COVID-19 and the Effects on Personal Injury Cases

COVID-19 and the Effects on Personal Injury Cases

As the coronavirus surges through the United States countless people will continue to be a victim and suffer injuries in car accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice, personal injury, and defective products. The injured party still can bring a personal injury claim to fruition during the COVID-19 to obtain compensation for their injuries. Although, the methodical legal system has been altered a bit during this pandemic and as a result clients need to be aware of how this will affect their claim. The court system being closed is one of the issues resulting in personal injury cases being delayed in their ability to go to trial. Although the majority of cases settle prior to going to trial it is quite common for the case to see at least one hearing in court. On a positive note technology is on our side and depositions, mediations, arbitration, or settlement negotiations are being implemented via teleconference in lieu of personal appearances. Due to the financial hardships, the COVID-19 has caused for many individuals victims are wanting to settle their case sooner than they normally would have. Some have lost their jobs or receiving unemployment benefits due to the COVID-19 might be a decrease in pay and as a result, causing the client to feel financial pressure. Insurance companies and their adjusters might be inclined to use this situation to their advantage and offer an unrealistic settlement offer. This virus has caused a trickledown effect in respect to who is affected financially. It is probable that the insurance companies have taken a hit as well as their profits have diminished, and they may provide more resistance than usual when it comes to attempting to minimize a claim. If they cannot get you to settle too soon it will be probable that more cases, go to trial or at least see a longer litigation period. Being that the majority of Americans have taken a punch to their pocketbook some have had to allow their insurance to lapse. With that being said there is more uninsured motorists on the roads. Victims that are faced with someone who does not carry insurance is less likely to recover compensation from the driver’s personal assets. That is why we should all review our insurance policies to make sure it includes uninsured/underinsured motorist policy. Personal Injury cases require a victim to receive medical treatment as recommended by their healthcare providers in order to receive the compensation they deserve. This is the primary way to prove the extent of the victim’s injuries and cost. The Covid-19 has caused many of us to question even going to a doctor’s office, physical therapy facility much less a hospital for testing or treatments. Although this is a reasonable concern it is important for the sake of the victim’s health as well as vital to the case. The Law Office of Perry & Young will aggressively represent you and protect your rights against efforts by insurance companies to minimize our clients’ financial losses and pain and suffering. Call us for a free consultation 850-215-7777.  
Medical Malpractice and Prescription Errors

Medical Malpractice and Prescription Errors

Unfortunately, we MUST have an advocate with us when we enter a health care facility. Regardless if it is a doctor’s appointment, lab work, outpatient surgical center, hospital, or just everyday care from a practitioner. It is not safe to be a patient and not have a second set of ears with us to direct our care. When we do not feel well and entrust in another’s care for us; there is a certain amount of trust given and we should not extend that trust. It is just not safe to be a patient alone because there are many patients; nurses and doctors have lives that can’t help but affect their decisions and efforts, we should have someone we trust with us to keep us safe. The National Coordination Council for Medication Error Prevention considers a medication error as any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm. As humans we know their intent is good and it takes an incredibly special person to be a healthcare worker/advocate; however, we are human and mostly we mean no harm. Regretfully, humans take on too many responsibilities and errors do occur. Even though they are not intentional, it happens. Therefore, there are consequences because families are affected.

There are many reasons that Prescription errors occur:

  • Failure to properly read the doctor’s handwriting
  • Putting the wrong prescription into the pharmacy computer
  • Dispensing the wrong medication
  • Dispensing the wrong instructions on the medication
  • Failing to detect new medications adverse interaction with existing medications
  • Medication administration errors
  • Entering inaccurate or incomplete information about the patient

There are several people who can be held liable for the prescription error. It could be the doctor who wrote it wrong or his/her handwriting may not be legible. It is more common that there is inaccurate dosing. Too much or too little of a drug could cause grave harm to a patient. Prescribing a drug for an accurately diagnosed condition is the ultimate goal, however, to prescribe a drug for a misdiagnosed condition could cause permanent damage and possibly death. In a hospital or a nursing home, the majority cause of prescription errors is by the nurses and staff. Incorrectly administering of medications is the leading cause of overdoses in these facilities. Different medications must be administered in certain ways. Such as if a drug needs to be given by a shot in a specific location, it is the nurse that must administer the medication properly. Giving a shot in the wrong location or wrong method is considered negligent and the licensed nurse will be held liable.

