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Far too many young lives are ended by motor vehicle accidents

Like other parents around the country, those here in Florida do what they can to keep their children safe. Even as they travel on the state's roadways, most are keenly aware that they hold their children's lives in their hands. The problem is that other drivers may not be as careful, and far too many young lives end in motor vehicle accidents.

Recently, a 5-year-old girl sadly succumbed to injuries she suffered in a collision on Florida's Turnpike. It was on a Saturday afternoon at approximately 5 p.m. Preliminary reports from the Florida Highway Patrol indicate that the girl was just one of several occupants of a Jeep Liberty. Three other children and two adults also occupied the vehicle.

Workers' compensation does not always compensate

Like many states, Florida's workers' compensation system has its flaws. Workers may complain about the amount of benefits they receive, and employers complain about the cost of keeping everyone insured. Nevertheless, in general, the idea of providing this type of insurance for employees benefits everyone.

The system requires employers to purchase insurance coverage in case you are injured on the job. This way, you do not have to worry about losing wages or paying medical bills because of an accident that happened at work. Your employer benefits because workers' compensation prevents you from filing a lawsuit against the company, its owner or its managers, which could financially devastate the business. Despite this protection, there may be times when a lawsuit is appropriate.

Abilify Lawsuits Tie Drug to Compulsive Sex, Gambling, and More

Can a drug cause you to engage in dangerous sex, excessive gambling, compulsive shopping or binge eating? Evidence filed in Abilify lawsuits indicates that the drug is connected to these compulsive behaviors and the FDA has made a safety announcement regarding dangerous behaviors associated with Abilify. 

Seeking disability benefits for fibromyalgia

The pain of fibromyalgia is undeniable. Like many who suffer from this mysterious illness, you may have been perfectly healthy, perhaps even athletic. Out of nowhere, the symptoms struck, turning you from an active, energetic person to someone who can barely get out of bed some days.

Naturally, a condition like this makes it difficult, even impossible to carry on with many normal activities. You may need help to prepare meals, do your laundry and clean your house. Despite your desire to keep working and your dependence on your income, continuing with your job is out of the question. However, seeking help from the Social Security Administration is a challenge when it comes to fibromyalgia.

Understanding Hernia Mesh Recalls

Over the past twenty years, hernia repair surgery has become synonymous with hernia mesh. Hernia mesh is used in a growing number of procedures to restore the structural integrity of the hernia site in an effort to prevent a hernia from recurring. Unfortunately, many people have found themselves further injured by these surgical mesh implants, the complications they can cause, and wondering why they were not warned about these potential risks. Hernia mesh lawsuits are being filed to investigate this issue and protect the rights of injured patients. 

A day at the fair could turn into a personal injury claim

Everyone knows that Walt Disney World, Epcot Center and the other Disney theme parks are here in Florida. However, the Sunshine State also hosts numerous fairs with rides and attractions that people love to visit. The problem is that some of the rides at the fairs could potentially be personal injury claims waiting to happen.

In fact, one family may exercise its right to file such a claim after a 14-year-old girl at a fair in Florida's capital flew out of a ride. She was found unconscious and with a broken nose and an approximately five inch gash on her forehead. Even though medical personnel cleared her to go home, that does not necessarily mean she is out of the woods.

The wreckage can say a lot about motor vehicle accidents

Many Florida residents drive by crash scenes and speculate what happened based on the wreckage. For instance, if passing motorists see a vehicle that appears to no longer have a trunk or back seat, they more than likely assume that it was struck in the rear. It may not necessarily be difficult to figure out how vehicles collided in some motor vehicle accidents, but the factors that led to them are often more elusive.

Take a recent crash on Interstate 275, for example. Photographs of the scene show that one vehicle was struck from behind. What is not as obvious is that police suspect the driver of the other vehicle of being impaired at the time of the crash. In addition, the force of the impact indicates that driver was speeding as well.

Workers' compensation claims are increased by lifting mishaps

Lifting heavy objects at work in Florida and elsewhere accounts for one of the largest causes of back injuries among workers each year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that one in five of all work injuries are back injuries. Each work injury raises the possibility that a workers' compensation claim will be filed by the injured worker should he/she need medical treatment, medications or other doctor and hospital services.

If the worker is also disabled on a temporary or permanent basis, lost wages benefits must be paid. Due to the enormous financial cost complained of by workers' compensation insurers, the system becomes burdened with a large number of contested workers' comp cases. In those cases, the worker must fight vigorously for the initiation, restoration and/or maintaining of benefits.

Wrong-way drivers often cause fatal motor vehicle accidents

Wrong-way drivers pose a serious threat to individuals traveling the roadways. They put themselves, their passengers and travelers in other vehicles at risk of being involved in motor vehicle accidents that could easily lead to serious injuries. Unfortunately, these accidents happen relatively often, and the outcomes have a tendency to be tragic.

It was recently reported that a crash in Florida involved a wrong-way driver and two other vehicles. Apparently, one driver was heading south in the northbound lanes of Florida's Turnpike. One of the other vehicles involved was a prisoner transport van, and the driver of the van was able to veer out of the way of the other vehicle. However, the wrong-way driver did crash into a car that was traveling behind the van.

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