Lancaster & Eure Celebrates
1 Year of Going Green!
A little over a year ago, Lancaster & Eure proudly implemented a recycling initiative for our offices. The average office worker uses a staggering 10,000 sheets of copy paper every year. We at Lancaster & Eure wanted to do our part in making our world a greener and cleaner place. By recycling, we have cut down on the amount of waste that eventually ends up in local landfills.
Each staff member has a personal recycling bin at their desk to make sure all that can be recycled, will. Every Wednesday all of the paper in the personal bins are combined and taken to the street for pick-up.
Additionally, we have a shredding service come to our office every month to shred the large amount of confidential documents that we, as a law firm deal, with on a daily basis. After these documents are properly shredded, we make sure that all of that paper is also recycled, further reducing our contributions to the ever growing local landfills.
The impact of such a simple and minute change in office culture is astounding. We at Lancaster & Eure wish to continue our endeavor to keep our world healthy for future generations and hope that you will do the same.
The First Amendment Foundation is challenging the proposed workers' compensation rate hike of nearly 20% due to the lack of oversight on the process and the failure to abide by Florida's open government laws. The Foundation is challenging the 20% increase because the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) developed its proposal of the rate hike in secret violating Florida's open government laws. In fact, NCCI has even denied a public records request for information supporting the hike.
The Foundation has asked the Office of Insurance Regulation to deny the proposed rate increase and require NCCI to start the process over but this time forcing NCCI to follow Florida's open government laws.
Requiring NCCI to abide by the open government laws is the only way to make sure that this proposed increase of nearly 20% in workers' compensation premiums for employers is legitimate and based on actual data as opposed to emotional over-reactions lacking any type of support for the increase.
Florida's workers' compensation laws have long benefitted employers at the expense of employees. But with the recent decisions by Florida's Supreme Court the scales are rightfully being tipped back in the direction of the injured worker. The insurance carriers should not be allowed to propose such a large increase in rates by simply pointing to the recent Supreme Court decisions, without providing the necessary information to support their claims.
This past weekend, several members of the Lancaster & Eure family joined the Sarasota/Manatee Chapter of the Association of Legal Administration to assist in the Coastal Cleanup at Bayfront Park. The clean-up was part of Sarasota's continuing program of Keep Sarasota County Beautiful, an affiliate of the Keep America Beautiful Campaign.
Employer fraud in Florida's workers' compensation system is once again back in the news with a recent bust of 5 contractors in Southwest Florida. As we have discussed before, organizations affiliated with insurance companies try to blame increasing costs in the workers' compensation system on injured workers supposedly committing fraud to obtain benefits. But based on recent arrests across Florida, the guilty parties are typically employers.
This is especially true when it comes to employers in the construction industry. Failing to properly report employees to their insurance carrier, or failing to obtain the legally required insurance coverage, allows contractors to submit bids for projects at a much lower price than their competitors. This leads to cost savings for the general contractor or head of the project, but those savings come at the expense of the injured worker.
However, even if you are in the unfortunate situation of having an injury at work for an employer without the legally required insurance coverage, there are options available to obtain the benefits that you truly deserve. If you, or your loved one, has suffered a work-related injury, call the experienced attorneys at Lancaster & Eure for your free consultation (941) 365-7575, or feel free to contact us online
As we all take time to reflect on the tragic events that occurred on that fateful Tuesday morning 15 years ago, we must make sure to remember those continue to suffer to this day. The ones who answered the call of duty following those tragic crashes, whether it be first responders or those working in the rubble for the weeks and months following the attacks, continue to be (deservedly) seen as heroes in the eyes of the American public. Unfortunately for some, the programs designed to assist those in their time of need don’t share the same view of the American public. Rather, those who sacrificed their health and safety to help the victims or families of victims affected by the tragedy are now the ones in need of help.
During the time of remembrance on the 15th anniversary of September 11th this weekend, make sure to take time to offer support to those who truly need it. Support, thanks, and praise should be offered to all of those who were brave enough to answer the call in our Country’s time of need, especially to those who continue to suffer today and need it now more than ever.
Most car accidents by themselves are traumatic enough to affect even the strongest individuals. But when accidents are caused by hitting an animal, the traumatic effect is increased substantially. The majority of injuries that occur in accidents caused by animals are caused not by hitting the animal themselves but when the driver tries to avoid the collision.
Recently, our local area has experienced some severe weather, which we have the pleasure of continuing to experience with (now) Hurricane Hermine. As most Floridians know, weather changes can affect everything from your outfit for that day to your driving habits on the road. As one local Bradenton woman recently discovered, those changes can affect the routines of our local wildlife as well. While it is very unlikely you are going to have the pleasure of seeing an alligator swim past you in rush hour traffic, it pays to be aware of your rights should you ever have an accident caused by any animal.
Depending on where the accident occurred and what type of animal was involved you may be covered under your own car insurance and another individual may be liable for the accident and the damages resulting from it. If you are involved with an animal related car accident your first step should always be to contact emergency services. It is always a good idea to have a police report completed because you may be required to provide that type of evidence of the accident to collect any benefits you are due.
If you have been involved in any type of car accident, contact our office today and speak to one of our seasoned attorneys about what benefits you may be entitled to. Please call our office at (941) 365-7575 or visit our Contact Us page.