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How To Prove Your Workers Compensation Claim

How To Prove Your Workers Compensation Claim In order for an employee to receive worker’s compensation, they must first prove that their injury was a direct result of their job. Whether an injury or an illness, without proof that the incident is a direct result of their occupation, their claim is like to be denied. In most cases, this doesn’t raise much of an issue, but there are trickier cases that require additional proof. If an employer disputes the cause of your accident in order to avoid filing a claim, or for any reason, detailed evidence are going to mean the difference between being able to receive compensation and facing an injury without help.

What To Collect To Prove Your Injury Case

Evidence collection is important in any personal injury case, whether the accident happened in a slip and fall, a car accident, or an accident at work. The evidence you should collect to strengthen your workers compensation case includes:

• Witness testimony – If anyone else was present when your accident occurred, collecting their account of what they witnessed is important for your case. These accounts should be... full post

What To Do After Suffering A Dog Bite

What To Do After Suffering A Dog BiteWhile dogs and humans have a bond that goes back thousands of years, they can also pose a threat when not properly trained or owned by negligent pet owners. According to the Florida Department of Health, more than 600 Florida residents require an overnight hospital stay due to dog bite accidents each and every year. While children under the age of 6 are at the highest risk of serious dog bite injury, suffering a dog bite and the injuries that come along with them can happen to anyone.

After yourself or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, the next steps taken are crucial. The most important things a person can do after being bitten by a dog are:

• Seek medical assistance – Every dog bite victim should be treated by a medical professional after suffering a bite, and this rings true regardless of the perceived severity of the bite. While some bites may be deep punctures or bleed heavily, obviously requiring medical attention, others may not be so obvious. However, every dog bite has the potential to carry... full post

What Should I Do After A Slip And Fall Accident?

What Should I Do After A Slip And Fall Accident? One of the single most common causes of injury in the state of Florida is a slip and fall accident. While the average fall might scuff up the knees and leave a couple of bruises, a surprising number also leave behind serious injuries. Broken bones, soft tissue injuries, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries just some of the common repercussions of a slip and fall accident. Under Florida law, property owners have a legal duty of care to provide safety to visitors, and if a slip and fall occurs due to a property owner’s negligence, one may be able to receive compensation.

After a slip and fall accident has occurred, there are some things a person should do retain their right to a settlement. A few steps that must be taken after a slip and fall include:

• Seek medical attention – Even if you believe your slip and fall hasn’t caused any injuries, one can never be sure until they’ve been evaluated by a medical professional. Soft tissue injuries and some TBIs might not show symptoms straight... full post

The Process Of Filing A Workers Compensation Claim

The Process Of Filing A Workers Compensation Claim Suffering a work injury is undoubtedly a stressful experience. One may be in severe pain, the extent of their injury and its duration may not be immediately known, and they may not be sure when or if they’ll be able to return back to work in the future. For these reasons, it’s important to preserve your right to a workers compensation claim straight away, and to know the filing process should you ever find yourself facing a work injury. With knowledge of the workers compensation claim process, you’ll feel confident and prepared, which helps to lessen the amount of stress felt if an injury occurs.

Reporting The Injury

The first thing an injured worker should do after facing an injury is to report the injury as quickly as possible. In the state of Florida, an injury may be reported within 30 days of the accident occurring, but the quicker an injury is reported, the more likely a person will be to receive compensation. When an injury is reported quickly, a stronger case is built that it was the work related accident... full post

A Law Firm For When Debilitating Auto Accidents Strike

A Firm For When Pesky, Debilitating Auto Accidents StrikeThe streets are filled with cars, cars, and more cars today. Seasoned driving pros, as well as new teenage drivers, are hitting the open road daily. Things are no different here in Florida. In fact, research from DMV Florida shows that there are currently around 14-million license holders in the Sunshine State. Plus, approximately 800,000 new licenses are issued annually. Not to mention, brand-new Florida residents with out-of-state permits exceed 400,000 yearly.

