Construction Accident in Southeast Miami Leaves Two Workers Injured

Towards the end of last month, a construction accident in southeast Miami injured two workers who were on-site at the time. According to one local news report, the accident occurred at 200 SE 3rd Ave., right in downtown Miami. The accident took place all the way up on the 26th floor of the building. Evidently, an interior wall that was used to frame a larger cement wall fell atop two workers. At the time of the accident, the elevator in the building didn’t go up that high, so the rescue was difficult. However, rescue crews were able to use some of the construction equipment to lower the men down to one of the floors that had elevator access, and from there they were taken down in the elevator. One of the workers was seriou...

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Florida Ranked Worst State To Be Involved in an Accident

No one wants to be involved in a serious auto accident. However, according to a recent report, some states are better than others when it comes to the ability of accident victims to recover for their injuries from an at-fault driver and his or her insurance company. Unfortunately, Florida didn’t quite make the top of the list. In fact, Florida came in second-to-last. The report looked mostly at the required amount of insurance that all drivers must have to legally drive and compared that number to the percentage of compliant drivers. For example, in Florida motorists need to carry the following insurance coverage:
  • $10,000 in bodily injury per person;
  • $20,000 in bodily injury per accident; and
  • $10,000 in proper...

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Man Injured in Workplace Injury Recovers $5 Million in Settlement Offer

In December a Buffalo, New York man accepted a settlement offer for $5 million to compensate him for injuries he sustained in an accident that took place back in 2008 while at work on a construction site. According to one local news report, the man’s injuries were quite severe, including a punctured lung, eight herniated disks, and a torn rotator cuff. Evidently, the man’s case was almost dismissed after the defendants in the case—the general contractor and the property owner—made several arguments to the judge for early dismissal. First, the defendants argued that the man’s medical condition was not good at the time of the accident and that the injuries he claimed arose after the accident were preexisting...

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Florida State Football Player Involved in Hit-and-Run Accident

Earlier this year in October, a key Florida State football cornerback was involved in a serious hit-and-run accident. Despite the seriousness of the accident, and his fleeing the scene, he was let off the hook relatively easily by police. According to one news report by the New York Times, the accident occurred at 2:37 in the morning on a Sunday night. Evidently, the Florida State player drove his car into the path of an oncoming vehicle, causing the serious accident. Rather than stay at the scene and make sure that the other driver was all right, he decided to flee the scene with his two passengers. The cornerback eventually returned to the scene. When he did, police were present and conducti...

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Pharmaceutical Company May Face Trial Due to Addictiveness of Pain-Killer Drug

OxyContin is one of the best selling prescription pain medication on the market today. Due to the drug's extended release capabilities, it offers patients up to 12 hours of pain relief with just one pill. However, this same attribute makes it a favorite among those looking for a quick and easy high. In fact, so many people have become addicted to the drug that the State of Kentucky brought a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the drug, Purdue Pharmaceuticals. According to a report by Insurance Journal, the lawsuit was filed in a small, rural Kentucky courthouse where many of the residents have been, or know people who have been, addicted to the drug. The claim alleges that the manufacturer misled doctors and pharmacists into believing that the drug was a less...

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Debate Continues over Cell Phone Use While Driving in Florida and Nationwide

Just when it seemed like everyone was on the same page and had agreed that using a cell phone while driving was an unsafe and bad idea, a study was released arguing that driving while on the phone may not be as dangerous as once thought. More specifically, the study suggests that cell-phone bans are not as effective as they were once thought to be. According to a report by Extreme Tech, a recent study looked at accident rates before and after a California cell-phone ban went into effect. The results may be surprising to some: “We find no evidence that the ban on hand-held cell phone use led to a reduction in traffic accidents.” The study, of course, has its opposition. In fact, one study released by the ...

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Are You a Victim of Personal Injury?

Have you recently been hurt on the job? Has your home been destroyed because of a robbery or accident? If so, then you may be eligible to receive a lump sum of cash for your losses. Personal injury is a sector of the law that protects citizens and workers who have been hurt because of another party’s negligence. Cecere Santana is a firm that represents such people. If you are unsure of where you stand in such a case, you can complete a short form for an immediate case evaluation. If there is any chance that you may win the case, then this trustworthy law firm will stand by your side.

Workers’ compensation is an insurance policy that was designed to protect injured w...

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Save money on auto insurance

To save money on auto insurance cost may seem impossible. Actually, there are several ways in which you can reduce your auto insurance payment, without sacrificing your coverage.

First, multiple car discounts are offered when a family insures all their vehicles with the same company. Also, if the family decides to purchase additional insurances, such as homeowner’s or life insurance, premiums may be reduced as well.

Consider buying the right amount of insurance. Auto insurance is designed to protect you in cases of major losses, a big accident or the theft of your car, for example. Having a higher deductible, or paying for minor losses yourself, could save you a lot of money in the long-run.

If there are teenage drivers in the home, certain insurance companies offer reduced premiums associated with good grades in school. Contact your insurance agent if your child ...

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The Dangers of Whiplash – South Florida Personal Injury Law Firm

In today’s society the word “whiplash” has the misnomer of people associating the term with minor neck ache. This is far from the truth.

A whiplash injury to the neck, also known as a person’s cervical spine, results from a sudden jolt or movement, and therefore this type of injury is common in rear-end automobile collisions.  As a person is rear-ended in a car accident, their head snaps back towards the impact initially, then forward towards the front of the car, in a violent jerking motion.

As the person’s head is violently propelled back and forth, injuries can occur to different areas of the cervical spine. These injuries can include bone fractures, and injuries to the cervical disks, ligaments, muscles and nerve roots of the spine.

Symptoms from whiplash injuries include neck pain, stiffness, headaches, dizziness, a burning and/or tingling sensation in the ne...

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Good Samaritans Help Find Hit and Run Suspects in Broward

Source: Robert Duyos / Sun Sentinel

This past month in Broward County, there have been three cases in which good Samaritans have helped police find hit and run suspects.  David Chirla, a 17-year-old junior at Nova High, witnessed a crash in Davie, and immediately decided to make a U-turn to follow the hit and run driver. The chase ended at the suspect’s home, where Chirla parked his car behind the suspect’s to block him in until police arrived. The crash’s victim suffered minor injuries to her face and arm, and was taken to Memorial Hospital Pembroke. In another case, Carmen Gonzalez was watching when a driver struck a bicyclist near Fort Lauderd...

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