Newsletter Archives - Wooten Kimbrough Damaso & Dennis, PA

On the Importance of Taking Responsibility

Doug / 10-01-2013 / Newsletter

Many people are quick to look down on Personal Injury attorneys.  Often they are referred to negatively as “Ambulance Chasers” and it’s alluded that they prey on the weak to take advantage of Big Business and Big Insurance to enrich themselves and their clients at the cost of raised premiums for insurance carriers.  Given mainstream […]

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Take Care When Back to School Shopping

Doug / 08-27-2013 / Newsletter

It’s sadly true, but going back to school may be harmful to your child’s health? This year, when you’re shopping for school supplies remember that many may contain hidden hazards, especially in products containing vinyl. High levels of toxic phthalates, banned in toys and associated with birth defects, ADHD, obesity, behavioral problems and asthma, have been […]

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Orlando Injury Attorneys on Vacation Safety

Doug / 07-29-2013 / Newsletter

Florida is one of the largest family vacation destinations on the planet.  Between miles of coastline, dozens of theme parks, and hundreds of other travel destinations, the state of Florida is on the list of places that a family simply must visit.  As many begin to plan, pack, and head out onto the American roadways […]

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Keeping Your Family Safe Over the Holiday Weekend

Doug / 06-28-2013 / Newsletter

It was a balmy late spring evening in May of 2012 when a group of families gathered for a barbeque and a swim in the backyard.  The pork shoulder had been smoking all day on the grill, and one of the attendees decided it was time to throw on the crab rolls he and his […]

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Recent Drug and Medical Product Recalls

Doug / 06-04-2013 / Newsletter

In the recent past we have discussed at length what goes into a product recall, and why they are issued.  The fact that serious harm can come to a consumer who purchases or makes use of a hazardous product is a major reason behind most recalls.  Faulty or incorrectly manufactured drugs and medical related products […]

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Keeping Your Kids Safe at Florida Theme Parks

Doug / 04-23-2013 / Newsletter

Tips from our Orlando Injury Lawyers From the Magic Kingdom to Sea World to dozens of others, Orlando has near-infinite options for family summertime fun. As the summer is quickly approaching, it is important to learn how to keep you and your family safe at Orlando’s many theme parks. Water and Heat We call it […]

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Our Orlando Injury Lawyers Talk About Football-Related Brain Injuries

Doug / 02-25-2013 / Newsletter

More than 4,000 former pro football players are currently suing the NFL over football-related brain injuries. While falls and motor vehicle accidents continue to be the two leading causes of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States, more and more research suggests that playing football significantly increases one’s risk for both chronic brain injury […]

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Our Orlando Injury Attorneys Discuss Keeping Your Child Safe Inside Your Vehicle

Doug / 01-25-2013 / Newsletter

Despite the implementation of car seat laws in all 50 states and Washington DC, as well as improvements in overall vehicle safety, the leading cause of death for children ages one to 12 in the United States continues to be motor vehicle accidents. In 2010 alone, auto accidents claimed the lives of 1,428 children ages […]

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Coping with a Spinal Cord Injury: Tips from Our Orlando Injury Lawyers

Doug / 12-26-2012 / Newsletter

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 200,000 people in the United States currently live with a spinal cord injury, and about 12,000 to 20,000 people sustain new spinal cord injuries each year. These injuries occur when there is damage to any part of the spinal cord, which can result in […]

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Birth Trauma and Cerebral Palsy: Info From Orlando Injury Lawyers

Doug / 11-21-2012 / Newsletter

Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the cerebrum, the part of the brain responsible for cognitive thought, voluntary movement, learning, reasoning, problem solving, speech and emotions. This condition is characterized by physical and mental impairments as well as developmental delays. Children with cerebral palsy may suffer from seizures, difficulty eating or swallowing, learning disabilities, […]

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What Is a Catastrophic Injury?

Doug / 10-24-2012 / Newsletter

While many injuries heal completely, some are so severe they result in permanent physical and/or mental impairments. These injuries are known as catastrophic injuries, and they include spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injury, paralysis, severe burns and dismemberment. If you or your loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury, you may be entitled to compensation […]

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IIHS Aims to Help States Improve Graduated License Programs

Doug / 09-26-2012 / Newsletter

Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) programs began gaining popularity in the mid-1990s. By the end of 2000, all but nine states had GDL laws in place. Although GDL laws vary from state to state, most programs include some combination of the following: Nighttime driving restrictions Restrictions on driving with passengers Ban on non-emergency cell phone use […]

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What Is Wrongful Death?