 

Medical malpractice law in Florida is complicated and strictly specific. Proving medical negligence is difficult.  The litigation process is exceptionally long, and the compensation is very costly. The Law Office of Perry & Young has over 70 years of experience and we will strive to ensure that you receive full and fair compensation. Call us or contact the law firm through our email site for a free consultation. https://perry-young.com/  850-215-7777

We Can Learn From Hurricane Ravaged Panama City During Our Coronavirus Recovery

We Can Learn From Hurricane Ravaged Panama City During Our Coronavirus Recovery

Panama City knows all about reopening an economy.

18 months ago Hurricane Michael tore through the Panhandle town of 40,000. The category 5 hurricane destroyed thousands of homes, smashing commercial buildings to splinters, and ripping off roofs. The City Manager, McQueen has led the effort to rebuild the city & its economy and now our nation is poised to join him as it tries to transition out of a coronavirus shutdown in the coming weeks and months. Although Panama City hasn’t fully recovered from Michael, it’s residents are all too familiar with what an economic reboot entails.

The damage was historic leaving more than 14,000 displaced residents and more than 5,000 instantly homeless children and the federal government was little help. “Panama City has received fewer state and federal disaster relief dollars than any other city hit by a storm of this magnitude,” states McQueen. The city was still recovering when the pandemic began and not all businesses had reopened. The City Commission voted to extend the state of emergency order for Hurricane Michael on April 14 – the same day it extended the state of emergency for COVID-19.

“The lessons learned from Michael are immediately applicable to the work that must be done in Panama City and across the country to weather the damage from this pandemic,” McQueen continues. More than 1,000 Floridians have died from the coronavirus since the nation’s first recorded death in February. The state has logged more than 30,000 confirmed cases. Panama City is the county seat for Bay County, which has reported 63 cases and two deaths. Several states, including neighboring Georgia, have begun controversial efforts to reopen. Florida remains under a stay-at-home order through the end of April, but Gov. Ron DeSantis gave some municipalities the green light to reopen beaches. DeSantis asked his state coronavirus task force for a phase-in plan to reopen the state.

McQueen says the economic impact of the pandemic will mirror that of the hurricane in some ways. McQueen talks of a “V-shaped recovery curve” in which a number of businesses reopen quickly. “Some are even talking about there being a ‘W’-shaped curve with a possible second wave of the virus or a spike in bankruptcies bringing another dip,” he says. “I, however, believe the curve will look like a ‘U,’ ” much like the curve after Michael. Businesses will slowly reopen as conditions are appropriate.

Communication is key, McQueen says. Leaders should communicate early and often, which will foster trust and help reduce anxiety born of uncertainty and displace rumor and speculation. McQueen refers to the “emotional curve” developed by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

“Equally important to successfully navigating a crisis is the twin need to recognize the six distinct phases of emotional reaction,” he says. “From fear and uncertainty through disillusionment and finally to reconstruction.” The emergence of anti-quarantine protests in the USA is understandable as optimism morphs into disillusionment, he says.

Every community across the nation is at a different point in this curve, given their pre-COVID-19 underlying economic conditions, population density and the arrival time of the virus, he says. “One piece of advice: Document everything,” he says. “Elements of federal assistance are often contingent on showing the money was properly used.

“Pre-disaster planning is critical,” McQueen says. The warning lead-time for a storm is a few days. COVID-19 lurked for months. He notes that federal health officials have warned a second wave could come in the fall or winter. “The best time to prepare for an event is before it happens. With the pandemic in full swing, communities should look ahead,” he says. “The time to plan for that crisis is now.”

Perry & Young is a nationally recognized personal injury, car accident, & commercial trucking accident law firm that has cultivated a reputation for our ability to successfully resolve even the most challenging cases. Over 35 years of experience, our award-winning team has secured multi-millions in numerous verdicts and settlements for clients across Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and all over the country. Learn more about our services, your potential case and rights, and how we can help by calling (850) 215-7777 for a FREE consultation.

