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A well-known team doctor at the University of Michigan has been accused of sexually abusing former students while performing medical exams. Coaches and other staff members are also accused of being aware of the misconduct, but looked the other way. 

In total, 53 students have accused Dr. Robert Anderson of molesting them. These former students also say they reported the sex crimes to the football coach Bo Schembechler and athletic director Don Canham, as well as others. 

The doctor was with the school for nearly 40 years until 2003. 

The President of the University of South Florida, Steven Currall, along with other school officials, have launched an investigation into alleged sexual assaults that took place on campus involving both former and current students. 

There have been numerous women recounting stories of sexual assault amongst the Greek community on the USF campus. The allegations have all come after a former student took to her Twitter account recently to tell her story. 

people-3154439_1920-300x200The 23-year-old said she was attacked in 2017 by a friend and member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. She said she was taken advantage of after a night of partying led to her having too much to drink.  

On Wednesday, six workers were taken to the hospital for injuries related to a rebar mishap at a construction site at 830 Brickell in Miami, according to officials.

construction-3390318_1280-300x200Miami Fire Rescue officials said the crane was lifting bundles of rebar when it collapsed on the six workers. It is unknown why the rebar suddenly malfunctioned. 

Rebar is a steel reinforcing bar that adds stability to buildings that are under construction. 

The workers became trapped in the debris, and the rebar impaled two of the six workers. One worker was able to climb out of the rubble on his own, and three others were pulled out by a rescue team. 

All six workers were taken to the hospital with serious and critical injuries. 

G&E Florida Contractors is building the structure and all six workers are employed by the company. 

The crane operator is employed by a subcontractor, Morrow Equipment. 

According to reports, all three of the companies involved with the accident have previous violations with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  

An OSHA report shows that just last month, G&E was issued a notice for a similar violation at a different job site in Miami and is facing a nearly $7,000 fine.  

OSHA also shows that Morrow reached a settlement of $8,300 for a fall violation in 2018. 

The incident that happened Wednesday also resulted in a street closure.

The accident is still under investigation.

Construction sites can be the scenes of numerous accidents that result in tragedy. Construction is an inherently dangerous industry, and it makes sense, because workers are literally building their worksite as they go along. This creates a work environment that is constantly changing which can easily result in serious injuries and even death. This is why construction sites must have strict safety rules and protocols in place. 

According to OSHA, the construction industry accounts for one in five worker fatalities. The majority of these deaths and serious injuries can all be traced back to federal and state safety violations that are implemented to keep workers safe. 

There are several types of construction site accidents that are most commonly responsible for worker injuries and deaths, including: 

  • Falls
  • Workers being struck by an object (rebar falling on workers) 
  • Crush injuries 
  • Electrocution
  • Forklift Accidents 
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals 
  • Highway construction accidents 

If you are a construction site worker and you suffered an injury while on the job, you have the right to hold the at-fault party responsible. There may be multiple parties to blame, including your supervisors, company owners, and even property owners. While your job may be dangerous, that does not mean you have no safety precautions available. You have the right to safety during the entire duration of your employment at a construction site. If your employer does not take the appropriate steps to keep you and other workers free from harm, then they can be held liable for their oversights. Our Florida Injury and Wrongful Death Attorneys at Whittel & Melton are here to help you take appropriate action.

Your employer and its insurer will have lawyers on their side fighting to protect them once a construction accident happens. You need legal representation on your side to represent your best interests. We can help you make sure you are being compensated justly for your suffering. We can review the facts of your case and figure out if your injury merits a workers’ compensation claim, a lawsuit, or possibly both. We can also gather evidence on your behalf to help prove your right to certain benefits and financial compensation. Finally, we can negotiate with all parties involved on your behalf for a favorable settlement agreement, or argue your case in court. 

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pinewood-derby-736434_1920-300x200A new string of lawsuits against the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) were filed Friday in Manhattan Supreme Court related to the organization letting sex abuse to repeatedly happen for decades dating back to its founding in 1910. 

A total of 21 new lawsuits filed charge 14 adult scout leaders with partaking in the sex abuse of children multiple times starting in 1954.

