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If You’ve Suffered an Injury on the Job, What are Your Next Steps?

In the United States in 2015, there were almost 3 million injuries in the workplace. That’s a rate of almost 15 injuries per 10,000 full-time workers. This means that if you are employed somewhere – especially if your work is in any way dangerous – there is a good chance that you will suffer an injury on the job. If you have been injured on the job or think there is a good chance you might be, it’s important to know what steps need to be taken. It’s better to be prepared for what could happen than to scramble for answers to your questions after you have been injured. Either way, here are the first steps you need to take if you have been injured on the job. Read More

Workers’ Compensation Premiums Could Fall in Florida: What That Means for You

Later this month Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier is supposed to decide on a fling by the National Council on Compensation Insurance that calls for an average 9.3% reduction in workers’ compensation premiums in the coming year. The recommendation includes a 10.3% reduction in premiums for manufacturing businesses and an 11.3% decrease for clerical businesses. This comes after businesses were hit with 14.5% increase last year after an NCCI-recommended increase that exceeded 19%. New data shows that Florida businesses paid nearly $3.8 billion in workers’ compensation premiums in 2016, which was up from about $2.8 billion in 2012. Read More

How to Keep the Solar Eclipse From Being a Source of Distracted Driving

According to experts, the solar eclipse that is scheduled for August 21, 2017 is going to be one of the “largest causes of distracted driving seen in years.”

According to information from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the last time that a solar eclipse affected the U.S. (from coast to coast), there were only 6.2 million registered motor vehicles in the entire country. Read More

You Need a Workers’ Comp Attorney, Even If You Are Injured While on the Clock

Many workers are injured every day while on the job. In many instances, the employer performs all the duties necessary under law to report the claim and the employee recovers their health and returns to work ready to resume their position, however, this is not always the case. In these situations, you may have to file a workers’ comp claim.

Some employers only look to what the injury will cost them. They will think that the premiums for their workers’ comp policy will increase, or that the employee really isn’t hurt as bad as they say and it ends up that the claim doesn’t go as smoothly as it should. The employee may notice certain things that should be seen red flags when they are reporting a workers’ compensation injury. Read More

The Anatomy of a Car Accident Case

According to a survey published by the CDC, motor vehicle crashes cause more than 32,000 deaths and 2 million injuries each year in the US. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 35,092 fatalities occurred in 2015 as a result of car accidents – a 7.2% increase from 2014.

The 7.2% increase was recorded as the highest in nearly 50 years. Additionally, 96 people died every day as a result of car crashes in 2015, and 6,700 people were injured. Read More

Slip and Fall Injury Outside the Office – Are You Covered by Workers’ Compensation?

The workers’ compensation policy owned by an employer will pay for the medical expenses incurred by an employee who suffers a work-related injury.

There will also be a payment of possibly two thirds of their average weekly wage for the time lost while they recover from those injuries, if the employee qualifies. But, the injury must be work-related, and the employee must be performing duties that are within the scope of their employment. There is some confusion, however, as to when an employee is technically considered as being at their place of employment when it comes to a slip and fall injury. Read More

Key Legal Issues in a Car Accident Involving Alcohol

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 10,265 people in the United States died in 2015 as a result of alcohol-impaired driving car accidents – this accounts for nearly one-third of all traffic-related fatalities in the country.

The same year, nearly 1.1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This is 1% of the 111 million self-reported alcohol-impaired driving episodes among adults each year in the US. Read More

Are Injuries Sustained During a Commute Covered by Workers’ Compensation?

There can be some confusion in determining whether an injury suffered while commuting to and from work can be covered by workers’ compensation. Most jurisdictions – including Florida – look to what is often called the coming and going rule.

If the injury happens while going to or coming from the employer’s premises, the workers’ compensation policy will exclude any coverage. The hard and fast rule that a person is away from the premises and not engaged in any work-related task comes into play here. Read More

Establishing Liability after a Car Accident in a Defective Roadway Design Case

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, every single year approximately 31 million people are injured throughout the United States, requiring medical treatment.

Of these 31 million, there are roughly 2 million injuries that are serious enough to require some form of hospitalization.

Additionally, 162,000 are fatal injuries. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data reveals that about 5.5 million car accidents occur each year in the US, which result in 40,000 fatalities and 3 million injuries. Read More

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. Read More

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