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Most Common Types of Construction Accidents

If you work on a construction site, you’re subject to a high risk of injury. Despite working cautiously and according to best practices, many construction workers each year sustain injuries, some of which are disabling. 

There are several prevalent types of construction accidents, including: 

Falls

Falls are among the most common construction accidents, and construction workers that must get on the roof of a building are at a significant safety risk. Unfortunately, the absence of fall protection is a common OSHA violation, often leading construction workers to work without a harness or other fall protection system. Along with a lack of fall protection equipment, dangerous ladders, faulty equipment, and precarious scaffolding equipment can lead to falls. Responsible third parties who don’t provide the required fall protection and adhere to other safety guidelines can be held liable for injuries from a fall on the construction site.  Continue reading “Most Common Types of Construction Accidents”

Is an Apartment Complex Liable for Swimming Pool Injuries?

In apartment complexes, swimming pools are a favorite amenity among residents. While swimming pools are a place for residents to relax on a hot day, they also present the risk of injury, especially if there’s negligence on the part of the complex owner. 

Many personal injury cases can arise from swimming pool mishaps. However, when the injury takes place at an apartment complex pool, who is held liable? Read on to learn about how you may be able to seek compensation for losses caused by a swimming pool injury.  Continue reading “Is an Apartment Complex Liable for Swimming Pool Injuries?”

The Difference Between Wrongful Death and Survival Actions in Florida

Wrongful DeathWrongful death and survival action claims are both legal claims that family members may make after a loved one’s death. However, these claims have distinct legal actions and several differences. Here, we’ll discuss each of these legal claims and how they differ in Florida. 

Wrongful Death

When the death of an individual directly results from another person’s actions, the family of the decedent may file a wrongful death claim. Under Florida law, family members can file a wrongful death claim if the decedent’s death was caused by another party’s wrongful act, negligence, breach of contract, or default.  Continue reading “The Difference Between Wrongful Death and Survival Actions in Florida”

Benefits of Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

Personal Injury LawyerPersonal injury cases involve physical and emotional damages caused by another party’s negligence, intentional wrongdoing, or strict liability. In a personal injury case, the plaintiff can receive compensation for the damages caused by the defendant. 

If you’ve undergone physical or emotional trauma as a result of another’s negligence or wrongdoing, hiring a personal injury lawyer is the best way to receive compensation for your losses. After suffering from a personal injury, there are several benefits of hiring a personal injury attorney, including:

Maximum Compensation For Your Claim

Personal injury lawyers have the knowledge to determine the maximum compensation that you can receive from your claim. By evaluating the injuries, losses, and pain resulting from the accident, as well as negotiating your settlement, a personal injury lawyer will ensure that you receive the highest possible compensation. Not hiring an attorney after an accident could lead to a settlement that’s far lower than what you deserve.  Continue reading “Benefits of Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer”

How to Assess Personal Injury Damages

personal injuryIn a personal injury case, it’s important to assess all of the damages so that you can receive the compensation that you’re entitled to. Each case is different, but there are strategies that you can implement to accurately assess the damages in your case.

Defining Damages in a Personal Injury Case

Damages in the legal realm are defined as losses, whether physical, mental, or emotional, incurred by the victim. The losses may have resulted from an injury to the victim, or the victim’s property, reputation, or mental health. The value of these losses is assessed to determine the total amount that the defendant is liable for in the personal injury case.  Continue reading “How to Assess Personal Injury Damages”

Important Steps to Take After Getting Hit By a Drunk Driver

Drunk driving is a deadly problem in the United States, with about 28 people in the U.S. die in drunk-driving accidents every day. Before you hit the road, being prepared for the possibility of a drunk-driving accident can ensure that you receive compensation for any damages incurred in an accident. The main steps that you should take after getting hit by a drunk driver include: Dial 911 The first step after getting hit by a drunk driver should always be to call the police. Getting the police on the scene will ensure that it’s properly documented. This documentation is essential for insurance claims and auto accident lawsuits, should you choose to file one. Record Information Recording information on your own at the scene of the accident will speed up the process of filing an insurance claim or building a lawsuit against the drunk driver. Note down the other driver’s insurance and contact information, along with the names of the police officers at the scene and the contact information for any witnesses of the crash. Get Medical Care Even if you feel perfectly healthy, go to a doctor for an examination as soon as possible after the crash. You’ll need to have documentation from a medical professional to file an insurance claim, as well as to claim damages from an injury incurred in the accident. Time is of the essence for medical care after an auto accident. The longer you wait to get checked out, the weaker your case for compensation will be. Speak To An Auto Accident Attorney An experienced auto accident attorney will help you get the compensation that you deserve after a drunk-driving crash. With a complete understanding of how these cases work, your attorney will be able to file the strongest possible case, ensuring that you’re compensated for all damages. The attorneys at Weldon & Rothman, P.A. have extensive experience in auto accident lawsuits and will help you build a strong case after getting hit by a drunk driver. Contact us today to schedule a free case review. Drunk driving is a deadly problem in the United States, with about 28 people in the U.S. die in drunk-driving accidents every day. Before you hit the road, being prepared for the possibility of a drunk-driving accident can ensure that you receive compensation for any damages incurred in an accident. 

