The rules and regulations surrounding workers’ compensation in Florida are always evolving, including a recent approval of a 1.8 percent rate decrease for the state’s workers’ compensation insurance. According to the National Council on COmpensation Insurance (NCCI), the decrease was filed as a direct result of the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act implemented by President Trump. Read More
Aviation tragedies have been in the news more than usual this year, bringing to light the real and legitimate issue of your legal rights as a passenger if you are involved in a crash or other serious incident. What duties do airlines have to their passengers before, during, and after an incident? Can you sue an airline, or any other involved party? Here are the answers to your most pressing questions.
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Any car accident is a frightening experience, especially when physical injuries are involved. Closed head injuries are all too common during car accidents, and they can have long-lasting, debilitating impacts on a victim’s life. These severe head injuries, also known as traumatic brain injuries, account for a large portion of injuries sustained in auto accidents every year. If you or a loved one becomes burdened with a TBI after a car accident due to another person’s negligence, it is essential that you understand your legal options for pursuing compensation. Read More
Hectic schedules, intense work days, and a stressful home life can all get in the way of getting a full night’s rest. With 6,400 people losing their lives in fatigue-related car accidents each year, drowsy driving needs to be addressed. Drowsy driving takes a heavy societal cost with certain groups at higher risk. You can take action to protect yourself and your loved ones from becoming involved in a preventable accident.
The 328,000 fatigue-related accidents each year not only take a high personal cost on those involved but a big societal cost as well. Medical and insurance costs are the expenses we think of most frequently, but administrative, first responders, and lost wages can push the yearly societal expense well over $109 billion.
These types of accidents often cause neck, back, or head injuries that leave victims incapacitated for an extended period of time. Some may never return to regular employment or need long-term medical care. That’s a heavy price for too many have to pay.
Who’s at Risk?
Anyone can end up driving while drowsy, but there are some groups more at risk than others. If you find yourself in one of these groups, we’ve included some suggestions on how to get better rest.
- Commercial Vehicle Drivers: Commercial drivers put in long hours with few breaks. While there are regulations in place to try to prevent drowsy driving, many of these drivers put in a 70-hour work week, which pushes them past their physical limits. Tight deadlines and pay per mile work causes many drivers and sometimes their companies to ignore regulations.
- Business Travelers: The jet lag that comes from changing time zones leaves many business travelers behind on their sleep. Early morning and late night flights, in particular, put these travelers at risk for accidents. It’s better to call a cab or take a shuttle than risk getting behind the wheel when you’re too tired to drive.
- Swing Shift Workers: Swing shift workers find themselves fighting their own circadian rhythms. After a full shift, these workers feel the pull of not only a long work day but a body that’s been trying to fall asleep for hours.
- Teenagers: While teens are better able to resist fatigue than adults for a time, once they do hit their limit, they fall asleep faster than adults. Inexperience behind the wheel and their growing bodies put them at high risk for drowsy driving.
Make a Change for Better Sleep and Driving
Adults need a full seven to eight hours of sleep while teens need as much as nine. To counteract stress and work schedules, sometimes you have to make a big effort to get a good night’s rest.
- Start Out Right: Create the right conditions in your bedroom. Dim the lights, quiet any sound, and make sure you have a supportive mattress that caters to your preferred sleep position. Keep your room at a cool 60-68 degrees for optimum sleep conditions.
- Give Yourself Time for the Right Amount of Sleep: Not only should you go to bed at the same time every day, but you should also make sure to plan for a full seven hours of sleep. Try to get up at the same time, even on weekends, to keep your body in sync.
- Eat Smart: Avoid stimulants at least four hours before bedtime. A light, healthy dinner eaten a few hours before bed will help you fall asleep faster. If you need a snack to tide you over until morning, consider sleep-inducing foods like dairy or bananas, which promote melatonin production.
Workers’ compensation benefits and Social Security Disability Benefits are two of the most commonly accessed and utilized forms of disability in America. However, it is important to understand that they are not mutually exclusive to each other. One can easily affect the other, though the outcome is highly dependent on your specific situation. Capitalizing on each requires the guidance and support of an experienced Florida attorney. Read More
A new Florida bill is in the works that would help employees collect workers’ compensation regardless of immigration status. Florida’s Senate narrowly approved the bill late in February in order to eliminate specific parts of the law that allow employers to deny benefits to injured workers who use other people’s Social Security numbers or identifications to obtain jobs. Here is what you should know about this controversial bill. Read More
If you have suffered a personal injury from a car accident, dog bite, bike crash, or any other incident caused by another person’s negligence, you have the ability to pursue compensation for all of the damages that you have endured. From lost wages from time off of work to medical bills, pain, and suffering, you don’t have to pick up the pieces of your life alone. So what could your personal injury settlement be worth? There is no simple answer, but these guidelines will give you an idea of what you could pursue with the help of a personal injury attorney. Read More
For many Americans, Social Security Disability is the only thing standing between them and poverty. However, it can be incredibly confusing to differentiate between the different Social Security programs and apply in a timely manner. There are two main types of Social Security disability benefits that you could potentially qualify to receive, and applying with the help of an attorney will increase your chances that you will be approved for the extra income you need. Read More
The “Discovery Rule” isn’t something from the Discovery Channel. It’s an incredibly important and potentially life-changing element of medical malpractice law that holds immense power over legal proceedings. If you are entering into a medical malpractice case, it is essential to understand how the Discovery Rule could make or break your case.
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So many major news stories occurred in 2017 that the news of Florida Supreme Court’s major medical malpractice decision may have gone unnoticed. However, the Florida Supreme Court has made a series of decisions since the summer that offer significant benefits to patients in medical malpractice lawsuits. The shift kicked off with the North Broward Hospital District v. Kaitlin case, which determined that noneconomic damage caps are unconstitutional. A few months later, the Edwards v. Thomas case resulted in a Florida Supreme Court ruling that has even more significance than Kaitlyn. Read More