Why more families are moving to Florida than ever before

When we think of Florida, it’s not difficult to imagine the sun-drenched sands of Palm Beach, the prestigious Golf and Polo Clubs of the Gulf Coast, the water-front lifestyle of Fort Lauderdale, the glamour of the Miami nightlife and of course the world-famous theme parks at your fingertips throughout Orlando. It’s some of these factors alone that see almost 1,000 people moving to Florida every day. But, aside from the glitz and glamour of the sunshine state, it’s famous oranges and its food scene, NASCAR history and the enchanting Everglades – what else is bringing families from across the country, and even the world, to the state of Florida to live permanently?

More families than ever before are heading to the sunshine state, let’s explore some reasons why, below.

There are numerous regions and areas to choose from

Whether you’re looking for distinct residences in the Boca Raton area, or you’re looking for a community with a more relaxed lifestyle such as Lighthouse Point, Florida has a region to suit any and every lifestyle. As Florida is an incredibly diverse state, with contrasting landscapes, communities, and styles, you’ll have no trouble matching your criteria to your dream home and region. Whether it’s schools and education that’s important to you right now, or you want to live in an area that has leisure and entertainment at its heart, the volume of choice means families and individuals alike are more likely to find their dream home in the Sunshine State.

Florida properties are family-friendly

Did you know that you can get a lot more for your money in Florida? You may be impressed with what your savings can get you here. Properties in the sunshine state are also incredibly spacious, and designed with families and entertainment in mind – what’s more, your dream home could be within walking distance of one of Florida’s glorious beaches or boast its very own swimming pool. Pools are considered mandatory for many residents! So, if you’ve always wanted to teach your children to swim, there’s no better way to learn.

Perpetual Sunshine

Of course, the climate in Florida is perhaps its biggest draw. And the heat isn’t just great for those wanting to top up their tan, health benefits of persistent sunshine and heat can ensure a higher quality of life and an improved mental state. The tropical climate in Florida is occasionally punctured throughout its rainy season, May-October, however, these sudden downpours are short-lived, offering relief before sunshine reigns supreme once again.

And finally, it’s a paradise for growing families

You could be forgiven for thinking that Florida was founded with families in mind, and it’s easy to see why. From its revered education system to its iconic ice cream parlours, Disney World discounts for locals, outdoor pursuits and pro-sports, entertainment everywhere you turn, cultural diversity, water sports that get the whole family in the water, and its friendly, laid back culture make Florida the perfect home for growing families.

Will you be making the move? 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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What Is the Bodily Injury Threshold in Florida?

According to reports from the CDC, over 32,000 individuals die from accidents in Florida roadways each year. The Highway Patrol in Florida also reported more than 198,000 injuries and 2,400 fatalities each year between 2013 and 2017. Due to the high number of bodily injury litigations, Florida has devised ways of handling these cases.

 

Most personal injury lawsuits settle before proceeding to trial, but they remain in the court’s schedule and back-up the courts. Because of this, Florida has an injury “threshold” regulation that you have to meet or exceed before suing for bodily injury.

 

About the Florida Bodily Injury Threshold

Although you might get bodily injuries from a Florida car accident, the person at fault will not be liable to your damages if they do not meet or exceed the medical threshold. When you fail to meet the limit, you will not be able to file for suffering, pain, mental distress, or any inconvenience from the crash.

Florida drivers have to carry a $10,000 insurance policy that covers personal injuries since it is a no-fault state. Your no-fault insurance policy will cover your medical expenses as well as lost income in tandem with the driver’s policy. It will also cover travel expenses and other expenses, like childcare and physician appointments.

 

The state of Florida has adopted a unique approach in a dog attack or bite cases. The one-bite rule prevents the owner from lawsuits due to his or her dog’s first-time bites. However, if you prove negligence by the owner in the dog attack that resulted in a bodily injury, you can get compensation.

 

Categories of Severe Injuries in Florida

Florida has four types of injuries that comply with the threshold standards for acquiring compensation that goes beyond the amount covered by the no-fault insurer. These types of damages include:

• Permanent and significant loss of crucial bodily functions

• Permanent and significant disfigurement or scarring

• Permanent injury

• Fatal injury

 

If you meet the above criteria for the injury threshold, you may want to consult a lawyer for guidance and about filing a claim.

 

How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Case?

Florida has regulations that limit the amount of time you have to file a personal injury case. Florida civil laws require you to present your case within the four-year statute of limitations. Submitting your claim after the four-year deadline will be rendering it null and void.

 

How to File for Personal Injury Compensation

Contact a lawyer near you and discuss the details of your case. The lawyer will begin an investigation on the incident that caused your injury. He will talk to the witnesses, analyze medical paperwork, review footage, and acquire evidence to create a strong claim.

 

The attorney will then draft your claim. The claim will have details of your injuries, how these injuries are affecting your life, and why you need compensation. Next, you will negotiate with the entity at fault or insurance firm.

 

Most defendants settle their injury claims at this stage, but if they refuse to offer you fair compensation, your lawyer will file a lawsuit in the Florida courts. The trial process is the final stage where the jury and judge will hear the details of your issue and pass a verdict on the settlement.

 

Your attorney will handle all of the issues involved in your case, including consultation, negotiation, and settlement as you focus on your recovery.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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How Long Do You Have to Sue for a Birth Injury in Florida?

 

For the parents of babies with birth injuries, their early days with their babies may involve visiting their baby in the NICU, pumping breast milk when they planned to nurse, and preparing themselves to not see their babies hit their first developmental milestones for a long time, if ever.

