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Distracted driving dangers are right before your eyes

There is no question that we live in an age of technological miracles. Considering that only a couple of generations ago, the common form of transportation was a horse-drawn carriage, the phenomenal advances in that industry are nothing short of awe-inspiring.

Many adults still remember the excitement of playing cassette tapes — then CDs — while driving instead of having to search the dial for a favorite tune. Of course, you were probably among those who were relieved when it was no longer necessary to have a glove box full of impossible-to-fold paper maps. However, some are beginning to wonder if the advances in new car systems may be too much for our own good. You may agree if you recently suffered injuries in a distracted driving accident.

Personal injury claims and Florida's theme parks

Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Busch Gardens, among others, provide hours and days of fun for tourists and Florida residents alike. While thousands of people visit these parks each year without incident, injuries do occur, and some of them can be serious. If you suffered injuries at one of the state's theme parks, you may be able to pursue restitution through the filing of a personal injury claim.

Even when the parks diligently keep the rides maintained and in good working order, accidents still happen due to a variety of reasons. Florida does not require its theme parks to report every injury that occurs. Only accidents involving hospitalization for more than 24 hours (unless strictly for observation) or deaths must be reported.

When safety concerns lead to workers' compensation claims

Florida employers are required to provide their workers with safe environments. This often means providing safety equipment and training. When an employer fails to adhere to regulations set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, along with state agencies, a surge in workers' compensation claims may be cause for alarm.

This was the case in an out-of-state company with an inordinate number of workers suffering from amputations. OSHA has conducted investigations at the facility in question often and has found so many serious violations that the company was placed in the agency's Severe Violators Enforcement Program. The company's machine safety standards leave a lot to be desired, especially to those who suffered injuries as a result.

Workers' compensation news: 3 dead after gin pole collapse

Someone has to erect, repair and maintain those huge communication towers that dot the Florida landscape. Many of them reach 100 feet tall, and climbing them can be a challenge, not to mention a safety nightmare. Even so, men and women do it every day expecting that their employers will provide them with the safest equipment possible. Unfortunately, accidents can still happen, and when they do, victims and their families may find themselves seeking workers' compensation benefits to cover their financial losses.

This could be the case for the families of three men who recently lost their lives while working on one of the mammoth towers in south Florida. A resident in the area heard what "sounded like a hand grenade" explosion and called 911. When emergency responders arrived, they found three dead men.

Inexperience often leads to motor vehicle accidents

Florida parents watch their teenagers get drivers' licenses with a mixture of pride, joy and fear. Teens gain a sense of independence, but their inexperience behind the wheel can cause them to make mistakes that lead to motor vehicle accidents and injuries. Some of those injuries can be severe or even deadly.

Fortunately, a teen driver's recent mistake as he drove U.S. 319 did not lead to any fatalities, but it did cause serious injuries to an 11-year-old boy. It was a Thursday at approximately 7 a.m. when a vehicle in front of the teen began slowing in order to make a turn. The teen failed to slow and slammed into the back of that vehicle.

When doing the same-old-same-old at work leads to injury

If you were to survey all employees in Florida regarding how many types of duties they regularly perform at work, many would likely say they basically do the same thing day in and day out, without much variation. Perhaps your own workplace duties pretty much stay the same from one day to the next. You might also be among those who prefer it that way since it's often easier to perfect a craft when one is able to practice it a lot.

When it comes to workplace duties, however, your job may become a personal risk if you suffer a repetitive stress injury. This type of injury comes from repeating the same motion or holding the same posture or performing the same task over and over again, in time causing injury (and often chronic pain) to one or more parts of your body. If this happens to you, one of your first questions might be whether you are eligible to file a disability claim.

Personal injury topics: Amputation

Some accidents result in such catastrophic injuries that Florida medical personnel may have to take extreme measures in order to save a patient's life. One such action may be to amputate a limb. If the accident was the result of another person's negligence, the victim may be able to seek restitution through a personal injury claim for what could be lifelong issues due to the amputation.

If your accident damaged an artery to the point where blood flow to an extremity is dangerously compromised, you may need the limb to be amputated. In the alternative, some portion of the limb may have been crushed beyond repair, and the only way to save the rest of your arm or leg is to amputate the crushed portion. In some cases, a limb, or a portion thereof, is lost in the accident and cannot be reattached.

Some motor vehicle accidents are not discovered until hours later

Most Florida residents would like to believe that their passing would be noticed right away. Unfortunately, for some who die in motor vehicle accidents, the scene of their deaths is not discovered until hours after the event. This can sometimes make determining exactly what happened problematic, especially if only one vehicle was involved and all of the occupants were deceased when police arrived.

This was the case on a recent Thursday morning near mile marker 2 on Interstate 10. A motorist driving past that area noticed the wreckage and called police. By the time troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol arrived at the scene, the driver and his passenger, both of whom were from Alabama, had succumbed to their injuries.

Workers' compensation news: Company fined for trench collapse

Florida residents who work in construction face numerous dangers on job sites. Whether they work at heights, underground or in trenches, they continue to report for work trusting that their employers will take all of the measures necessary to secure their safety. Even so, some would say that accidents are inevitable; otherwise, there would be no need for workers' compensation insurance programs.

That may be true, but when employers fail to take the safety measures required to protect their workers, people suffer injuries or die. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently concluded its investigation into a trench collapse that could have caused the death of a 34-year-old man. Emergency responders credit his co-workers' quick thinking for his survival. They managed to unbury his head so that he could breathe during the approximately 30 minutes it took emergency workers to get him out of the trench.

Investigating a personal injury claim after a truck accident

The sights, smells and sounds that accompany an accident involving an 18-wheeler are not something you will soon forget. Nevertheless, sensory memories are more than likely the least of your concerns at the moment. The size and weight of the truck that slammed into your smaller, passenger vehicle may have caused you significant injuries, and you may consider filing a personal injury claim in a Florida civil court.

You could be out of work for an indefinite amount of time. You may amass quite a substantial amount of medical bills. You may also be looking at a future much different from the one you had prior to the crash, especially if a full recovery from your injuries may not be possible. Even if you can fully recover, it will undoubtedly take time.

Should you file a personal injury claim? Ask Tom.

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