Doug / 08-24-2012 / Newsletter

When a person dies because of another party’s negligence or wrongdoing, it is generally a wrongful death. While no amount of money can make up for the loss of a loved one, the victim’s family may be entitled to compensation for medical and funeral expenses, loss of future earnings and benefits, loss of care and […]

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The Dangers of Using a Cell Phone While Driving

Doug / 07-23-2012 / Newsletter

According to researchers at the University of Utah, cell phone use can impair a driver just as much as a blood alcohol concentration of .08. Yet, according to a survey conducted by Nationwide Mutual Insurance in 2007, 73 percent of drivers talk on cell phones while behind the wheel. Distracted driving claims thousands of American […]

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Commonly Prescribed Drugs Known to Cause Birth Defects

Doug / 06-22-2012 / Newsletter

The March of Dimes reports that every year in the United States, about 150,000 babies are born with birth defects. Unfortunately, numerous prescription and over-the-counter medications carry a risk of causing fetal harm. As such, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration developed five pregnancy categories that indicate whether a drug is safe for pregnant women […]

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Car Accidents Involving Catastrophic Injuries

Doug / 05-23-2012 / Newsletter

The number of people killed in car accidents each year in the United States has been on the decline, dropping from 37,423 deaths in 2008 to 33,808 deaths in 2009, according to data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). Although vehicle safety continues to improve, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

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Defective Toys and the Harm They Cause

Doug / 05-23-2012 / Newsletter

According to the National Safe Kids Campaign, there are more than 3 billion toys and games sold in the United States every year. And each year, thousands of toys are recalled in the U.S. due to the potential risks they pose to children. Unfortunately, some toy defects are discovered only after numerous kids have already […]

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Coping With Burn Injuries

Doug / 05-23-2012 / Newsletter

According to New York-Presbyterian Hospital, more than half a million people in the U.S. are treated for burns every year. Treatment for severe burn injuries may include surgery, skin grafting, physical therapy or occupational therapy. In addition to the physical trauma of severe burns, many burn victims also experience psychological damage. Treating the physical and […]

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Symptoms of Food Poisoning

Doug / 05-23-2012 / Newsletter

Sometimes the food we eat makes us sick. If food is not cooked, handled and stored properly, it can cause illnesses such as: Campylobacter Salmonella E. coli Shigella Hepatitis A Giardia lamblia Cryptosporidia Calicivirus, also known as the Norwalk virus Staphylococcus aureus, also known as staph infection Clostridium botulinum, also known as botulism When negligence […]

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Do Roundabouts Reduce Intersection Accidents?

Doug / 05-22-2012 / Newsletter

Roundabouts are circular intersections with no stop signs or traffic signals. They are commonly used in Europe and Australia, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) would like to see them become more widely used in the United States. In fact, in last year’s Aug. 18 issue of the newsletter Status Report, the IIHS […]

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Recent Drug Recalls

Doug / 04-24-2012 / Newsletter

So far this year, drug recalls have been issued for over a dozen different products. Pfizer’s recall of one million packets of birth control pills and Glenmark Generics’ recall of seven lots of birth control pills are perhaps two of the most notable. Each year in the United States, manufacturers either voluntarily or by order […]

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The Dangers of Delayed Diagnosis

Doug / 12-21-2011 / Newsletter

Though we may like to believe medical mistakes never happen, they can and they do. Sometimes mistakes are the result of negligence or wrongdoing on the part of a doctor, nurse or hospital, in which case the victim may be entitled to compensation under medical malpractice law. Delay in diagnosis is one type of medical […]

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Dangerous Drug Interactions in Nursing Homes

Doug / 11-21-2011 / Newsletter

According to the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA), recent studies indicate that nursing home residents commonly experience adverse drug reactions (ADRs), and these reactions often go unnoticed or are attributed to another condition. Many nursing home ADRs result from drug to drug interactions. In fact, according to WebMD, allergic reactions account for fewer than 10 […]

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Large Truck Underride Guards and the Need for Revised Regulations

Doug / 10-24-2011 / Newsletter

Underride collisions are a very dangerous type of large truck accident. An underride collision occurs when a passenger vehicle collides with a tractor-trailer and fully or partially passes under it, which can result in the passenger vehicle being crushed, or in some instances, the roof of the vehicle being sheared off. Because underride collisions often […]

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When Prevention Causes Harm:|Vaccine Injuries

Doug / 09-27-2011 / Newsletter

Vaccine Injuries Most children in the United States are vaccinated against certain diseases, including measles, rotavirus, polio and tetanus, to name a few. Although many parents assume vaccines are risk-free, they can injure children. In some instances, children suffer adverse side effects, such as anaphylaxis, blood clots, bowel injury, brain damage, chronic fatigue or nerve […]

