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Distracted Driving Truck Accident Results in Traumatic Brain Injury
A trucking company has agreed to settle claims where a driver was using his cellphone before falling asleep behind the wheel and caused a collision with a smaller vehicle... read more
Follow-Up on Hurricane Irma Nursing Home Deaths
In our earlier blog, we reported on the Hollywood Hills nursing home deaths resulting from Hurricane... read more
South Florida's Best Lawyers 2018: Diana Santa Maria and Firm
The Law Offices of Diana Santa Maria, P.A. is pleased to announce that the law firm and its Managing Attorney and Founding Partner, Diana Santa Maria, continue to be...read more
Our Top 10 Steps To Take If You Are In a Truck Accident
If you have been involved in an accident with a truck, there are certain actions that you should take immediately...read more
Study Links Brain Disease and Sports-Related Concussions
A recent study has confirmed that sports-related concussions from contact sports like football are definitely connected to long-lasting head trauma... read more
Hurricane Irma Blamed for 6 Florida Nursing Home Deaths
Although powerful Hurricane Irma left Florida days ago, its ramifications are still being felt... read more
Propane Explosion in Car Injures Orlando Couple
An Orlando couple is lucky to be alive after they were injured in a propane explosion inside their vehicle... read more
Can New Technology Stop Drowsy Driving Accidents?
Drowsy driving is all too common on U.S. highways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 824 people were killed in car accidents... read more
Federal Agencies Decide Against Required Sleep Apnea Testing
In a recent joint announcement, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) revealed that they are no longer pursuing plans to require sleep apnea... read more
The Connection Between Driver Fatigue and Truck Accidents
In the past decade there has been a 20% increase in the number of commercial truck accidents (data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration FMCSA). Is there... read more
Traumatic Brain Injuries in the Construction Industry
The construction industry has the largest number of fatal and non-fatal traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in the U.S. workplace... read more
Takata Airbag Recall Update Including Death During Repair
Defective Takata airbags are still causing fatalities - even when they are not on the road... read more
Do Certain Hair Care Products Increase the Risk of Breast Cancer?
A recent study performed by Rutgers University revealed some intriguing connections between certain hair care products and breast cancer... read more
What Is a Truck Underride Accident?
A truck underride accident is devastating and can result in horrible deaths. An underride accident occurs when a smaller vehicle crashes into the side or back of a tractor-trailer and slides underneath... read more
Florida Supreme Court News: Medical Malpractice Caps Rejected
In a recent decision, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the law that limits pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice cases is unconstitutional. ... read more
Don't Underestimate the Long-Term Harmful Effects of Near Drowning
Every year the news is full of stories of individuals - most of them children - who have been saved from near drowning. read more
Recent Fatalities Emphasize the Dangers of Recreational Boating
Two recent fatal watercraft accidents in the Fort Lauderdale area highlight the fact that boating for pleasure can be very hazardous. read more
Truck Exit Ramp Rollover Accident Results in Fatality
A recent semi-truck rollover accident near Sarasota resulted in the death of the driver. read more
Workplace Violence Causes Fatalities in Orlando
Violence in the workplace recently struck again when 5 Fiamma employees were killed at work by a disgruntled former employee... read more
Child Dies After Sustaining a Serious Head Injury in a Golf Cart Accident
A tragic accident in Thomasville Georgia, near Tallahassee, claimed the life of an 8-year old boy. The boy ran into the path of a golf cart which hit him, knocking him to the ground and then running him over. The child suffered a severe head injury and later died at the hospital. read more
Get Ready Now: Hurricane Season Begins on June 1
Fort Lauderdale narrowly missed a direct hit by Hurricane Matthew last year. Matthew turned further north and weakened so our state was only touched by the outer eyewall. This hurricane finally made landfall in South Carolina. read more
Tragic Georgia Truck Crash Shows Vulnerability of Passenger Car Occupants
A southbound Federal Express truck pulling tandem trailers veered across the highway divider and into northbound traffic, slamming into the side of a northbound car and killing its driver. The truck continued across all 4 northbound lanes, stopping at last with the second trailer overturned. read more
Defective Tires Can Cause Devastating Accidents
Most of us underestimate the importance of the tires on the vehicles we drive, but they are the only point of contact between our vehicle and the road and are critical to vehicle handling and braking. read more
Blind Spots for Trucks: Stay Away from "No Zone"
All vehicles have blind spots, which are areas of the road that can't be seen by looking forward, by looking in the rear-view mirror or by looking in the side mirrors. read more
Put Safety First When Bicycling
Bicycling is a great way to get fresh air, exercise and do something good for the environment. In May, the League of American Bicyclists celebrates National Bike Month as the perfect time to learn more about the fun of bicycling as well as bicycle safety. read more
Brain Injuries: A Tragic Result in Motorcycle Accidents
In 2015, the 606 Florida motorcyclists killed in accidents represented an incredible 30% increase over the prior year. read more
Worker Injured in Construction Scaffolding Fall in Fort Lauderdale
Recently, a worker fell about 30 feet from scaffolding while working outside a building in Fort Lauderdale. read more
Using Dash Cams as Evidence in Trucking Accidents
A semi-trailer driver whose truck recently plunged off an overpass on I75 near Tampa was cited for using a cellphone while operating a commercial motor vehicle. read more
Prom Safety Tips for Parents and Teens
Spring means that it's prom season. This is an exciting time for your teenager, but at the same time, every year the news is full of tragic car accidents resulting from reckless behavior. read more
