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Lawyers For Injured Roofers, Lawyers For Injured Carpenters

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in Construction worker news, Georgia, Injured Worker News, South Florida On The Job Injury

Roofers in The Florida Keys, Homestead, Miami, Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Hollywood, Hallandale,Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach, Lantana, Okeechobee, Belle Glade, Atlanta, Valdosta, Tifton, Macon, and Ft Myers suffer some of the most debilitating injuries while on the job.  Typical injuries include broken legs, broken backs, fractures of all types, and brain injuries caused by falls from great heights, and cuts and amputations from knives and box cutters.

Roofing work is strenuous and tiring. It often involves heavy lifting, as well as climbing, bending, and kneeling. Roofers work outdoors in all types of weather, particularly when making repairs. However, they rarely work when it rains or when it is very cold because snow-covered or icy roofs are especially dangerous. Although some roofers work alone, many work as part of a crew.
Roofers have one of the highest rates of injuries and illnesses of all occupations. Workers may slip or fall from scaffolds, ladders, or roofs. They may get burns from hot bitumen. However, proper safety precautions can prevent most accidents. Roofs can also become extremely hot during the summer, which can cause heat-related illnesses.

Because carpenters are involved in many types of construction, from building highways and bridges to installing kitchen cabinets, they may work both indoors and out.
Carpenters may work in cramped spaces, and constant lifting, standing, and kneeling can be tiring. Those who work outdoors are subject to variable weather conditions.
Carpenters experience a higher than average rate of injuries and illnesses. Injuries may include muscle strains from lifting heavy materials, falls from ladders, and cuts from sharp objects and tools.

If you or a loved becomes injured in your employemt as a Roofer call our Roofers Injury Hotline for Roofers  and carpenters today.

Dangerous Florida Jobs, Florida Workers Compenstion Lawyer

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in On The Job Injuries, Stories and Sharing

Florida dangerous jobs causing the most injury are: Fishermen, Aircraft Pilots, Flight Engineers, Farmers, Machine Operators, Roofers, Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors, and Truck Drivers. South Florida workers compensation lawyers are accepting workers compensation cases for all Workers injured on the job in South Florida.

It is important to file your workers' compensation claim right away. In the event that your compensation is delayed, denied, or terminated prematurely, Florida workers' compensation lawyers will  pursue the necessary steps to protect and enforce your right to receive all of your benefits.

Common Florida Workplace Injury

  • Bruises and contusions,
  • lacerations and cuts,
  • Joint Injuries,
  • Stress Fractures,
  • Stress fractures
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Tendonitis
  • Injury to the: Wrist, Elbow, Shoulder, Biceps, Legs, Knees, Hips, Ankles, and Achilles.
  • Chronic Pain
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

 

 

South Florida Construction Workers Injury On The Job Helpline

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in Construction worker news, Injured Worker News, Miami Workers Compensation Lawyer, South Florida On The Job Injury

Construction workers are a large part of the Key West, Florida Keys, Homestead, Miami, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, West palm beach ,Florida work force. Construction worker on the job injury occurs frequently in Monroe, Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, as well as Ft Myers; Lee amd Collier Counties.

In South Florida construction workers are laborers working  in the construction of buildings or engineering projects,  highways and utility systems,  preparation of sites for new construction, and subdividing land for sale as building sites. New construction is a busy South Florida industry especially in the shopping mall and housing industry.

According to OSHA

Nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day. The fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average in this category for all industries.

Potential injury  for workers in construction include:

  •     Falls from heights,
  •     Trench collapse,
  •     Scaffold collapse,
  •     Electric shock and arc flash,
  •     Arc blast,
  •     Failure to use proper personal protective equipment,
  •     Repetitive motion injuries.

