Neck and Shoulder Injuries

Soft Tissue Neck and Shoulder Injuries due to Rear-End Collisions | Lazarus Law Firm

Neck and Shoulder Injuries

The most common type of car accident – 29% – is the rear-end collision and they usually happen at traffic lights or stop signs. Sometimes they are devastating, causing serious injuries and death if the car causing the crash is going very fast but the majority of them occur at relatively slow speeds. Often the bumpers absorb much of the shock but sometimes there is enough force to cause injuries.

It’s important to remember Sir Isaac Newton’s Second Law of Motion which says “the net force on an object is equal to the mass of the object multiplied by the acceleration of the object.” It is because of this principle in physics that moving objects cause damage. Mr. Newton was also the one who figured out the mystery of gravity and the calculus so he was truly ahead of his time and someone who should be respected.

When one car runs into another, even if the speed is very slow there can be a transfer of energy that is sufficient to cause injuries because of the mass (weight) of the car. Usually these injuries are to “soft tissue” areas of the body, including the back, neck and shoulders.

Soft tissue injures happen when the muscles ligaments, or tendons in the body are damaged. While they can happen as a result of overuse, they can also occur from sudden trauma, like car accidents. This is referred to as an acute injury. With these injuries, pain, swelling, bruising, and loss of function are possible.

It’s very common for these types of injuries to not cause pain immediately after the trauma. People often begin to feel pain a few days after the accident and sometimes it grows to be excruciating. There may be damage to nerves that requires long-term treatment and for some unfortunate people the pain is lifelong.

Neck and Shoulder InjuriesThe key to getting the best treatment for soft-tissue injuries is to get a proper medical diagnosis as quickly as possible. The other important issue is to make sure there will be money available to pay for treatment, whether it be short or long term.

Immediately after any accident it is smart to reach out to an attorney who specializes in vehicular accidents. You will want someone to determine how the accident happen and gather evidence that will help determine who was at fault. You also want to make sure someone is there to get help you with compensation for damaged property and injuries. Medical expenses today are very high, and an attorney will do everything possible to make sure your rights are protected.

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has been helping people with neck and shoulder injuries sustained in car accidents since 1992 and our record for gaining satisfactory settlements and judgments is excellent. You can read our reviews here > http://bit.ly/2AZsJ1d and then call us at (954) 356-0006 for a free consultation.

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Workplace Covid-19 Safety

Covid-19 Liability Waivers – Should You Sign Them? Lazarus and Lazarus Law Firm

Workplace Covid-19 Safety

Everyone makes decisions everyday that will affect their lives, usually in ways that are minimally consequential. We choose to eat some fruit for breakfast or perhaps we choose bacon and eggs. One is better for our health but one might be more satisfying to our taste buds.

Today, our choices involve staying home or going out and that choice might be very critical because of the coronavirus that’s continuing to infect people across Florida and around the world. We wear a mask or we don’t. We wash our hands regularly or we don’t.

Workplace Covid-19 SafetyWhen we visit a business or go to work, we want to make sure the environment is clean and sanitized. Our workplace, especially is where we may spend 1/3 of our days and we may come into contact with not only co-workers but customers who may carry the virus.

Because this is new territory, medically, socially, and legally, everyone is trying to do what’s best to keep people safe. It’s possible that a business you visit or your workplace may ask you to sign a waiver of liability so they will not be blamed if you get sick. Whether this is a good idea or not is not clear at this time.

People are going to have to use their judgement and only visit establishments that meet the safety standards for social distancing, cleanliness, and other guidelines as ordered by local health officials.

Employers are required by law to maintain a safe environment for all employees, not only for illnesses but for all forms of injury. If they don’t, and someone becomes ill or injured, then there may be a good reason to investigate if there is negligence on the part of the employer. The same is true for businesses that do not take steps to make sure customers, clients, and patients are safe. This would be true for nursing homes, personal service establishments, or any business that opens their doors to the public.

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has been committed to the rights of victims since 1992 and we are proud of our reputation for tenacity and positive results. When innocent people are injured or made ill because of the carelessness of others we step up and fight for your right to a full recovery which includes compensation for medical expenses, lost time from work, and pain & suffering. We don’t quit until we get results.

If you believe you, a friend, or a loved one has been hurt because of someone else’s carelessness we are here to help. Feel free to call us at (954) 356-0006 seven days a week. All consultations are completely free and confidential.

