stop and remain stopped until pedestrians cross at crosswalks, but unfortunately the failure of drivers to properly yield to pedestrians is responsible for 20% of all pedestrian deaths and injuries in the Orlando area. Of the incidents resulting in injury or death, 35% occur within marked crosswalk areas. Pedestrian deaths are preventable and that is why in June 2012, a local grassroots pedestrian safety coalition, Best Foot Forward, was formed to address this growing problem in Central Florida.  According to Katy Magruder with Best Foot Forward, only about 30% of motorists actually stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk, even though it is required under Florida law. A recent joint effort between the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Orlando Police Department is seeking to crackdown on violations of Florida’s traffic law regarding yielding to pedestrians at crosswalks. According to a report…
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Holiday Mishaps to Avoid

As the holiday season approaches, many of us are decorating, baking and preparing for joyful times with friends and family.  At this happy time it is important to be aware of the hidden and increased risks that come along with some holiday traditions. Some of the most common holiday accidents are poisonings, electrocutions, and fireplace-borne fires. Christmas tree fires, falls and injuries that occur during winter sporting activities also rank high during this season. Poisonings may seem unlikely but many holiday plants such as mistletoe, holly berries, and amaryllis are poisonous to both humans and household pets. It is important to keep them out of reach of pets, children and guests who might unknowingly touch or consume them. Christmas lights have grown to be such a identifiable tradition with the Holidays that it is its own tradition to drive down the streets and see homes, yards and Christmas trees covered in holiday decorations and…
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