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Florida Personal Injury Resources

If you or a family member has been injured in an accident, you may need help and support but not know where to turn. The links below provide information on traffic safety, medical malpractice, serious injuries and more. We hope the following resources help you find the information you are looking for you. If you need an attorney to help with a personal injury claim in Brevard or Indian River County, contact Donoghue & Associates in Melbourne for a free consultation.

Car, Truck and Motorcycle Safety Resources

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles – The FLHSMV investigates car, truck and motorcycle accidents, courtesy of the Florida Highway Patrol. Visit the FLHSMV Safety First page for tips on safety issues such as aggressive driving, teen driving, seat belts, and driving according to road conditions.

For a quick reference regarding the value of your vehicle before it was damaged, try the Kelley Blue Book or NADA Guides.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – The FMCSA issues regulations governing hours of service for truckers and other aspects of the trucking industry to prevent truck accidents.

View accident histories and safety reports on individual trucking companies through the Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER) database.

For tips on safe motorcycle riding, visit this page at the FLHSMV website. You can also find a brief overview of Florida motorcycle laws at the website for the American Motorcyclist Association. Another helpful resource is the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

Accident statistics and traffic safety information can be retrieved from the Bureau of Transportation Studies at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

For information on the dangers of texting while driving or using a cell phone while driving, see the U.S. official website on distracted driving: Distraction.gov.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – The NHTSA hosts pages on driving safety, including aggressive driving, impaired driving, and pages for bicycles, motorcycles, pedestrians, teen drivers and older drivers.

Resources on Medical Malpractice

In Florida, the State Board of Medicine licenses and registers medical doctors and other medical professionals, including physician assistants and anesthesiologist assistants. At their website you can research and verify a physician’s license, or file a complaint against a doctor, dentist or other health care provider.

The Florida Department of Health is responsible for licensing and regulation of dozens of different health care professions, including nurses, radiologists, paramedics, dentists and more, as well as pain management clinics, pharmacies and other healthcare facilities.

American Medical Association – The AMA is the most prominent national organization of physicians. To see the standards the AMA holds its members to as a profession, view their Code of Medical Ethics.

Workplace Accident Resources

Occupational Safety and Health Administration – OSHA sets and enforces standards for workplace safety across a range of occupations.

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health – NIOSH works within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses.

Product Liability Resources

There are many different agencies responsible for monitoring and regulating product safety in the U.S., including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. In addition, www.Recalls.gov is a comprehensive website that allows you to access all the relevant government agencies from one portal, including signing up for safety alerts and recalls through your email.

Resources for Brain and Spinal Injury Victims and their Families

Two excellent resources for persons living with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their friends and families to find help and support are the Brain Injury Association of America and the Brain Trauma Foundation.

Several websites offer hope and support for persons living with spinal cord injury, including links to clinical trials and the latest research into finding a cure for paraplegia, quadriplegia and other forms of paralysis. These websites include Determined to Heal, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, and the Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury Prevention, Care & Cure.

Other Accident and Safety Resources

Yield to Life – A website devoted to providing a safe space for bicyclists on the road.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center – Bicycle and pedestrian safety tips, including a link to specific Florida laws and resources.

Florida dog bite law – Dog owners can be held strictly liable for harm caused by their animals.

Safe Kids – Water safety tips include swimming safety and boating safety to prevent accidental pool drowning and boating accident injuries.

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