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Picking Up The Pieces After A Hit-And-Run

Picking Up The Pieces After A Hit-And-RunIn February, a 19-year old teen was severely injured in a hit-and-run rollover accident in Sarasota. Though the driver of the other vehicle caused the accident, they stopped for only a few minutes before leaving the scene of the crime.

The victim of the accident, Jack Kelley, suffered critical injuries and was taken to a local hospital where he was placed in the ICU. Fortunately for Kelley and his family, the accident was captured on a surveillance camera that showed the event in dramatic detail. After numerous tips came in about the suspected identity of the hit-and-run driver, 24-year-old Zachari Brock turned himself in to authorities.

Jack Kelley was able to leave the ICU in late March and started a long road of recovery. As of May 21, he was out of the hospital and walking the beach after an amazing recovery.

Zachari Brock will face a long road of his own. He was charged with two felonies, including leaving the scene of a crash and driving without a valid driver’s license.

Accidents Happen

Hit-and-run accidents happen every day. People who have caused an accident can become so... full post

This Is What You Need To Know About Worker’s Comp In Florida

This Is What You Need To Know About Worker’s Comp In FloridaThere’s nothing worse than getting hurt at work. Job-related injuries can be stressful when they cause you pain and have a negative effect on your budget. Though worker’s compensation is supposed to protect and support you in times like this, sometimes it’s a complicated process that can leave you with more pain than you bargained for.

Here’s What You May Not Know--But You Should

It’s an antiquated program. Worker’s compensation has been around for many years. Florida adopted its worker’s compensation program in 1935. It states that all full-time employees who work in a company that employs four or more people must be offered worker’s compensation coverage. This does not include construction companies.

You must report your injury as soon as possible. You should always report your injury to your employer. You typically have 30 days to make a report, but the longer you wait, the more it could hurt your case down the road. Some people neglect to report a work accident because they feel that their employer will get “angry” with them; others fail to report because they underestimate the... full post

Don’t Look Now, But Uninsured Motorists Are Rising In Florida

Don’t Look Now, But Uninsured Motorists Are Rising In FloridaAll states in the U.S., with the sole exception of New Hampshire, require motorists to carry basic liability coverage on their auto insurance policies. In Florida, the minimum limits are $10,000 for bodily injury liability, and $10,000 in property damage. Drivers in Florida are not required to carry uninsured or underinsured motorist protection, but the way things are headed, it would be a good idea if they did.

The Highest In The Nation... full post

Why You Should Hire A Social Security Disability Lawyer

Why You Should Hire A Social Security Disability LawyerSevere and permanent medical or physical conditions can take away your ability to hold a job. In order to keep paying your bills, you might be considering applying for Social Security Disability benefits. The entire process can be overwhelming, and if you’re sick and not feeling your best, it can be a daunting task to do on your own. The good news is, you don’t have to.

Determining Eligibility

Social Security Disability Insurance is paid to workers who are disabled. Once you are approved, benefits include cash assistance and Medicare coverage (after a waiting period). To be eligible for benefits, you must have severe medical impairments, functional limitations to prevent you from working for at least 12 months, and enough work credits to qualify.

Work credits are based on your past earnings and what you have contributed to Social Security over the years. If you have never worked, or if you have not worked for a prolonged period of time, you might not be eligible for Social Security Disability. You may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), however. Speaking to an experienced attorney can... full post

Child Seat Safety And Preventing Injury And Death

Child Seat Safety and Preventing Injury and DeathOne of the leading causes of death among children in the United States is from auto accidents. Properly installed and secured child safety seats help decrease the chance of fatal injury significantly. When determining what kind of protection your child needs as a passenger in the car, you need to remember that as they grow, their needs will change.

If you are unsure if the car seat you are using has been properly installed, there are Child Passenger Safety Technicians across the country that can teach parents how to safely transport their children and ensure that all seats have been installed correctly.

Not only do they encourage the safety of the child passengers, but they also encourage the adults in the vehicle to buckle up as well.

Inspection Stations

You can find help with your car seats at one of several locations in your area, including General Motors dealerships, hospitals, and fire departments. These inspection stations are open during regular hours. However, parents and caregivers can also elect to set an appointment at the location of their choosing.