In other words, to make a long story short, there is a lot of traffic on the Florida roadways at any given time. Therefore, it is easy to see how a pesky crash can sneak up on a person. All it takes is a lapse in judgment, a brief moment of becoming distracted, or someone being unfamiliar with a location for lives to change forever. Sometimes, lucky people are able to walk away from wrecks without a scratch. However, more often than not, the participants are left with severe wounds such as...

• Whiplash, Back, Or Spinal Injuries
• Fractures, Broken Bones, And Loss Of Limbs
• Traumatic Brain Injuries
• Burns, Punctures, And Lacerations

None of these things allow for... full post

Fire-Risk Break System Recall From Suzuki Adds To Driver Hazards

A Risk Of Fire Is Always DangerousThere are lots and lots of scary things that can happen to a person while they are in a vehicle out on the open road. For instance, an individual can get a flat on a desolate, dark highway in the middle of the night. While this may not seem too frightening, it puts the car, its driver, and the passengers in harm's way. After all, it is anybody's guess when another car might come barreling down the street at an alarming rate of speed. It could easily slam into the disabled auto. 

Then again, a person could be driving along a busy highway only to have a blowout send them careening out of control. The sudden jolt could force them into another lane of traffic causing them to sideswipe a car. If the driver isn't careful and attempts to over-correct the steering wheel, the vehicle can just as quickly strike a pedestrian. The possibilities are endless as to what unpleasant things can happen while operating one of these machines. 

Should You Hire An Attorney?

If another person is at fault, it is in the victim's best interest... full post

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Stay Safe - Honda And Acura Vehicles Recalled For Brake Problems

Bad Brakes Equal CrashesMost people drive around from place to place without a care in the world. They believe their cars are safe and have no reason to think otherwise. However, sometimes, a part or piece can malfunction and put the motorist in danger. Heck, they even pose a threat to pedestrians and other people on the roadways. One of the scariest feelings in the world is attempting to slow a vehicle down only to have a spongy brake pedal. If it compresses to the floor and nothing happens, the person's car can slam into someone else's rear end, an immovable object like a concrete barrier, or even a building.

Of course, anyone that has ever been involved in a crash knows that the events are anything but forgiving. Skin and bones are just no match for metal, rubber, and glass. People can be left with minor to severe injuries, and sometimes, participants can even lose their lives. Aside from death, some of the other common damages associated with these incidents include...

• Fractures And Broken Bones
• Burns, Lacerations, Contusions
• Brain Injuries
• Loss Of Limbs
• Partial Or Full Paralysis

Folks Become Involved In Lawsuits

It is extremely expensive to... full post

Don't Be Afraid To Seek Legal Assistance For Accidents Involving Commercial Trucks

Don't Be Afraid To Seek Legal Assistance For Accidents Involving Commercial TrucksEverybody knows that trucking companies are a vital part of the United States economy. They get goods from point A to point B so that they are readily available to everyone. Still, that doesn't change the fact that getting next to an eighteen wheeler on the freeway or a side street is downright scary. These trucks are massive in size when compared to other vehicles on the roads. Plus, the trailers carry heavy loads, which means they can't just stop on a dime.

All car crashes are terrible. They cause horrific damage to the autos involved, leave people injured, and result in the victims being afraid to get back behind the wheel. However, due to the sheer size and weight of big rigs, collisions can be that much worst. People often sustain injuries in these wrecks such as...

• (TBI) - Traumatic Brain Injuries
• Herniated Or Compressed Spinal Discs
• Fractured, Broken Bones, And Loss Of Limbs
• Internal Bleeding And Organ Damage
• Cuts, Burns, Bruises

Several Stats To Be Aware Of

As consumer demand continues to grow, more and more commercial trucks are put on the... full post

Getting A Fair Settlement Doesn't Have To Be Hard

Getting A Fair Settlement Doesn't Have To Be HardMany people in this world find themselves involved in lawsuits from time to time. Common reasons for these legal proceedings include auto accidents, workplace injuries, dog bites, wrongful death suits, and more. The ordeal can be complicated, confusing, and overwhelming, especially when folks choose to go it alone. After all, most of them haven't studied the law for years and years. Thus, the jargon and processes leave the person perplexed and stressed out.