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What The Florida Stay At Home Order Allows & What it Does Not

What The Florida Stay At Home Order Allows & What it Does Not

So what exactly does Gov. Ron DeSantis’ stay-at-home or “Safer At Home” order mean for Florida?

It defines what essential businesses and services remain open during the state’s COVID-19 response, and outlines what people are permitted to do outside of their homes if they practice social distancing. To see the complete order & find out what is an essential business and what is not, click the link below.

Florida Stay At Home Order

The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday and expires April 30, but that date is subject to change.

For more on the governor’s previous and current executive orders, visit www.flgov.com/2020-executive-orders.

Keep in mind the stay-at-home order may be updated. As it stands now, you can:

  • Attend religious services;
  • Shop at grocery stores;
  •  Get medications from pharmacies;
  • Fuel up at gas stations;
  •  Wash clothes at laundromats;
  •  Care for or assist a loved one or friend;
  •  See the doctor, after calling ahead;
  • Take pets to the veterinarian, after calling ahead;
  •  Go outside to walk, jog, fish, hunt, swim, bike and participate in other recreational activities as long as people don’t gather in groups of more than 10 and stay at least 6 feet apart.

You’re not allowed to:

  •  Visit or work in a place that’s not an essential service;
  • Gather in groups of 10 or more people, or be closer than 6 feet to others;
  •  Visit family or friends socially;
  •  Visit someone in a nursing home, hospital or assisted living facility without contacting the service beforehand

Perry & Young is a nationally recognized personal injury, car accident, & commercial trucking accident law firm that has cultivated a reputation for our ability to successfully resolve even the most challenging cases. Over 35 years of experience, our award-winning team has secured multi-millions in numerous verdicts and settlements for clients across Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and all over the country. Learn more about our services, your potential case and rights, and how we can help by calling (850) 215-7777 for a FREE consultation.

Your Insurance Claims and Covid-19

Your Insurance Claims and Covid-19

It is safe to say that many businesses will close their doors in response to the pandemic we are currently experiencing. For some this will be temporary, whereas others will not be able to stay afloat while we wait for our world to function as it once did. The questions many business owners have go something like this: Will my insurance company protect me? Can the coronavirus constitute as property damage? If not, how will economic loss be handled by insurance companies? Am I covered under my business interruption policy?

Insurance policies are the most sold and least read document in the world. Think about that for a second. If you are like the majority of the population, that might have hit you pretty hard, especially when you consider the Coronavirus and how it is impacting every single one of us. If you are a business owner, that sentence might have even scared you in a time like today. Below we will lay out the types of things you should be wary of, and what questions your insurer needs to be able to answer for you. First, we’ll start with a little refresher.

For insurance to come into effect, there has to be an “event” which is a “covered loss” – these items are defined policy by policy. There are endorsements and exclusions – usually the endorsements and exclusions either limit the recovery or completely exclude the recovery for exposure or disease type of cases. Once you have that laid out, your policy will have different areas of coverage, the most common being building property loss, ancillary property (offsite or storage area), contents of building, and business interruption.

A coverage area we’re going to address in relation to Covid-19 is business interruption, is held by many small business owners – restaurants, bars, medical and dental offices. Recently, there have been stories circulating of restaurants asking for donations in the form of gift cards or Venmo payments so they can disburse them to their employees. In fact, a restaurant group in our county has done just that. So where does business interruption come into play? Unfortunately, some might not see it at all. For others, it might have a small cap at $25,000, which might not be enough to cover payroll over two weeks time, let alone two or three months. There could even be a sneaky provision that contains a waiting period before that coverage is triggered or available. It is clear here that policies vary widely, and it is your job as the policy holder to understand yours.

Businesses have found another hidden clause in their policies. If the business is shut down via a government or state order, does it qualify under a disaster or damage policy? It might be the case that a disaster is happening outside of the business, but the issue will be whether or not there was a disaster inside, or simply a state order requiring a shutdown. If rather, you have a Covid-19 positive employee, then the closure could be covered in order to properly disinfect the business. Then the problem becomes timeliness and how long it really takes to clean a business, which brings us to our next question.

How long this is going to last? Right now, we have no idea what the period of coverage will need to extend to. If your claim is accepted and you receive $50,000, will that be enough? If your area is seemingly untouched, it might. What if instead, your policy only covers the time it takes to to repair the damaged property. Insurance companies are likely to argue this is a quick process, simply wipe down and disinfect the establishment in a day. However, we know the virus persists in the area and is easily spread in the air, which should therefore extend the period of coverage.

