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VW Investigated for EPA Emission Violations

NATIONAL—Environmental Protection Agency is investigating Volkswagen and other major car manufacturers for Clean Air Act emission violations in certain diesel vehicles. ***DIESEL VEHICLES AFFECTED*** Affected 2.0 Liter Diesel Vehicles: VW Jetta (Model Years 2009-2015) VW Jetta Sportwagen (Model Years 2009-2014) VW Beetle (Model Years 2012-2015) VW Beetle Convertible (Model Years 2012-2015) VW Golf (Model Years… View Article
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Medical Warming Blanket Linked to Joint Infections

NATIONAL—New studies appear to have pinpointed a commonly used medical warming blanket as the true cause of many post-surgery Periprosthetic Joint Infections (“PJIs”).1 This warming blanket, known as the “Bair Hugger,” is a Forced-Air Warming blanket that has been used for more than two decades to warm patients during lengthy surgeries. While the warming blanket… View Article
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Florida Move Over Law | A Public Service Reminder

FLORIDA—With the holiday season fast-approaching, Tripp Law Firm invites you to slow down and take the time to review this DMVFlorida.org summary of Florida’s Move Over Law.  FLORIDA MOVE OVER LAW Imagine you are driving down the Florida Turnpike at 70 MPH and you see an FHP officer on the right shoulder with their lights… View Article
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Zip Line-Related Injuries on the Rise | Tampa

Study finds zip line-related injuries on the rise nationwide, raising concerns about safety. NATIONAL—According to a recent study of U.S. emergency room data, the number of zip line-related injuries has soared along with the popularity of the largely unregulated activity. The study found that from 1997-2012, nearly 17,000 zip line-related injuries were treated in U.S. emergency… View Article
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Improper Lunchtime Supervision Leads To High School Student’s Death

NATIONAL — With the prevalence of school violence only increasing, parents want to know their children are safe in school. Schools around the nation can help ease the minds of concerned parents by employing proper lunchtime supervision policies. In a recent case study involving the death of a sixteen-year-old student during lunchtime, experts concluded that… View Article
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FIAT CHRYSLER RECALLS NEARLY 1.7 MILLION DODGE RAM PICKUP TRUCKS | FLORIDA

NATIONAL—Fiat Chrysler, the manufacturer of Dodge Ram, is recalling more than 1.7 million trucks for steering wheel and airbag issues.As one of the largest automobile manufactures in the world, this recall will affect trucks in the US, Canada, Mexico, and other countries around the globe. In total, three separate recalls have been issued covering a… View Article
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U.S. FINES BRITISH MOTORCYCLE MANUFACTURER $2.9 MILLION FOR SAFETY VIOLATIONS – DOVER | MANGO | SYDNEY

NATIONAL—A major British motorcycle manufacturer is facing a $2.9 million fine from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for failing to notify the NHTSA on time about a steering defect behind its September 2014 recall of more than 1,300 motorcycles.The NHTSA claims that the British manufacturer violated the Safety Act when it was late… View Article
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DRIVERLESS CRASH TRUCKS AIM TO IMPROVE SAFETY FOR ROAD CONSTRUCTION CREWS – Lake Panasoffkee | Sumterville | Bushnell | Coleman

FLORIDA – According to the associated press, Florida’s first self-driving car will not be a glamorous sports car or an ultramodern vehicle produced by one of the global tech giants, but will instead be a modest roadside construction truck that is “meant to be hit.”  The nation’s highways are a key part of its infrastructure…. View Article
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CROSSING THE STREET: A BACK TO SCHOOL GUIDE – Orlando | Tampa | Clearwater | Jacksonville

It’s that time of year again. Parents all over the nation are swarming local stores and loading up on school supplies in preparation for the upcoming year. In Florida, residents have more to worry about than navigating the crowded aisles and making it out of their favorite big-box store alive. Floridian parents have to worry… View Article
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21 MILLION DOLLAR VERDICT – UNNECESSARY BRAIN SURGERY

Earlier this year a jury awarded $21 million dollars  in a case of unnecessary brain surgery.  It wasn’t supposed to be brain surgery! FACTS – The patient was admitted to a hospital for treatment of a temporomandibular joint problem. She underwent a CT scan of her brain and was told that she required an emergency… View Article