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How do you recognize heat exhaustion?

Florida is a great place to live, and it's a better place to work. There's always something to be done, and with major corporations such as Walt Disney and Universal Studios in the area, there is no lack of opportunity.

Still, even at the happiest places on Earth, it's possible to suffer serious injuries that require you to file for workers' compensation. One of the issues people run into in Florida is heat exhaustion, which is something you must be extremely cautious of even throughout the winter.

Can you obtain your ex's Social Security benefits?

If you got a divorce earlier in life but now have reached retirement, one of your questions may be if you can ask for your ex-spouse's Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

While you might have been entitled to spousal benefits in the past, the truth is that you probably aren't entitled to them now. Once you become an "ex" spouse, you are usually no longer entitled to disability benefits. However, if you were married 10 years or longer and haven't remarried, then you can seek survivor benefits based on your ex-husband's work history and retirement benefit.

Economic and noneconomic damages are important for victims

Personal injuries are a big deal to most people. While a simple broken bone in your wrist might not be life-changing, problems like a fractured skull are much more serious. Regardless of the situation, if you have an injury that affects your daily life, it's going to impact you.

When your injuries are caused by others, you can sue or file a claim against them. There is a statute of limitations in Florida that limits how long you can take to file a claim. In Florida, that limitation is four years, as of Jan. 14, 2019.

How does PTSD affect a person's ability to work?

When a person experiences a traumatic event, it can have a lasting effect on that individual's life. While physical injuries and scarring can last for a long time, the emotional and mental effects can as well. In fact, a person can heal physically while struggling with the underlying impact of the traumatic event for the rest of his or her life.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a type of mental disorder that some people experience after going through a significantly stressful, frightening or traumatic event. Every person is different, and some people who have PTSD find that it affects virtually every area of their lives, including their ability to work. If you have PTSD, you may appear to be healthy, but in reality, you may be unable to hold gainful employment.

Make sure you get all the benefits of workers' compensation

If you're hurt on the job, it's a wise choice to look into all the possible benefits you could receive. Workers' compensation covers several types of benefits so that you can recover while receiving compensation and support.

Not everyone realizes how many services and benefits are provided by workers' compensation. Some of them include:

  • Temporary total disability
  • Indemnity benefits
  • Impairment benefits
  • Medical treatment
  • Reemployment services

Get your appeal heard for Social Security Disability

As someone who has applied for disability benefits and been denied, you're in a difficult position and long waiting game. With the current government shutdown, you are fortunate that your paperwork is already processed since you can appeal and have your appeal heard. If you hadn't yet applied, you'd have to wait for the government to reopen.

When you apply for Social Security Disability (SSD), there is always the chance of being rejected the first time. This is fairly common, in reality, and it's something that isn't always preventable. If you have been denied, you need to plan well for your appeal.

What is the full impact of car crashes in the United States?

Personal injuries can result from many different situations, but one of the most common is the car crash. A car crash can lead to head injuries, neck or back injuries and other wounds that require time to heal. Some people suffer injuries that are so serious that they may never be the same.

Did you know that approximately 1 million people end up in hospitals around the country annually as a result of being involved in car crashes? It's safe to say that car crashes are not uncommon, and they do have the potential to change millions of lives.

Workers' compensation rates decrease, businesses to comply

With the new year beginning, there are changes being made to Florida's laws regarding workers' compensation. Insurance rates for workers' compensation influence how businesses protect their employees. When costs are high, businesses might try to avoid buying into worker's compensation, even though that's illegal.

The good news is that workers' compensation rates are dropping in 2019, which means that businesses are more likely to comply with the requirement to maintain workers' compensation insurance. In 2019, there will be a 13.8 percent decrease in rates, making it more affordable for businesses all around.

Will a boom in construction lead to more job site injuries?

Construction is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. As Florida readers may know, construction is a job that can be relatively risky, and job site safety should be a primary concern for every construction company, site manager and employer. This may become even more important as construction continues to grow. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a rapid increase in construction over the next 10 years or so. With approximately 150,400 new construction-related jobs coming between now and 2026, that may mean there are more inexperienced individuals on job sites. Safety campaigns and training initiatives may also increase if Congress passes an infrastructure bill.

Government shutdown begins to affect those waiting for disability

With a government shutdown in place, a major question people have is how it will affect Social Security Disability (SSD). Right now, the government shutdown affects around 25 percent of the government.

The best news so far is that the payments made to those with Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security will not stop. A partial shutdown doesn't affect those programs, since they are part of the government's mandatory spending.