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Workers' compensation: 3 families can seek death benefits claims

Following the tragic deaths of three employees of a utility contractor in South Florida in January, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the company with fines totaling almost $120,000 for 10 serious violations. An OSHA director said the hazards of working in confined spaces are well known, and so should the related safety regulations be. The deceased employees' families will be entitled to seek death benefits through the workers' compensation insurance system.

A large number of workers' compensation claims involve feet

By the time they are 80, workers in Florida will have walked about 73,000 miles each -- based on the approximately 5,000 steps that the average worker walks every day. In certain occupations, like construction in which employees spend most of the day on their feet, it could even be more. Workers' compensation claims data shows that about four in 10 claims for illnesses and injuries involve fractures to feet and hands.

Was your accident serious enough for a personal injury lawsuit?

Under Florida’s personal injury statutes pertaining to automobile accidents, every driver is required to carry a personal injury protection policy. These policies must cover up to $10,000 in damages resulting from a car accident, no matter who is at fault.

What creates Social Security Disability Insurance eligibility?

Employees in Florida are entitled to benefit from the federal government's program that is designed as a protection for workers against the loss of their abilities to earn gainful incomes as the result of complete disability. However, there may be questions about eligibility for Social Security disability benefits. When are people considered as disabled?

Workers' compensation benefits for dead, injured at TECO plant

A recent tragedy at a Florida company claimed the lives of two men. Five others were also injured in the incident at the Big Bend Power Station. Officials state that the investigation of the accident could take six months. However, those injured and the survivors of the deceased are likely eligible for workers' compensation benefits.

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