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I suffered an eye injury as a result of welders flash. Can I collect workers’ compensation benefits?

Eye injuries that occur in the workplace should be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits in Florida. Eye injuries are serious, especially injuries that result from radiation burns. This is because the eye can suffer damage as well as damage can occur to the surrounding tissues. When a welder’s flash occurs (essentially a burn to the eye), the cornea can be damaged – causing changes in vision or loss of vision. Because workers need their eyes to function on the… Read More

Are radiation claims handled in the same way as other workers’ comp claims?

Often times the handling of a radiation injury claim starts out differently than a normal occupational injury. This is because the workers’ comp administration has victims with radiation claims list their injuries on the occupational disease form and not on the occupational injury form. This means radiation injury claims are viewed as occupational diseases and not traumatic injuries. In order to receive benefits for an occupational disease, workers have to prove a few things: The occupational disease has to be… Read More

If my mother fell and suffered permanent mental trauma, can we hold the nursing home liable for her accident?

You more than likely have a claim for nursing home negligence. Nursing homes are supposed to provide fall-risk assessments, but they often fail to do so. As a result, some nursing home residents who need certain beds or medical equipment to help prevent them from falling aren’t given what they need or aren’t monitored or given the care they require. Consequently, they fall and suffer serious injuries. If the nursing home provided a broken walker or wheelchair to your mother,… Read More

Are rail beds really a threat to nursing home patients? If so, why do nursing homes in Florida still use them?

Yes, bed rails have contributed to nursing homes patients’ injuries and fatalities. It’s shocking to think, but elderly patients can get stuck in between the bars of their beds, including the side rails and foot and head rails. If they aren’t checked on and rescued in time, they can be stuck for hours – ultimately leading to a head injury, immobility, or suffocation and death. Although rare, bed rail entrapment accidents do occur in nursing homes in Florida and throughout… Read More

My daughter was injured while riding on the bus when it crashed. What steps should I take to make sure we are compensated fairly for her injuries?

The most important thing you can do for your daughter is to ensure she is seeking medical care for all of her injuries. Children often cannot fully explain what they are feeling, so make sure she sees a doctor if she is still complaining of any pain. After your daughter has been treated for all of her injuries or she has reached maximum medical improvement, you can seek financial compensation for her injuries and pain and suffering. It could take… Read More

My teen son was injured by a driver who ran a red light, but he was texting right before the crash at a stop light. Do we still have a case?

Yes, you should be able to bring a claim against the other driver for running a red light. The other driver acted reckless and running a red light is against the law. For this reason, your teenage son was the victim, and victims have legal rights to seek financial compensation for their medical bills, other losses, and pain and suffering. More than likely there will be witnesses who will be willing to testify in your son’s case that the other… Read More

Do I have a lawsuit against a driver who hit me while I was riding my bicycle at night, even though I didn’t have reflective clothing or a headlamp on?

Florida bicycle regulation 316.2065 states that bicyclists who ride between sunset and sunrise are required to have a white light on the front of the bike that is visible for at least 500 feet to the front. Additionally, a red light and red reflector in the rear are required to be visible from a distance of 600 feet in the rear. While the regulation does state, “A bicycle or its rider may be equipped with lights or reflectors in addition… Read More

Can I sue the city for failing to reduce speeds in a known area where pedestrians keep getting injured and dying?

It is probably unlikely that you will have a claim against the city since drivers are the ones who should be held accountable for speeding and other negligent driving behaviors, such as driving impaired, texting, or participating in other forms of distracted driving. However, it isn’t impossible. Cities can be sued just like everyone else when negligence is involved; although, it is more challenging to bring cases against cities due to the rigid steps involved. In order to determine if… Read More

What does it cost to file a motorcycle accident injury claim in Florida?

The cost of pursuing your motorcycle accident injury claim can vary. For example, if you negotiate your own claim with the insurance adjuster, there is no fee; however, there is no guarantee you will get the insurance adjuster to give you the best possible compensation. Typically, you will get a higher number when you have an attorney on your side who knows what your case is worth and knows how to negotiate with the insurance company to get you that… Read More

Is it really that important to hire a lawyer with trial experience even though most motorcycle accident cases are settled out of court?

While you don’t have to hire a lawyer with trial experience if you are pretty sure your case will be settled out of court, it is always in your best interest. When you hire a lawyer with courtroom experience, that attorney knows what it takes to get the job done and will be willing to go all the way to trial until he gets you the best possible outcome in your case. Although you might not want to waste your… Read More

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