 

Unfortunately, this scenario happens far too often. Approximately 29 out of every 1,000 babies born in the United States are affected by birth injuries. Keep reading to learn more about the causes of birth injuries and what you need to prove you have a case.

6 Causes of Medical Malpractice

The following are the most common causes of birth injury lawsuits. If your baby’s injury was caused by any of these conditions, you may be able to file a lawsuit.

 

Poor Training and Overworked Staff

When hospital staff is poorly trained, physicians are overworked, or nurses have to take on too many patients, babies can pay with their lives. Babies can be injured when medical professionals can’t perform their jobs correctly due to problems with the hospital’s policies. This can be a result of staff being asleep or spread too thin to pay attention to monitors or react to complications.

 

Failure to Properly Monitor a Fetus

Fetal monitoring lets doctors and nurses know if a baby’s heart rate is too high or too low, which can be a sign that your baby is being deprived of oxygen. Your baby could suffer lifelong consequences if medical professionals fail to adequately interpret the readouts from these monitors or if they fail to make necessary interventions.

 

Failure to Medicate the Mother Correctly

Epidurals and spinal blocks or induction with Pitocin can interfere with the second stage of labor, leading to an increased risk that labor will be prolonged. When this happens, the baby is put at an increased risk of experiencing fetal distress and all of the risks that are associated with it. These include oxygen deprivation and increased fetal heart rate.

 

Improper Use or Malfunctioning of Hospital Equipment

One example of the improper use of hospital equipment are doctors using too much force when they are trying to guide the baby through the birth canal with forceps or vacuum extraction. This can cause brain bleeds and other injuries to a newborn. When a hospital fails to properly maintain their equipment or allows it to become old and outdated, this can also lead to injuries.

 

Failure to Adequately Inform About Risks

Doctors have a duty to adequately inform their patients about the risks involved with any medication they use to induce labor or to manage pain. They are also required to inform their patients about the risks of any interventions they perform during labor and birth, including the risks involved in a c-section. When they fail, patients may end up agreeing to something they never would have consented to had they known the true level of risk.

 

Proving Who Was at Fault

To prove that a medical facility was responsible for your baby’s injury, you’ll need to collect as much documentation as you can. You may also want to reach out to a lawyer to learn more about the resources that are available to your family.

 

According to advice from Florida Cerebral Palsy Lawyer, if you are wondering whether or not you have a viable lawsuit, an attorney can review the facts of your case and advise you of the steps to take next.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Family Trip to Vero Beach, Florida @verobeachcvb

 

Spring Break is here or will be here shortly depending on where you live. Florida has some wonderful places to visit and spend time in the sun. I recently was asked to visit Vero Beach with my family.

We were asked to stay at The Disney Vero Beach Resort and had a fantastic itinerary set up for us. We were not able to make it down to Vero Beach until Friday evening. We got to the resort and settled in around 9:30pm. The resort staff was very helpful as Disney employees always are. My partner and I hit the lounge after the girls layed down. It was right across the hall from our room!

 

Disney Vero Beach Resort

Vero Beach Sunrise

We woke up early to see the sun rise. It was so pretty to see right over the beach. Then it was off to Goofy’s Beachside Character Breakfast with Donald and Goofy.

 

We gathered later to head over to the Vero Beach Museum of Art.  The director took us on a tour then took us over to the children’s Art Zone. The Art Zone has many hands-on activities that encourage children to play and explore.  They have a magnetic wall with colorful geometric shapes and a chalkboard wall for the kids to make artistic creations. Another wall is an interactive sketch aquarium, which was my favorite part of this interactive children’s exhibit, lol. The kids were each able to color in a sea creature then it gets scanned into the computer and magically it appeared on the wall!


Every piece of the Art Zone has been designed with kids in mind.  The adults explored the rest of the museum. This was my favorite piece.

 

Learn more at their website at www.VBMuseum.org.

We had lunch at  Mulligan’s Beach House. We sat beachside and enjoyed the beautiful weather, the ocean, music and delicious foods.

We then drove over to the McKee Botanical Garden. The McKee Botanical Garden has 18 acres of tropical terrain bursting with activity. I thoroughly enjoyed the gardens. I miss my South Florida landscape, so this gave me a chance to reminisce. The kids had a blast exploring and checking out all the flowers and plants. McKee’s has a new program called, Garden Discovery Backpacks. Each backpack is filled with exploration tools, guides, journal and an activity guide. There is even a small gift for the children to take home.


I would to have all of this in my backyard.

I am looking forward to coming back to explore more. Learn more at www.mckeegarden.org

 

We hit the pool for a while and relaxed in the sun before dinner.

For dinner we drove over to Waldo’s Restaurant at Driftwood Resort. Oh my the views were amazing! Right on the beach!

After dinner, we headed back to the hotel to relax after a long, fun filled day.

 

Sunday morning we woke up and headed downstairs to the Disney’s Wind and Waves Grill for breakfast. Then we headed to the pool. The pool had a fun waterslide, jacuzzi, mini golf and a play area. W

It was a fun filled weekend in Vero Beach. I am looking forward to going back. Thank you  VisitIndianRiverCounty.com.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Florida Mushroom Festival at Ravine Gardens State Park

Lion’s Mane Mushroom

 

Last weekend we took the kids to the  Florida Mushroom Festival at  Ravine Gardens State Park in Palatka, Florida. The park is absolutely beautiful! We got there just in time for a wild identification walk throughout the park to spot different mushrooms growing in the wild.

 

There were two of these suspension bridges.

Oyster Mushrooms

Cats on the trail!!

 

My daughter and I.

It was an absolute beautiful day!

For upcoming events check out Florida Mushroom Festival on Facebook and Ravine Gardens State Park

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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