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Construction worker killed in crash in Osceola County

When there are construction teams on or near the roads, it's important for drivers to be aware, to slow down and to follow directions. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen.

When drivers don't pay attention, speed through a work zone or ignore traffic controllers, they could cause collisions. Those crashes could be fatal, like in this case.

What are the 4 phases of the Ticket to Work program?

When you have been living with a disability, one of the things that you may look forward to in the future is returning to work. That can be a tough job, though, because you may return to work and find that you don't have the strength or ability to complete the job every day.

Many people don't attempt to return to work, because they're worried about what will happen if they cannot keep working. They worry about losing their Social Security Disability benefits and having to struggle to reapply.

Did your workers' compensation come back denied?

A work accident can bring a significant amount of stress and complication to your life. This type of incident is more than just an inconvenience for you and your family. It can also represent the potential for significant financial loss as you will have to take time off work to recover, and you may also be accumulating medical bills as you seek necessary treatment. It's critical to secure workers' compensation benefits, and it can be devastating if your claim came back denied. 

Thankfully, there is still hope. Complications with the insurance company are common in workers' compensation cases, and there is an appeals process. One of the first steps is to determine why your claim came back denied. This will allow you to correct errors, gather additional documentation and take other steps that will help you in the appeals process. The denial letter you received from the insurance company should include a reason why the insurance company did not approve your claim.

3 arrested, 2 hospitalized after police chase ends in collision

When someone commits a crime and decides to flee from the police, they put themselves and all others around them in harm's way. That's unfortunately what happened in this case that went from Tampa to Central Florida as the police chased suspects in a car burglary case.

According to the report from Oct. 7, the Tampa Police Department had been notified of six different car burglaries within a mile of each other. Shortly thereafter, more calls came in to report burglaries again.

Chicken plants draw attention as hazardous workplaces

There are chicken plants in Orlando and the surrounding area, and if you work in one, you deserve to know that it can be a dangerous place to be. Did you know that chicken plants are actually more dangerous than coal mines? It's surprising, but it's true.

Working in a chicken plant takes strength and stamina. Workers who participate in animal slaughter and production face high rates of injury, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In fact, their rate of injury is higher than the construction industry or coal mining industry.

If you fall ill, you may qualify for Social Security Disability

If you fall ill or are injured and can no longer work, one thing that could help you is Social Security Disability. Social Security Disability benefits do require that you provide extensive documentation of your illness or injury. That can make it hard to qualify. Fortunately, there are specific steps that you can follow for the best possible outcome when you make a claim.

An attorney can help you understand the application process. Remember, you may qualify for Social Security Disability if you:

  • Have a disabling condition that is expected to last for at least a year or end in death
  • Are not able to work or engage in "substantial gainful activity"
  • Cannot do any other job that you're qualified for due to the injury or illness

Even a short fall can lead to a serious brain injury

You probably know that you can suffer a head injury if you fall, but did you realize that a fall on the same level can be just as dangerous as a fall from a height? If you fall because of tripping or slipping, you could injure yourself just as badly as if you fell from a tree, platform or even down the stairs.

Traumatic brain injuries can happen if you hit any part of the skull on a sidewalk, curb, table or other structure even though the skull is strong. That's why it's so important for people to understand the signs of serious head trauma and to seek emergency care if they have symptoms. The physical symptoms of a moderate to severe brain injury include:

  • Losing consciousness
  • A persistent headache that continues to worsen
  • Seizures
  • Convulsions
  • Trouble waking from sleep
  • Poor coordination or a loss of coordination
  • Weakness or numbness
  • Unusual dilation of one or both eyes
  • Clear fluids draining from the ears or nose
  • Slurred speech
  • Extreme confusion

Workers' compensation rates to drop in Florida in 2021

News that workers' compensation rates may go down for employers may not seem important for workers, but the reality is that this is an excellent sign. It could mean that there are fewer claims being made and that Florida is becoming a safer place for workers.

When insurance providers lower the cost of insurance, it's not out of the goodness of their hearts. It's because they know that there is not as much risk involved in providing that coverage.

Are most car accidents preventable?

A car accident can change your life instantly. One moment you may be driving down the road, and the next moment, you may find yourself with serious injuries, medical bills, property damage and other complications. It is not always easy to identify why an accident happened or what factors may have played a role in what happened to you. These are often complicated events that may involve multiple parties.

Many accidents are the result of simple human error and preventable mistakes. Every driver is responsible for choices he or she makes behind the wheel, so if someone else caused you harm, it could be grounds to pursue legal action. While a lawsuit will not undo the damage you experienced, it can be helpful to recoup your losses and secure damages for non-economic losses you had to deal with after your accident.

Thousands die waiting for Social Security Disability decisions

People who file for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are unable to work to earn money, so they seek the benefits from a program that they paid in to while they did work. Sadly, some applicants never see a penny of that money because they pass away while they're facing the appeal process.

From 2014 through 2019, approximately 110,000 Americans passed away before they got a decision regarding their appeal. These individuals never got the benefits that they were waiting for and there's a good chance that they were suffering from financial hardships without any source of income.