The main steps that you should take after getting hit by a drunk driver include:

1. Dial 911

The first step after getting hit by a drunk driver should always be to call the police. Getting the police on the scene will ensure that it’s properly documented. This documentation is essential for insurance claims and auto accident lawsuits, should you choose to file one.  Continue reading “Important Steps to Take After Getting Hit By a Drunk Driver”

What is Uninsured Motorist Coverage and Why You Should Have It?

If you’re a Florida driver, uninsured motorist coverage is an essential form of auto insurance to obtain. Uninsured motorist coverage will help cover the cost of medical care and property damage resulting from a crash with an uninsured or underinsured driver. 

Let’s learn more about uninsured motorist coverage and why all drivers should have it. 

What is Uninsured Motorist Coverage?

Uninsured motorist coverage is a type of car insurance covering the repair cost for your vehicle or other property after an uninsured driver causes an accident. Also called “UM” coverage, you can use uninsured motorist coverage if the at-fault driver in an accident has no liability insurance or insufficient liability insurance.  

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Ways Gender Discrimination Affects Women In The Workplace

It’s against the law to discriminate against employees on the basis of sex. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlaws employment discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, and national origin. However, many cases of discrimination against women still occur in Florida and across the country. There are several ways in which gender discrimination affects women in the workplace, including:

Disparate Treatment

Disparate treatment based on gender occurs when employees are treated unfairly due to their sex. This may occur in the process of hiring or firing employees, in determining employees’ payments, or in giving promotions or benefits. 

Examples of disparate treatment based on sex include:

  • Passing over a female application in favor of equally-qualified male candidates solely because of her sex
  • Firing a female employee on the basis of gender
  • Granting a female employee less paid sick leave than male employees
  • Denying female employees benefits that are granted to male employees

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Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace

Unfortunately, pregnancy discrimination is among the many types of discrimination that can occur in the workplace. It’s illegal for employers to discriminate against pregnant employees or applicants, and victims of pregnancy discrimination have the right to take legal action. 

What is Pregnancy Discrimination?

Pregnancy discrimination occurs when an employer discriminates against an employee due to pregnancy or childbirth. Examples of pregnancy discrimination in the workplace include:

  • Firing or demoting an employee because of pregnancy
  • Refusing to make reasonable accommodations, such as granting time off, for pregnant employees
  • Restricting pregnant employees’ hours or forcing them to take time off
  • Refusing to hire an applicant based on  pregnancy
  • Giving different accommodation and treatment to pregnant employees than other employees that are temporarily disabled
  • Refusing to give a pregnant employee the same or a similar job when she comes back to work after maternity leave

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I Had an Accident in My Friend’s Car, Will Their Insurance Cover Me?

When you get into the driver’s seat of your friend’s car, you’re probably not thinking about the risk of getting into a crash. But, unfortunately, with over 400,000 traffic crashes in Florida occurring per year, it’s possible that you could wind up in an accident.

Getting into a car crash when you’re driving someone else’s car complicates matters, especially when it comes to insurance. Here, we’ll discuss what to expect after an accident in a friend’s car and how an experienced auto accident attorney may be able to help you through the process. 

Permissive Use

Some auto insurance policies include a permissive use provision. Permissive use means that the driver gives someone else (who’s not a household member or included by name in the policy) permission to operate their vehicle. 

Not all auto insurance policies offer coverage for permissive use. Additionally, some policies that do cover it don’t offer full coverage to permissive users. Higher deductibles may also apply if you file a permissive use auto insurance claim.

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