If you have suffered an injury while on the job in the state of Georgia, you may be able to pursue certain workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance purchased by your employer that will pay the medical bills resulting from your injury and compensate you for the income you lost while you were recovering. Workers’ compensation benefits are paid in lieu of filing a lawsuit against your employer.
State and federal investigators are still trying to piece together why a Blue Rhino propane depot in Lake County went up in flames in Tavares — an incident that left nine injured and resulted in the evacuation of nearby residents as propane tanks used for barbecues exploded and landed up to half a mile away.
Altogether eight employees were injured in the conflagration and the blasts that ensued. The Orlando Sentinel reports that five of the injured workers were listed in critical condition and were rushed to hospitals in Orlando, Ocala and Gainesville. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has opened an official investigation into the incident.
Company officials said that all workers have been accounted for.
While construction workers and commercial fisherman often receive more press about the dangers inherent in their respective fields, a report just released by Public Citizen reveals that healthcare workers may have the most unsafe workplace conditions in the country.
The report, written by the organization’s Congress Watch division, claims that healthcare workers suffer more musculoskeletal injuries than workers in any other field and that adds up to a bill of some $7 billion annually.
The high injury rate is particularly prevalent among nurses, orderlies, nurses’ aides and attendants. The report suggests that there may be more injuries in the healthcare industry because there are less government inspections of healthcare and social assistance facilities.
The Miami-Dade County worker injury attorneys at Farah & Farah have learned that four workers were injured while setting up a giant LED screen at the site of the Ultra Music Festival last week. According to The Miami Herald, two of the workers suffered life-threatening injuries when the “jumbotron” fell on them and they were trapped beneath it.
The seriously injured men — one of whom reportedly suffered two broken legs — were rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital. While those two were listed in serious condition, another worker was listed in stable condition and a fourth was treated at the scene and released. Read the rest »
The parents of a premature infant who died soon after being discharged from the hospital are suing the hospital and the manufacturer of the thickening product SimplyThick, claiming that the product was defective and caused his death.
The baby was born at 27 weeks and spent the first few months of his life at Florida Hospital. When the boy was discharged from the neonatal unit, hospital staff sent home packets of SimplyThick, a product given to premature babies who have swallowing difficulties. Read the rest »
Every year, millions of Americans are injured on the job in the United States. Even more disturbing to Florida workers’ compensation attorney Eddie Farah, are the people who go to work every day in the United States and don’t make it back home — some 6,000 people die because of work-related accidents every year.
That is why he found a recent study by the University of Georgia so fascinating. Read the rest »
The mother of a monorail driver at Disney World who died last July in a crash, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the theme park. The woman says that Disney did not follow its own monorail-safety procedures and that is what killed her 21-year-old son. Her son was in the front of a monorail, moving the car in reverse through track switches that were supposed to move it eventually onto the system’s maintenance bay. But another monorail was backing up over a track switch at the same time and the track switch was never realigned. The train went into reverse and into the resort’s Epcot line and into the young man’s vehicle.
His mother contends it would be safer to have twin controls in the rear cab giving the operator a clear view when he backs up. Read the rest »
The Florida Supreme Court ruled this week that a lawyer representing an injured worker is entitled to “reasonable” fees.
Ever since a controversial 2003 reform of the state’s workers’ compensation law, lawyer’s fees have been capped. That means most lawyers understandably shy away from workers’ comp cases. We at Farah & Farah do not.
The state Supreme Court ruled 5-0 in the case of Emma Murray vs. Mariner Health Care. Read the rest »
Last December 19th, a chemical plant on the Northside of Jacksonville exploded killing four people inside and leveling the facility.
The ground shook and that brought out every area haz-mat team in response to the “hellish inferno” which sent pieces of the plant as far as a quarter mile away. Smoke and flames could be seen for miles.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA, has issued its findings on the T2 Laboratory inferno and also announced the federal violations, citations and penalties that will be issued. Read the rest »