I have seen a lot of injustice in Florida’s workers’ compensation. From the workers’ compensation carrier refusing to authorize a surgery that their own doctor said is medically necessary to the adjuster waiting several weeks to send the injured worker his wage check. When these (and other injustices) occur, my clients often say, “Take them.
Where There Is Despair In Life, Let Me Bring Hope People ask me why I decided to become a personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney is just above used car salesman and the likability chart. Personal injury attorneys are called names such as “ambulance chaser” and accused of increased insurance premiums and filing too.
I’m Back!! It’s been a little bit since I prepared my latest blog, but I have a great reason! My wife and I just returned from Guatemala after finalizing the adoption of our son. He is now 17 months old and with his 19-year-old sister, all things are great in my life!! That being said,.
REDUCING FALLS IN WORK COMP MATTERS Slips, trips and falls are the third leading cause of workers’ compensation claims and account for 12% of work comp fatalities. In keeping with June being designated as National Safety Month, let’s focus on what can be done to reduce workers’ compensation claims from falls. Tips to reduce slips,.
THIS WEEK IS “WORKPLACE SAFETY” WEEK OF THE NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH The National Safety Council has made June “National Safety Month.” Each week, they will be focusing on a different area in our lives where safety matters. This week’s focus is on safety in the workplace to reduce workers’ compensation injuries. The number one cause.
IS THERE HOPE FOR THOSE WITH A DAMAGED ROTATOR CUFF? Many people sustain rotator cuff injuries after a car accident or work injury. Rotator cuff injuries–which involve the muscles and tendons that stabilize the shoulder–can occur when the arm is pulled out of place in falls, lifting heavy objects, trauma and other types of accidents..
INSURANCE COMPANIES NET INCOME REACHES MILLIONS IN JUST 3 MONTHS With workers’ compensation benefits being reduced, no wonder the insurance companies are making millions of dollars!! Recently, Zenith National Insurance Corp, a big player in the workers’ compensation arena, announced it first quarter of 2007 results. They reported 64.5 million dollars in net income. That’s.
THE UNDERDOG FIGHTS AND WINS I spent the last two nights watching “David” beat up “Goliath”–the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the New York Yankees TWICE. The underdog won!! It was truly amazing! I think I loved it so much because the battle the Tampa Bay Devil Rays had on the baseball field is similar.
WORK COMP FRAUD ARRESTS–AND IT IS NOT THE WORKERS COMMITTING THE FRAUD Maybe, just maybe, the public will start to see that not all injured workers commit workers’ compensation fraud and that employers and corporations commit significant workers’ compensation fraud. The employer/corporation fraud typically leaves injured workers without benefits forcing the public to provide the.
TMJ–THE SOMETIMES MISSED INJURY One injury that is too often overlooked after a car accident is temporaomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ). Often times, TMJ is thought to be associated with the neck pain, headaches or an ear ache–but it is a different injury all by itself. TMJ pain occurs where the jaw meets the skull, just.
ONE WORD … FINALLY!! Finally! My workers’ compensation clients have lived it since their injury. I have fought it for years. And, now the Palm Beach Post finally acknowledges how the work comp system takes advantage of injured workers!! Finally! The article, addresses how the Florida legislature should be proud about their changes in the.
REFLECTION ON THE SURVIVING PARENTS OF A CHILD THAT DIES TOO EARLY Today, I spent 8 hours in depositions of two wonderful people–the mom and dad of a teenager who died unexpectedly. I won’t go in details about how their only son died, but the sadness and hurt that was evident today in the face.
POST SPARKS EMAIL FROM MOVIE’S PRODUCER My recent post about the documentary film, When Pigs Fly, resulted in an email from one of the producers of the film. Instead of paraphrasing the email, here it is in its entirety: Hi Matthew, In surfing the Internet, I discovered your site and noted that you have referenced.
MOVIE HIGHLIGHTS HELL AN INJURED WORKER GOES THROUGH Finally a movie that documents the hell an injured worker goes through because of the workers’ compensation system!! When Pigs Fly is a documentary about the life of Lory Yazurlo whose life was turned upside down after a work comp injury in 1991 which left her a.
GROUP PROTESTS ABOUT UNFAIR FLORIDA WORK COMP LAWS Advocates for injured workers in Florida took their frustrations about Florida Workers’ Compensation law to Tallahassee yesterday. The group, led by Voices, Inc., rallied at the Florida Supreme Court and the First District Court of Appeal as well as lawmakers to try to get the laws changed.
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION TELLS DOCTORS TO SLOW DOWN ON PRESCRIBING DRUGS Change the way you prescribe pain relievers! That is the message the American Heart Association is telling many doctors. Dr. Elliott Antman, the lead author of the recent scientific statement says: “We beleive that some physicians have been prescribing the new COX-2 inhibitors as.
MONEY AFTER MMI IN FLORIDA WORK COMP CASES Florida’s Workers’ Compensation law entitles an injured work to scheduled weekly impairment benefits, paid over a scheduled number of weeks, for any injury that results in a permanent impairment rating. Carrier are required to pay impairment benefits within 14 days after the carrier has knowledge of the.
THERE IS REASONS WHY AOL HATES LAWSUITS AOL’s current article on “Most Outrageous Lawsuits” is ridiculous. There are reasons why AOL hates trial lawyers and it has nothing to do with lawyers–it has to do with their own actions. For example: Just this week, AOL “agreed” to pay $246 million to compensate the University of.
A LOT HAS CHANGED SINCE FLORIDA BECAME A STATE 162 YEARS AGO Today, March 3rd, marks the day that our great State of Florida became the 27th state of the United States. That makes the State of Florida 162 years old. Throughout the 162 years, Florida has seen great changes. Its population started at 57,921.
IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO ESCAPE THE GRIP OF FLORIDA WORKERS’ COMPENSATION IMMUNITY My partner, Bob Carroll, recently posted an article highlighting how Missouri’s high court affirmed a jury award against an employer after an employee sustained serious injuries because of the employer’s negligence. Unfortunately, if the same thing happened in Florida, it is very.