Yes, at RITE Law, we have heard them all. No question, there are some great lawyer jokes out there. But, all lawyer jokes aside, there are some occasions when it is a very good thing that you have a lawyer by your side. One of those times is when you are trying to assert a claim under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (the Longshore Act). Indeed, the workers’ compensation program for those who work on or around the harbors of our nation can be a complicated journey.
There are many things that we don’t know the first thing about, until we need them. Then we become experts in the subject in a hurry. Workers’ compensation is a bit like that. We never expect to get in a workplace accident. Yet, when it happens you may be lost as to what to do immediately after.
We understand that you may be surprised by that answer. A minor fender bender where no one was injured does not seem to require the hassle of getting anyone else involved, especially an attorney. However, there are a number of considerations surrounding a car accident, however minor it might be. Plus, getting some preliminary advice from an attorney is no cost to you. Does that change the rationale a little? If so, read on.
We know that a person accused of a crime is always presumed innocent until proven guilty. In fact, the legal concept of the “presumption of innocence” is just one example of many different legal presumptions. A legal presumption is something that a court will decide is true (or presume is true) until there is some other, persuasive factual evidence to disprove it.
A workers’ compensation claim through the Defense Base Act can be a bit confusing. That becomes particularly true if your Defense Base Act claim is initially denied, or if you need to settle a claim. In both instances, you would be well served to have an experienced Jacksonville workers’ compensation attorney in your corner.
Many people experience hearing loss over the course of their lifetimes, and it can be caused by the workplace. It is important to pay attention to your hearing as well as the noise level of your working environment, so you can protect yourself and make any necessary workers’ compensation claims. You should educate yourself on how to make a workers’ compensation claim for hearing loss.
A time of crisis is when we need government most. Why? Because the government is essentially all of us in the country banding together to help those most in need, and those most vulnerable.
In a situation that can literally be described as “adding insult to injury,” it happens more often than you would think that an employer will fire somebody after the employee gets injured on the job and makes a claim for workers’ compensation. While that scenario seems terribly unfair, it happens in Florida and, unfortunately, Florida law does not prevent it.
If you are a longshoreman, or you work anywhere in the maritime industry, and you get injured, then you would look to workers’ compensation coverage to pay your medical bills and other expenses. Maritime workers, however, could be covered by one of two different types of workers’ compensation plans: either coverage under something called The Jones Act…
Hearing loss is more common than you may think. According to one study, there are 48 million Americans with significant hearing loss. This number encompasses many factors, including hereditary hearing loss, age-related loss, workplace-related loss, and injury-related loss, to name a few.