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Our areas of expertise include:

  • Automobile, Truck, and Motorcycle Accidents
  • Cruise Ship Accidents and Illnesses
  • Covid-19 Illnesses from Workplace Exposure
  • Illnesses and Injuries Caused by Pharmacy Errors
Fort Lauderdale Accident Attorneys

Ten Things to do After a Car Accident – Fort Lauderdale Accident Attorneys Lazarus and Lazarus

Fort Lauderdale Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

There are some things we don’t like to think about, like having an accident. We think that accidents only happen to “someone else” and we go about our day. The truth is that the car insurance industry statistics say that a driver will file a claim for a collision every 17.9 years. It’s true that careless drivers are likely to be involved in more accidents and careful drivers will probably have less, but some day a careless driver may crash into you while you’re sitting at a stop sign. What will you do?

Steps to Take After a South Florida Car Accident

You should keep this list where you can get to it quickly because we are all likely to be a bit flustered after an accident and forget.

  1. Stop! Never leave the scene of an accident, even a minor one. You can be charged with leaving the scene of an accident if you do.
  2. Call for Emergency Help. If anyone seems to be injured, even slightly, call for paramedics. Internal injuries can be serious even though they can’t be seen. The best thing is to get people medically checked out right away.
  3. Protect the Scene. Make sure one accident doesn’t turn to two by trying to get out of the way of other traffic, turn on flashers, and use road flares if you have them.
  4. Call the Police. Often people will try to exchange insurance information and deal with the situation later but this has often proved to beFort Lauderdale Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Accident Attorneys a bad decision. Have the police document the incident and it may help in the future.
  5. Take Notes. Observe everything around the accident and write down the details. License plates, the address, names of witnesses. Anything you see that might help later should be recorded right after the accident.
  6. Take Pictures. If you are able to take pictures, take many. Get views of damage to vehicles and damage to you if you are injured.
  7. Exchange Information and Cooperate with the Police. Answer the questions you are asked, but do not admit any fault. Never speculate about things that may or may not have contributed to the accident.
  8. Keep a File. Keep all information related to the accident in a central location like a file folder or an envelope. All your notes, police reports, everything. Documentation is important and people often tell us “I threw that out, didn’t think it was important.” Everything is important.
  9. Report the Accident. Call your insurance company and tell them what happened. Sometimes an insurance company will offer to “cut you a check” soon after an accident but that may preclude any further claims. Speak with an attorney first.
  10. Protect Your Rights. An automobile, motorcycle, or truck accident is an unfortunate and sometimes tragic event that hopefully you never have to deal with. If you do it’s very important to follow a course of action that protects your rights to compensation for your injuries, damages, and pain and suffering. Have the phone number of an experienced accident attorney stored in your phone and call.

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has been advising clients about accidents in south Florida for over 20 years. Every step you take should be thought out and planned to protect your rights, and we’ll help you if that time comes. Call us at 954-356-0006 and we’ll respond to your questions and concerns immediately.

Covid 19 Workplace Dangers

Covid 19 Workplace Dangers | Your Rights as an Employee

We are entering an era that many call “the new normal” but things are changing so rapidly that there are many questions, and the answers change constantly. Just when it seems new cases of Covid-19 infections is decreasing, more cases are reported.

If you are currently working or you are being recalled to your job and you are concerned about your safety in the workplace, you are not alone. Millions of employees are justifiably worried about becoming ill at work.

Employers are responsible for providing a safe place to work, and that includes:

1 – Making sure your facility is fully clean, disinfected and equipped with a blueprint for maintaining safe conditions.
2 – Setting up a support system in place for employees as they return to work and adjust to new realities and emotional challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
3 – Creating a plan for a safe work environment that protects employees and customers alike from risks connected to COVID-19, including exposure and transmission.

These are the basic steps and precautions, there are many more depending on the individual situation.

This is new from the United States Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

All employers, must determine whether employees who have COVID-19 contracted it at work. There is a new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidance which everyone should be aware of.

Employers will have to look for information about the cause of an employee’s virus infection whileCovid 19 Workplace Safety also respecting the worker’s privacy. If the employee caught the coronavirus at work or while performing work-related activities, the employer must record the illness on the OSHA Form 300.