Children's Traumatic Brain Injuries Can Be Devastating
It may seem incredible but up to 1 million children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms every year with brain injuries. And 20,000 of these will suffer moderate to severe - and life-changing - symptoms. (statistics from tbi.org) read more
Rear-End Vehicle Collisions Can Cause Serious Injuries
One of the most common types of vehicle accidents - up to 28% of all car accidents according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - are rear-end collisions. These crashes occur when a vehicle hits the one in front of it. Although many are minor fender-benders, some rear-end collisions can cause severe injuries and even death. read more
Common Types of Truck Accidents
A truck vs. car accident or any other smaller vehicle can be devastating in terms of injuries or even death as well as property damage. read more
New Resident Rights at Nursing Homes
The federal government has issued the first comprehensive updates to nursing home and other long-term care facility regulations since 1991. Created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), some provisions became effective last fall with the rest phasing in during 2017 and 2019. read more
What Are Traumatic Brain Injuries?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain and can be mild or severe. read more
Jackknifed Tractor Trailer Accidents can be Deadly
Traveling the highway with tractor-trailers can be intimidating. These commercial vehicles weighing up to 80,000 pounds have the potential to inflict catastrophic damage in accidents simply because of their large size and weight. read more
Be on Your Guard for Tax Scams
Did you know that tax season is prime time for criminals trying to steal your money through tax scams?... read more
2016's Most Significant Product Recalls
As consumers, we should feel confident that any vehicle or product that we purchase or use has been properly manufactured, evaluated and tested for safety... read more
Ft. Lauderdale Hit and Run Crash Resulted in Bicyclist's Death
2017 began disastrously for a 19-year old bicyclist in Ft. Lauderdale. On the evening of New Year's Day as he was biking on Powerline Road, his bike was struck on the back by a car that allegedly kept on going. The bicyclist...read more
South Florida Legal Guide Names Diana Santa Maria as Top Lawyer
The Law Offices of Diana Santa Maria, P.A. is pleased to announce that Diana Santa Maria has been recognized as a Top Lawyer by the 2017 South Florida Legal Guide... read more
The Leading Causes of Wrongful Death
A wrongful death is one in which the death is brought about by the negligence or wrongful act of others. Not every death is wrongful, but if you have lost a family member...read more
New Florida Laws Effective January 2017
The last 3 bills signed by Governor Scott from Florida's 2016 legislative session went into effect on January 1...read more
Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Accident Claim
If you have been injured in an auto accident, it's all too easy to ruin your chances to collect compensation in an accident claim. Now is not the time to relax and just let things happen. You must act quickly, be vigilant and be very careful...read more
Drive Carefully to Avoid Hydroplaning on Wet Roads
While winter ice and snowstorms rage across the U.S., here in Florida we enjoy unlimited sunshine and balmy temperatures. Poor driving conditions for us are limited to rain and wet roads, but these can be extremely dangerous... read more
Falls in Nursing Homes - Are They Preventable?
If you've entrusted the care of an elderly loved one to a nursing home or other elder care facility, you expect that they will be safe and under good care. Unfortunately, too many of these facilities have fallen below federal standards... read more
Holiday Decorating Safety
A big part of the fun and rewards of the holiday season is decorating our homes, no matter which holiday you celebrate. Unfortunately, when home decorations are used without regard to fire safety or are of inferior quality, the result can be a home structure fire... read more
The Law Offices of Diana Santa Maria: 2017 Best Lawyers List
We are pleased to announce that once again The Law Offices of Diana Santa Maria, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale has been selected for inclusion along with a select group of attorneys in Best Lawyers in America... read more
Brain Injury Lawsuit Underscores the Risk of Using Treadmills
Keeping up your fitness routine is the best way to reduce stress during the busy holiday season. But if you choose to workout at a gym, be very cautious when operating the machines. Each year thousands of Americans fall off of equipment, push themselves too much or drop heavy weights, resulting in injuries like fractures, torn muscles or strained backs... read more
Texting and Driving
It's hard - or impossible - to imagine our lives without cell phones. We need to be connected to family, friends and business contacts 24/7. However, despite laws that attempt to curb their use, cell phone use is still a major contributor to car accidents caused by distracted drivers...read more
Tips for Holiday Air Travel
Thanks to lower fuel prices and a more robust economy, U.S. airports are bracing for what experts say may be a record-setting holiday travel season...read more
Worker Seriously Injured in Port Everglades Construction Accident
A recent construction accident at Port Everglades demonstrates once again why construction jobs are in the top 12 of the most dangerous occupations in the U.S. ... read more
What To Do If You Are Injured In a Retail Store?
A slip and fall in a retail business is more than just embarrassing. You can be injured, perhaps even seriously. There are many hazards that could cause a fall - frayed carpeting, liquid spills or even hangers on the floor of a changing room. All of a sudden you find yourself on the floor and in pain... read more
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash is a common term - we hear it almost routinely after a car accident or other type of vehicle accident. Basically, any sudden blow or impact that causes your neck to jolt forward and then quickly backwards... read more
Motorcycle Accidents Often Result in Catastrophic Injuries and Costs
Motorcyclists love our wonderful Florida weather as they can bike our roads almost every day. Biking can be efficient transportation as well as fun and adventurous, but riding a motorcycle is not without risk... read more
