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New Florida Bill May Increase Personal Injury Damages Awards

New Florida Bill May Increase Personal Injury Damages Awards

The Florida Senate currently has a bill involving personal injury and medical bills pending a vote on the floor. Though it hasn’t been passed into law yet, the bill could have ramifications on how much plaintiffs receive in personal injury cases. In short, by changing the structure of the lawsuit and what kind of medical bill information can be admitted into evidence, the bill makes it potentially easier for plaintiffs to see an increase in damages in these cases going forward. Florida Senate Bill 0384 In March of 2017, the Florida Senate Rules Committee voted 10-1 to pass a medical malpractice bill to general voting on the Senate floor. The bill, number 384, faces opposition from the Florida Chamber of Commerce and several prominent businesses in Florida. This bill discusses how to calculate the damages incurred during some medical malpractice and wrongful death suits. Specifics on health and medical care costs will not be admissible as evidence if the bill passes the Florida Senate. What Is Prejudgment Interest? Part of the bill deals with prejudgment interest. Prejudgment interest is damages that the plaintiff gets if they win, and the number is determined when a trial begins. Upon winning, the plaintiff gets that prejudgment interest. Currently, plaintiffs in medical malpractice and wrongful death suits don’t get prejudgment interest. Calculating damages in a medical case is difficult, thanks to the complex nature of the cost of medical treatment and medical bills. How Are Medical Bills Involved? For one thing, medical bills aren’t the same across the board. Different healthcare providers have entirely separate structures for pricing the services they offer. Medical...

OSHA Approves Rule Protecting Workers from Silica

After over four decades of warning, new workplace limits for lung-damaging and omnipresent substance, silica, are going to take effect. Silica, which is found in rock and sand, poses a hazard when it is crushed into a fine dust and inhaled – which is a major problem on construction sites as well as an assortment of other work environments. This substance can trigger silicosis, a lung-scarring condition that kills by suffocation, in addition to lung cancer and kidney disease. Last week, OSHA released a new standard – which replaces a rule that was set in 1971. It now reduces the allowable exposure limit to silica to 50 micro-grams per cubic meter of air, which is five times less than the current limit for construction sectors. The new rule establishes two standards – one for general industry and maritime and one for the construction industry. Under the new standards, an estimated 2.3 million employees who work in fields like construction, brick manufacturing, and fracturing will be protected. In fact, most employers will be able to meet compliance by using equipment found at local hardware stores. Many groups that argued against the change claim the new rule is a “job-killer” that will cost much more than OSHA anticipates, however, worker-safety advocates have disputed this by saying that silica is a worker-killer and that the standard is long overdue. OSHA estimates that the new rule will prevent about 640 deaths per year and more than 900 new cases of silicosis. Read more here. Contact Us: If you or someone you know needs personal injury representation, contact David Singer and Associates...

OSHA Launches Program to Protect Nursing Employees

According to surveys by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are over 35,000 back and other severe injuries among nursing employees every year. In terms of the numbers of these injuries, the BLS data shows that nursing assistants are injured more than any other occupation! The number one reason why so many nursing employees are getting these injuries is by doing their everyday jobs of moving and lifting patients. It is no news that this has become an epidemic among hospital nursing staff members, but for some reason no actions have been taken – until now. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently announced that they for the first time ever, they are going to crack down on hospitals to prevent an epidemic of back and arm injuries among nursing employees. Last year, OSHA sent letters to hospital administrators across the country and created a companion website, warning that nursing employees suffer high rates of injuries from moving and lifting patients. Hospitals can potentially be fined $7,000 if they do not adopt the new initiatives OSHA recommends. Studies have proven that the “body mechanics” that are taught during nursing school are not enough when it comes to lifting a patient and will not prevent a nurse from being injured. Instead, the only way to actually prevent injury and move patients safely is by using special equipment, such as ceiling lifts – similar to that of what a factory would use to lift heavy parts. Under the new enforcement memo, OSHA’s inspectors will interview nursing staff and managers and review internal hospital documents...

Attorney David Singer to Receive Trial Lawyers Care Award

Attorney David Singer, an active and charitable member of the South Florida Community, will receive the Trial Lawyers Care Award at the America Association for Justice convention in Montreal. The esteemed award is presented to attorneys “who contribute to their community through volunteer and charitable activities that serve the public good.” Singer, who has been practicing law for over 25 years, has continued to grow not only in his career, but also through volunteering in the community. Since 1992 Singer has joined forces with the American Cancer Society, and each year he organizes an event called Jail & Bail. Now in its 24th year, Jail & Bail raises money through “fake arrests and kangaroo courts” with Singer and his volunteers acting as “judges.” Singer is a very active member of the community and this is just one of the many prestigious awards Singer has received. He has been a unit chair of the ACS Board of Directors three times, has been on the Florida ACS Board, and was named ACS Volunteer of the Year two separate times. Learn More: To learn more about and read the full article David Singer has been featured in, click...

Jail and Bail Event Continues To Raise Money To Fight Cancer

David W. Singer & Associates partnered with The American Cancer Society to organize the annual Jail and Bail fundraising event in Broward County, Florida. This event is held to support the fight against cancer and has been going strong for over 20 years and has raised close to $3 million to help the cause.This year’s event was covered by Eye On South Florida, watch some highlights from the event...

One Lawyer’s Quest to Eradicate Cancer: 23 Years and Going Strong

When David Singer’s mother-in-law, Sylvia Glazer, died suddenly from pancreatic cancer in 1992, she was only 62. That experience led Florida lawyer Singer and his wife Sharon to start a family and get involved with the American Cancer Society. Singer isn’t your average volunteer. “In 2014, he will have concluded his 23rd year of chairing one of the most successful American Cancer Society ongoing fundraisers in the nation,” said colleague Peter Walsh who nominated Singer for the American Association for Justice 2014 Trial Lawyers Care Award. Singer was a finalist for the...