Fatal Car Crashes and Family Members Left Behind
According to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles, there are more than 200,000 car crashes every year in Florida. Florida has over sixteen million drivers which means millions of tickets are written each year. However, every traffic safety measure taken cannot change the fact that fatal car crashes happen. These car crashes result in around 3,000 deaths each year. Two crashes resulting in fatalities occurred in Sarasota this week. The first occurred on University Parkway, on Monday, and the second happened on Fruitville on Tuesday. As a result of these two crashes, four people are dead.
When a loved one passes unexpectedly, it can take some time for the initial shock to subside. When dealing with grief, often level-headedness and attention to mundane details takes a back seat to the emotions and feelings with which family members grapple. Every person deals with grief differently, and for some, holding the responsible party accountable can offer much relief. While it is impossible to bring the lost loved one back, it is possible to punish the negligence which caused his or her death. Justice can be served through the civil courts by seeking damages from the party responsible for the fatal crash.
There are necessary steps to take, after a loved one is taken from your family in a fatal car crash, to preserve your rights. First, finding out how long you have before you can no longer bring a case against the responsible party (or, the statute of limitations), is important so you know how much time you have to make a decision about pursuing a wrongful death case. Second, it becomes much more important to make timely, informed decisions during this difficult period.
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is an especially difficult matter. If your loved one has been the victim of a fatal crash, let the seasoned attorneys at Lancaster & Eure fight on your behalf to recover the damages your family deserves. Call us for a free consultation (941) 365-7575, or feel free to contact us online.
Restrictions Placed on Opioids Open Doors to Alternative Medicine
The abuse of and overdose on prescribed (and sometimes not prescribed) opioids is a growing epidemic throughout the country. New guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were released March 15, 2016, which recommend trying over-the-counter pain relief to treat pain before prescribing any kind of pain medication, as well as only prescribing opioids for three days for short-term pain. The New York Times published an article detailing the effects of these guidelines, and discussing the concerns about the effects of these guidelines upon terminally ill patients.
With opioids becoming a less desirable means of treating pain, the doors to pain management techniques have been flung open, and alternative medicine is finding a place for itself in mainstream healthcare. This article, from Business Insurance, explores options such as yoga, dietary supplements, deep-breathing exercises, and acupuncture as viable options, not only for pain management, but also for healing and recovery from injuries treated within the workers’ compensation system.
Medical providers within the workers’ compensation system focus on traditional medicine rather than alternative medicine for a number of reasons. The primary concern regarding alternative medicine and treatment with alternative medicine is the lack of statistics proving its effectiveness upon patients with both short-term, long-term, and chronic pain. Because alternative medicine does not readily lend itself to traditional methods of research, there are few studies conducted to gather and analyze data about the success rate of alternative medicine. Thus, it becomes difficult for medical providers who have statistics about the success rate of surgery or physical therapy to deviate from their inclination to stick with “what works,” or, at least what has been proven to work in the past.
Navigating the workers’ compensation system can be an overwhelming and daunting task. Let the experienced attorneys at Lancaster & Eure help you through this difficult time. Each attorney gives every client unique and personal attention. Call us for a free consultation (941) 365-7575, or, feel free to contact us online.
Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Auto Insurance Benefits
After being involved in a motor vehicle accident (car, motorcycle, truck, etc.), people are often confused about who should pay the medical bills. In Florida, the law requires every owner/driver of a motor vehicle (motorcycles are excluded) to carry $10,000.00 of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance coverage. PIP is sometimes also called, “no-fault” coverage. PIP covers you, even if you were at fault. Following an accident, PIP benefits are paid by your own insurance company, regardless of who was involved in the accident. Unfortunately, PIP does not pay one hundred percent (100%) of your medical bills and lost wages. PIP only pays eighty percent (80%) of your medical bills and sixty percent (60%) of your lost wages, up to $10,000.
