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Tailbone pain after a slip-and-fall may keep your from daily life

It doesn't matter who you are, slipping and falling is an embarrassing experience. As you lie there on the floor or ground, your first thoughts may be whether anyone saw you fall. As you look around anxiously, you begin to realize that you are in pain. That painful "bounce" as you fell has resulted in pain in your buttocks area.

You may get up and not think twice about it until the shock and adrenalin wear off and you find it difficult to move, let alone sit down. You may wonder whether you need to go to the doctor since it only makes sense that you would have some pain in your tailbone since you landed on your posterior.

Navigating workers' compensation, less stressful with support

There is no way to predict when an accident will occur in a Florida workplace. Some jobs are more dangerous than others, to be sure. However, even a person who spends hours behind a desk or at a cash register can also suffer injury that results in a need to file a workers' compensation claim. Many times, workers encounter challenges in the process, especially if an insurance agency tries to deny a claim.

Florida's workers' comp program provides benefits to injured workers in numerous ways. For instance, a recovering worker can use such benefits to help pay medical bills or to replace lost wages while he or she is unable to return to the workplace. In some cases, a worker may also qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits if he or she is permanently restricted or unable to return to work because of on-the-job injury.

Fatal auto accident in Orange County

Two vehicles were traveling on a Florida road on a recent Tuesday morning. Neither driver made it to his or her destination. Instead, a tragedy occurred that brought teams of rescue workers and police to the scene.

One of the vehicles was a car and the other a van. At some point during their travels, the two vehicles collided. No details were provided as to what or who exactly may have caused the crash to occur. It was approximately 6:30 a.m. when Florida Highway Patrol officers responded to the Orange County collision.

Workplace accidents: Things your employer should do

Most people don't ever imagine getting injured on the job. But, workplace accidents can occur unexpectedly and leave you feeling lost and confused. It's never a bad idea to seek clarification on state laws and to learn as much as you can about workers' compensation, as well as your particular employer's accident plan, in case you suffer an injury on the job.

Some jobs are undoubtedly more dangerous than others, but that doesn't mean you're immune to a workplace accident. Even if you work at a desk all day, there's still a risk of injury. You could slip and fall on a wet floor that was not marked on your way to the restroom. A heavy object could fall on top of you, or you could develop a repetitive stress injury, especially if you spend hours typing or work on an assembly line. There are several things your employer should do to help you stay safe and to respond if you're involved in a workplace accident.

Workers' compensation: Florida job site tragedy

Construction work typically ranks high on most lists regarding risks for injury on the job. Workers' compensation is an insurance program that provides benefits to employees when a workplace accident results in injury. Sadly, not all workers survive their injuries, such as one man who was recently trapped in a trench under a heavy mound of dirt.

Two workers were in the trench when the tragedy occurred on a recent Monday afternoon. At some point, dirt collapsed into the trench, entrapping both employees. Rescue workers transported one of the men to a nearby hospital. He was listed in serious condition.

Several people in Florida with truck accident injuries

If a Florida driver loses control of steering or becomes distracted and drifts out of a travel lane, disaster can strike quickly. If there are other vehicles or pedestrians nearby, the risk of an accident increases. A 62-year-old tow truck driver recently struck a parked construction vehicle. Truck accident injuries are often severe, and those involved in collisions often face financial distress because of medical bills or lost pay from time off work during recovery.

The crash occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m. on a recent Tuesday. The construction vehicle was parked on the side of the road, just beyond a sign marking off the construction site. Although no details were provided as to the exact reasons for what happened next, the tow truck driver lost control of his vehicle, which then struck the back end of the other vehicle.

Caution needed at Florida intersections

When you get behind the wheel to head to work, the store or out for an evening with friends, you may not spend a lot of time wondering whether you'll safely arrive to your destination. Especially, if you're an experienced Florida driver, it often becomes more of a habit than something you pause to think deeply about before you start your car.

It's always a good idea, no matter how long you've been a licensed driver, to regularly review safety tips, particularly those involving proper tire maintenance or how to safely navigate intersections. Intersections are often dangerous sections of roadway. Collisions that occur at crossroads often result in severe or life-threatening injuries.

Mitigating these basic workplace hazards might keep you safe

Workers in all industries in Florida face occupational hazards almost every day. Even seemingly insignificant risks can cause injuries with long-term health and financial consequences. Although providing a safe work environment and protecting your safety and health are your employer's responsibilities, it might be a good idea to learn about the hazards in your workplace.

Once you can identify risks, you can take precautions to avoid injuries that will have you facing medical bills and lost wages. Although each industry has unique hazards, there are a few basic risks that exist in all workplaces.

Social Security disability benefits denied -- what now?

For many people in West Palm Beach, their income-earning abilities are their most significant assets. The Social Security Administration says 25 in every 100 Americans become disabled before they turn 67. Those who can no longer work, and meet the criteria for Social Security Disability Insurance could be eligible for approximately 40% of their annual income.

In Florida and across the country, those whose applications are approved will receive benefits, but not indefinitely. Each individual file undergoes periodic reviews to assess ongoing eligibility for benefits. Individuals are advised to continue saving all medical reports and information about their conditions. Such documents might be required during reviews to justify the need for continued benefits.

Waiting for your disability benefits

An illness or injury that takes away your ability to do the things you used to do can be frustrating, but it may also rob you of your capacity to earn the money you need to pay your bills and meet your obligations. If you have others who depend on you, they may also suffer if you must leave your job.

Fortunately, you may qualify for funding from various resources that can help you meet your financial obligations. For example, if your illness is expected to last longer than one year and prevent you from holding any gainful employment, you may be eligible for monthly disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Applying for these benefits can be challenging, and you may wonder how long you will wait before you receive your first check.

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