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13 injured in U-turn crash

A personal injury can change your life from the moment it occurs. The trauma of the injury, combined with everything you have to go through to get medical help and care, can devastate you.

If you do get hurt, you need to know who can be held responsible. In many cases, it's a bus driver, the driver of a vehicle who was distracted or others who are responsible for a collision. As a victim, you have the right to seek compensation from them.

Vets with PTSD may qualify for SSDI

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a complex mental health condition that occurs after someone has experienced or witnessed a shocking or terrifying event. For example, many who experience the symptoms of PTSD have been in motor vehicle accidents or have been the victims of a violent crime. They often find the condition debilitating.

If you are a veteran of the U.S. military who has experienced the trauma of war, PTSD may be part of your life. It can affect your relationships with your family and friends as well as interfere with your ability to work to earn a living. You may already receive benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, but did you know that you may also qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance?

Workers' compensation rates to decrease in 2019

All employers in Florida must have workers' compensation insurance. This is the form of insurance that protects workers in the case of an injury.

What is interesting is that a recent report described the reduction in workers' compensation rates. Workers' compensation can be expensive for employers, so having a fair rate is vital to keeping employees safe by guaranteeing that employers can afford it.

What can you do if you’re denied workers’ compensation?

Even if you have suffered an on-the-job injury, it doesn't necessarily mean you'll immediately receive workers' compensation benefits. In fact, even if you're due benefits, something could get in the way that slows you down.

Here are some steps to take if you're denied workers' compensation:

  • Contact the insurance company: Do so with the idea of finding out the reason for the denial and if there is anything you can quickly do to make things right (such as providing a missing document).
  • Ask the insurance company to revisit the denial: For example, if you share more documentation regarding the accident and your injuries, the insurance company may take a second look at your claim.
  • File a formal appeal: If a discussion with your insurance company goes nowhere, it's time to file a formal appeal. The process should be outlined in your denial letter.
  • Collect evidence: Provide as much information as possible to back up your claim. Anything you share has the potential of working in your favor, thus allowing you to receive workers' compensation benefits in the future.

How to respond to aggressive driving

Even if you're a courteous driver, there's always a chance you could run into someone who is overly aggressive on the road. If this happens, you have one goal in mind: to remove yourself from the situation as quickly and as safely as possible

If an aggressive driver confronts you, here are five things you can do:

  • Don't respond to their actions. Doing so will only make things worse, so keep your eyes on the road and attempt to distance yourself.
  • Don't make eye contact. This goes along with responding to their actions. Making eye contact can lead to more aggression, so do whatever it takes to avoid this.
  • Move out of the way. It may not be what you want to do, but moving out of the way so the person can get past your vehicle can bring an end to the situation.
  • Never get out of your vehicle. In the most serious of situations, a person may get out of their vehicle to confront you. Don't get out. Instead, stay where you are and call 911. If you can safely drive away, do so.
  • Be forgiving. Don't assume that a person is acting aggressively for no reason. It doesn't make it right, but maybe they're having a bad day or need to get somewhere in a hurry.

Tips for driving safely in a traffic jam

You never know when you'll drive your vehicle into a traffic jam. Even if you try to avoid this, there are times when you have no choice.

As frustrating as it may be to drive in heavy traffic, you don't want to do anything that will increase the odds of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.

How will you prevent these causes of ladder accidents?

If you regularly find yourself using a ladder at your place of employment, such as to clean windows or paint, there are special safety tips you must follow to avoid a serious accident.

Falling from a ladder to the ground below, even from a short distance, can result in serious injury or even death.

What can you expect from your boss if you get hurt at work?

Receiving an injury on the job can leave you feeling overwhelmed and confused, especially when your employer is not cooperative or supportive. There are certain things your employer is under obligation to do regarding workers' compensation, and it is in your interests to understand what to expect from your boss. As a Florida worker, you may also find benefit in knowing what you should do after an accident. 

The intent of workers' compensation benefits is to protect the interests of employees who experience injuries in a work-related accident or become ill due to an occupational illness. Your employer cannot prevent you from seeking your rightful benefits or keep you from getting the recovery you deserve. When you know what to expect, you will be able to better protect your rights.

These highway driving tips can keep you safe

Driving on the highway is a way of life for many people, as it's often the fastest and most efficient way to get from point A to point B.

If you spend any amount of time on the highway, there are tips you must follow to maintain a high level of safety.

  • Watch your speedometer: It's easy to speed on the highway, but doing so increases the chance of an accident. Know the speed limit and obey it at all times.
  • Don't follow too closely: The closer you get to the vehicle in front of yours the less time you have to stop in the event of an emergency.
  • Share the road: You're not the only person on the highway, so you need to take other drivers into consideration. This is particularly true of large trucks that need a bit more space to operate safely.
  • Stay in the right lane: The left lane is for passing, so stay in the right lane unless you need to move around a vehicle.
  • Stay focused: It's easy to lose your focus when driving on the highway, such as by reading a text message or adjusting the radio.

Why is drowsy driving such a big deal?

If you don't understand the risks of drowsy driving, there's a better chance that you'll fall asleep at the wheel. Not only does this put you at risk of an accident and subsequent injuries, but it does the same to other people on the road.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowsy driving was responsible for approximately 72,000 accidents in 2013 alone.