The lawsuit says sexual abuse within the BSA has been going on throughout the organization’s 110 years. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the launch of a $3 million public safety campaign at the start of July to educate the entire U.S. about the dangers of leaving children locked in hot vehicles.  

The summer months can be sweltering, so the campaign serves as a reminder to motorists that children should never be left unattended in vehicles and cars should be kept locked so that no child can accidentally get into a car. 

coronavirus-4936055_1920-300x193Almost 90 new brands have been added to the FDA’s updated list of possibly toxic hand sanitizers. The FDA believes these hand sanitizers contain methanol, a toxic chemical that can be absorbed through the skin. If ingested, methanol can kill you. 

According to the FDA, all but one of the possibly hazardous hand sanitizers were manufactured in Mexico. The singular hand sanitizer brand not manufactured in Mexico is from Leiper’s Fork Distillery in Tennessee.

The FDA is warning consumers to steer clear of hand sanitizers on their list, which you can view here

The FDA is taking steps to try and prevent these hazardous products from entering the U.S. by placing them on an important alert. But even with this alert, these hand sanitizers brands are still finding their way on the shelves of popular retail stores like Costco, Walmart, and Target. 

As coronavirus lingers in the U.S., hand sanitizer is still a very popular product. With schools slated to reopen soon and numerous other professionals heading back into work on a full or part-time basis, hand sanitizer is a huge must have for many people who may not be able to wash their hands with soap and water as often as they’d like. While the CDC urges people to wash their hands with soap and water as frequently as possible to reduce the spread of germs, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can reduce the amount of germs on your hands which in turn can help you avoid getting sick or spreading any germs to others. 

If you have any of the potentially poisonous hand sanitizers in your possession, the FDA says to stop using them immediately and toss any leftovers into hazardous waste containers. You should not flush or pour any of these toxic products down the drain.

Methanol poisoning can be fatal, which is why the warnings regarding these hand sanitizer brands are so urgent. If you have used any of the brands listed from the FDA, you should check in with your medical provider right away to make sure you have not been exposed to methanol. If you have been exposed to methanol, the following symptoms might be noticed: 

  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Blurry vision
  • Blindness
  • Vomiting
  • Death
  • Seizures
  • Coma

Ingesting hand sanitizers or using them as an alcohol substitute places you at heightened risk for methanol poisoning. You want to keep all hand sanitizers away from any babies and young children who may get their hands on these products and accidentally drink them. 

We all want to do our part to stop the spread of coronavirus, which is why hand sanitizer is a must-have item in your home, car, office, purse, etc. Our Florida Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton want everyone to stay healthy and safe, which is why we are urging everyone to stay up to date on FDA recalls and always read your labels so you know what you are putting on your body. Remember, you want to use alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% ethanol.

Methanol poisoning is quite serious, and as we have pointed out, can be deadly. Methanol is a toxic alcohol that is mostly used as a fuel source or a pesticide. After being exposed to methanol, it could take 1 to 72 hours for symptoms to present themselves, but once medical treatment is administered methanol poisoning can be reversed. 

If someone you love has suffered from methanol poisoning due to a dangerous hand sanitizer, our Florida Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are here to help hold the manufacturer of these dangerous brands responsible for their negligence. We can discuss your injuries or the death of a loved one with you and help you understand what your options are for pursuing financial compensation. 

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concentration-4929210_1920-300x200Nursing home neglect happens at nursing homes and assisted living facilities across the country. While this is not as violent as abuse, it is equally as dangerous. When staff at these facilities fails to keep close tabs on their elderly patients or provide them with proper care, this can quickly cause their health to decline. 

Nursing home neglect is when a facility fails to provide its residents with a basic standard of care. Sadly, 15.3% of elderly abuse complaints arise from neglect, according to the National Center for Victims of Crime. 

If you think this cannot happen to your loved one at their nursing home or assisted living facility, think again. A facility administrator at the Good Samaritan Retirement Home, a 45-bed assisted living facility at 507 SE First Ave. in Ocala, was arrested for elderly neglect when he did not notify a nurse of a resident’s failing health. The facility had many infractions over the years and was finally shut down in 2018. 