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New Side Airbag Regulations Intended to Reduce Rollover Accident Deaths

Doug / 08-29-2011 / Newsletter

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), each year in the United States, more than 280,000 rollover accidents are reported and more than 10,000 people die in rollovers. The NHTSA describes rollovers as “dangerous events,” not surprising given that in 2009, 35 percent of all auto accident fatalities occurred during light vehicle rollovers. […]

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Common Birth Injuries

Doug / 07-21-2011 / Newsletter

When a baby sustains an injury from complications during labor or delivery, he or she has sustained a birth injury, or birth trauma. Birth injuries range from mild to severe and are not uncommon. When medical malpractice causes a child’s birth injury, an experienced Orlando injury attorney can help parents understand their legal rights. Injuries […]

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Commercial Truck Accidents and Driver Distraction

Doug / 06-30-2011 / Newsletter

When a passenger vehicle and commercial truck collide, the aftermath may involve catastrophic injuries or even death. In 2009, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 3,163 people died in large truck crashes, and that number is on the rise. Large truck crashes usually result from driver error. In fact, according to a study […]

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Traumatic Brain Injury: The Patient’s Outlook

Doug / 05-25-2011 / Newsletter

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when an external force damages brain tissue. Each year in the United States, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), an estimated 1.5 million to 2 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury, and Florida is home to about 93,000 TBIs each year, according to the Brain Injury Association of […]

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Florida’s Law Against Feeding Sharks: the Bahamas Loophole Can Injure Tourists

Doug / 04-19-2011 / Newsletter

Florida has thousands of miles of coastline, and although the waters off Florida’s coast are beautiful, they are also home to various species of shark. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee (FFWCC) enacted a ban in 2002 prohibiting anyone from feeding sharks in Florida’s coastal waters. However, a man’s death in 2008 while feeding […]

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Doctors Make Mistakes Too: Medical Malpractice in Florida

Doug / 03-25-2011 / Newsletter

When you suffer injuries due to a doctor and/or hospital’s negligence, you are the victim of medical malpractice. Health care professionals have a legal and moral obligation to provide a standard of care. If they breach that duty, they are at risk of a medical malpractice claim. Medical malpractice is a type of personal injury […]

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I’ve Been Bitten by a Dog – Now What?

Doug / 02-28-2011 / Newsletter

A dog’s bark is not always worse than its bite. Some dog bites can end up being more than a just a minor laceration. They can cause serious injuries and even rabies. If bitten by a dog, there are steps you can take to minimize your injury and protect your legal rights after a dog […]

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When Vacation Turns to Peril: Tourist Injuries

Doug / 02-09-2011 / Newsletter

Every winter, peoples’ thoughts turn to warm beaches and cold drinks. But sometimes even the most well-planned vacations can turn into a trip to the emergency room for the unlucky tourist. Jet skis, boats and parasail rides are only a few of the vacation hazards that can cause serious injuries, and in some cases, death. […]

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Fatal Drowning Accidents and Water Safety in Florida

Doug / 02-08-2011 / Newsletter

Florida has one of the highest unintentional drowning rates in the country. Overall, it comes in third behind Alaska and Hawaii. For children under five, however, Florida has by far the most fatal drownings. The Florida Department of Health writes that, as a result of unintentional drownings, each year “enough children to fill four preschool […]

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What to Do About Injuries Suffered on Another’s Property

Doug / 11-22-2010 / Newsletter

People can suffer an injury on another’s property in numerous ways. Some of the more common ways include: slipping on a wet floor in a store, falling down a poorly lit stairwell, tripping over debris and assaults due to inadequate safety measures in an apartment complex. Recent lawsuits from across the country demonstrate how people […]

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The Causes of Florida Car Accidents

Doug / 10-21-2010 / Newsletter

Nearly a quarter of a million traffic accidents occur each year in Florida. About 2,500 people die in Florida car crashes annually, and crashes injure nearly 200,000 more. In terms of daily numbers in Florida, the calculations are as follows: Between 600 and 700 vehicle accidents occur each day Accidents kill about seven people each […]

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Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect in Florida

Doug / 09-23-2010 / Newsletter

With its warm weather and scenic views, Florida continues to be the top destination for the country’s senior citizens. Florida leads the nation in residents over the age of 65, as they comprise nearly a fifth of the state’s population. Ensuring the health and safety of senior citizens is of paramount concern for their families, […]

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Slip-and-Fall Liability in Florida

