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Workers' compensation: Industrial accident kills Disney employee

Regardless of how careful workers are, accidents will happen. Unfortunately, lives are sometimes lost, as is evident in the number of workers' compensation survivors' benefits claims filed in Florida every year. One such tragic workplace accident occurred at Disney's Pop Century Resort in Lake Buena Vista on a recent Monday.

A spokesperson for the Orange County sheriff reported that deputies rushed to one of the Disney-owned accommodation facilities near the resort shortly after 9:15 a.m. in response to an emergency call. Upon arrival, an unresponsive man was found under a utility cart. Emergency workers declared him dead at the scene.

Age-related factors that could lead to personal injury claims

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says more than 36 million senior citizens are licensed to drive, many of them in Florida. There is no getting away from the fact that certain aspects of aging make driving a personal injury threat. Recognizing that it is time to give up driving is never easy because no one wants to become dependent on others to drive them where they need to be.

There is nothing that indicates that all aged drivers are at risk of being involved in crashes, but some factors increase the probability. A significant percentage of drivers older than 70 years have arthritis, which affects movement in the hands, arms, neck and other joints. Checking blind spots and maneuvering the steering wheel can be painful, especially in accident situations when quick movements are required.

Many workers' compensation benefits claims follow fall accidents

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration runs regional emphasis programs throughout the year. They use these programs to focus on certain employee safety issues by carrying out random inspections to check compliance with safety regulations. As part of the Regional Emphasis Program for Falls in Construction, an investigation at a Florida roofing company led to a significant fine. Thousands of dollars are paid out for workers' compensation benefits claims of fall victims every year.

Falling over the edges of roofs are not the only hazards that roof workers face. Skylights and hatches form additional fall hazards, and employers in this industry must provide the necessary safety training, personal protective equipment and safeguards. According to prescribed safety regulations, anyone working at a height that exceeds six feet must have fall protection.

Personal injury: Children overcome by illness at summer camp

When parents in Florida send their children to summer camp, they expect excellent care that will protect their health and safety. The owners and staff of such a facility are responsible for the protection of every child from the moment he or she arrives. If any negligence by the staff seriously injures a child, the parents might choose to pursue a personal injury claim.

Seeking recovery of damages might be the route that will be taken by the parents of children who fell ill at a summer camp in Lake Placid. Reportedly, some of the children developed fever, nausea and vomiting on a recent Wednesday. When one child became unconscious the following day, emergency workers recognized the severity of the situation and rushed to the facility.

Top mistakes to avoid after injury in a Florida car crash

Motor vehicle accidents are never pleasant, regardless of whether there are injuries. However, if you suffer an injury in a car crash in Florida, your situation is much more difficult and complicated compared to a simple fender bender.

There are a few mistakes you must avoid after you are in a car accident in Florida. Learn whether if you already know these tips. If not, keep them in mind as you move forward following your car accident, or just in case you are in a car crash in the future.

Personal injury claim might follow roller coaster derailment

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reports that it has launched an investigation of the recent incident in which a roller coaster derailed in Daytona Beach. Such events often give rise to personal injury claims against the owners of amusement parks. In this case, authorities reported that 10 people received medical treatment at a hospital.

A statement by the fire department indicated that a call to report the derailment came in shortly after 8:30 p.m. on a recent Thursday. Upon arrival, they found two injured riders lying on the ground. Reportedly, they fell approximately 34 feet when the car they were in derailed completely. Other cars were dangling from the track, and firefighters had to use ladders and a pulley system to rescue the occupants who were trapped in them. Firefighters said the riders wore their set belts.

Jury awards families over $37 million in wrongful death lawsuit

In 2012, three people died in an auto accident in Florida that was caused by a man who was sent to jail for 22 years after he was convicted on charges of reckless driving and vehicular homicide. The families of those who lost their lives recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit in a civil court. The jury awarded over $37 million to the plaintiffs.

On the day of the crash, a Florida man and his wife, along with their 9-year-old son and his 10-year-old friend, were in a car that was stationary at an intersection. The wife and the two young boys were killed when another vehicle smashed into the rear of their car. At the time, it was determined that synthetic marijuana impaired the driver of that vehicle.

Wrongful death claim might follow wrong-way crash on U.S. 41

Losing a loved one in a vehicle accident that was caused by another party is naturally traumatizing for the surviving family members. When another party's negligence or misconduct causes a fatal event, the legal term that applies is wrongful death. Many civil lawsuits in Florida follow such tragic incidents.

The Florida Highway Patrol says an impaired driver might have caused an accident in which a 30-year-old Citrus Springs woman lost her life. An accident report indicates that the crash occurred on U.S. 41 at approximately 8 a.m.on a recent Sunday. Reportedly, the woman was heading south on the highway when her vehicle was struck head-on.

Technology and the upswing in repetitive strain injuries

You may be surprised to learn that repetitive strain injuries are nothing new; they have a history that goes as far back as the 1700s. What is new, however, is the surge in RSI cases related to the use of technological devices.

There are many causes, symptoms and reasons to seek a medical evaluation, especially if you have suffered a work-related injury.

Workers' compensation: OSHA advises methods to prevent violence

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed a $71,000 penalty after an investigation at a behavioral health facility in Florida. The safety violations that were identified at this acute care inpatient center underscore the hazards to which workers in such facilities are exposed. Many workers' compensation benefits claims are filed by injured employees who were victims of violent patients.

The solutions and recommendations by OSHA include measures to prevent patients from entering nurses' stations by jumping over the desks to get to staff members or to grab phones, staplers, computers, pens and cords to use as weapons. The agency also suggests the creation of a response team who will have written protocols and procedures for resolving situations of disruptive and aggressive behavior, threats and assaults by patients. Installation of security cameras and providing personnel with panic alarms have also been recommended.

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