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August 2012 Archives

Wrongful death suit filed in Florida after electrocution accident

People across Florida have heard about the tragic accident that occurred earlier this year in June when a young girl was electrocuted on a miniature golf course. Now, the parents of the young victim are suing the resort that ran the course for the wrongful death of their daughter.

11th circuit provides mixed results on Georgia, Alabama immigration laws, P.2

In the last post, this blog began a discussion of Monday's rulings from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit on two of Florida's neighboring states' immigration laws. Florida is one of three states that are covered under the 11th circuit. The last entry looked at Monday's decision regarding injunctions in federal litigation challenging Georgia's state immigration law.

Warning: Magnetic toys are still a problem for children

If you have been following the news, you may have heard that federal consumer safety officials have filed a second complaint in attempt to make Zen Magnets remove a potentially dangerous product from the market. Parents may recognize the product as a magnetic toy made up of tiny but powerful magnetic pieces that can be molded into various shapes. The toy is intended for adult usage; however, it holds significant dangers for young children who play with them, which brings forward the topic of products liability.

Nursing homes and medical malpractice

The Chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at a leading medical school has recently published an article addressing the growing concerns about medication safety in nursing homes. Florida residents will be shocked to learn that medical malpractice involving pharmaceutical errors is particularly prevalent among this vulnerable population of individuals currently residing at long-term care facilities across the country.

Update: Woman on parents' E-2 visas gets reprieve for birthday

On August 1, this blog discussed the plight of a woman who lives in the Midwest who was about to lose her legal status in the United States. The woman has been in the country since she was a small child on her parents' E-2 investor's visas. The young woman's legal status was to dissolve upon her 21st birthday (which was on August 8).

Florida man develops app to track dangerous teen drivers

Many different hazards exist on the roads. Most of these hazards are behind the wheels of the other cars. Drivers who are inexperienced, distracted or both are frequently causing car accidents across Florida. This disturbing trend is encouraging people to develop some creative solutions.

Deferred Action program opens, USCIS will scrutinize applications

With today's launch of the deferred action program that may allow specified undocumented immigrants to apply for a two-year temporary work permit, the federal government says that immigration officials will be scrutinizing applications for fraud. This blog has previously discussed the new immigration policy that may allow young immigrants to get a temporary reprieve from potential deportation proceedings.

Teen killed in shrimp boat accident

There are different laws that govern injuries and accidents that happen offshore. People across Florida who are on a cruise ship or who work on an offshore vessel or oil rig may want to know that there are additional legal options in place for any person who is killed or injured in an offshore accident.

Deferred Action program has DHS scrambling to implement policy

The federal government says that August 15 is the date on which applications will first be accepted in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The DACA program was first announced June 15.

Fewer new immigration laws passed at state level in 2012

The first six months of 2012 saw fewer individual state laws passed that involve immigration issues. New immigration laws enacted at the state level were down roughly 20 percent from the number of laws and resolution concerning immigration issues that were passed in 2011, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Death of wealthy philanthropist sparks lawsuit

When families suffer the devastating loss of a loved one, they are often left wondering if there could have been a way to prevent the death. In many cases, fatal accidents could have been prevented if not for the negligence or reckless behavior of a person or institution. While it cannot bring that person back, Florida families can hold the appropriate parties responsible for a wrongful death.

Increase in medical procedures to blame for increase in errors

The medical landscape in Florida and across the country has changed dramatically in the past several years. With increased transparency into hospitals and doctors comes an increased level of responsibility and accountability. As techniques and procedures get more sophisticated, they also become more accessible. There is a distinct connection to an increase in medical procedures to an increase in medical malpractice instances.

More on E-2 visas and family based visas

In the last post, this blog mentioned two separate types of visa programs under U.S. immigration law. Specifically, the last entry briefly touched on the family based visa program and a specific type of non-immigrant visa, known as the E-2 visa. Now is a good time to look at the two complex topics with a bit more focus.

Ford Escape product liability being investigated by the NHTSA

Defective motor vehicle parts can put unsuspecting drivers in serious danger. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently investigating a very serious product liability issue in the Escape, a car made by Ford Motor Company. Investigators are looking into a faulty cruise control cable in almost half a million 2001-04 Escapes.

Young immigrant to lose legal status after 17 years in country

Legal status for young immigrants has been an issue that has taken many forms in recent years, as far as the political debate is concerned. Efforts to pass a national DREAM Act have fallen short. The current administration is working on putting a work permit process together for young immigrants. But even that policy does not necessarily fully address the legal status issue for all young immigrants.

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