Regardless of the type of case, the ultimate goal is to receive compensation for damages caused by another party. However, the defendant's legal team and their insurance company will stop at nothing to prevent the client from paying out a large sum. It is a good idea not to sign anything until your attorney has had a chance to review the document. More and more companies are adding fine printing to contracts that attempt to get the victim to sign their rights to compensation away. The items don't always hold up in court, but they can sure slow things... full post

Know About The Possibility Of This Power Sliding Door Failure

Know About The Possibility Of This Power Sliding Door FailureWhen people get into a car to go places, they accept that there are certain risks. For instance, these folks know that there are loads of other vehicles on the roadways, so there is always the chance for an auto accident to happen. One of the most common reasons behind these incidents is distracted driving. Motorists let their minds wander and try to do too many things at once such as drive, eat, and play on their phones. However, it is of the utmost importance for people to realize that the other items can wait until the car is parked at a secure location.

After all, while behind the wheel, the individual's attention should all be focused on the vehicle and the open road. When their awareness strays, collisions occur. They can easily rear-end another car, hit a pedestrian, or run off the road. Not all wrecks leave folks with injuries, but a lot of them do. Damages often include but are not limited to...

• Traumatic Brain Injuries
• Broken Or Fractured Bones And Loss Of Limbs
• Compressed, Bulging, Or Herniated Spinal Discs
• Lacerations, Punctures,... full post

Brian O Sutter
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Think Again If You Believe Wintertime Prevents Motorcycles From Being On The Road

Think Again If You Believe Wintertime Prevents Motorcycles From Being On The RoadMotorcycles have been around for generations, and many people enjoy taking the two-wheelers out for a spin. They enjoy the wind whipping through their hair and the feeling of freedom that comes along with the bike. There are plenty of motorcycles in every state, including Florida. In fact, research by World Atlas showed that the Sun Shine state came in at number two with 545 thousand registered cycles in 2013 alone. It was second to only California, which had a staggering 800 thousand listed bikes.

Some people won't even sit down on the units. However, others can't get enough of the fast and powerful vehicles. Plus, the weather in Florida is usually always perfect for hitting the open road on a two-wheeler or trike. So, regardless of what time of year it is, motorists on the streets have to beware of the motorcycles. Of course, not everything is on car drivers though. The cyclists must also be mindful of their surroundings and watch what they are doing.

Dates And Places Where Motorcycle Traffic Will Likely Be Heavy

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This Recent, Unfortunate Event Shows The Seriousness Of Dog Bites

This Recent, Unfortunate Event Shows The Seriousness Of Dog BitesEarlier this month, a 5-year old girl passed away after being attacked by the family's pit bull. The death was ruled accidental, and no charges were filled in the case. Apparently, the dog jumped on a bed to get into the child's crib where the assault took place. After getting into the room and removing the canine, a family member began performing CPR immediately. Later, once officers arrived on the scene, one of the deputies took over. The kiddo was still somewhat responsive at the time, but unfortunately, the little one was later pronounced dead.

In this case, animal control officers ceased the dog where it was later euthanized. So, as you can see, dog bites are way more severe in nature than a mere nip on the hand or scratch on the leg. Research by shows that approximately 1,000 citizens of the United States get serious dog bite injuries that require emergency care treatment each day. The same study revealed that about 9,500 victims are hospitalized for the damages annually.

Put Your Pet Away

Dog owners are almost always held... full post

5 Major Factors To Consider When Selecting A Lawyer

5 Major Factors To Consider When Selecting A LawyerAs hard as you may try to avoid it, it’s likely that at some point in your lifetime you’ll need the help of a good lawyer. Many people associate the need for a lawyer with the act of committing a crime. This is why people who do their best to avoid criminal activity don’t think that they’ll ever need this type of help.

There are many areas, however, where a lawyer can be of assistance, such as:

• Accidents – Auto, Boat, Motorcycle, Trucks
• Workers Compensation and Workplace Injury Claims
• Wrongful Death Suits
• Social Security Disability
• Slip And Fall Claims
• Personal Injury

You can hope that none of these things will ever happen to you, but life doesn’t always go as planned. When you have a problem that requires the help of a lawyer, the first thing you have to do is select one.

