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Take precautions before letting your nanny drive your kids

If you're hiring a nanny, you may need her (or him, but we'll assume it's a woman for purposes of this discussion) to drive the kids to and from school, extracurricular activities and/or play dates. It's essential to do a little research and see firsthand how safely she drives -- particularly with little ones in the car.

You can get a copy of her driving record as part of the background check process. If you're hiring through an agency, they should provide you with that information. If you use a site like Care.com to find a nanny, you can request a Motor Vehicle Records Check in most states, including Florida. It's up to you to determine how many past infractions, if any, and what kind are acceptable to you. If you interview former employers, ask them if she drove their kids and their opinion of her driving.

Popular jogging stroller prone to failure

Some three-wheeled BOB jogging strollers have a dangerous defect. According to The Washington Post, nearly 200 consumers have reported the front wheel of their strollers have fallen off while in use. The Consumer Product Safety Commission stated nearly 100 adults and children were injured as a result.

Spotting a distracted driver before it's too late

Distracted driving is a problem on our roads all year long. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 1,100 people suffer injuries each day in this country by distracted drivers. However, April has been designated as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Therefore, this seems like a good time to discuss how you can spot a distracted driver.

Distracted driving often involves the use of a hand-held phone or other devices. However, even talking or communicating on social media, via text or email using hands-free technology can take your eyes and mind away from the road.

A Florida bill may reduce medical malpractice award amounts

A panel of Florida House lawmakers reintroduced a bill on March 13 aimed at capping damages in medical malpractice cases. A similar bill was initially proposed by lawmakers back in 2003 and later declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2017.

The latest proposed bill, which is known as the Proposed Committee Bill (PCB) Civil Justice Subcommittee (CJS) 19-02, would cap how much compensation for pain and suffering that a medical malpractice victor can win in their case.

Injuries that commonly result from motorcycle crashes

Statistics previously published as part of The Hurt Report shows that 96 percent of motorcycle accidents result in an injury. Only 45 percent result in minor ones. This means that 51 percent of them leave motorcyclists seriously hurt. There's a wide range of injuries that motorcyclists can suffer in Florida.

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Four ways you can help your young child with cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy, a disorder that affects movement and muscle tone, is the most common motor disability in children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is caused by abnormal brain development or damage to a developing brain. Sometimes there is no identifiable reason for the abnormal development or damage. However, some instances are linked to genetic mutations, maternal infections, fetal stroke, infant infections, traumatic head injuries or lack of oxygen.

Although there is no cure for cerebral palsy, those who have the condition have treatment options that can help improve their lives. However, parents who suspect a child may have cerebral palsy are sometimes not sure where to begin or what they might be able to do to help their child reach his or her full potential.

Store owners are often to blame for shopper injuries

Each year, thousands of Americans file lawsuits for injuries that they suffer when they are out shopping for basic household goods such as electronics, pet supplies, clothing and toys. Many of these instances occur because a store owner fails to keep their premises safe of known hazards that may seriously harm workers, visitors and shoppers.

Shopping-related injuries can happen in the store or in its parking lot. When someone gets injured in a store's parking lot, it's most often due to them sliding on an icy surface or tripping and falling on cracked pavement.

Why do misdiagnoses occur, and how should they be handled?

Patients who are suffering from symptoms that their doctor has difficulty diagnosing may wonder if they've come down with a rare condition. Although instances in which a doctor is unable to diagnose a patient's symptoms don't happen all that often, there are two common reasons to explain why these types of events occur.

Your doctor may be hesitant to make a misdiagnosis. They may also not have listened to all of the symptoms as you described them when they saw you, resulting in a missed diagnosis.

A Pinellas Park man loses both legs in a motorcycle crash

A 31-year-old Pinellas Park man is lucky to be alive after he was critically wounded on Jan. 16 in a hit-and-run motorcycle crash at around 10:30 p.m. along Park Boulevard.

According to a spokesperson with the Pinellas Park Police Department (PPPD), the biker had been traveling west in the innermost lane along Park Boulevard in the moments before the crash. At that same time, there was another motorist — a 20-year-old male — who was traveling in the far right lane along that same route to the on-ramp of U.S. Highway 19 South.

A New Port Richey student struck outside their school

A 15-year-old New Port Richey student was stuck by a teacher's car just before 7 a.m. on Jan. 9, shortly after arriving to attend classes at Gulf High School.

According to a spokesperson with the New Port Richey Police Department, witnesses heard what they assumed were two cars colliding with one another right around the time that the student was struck.

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