According to police, the nurse who was assigned to the elderly patient requested that the 31-year-old administrator report any changes in health to her. The resident had recently undergone an outpatient procedure and had been transported back to Good Samaritan.

According to reports, the staff on duty over the weekend let the administrator know that the resident’s health was declining, but were never instructed to contact the nurse. 

It is unknown why no one contacted the nurse. 

Upon the man’s return to work Monday, he apparently contacted the nurse of the resident’s failing condition. She told him to call 911 and get the resident to the hospital. 

The man was charged with elderly neglect. 

An investigation by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration apparently found the nursing home was guilty of failing to supervise residents, not taking appropriate action when a resident fell, not meeting staffing requirements, failing to train staff appropriately, and failing to provide the necessary care and services to meet their resident’s needs. 

Good Samaritan was disciplined by the state many times before it was officially shut down. 

Nursing home neglect is most often the result of poor staffing. Facilities that do not have enough staff may be stretched too thin, and exhausted and overworked employees may not be able to provide the residents in their care with the quality they need to live a healthy and happy life. Some facilities are aware of their issues, and others simply choose to ignore them. Regardless of the reasons, elderly neglect is never acceptable, and all resident’s basic needs must be met on a daily basis. 

Elder neglect is a form of elderly abuse. This is because neglect causes harm to the elder. In facilities that do not have the appropriate staff, employees may find it difficult to provide the appropriate standards of care because they lack the support needed to do so. This can result in poor hygiene and affect the resident’s physical and mental health. This can result in a variety of conditions, including: 

  • Anemia
  • Fatigue
  • Dehydration
  • Weight loss
  • Injuries
  • Sickness
  • Dental issues
  • Depression
  • Anxiety 
  • Insomnia
  • Substance abuse
  • Loneliness
  • Fear
  • Personality changes
  • Unpaid bills/debts
  • Suicidal thoughts/actions
  • Wrongful death 

In the most severe cases of elder neglect, death can result. It is important to note any signs and symptoms that point to neglect. If you have a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility and see any of these signs, you should report your suspicions to local police. 

  • Bedsores/ulcers
  • Lengthy time periods between showers/baths and changing of clothes or bed linens
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Unexplained burns, broken bones or bruises
  • Sleep loss
  • Severe personality changes
  • Medication errors

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sparklers-828570_1280-300x200Floridians are legally able to celebrate the Fourth of July by lighting off fireworks this year. While this might be great news to some, some medical professionals and others who have had life-changing experiences from fireworks injuries want to warn everyone of the hazards fireworks can bring. 

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill back in April that made it legal for Floridians to light off fireworks on three holidays: New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and of course, the Fourth of July. 

Due to the pandemic shutting down many big fireworks displays, it is likely that we will see an increase of people having their own backyard, or front yard, fireworks shows. 

sanitizing-5095967_1920-300x184The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to consumers across the U.S. to stop using 9 brands of hand sanitizer as they may contain methanol, also known as wood alcohol, which is a substance that has very serious side effects when it is ingested or absorbed through the skin. 

You can view the list of the 9 brands of hand sanitizer manufactured by the Mexican company Eskbiochem here

This alert is alarming because of the fact that the coronavirus is still lingering across the U.S., which has increased the demand of hand sanitizers. The coronavirus pandemic has many people using more hand sanitizer when they cannot wash their hands with soap and water. 

The FDA issued its warning on Friday after the agency tested samples of products that contain methanol, which is toxic, so it should not be used in hand sanitizers. 

The FDA is requesting that consumers stop using any of these dangerous hand sanitizers right away and throw any unused product into hazardous waste containers. 

The FDA says to not flush or pour any hand sanitizers down the drain. 

Methanol poisoning can be toxic, so if any consumers have used any of the 9 brands the FDA is warning about, they should seek medical care right away. According to the FDA, prolonged exposure to methanol can cause: 

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Permanent blindness
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Damage to the nervous system
  • Death

Anyone who ingests these hand sanitizers or consumes them as an alcohol substitute are at highest risk for methanol poisoning, according to the FDA.

