Have you been injured at work? Has a workplace accident caused you to be out of work? Is your employer dragging its feet filing your claim with its insurance company? Do you have questions about the workers’ compensation process in Florida? Below are five important things you need to know about Florida’s workers’ compensation laws if you have been injured at work.
It is easy to be confused by the differences in a workers compensation claim in Florida and a personal injury claim. Both claims related to an injury and the damages incurred because of that injury; however, the laws governing these types of injuries are very different. Below are three differences that many people find confusing when they are injured on the job. […]
If you have suffered a neck or back injury at work, you may be covered by Florida’s workers’ compensation system. Below is a short discussion of neck and back injuries at work. We encourage you to read the following information and contact our office for a free appointment with a Florida workers’ comp attorney. […]
Electrocution is the fifth leading cause of employment-related fatalities in the United States. Employees who suffer electrocution injuries at work can sustain broken bones, severe burns, heart attack, spinal cord injuries, nerve damage, scarring, permanent disabilities, and neurological damage. Each year, more than 400 people die because of electrocution injuries in the workplace. […]
Florida has a statute of limitations that applies to workers’ compensation claims filed after January 1, 1994. The statute is located within Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Act. Below is a general, broad discussion of the statute of limitations for a Florida workers’ compensation claim. We urge you not to assume your claim falls within any certain category or scenario. There are always exceptions to every rule because each case is unique. […]
If you are injured at work, you have the right to have your medical bills paid and receive other benefits pursuant to the Florida workers’ compensation laws. In many cases, your claim is approved, you receive medical care, and you return to work without any issues. However, in some cases, you may need the assistance of an attorney if your employer or its insurance company is not paying your claim or denying your claim unfairly.
When you need an attorney for a workplace injury, will a personal injury attorney be okay to hire? […]
Because more children will be on the roads riding their bicycles in just a few weeks, our attorneys feel it is an appropriate time to remind motorists and parents to take steps to protect their children from the risk of bicycle accidents. As school becomes a distant memory and the days grow longer, more children pull out their bicycles to spend the beautiful summer days riding from one friend’s house to another or from their home to the park. Bicyclists face an increased risk of being injured in a traffic-related accident because of distracted drivers, road debris, slick surfaces, traffic, and other hazards. However, when we increase the number of bicycle riders on our roads each summer, we increase the risk of a bicycle accident. […]
What are the Common Injuries in a Motor Vehicle Accident?
While some motor vehicle accidents may only involve property damage, most accidents involve some degree of bodily injury. The injuries you sustain in a motor vehicle accident can vary greatly depending on several factors such as were you riding a motorcycle; did a semi-truck cause the accident; and, how fast were the cars traveling the time of the crash.
Regardless of the severity of your injuries, you should always seek medical attention following a motor vehicle accident. Some injuries (i.e. closed head injury) may not be easily identified immediately following an accident. Even if you do not need emergency medical attention, it is always in your best interest to follow up with your primary care physician after being involved in a car crash. […]
What Are the Minimum Car Insurance Coverages in Florida?
Car insurance protects you and others in the event of a motor vehicle accident. Florida requires drivers to maintain a minimum amount of coverage. Florida is a no-fault insurance state meaning that your insurance coverage will pay your damages up to the policy limits. You must exhaust your no-fault insurance coverage before you can sue another driver for damages.
Minimum Car Insurance Coverage in Florida
In order to purchase and maintain a Florida license plate and registration for your vehicle, state law requires that you have two types of automobile insurance. The car insurance policy must be issued by an insurance company licensed to provide insurance by the Florida Department of Financial Services. […]
Is Your Child’s Car Seat Keeping Your Child Safe?
It is important to ensure that your child’s car seat is protecting your child every time you buckle your child in; however, as families prepare for the busy summer travel season, reviewing child car seat safety tips can help prevent a tragic accident.
Children’s Car Seat Safety By The Numbers
According to the Centers for Disease Control:
- More than 127,500 children 12 years of age and under were injured in motor vehicle accidents during 2013. During that same year, 638 children in the same age bracket died in motor vehicle accidents.
- Thirty-eight percent of the children who died in car crashes during 2013, were not in a child safety seat or a seat belt at the time of the collision.
- One study found that over 618,000 children from 0 to 12 years rode in a vehicle without a car seat, booster seat, or wearing a seat belt in one year.
- Seat belt use reduces the risk of serious injury and death for older children by one half.
- Using a booster seat reduces the risk of serious injury by forty-five percent for children four to eight years of age compared to using a seat belt alone.
- Using a car seat reduces the risk of death to infants by seventy-one percent and by fifty-four percent for toddlers.