How To Identify and Stay Away from Holiday Scams
Now that we're into October, it's not too soon to begin thinking about the holiday season. Most of us pleasurably anticipate Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and other religious holidays because of special occasions with family and friends... read more
Prepare Now for Any Type of Emergency
Recent news reports are filled with the reported terrorist events in Minnesota, New Jersey and New York. Stories of these man-made tragedies share the news with natural disasters, including direct hits on our state by hurricanes Colin, Hermine and Julia... read more
Avoid the Social Media Trap in Personal Injury Cases
Anything that you post on social media can be used against you in your personal injury case - even if your settings are private rather than public. Hard to believe? It's true - attorneys and insurance companies for the at-fault party can gain access to your postings, photos and even private conversations fairly easily... read more
Drowsy Driving Can Be as Dangerous as Driving Drunk
Going without rest for 18 hours is like having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.05%. But it gets worse from there - no sleep for 21 hours can cause a driver to act and react like someone with a BAC of 0.08% - the legal limit for driving under the influence!... read more
Baby Injuries in Strollers, Infant Carriers All Too Common
Researchers from the Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio have found that an estimated 360,937 children under age 5 were treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to these children's products in the 21 years ending in 2010... read more
Fitness Tracker Data Used in Personal Injury Cases
A Canadian case last year involved a personal trainer who had been injured in an auto accident. Using the data from her Fitbit fitness tracker, her attorney was able to demonstrate the severity of her injuries by proving that her activity levels had lessened after the accident... read more
Nursing Home Abuse: Exploitation on Social Media
A recent ProPublica report documented abuses in assisted living centers and nursing homes by way of social media, including at least 47 instances since 2012. As a result, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)... read more
8 Steps To Take if You Are Involved in a Bicycle Accident
A 2015 CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) report shocked our state when it revealed that Florida has the highest bicycle death rate in the nation at 0.057 per 100,000 population... read more
Is Talcum Powder a Safe Product?
Talcum powder appears to be one of the safest products around. After all, we smooth it on babies every day! Yet extended use of talcum powder has been linked to ovarian cancer... read more
Neck Injuries and Car Accidents
Car headrests or restraints are designed to limit the backward movement of the occupant's head in an auto accident and therefore prevent or minimize a whiplash injury... read more
Avoid Watercraft Accidents by Practicing Boating Safety
Residents and visitors to our beautiful city are fortunate to be able to enjoy more than 165 miles of navigable channels and plenty of access to the open ocean. Add to that our outstanding year-round weather and you have the perfect setting for boaters of all types to enjoy the open water...read more
Pokemon Go Mobile Game Causing Distracted Walking Accidents
Have you heard about the new Pokemon Go craze? This new video game designed for mobile use is based on the classic media franchise...read more
Defective Product Update: Takata Airbags and Jeep Rollaway Recalls
Airbag Recalls. This spring we posted about the massive Takata airbag recall - the largest automotive recall ever in U.S. history. Well, it just keeps getting bigger...read more
Wrong-Way Accidents Carry High Cost in Lives and Damage
Seeing a driver driving the wrong way and coming at you head-on is a terrifying prospect. According to a 2009 National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report, wrong way collisions occur in only 3% of all accidents...read more
Is a Wrong Diagnosis Medical Malpractice?
When you entrust yourself or a family member to the care of a doctor, the last thing you would expect is that your medical condition, illness or injury would be misdiagnosed...read more
What To Do if You Are in a Car Accident
Have you or a family member been involved in a car accident? Having even a minor fender-bender is emotional and stressful with potential injuries and financial consequences...read more
Use Fireworks Safely To Enjoy Summer Holidays
Hooray for the red, white and blue! Americans will be celebrating Independence Day soon and especially enjoy dazzling displays of fireworks. Did you know that our tradition of using fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July began in 1777?... read more
Premises Liability Cases: Slip and Fall
A restaurant visitor slips on a grease spill near the kitchen. A child falls after slipping on a collected pool of water at an amusement park. A delivery service representative... read more
Construction Accidents Can Cause Life-Altering Injuries
A recent accident in Davie, FL shows just how hazardous it can be to work in the construction industry. More than a dozen firefighters worked for more than an hour to free a worker who was trapped while operating a small front loader. He had been pinned between the bucket and the body of the Bobcat.... read more
'Click It or Ticket' Campaign Emphasizes Seat Belt Safety
Do you wear your seat belt every single time you get in a car? Driver or passenger? Front seat and back? Do the young drivers in your household wear seat belts and do they insist that their friends buckle up?.... read more
Dog Bites: Painful and Emotionally Scarring
Do you have a dog for a pet? They are not only man's best friend, but they are wonderful company and protectors for all, young and old.... read more
Defective Drugs Can Cause Permanent, Life-Altering Illness or Injury
It becomes a nightmare when a drug, either because of inadequate side effect warnings, incomplete or inaccurate directions for use or because it shouldn't have been on the market at all, causes serious injury, illness or even death.... read more
Cars Are No Match for Trains in Railroad Crossing Accidents
It's tempting to speed up and try to out run those flashing lights and descending bars at railroad crossings to make it across before the train appears. But don't do it.... read more
Enjoy Amusement Parks Safely

