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As a teen, Jacqueline Miller got hooked. Smoking Old Gold Cigarettes with her friends turned into on a two-pack a day habit until she died at age 64 from lung cancer. A wrongful death lawsuit filed by Miller’s daughter in Mrozek v. Lorillard Tobacco Company, was one of 11 Florida lawsuits filed by families of […]

Zero. That’s the number of crossing guards and students injured during the Duval County 2013 school year. The 300 crossing guards who serve Duval County elementary schools oversaw 915,000 street crossings by individual students last year without incident. That fact was celebrated at the JSO’s 21st Annual School Crossing Guard and Volunteer Appre­ci­ation Luncheon held […]

Every day, police, firefighters, paramedics and emergency vehicles are out on our roads helping to keep Floridians safe.  Summer traffic is here and it’s a good time to be reminded about the Florida Move Over Law.  Ask anyone who is in public service from police to paramedics and they will tell you about close calls […]

The Florida Department of Highway Safety is asking Floridians to register their emergency contact infor­mation as part of their hurricane season prepa­ra­tions. Who would law enforcement call if you were in an emergency situation? Having an emergency contact in the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ system helps law enforcement reach family and […]

Attorney Wayne Hogan was pleased to help support the Schultz Center’s EdSpark Initiative. Wayne donated under­writing spots on WJCT 89.9 FM to get the word out about EdSpark. With the 2014 One Spark now in the history books, the Schultz Center could not be more pleased with its first effort curating a venue themed to […]

Several months ago, Malaysia Airlines flight 370 went missing with 239 passengers and crew. Twenty-five countries provided 12 aircraft, 14 ships, a robotic submarine, and spy satellite imaging in a futile search and rescue effort.  Last week the Journal of Patient Safety published research suggesting that 440,000 people die in United States hospitals annually as […]

A Debit Card has become a popular alter­native to credit cards with consumers because they only allow you to spend what you have in your checking account. However, its use poses some dangers that make it inferior to credit cards for several reasons that you may not be aware of. You have fewer consumer protec­tions […]

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 […]