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June 2019 Archives

Wrongful death lawsuit might follow fatal ATV accident

The summer weather in Florida invites outdoor enthusiasts to take to the woods to ride their ATVs on the challenging trails. Unfortunately, not all participants recognize the risks of doing this while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Operating such a vehicle while under the influence could lead to wrongful death claims against the driver if passengers are killed in accidents.

Many workers' compensation claims follow trench collapses

Federal and state safety authorities want employers to take all the necessary precautions to keep trench workers safe. Construction company owners in Florida form part of the annual National Trench Safety Stand Down in June, which has the Occupational Safety and Health Administration providing training and support to employers. Employers are encouraged to focus safety training on excavation trigger numbers, not only to limit trench-related workers' compensation claims but also to save lives.

Family of deceased inmate can proceed with wrongful death claim

In Aug. 2015, Orlando police arrested a Florida man after they sent a canine officer to find where he was hiding. Reportedly, this followed an armed robbery of a convenience store. After his arrest, the man received medical treatment at a public medical facility for hand and leg wounds that were caused by dog bites during the struggle. He was later transferred to the infirmary of the county jail where alleged deliberate indifference led to his death, in turn leading to a wrongful death claim filed by his family in 2017.

From where does money come for Social Security disability?

Some financial advisers say one in four workers nationwide, including Florida, will be unable to continue working by age 67 -- due to disabilities. Fortunately, the Social Security Disability Insurance system is there to help. The program provides financial relief by replacing some of the lost income of those whose medical conditions prevent them from earning an income.

Tiger Woods faces wrongful death lawsuit

Tiger Woods and his restaurant, The Woods Jupiter in Florida, are accused of being responsible for the death of an employee last December. The family of a 24-year-old man who worked as a bartender at the restaurant claims that staff at the restaurant served him with alcohol while they knew of his problems as an alcoholic. They filed a wrongful death lawsuit in pursuit of damage recovery.

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