It all comes down to the way policies are written. Insurance companies sell on the big print, “Business Interruption” and pay-out on the small print “Endorsement for Disasters.” As you can see, policies and their exemptions can vary widely. The verbiage alone can and will make the difference in an accepted or denied insurance claim. In the future, will we see an entirely new insurance policy specifically for viruses like this one? These are just a few things to think about. If you have questions about yours, give us a call today at 850-215-7777. One of our skilled attorneys will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Natural Disaster vs. COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Natural Disaster vs. COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Empty shelves, mass hysteria, long lines, fights over products; as a Floridian, this might sound like the beginning of hurricane prep.  Here we are going to lay out what is different, what is the same, and how to prepare so you are not taken advantage of.  If you were one of the many affected by Hurricane Michael, all of this will sound very familiar to you.  So, what is the point?  Here, the goal is to refresh your memory on how things are going to change in the coming days, weeks, and months.

With Coronavirus, we are not going to be flooded with evictions in the same way we see after a natural disaster, such as a hurricane that damages a home, or when a landlord wishes to participate in price gouging.  In this scenario, they attempt to push the tenant out in order to double or triple rent.  Instead, the question that will inevitably arise is this: How am I going to pay rent if I am not working?

Eviction restrictions are jumping from city to city in response to closed businesses and schools alike.  Some major cities are setting the restrictions at 30 days, and others (such as Boston) have taken it upon themselves to extend to 90 days with check-ups in between.  In a strange turn of events, renters are protected amidst this pandemic.  If the government decides to extend this restriction to commercial evictions, it could additionally prove to be beneficial to small businesses. Only time will tell if the court system is later inundated with eviction cases once the aid restriction is lifted.

After a natural disaster, many mortgage companies reach out to their clientele and offer deferment or abatement of payments.  While this might sound like a good idea, many experienced Floridians know this means your $1,500 monthly payment is still assessed on the 1st, and after six months of “freebies,” you are stuck with a $9,000 bill. Ouch.  While this might be ideal for some, it is a trap for others.  Now is the time to look at your finances and see which course of action is going to be best for your family in the long run.

It looks like this time around we are going to receive a different kind of government aid.  Instead of small business loans and FEMA trucks, we might all see a check with our name on it arriving on our doorstep.  While the implications of this decision may prove to be detrimental, it could help to assist an even great recession from occurring during this strange, isolated time.  How far can $1,000 go?  Will the common US household be able to survive on this alone in the coming weeks?  This is yet one more thing to look to when laying out your financial decisions.

After a hurricane, power is lost and so is a lot of hope.  While most of us are participating in social distancing, there are still a multitude of ways to keep contact with others, thanks to the modern-day era.  If you hop on any site, you will see a list of things and places that are cancelled, postponed, or closed.  If your email inbox looks anything like mine, you have heard about how every company you have ever interacted with is handling COVID-19.  What the goal is now, is to realize what all is not lost.  Phone lines are not down, grocery stores are not depleted, interaction is not lost.

While you are concerned with stocking up on toilet paper, Clorox wipes, Mucinex, and bleach, make sure you stock up on compassion, too.  There are people from all different ways of life who will need to come together for support after this blows over.  Nothing brings people together like a natural disaster, and I believe the Coronavirus will do the same.

Mothers United in Tragedy Push Florida Lawmakers to Act

Mothers United in Tragedy Push Florida Lawmakers to Act

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For months, Laurie Giordano had been telling the story of her son to anyone who would listen — of how her Zach, a strapping 16-year-old football player, should never had collapsed in the sweltering Florida heat nearly three years ago. He died days later.

For weeks, Giordano has been driving six hours each way to meet with lawmakers in the state Capitol to push them to act, to understand the unbearable grief of a parent trying to bring meaning to a child’s death.

At the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, Giordano crossed paths Thursday with Lori Alhadeff, who lost her 14-year-old daughter Alyssa in the Parkland school shooting. Both spoke about how tragedy and loss is motivating them to lobby for legislation meant to save other children and other parents from suffering.

