Understanding Wrongful Death After A Construction Accident
The sudden death of a loved one is something that no one is prepared to endure and very few are prepared to handle. Unfortunately, work-related deaths do occur in the construction industry. Having a reference list in place in case of emergencies is a proactive way to ensure you and your family don’t have to deal with the added on stress of making certain decisions in the moment. The last thing a grieving family should have to deal with is handling the financial aspect of laying a family member to rest. Here are a few things you should know about making sure your family is secure in the event of a wrongful death caused by a construction accident.
Wrongful Death and Worker’s Compensation
The state of Florida generally provides the surviving benefactors of a construction worker who dies while performing work related duties worker’s compensation benefits. The benefits would sum a total of $150,000 and include $7,500 for funeral expenses, compensation to any dependants, as well as educational benefits for the surviving spouse. The benefits can be claimed up to one year following the accident or... ...read full post
What To Do If Your Employer Retaliates After Worker’s Comp Claim
When you are injured on a job when performing your duties, you are entitled to worker’s compensation. Even though by Florida state law, your employer has to pay on valid claims, they may not be happy. When you file a claim, it often increases your employer’s premiums. This extra cost may cause some employers to discourage filing claims or in extreme cases, may lead to retaliation against. What happens if you file a legitimate worker’s compensation and suddenly your employer starts treating you poorly because of it?
How Employers Can Retaliate
After a worker’s compensation claim, your employer may start treating you unfairly because they are upset about the claim. Here are some of the ways an employer may retaliate:
Firing You: Legally, your employer cannot fire you for filing a worker’s compensation claim or taking medical leave. However, they may find some other excuse to dismiss you after filing a claim.
Refusing To Accommodate Your Injury: Under the Americans With Disabilities Act, employers must make accommodations for your injuries. In some cases, employers will not make accommodations in hopes it will... ...read full post
This Fuel Pump Failure Increases Your Risk Of Being Involved In A Crash
Your vehicle's fuel pump, not only sends the right amount of pressure through your fuel lines, but it also plays a significant role in the overall functionality of your car. Without receiving the proper amount of diesel, gas, or another alternative fuel, automobiles become stalled, and immovable, which poses a risk to your safety. The particular recall, being brought to your attention, involves various types of cars, and firetrucks are among them. Emergency vehicles are kept in pristine condition, to handle the heavy workloads, but when they can not get to the location, bad things tend to happen.
Traveling at high speed, and having the engine stall, increases your chances of being involved in an accident. Most new vehicles come equipped with power steering, and as a motor loses power, control becomes a concern, which puts all drivers, passengers, and pedestrians in the area at risk. If you become injured due to a faulty fuel pump, or another defective automotive part, contact our office for a free case review to see what your legal options are. You may... ...read full post
Bicycle and Car Accident: Who is At-Fault?
Bella was riding her bike to the beach. It was a beautiful morning and she was going to meet some of her girlfriends for some sun and swimming. Because it was a Saturday morning, traffic was heavy. However, Bella was making good time in her bike lane. Suddenly, an SUV in the lane immediately to Bella's left made a right turn into a beach parking lot, causing Bella to crash her bike into the passenger's side door of the SUV. Bella went flying and landed on the parking lot asphalt, breaking her right collarbone.
The woman immediately got out of her SUV and started yelling at Bella. "Why don't you look where you are going?" The woman complained. "Look! You scratched my new Escalade!"
Bella grabbed her right arm in agony and begged the woman to call an ambulance. The woman called the police instead. After the police arrived, they called an ambulance, and Bella was taken to the hospital. Shortly thereafter, the police arrived and gave Bella a ticket for causing the accident.
Bella was hurt, and angry. There was no way that accident was her fault!
Unfortunately,... ...read full post
What Percentage of Auto Accidents Go to Trial?
Cindy had been stopped on the freeway during rush hour when a pickup truck slammed into the back of her car. She was hurt and her car was totaled, but the amount the insurance company offered wouldn’t even cover her medical bills. Her husband, Jim, told her to call a personal injury lawyer.
“No,” said Cindy, her fingers getting white as she squeezed the edge of the table. Visions of herself sitting in the courtroom, a hostile lawyer barking questions at her, the jury staring, everyone looking at her, filled her mind.
“I’m sorry, I just can’t do that.”
Deep down, Cindy knew the insurance company was cheating her. Her car had been totaled, she’d suffered injuries, and she’d missed time from work. But there was just no way she could go through the process of a jury trial.
Cindy is not unusual in being terrified of public speaking, as it’s the most commonly reported fear in surveys. The feeling of getting up in front of others and being judged by a group causes anxiety in the vast majority of us. We might imagine the dramatic... ...read full post