Other Construction Worker Injuries Include:   

  •     Exposure to dust causing lung disease, asthma and emphysema,
  •     Excessive noise and deafness,
  •     Excavation work,
  •     Cave-ins,
  •     Power tool injury,
  •     Vehicle collisions,
  •     Longshore and harbor worker injury,
  •     Collisions with equipment,
  •     Crushing injuries caused by equipment,
  •     Excessive heights and falls.
  •     Confined spaces,
  •     Exposure to lead,
  •     Exposure to asbestos, mesothelioma,
  •     Falling objects,
  •     Contact with electric current or wiring,
  •     Inhalation hazards,
  •     Fires,
  •     Explosions

According to statisticsconstruction workers have one of the highest rates of on the job fatalities in Florida.

If you or a loved one has been injured in the course of your employment in the construction injury call for a South Florida Construction law injury lawyer today.

Florida Wage and Hour Hotline, Unpaid Overtime, Time and Half

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in Injured Worker News

For the injured worker has launched a nationwide hotline for workers "injured" by not being paid their overtime wages as required by law. The first state including the cities of: Florida keys, Homestead, Hialeah,  Miami, Miami Beach, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Port St Lucie, Melbourne, Daytona, Jacksonville, Ocala, Tampa, Clearwater, St Petersburg, Ft Myers, Naples, Pensacola, Panama City and Tallahassee and all of Florida.

Florida has a huge number of health care workers who are one of the highest groups  for lost wages due to unpaid overtime.

Where have all the nurses gone? How about the therapists? You can find them in  Florida that has one of the highest  employed healthcare workers.

The  sunshine state has  many physical therapists, home heath care agencies, emergency care and nurse practitioners respectively. Registered nurses dominate the healthcare field in the state.

In Florida employees who work more than 40 hours in a week are entitled to overtime pay, which is one-and-one-half times the regular rate of pay, if the employees are not exempt from pay for overtime. Overtime laws are contained in the United States Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which sets out when overtime kicks in and how much employees must be paid for working overtime. Employers who violate overtime laws have  faced class action lawsuits alleging they violated laws on overtime. You are entitled to time and half for hours worked over the 40 hour work week which includes having to fill in for other emnployees.

The use of ipods, cell phones and computers have increased the hours of many emmployees as employers ask them to work form the home.

According to a recent article in USA Today

"Americans were pushed to their limit in the recession and its aftermath as they worked longer hours, often for the same or less pay, after businesses laid off almost 9 million employees.The spread of smartphones has tied more workers to their jobs during off hours."

"Now, many are striking back in court. Since the height of the recession in 2008, more workers across the nation have been suing employers under federal and state wage-and-hour laws. The number of lawsuits filed last year was up 32% vs. 2008, an increase that some experts partly attribute to a post-downturn austerity that pervaded the American workplace and artificially inflated U.S. productivity."

The unpaid wages lawuits are being taken over by mass tort, class action lawyers who primarily fought against large corporations for product liability cases." Last year, 7,006 wage-and-hour suits, many of them class actions, were filed in federal court, nearly quadruple the 2000 total, according to defense law firm Seyfarth Shaw. Meanwhile, in fiscal 2011, the Labor Department recovered $225 million in back wages for employees, up 28% from fiscal 2010". USA Today Article

According to the Huffington Post "Last year, 7,006 wage-and-hour suits, many of them class actions, were filed in federal court, nearly quadruple the 2000 total, according to defense a  law firm. Meanwhile, in fiscal 2011, the Labor Department recovered $225 million in back wages for employees, up 28% from fiscal 2010".

Nursing overtime lawsuits as well as health care providers  are on the rise. The health care industry is an on call industry. Missed meal breaks are a common issue due to relief needed and medical emergencies.  Your employer must  provide a meal break uninterrupted by phone calls, consultations or patient  emergencies. This is considered overtime and is provided for hourly paid employees  and you must be paid for that time.  Employers have required workers to work before or after their shifts. Additionally, home care agencies have not paid employees for travel time between home visits.

For this reason Florida is being targeted for the first campaign launch.