Giordano and Alhadeff are linked over their grief of losing children and working to get lawmakers to make schools safer, albeit in different ways.

Alhadeff was back to urge lawmakers to require panic buttons at schools to more quickly summon for help. That was one of many school safety measures spawned by the shootings on Feb. 14, 2018, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17. The bill, known as “Alyssa’s Law,” requires each public elementary, middle, and high school campus, including charter schools, to put in place a mobile system to alert authorities of emergencies.

And Giordano was again at the Capitol to take a seat at the public gallery overlooking the Senate floor, where lawmakers unanimously approved a bill renamed the “Zachary Martin Act.” The legislation would require public schools across Florida to do more to prevent heat-related injuries and deaths.

For a few minutes, they spoke about their children and their shared mission. Giordano admired the pendant hanging from Alhadeff’s neck that bears Alyssa’s smiling face.

“I don’t know how everything went down in your tragedy, but I just kept thinking that help was on the way,” Alhadeff told Giordano about that fateful day in February 2018.

“And help was not on the way,” Giordano interrupted, finishing Alhadeff’s thought.

Another Florida mother suffering a loss, Denise Williams, roamed the Capitol Thursday to begin lobbying for a new law in the name of her daughter Terissa Gautney, who died on a school bus in 2018.

Since losing their daughter, Williams and her husband have been pushing school boards and seeking the help of lawmakers to require life-saving training for school bus drivers and better communications equipment on school buses.

Williams and Alhadeff also crossed paths at the Capitol.

“Our children were lost in a traumatic situation, and my heart breaks for any other mother. And I can feel the pain that they feel,” Alhadeff said of Williams and Giordano. “Even if it was different kinds of tragedies, it’s still the pain of losing a child.”

Giordano’s son died in the summer of 2017 after collapsing in the Florida heat during practice.

After her son’s death, Giordano founded the Zach Martin Memorial Foundation, which has worked to raise awareness about the dangers of heat-related stresses. As part of its work, the foundation has donated 40 cooling tubs to schools across Florida.

Her son, she said, would still be alive if life-saving equipment were at the sidelines during practice — perhaps a water-filled tub — to immediately cool down his body.

“I’m exhausted, but it’s OK. Once this is over, I’m going to collapse for a week,” Giordano said while waiting for lawmakers to take action on her bill.

“A six-hour drive is a long time to be alone with your thoughts,” she said, “that’s when the emotions is really hard. That’s when the tears flow.”

If passed by Legislature and signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, public schools would be required to have a tub or other large container filled with cold water at the sidelines during all games and practices. Schools also would be required to have defibrillators to resuscitate stricken athletes. The proposed law would also require schools to train personnel on how to recognize signs of heat-related ailments, including potentially deadly heat strokes, and to take life-saving actions.

But even at the brink of success, Giordano said there is little comfort.

“I still cry every day,” she said. “There is no consoling. No, it doesn’t get better.”

Losing a child is a devastating loss but losing one to negligence hits home far worse. Perry & Young is a nationally recognized personal injury, car accident, & commercial trucking accident law firm that has cultivated a reputation for our ability to successfully resolve even the most challenging cases. Over 35 years of experience, our award-winning team has secured multi-millions in numerous verdicts and settlements for clients across Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and all over the country. Learn more about our services, your potential case and rights, and how we can help by calling (850) 215-7777 for a FREE consultation.

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A Typical Personal Injury Lawsuit Timeline

A Typical Personal Injury Lawsuit Timeline

Have you suffered an injury through the actions of another person or entity? You might consider filing a personal injury lawsuit to hold them accountable. Many of those that have been injured don’t realize you have only so much time file a lawsuit from the date of injury. But how long will it take to see results if you do decide to file a personal injury lawsuit?

Keep reading for a quick breakdown of the typical personal injury lawsuit timeline so you know.

A Breakdown of the Typical Personal Injury Lawsuit Timeline

Are you interested in the personal injury lawsuit process? Here are the four main steps.

1. Hire a Lawyer to Negotiate Before Filing a Lawsuit
The first step in a personal injury lawsuit is to hire a lawyer to review your claim. They may try to settle your case with the accused party before filing the lawsuit. Most lawyers will not take on a case unless you have reached the point of maximum medical improvement (MMI), or when you’ve recovered as much as you can.

2. Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit and Discovery
If your lawyer cannot negotiate a settlement, they will file the lawsuit and begin the discovery process. It is the process of collecting evidence to defend or refute a lawsuit.

Discovery involves the sending and answering of interrogatories as well as depositions. This can take between 6 months and 1 year.

3. Mediation and Negotiation
Once the discovery process ends, your lawyer will attempt to negotiate a settlement again. Your lawyer may try doing it lawyer-to-lawyer or through a court-appointed mediator.

4. Trial and Settlement
If you cannot come to an agreement during mediation, then your personal injury case will go to trial. The trial itself can last anywhere from a day up to a few weeks. It depends on how soon you can get your case before a judge and how many times it gets rescheduled.

After you reach a settlement agreement, you will receive your settlement funds in a lump sum or as a part of structured settlements. Talk with your attorney to figure out what’s your best option.

How Long Does a Personal Injury Lawsuit Take?
Once you understand the personal injury lawsuit process, you can estimate how long it will take for the suit to finish. Most personal injury lawsuits take anywhere from a few months up to a couple of years to resolve. That’s if no other problems prolong the process.

The three most common reasons a personal injury claim will take longer than expected are:

  • Difficulty proving liability and damages
  • Cases that involve a large amount of money
  • The plaintiff has not reached the point of MMI

If you know your case will involve any of these issues, expect it to take a least 6 months longer than a standard personal injury suit. Dealing with a lawsuit is never easy, especially when you’re hurt. Hire an attorney that is well equipped with the experience and reputation you need to get the results you deserve.

Perry & Young is a nationally recognized personal injury, car accident, & commercial trucking accident law firm that has cultivated a reputation for our ability to successfully resolve even the most challenging cases. Over 35 years of experience, our award-winning team has secured multi-millions in numerous verdicts and settlements for clients across Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and all over the country. Learn more about our services, your potential case and rights, and how we can help by calling (850) 215-7777 for a FREE consultation.

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Food Recalls To Watch Out For Right Before Thanksgiving

Food Recalls To Watch Out For Right Before Thanksgiving

Some of you overachievers are already cooking for the meal of the year but there are some potential recalls in effect that might ruin Thanksgiving dinner so be on the lookout what you have in your pantry so your guests and/or family don’t end up with food poisoning.

Romaine Lettuce
There are massive recalls on romaine lettuce right now. This leafy green has been linked to 17 people who contracted E. Coli. 75,000 pounds has been taken off the shelves, but if you have any on hand, you might want to dispose of it just in case, especially if it was grown in Salinas, California. Consider replacing it with arugula, a.k.a. rocket, which has been shown to have notable health benefits.

Raspberries and blackberries
An outbreak of Hepatitis A has been potentially linked to frozen raspberries and blackberries sold by Fresh Thyme. These berries come from Illinois, but illnesses that may have resulted from consuming these products have been reported in Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Indiana.

Raw pork
An Illinois company recalled 515,000 pounds of raw pork because it didn’t pass inspection before it went to market. Check your meat freezer for these products. There haven’t yet been any links to health concerns, but let’s be real, getting sick from bad pork tends to have some unsavory consequences.

Cheese Nips
Some 11-ounce packages of Cheese Nips may contain small pieces of yellow plastic, according to authorities. Boxes that have a “best by” date of May 18, 19, or 20, 2020, could be contaminated. Also, c’mon y’all, Cheese Nips? We’re grown-ups now. Cheez-Its are vastly superior.

Cottage Cheese
Kraft Heinz has recalled almost 9,500 cases of three different varieties of cottage cheese after a consumer reported finding a piece of red plastic in their curds. No illnesses have been reported, but in case you have some cottage cheese in your fridge, the use by date on the recalled containers is December 10, 2019

Nestle Cookie Dough
Some packages of Nestle cookie dough may contain bits of rubber. Nestle voluntarily recalled the ready to bake items, which are listed here. You can still eat the already-baked cookies, though, which is a small consolation for those of us who prefer the raw deal.

Ground beef
A New Jersey company had to recall 115,000 pounds of ground beef products that may contain plastic. Before you start feeling elitist about how you always buy the “good meat,” please note that this is the fancy, organic grass-fed kind of ground beef.

