Tips for Surviving the Pandemic in Florida Without Injury

The coronavirus pandemic has turned the whole world upside down; and as a part of that, the risk of injury is much higher. Many people are being very reckless, both on and off the roads. You are always at some risk of an injury accident, but during the chaos of this crisis your risks are much higher. Here are some tips for surviving the pandemic without an injury accident.

Shop at Odd Times

If you have to go out for essentials, try to do so outside of peak shopping or traffic times. The best way to avoid an injury accident is to avoid as many hazards as possible, and right now the biggest hazard is the people themselves. Shopping at odd times reduces your exposure to other people, which is good in more ways than one.

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Types of Distracted Driving and When It Becomes Dangerous

Every state has laws against impaired driving, and most states also now have laws against texting while driving. But there are many other situations in which your driving could be impaired by distractions. Even though these distractions are not against the law, they are likely to cause an accident. If you cause an accident due to being distracted, you could be liable for the other person’s injuries and property damage.

Here are some of the most common types of distracted driving.

Eating While Driving

A lot of people do it, especially people who travel a lot for work or recreation. It can be very tempting to go through the drive thru at your favorite fast food restaurant to grab a bite to eat so that you can stay on the road, but eating while driving can be very dangerous. Here are a few examples.

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Why Amazon Delivery Accidents Happen and What to Do

Since Amazon started making deliveries directly, there are a lot more drivers on the roads. Amazon drivers, like other delivery drivers, are more likely to have a car accident. For those of us on the roads handling day-to-day business, these drivers pose a unique risk.

Distracted Driving

We talk a lot about texting while driving, but any kind of distraction while driving can be dangerous. Amazon delivery drivers are particularly distracted. They must follow a GPS to each home and business where they are delivering. They may also be distracted by notifications and interactions with Amazon. This leaves little attention for other vehicles on the road.

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The Prevalence of Florida Dog Bite Injuries

You might think that your chances of getting a dog bite injury in Florida are slim. But in reality, dog bites happen quite frequently. There are about 600 people bitten by a dog each year in the state of Florida. Dog bites can happen for different reasons, and they don’t always lead to severe injury. 

Causes of Dog Bites

There are three main causes of dog bite injuries. The most common occurrence of dog bites is when people try to break up a dog fight. As a general rule, these dog bite injuries are not the responsibility of the dog owner. The other two causes of dog bite injuries are inappropriate behavior management and protective behavior. 

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Types of Personal Injury Compensation in Florida

When you have a personal injury case in Florida, it is natural to wonder what types of damages you can ask for in your settlement or award. Sometimes the compensation that you will receive will be very cut and dry, but there are some situations in which you may be entitled to more than one type of compensation. 

Compensatory damages are the most common in personal injury cases in Florida. Compensatory damages are compensation for specific damages that you can prove, such as medical bills and costs of future medical treatment. Here are some other examples of compensatory damages.

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The Broad Definition of Sexual Harassment

Most people think that sexual harassment is limited. Women are often not fully aware of what sexual harassment in the workplace is and who can commit it. While most women are aware that they cannot be made to perform sexual favors or accept sexual advances to keep their job or earn a promotion, sexual harassment in the workplace goes well beyond this.

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The Primary Definition of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment in Florida is defined as behavior, statements, or actions that are sexual in nature and contribute to a hostile work environment. What constitutes sexual harassment in terms of behavior and statements can be a bit arbitrary, and its definitions can vary across company literature. However, any sexual or romantic advance that is unwanted and unwarranted can be considered sexual harassment.

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What Constitutes Wrongful Termination in Florida

Unfortunately, it is very common for people to be wrongfully terminated. Whether you were fired for something you didn’t do, or you were fired for some unspecified reason unrelated to your performance or attendance, you may feel as though your rights have been violated. However, these things typically do not constitute wrongful termination under the law.

Florida is an at-will state, which means that you and your employer can terminate your employment at any time, for any reason or no reason at all. Because of this, it is very difficult to prove wrongful termination in the State of Florida. 

Because Florida is an at-will employment state, this also means that the only situations in which you can claim wrongful termination is when your legal rights have been violated. This includes, but not limited to, situations such as retaliation for sexual harassment reporting, age discrimination, racial discrimination, or gender discrimination. Let’s look at each of these in more detail.

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Are Non-Compete Agreements Enforceable in Florida?

Employers often deem non-compete agreements an important step in protecting their legitimate business interests. However, sometimes these agreements are unnecessarily restrictive, or they may have no basis in law. There are certain times when a non-compete agreement is enforceable in Florida, but there are also many instances in which you could still work for a competitor.

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Requirements for a Non-Compete Agreement

There are certain requirements that must be met in order for a non-compete agreement to be enforceable. First, it cannot extend past the geographical area in which the employer operates. Second, it cannot extend past a reasonable amount of time.  Third, the non-compete agreement is more likely enforceable if the employer has trade secrets or proprietary information to which the employee had reasonable access.

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Why Hiring an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney Is Essential

When you are in any car accident, you need someone fighting on your side. But when you are in a truck accident, it is even more essential that you have an experienced attorney familiar with truck accidents specifically. There are several reasons you don’t want to tackle these situations on your own.

Determining Liability

When it comes to your average car accident, determining liability is fairly simple. Usually, it is going to fall on one of the drivers. But in a truck accident, liability may not be immediately clear. While the truck driver may be responsible for causing the wreck, it could also have been caused by the company’s policies or lack of maintenance on their vehicles. There are a lot of contributing factors to an accident with a commercial truck, and it takes an experienced attorney to be able to determine who should be compensating you for your injuries.

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What to Do When Insurance Doesn’t Want to Pay Your Claim

When you are in a car accident that is someone else’s fault, you expect that their insurance is going to pay your property damages and medical costs. After all, that is the purpose of having insurance, right? Unfortunately, there are many reasons that you can’t trust the insurance companies to do the right thing. Here’s what you need to know and what to do when you come up against a wall.

Looking Out for Number One

The insurance companies aren’t in business to pay claims. They are in business to make money. And as such, they will often do everything they can to either deny a claim or to pay out as little as possible. It is entirely likely that the insurance company will not give you a fair settlement without a fight. Many people simply take the settlement offered to them by the insurance company thinking that is all they can get, but this is wrong. With the help of an attorney, you can fight for the compensation that you deserve.

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