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April 2014 Archives

Huge Change Hits Medical Malpractice Caps

Florida Families that have lost a loved one due to Medical Malpractice will no longer be unfairly penalized by a state law that limited the amount of money the victim’s family could receive on non-economic damages. The Florida Supreme Court rejected a state law that limited compensation in Wrongful Death cases caused by Medical Malpractice. The case reviewed by the court involved the death of a 20 year old mother that died during childbirth. A description of the young mother’s final hours revealed multiple medical mistakes and negligence by her doctors and the medical staff during labor and delivery of her child. The family’s concern during the ordeal was met by the staff’s assurance that she was stable. The son she gave birth to will be raised by her family and he will never know his Mom. The Florida Supreme Court decision concluded the law unconstitutionally discriminated “against those who are most grievously injured, those who sustain the greatest damage and loss, and multiple claimants.” The decision is huge, for the Florida families that find themselves in this unfortunate situation.

Child Killed in Hit-and-Run

Three year old Morgan Wallace Calway was killed in a hit-and- run accident Tuesday night. The accident occurred in Putnam County on U.S. 17 about 8:30 pm near the intersection of Reed-Bell Street. The vehicle located near the vicinity of the crash is a white 2008 Honda. The tragedy in this accident hits us even stronger when we consider a three year old will never have the opportunity to grow up and the driver never stopped to see if the child’s life could be saved.

Train Rides Celebrate America's Military Heroes!

TRAIN RIDES CELEBRATE AMERICA’S HEROES IN ST. MARYS, GEORGIA St. Marys Express organizers have announced early sales of their May train excursions— “America’s Heroes” Express.Departing Theatre by the Trax in St. Marys four times each day on May 17 and 24, “America’s Heroes” Express will commemorate Memorial Day for two weekends in a most inspiring and memorable fashion. Passengers aboard the open-air cars, locomotive and caboose will come face to face with some of America’s most beloved heroes from every major war. Actors from St. Marys Little Theatre will reenact the bravery of historic figures from generals to admirals to flying aces scanning five major wars as passengers travel through scenic woodlands and marshlands. The local VFW will play a major role in both days’ events, performing patriotic ceremonies at the midway point and honoring veterans on the train as well.“America’s Heroes Express” will depart from Theatre by the Trax, 1000 Osborne Street in St. Marys, Georgia, at 10 a.m., noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm on May 17 and 24. Tickets are $17 for adults and $11 for children under 12 plus a $3 processing fee. Children 2 and under ride free. Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.stmarysrailroad.com. Group discounts are available.

Misdiagnosis Resulted In Death

Misdiagnosis resulted in death for at least two women who became victims of a hospital technician’s negligence in Perry, Georgia. The technician did not even look at the mammograms of over 1200 patients she cleared as normal. Ten of the patients she cleared as normal were diagnosed with breast cancer. The delay in treatment proved fatal for two of the victims, the victims that survived this negligence are enduring more extensive treatment for cancer that was given time to spread. If you are told your medical disaster is an unfortunate complication, better get a second look. http://www.bbcjustice.com/Personal-Injury/Medical-Malpractice.shtml

Heroes Acted Fast and Saved Lives During High School Stabbing

Heroes acted fast and saved lives Wednesday during the High School stabbing in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. One student pulled the fire alarm which helped evacuate the school. The principal assisted an armed security guard and the team managed to stop the attacker. While a teacher applied pressure to the stab wounds of one of the victims a student was applying pressure on another student. At least 20 were stabbed the wounds ranged from superficial to serious. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. We know this event has forever changed another American community. The fun and innocent worries of what to wear to the prom have been replaced by visits to the ER and memories that can never be erased. We applaud the heroes that stood strong in the storm and saved lives.

5th Annual Pace for Peace Walk

Jacksonville’s Hubbard House Foundation will be hosting a FREE, fun, family- friendly event at the Jacksonville Landing this Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 9 am. Help End Domestic Violence by sponsoring a walker or putting your own walking team together. The 5th Annual Setting the Pace for Peace Walk route overlooks the beautiful Jacksonville skyline and the St. Johns River. We are proud of the Barnes & Cohen team members participating in the walk. For more information about the Walk http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1079490

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