November 2010 Archives

Miami-Dade boating accident injures police officers

On Thursday November 18, 2010, two Miami-Dade police officers were injured when the boat they were in collided into another boat during a training drill in the waters off Key Biscayne.The reports is not clear whether the second vessel was also a Miami-Dade boat involved in the training or a civilian boat.

Florida leads the nation in boating accidents with 610 of the total 4730 boating accidents reported by the Boating Accident Statistics of the U.S. Coast Guard in 2009. This report indicates that these accidents caused 736 deaths and over 3300 injuries in that year. In Florida, boat accidents caused 53 fatalities in 2009.

Boat accidents result from boat operator inattention and inexperience, excessive speed, improper lookout and alcohol consumption. In 16 percent of the fatalities, alcohol consumption was the cause. Even more shocking is that 86 percent of the boat operators involved in fatal accidents never received any instruction in boat safety.

The injured Miami-Dade police officers may have viable workers compensation claims for the injuries that occurred in the course and scope of their employment. These injured officers may also have third party claims against the owner/operator of the boat with which they collided if that party's negligence caused the accident and resulting injuries.

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Miami Beach elevator accident results in tragic injuries

A work-related accident inside a Miami Beach condominium on October 11, 2010 killed a worker when an elevator crushed him. The fatal accident occurred at the Ocean Point Condo, located at 345 Ocean Drive in Miami Beach FL.

Two people were working on an elevator inside the condominium, when the accident occurred. One man was inside the elevator, when the other climbed out of the top of the elevator, into the shaft. The elevator then moved, causing the worker to be crushed between the shaft wall and the elevator in between the fifth and sixth floors. It is still not clear from the reports exactly what caused the accident.

Our condolences go out to the family members and friends of the man who was killed in this tragic Florida elevator accident.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that accidents involving elevators and escalators kill approximately 30 people and seriously injure approximately 17,000 people each year in this country. From a review of the data, elevators are responsible for the more harmful injuries, causing almost 90% of the deaths and 60% of the serious injuries reported. Half of the deaths reported happen to people working on or near elevators and elevator shafts; whether installing, repairing, and/or maintaining elevators.

If you or a loved one has been in an elevator or escalator accident in Miami, you will need time to recover from your injuries and your losses. Miami personal injury lawyers will be by your side and take care of the investigation and all paperwork so you can concentrate on getting well.

Are Miami Dolphins injuries covered by workers compensation?

As the Miami Dolphins prepare to take on the Chicago Bears after losing two franchise quarterbacks to injuries in the same game, the heated discussion regarding the safety of players and health issues in the league draws close to home for South Florida fans. To add "fuel" to the fire, the NFL has a proposed an 18 game regular season which many argue will only increase the injury rate of the players.

Recent actions of the National Football League, however seem to convey efforts to actually reduce the injury rate of the players by imposing fines of tens of thousands of dollars for an illegal hit. In addition, players may be subject to suspension from play for these hits. Player James Harrison was one such player that was fined $75,000. It would appear that NFL is taking strong measures towards ensuring the safety of its players.

So this begs the question as to whether the "Chads" will ever be entitled to benefits under the Florida Workers Compensation Statute paid for by the NFL for their work related injuries?

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