This past weekend, partner Rosemary Eure was inducted into the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers. The College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers is a national organization established to honor those attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the field of Workers' Compensation. Members have been nominated for the outstanding traits they developed in their practice of twenty years, or longer, representing plaintiffs, defendants, serving as judges, or acting for the benefit of all in education, overseeing agencies, and developing legislation.
Ms. Eure has worked throughout her career to advocate for injured workers in the State of Florida. Through her practice of over 20 years representing injured workers, Ms. Eure has shown the dedication and determination required to effectively represent those who have been injured at work.
In addition to over 20 years of representing injured workers, Ms. Eure has gone above and beyond to fight for the rights of injured workers in the State of Florida. As a Board member of Florida Workers' Advocates (a Florida organization for attorneys who represent injured workers), a member of the Florida Bar Rules Committee, and her many years of lobbying the Florida legislature on behalf of injured workers, Ms. Eure has shown her dedication to helping those who have been injured at work in Florida.
The College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers- http://www.cwclawyers.org/
This week marks the 104th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, one of the darkest moments of America’s industrial history. On that day, extremely dangerous work conditions started a fire at a garment factory in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. Within 20 minutes, 146 people were dead -almost all of them young immigrant women. America reacted with justified outrage, and that outrage became a turning point in the history of the U.S. and global labor movements. In the following decades, many of the Workers’ Compensation laws we now see as obvious and logical were put into place to protect those who truly needed it. However, 104 years later, it has become clear that too many individuals in this country have forgotten the very painful lessons of that day. All one has to do is look to the Workers’ Compensation system in Florida to see those lessons from the Triangle fire increasingly overshadowed by many factors, namely special interest groups lobbying Florida’s legislature. These special interest groups have been working for years to make sure the Workers’ Compensation law in Florida is crafted to benefit the insurance carriers at the expense of injured workers. Although these groups have the power and resources to influence those in the legislature, individuals in our firm are continually working to make sure the voices of injured workers are not silenced by those special interest groups. The attorneys in our firm have dedicated their time and expertise to lobby on behalf of injured workers in order to ensure those in the legislature know the true effect of these laws, and the plight of those injured on the job.
The effects of those lobbying efforts by the special interest groups are extremely tangible. Florida is one of the worst states to be injured on the job. As noted in this article describing problems facing injured workers, Florida restricts an injured worker's ability to choose his own doctor, encourages insurance carriers to blame a pre-existing condition to avoid paying for work place injuries, and arbitrarily limits reduced wages paid to an injured worker to 104 weeks even if that worker hasn't recovered from his/her injuries.
Our firm has not forgotten the lessons learned from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. That is why we devote our practice to protecting the rights of those who have been injured on the job.
A recent study has found drivers with passengers were almost 60% more likely to have a crash resulting in hospitalization than those who hit the open road alone. The study, conducted by Suzanne McEvoy, of the George Institute for International Health, found crashes more than doubled with two or more passengers.
In the study, over 30% of drivers listed at least one distracting activity at the time of the crash, and driver distraction was reported to have contributed to 13.6% of all crashes. The major distracting activities were talking with passengers, lack of concentration, and outside factors.
However, the study also found the danger associated with the presence of passengers is still not as dangerous as talking on a cell-phone while driving.