Vegetables
Over 100 vegetable products were recalled over possible Listeria contamination, according to CNN. The number of veggies recalled is giant and includes major food companies like Del Monte and Trader Joe’s, so make sure to check the list. You are never going to get your family to buy into your vegan keto diet if you poison them.

Perry & Young is a nationally recognized personal injury, car accident, & commercial trucking accident law firm that has cultivated a reputation for our ability to successfully resolve even the most challenging cases. Over 35 years of experience, our award-winning team has secured multi-millions in numerous verdicts and settlements for clients across Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and all over the country.  Learn more about our services, your potential case and rights, and how we can help by calling (850) 215-7777 for a FREE consultation.

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Self Driving Uber Cars Involved in 37 Crashes Before Killing Pedestrian

Self Driving Uber Cars Involved in 37 Crashes Before Killing Pedestrian

An Uber self-driving test vehicle that struck and killed an Arizona woman in 2018 was found to have software flaws, according to what the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday as it disclosed the company’s autonomous test vehicles were involved in 37 crashes over the prior 18 months.

NTSB may use the findings from the first fatal self-driving car accident to make recommendations that could impact how the entire industry addresses self-driving software issues or to regulators about how to oversee the developing industry.

The board meets Nov. 19 to determine the probable cause of the March 2018 accident in Tempe, Arizona that killed 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg as she was walking a bicycle across a street at night.

In a report released ahead of the meeting, the NTSB said the Uber Technologies Inc vehicle had failed to properly identify her as a pedestrian crossing a street. The accident prompted significant safety concerns about the nascent self-driving car industry, which is working to get vehicles into commercial use. In the aftermath of the crash, Uber suspended all testing and did not resume until December in Pennsylvania with revised software and significant new restrictions and safeguards.

A spokeswoman for Uber’s self-driving car effort, Sarah Abboud, said the company regretted the crash that killed Herzberg and noted it has “adopted critical program improvements to further prioritize safety. We deeply value the thoroughness of the NTSB’s investigation into the crash and look forward to reviewing their recommendations. The NTSB reported at least two prior crashes in which Uber test vehicles may not have identified roadway hazards. The NTSB said between September 2016 and March 2018, there were 37 crashes of Uber vehicles in autonomous mode, including 33 that involved another vehicle striking test vehicles.

In one incident, the test vehicle struck a bent bicycle lane post that partially occupied the test vehicle’s lane of travel. In another incident, the operator took control to avoid a rapidly approaching vehicle that entered its lane of travel. The vehicle operator steered away and struck a parked car.

NTSB said Uber conducted simulation of sensor data from the Arizona crash with the revised software and told the agency the new software would have been able to detect the pedestrian 88 meters (289 feet) or 4.5 seconds before impact. The car’s system would have started to brake 4 seconds before impact. In the actual accident, the test vehicle did not correctly identify the bicycle as an imminent collision until 1.2 seconds before the impact. It was too late for the Uber car to avoid the crash.

“The system design did not include consideration for jaywalking pedestrians,” NTSB said.

The Uber car also initiated a one-second delay of planned braking while the vehicle calculated an alternative path or the safety driver could take over. Uber has since discontinued that function as part of its software update. NTSB during its investigation it “communicated several safety-relevant issue areas (to Uber) that were uncovered during the course of the investigation.”

In March, prosecutors in Arizona said Uber was not criminally liable in the self-driving crash. Police have investigated whether the safety driver who was behind the wheel and supposed to respond in the event of an emergency should face criminal charges. Police have said the crash was “entirely avoidable” and that the backup driver was watching “The Voice” TV program at the time of the crash.

Perry & Young is a nationally recognized personal injury, car accident, & commercial trucking accident law firm that has cultivated a reputation for our ability to successfully resolve even the most challenging cases. Over 35 years of experience, our award-winning team has secured multi-millions in numerous verdicts and settlements for clients across Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and all over the country.  Learn more about our services, your potential case and rights, and how we can help by calling (850) 215-7777 for a FREE consultation.

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Perry & Young Are Ready To Go To Trial For Your Personal Injury

We service Florida, Georgia, and Alabama in the areas of Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice. We have 4 offices locations throughout the Florida Panhandle and we are always available to travel to you.

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