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus is dedicated to helping those who are injured because of the carelessness, negligence, or malpractice of others. Victims have rights to a safe environment and they also have a constitutional right to seek justice and compensation for their medical bills, lost time from work, and their pain and suffering when someone else is at fault for their sickness or injuries.

Our firm was founded in 1992 to help victims, and we offer free and confidential consultations to anyone who seek our help. Please call us at (954) 356-0006 if you have questions.

Fort Lauderdale Accident Attorneys

Step-by-Step Through an Auto Accident Injury Case – Lazarus Law Firm

The Process of an Auto Accident Injury Case

Fort Lauderdale Accident Attorneys

If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor. Eleanor Roosevelt

We work hard to have a nice life and provide for ourselves and our families and we do our best to stay safe at home, at work, and on the road. But sometimes life takes a turn for the worse, and we become confused about what to do. Certainly the past few months have been stressful for everyone, and no one saw it coming, but many of us are starting to see a return to normal.

Life can change in an instant.

Car accidents fall into the category of sudden changes. There is nothing good about them, the minimum result is stress and car damage and at the other end of the spectrum are painful serious injuries. But the good news is that with some solid advice and experienced help you can navigate through the experience of being in an auto accident with reduced turbulence and financial turmoil.

What Happens After a Car Accident?

  1. First there is an investigation if the accident is serious. It’s important to make sure you and everyone else receives medical care if needed. It is also important to remain calm and cooperate with the authorities while not talking too much. Answer questions truthfully and as accurately as possible at the scene but never speculate or admit any guilt. The time for assigning fault comes later when the facts are more clear.
  2. Call an attorney and notify your insurance company. An experienced accident injury attorney will immediately start to protect your rights regarding medical treatment and damages to your vehicle. Insurance companies love to collect premiums but they are not always as attentive to payment for damages. Your Fort Lauderdale Accident Attorneyslawyer will make sure you’re getting the care you deserve.
  3. It will take a little time for your attorney to sort out the facts from the crash, the extent of injuries, insurance coverage, and other issues. While this is going on the best thing for you to do is remain calm, stay available, and don’t talk about the accident with others. Definitely do not post on social media about the accident, it’s just not a good idea to do so. The advantage of having an attorney is that you can focus on you, your family, and your life. The attorney does all the work.
  4. Every case is different. Some are settled rather quickly and some take a little longer. Some cases need negotiations with insurance companies and some need to go to court. You can be assured that with the Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus our goal is to move quickly, efficiently, and with your best interests our primary goal.

There will be bumps along the way as we travel through life, but with help from friends, family, and dedicated professionals almost any problem can be worked out.

Our track record for personal service to our clients and monetary results speaks for itself and our client reviews are available online at www.avvo.com. If you have been involved in an accident you probably have questions, and we are here to help. Consultations with our firm are always free and confidential. We are available 7 days a week at (954) 356-0006.

Workplace Covid-19 Dangers

Workplace Covid-19 Dangers | Concerns About Returning to Work

Workplace Covid-19 Dangers

What is a virus? It is an ultra-microscopic (20 to 300 nm in diameter), metabolically inert, infectious agent that replicates only within the cells of living hosts, mainly bacteria, plants, and animals – composed of an RNA or DNA core, a protein coat, and, in more complex types, a surrounding envelope.

Every virus is truly unique, which makes them very hard to identify, treat, or kill. Polio, HIV/Aids, MERS, and Ebola are just a few viruses that have spread through the human population worldwide and killed many people. Cures for viruses are rare, there is usually only treatment and hopefully a vaccine to prevent further proliferation.

We do know that people can cut down on spreading the Covid-19 virus by maintaining a safe distance away from other people, washing hands, keeping hands away from eyes, nose, and mouth, and avoiding the droplets from other people’s coughs and sneezes. This situation is very fluid, however, and exact precautions for Covid-19 are not completely established. Current recommendations by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) are minimum precautions and everyone should remain vigilant for updates.

Millions of people have been sent home from their jobs, some on a temporary basis and many don’t know if they will ever return. As people are called back to work there are fears that being in close contact with other employees may be dangerous, and time will tell if reopening businesses is a good course of action or not.

It is the responsibility of every employer to provide a safe workplace, and enforcement of requirements to do so rests with Federal agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as well as state, county, and local authorities.

Can an Employer Force You to Return to Work?

