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Workers’ Compensation Rights of Front Line Workers in Florida

Workers’ Compensation Rights of Front Line Workers in Florida

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While many families are trying to stay at home to protect themselves and others as much as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, some people do not have this option. Essential workers have been heading to work throughout the crisis, meeting members of the public, and knowing they are at a much higher risk of exposure. If front line workers are exposed on the job, are they entitled to workers’ compensation benefits? The answer to the above question will depend on your specific circumstances. Just because you were working and tested positive for coronavirus does not automatically mean you will be able to receive benefits. You should speak with a workers’ compensation lawyer in Florida about your case. State Front Line Workers A special order was issued on March 30, 2020,relating…
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Accidents and Injuries at Home

Accidents and Injuries at Home

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Most of us are spending a lot more time at home during the worldwide coronavirus crisis, and we might feel like it is a safe haven for you and your family. While staying home as much as possible is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is important to stay aware that there are many types of accidents and injuries that can happen right in your home. The following are some types of accidents that might happen in or around where you live. Defective product accidents - Our houses are filled with all types of products that we might use every day or once in a while. We are using our appliances, electronics, toys, and child products more than ever at this time. In addition, many people…
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What if I am Injured During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

What if I am Injured During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

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Most of us in the United States have one thing looming on our minds in recent weeks - the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent shutdown of most of the United States. While many people are primarily concerned about getting coronavirus, it is important to remember that other types of injuries are not put on hold. Injuries at Home Many people are spending most of their time in their own homes during the pandemic to try to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Parents might be getting creative about how to entertain their children day-in and day-out, and they might feel like it’s time to do a new home improvement project or achieve another goal around the house. This can all increase the chances of accidents due to defective products in your…
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Medical Treatment for Accidental Injuries

Medical Treatment for Accidental Injuries

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Accidents happen every day and in many different ways, causing a wide variety of injuries. Do you know what to do if an accident and injuries happen to you? Many people are unsure of what to do, though there are many steps you can take following an accidental injury to protect your rights. One critical step is to seek medical treatment if you believe you have been injured - even if you think your injuries might heal on their own. In many situations, first responders will suggest that you have ambulance transportation to the hospital for emergency care. Some people might be tempted to decline, especially if they are downplaying the seriousness of their injuries. However, you should heed the advice of emergency medical technicians, and allow them to transport…
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Injury Risks in a Road Work Zone

Injury Risks in a Road Work Zone

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Construction is always a risky industry, and accidents can happen on any type of construction site. However, the risks of injuries are different for those working in road work zones. Many drivers are frustrated by constant - yet necessary - road work, and they fail to slow down,follow warning signs, merge properly, or other proper behaviors as directed.This puts all workers and other drivers at risk of traffic accidents and serious injuries. Road construction crews in Florida should always post proper warning signs of reduced speed and other changes in traffic patterns so drivers can prepare as they approach the work zone. Florida doubles the fines for speeding in a construction zone when there are signs posted and workers present, though too many drivers still ignore signs and fail to…
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Common Accidental Injuries

Common Accidental Injuries

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Personal injury claims involve many different types of accidents and injuries. Accidental injuries result in more than 29 million emergency room visits each year in the United States. Some injuries might affect you for a week, while others might leave you with permanent impairments and effects. Each injury claim will be unique based on the type of injury that occurred, and the following are some of the most common accidental injuries. Broken bones - Many accident victims sustain fractures to  various bones in their body. Fractures can occur in your limbs, ribs, hips,skull, jaw, face, and more. Some broken bones require rest for weeks to heal,while others might require multiple surgeries and months or years of recovery time. Traumatic brain injury - A TBI occurs when trauma damages your brain…
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Drunk Driving Crashes Increase at the End of the Year

Drunk Driving Crashes Increase at the End of the Year

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There is always the risk of impaired drivers on the road year-round. However, there are more dangerous times to be on the road than others, and the end-of-the-year holiday season is one of them. There are many risks that increase for motorists during the holidays, though drunk driving is one of the most dangerous ones. Many people take the opportunity to celebrate regularly during the holidays. Whether you attend work happy hours, a friend’s holiday party, or family affairs, many people are likely having some spiked eggnog, wine, champagne, and other festive drinks. These drinks can quickly impair their ability to drive, though this does not stop many drivers from getting behind the wheel. Drunk Driving Accidents Alcohol will impair someone’s ability to drive after only a couple of drinks.…
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Do You Work in a High-Risk Industry?

Do You Work in a High-Risk Industry?

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Many people go to work each day knowing there is a chance that an accident may happen. While you might not expect injuries while working at a desk all day (though they can still happen), you might not be surprised if you are injured while working on a construction site or in a warehouse. According to statistics, there are simply certain jobs with a higher rate of accidents and injuries than others. The following are the jobs that had the highest numbers of reported injuries and fatalities in the United States in recent years: Commercial fishing workersCommercial loggersAircraft pilotsRoofersRecycle and refuse workersIron and steelworkersTruck driversUtility workersAgricultural workersGroundskeepersConstruction workersMechanicsOperating heavy equipmentMining workersTaxi driversAthletes, umpires, and coachesPainters and maintenanceFirefightersElectricians If you work in one of the above industries,you should take care every…
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Protect Your Rights after a Slip and Fall

Protect Your Rights after a Slip and Fall

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When someone slips and falls, it can be difficult to know exactly what to do next. Should you see a doctor? Report the accident? What are your rights? While your rights will depend on what exactly caused your fall, you should always take precautionary steps when possible, to protect the right to seek compensation when possible. Note what caused the fall - Pay attention to what made you slip and fall. Was there debris on the ground in a store? Was there a wet or slippery floor? Was an object protruding into a walkway? If you can, take pictures of the condition that caused your fall with your phone and make notes,so you do not forget details later on. Report the fall - If you are at a business, report…
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Were You in a Vehicle Accident On the Job?

Were You in a Vehicle Accident On the Job?

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Millions of people in the United States drive a car, truck, or another vehicle as part of their jobs. When you are on the road on a regular basis - sometimes, for long hours and days - there is a significant risk that you may be involved in an accident. If you suffer injuries in a traffic crash as part of your job, you should always know your rights by contacting an experienced injury lawyer. Workers’ Compensation Benefits Employees in Florida should be covered by their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy when they are hurt at work. Workers’ compensation should provide benefits whether or not someone else caused the accident, as coverage is no-fault (with limited exceptions).Benefits include medical expenses, lost wages, and disability if needed. (more…)
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