Florida Personal Injury Resources
The following links and resources are provided by attorney Scott Newmark for the benefit of people living in south Florida and seeking information on car and truck accidents, medical malpractice, motorcycle and boating accidents, pool safety, dog bite injuries, workplace accidents, defective products and more. We hope these resources are helpful to you in preventing an accident or injury or in coping with a serious injury, including brain or spinal cord injury. If you were injured due to the negligence or wrongful conduct of another in Fort Lauderdale or surrounding areas, please call Scott Newmark at (954) 850-4977, or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
Florida Car Accident and Traffic Safety Resources
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) is responsible for accident investigation through the Florida Highway Patrol as well as issuing driver’s licenses and titling and registering vehicles. For tips on teen driving, aggressive driving, road conditions, seat belts and other safety issues, visit the FLHSMV Safety First page.
Another good traffic safety website is the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
Public safety campaigns on distracted driving, including texting while driving and handheld cell phone use, can be found at Distraction.gov, the official U.S. website on distracted driving. Other safety programs can be accessed through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issues regulations regarding trucks and truckers to help prevent truck accidents. Accident histories and safety records of trucking companies can be accessed through the Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER) System database.
Motorcycle safety tips and resources can be found at this page on the FLHSMV website. Other good resources for bikers include the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and the American Motorcyclist Association, which also includes an overview of Florida motorcycle laws. Another good website for bicyclists as well as motorcyclists is Yield to Life.
Resources for Serious Injury
For persons with paraplegia, quadriplegia, or other spinal cord injury and paralysis, supportive websites include the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, Determined to Heal, and the Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury Prevention, Care & Cure.
Medical Malpractice Resources
The Florida Board of Medicine is responsible for licensing and registering medical doctors, physician assistants, anesthesiologist assistants, and other medical professionals. Visit their website to verify a physician’s license or file a complaint against a doctor, dentist, or other general healthcare provider.
The Florida Department of Health is responsible for licensing and regulation of about 50 different healthcare professions, including nurses, paramedics and dentists, as well as more than a dozen different kinds of healthcare facilities, including pain management clinics.
The American Medical Association (AMA) publishes its Code of Medical Ethics, detailing the expectation of the medical profession for doctors regarding the doctor-patient relationship and other aspects related to the practice of medicine.
Consumer Safety and Child Safety Resources
Product safety recalls can be monitored at www.Recalls.gov, where you can sign up to receive safety and recall alerts via email from the Consumer Products Safety Commission, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other agencies. Also see the FDA website for information on Drug Safety and medication errors.
Florida’s dog bite law can be found here.
Workplace Safety Resources
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets and enforces standards for workplace safety, while the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) strives to prevent workplace illnesses and injuries by working within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.