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Injured by a toxic product? Contact our law firm for help

The products that we use on a daily basis are important to us. Our cars, medical devices and food are all critical needs for Miami residents. Usually, these products are safe, but occasionally, an unexpected injury occurs because of a defective product. When this happens, having an attorney to sort out what happened can be important.

It seems like we hear about another defective product almost every day. Whether it be a defective air bag, defective breast implants, toxic chemicals or car seat straps that are defective, among many thousands of others, defective products can be dangerous. Thousands of people are injured every year in the U.S. due to defective products. When a product has an unexpected defect or danger, the product is not meeting the ordinary expectations of the consumer and the manufacturer can be held liable for the injury.

There are two types of international adoption visas

Adopting a child is an exciting time for many families in Florida. Thousands of families have adopted children from other countries to create or add to their family. Part of the international adoption process is obtaining a visa for the new child and gaining child citizenship.

There are two types of international adoption visas. The IR-3 visa is a visa that is given to children who have already completed the adoption process in their native country. Another requirement for this visa is that the new parents had a chance to observe the child in their native country before the adoption. Upon entering the U.S., the child is immediately given citizenship if one of the adoptive parents is a U.S. citizen. A child under the IR-3 visa does not need to go through domestic re-adoption under federal laws, but state laws vary.

Federal judge blocks TPS status

Thousands of immigrants in the Miami area are here because of Temporary Protected Status (TPS). These immigrants come from Haiti and other Central American countries who came to the U.S. after war or natural disasters in their country. Recently, a federal judge has stopped the Trump administration from terminating the TPS status, which is part of U.S. immigration law.

The Trump administration has been trying to end TPS status for hundreds of thousands of people living in the United States for many months. Over 300,000 people who live in the U.S. came here because of a natural disaster or war that happened in their native country. Many of them have been in the U.S. for decades and have built a life for themselves and raised their family here.

Bicyclist killed by hit-and-run driver in Coconut Grove

Many people in the Miami area enjoy riding their bicycle. The Miami climate allows for year-round biking, and it is a great way to get exercise and to get to many places. Usually, bicyclists can share the road with cars safely, but sometimes, a serious accident occurs. Unfortunately, a recent accident left a Miami-area resident dead and a wrongful death situation has ensued.

A Miami Dade College professor who was biking to work was hit and killed by a driver recently. The bicyclist was riding along Douglas Road near Charles Terrace in Coconut Grove when he was hit.

Older residents have a greater risk of falls in public places

There are many hazards that older residents face. The elderly population is especially fragile and even a minor fall can result in serious injuries. Falls are the most common cause of injuries for senior citizens and can lead to months of rehabilitation, even death. If a fall was the result of another person's negligence though, it could be a premises liability situation.

One third of Americans over the age of 65 fall every year. They also account for 87 percent of all fractures for those over 65. These fractures may require a senior to be hospitalized and surgery. These can also require months of rehabilitation. Half of seniors who suffer a hip fracture are not able to go home or live independently again.

Immigrant children being moved to tent city during the night

There are many residents in Florida who are from another country. Immigrants are part of the backbone of our society and participate in every aspect. Many immigrants come to the U.S. to begin a better life for themselves and their family. But, things do not go as planned and immigrants are forced to separate from their children.

A recent alarming report has highlighted what is happening to many undocumented children. Hundreds of migrant children who are being held in shelters across the country have been loaded up in buses in the middle of the night and taken to tent cities in West Texas.

Two die, several injured in Kendall crash

Driving along Miami area roads is usually a safe activity. But, occasionally car accidents occur. Luckily, most of them are minor fender benders, but occasionally a serious accident occurs. A recent car wreck resulted in two deaths and several other injured on the Florida Turnpike.

A recent accident occurred on the Florida Turnpike in Kendall. A car was merging onto a northbound on-ramp near Southwest 88th Street when it collided with several other vehicles. The driver of the car failed to negotiate a curve on the entrance ramp and she crashed into a tanker truck which then crashed into two other vehicles. Two people were killed as a result of the crash with 4 additional victims suffering serious injuries and two victims suffering minor injuries.

Popular sausage being recalled

Miami residents believe the food they buy at the grocery store is safe. No one expects they will get sick or injured because of something they eat. Unfortunately, food recalls are common in the United States. A recent recall involved a popular sausage product that has caused consumers alarm.

The USDA recently announced that it is recalling over 46,000 pounds of sausage. The Bob Evans sausage was received consumer complaints of extra product in the sausage. Consumers had found pieces of hard plastic in sausage they had purchased. Bob Evans sausage and house sausage made for Meijer, Schnucks, and Giant Eagle have been recalled. Customers are being asked to throw the product away or return them to the store for a refund.

Immigration policy may affect those applying for extensions

There are many immigrants in the Miami area. They are in the U.S. for work or to seek a better future for themselves and their family. Recently, immigrants had a harder time in the U.S. with all of the policy updates that have affected their applications, status, etc. It can be hard to keep up with all of the changes that are constantly occurring because of the Trump administration. A new U.S. immigration law policy was recently announced that has the potential to affect thousands of immigrants.

A new policy that took effect last week has the potential to affect nearly all immigration applications, petitions and requests. These include U.S. citizenship, visa extensions and permanent residents. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the policy, which gives immigration officials broader authority to issue denials based on applications containing mistakes or missing documents. Applicants will not have the opportunity to fix the mistakes or provide the missing documents, but will instead just have their application denied. This new policy may affect up to 7 million people each year.

Traumatic brain injury a major cause of disability and death

Many Miami residents have friends and relatives affected by a brain injury. Brain injuries are often quite serious and can happen in a variety of circumstances. When a brain injury is the result of another person's negligence, it may be a case of wrongful death.

A traumatic brain injury is something that many Miami residents have heard of. TBIs can occur in sports, car accidents and many other activities. It is caused by a bump or jolt to the head which affects the brain's regular functioning. A TBI can range from mild to severe and can even cause a person's death. Nearly 50,000 Americans die from a traumatic brain injury each year while another 2.8 million visit the emergency room due to a brain injury. Circumstances that result in a brain injury include falls, car crashes, being struck by something and assaults.

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