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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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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... ...read 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.

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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... ...read full post

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... ...read full post

Everything You Need To Know About The Statute Of Limitations In Florida

Everything You Need To Know About The Statute of Limitations In FloridaWhen it comes to most legal cases, both civil and criminal, there are three words that every victim should be aware of: statute of limitations. These words can make a large difference on whether you receive fair and just compensation, or you get left out in the cold.

Though most people who are injured as a result of someone else’s negligence seek counsel right away, others are worried, afraid, or unsure what to do. Many times, people believe that they have all the time in the world to fight for their rights, but unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.

Statute of Limitations On Criminal Acts

Every state has statute of limitation laws. They vary from state to state and case to case. The laws are in place to ensure that legal actions are taken within a reasonable amount of time. When it comes to criminal law, the statute of limitations can prevent someone from making accusations against another party after a lengthy amount of time has passed. This can protect people from criminal acts they committed many years ago. Some of the... ...read full post

Don’t Let A Fun Party Lead To A DUI

Don’t Let A Fun Party Lead To A DUIBy now, everyone knows that drinking and driving is a reckless and dangerous act. Yet many people continue to choose to get behind the wheel after a few hours of partying. The NHTSA reports that there are almost 30 people in the U.S. who die in drunk-driving accidents each day. That amounts to one death every 48 minutes. Though the statistics have fallen over the years, our country still loses over 10,000 people each year to this tragedy.

The Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)

Currently, the legal limit of alcohol consumption when driving in Florida is less than 0.08%. A blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or more is all it takes to become a DUI. That might sound like a low number, but the effects of just a small amount of alcohol in the system can be dramatic.

A BAC of just 0.02% contributes to a slight loss in judgment, increased body temperature, and an altered mood. The effects on driving are:

• Decline in visual function – difficulty in tracking a moving target
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5 Of The Worst Auto Defects And Recalls Of All Time

 5-of-the-worst-auto-defects-and-recalls-of-all-timeAutomobile defects are more common than people think. Earlier this year, Subaru, Tesla, BMW, and Volkswagen were among several auto manufacturers who issued a recall to replace potentially deadly airbag inflators made by Japanese company Takata Corp. This is just the latest round of the airbag recalls that began with Honda in 2001.

The defect in this particular case can cause the inflators to fling bits of shrapnel into drivers and passengers when the airbag is activated. There have been 23 deaths and hundreds of injuries worldwide from this defect, and as many as 70 million vehicles will be recalled by the time it ends in late 2020.

5 Of The Worst Defects

The numbers are high in both deaths and recalled vehicles, but this is hardly the most terrible event that has happened in the history of auto recalls. Here are 5 of the worst auto defects, ranked from bad to worse.

Too Fast Toyotas. In 2009, Toyota had to recall 8 million cars for a faulty acceleration issue. The cars would accelerate suddenly, leaving drivers no way to stop or slow down. Toyota blamed this on a number of... ...read full post

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