Often, Personal Injury Protection insurance coverage can reimburse you, up to eighty percent (80%), for the mileage of your travel to and from your appointments with various medical providers. PIP also reimburses for prescriptions, as part of their coverage, but only if you have an itemized statement detailing the name of the medication, the prescribing physician, and the amount you paid. Often, your insurance carrier will pay these medical bills (and the other expenses discussed in this post), regardless of liability. Most people are unaware they only have fourteen (14) days to seek medical treatment after an accident, for injuries sustained in that accident, before they lose their $10,000.00 PIP coverage.
Having an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer to help protect your rights is important. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, in order to better understand and protect your rights, contact the seasoned attorneys at Lancaster and Eure, who will fight aggressively to make sure you receive the benefits you deserve. Each attorney gives every client unique and personal attention. Call us for a free consultation (941) 365-7575, or, feel free to contact us online.
Jonathan Schwabish, of The Urban Institute, put together an article called, “11 Charts about the Social Security Disability Insurance Program.” Each of these charts break down the numbers to show the amount of people currently receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and trends in the characteristics of those receiving Social Security Disability benefits.
The charts included in the article show some revealing statistics about Social Security Disability and those who receive disability benefits:
• In 2013, there were approximately nine million disabled workers on Social Security Disability, nearly SIX TIMES the one-and-one-half million who received benefits in 1970.
• The percentage of people awarded disability within a year has remained flat since 199, despite the increase in the amount of applications, most notably during the latest recession.
• The older you are, the greater your chances for being awarded Social Security Disability: the average age of SSDI beneficiaries is 53.5 years for men and 53.4 years for women.
• Women tend to receive a less benefits than men. More than half of women on Disability received benefits under $1,000 per month, while only about one-third of the total men on Disability received benefits that low.
• People who receive Disability tend to have a much lower average family income than non-beneficiaries. In 2010, almost half of people on disability (younger than forty-nine years old) were in the lowest income group.
• Southern states have a higher percentage of residents on Disability than other states.
• The majority of people on Disability report either mental disorders (Ex. autism) or muscle/bone disorders (Ex. carpal tunnel syndrome).
• Once approved, few actually leave: the number of individuals removed from Disability declined by about forty-four percent from 1970 to 2003; but that trend is shifting. In 2014, the number of people removed from Disability increased by about fifteen percent.
• The number of Disability applications has increased over time, and typically follows the path of the economy. The worse the economy, the greater the number of Disability applications. The amount of applications for Disability typically grows in times of high unemployment. The more the economy improves, the more the number of people applying for Disability will fall.
Navigating the Social Security Disability system, a system where nearly half of all applicants are denied, can be a frightening and overwhelming task. If you are unable to work due to medical or psychological conditions, let the seasoned attorneys at Lancaster & Eure fight on your behalf to get you the benefits you deserve. Each attorney gives every client the unique and personal attention they deserve. Call us for a free consultation (941) 365-7575, or feel free to contact us online.
Fraudulent Employer Behavior
When the economy grows, more service and construction jobs become available, but that does not mean employers will look out for their employees during good economic times. Instead, many employers, even while making large profits, further increase profits by committing workers' compensation fraud by underpaying workers' compensation insurance premiums or by refusing to pay workers' compensation benefits to injured workers. This article shows an example of contractors in the greater Nashville area who actually failed to provide workers' compensation coverage for their workers by falsifying payroll records.
Unfortunately, this kind of employer behavior is widespread around the country. Even when the economy is thriving, many employers realize they can increase profits by underpaying wages and refusing to pay overtime. Often, employees are not even aware their rights are being violated by their employers. Also, after a workers' compensation accident occurs, many employers and insurance companies will actively fight against workers who make valid claims through the appropriate avenues within the workers’ compensation insurance system.
Work accidents create serious financial hardship for injured workers. Navigating the workers’ compensation system is tricky, and often overwhelming.
Having an experienced and knowledgeable advocate to help you protect your rights often makes all the difference for an injured worker.
If you have been involved in a workplace accident , in order to better understand and protect your rights, contact the seasoned attorneys at Lancaster and Eure, who will aggressively fight to make sure you receive the benefits you deserve. Each attorney gives every client unique and personal attention. Call us for a free consultation (941) 365-7575, or feel free to contact us online.