Child Passenger Safety Tips

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Driving Tips For Your Newly Licensed Teen Driver

Driving Tips for Your Newly Licensed Teen DriverOne of the most exciting times in your teen's life is when they get their license, but that same feeling of excitement isn't always shared by the parents. Knowing that your teen will be traveling the roadways can cause a parent to experience a lot of anxiety, and it can be pretty stressful. For this reason, it is important that your teen learns some important driving tips to help keep them safe.

A Few General Driving Tips

There are a few more generalized driving tips; we should all follow when practicing safe driving. These tips include always obeying the speed limits, always wearing your seatbelt, and always making sure that the windshield is clean.

In addition, you should also adjust the car's headrest, so it sits behind your head rather than your neck. This could help prevent whiplash if there was an accident.

Be Considerate

You also need to teach your teen to be considerate of other drivers. Never drive like you own the road, or you are the only one on the road. You should also never make assumptions about what other drivers are going to do and keep... full post

Head Injuries And Youth Sports

Head Injuries and Youth SportsHead injuries are very common in any sport, and this includes youth sports as well. It has been estimated that there are close to 4 million concussions in the United States each year due to recreational and competitive sports and even more concussions go unreported.

One of the leading causes of traumatic brain injury (TBI) visits in the emergency room are because of sports-related concussions among youths and teens. This means that children and teens make up approximately 70% of the people being seen for sports-related concussions.

Which Sports Cause the Most Head Injuries?

The highest cases of concussion and other head injuries among children and adults occurred in football, hockey, rugby, soccer, and basketball. Males were the most affected in football, while females experienced many head injuries during other sports like horseback riding and cycling.

The Risks

Concussions and other head injuries have been linked to memory loss, depression, personality changes, and other serious illnesses.

If you have a child that participates in one of the above-named sports or another contact sport where injury may likely occur, then it is important to educate yourself so you will be able to... full post

How To Know When And If You Should Settle Out Of Court

How to Know When and if You Should Settle Out of CourtThe majority of personal injury lawsuits usually settle out of court and this is for a very good reason. When you take a settlement, you may find that the process goes much faster, is much less expensive, and may even be less risky for you in the long run.

Today, we are going to fill you in on everything you need to know if you are faced with the decision of settling out of court for your personal injury case.

Let's Talk About the Money

Let's face it. Trials can be costly, and on top of this, you also have the costs of your attorney. Most personal injury lawsuits will have a contingency fee arrangement, which means that the attorney will receive a certain percentage of any settlement made before a trial and another percentage of the amount received after the trial begins. Therefore, you will find that the sooner the case settles, the less expensive it will be for you.

Litigation becomes much less expensive for all parties involved. When computing the costs for the case, you need to factor in all... full post

How Wearable Technology Contributes To Auto Accidents

How Wearable Technology Contributes to Auto AccidentsWe all know the dangers associated with texting and driving, but what about all the other technology that has become more and more prevalent over the years? New studies are showing that wearable technology also contributes greatly to distracted driving. It affects a person's concentration and causes a significant distraction.

Distracted driving accounts for the majority of auto accidents and among the top cause of distracted driving is talking or texting on the phone. Hundreds of thousands of injuries occur each year because of this, and it is one of the most common causes of death in teenagers.

What Is Wearable Technology?

Wearable technology has recently gained in popularity and includes devices that can be worn around the wrists, arms, or even face. These smaller wearable gadgets allow people to talk or text without having to use their hands and their cell phone. Smartwatches are a common example of wearable technology we can find today, but there are also other small gadgets like fitness trackers and smart jewelry.

People find wearable tech to be more convenient and even easier to use than their cell phones these days. However, using this... full post

Preventing Personal Injury At The Beach This Summer

 Preventing Personal Injury at the Beach this SummerSummer is the time for fun, relaxation, and sun. It is the time to recharge our batteries and enjoy the beautiful weather that our state has to offer. For many people, this means frequent trips to the beach with their family to soak up the sun and lounge in the sand.

