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You deserve fair compensation if you're hit by a negligent driver

When you're driving, it's important for you to pay attention to what you're doing. That's why you focus 100% on the road.

You didn't expect a teen to come flying back out of a driveway or to pull into the lane without looking. You didn't have the opportunity to speed up, slow down or get out of the way. Instead, you ended up with a driver who backed straight into your passenger door and pushed your vehicle into oncoming traffic.

If you have an amputation, you could qualify for disability

You were at work when the worst possible scenario happened. You were working on repairing a sharp piece of machinery, and the person on the other end turned it on. You thought you had turned off the power, but you must have hit the wrong fuse.

Today, you have an amputation as a result of the injuries you suffered. You have a lot of nerve pain and dysfunction as a result of the injury, and it has been a long road toward recovery. You're hoping that you can seek Social Security Disability (SSD), but will you be able to?

Distracted driving -- it's about more than your phone

Focusing on just one thing at a time might feel impossible in today's world, but there is one task that always deserves your undivided attention -- driving. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, which means that drivers should always be aware of what is going on around them and be prepared to react in a timely manner. But with more and more Florida drivers absorbed in their smartphones, distracted driving accidents are almost impossible to avoid.

Of course, distracted driving was around long before smartphones came about, but they have not helped the situation. In fact, a 2020 study from The Zebra found that nearly 29% of people say that the distracted driving behavior they engage in the most is texting behind the wheel. This does not even include things like taking pictures or videos or video chatting.

What are the options for chronic carpal tunnel issues?

Carpal tunnel is a narrowing of the passage on the palm side of the hand. This narrow passage is surrounded by ligaments and bones, so when the nerve inside is compressed, it can cause tingling, weakness and numbness in the hands and arm.

Many people recognize that they're losing feeling or have tingling long before their carpal tunnel becomes a permanent issue. Tendinitis may occur first, which is an inflammation of the tendons in that area of the wrist, arm and hand. In early stages, rest, ice and recovery time is all that may be necessary to heal the inflammation. Unfortunately, when carpal tunnel develops, it can become chronic and lead to real dysfunction in the arm and hand.

Stepped on a rusty object? It's not the rust that's the problem

You've always heard that you should go to the hospital if you step on a rusty nail. At work, you wear heavy-duty boots so that you don't have to worry about it. When you're just out and about, you wear the same kinds of footwear as anyone else; you just want to be comfortable.

You weren't expecting to step on a sharp, rusted object when you were walking into the local mall. There was some construction going on, but it was the last thing you expected. Should you be seriously worried?

What benefits can you receive with workers' compensation?

If you are injured while you're at work, your employer's workers' compensation coverage should kick in and give you the opportunity to receive benefits. Once your employer's workers' compensation insurance company is notified of your injury or illness, the company will provide you with an authorized physician to see.

It should allow for a one-time change of physician within five days of a written request. It should also pay for all authorized medically necessary care that is related to your workplace injury.

How can you prove you have a disability?

Social Security Disability (SSD) isn't the easiest benefit to gain access to. You have to fill out numerous forms and make sure you have all the right documentation prepared for the Social Security Administration (SSA).

You may have heard that many people have their initial applications for disability benefits denied. Don't worry because there are ways you can build a strong application and make your case.

Understand the workers' compensation benefits available to you

When you suffer an injury at work, it is more than just an inconvenience. It can leave you with painful physical injuries and financial loss as you stay home and recover. When you aren't able to work because of an injury, it can leave you and your Florida family in a difficult financial situation as you juggle bills and deal with your accident-related needs.

One of the things that may prove helpful to you during this time is to file a workers' compensation claim. These benefits, claimed through your employer's insurance coverage, allow you to address specific needs you have as a result of your work accident or work-related illness. It is in your interests to know exactly what types of benefits are available to you and how you can make sure you don't leave any money on the table.

Burned in a crash? Get fair compensation

When you were involved in a car crash, you knew the outcome wasn't going to be perfect. You were burned badly and had many surgeries once you were hospitalized. It has taken many weeks to stabilize.

At this point, you just want to be fairly compensated for all you've been through. You hope to have reconstructive surgery on your face and areas where it's easy to see significant burns and scarring, but it's all costly. You need to make sure that you can afford the care you need.

Your concussion should be covered by workers' compensation

You were minding your own business at work and heading to your station when a co-worker suddenly turned a corner and ran into you. Normally, this would have been a minor incident that you could have laughed off, but this time, you tripped over something as you stepped backwards.

That resulted in you losing your balance. As you fell, you hit a few shelves and products. It was very clear that you'd injured your head; it was bleeding, and you felt nauseated immediately.