Lancaster & Eure Administrative Professionals were honored at a luncheon hosted by Sarasota County Bar Association at the Sarasota Yacht Club, which provided amazing views of Sarasota Bay and a perfect setting for the event. L&E recognizes and honors the important role of our staff members in assisting our clients and in meeting our clients’ needs and for this we are grateful.
Saturday was a perfect weather day for members of L&E to participate in the 2018 Southeastern Guide Dog Walkathon at Payne Park in Sarasota. This incredible organization enjoyed a great turnout. Lancaster & Eure is honored to support Southeastern Guide Dogs , as well be a part of this event in our community!
Cindy Hochstetler Position: File Clerk
Cindy joined Lancaster & Eure in January, 2007 and has been an essential member of the firm for over 11 years. She has been flexible in job assignments, ranging from her day-to-day position as file clerk to assisting with restocking supplies as well as helping with office maintenance assignments when needed. Cindy goes above and beyond to make certain her job gets done!
Cindy is recognized for her genuine sense of responsibility and commitment and we are grateful for her longstanding tenure here at Lancaster & Eure!
What do you like most about your job?
I like that the firm provides health insurance to its members which is a great relief with rising health care costs.
What motivates you to continue with your career at Lancaster & Eure?
The employee perks are great, as are the firm members.
What has been your major contribution to the firm this year in your job?
Spending extra time covering the file room until the firm brought in another file clerk.
What aspect of your position gives you the most personal satisfaction?
Doing a good job keeping the files in order so the attorneys and legal assistants can give their best for our clients.
Whom do you feel is the most influential person in your life past or present?
Past: My grandfather took the time to teach me about nature and our responsibility to take care of the earth we live on.
Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I like to write poems about my life. I call it “situation poetry” and have been doing this since I was a teenager. I write when I need to purge my thoughts. It is much cheaper than therapy and fun to read years later!
Under the current Worker’s Compensation law, F.S. 440.093(1), a mental injury such as depression or PTSD is not compensable unless it is accompanied by a physical injury that requires medical treatment. This means that for many first responders, such as police officers and firefighters, a traumatic event will not be covered if the only injury is psychological, regardless of how severe the psychological injury may be. Many first responders have suffered from depression, anxiety, and PTSD as a result of the experiences they have had on the job. In light of recent events, such as the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting, it has become evident that arriving upon a horrific emergency scene can cause debilitating psychological effects. However a new law has been proposed that would allow first responders to qualify for workers compensation coverage for mental and nervous injuries. 2018 SB 376, which amends the existing worker’s compensation law, would ensure that first responders who are psychologically traumatized due to an event occurring on the job can receive covered treatment and lost wage benefits, even if their injury does not include physical damage. The proposed law has been approved by both the Florida House and Senate, and now only awaits the signature of Governor Rick Scott. On March 7, 2018, Gov. Scott stated that he would sign the bill.