As we near Memorial Day Weekend, many people will purchase fireworks as part of their celebrations. Some towns or event organizers may have firework exhibits as part of their holiday celebrations. Unfortunately, there will be some people who are injured while using fireworks or enjoying a firework display. According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than 18,500 fires will be started by fireworks each year in the United States. Over 10,500 people were treated in emergency rooms in 2014 for fireworks-related injuries. Sparklers caused a quarter of those injuries. Most of us love fireworks, but we must remember that using fireworks can result in serious injuries. Below are safety tips for using fireworks. […]
According to information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatal occupational injuries are increasing in Florida. In 2015, 272 people died in work-related accidents throughout the state. The largest contributing factor or event that year was transportation incidents followed by falls, slips, and trips. During 2014, there were 228 people killed in work-related accidents and in 2013, 239 people died from work-related injuries. Transportation-related incidents and falls continue to be the leading factors in work-related deaths each year. […]
Employers and insurance companies in Florida have been fighting for workers’ comp reform after to Florida Supreme Court decisions apparently played a role in driving up workers’ comp insurance rates. In Castellanos v. Next Door Company, the court found last year that the mandatory attorney fee schedule in workers’ comp cases was unconstitutional. By […]
Back injuries are a common on-the-job injury that employees suffer across multiple industries. Injuries to the back are not limited to industries that require hard physical labor or heavy lifting. A person working in an office can suffer a back injury from sitting in the same position day after day, falling over a box left in […]
If you have sustained an injury at work, this is probably a confusing time for you. Your immediate concern is medical attention for your injuries; however, you also have other concerns that must be addressed. One of the major concerns is how to pay for your living expenses if you miss work due to your workplace injury. A workers comp claim can help.
Florida’s workers’ compensation laws exist to address some of the vital concerns of injured workers, such as medical care and temporary income. While the workers’ compensation system in Florida should provide benefits in a timely and smooth fashion, workers must rely on insurance companies to fulfill the provisions of the workers’ comp laws. […]
Are you required to lift heavy objects as part of your job requirements? Has your employer ever asked you to do a bit of heavy lifting that you are not regularly required to do as part of your job? Employers will sometimes utilize employees when moving the office or placing items into long-term storage. These employees probably think nothing about the minor aches and pains they experience after moving heavy objects. However, those minor aches and pains can be a reason for filing a workers’ compensation claim. […]