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Wrongful death claims might follow fatal Florida crash

West Palm Beach police are investigating a driver who allegedly caused a fatal crash on Oct. 20. He is suspected of speeding and driving with a blood alcohol content of almost double the limit allowed in Florida. However, regardless of whether he is criminally charged, he might face two wrongful death and two personal injury civil claims. Reportedly, the accident occurred in the early morning hours of a Saturday when the 24-year-old man allegedly disregarded a red light and crashed into another vehicle.

An accident report indicates that the impact of the crash caused the 35-year-old passenger in the other car to be ejected. She suffered fatal injuries when she landed against the bumper of a third car that was stationary, and she died later after being rushed to a hospital. The 26-year-old passenger in the car with the man who ran the red light died at the crash scene.

Workers' compensation: Worker dies after semi runs over him

Employees in the transportation industry haul merchandise nationwide to keep store shelves loaded and meet the expectations of consumers. The truckers and other workers who assist with the loading and unloading of goods face several safety hazards. Many workers' compensation claims in Florida follow injuries suffered by commercial truck drivers and others who work on and around big rigs.

Sadly, most fatal accidents are preventable, and the realization that a bit of extra attention to safety could have saved a life often comes too late. A worker lost his life in a freak accident in Jay on a recent Tuesday morning. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a tractor-trailer and a worker -- both from other states -- were involved in unloading a load of peanuts.

Personal injury: When is a civil lawsuit viable?

Whenever anyone in Florida suffers injuries due to the negligence of another party, there might be grounds to bring a claim to court. The civil justice system allows injured victims to pursue financial relief that will make them whole again. However, before rushing into a personal injury lawsuit, it might be a good idea to find out whether the legal costs will not be more damaging than the injury.

An example is an injury suffered in a nail salon because the technician used tools that were not sterilized. An infection resulted, but medical care cleared it within a week. Although the nail technician failed to comply with the duty of care to the client, there might be only the medical expenses to cover, as no lasting damage was caused. The cost of a lawsuit might far exceed the losses, and under such circumstances, a law firm will seek advance payment of fees rather than handling the case on a contingency basis.

Workers' compensation: Flood recovery is hazardous work

Following the devastating storms that hit Florida recently, emergency crews and workers who are involved in cleanup and recovery operations will be exposed to numerous hazards that could be life-threatening. While the state-regulated workers' compensation insurance system will cover those who suffer injuries at this time, workers can take some precautions. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration warned crews of the common dangers during flood recovery operations.

OSHA says safe work practices, knowledge and personal protective equipment can minimize risks. Other requirements include adequate training, experience and proper equipment to deal with structural damage, power loss, storm debris and fallen trees. Essential personal protective equipment includes hard hats, gloves, safety goggles or glasses, foot protection and hearing protection.

When a car crash causes catastrophic burns

A serious burn is one of the most catastrophic injuries you could suffer in a Florida auto accident. Hundreds of people die each year in fiery crashes, and even if you survive yours, your life likely will be forever changed because of the disfiguring scars that severe burns almost invariably produce.

Your vehicle’s small enclosed space, even if you drive an SUV or other large vehicle, plus the many things inside it that can become hot enough to burn you, combine into a perfect storm of catastrophe.

Workers' compensation now covers PTSD in first responders

First responders are exposed to trauma every single day. The stress of their jobs is exacerbated by the fact that they can never be prepared for what they will encounter because there is no telling where the next call will take them. However, law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics might find comfort in learning that post-traumatic stress disorder is now recognized by Florida law as an occupational disease that is covered by workers' compensation.

According to a consultant for crisis and trauma training for first responders, the law became effective at the beginning of October. He says that seeing and experiencing things that will stay with them forever is par for the course for first responders. The consultant says this statute will ensure that this type of occupational injury will be regarded in the same light as physical injuries.

Personal injury claim might follow crane landing on car

A hazmat team was called to clean up oil and fuel spilled at a crash scene in Fort Walton Beach in the Florida panhandle. This followed an accident in which a teenage driver suffered serious injuries after the alleged negligence of a 20-year-old driver of a commercial vehicle. This type of incident could result in a personal injury lawsuit in a civil court.

According to a report by the Florida Highway Patrol, a 20-year-old man without a commercial vehicle license drove a truck that was loaded with a crane. Officers allege the driver attempted to make a turn without slowing down sufficiently to navigate the turn safely. The massive truck rolled over, causing the crane to fall onto three vehicles that were stopped at the intersection.

Workers' compensation benefits will cover burn injuries

Burn injury hazards exist in many workplaces in Florida, and the lack of adequate safety training puts many workers at risk. Thousands of injured workers file workers' compensation benefit claims every year, of which a significant percentage involve burns. Employers are responsible for the health and safety of employees, and their responsibilities include providing adequate safety training and the necessary personal protective equipment.

Burns are classified as thermal, chemical and electrical, and all of them can cause life-changing injuries or worse. Thermal burn injuries are caused by contact with hot liquids, hot surfaces, fire and explosions. Wearing the appropriate personal protective gear can prevent thermal burns, and placing guards over hot pipes or other heat sources could prevent contact with hot surfaces. Chemicals with a strong acid, caustic, corrosive or alkaloid content can cause chemical burns -- typically when it comes into contact with workers' skin or eyes. Safety authorities recommend substitution with less toxic chemicals, wearing gloves and eye protection, and the availability of eye wash stations and emergency showers.

Negligent boat operators could face personal injury lawsuits

There is no shortage of ideal areas for boaters to have fun on Florida waters. Sadly, many personal injury and wrongful death claims involving negligent boat operators are handled by the civil justice system of the state every year. Just like drivers on land, boaters have to comply with rules and regulations, and responsible boaters take necessary precautions to keep themselves and their passengers safe without being a threat to others on the water.

Checking weather forecasts can avoid disaster, and getting to dry land when temperatures drop, rough winds come up and clouds darken may be wise. Any boat operator will likely know the importance of following a pre-departure checklist to avoid breakdowns on the water. Furthermore, it is always a good idea to ensure that someone on land knows where a boater plans to go and how long he or she will be on the water.

3 common broken bones

Broken bones occur due to a variety of brute forces, such as falling or being in a car crash. There are many different types of ways a bone can break, including:

  • Displaced fracture: The bone breaks into multiple parts.
  • Non-displaced fracture: The bone cracks, but remains in alignment.
  • Open fracture: The bone breaks through the skin.
  • Closed fracture: The bone breaks, but there is no puncture in the skin.

With so many different types of bone fractures, it makes sense that some bones are more likely to break than others. Here are some of the most common bones you may break in an accident:

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