Construction Site Accidents: Common Safety Requirements

June is celebrated for being National Safety Month, and we take the opportunity to provide a few construction safety tips and requirements that should be implemented in order to provide a safe working environment for employees and workers.

You may be surprised to know that the fatality rate in the construction industry stands at more than double when compared to all other industries’ average, with minor accidents on the rise. Construction sites are no less than a safety and health nightmare that is home to every conceivable hazard that you can imagine within a forever changing working environment.

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Denied Workers’ Comp? 5 First Steps to Appeal

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were nearly 3 million workers in the United States who were injured or became ill at their workplace in 2012.

More than 4,500 on-the-job fatalities occurred that same year. The fact is that workplace injuries are extremely common, and workers who injure themselves while doing their job deserve a fair shot at obtaining benefits from workers’ compensation.

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Can You Get Workers’ Comp for PTSD?

According to statistics for the U.S., 70% of adults have experienced a traumatic event of some type at least once in their lives – this equates to roughly 223.4 million people.

Up to 20% of these people go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

This means that as of today, roughly 44.7 million in the U.S. are or were struggling with PTSD. It is also estimated that 24.4 million people have PTSD at any given time. Additionally, an estimated 1 out of every 9 women develop PTSD, which means their chances of developing the condition are about twice that of their male counterparts.

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5 Terms Used in a Car Accident Settlement

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), there were 32,166 motor vehicle crashes that resulted in fatalities in the United States in 2015 alone.

The result was 10.9 deaths per 100,000 people, and 1.13 deaths per 100 million miles traveled. Statistics reveal that more than 37,000 people die each year as a result of road crashes and another 2.35 million are either injured or disabled.

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Florida Courts Not Applying “Firefighter’s Rule” for Preventing Cases Filed by an Injured Emergency Responder

A rule that is generally accepted is that people don’t have a duty to help with the rescue efforts of another person who is in danger. However, if someone passing by does make the decision to help in the rescue efforts, the party who needs to be rescued has a certain duty of care to the individual or individuals who have made the decision to help them. This means that if a would-be rescuer suffers an injury while helping the party in danger, that individual may be held liable for the rescuer’s injuries.

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How and Why Your Workers’ Compensation Benefits Can Be Terminated

Workers’ compensation insurers have to follow specific procedures to lawfully terminate or to reduce Florida workers’ compensation benefits. The process for modifying or terminating benefits varies based on how long the benefits have been being paid.

180 or Fewer Days after the Disability Begins

If the insurer has started to make payments of weekly benefits within 14 days of a notice, the insurer can stop the payments to the worker without gaining approval from any party or having to acquire consent from the employee. However, it is required that the insurer provide the employee a seven day written notice of their intent to cease benefits.

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How Comparative Negligence May Affect Your Slip and Fall Case

If you have been injured because of a slip and fall accident, then you may wonder if you have a personal injury case. If you have a slip and fall claim, which is also referred to as premise liability, it asserts that the owner of the property did not take reasonable precautions to make sure that the area was safe for those passing through.

In slip and fall cases, it means that there may have been a hazard on the premises, such as a wet floor, and the owner didn’t take proper care to fix or warn others about the hazard. This may result in someone you care about falling and being injured.

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Understanding the Statute of Limitations in Florida Worker’s Compensation Cases

If you are planning on filing a workers compensation lawsuit in the state of Florida, it is important to understand that there is a statute of limitations in place. This statute is a stipulation that terminates your right to make a claim for benefits or to sue for damages and compensation unless the individual can meet certain conditions. Essentially, the injured person has to file a lawsuit – or a Petition for Benefits – before the stipulated amount of time expires or their right to claim benefits ends.  The statute was created to provide employers with a reasonable timeline as to how long a worker can receive benefits.

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Play Ball! 6 Common Legal Issues with Baseball-Related Injuries

Baseball season is a time of fun – after all, this is American’s favorite pastime. However, just because you are having fun, it doesn’t mean you can let your guard down. There are a few ways you may suffer a personal injury while at a baseball game. Knowing the dangers can help you avoid the consequences.

Foul Ball

According to the “Baseball Rule,” fans understand that there may be foul balls that enter into the stands while a game is going on. This occurrence is so common that it was put into effect to stop fans from being able to sue after they suffered an injury that occurred because of a foul ball.

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10 Injuries that May Not be Covered by Workers Comp

When trying to determine if a certain injury is going to be covered by workers compensation insurance, there are a few factors that must be considered. However, the main, determining factor is whether or not the injury was job-related.

Did the injury occur while you were at work and working? Or due to the type of job you were doing? Were you on your way to work or to some type of work function? Answering these questions can help you determine whether or not you can get workers comp for the injury you have suffered.

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