Unfortunately, even the most basic and routine beach outing can end in disaster and injury if you don't have a few important safety tips at the top of your mind.

Water Safety

Water safety is a hot topic every summer because of the massive increase in water activity participation, including swimming, boating, kayaking, tubing, and so much more. However, the water can pose a significant threat if you aren't aware of a few basic safety tips.

First, you should learn to swim before hitting the water. You should also always have a buddy with you, so you never find yourself in the water alone. For all of your water-related activities, it is also recommended that you use a lifejacket and never use inflatables in the ocean.

If you have children, never leave them unattended and don't use any... full post

Recognizing Harmful Products That Are In The Home

Recognizing Harmful Products That Are in the HomeSeveral products exist in our homes that can cause personal injury. These household products are also very common and can be found in most households, but the scary part is we don't always recognize the dangers surrounding them.

The kitchen is the one room in the home where we feel the most injury could happen because of the stove, the knives, and other dangers lurking in this very popular room of the home. However, dangerous and harmful products can be found all over the home including in the likeliest of places.

Common Household Hazards

Non-Stick Cookware

This kind of cookware was designed with our convenience in mind. Who likes to stand at the sink trying to scrape burnt on food off the pots and pans after tirelessly making dinner for the family? Well, the coating that makes these pots and pans non-stick is known as polytetrafluoroethylene and this material actually releases gases as it is heated. These gases have been reportedly linked to harmful and severe health effects including cancer.

Air Fresheners

How many of us have never reached for that bottle of air freshener to freshen up... full post

Safety Recalls What Do You Do?

 Safety Recalls What Do You Do?There are many different recalls that can happen on a variety of different consumer products from auto recalls with a safety-related defect to products that do not comply with the federal safety standard. When something is deemed as not safe, a government agency or the manufacturer themselves will issue an alert to the public.

Recall action is then taken by the manufacturer or government to help protect consumers against the dangers of the product, whether it is an auto recall, baby seat recall, or even cosmetics. Each recall requires an action of some sort to rectify the problem and ensure the safety and health of the consumers.

My Item Has Been Recalled

Some recalls exist that ask that you throw the item away while others may ask that you return the item and seek a replacement or a repair on the recalled item. In these cases, the seller of the recalled product will replace it. Some of the more commonly recalled products in which this happens include child safety seats, cosmetics, food, medication, toys, and vehicles.

Before Making a Purchase

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Do I Need To See A Car Accident Doctor After An Accident?

Do I Need To See A Car Accident Doctor After An Accident?Anytime you get into a car accident, even a minor one. The very first thing you need to do is to see a physician. Many injuries like spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and even soft tissue injuries like whiplash, may not show symptoms for weeks or even months after an accident. The sooner you visit your physician the better for your health and well-being, but also the more likely you’ll be able to receive the full compensation you need to cover the costs of your injuries. Seeing your family doctor is a great idea, however there is another option we always recommend. That is, accident victims should also visit a car accident doctor.

What Is A Car Accident Doctor?

Every doctor has training in a unique specialty, including general practitioners and family doctors. If your family doctor notices a condition that requires specialization, they will refer you to a specialist. For example, if you suffer frequent ear infections, they may refer you to an ENT. A car accident doctor is a type of specialist. They are trained to identify, diagnose, and... full post

Do I Qualify For Disability After My Car Wreck?

Do I Qualify For Disability After My Car Wreck?Getting into an auto accident is expensive. While your insurance may help cover some of the damages to your vehicle and some of your medical expenses, they rarely cover the costs of long term care. This can be a financial disaster for your family if you can no longer work because of the injuries you sustained. You may be able to file a personal injury claim but even if you are awarded money it may not last long term if you become disabled. Besides a personal injury claim, you may be able to collect Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits as well. This is especially true if you can no longer work for at least a year or not again as a result of those auto injuries.

What Does Social Security Consider A Disability

Some questions you need to determine before you file for disability is to see if you meet the Social Security Administration (SSA) definition of disabled. These include:

● You cannot do the work you did before because of your injuries.
● You cannot be trained to work a job that is less demanding.
● You have received severe... full post