No one can be forced to work if they don’t feel safe, but in some states an employer may terminate an employee if they don’t come to work. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, issued an executive order in early April prohibiting companies from firing people who stay home for certain coronavirus related reasons. Each instance will depend on existing laws for the particular area and the future legal ramifications for these issues is yet to be determined.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 gives workers the right to refuse to work if they feel workplace conditions may place them in imminent harm. The Act states, in part, that employers must provide a workplace that is “free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.”Workplace Covid-19 Dangers

You may work in an office, a factory, restaurant, or any other place – the employer must follow the rules for your safety. If you believe that you have become ill or you have been injured because your employer did not provide a safe workplace you should ask an attorney to explain your options and your rights to protect yourself and get immediate treatment.

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has helped victims injured in Florida due to the carelessness, negligence, and malpractice of others since 1992. We are available 7 days a week at (954) 356-0006 and our consultations are completely free and confidential.

Cruise Ship Covid-19 Attorneys

Covid-19 Exposes Cruise Industry Dangers and Negligence – Cruise Ship Coronavirus Attorneys

Cruise Ship Covid-19 Attorneys

The Covid-19 crisis has made us all far more aware of our surroundings related to our contact with others and the precautions we implement to protect ourselves from contagious diseases. We have taken for granted that our homes, workplaces, and places we frequent for shopping or leisure activities are clean and free from harmful germs.

When you think about being in an enclosed space with other people, elevators come to mind. If you have ever been on an elevator or in a movie theater when someone coughs or sneezes, the first thing you want to do is get away!

If you are prudent you wash your hands frequently and avoid being too close to people you don’t know for long periods of time.

Traveling on an airplane puts you in an enclosed space for a period of time, but usually only a couple hours. Trips in a taxi or commuter train are usually fairly short. Taking a cruise, however, is often several days or even weeks, and the precautions taken by cruise lines against airborne and food-borne illnesses have long been in doubt.

According to the International Air Travel Association, most aircraft have robust filter systems. Except for some smaller or much older aircraft, airplanes are equipped with True High-Efficiency Particle Filters (True HEPA) or High-Efficiency Particle Filters (HEPA).

Cruise Ship Covid-19 AttorneysOn the other hand, an article in US News and World Report  said “Air quality on cruise ships can be five times worse than on the streets of smog-choked Beijing, according to a new report by a Johns Hopkins University researcher.”

Even if you have a roomy and comfortable suite on a cruise ship, crew members are often forced into accommodations that are very cramped and unclean. Passengers come into contact with crew members constantly and there is no way to know if they have been screened for contagious diseases. Health experts have called cruise ships “incubators” for several viruses because people are confined to enclosed, unsanitary spaces for indeterminate periods of time.

The numbers of cruise ship passengers infected with Covid-19 is alarming, and there is mounting evidence that the companies that own and operate the vessels were aware of the dangers to passengers long ago.

Future generations will look back at this time of uncertainty and illness and judge us on our actions. Did we do everything we could to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and were corrective measures put in place, or did greedy corporations place profits above people?

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has been putting people first since our start in 1992. People who are made sick or injured because of the carelessness, negligence, or malpractice of others can feel confident we will fight for their right to justice. The law provides a means for victims to receive compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost time from work. We have been challenging the large cruise lines for many years and we understand how to get results.

Please call us at (954) 356-0006 for a free consultation if you believe you were injured or made ill on a cruise ship.

Covid 19 Workplace Attorneys

As Employees Return to Their Jobs Will They be Safe?

Covid 19 Workplace Attorneys

Employers Must Address Legitimate Fears About Covid-19 in the Workplace

Everyone has heard about “the flu season” but many people don’t know why it happens at a certain time each year. Contrary to popular belief, going out in the cold does not cause the common cold or the flu. People get sick when they come in contact with germs and that tends to happen more often when people gather indoors and are close to one another.

The flu season usually starts in the fall, partly because that’s when kids and teachers go back to school and they are suddenly mixed together indoors. The impact of the weather is simply that when it gets cold outside, people gather inside.