Looking for something to do with the kids this weekend? A big benefit of living in South Florida is the availability of many theme and amusement parks - just a short drive away.... read more

Head Injuries Including Traumatic Brain Injuries Can Be Devastating

Head injuries are not just for football players, although it's estimated that there are at least 1.6 million sports-related brain injuries every year. The 3 leading causes of TBIs are falls, blunt trauma to the head and motor vehicle crashes.... read more

Safety Tips To Avoid Drowning Accidents

Here in southern Florida we have an abundance of water sources perfect for recreational fun including more than 600 miles of beaches and thousands of private and public swimming pools.... read more

Defective Takata Airbag Issue Hits Home With Safety Leader

In an ironic twist to the saga of the defective Takata airbags, Dr. Mark R. Rosekind, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is now personally involved in this huge recall... read more

Unsafe Beauty Products Can Cause Serious Injury

Beauty products are "feel good" materials that enhance our appearance and make us feel pampered. The last thing you could ever imagine is that these products could harm you. But in fact, that is what happens every day... read more

Cellphone Use Linked to Upsurge in Pedestrian Deaths

A recent preliminary report on 2015 pedestrian deaths in the U.S. showed a 10% increase over 2014. The "Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State" report... read more

Protect Our Elders from Nursing Home Abuse
It can often be a difficult decision to relocate a loved one to a nursing home. Your emotions are complicated by the fear that your family member will be subjected to negligent or even abusive conditions...read more
Hit & Run Car Accidents
If you or a family member has been injured in a car accident, you know that the results can be devastating for victims and their families. Usually, in the event of an accident...read more