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Injury-related spinal stenosis

You were involved in an auto accident. At first you felt okay, only some minor back pain, but as the days and weeks went by you started noticing other symptoms. You finally decide to get things checked out and receive a diagnosis of spinal stenosis. What it is and what could this mean for your future?

Numerous Florida residents who suffer injuries in car accidents suffer back injuries. Some of these injuries are minor and others can have life-long consequences. Spinal stenosis is a medical issue that may not seem serious right away, but symptoms can progress over time causing serious health problems.

Woman smiles after drunk driving arrest that killed a mother

When arrested, some people are not aware that every word and action is being observed and evaluated by authorities. Because they are not aware of the impact their actions or words may have on their case, damage to a defense case can easily occur. Florida criminal defense attorneys can advise clients even in the earliest stages of an arrest of the best approach to questions by authorities. One woman's recent mugshot following her drunk driving arrest has outraged a deceased victim's family and many in the community.

The 44-year-old woman was driving late at night when she crashed her vehicle. She claims that she dropped her phone and, in the process of trying to pick it up, she failed to stop her vehicle in time. She rear-ended another vehicle which then caused a third crash with a tractor-trailer, resulting in the death of a 60-year-old mother in the other vehicle. The driver at fault was not able to pass field sobriety tests and allegedly smelled of alcohol. Tests later revealed that her blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit.

You don't have to rely on a Florida court for a parenting plan

You know that your divorce will change the way your family lives and that it may be a challenging transition for your children. Making the situation easier on them has more than likely become a priority for you and the other parent. Whether you use mediation or negotiate on your own with legal assistance, you realize that you need to do what you can to make the best decisions possible for your family.

These days, the Florida courts encourage parents to create their own parenting plans and custody arrangements. This allows you the freedom to come up with a plan that works best for your family. Even if the negotiations may be a bit tense at times, as long as the two of you focus on what your children's best interests, you will probably be able to come up with a workable plan with which you are both satisfied.

Car accidents: Teens die in fatal Tesla crash

Companies such as Tesla are introducing new motor vehicle technology on roadways. Although new technology often advances transportation and introduces new solutions to traditional fuel-operated vehicles, new issues may arise when used in everyday life. The National Transportation Safety Board recently launched an investigation involving one of Florida's recent fatal car accidents that involved a new Tesla vehicle.

The vehicle was being driven by an 18-year-male, who was senior nearing high school graduation with hopes of attending a top-rated university in the fall. The crash occurred on part of a road often deemed as "dead man's curve." The driver and one of his senior classmates became trapped in the vehicle once it crashed and caught on fire. Another passenger was ejected from the vehicle after impact and is being treated at a medical facility.

Family law: Divorces over the age of 50 are increasing

It might be tempting to speculate that married couples who have been married 20 years or more will not experience a divorce. Statistics indicate that it is not always the case. Currently, divorce among couples in Florida and across the United States who are over the age of 50 are increasing. Most individuals facing these circumstances will secure the assistance of a family law attorney.

When couples over the age of 50 get divorced, it's known as a 'gray divorce.' According to numbers, they make up about a quarter of all divorces. Because much of the baby boomer generation is over the age of 50, it may be one reason for the growing numbers. In addition, both men and women are living longer, increasing chances of couples determining they no longer wish to be married to one another.

When affairs started on Facebook lead to divorce

When you found out that your spouse was cheating, you may have felt beyond betrayed. You may also have wondered whether you should have known sooner. Before you beat yourself up, you may want to understand that this type of issue leads to the ending of many marriages, and you likely did not have reason to suspect the problem prematurely.

What may have surprised you most about the situation, however, is that your spouse's affair started out using a social media platform that you once considered innocent: Facebook. You may not have questioned your spouse's use of the site as many people, likely yourself included, use your profile to stay updated with friends and family. However, for your soon-to-be ex, Facebook use may have exacerbated already negative feelings.

Motorcycle accidents: Man killed in collison with car

Although Florida weather is almost perfect year-round for motorcycle riding, springtime is hard to beat. The sweltering heat has not yet arrived, and any coolness from the winter is long gone. As riders increasingly use a bike to travel versus another vehicle, the opportunities for motorcycle accidents also increase. One recent accident resulted in serious injuries and one rider's death.

Both vehicles were traveling early in the evening when the accident occurred. A 32-year-old man was operating a motorcycle and was struck by a small car driven by a 65-year-old female. Authorities believe that the woman pulled out in front of the motorcycle, resulting in the collision. The woman will likely face charges for her involvement in the collision.

When car accidents result in PTSD

You probably began your day thinking that it was going to be just another ordinary day. Then, out of nowhere, another vehicle struck yours. You suffered physical injuries that kept you from working for a while, and you still have medical bills and other damages to pay for as well.

The problem is that as time goes by and your physical injuries heal, you still can't get past the accident. You may feel better physically, but mentally and emotionally, you continue to struggle. Is it possible you suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder?

Wrongful death: Florida mother and daugther killed in crash

Construction zones on Florida roadways can be confusing and difficult to navigate, especially at night. Typically, drivers are cautioned with signs, lights and cones to slow down and drive carefully. Although the work must be completed while vehicles continue to travel the roadways, the workers have a responsibility to make the area as safe as possible. If safety is compromised, accidents, serious injuries and/or death can occur. Sadly, a wrongful death may have recently occurred on a Florida roadway when a mother and daughter were killed in a construction zone crash.

The 31-year-old mother was traveling during the night with her 8-year-old daughter in a small vehicle when the accident occurred. According to reports, she crashed into the back of a dump truck. Reportedly, the dump truck was unoccupied, parked and had hazard lights on at the time of the crash. Also, reports indicate that the truck was partially parked in the open travel lane. According to authorities, unless a construction vehicle is not working, it cannot be parked in travel lanes at any time.

Car accidents: 3 Florida teens injured in collision

High school seniors all across the country are nearing their graduation. There is excitement, fear and hope for the new future they anticipate beginning. Car accidents are not in the plans of graduates or their families, but they do occur. Unfortunately, accidents wreak havoc in a multitude of ways on the victim's lives and anyone connected to the victims. Sadly, an entire Florida community has been impacted by an accident involving three high school seniors just weeks before their graduation.

Authorities believe that the school day had not ended when the three senior boys crashed into a tree. The collision occurred within sight of the high school where the seniors were set to receive their diplomas. Authorities have not determined the cause of the collision, but they did close the intersection as they began their investigation.