Everyone wants to stop the spread of COVID-19, which is why hand sanitizer has been a staple. Now, it is very important that we check our brand of sanitizer so that we can steer clear of methanol poisoning. Our Florida Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton urge you to read the label on your sanitizer carefully and check the FDA website regularly to stay up to date on recalls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), consumers should use alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% ethanol.

Methanol poisoning from hand sanitizer is very serious. Methanol is a type of toxic alcohol that is commonly used as a pesticide or fuel source. The CDC says that symptoms of methanol poisoning may not be apparent for 1 to 72 hours after exposure. The good news is that methanol poisoning can be reversed if medical treatment is administered. 

Whittel & Melton Can Help 

If you or someone you love has suffered harm due to methanol poisoning, our Florida Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help. The FDA has said that those most at risk are those that drink the toxic hand sanitizers. Babies and toddlers that get a hold of these sanitizer bottles can easily ingest the toxic chemicals and suffer methanol poisoning. Make sure you are keeping these products out of a young child’s reach. 

The company/manufacturer that makes these dangerous products can be held responsible for any injuries or deaths that result. We are here to help review the facts of your case and fight to secure financial compensation for your suffering. 

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woman-65675_640-200x300Abuse and neglect in nursing homes, assisted living facilities (ALFs), and even adult daycare centers is rampant across the U.S. While this is a terrible thing, this is what happens at facilities that are more about making money than taking care of their residents. Not all facilities are guilty of these deplorable behaviors, but the reality is that many of them are. 

In Williston, the owner of an adult care home was charged with mistreating residents by not providing them beds, restraining one with handcuffs, and abusing residents. 

It was found that the woman failed to provide all the residents in her care with a bed, did not care for residents wounds, inflicted wounds on residents, abused a disabled adult, and used handcuffs to restrain another resident. She also did not pay two disbaled adults their monthly allowance for their personal needs. 

This was a small adult home with only 10 residents, according to reports.

The woman was arrested by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Sheriff’s Office. All of her charges are felonies. 

Abuse in nursing homes, ALFs, and adult daycare centers are heartbreaking as well as shocking. The signs are not always blatantly obvious, which is why so many of these cases go undetected. This is especially true when the victim is disabled or suffering from depression, anxiety, or even PTSD. These conditions may prevent seniors from telling someone about their mistreatment, but some seniors are too fearful of staff members to speak out as they believe their treatment will get worse. The truth is that unless someone is keeping close tabs on the facility in question, abuse can continue to happen without consequence. This is why if you have a loved one in a nursing home or other type of facility, you must educate yourself on the warning signs of nursing home abuse and neglect. 

While there are many types of abuse at these facilities, you can be on the lookout for certain patterns that could lead to abuse. The first being physical abuse, which is one of the more obvious forms of abuse as you can see the results on the person’s body. You should look for unexplained bruises, scrapes, cuts, broken bones, fractures, and welts. These could all be signs of trauma happening, such as residents being dropped, restrained, or beaten. Some of these injuries could be the result of accidental slip and falls, but a medical doctor can evaluate the injuries and determine what was the result of an accident or assault. 

Other signs of physical abuse may be a resident all of a sudden becoming withdrawn socially and being scared or startled easily. Any behaviors or injuries that are recurring are likely signs that abuse is the culprit. 

Emotional abuse can also happen at nursing homes and ALFs. These signs are a bit more subtle, but if you notice a loss of self confidence, isolating, acting scared or not wanting to be left alone, rocking back and forth, sucking, mumbling, or a refusal to take medications, then this could point to neglect or abuse. 

Sexual abuse also occurs in nursing homes and ALFs. Signs to look for are torn or stained underwear, bruising on the breasts or genitals, vaginal or anal bleeding, self-isolation, and episodes of rage or anger. 

Financial abuse is another form of abuse that occurs regularly at these facilities. This abuse usually involves manipulation, so that the abuser has the seniors consent. You can look for unexplained expenses, missing money or valuable possessions, bills for unknown expenses, and missing checkbooks or credit cards. 

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