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florida injury casesThe average personal injury verdict in Florida is $1,819,751, according to Jury Verdict Research, a company that tracks jury verdicts. In Florida personal injury cases, plaintiffs win approximately 61 percent of cases that go to trial.

Florida’s threshold requiring a more serious injury in motor tort cases is one reason why the average jury verdict in Florida much higher than the national average. These Florida jury statistic verdicts also underscore that large cases inflate average jury verdicts and settlements. The median—as opposed to the average—money damages in Florida personal injury trials in Florida is $122,674.

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Very dated but still interesting data on Florida workers’ compensation cases: the average back injury settlement was $ 38,000 with medical care continuing (called “keeping your case open”). The average  workers’ compensation back injury settlement is $ 9,800 with no continuing opportunity for further medical care.

Jury Verdict Research reported this month on Florida personal injury lawsuit verdicts. The median – not be confused with average which is much higher – money recover in Florida personal injury lawsuits that go to trial is $185,000. Florida personal injury lawyers can expect to receive a verdict for their clients in 60 percent of lawsuits that go to trial.

Putting these number in context, the national median personal injury verdict is $35,000, and personal injury victims recover about half of the time. In other words, you can drive a truck through the difference between Florida and the rest of the nation. Florida voters may go for caps at the ballot box, but when faced with live human beings, they have a very different approach.

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A Broward County, Florida jury has awarded $3.5 million to the family of a man who died 17 days after being implanted with a pacemaker. According to the family’s wrongful death lawyer, the jury found that doctors committed medical malpractice by not delaying the procedure because the man developed lung problems prior to the surgery.

Two units of Johnson & Johnson were ordered to pay $16.6 million to the family of a Chicago-area woman who died after using a Duragesic pain-patch. This is the 4th consecutive pain pump verdict against Johnson & Johnson in the pain pump litigation. Last month, a Florida jury awarded $13 million to the family of a woman who died after using a similar patch.

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In the middle of all the recap of Sunday’s action in the NFL, ESPN had a sad story that I do not remember hearing about. A University of Central Florida football player who collapsed died in March during workouts in March. A former player was interviewed who suggested that the coaches were not paying attention to the stress the player was under and that the significantly understated the intensity of the workout. The family of the player intends to file wrongful death lawsuit in Florida against the school.

I can’t judge the merits of the case. But it is just awful to think that this death could have been averted but for some old school “there is nothing wrong with you, just suck it up” garbage from coaches.

Florida lawyers have filed a lawsuit on behalf of children who are supposed to be compensated pursuant to a well intentioned by awful program Florida has for children with birth injuries. The purpose of Florida Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Association (NICA) is to compensate children with birth injuries. This statutory scheme, which was created 20 years ago in Florida, also insulates doctors from medical malpractice in many of the most significant medical malpractice cases in Florida. This means if you have a cerebral palsy case in Florida, you have little chance of getting compensation for the child. Virginia has a similar scheme that is just as awful.

According to the recently certified class-action lawsuit, parents have been misinformed about their rights, and NICA has refused to make payments. So not only are children who are suffering the most egregious injuries not being fairly compensated, but they are also – at least according to this lawsuit – being victimized by the very law that takes their rights away.

The family of 75-year-old Wilmington native has alleged evidence of abuse and neglect at a state-run facility. What is interesting about his case is that the nursing home resident’s family cared enough to get evidence by through a “nanny cam.” Earlier this summer, the nieces of this woman who is suffering from dementia, diabetes and a bad back, delivered a DVD of several incidents to the Delaware’s Division of Long Term Care Residents Protection — the agency that monitors the welfare of nursing-home residents and investigates allegations of patient abuse.

Unfortunately, not everyone has a caring family with the time and resources to set up a nanny cam when a nursing home is abusing or neglecting a patient. But maybe we have stumbled onto something here. Would nanny cams set up appropriately by the state help reduce nursing home neglect and abuse?

The Florida Palm Beach Post writes an article on the risks for current and future doctors associated with posting revealing information on social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace.

The article states that there is “something unsettling when you learn your doctor was a hero at ‘keg stands’ or a member of ‘Physicians looking for trophy wives in training.’”

I don’t really agree. I don’t think people are appalled to learn that someone drank alcohol in graduate school or are unnerved by membership in Physicians looking for trophy wives in training.” (As to the latter, this is why many nerdy guys go to medical school in the first place. If they can earn these spoils, more power to them.)

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