January 7

Text Messaging While Driving Can Kill

Think Twice Before Text Messaging While Driving Driving while under the influence or alcohol or drugs is one thing. But allowing yourself to get distracted when you’re behind the wheel is never wise. Along with reading, applying makeup or talking on cell phones while driving, you can add a new type of dangerous behavior: text.

January 6

What If Your Employer Won’t Provide Work Comp Information

Website Provides Employer’s Workers’ Compensation Information Some times, injured workers in Florida cannot determine who is supposed to pay work comp benefits after a work accident. Too many times, an employer is not willing to provide the name and telephone number or the workers’ compensation company’s name and telephone. However, this information may be just.

January 6

What’s Your Sign? It Could Mean More Car Accidents.

Study Indicates That Astrological Sign May Be Indicator of Car Accidents. Wonder why some people get into so many car accidents and others do not? A new study says it may have something to do with your astrological sign. InsuranceHotline.com, a Web site that gives auto insurance quotes, looked at 100,000 North American drivers’ records.

January 4

15 Deaths During New Year’s Holiday Reported by FHP

New Year’s Holiday Proves Deadly on Florida’s Road The Florida Highway Patrol released its synopsis of the fatality count during the 72-hour New Year holiday period, which began at 00:01 hours, Saturday, December 30th, 2006, and ended at midnight, Monday, January 1st, 2007. The statistical information represented preliminary figures and covers only those crashes investigated.

January 3

Responsibilities Under Florida’s Work Comp

Injured Workers & Insurance Company’s Responsibilities Under Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Law Florida’s Division of Workers’ Compensation has set forth the following responsibilities of both the insurance company and the injured worker: Insurance Company’s Responsibilities To provide medical treatment in a timely fashion. To pay wage benefits on a timely basis. To timely pay medical bills..

January 2

DUI Deaths Increase

DUI Deaths Increase in Nearly Half of the States U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters recently released new state-by-state data for 2005 showing that alcohol-impaired driving remains one of the nation’s deadliest crimes. In 2005, 23 states and Puerto Rico showed a decrease in the fatality rate for crashes where the driver had an.

January 2

New Case Law on Florida Work Comp Benefits

Very Recent Case Clarifies “Change of Doctor” Rule in Florida Workers’ Compensation Cases On December 29, 2006, Florida’s First District Court of Appeals decided a case called Butler v. Bay Center/Chubb Insurance Company. The Court affirmed a ruling that was entered against an injured worker relating to medical care under Florida’s workers’ compensation law. In.

January 1

The Dangers of Cell Phones

Cell Phones Can Kill According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, you may want to stay away from drivers busy talking on their cell phones. Researchers discovered that cell phone users were four to five times more likely to have crashes than non-users. While convenient, using cell phones while driving can.

January 1

Obtaining Florida Workers’ Compensation Benefits

A Road Map to Florida Workers’ Compensation Benefits If you are injured on the job in Florida, you may be entitled to various benefits under the Florida Workers’ Compensation system. What benefits you are entitled to depends on the date of your accident. Because the benefits are so limited under the law, it is important.

December 31

Nice Job, AAA Auto Club South!

Free Ride Home if You Drink Too Much “Tow to Go” is available to AAA members and nonmembers. The service is sponsored by beer maker Anheuser-Busch and covers all of Florida; Atlanta; Savannah, Ga.; Nashville, Tenn.; and, during the holiday season, Knoxville, Tenn. The number is 800-222-4357. Last year, about 900 Florida drivers called Tow.

December 31

Work Comp Benefits May Be Denied if You Detour

Workers’ Compensation Benefits May Be Denied if Employee Detours and Deviations From Business Trip Employees may be called upon by their employer to travel for a business purpose. Such travel is generally considered to be in the course of employment and, if injured, the employee will be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. However, if the.

December 31

Driving Safety Tips

TIPS TO DRIVING SAFELY According to the National Safety Commission, the following are tips to driving safely through the holidays and the winter season: Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter Driving: Although maybe not needed in Florida, you should get your car tuned up and winterized. Check that you have sufficient antifreeze in your coolant system,.

December 30

New Benefits for Injured Workers

Workers’ Compensation Mileage Reimbursement Rate Increased Florida lawmakers recently increased the state’s mileage reimbursement rate from 29 cents per mile to 44 and one-half cents per mile. Although the employers and carriers are not required to follow the state’s mileage reimbursement rate, the state rate has long served as a guideline throughout the industry to.

December 30

Car Accident Facts

Car Accident Facts and Recommendations Accidents on our Nation’s roadways are a serious threat to the traveling public and are the leading cause of death for those under the age of thirty-four. Annually, over 40,000 people are killed in approximately five million motor vehicle accidents, many involving teen car accidents. In 2002 alone, nearly 43,000.

December 29

Car Accidents Hit Close to Home

Car Crashes Hit Close to Home For More Information About Your Rights After a Car Accident, Click Here. According to a report generated by the Partners for Child Passenger Safety, more than 80% of the 557,000 crashes they examined occurred 20 minutes or less from the person’s home. This report reminds us that motor vehicles.

December 29

Frequently Asked Questions Following a Work Injury

Frequently Asked Questions Relating to Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Law For More Information on Florida Workers’ Compensation Law, Click Here. 1. Is my employer required to have workers’ compensation insurance? Every employer in the State of Florida who employs four or more employees, part-time or full-time, is required to comply with the provision of the workers’.

December 29

Change the Law or Let Injured Workers Sue Their Employers

Change the Law or Let Injured Workers Sue Their Employers Today, almost all injured workers are prohibited from filing a negligence lawsuit against their employer for causing their injuries if the injured worker is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Unfortunately, the workers’ compensation law does not permit the injured to opt out. Rather, it requires.

December 29

Alert Your Family After a Car Accident or Emergency

A New Way To Alert Your Family After A Serious Car Accident Or Other Emergency For More Information About Your Rights After a Car Accident, Click Here. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has instituted an emergency contact information system that allows anyone with a valid Florida Driver’s License or Florida Identification.

December 29

Frequently Asked Questions Following a Car Accident

Frequently Asked Questions about Auto Accidents For More Information Following a Car Accident, Click Here. 1. I was a passenger in someone else’s car and received a citation for having an alcoholic beverage in an open container. Can my insurance company raise my rates, or cancel, or nonrenew my policy?According to Florida Statute 316.1936, a.

December 29

About Attorney Matthew Noyes

ABOUT ATTORNEY MATTHEW NOYES For More Information on Attorney Matthew Noyes and his Clearwater Personal Injury Law Firm, click here. Matthew Noyes’ interest in personal injury law started after he was involved in a car crash himself at the age of 16. As he was recovering from his fractured hip, torn rotator cuff and other.

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