In Florida - and across the United States - May was Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. However, in a place like the Sunshine State, where motorcyclists can ride year-round, motorcycle safety needs to be a priority during every month of the year. This is of particular importance in Florida, which leads the nation in fatal motorcycle accidents.
A report that the AFL-CIO released in April reveals that workplace fatalities jumped significantly in 2016, the most recent year for which data is available. That year, 5,190 people died while working at their jobs, compared with 4,836 worker deaths in 2015 - an increase of more than 5 percent. In Florida, alone, there were 309 wrongful deaths in the workplace.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be life-altering - or life-ending. If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI, you know this. You also know that treatment for a TBI can be a long, and in some cases lifelong, process. Prolonged treatment means mounting medical expenses that become increasingly difficult to cover. However, if you or a loved one suffered a TBI as the result of an accident in Florida, compensation may be available to you.
Few sights are as frightening on a Florida freeway as a wrong-way driver. Wrong-way drivers on the freeway often end up in high-speed, head-on collisions. These types of car accidents can be difficult to avoid - especially if the wrong-way driver is impaired - and even harder to survive. Tragically, such head-on crashes often result in the wrongful death of motorists or passengers.
Coming to terms with a sudden, unexpected death of a loved one can be extremely difficult. You may have been going about your tasks and duties on an average day when you got a call informing you that your family member had suffered serious injuries in a Florida motor vehicle accident.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are implicated in almost a third of all deaths. Even if a TBI is not immediately fatal, it can certainly be life-altering. Yet, in many cases, such injuries may not present themselves right away and go undetected for a matter of days or in some cases, weeks. Until a brain injury heals, a secondary trauma to the head can be fatal.
A 40-year-old Fort Myers man has died after being ejected from a boat that hit a sand bar. After his ejection, the boat then hit and killed the man. The boat was a 19-foot vessel with three other people aboard. None of the other passengers were injured, and the accident is still under investigation. It has not yet been determined whether alcohol was involved.
On December 8, 2017, a passenger in a van in Plant City fell out of the moving vehicle into a roadway where he or he was struck by oncoming traffic and died. At the time of publication of this news, there were very few details available regarding how, or why, this happened. Regardless, it brings to light the emotional topic of wrongful death.
When a husband or wife becomes deceased in an event that results in a wrongful death claim, the surviving spouse may be entitled to compensation in what is referred to as loss of companionship.
Individuals who lose loved ones through accidents and intentional acts of violence often have survivor rights to pursue civil wrongful death claims. In Florida, wrongful death claims must be initiated by the personal representatives of the decedents and on behalf of close relatives of the decedents who relied upon them for love and support.