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“Horizontal Immunity:” A New Hurdle for Injured Florida Workers

Let us say, for the sake of argument, that you are a construction worker. You go to the job site, clock in, and begin doing your job, just as you have every day since the building project began.Let us say, for the sake of argument, that due to the negligence of someone else on the job site, you receive a debilitating injury and are unable to go back to work, even after you heal from your injuries.You file your claim with the workers’ compensation company and receive your salary, and after some haggling and...

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The Emma Murray Decision and Your Rights to Florida Workers’ Compensation Benefits

The Florida Legislature attempted to limit your ability to find a workers compensation attorney by limiting the payment of attorneys fees to Florida workers' compensation attorneys, like Nancy Cavey, when it rewrote the attorney fee provisions of 440.34 in the 2003 legislative session.Florida workers compensation attorneys, like Nancy Cavey, were paid attorneys fees if they successfully obtained workers compensation benefits at the expense of the workers' compensation carrier based on one of two methods...

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Confessions of a Construction Site Manager

Authors note: Justin R. is a project manager for a mid-size construction company that operates in and around Washington D.C. His company focuses mainly on the construction of housing developments and condominiums, and as of late, business has been booming. Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland are both experiencing influxes of population, and the need for housing has become a priority.I met Justin through a mutual friend at a dinner party, and as the evening progressed our conversation turned towards our respective occupations. As a longtime resident of Northern Virginia, I was ...

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Helping the Social Security Administration Award You Your Disability Benefits | Sarasota Disability Claim Application Lawyer

You can improve your chances of being awarded Social Security Disability benefits by providing full and detailed information regarding your medical treatment, including the names and addresses of the physicians who saw you, the dates of treatment, and the kind of medical treatment you received....

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Recent State Inspections Show Workers’ Comp System is Not Perfect

TALLAHASSEE, FL (CompNewsNetwork) - —Investigators from the Department of Financial Services, Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Compliance, issued six Stop Work Orders (SWOs) during a surprise enforcement sweep last week of 39 contractor sites throughout Collier County. The SWOs were issued to contractors determined not to have workers’ compensation coverage for their employees.Dubbed Operation Check Point, the sweep also involved inspectors and investigators from Collier County Licensing, who issued 11 citations, and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, who issued three citations and two Cease and Desist Orders, all for unlicensed ...

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Court Expands Florida First Responder Presumptions

A block buster case has expanded the reach of Florida First Responder Presumptions.In Butler v. City of Jacksonville, 33 Fla. L. Weekly T3 84 (January 31, 2008) firefighter Butler was diagnosed as having hypertension, which in turn, caused artheroscleorsis, which in turn, caused peripheral vascular disease (PVD).The First District held that because Mr. Butler was a firefighter, the Heart/Long bill found in section 112.18(1), excused him from "proving an occupational causation of a disease resulting in disability or death." The burden of proof is on the employer "to show by clear and convincing...

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