Covid-19 in the Workplace

Now we are faced with a truly unique situation. People who have been working from home will start moving back into workplaces in office buildings, factories, stores, and schools all at the sameCovid 19 Workplace Attorneys time. It’s not certain what will happen, but surely it will be imperative for employers to follow the common-sense precautions that have been recommended by the CDC:

  • Social Distancing
  • Hand Washing Stations and Hand Sanitizer Must be Provided
  • Face Masks and Face Shields
  • Thoroughly Clean all Surfaces Daily
  • Employees Who Demonstrate Symptoms Must be Tested and Separated from Others

Covid-19 Employer Responsibility

Employers must follow the Occupational Safety and Health Act’s general duty clause, which requires every employer to “furnish to each of employee a place of employment which is free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.” If someone contracts a serious illness and they believe it was because of an unsafe workplace, they should seek legal advice.

Covid 19 Workplace Attorneys

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has been committed to help victims of serious injuries and illnesses caused by others. Coronavirus illnesses and deaths caused by negligent employers must be identified and brought to light so victims can be compensated for their sickness, medical bills, and loss of income. We are here to listen to your story and can set up a telephone or online consultation if you call (954) 356-0006.

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Cruise Ship Coronavirus Infection Attorneys

Cruise Ship Coronavirus Liability – South Florida Covid-19 Infection Attorneys

Cruise Ship Coronavirus Infection Attorneys

Passenger Ships Have an Obligation to Provide a Safe Environment

Since the founding of our Law Firm in 1992 we have focused all our efforts on helping the victims of sickness and injuries caused by other’s carelessness, negligence, or malpractice. Because we are located very near 3 of the busiest ports in the world we have always reserved a portion of our practice for people who are harmed while taking a cruise out of the Port of Miami, Port Everglades, or the Port of Palm Beach.

The companies that own and operate cruise ships are among the most profitable in the world, and yet they are constantly found to be liable for passenger injuries and illnesses due to cutting corners on safety.

Coronavirus Infection AttorneysPeople falling overboard, slipping on decks, becoming ill from food poisoning, and victims of crime have been reaching out to us for years and we help them despite the fact that cruise lines routinely deny responsibility and resist their obligation to compensate victims.

Now we are experiencing what may be the greatest demonstration of carelessness and negligence by several cruise line corporations by exposing passengers to a potentially lethal illness.

It has become apparent that cruise ship owners and operators were made aware of the Covid-19 virus and yet continued to operate. Hundreds of people became ill on ships, and many have died. Many victims are in the hospital, fighting the virus alone in isolation units, with no health insurance or means to pay their medical bills. This is unacceptable.

We are Here to Help

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus understands the legal intricacies of dealing with cruise ship companies who try to hide behind international registrations to shield them from the justice that is owed to victims of their carelessness.

If you or someone you know became ill while traveling on a cruise ship in the past few months, we would be happy to arrange a telephone or online consultation. Our communications with victims are free and completely confidential. Please call (954) 356-0006 and we monitor phones 7 days a week.

Florida Personal Injury Attorneys Gary Lazarus and Arleen Lazarus

 

 

Job Related Covid-19 Infections

Are Employers Liable for a Safe Working Environment During the Covid-19 Crisis?

Wrongful Death Lawsuit May Signal More to Come Because of Employer Negligence

A Walmart employee, Mr. Wando Evans, who had over 15 years of service to the world’s largest retailer died from coronavirus-related complications at the age of 51 and his family is blaming his employer.

Job Related Covid-19 InfectionsA lawsuit filed in Illinois alleges that Walmart failed to act when they knew the man was ill, and they failed to take reasonable precautions to ensure employee safety as specified by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

The current pandemic and resultant health crisis, business closures, unemployment, and stay-at-home orders are completely unfamiliar to most Americans, but this new normal may go on indefinitely.

Workplace Safety | Covid-19

From a legal perspective this is also new territory because never in our lifetimes has there been such a widespread and contagious disease where proper safety precautions can reduce the rate of infection and save lives.

Many employees are put in situations where they must work to earn money for their families and they expect and deserve to perform their job duties in a safe environment.

Covid-19 Workplace SafetyEach state has different statutes related to negligence and liabilities and the courts will determine on a case-by-case basis where the blame for, unfortunately, many more illnesses and deaths will occur.

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has been helping people victimized by the carelessness of others since 1992 and our client reviews demonstrate the levels of service we deliver to each and every client. If you believe you have been forced to work in an unsafe environment we are able to have a discussion with you to discuss your options. Our office is equipped to arrange a free online consultation so you may remain in your home and visually communicate with us.

We monitor our phone lines 7 days a week at (954) 356-0006