Workers' Compensation

If You’re Injured in the Workplace, A Bill in Legislature Could Harm You

When workers are injured on the job, the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance typically covers the medical bills and expenses. But a bill in the Florida legislature would reduce the fines on businesses penalized for not carrying sufficient workers’ compensation insurance. House Bill 271 bill is designed to loosen the penalties and fines imposed on employers that fail to get proper workers’ compensation insurance and to allow businesses that receive a stop-work order to resume operation more quickly. The legislation, if [...]

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Use of Google Glass While Driving In Question

Google Glass, the new wearable computing device, has been making news. Many people are looking forward to obtaining the head-mounted technology for making calls, searching the Web and more. However, safety advocates and some lawmakers are concerned about the device’s potential to cause auto accidents by distracting drivers who wear it behind the wheel. What is Google Glass? Google Glass is a new development in hands-free technology. It features glasses that hold a small display screen over the right eye. Users can take [...]

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A Father’s Lessons from a Lifetime in the Law

My father, George Eidson, Jr., had a passion for the law and for life.  The lessons he imparted about how to conduct oneself as a lawyer and obtain justice for clients are lifetime lessons that we carry forward with us. To anyone who worked with “Big G,” as he was affectionately known, or heard him deliver a closing argument, he was a captivating personality. He had a keen legal mind and a gift for turning a set of complicated legal facts [...]

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Legalization of Marijuana May Increase Traffic Fatalities

As more states are consider legalizing marijuana for medical or recreational use, we cannot ignore the issue of drugged driving.  The legalization of cannabis may come at a great cost to highway safety. Fatal car crashes involving drivers who have used marijuana have tripled in recent years in the United States. Researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health found that drivers who used marijuana are more than twice as likely as other drivers to be involved in a car accident.  [...]

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Testosterone Therapy Linked To Increased Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

Manufacturers of FDA-approved testosterone replacement products promise that they can help restore sexual desire and help eliminate excess body fat, fatigue and depression.  It’s no wonder testosterone prescriptions have tripled since 2001. But recent studies question the safety of the products and point to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke for men taking testosterone – particularly if they are over 65 or already have a heart condition.  Many doctors are writing testosterone prescriptions without checking to see if [...]

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Selfies: A Hot Trend Has Become The Latest Distracted Driving Hazard

Now that Florida has outlawed texting and driving, there’s a new menace on the road – the selfie. Selfies, or pictures of yourself that you snap with a cell phone camera and post on social media, have become the hot new thing.  Some people are taking the trend too far and posting selfies while driving.  This turns a cute fad into a risky and potentially deadly activity. Thousands of people have uploaded photos of themselves behind the wheel to Instagram using [...]

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Will a See-Through iPhone Prevent Distracted Walking Accidents?

Apple recently secured a patent for technology that may help curb distracted walking accidents – though the jury’s still out on how effective it will be for cell phone-obsessed pedestrians. Apple’s patent is for “transparent texting” technology that will allow people to see where they’re going as they send texts on their iPhones and avoid pedestrian accidents, according to a recent article on Mashable.com. The technology doesn’t involve a see-through phone.  Instead, Apple proposes to replace the background screen for the iPhone’s [...]

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Glow-in-the-Dark Roads Could Improve Safety and Energy Efficiency

A strip of roadway in the Netherlands has gotten a makeover that makes it feel like something out of a video game.  Instead of ordinary white or yellow lane lines, road markings glow in the dark, eliminating the need for streetlights. The project is the brainchild of designer Daan Roosegarde, who developed it in conjunction with Heijmans Infrastructure, a Dutch civil engineering firm. They think highways could be environments for people to interact with technology. For now, the concept has been applied [...]

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Take Steps to Keep Kids Safe Around Water

Swimming pool parties and days at the beach brighten the summer for many Florida families. But whether you are headed to the pool or the beach, it’s important to take steps to make sure your children stay safe when they are in or around water. Drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1-4, according to the Florida Department of Health. Florida leads the nation in drowning deaths for children 5 and under, Officials say that the number children who drown [...]

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Florida Bill Would Allow Sobriety Monitoring of DUI Offenders

Some drivers convicted of DUI in Florida would have to submit to a sobriety monitoring program under a measure recently passed by the Florida Legislature. The legislation may go a long way toward keeping drunk and drugged driversoff the roads. Currently, Florida judges can require repeat DUI offenders to install interlock devices in their cars. A driver must blow into the device before starting a car. If the device detects alcohol above a certain level in the driver’s breath, the car [...]

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