5 Things To Consider During Selection

Area of specialization

You wouldn’t see a cardiologist if you broke your ankle, so why hire a real estate attorney to handle your worker’s comp claim? Choose your lawyer based on your... full post

A DUI Dual Perspective: The Victim And The Passenger

A DUI Dual Perspective: The Victim And The PassengerPeople like to enjoy themselves over the holiday season. Some people in southwest Florida might enjoy themselves a bit too much. When a night of festivities leads to an unfortunate accident, parties on both sides can suffer.

The Victim: Injured Through Innocence

Nearly 30 percent of all fatal car accidents in Florida are the result of someone driving while under the influence of alcohol. Though sometimes it is the drunk driver who suffers the fatality, there are many innocent people who suffer in this type of accident. Driving home from a late shift at work, a family gathering, or a night out with friends can result in the loss of life when other people are careless.

But death is not the only injury that can occur in a car accident with a drunk driver. As the victim of a drunk driving accident, some of the serious injuries that one can sustain include:

• Head injuries, including traumatic brain injury
• Spinal cord injury, including paralysis
• Broken bones and fractures
• Bruises, cuts, and lacerations
• Internal injuries
• Whiplash and soft tissue injuries
• Limb amputation or disfigurement

Rights Of The Victim

As a victim,... full post

Getting To Know The Car Accident Laws Of Port Charlotte

Getting To Know The Car Accident Laws Of Port CharlotteIn the Port Charlotte region, no person wants to be involved in a car accident. Not only do car accidents cause injury, and sometimes severe, but they have an uncanny ability to inconvenience us for long periods of time. One thing that can really improve how you feel about the car accident process in Port Charlotte is getting to know the car accident laws observed in the region, and what these laws mean to your ability to be compensated.

The Florida Car Accident Statute Of Limitations

In all states, there are statutes of limitations to follow for a variety of different occurrences, and what this does is provides a time limit a person must follow if they wish to pursue a lawsuit or settlement of any kind. If a person misses the statute of limitations, and attempts to obtain a settlement, it’s likely their case will be dismissed. In the state of Florida, including Port Charlotte, a person has 4 years from the time of an accident to try to obtain a settlement or lawsuit, and the sooner a person... full post

Common Injuries In Florida Trucking Accidents

Common Injuries In Florida Trucking Accidents When a truck accident occurs, it’s the drivers and passengers of other involved vehicles who are more likely to suffer devastating injuries than those occupying the truck. Large trucks travel with great size and force, and when an accident occurs with a regular-sized passenger vehicle, it’s the occupants of that vehicle who are likely most at risk. These injuries can be permanent, long-lasting, or even deadly, which makes receiving compensation incredibly important to the healing process.

The Top 5 Most Common Injuries Suffered In Truck Accidents

Some injuries are more common than others in truck-involved accidents. The top 5 most common injuries suffered in truck accident cases are:

• Traumatic brain injuries – Traumatic brain injuries can range from mild, to moderate, to severe, but those suffered by individuals involved in truck accidents tend to fall within the moderate to severe scale. These injuries may cause months or years of symptoms, with some causing permanent consequences. Altered cognitive function and physical symptoms caused by the damaged portion of the brain can lead to a permanent loss of ability to work or enjoy the... full post

What Factors Effect Obtaining My Settlement?

What Factors Effect Obtaining My Settlement?A top question Florida residents will have after experiencing an accident leading to a personal injury is “When can I expect my settlement?” After an accident causing injury, it’s unlikely a person will be able to work for quite some time, as medical bills are racking up along with their regular household expenses. Settlements are important to injured parties, and it seems that they can never come soon enough.

What many don’t realize is that there are several different factors affecting when you may be able to obtain your settlement. With these factors in mind, an injured person may have a better idea of when their compensation can be expected. The factors affecting your personal injury settlement in Florida are:

• The initial evidence process – Before a settlement can be obtained, the accident will need to be proven, and this involves the initial evidence collection process. With your personal injury attorney by your side, witness statements should be obtained, photographs taken, and medical records collected, all pieces that will verify that your accident happened and the circumstances surrounding it.

• You’ve been released... full post