Doug / 08-18-2010 / Newsletter

Dangerous surface conditions contribute to cause more than one million Americans to slip and fall each year. Although some people think of slip and fall accidents as the grounds for “frivolous” lawsuits in the United States, these preventable situations present very serious dangers. The federal government estimates that approximately 20,000 of the one million Americans […]

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Toxins Released by the BP Oil Spill and Their Effects on Your Health

Doug / 07-23-2010 / Newsletter

As the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that began on April 20 continues to drag on with no end in sight, the number of people experiencing health problems continues to grow. Compounding the catastrophe is the fact that the oil is not alone in posing dangers to oil spill workers. The dispersants […]

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Insurance Claims Arising from the BP Oil Spill

Doug / 06-23-2010 / Newsletter

For going on two months now, oil from a deepwater wellhead nearly a mile beneath the surface has flowed into the Gulf of Mexico. The oil slick covers an area of about 2,500 square miles. Estimates of the amount of oil that continues to flow out of the wellhead each day ranges from several hundred […]

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Food Poisoning at Commercial Restaurants

Doug / 05-27-2010 / Newsletter

The federal government reports that 76 million Americans experience some sort of food poisoning each year, with around 5,000 dying as a result. Salmonella poisoning is a common type of food poisoning. There are an estimated 1.4 million cases of Salmonella poisoning each year with many going unreported. Salmonella is an organism that can cause […]

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Injuries Suffered at Amusement Parks

Doug / 05-27-2010 / Newsletter

Generally, amusement parks are extremely safe for their visitors. The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions reports that, for the 300 million visiting amusement parks each year, the chance of a serious injury occurring is 1 in 9 million. Each year there are between 1,000 and 1,500 injuries, with about 3% or less of […]

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Construction Workers Harmed by Car Drivers

Doug / 05-27-2010 / Newsletter

An Orange County, Florida man found himself on the Florida Highway Patrol’s list of most wanted fugitives after his reckless driving injured several construction workers. The man was approaching a toll plaza when he entered a construction area, heading towards a closed lane that had been marked with three-foot orange cones and a lit arrow […]

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Dealing with Insurance Payments Following a Hurricane

Doug / 05-27-2010 / Newsletter

Florida residents know hurricane season (the period from June 1 through November 30) all too well. They are well aware that the state leads the country in the number of hurricane strikes, as the damage that hurricanes have caused in Florida over the years has been extensive. Until Katrina in 2005, Hurricane Andrew in 1992 […]

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Preventing Boating Accidents off the Florida Coast

Doug / 05-27-2010 / Newsletter

With one million boats registered in the state, boating is clearly one of Florida residents’ favorite recreational activities. Despite the wide-open sea and less traffic than on the roads, boating can still be dangerous, as many Floridians suffer injuries or die each year in boating accidents. Three Cape Coral men were recently involved in a […]

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Common Pharmacist Errors and How They Can Hurt You

Doug / 04-26-2010 / Newsletter

A lot can go wrong in the time between when a person sees a doctor and when the person receives the prescription from a pharmacist and takes the drugs. Prescription mistakes occur based on everything from a pharmacist misreading a doctor’s handwriting to pharmacists improperly writing instructions on the prescription label. A Florida appeals court […]

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Florida Food Poisoning Cases Heightened

Doug / 09-09-2009 / Newsletter

Unfortunately, the state of Florida has the highest number of food poisoning incidents in the country according to HealthInspections.com. The numbers used were based on data from the Centers for Disease Control. The common bacteria found in the food poisoning incidents were E.coli, Norovirus and Salmonella. In Florida, seafood and ethnic foods took the lead […]

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When Nursing Home Abuse Results in Death

Doug / 08-05-2009 / Newsletter

A 72-year-old Southwest Florida elder-care resident was smothered to death in the Alzheimer’s unit of the facility. The incident occurred after he had an argument with his roommate, who was 87 years old, over a blanket. The altercation allegedly went on for a half hour; however, emergency medical services were not called until ten minutes […]

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Bad car parts can cause accidents

Doug / 04-10-2009 / Newsletter

According to Auto Spectator, the value of fake car products confiscated upon entry into Germany increased five times annually. A recent proliferation of counterfeit car parts has resulted in a large increase in auto accident injuries. While counterfeit car parts may appeal to some consumers because they are cheap, the truth is these car parts […]

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Disclaimer: All verdicts and settlements listed here are gross amounts before deductions for attorney fees and costs. Past results do not guarantee similar results in the future. Most cases result in a lower recovery. It should not be assumed that your case will have as beneficial a result. Before choosing a lawyer, ask for written information about the lawyer's legal qualifications and experience.