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Misconduct in the trucking industry can lead to fatal crashes

When you think of causes of trucking accidents on a Florida highway, you might immediately think of reckless, drowsy or distracted truckers who lose control of their rigs and crash. 

However, there are many parties and factors outside of a dangerous trucker that may also be to blame for accidents. This fact becomes clear when you read articles like this one from Overdrive.com which highlights various trucking violations and criminal offenses that have recently threatened the safety of motorists across the country. We examine a few of these factors below.

Your status crucial in premises liability claims

Too many people make the mistake of oversimplifying legal claims. For instance, it is easy to assume that if you get hurt on someone’s property, you can file a lawsuit against the property owner. While this may certainly be possible, there are a number of legal nuances that you must consider before you can accurately understand your legal options.

For instance, recently, a Florida woman was walking through a shopping center when she tripped on a loose paver stone. She was injured and she filed a lawsuit against the party responsible for maintaining the property citing negligence. However, she lost her case based on her status on the premises.

What can I do if my SSDI application is denied?

The benefits available through Social Security disability are crucial to the recipients who are disabled and cannot support themselves with a regular income. Even though people are not going to get rich from these benefits, they do go a long way in helping people cover things from housing and groceries to healthcare and transportation.

Considering how crucial these benefits can be, it can be devastating when the Social Security Administration denies someone's application for benefits. However, before you lose hope if you are in this situation, it is vital that you stop, take a breath and then consider filing an appeal.

4 common construction accidents that cause serious injury

Construction work is some of the most physical demanding work people can do. While there are a number of tools and regulations that can minimize the impact of and exposure to injury-causing accidents, there are still a disproportionate number of construction workers hurt or killed on the job.

Many construction-related injuries are relatively minor; they can be treated with some rest, icing and aspirin. Others, however, are far more serious and require extensive treatment or surgery. Sometimes, these injuries prove to be fatal. Below are some of the most severe - and unfortunately common - types of construction injuries.

Were you on a fun road trip when the car crash occurred?

From January to June 2015, nearly 19,000 people were killed across the country in motor vehicle accidents, and the number of injuries rose significantly. This represented an increase in deaths of 14 percent over the same period in 2014, and the statistics keep going up.

The traffic experts at the National Safety Council who compile such figures were distressed to see the astonishing jump in highway accident fatalities and injuries — but they think they know why it happened.

'Textalyzer' could change distracted driving behaviors

If you get into an accident caused by a driver who was texting behind the wheel, it could be weeks or months until you learn for sure that the other driver was texting because of the legal processes involved in getting phone records. In the future, however, this information could be available in a matter of seconds.

This is the goal of an emerging technology referred to as a "textalyzer." According to reports like this one from NPR, a textalyzer is a device that police can hook up to a person's phone and gather information on what a person was doing in the moments leading up to an accident.

Why do people file wrongful death claims?

When a loved one dies unexpectedly, those who are left behind can suffer with overwhelming grief, anger and a sense of loneliness. Under these circumstances, the last thing people are likely thinking about is money.

However, as much as people may not want to think about a loss in this context, there are significant damages people suffer in the wake of a death. And when that death is wrongful, those responsible for the loss can and should be held accountable. This accountability is one of a few main reasons why people file wrongful death claims

Workplace fatalities in the national spotlight this week

Did you know that this Friday marks the annual Workers' Memorial Day? On April 28 every year, people around the U.S. are encouraged to take some time to honor the lives of people who have died in work accidents across the country.

April 28 also marks the day 46 years ago when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was established. With this in mind, we feel that this is a good time to revisit some basic facts about workplace safety and the options injured workers and their families have in the event of an accident. 

Abuse or neglect in nursing homes can spark wrongful death claims

Florida has long been considered a desirable destination for people in their golden years looking to relax and stay warm year-round. Whether people move here after retiring or they have always lived here, they should be able to enjoy life and make the most out of this stage of life.

Sadly, this seemingly idyllic environment can prove to be devastating if an elderly loved one is the victim of mistreatment in a Florida nursing home facility. In the worst cases, someone's life is cut short because of neglect or abuse at the hands of people who were tasked with providing care.

Am I eligible for social security disability benefits?

If you suffer from a serious illness or injury that prohibits you from working, you may very well have concerns about how you will take care of yourself and your family. Without a reasonable paycheck, you may not be able to afford your medical expenses or basic living needs.

If this is something you are concerned about, you should understand that you could be eligible for financial support through Social Security disability benefits. However, not every person meets the eligibility criteria. In order to collect disability benefits, you must:

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