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Residents of Florida know the importance of hurricane preparedness. But have you accounted for your pets? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Be prepared to bring your pets with you when you evacuate. Animals left behind during hurricanes can get injured, become ill, starve, drown from flooding, die, and hinder human […]

Recently, Yahoo News posted an article questioning the safety of bounce houses (sometimes called “moonwalks”), those now ubiquitous inflatable structures that appear at carnivals, birthday parties, and newer inflatable recreation facilities. According to the first study on bounce house injuries Journal of Pediatrics, between 1995 and 2010, bounce house injuries have risen 1,500 percent! According […]

As discussed more extensively in the links below, the warnings signs of stroke include: Sudden onset of facial drooping (particularly on one of the face side); Sudden onset of numbness and/or weakness of one side of the body (particularly involving an arm); Sudden onset of difficulty speaking (slurred speech, inability to find words, confusion); Sudden […]

Distracted driving is any mental or physical activity that takes the driver’s focus off the primary task of driving. The revised 2011 Florida crash report enables officers to not only report more specific driver distraction data, but also with greater ease, by merely checking one of the following categories: distracted by electronic communication devices (cell […]

Wayne Hogan is glad to partner with Mayor Alvin Brown to support Waterproof Jacksonville, a citywide campaign to prevent accidental drowning by teaching children to swim. Doubling the number of lessons This year Waterproof Jacksonville will expand free swim lessons to students attending summer school at Woodland Acres Elementary as well as to 150 dependents […]

By Bruce R. Anderson, Jr. and Matthew W. Sowell Professional football teams cut players all the time. However, Russell Allen, a valuable player for the Jacksonville Jaguars, faced something out of the ordinary this off-season. On April 23, 2014, he was cut from the team because he had suffered a stroke. Allen had been a […]

The changing legal landscape when it comes to distracted driving accidents and other legal consequences were topics Wayne Hogan addressed in a First Coast Connect show interview on WJCT 89.9 FM. Hogan said the stakes are higher for businesses whose employees cause an accident while talking, texting or using a cell phone while driving, while […]

Wayne Hogan appeared on First Coast News during Distracted Driving Awareness Month to get the message out: One text or call can wreck it all. He called distracted driving a national epidemic that’s more common than the flu. When asked which is a bigger problem, texting while driving or talking on the phone while driving, […]

By Bruce Anderson and Wayne Hogan Electronic cigarettes, battery-operated nicotine-delivery devices, heat liquid into a smog that users inhale. Nicotine for the liquid is extracted from tobacco and is the same highly-addictive stimulant in cigarettes. The liquefied nicotine in e-cigarettes is manufactured in colors and flavors such as mint, orange, chocolate, caramel and strawberry that […]

A two-year delay on a provision included in the recently enacted Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (BBA) that was harmful to Medicaid plaintiffs has been obtained. The harmful BBA provision is contained in Section 202 and would overturn a unanimously-decided 2006 Supreme Court case, Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services v. Ahlborn, which held […]