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Personal injuries don’t heal quickly and usually require some time taken off from work. Depending on the work you perform, that time off could be a week or two. It could also be a couple of months before you return to work, if at all. Some serious injuries might take you out of the job market entirely, or at least out of an industry. It is difficult to say what will happen. Sometimes the same injury can have very different effects on people. For example, someone working in an office might be out of work for a week before they can return because their job is not physically demanding. Someone working in a kitchen, however, will be out for longer because you can’t move around a kitchen in a leg cast. Not only does it hurt productivity, but you may also have legal aspects to worry about.

People also heal differently, taking into account varying aspects of their age, lifestyle, and overall health. For instance, a younger person tends to heal faster than an older person. A healthy, active person may be able to get back up more quickly compared to a person with a more sedentary lifestyle. These aspects may also factor into the chances of you getting injured and how severely. Anyone can get severely injured of course, but that doesn’t mean everyone has the same chance of it happening. Interestingly enough, someone who is active and healthy can also be at greater risk of injury. They are more active and get out more, meaning they have greater chances for injury to occur. It can be complicated trying to figure out what to do after being injured.  

As we said before, injuries affect everyone differently. If you are one of the people that will miss months of work or need to change industries you are going to need a little help. Either with a way to replace the lost income, training to enter a new industry or both. If you are an entry level employee, then you likely won’t need training for another industry. If you have years of experience in an industry and earn a substantial income because of those years, then you may need training for another career with similar income potential. But, if you are not working now, where is the money for that training going to come from? The person or company that caused the injury may be liable for these forms of compensation. Either through their insurance or out of pocket. Some people or companies might try to find a way out of doing this, or their insurance company might try to as well. You need to make sure you take the right steps to prevent yourself from losing compensation that you are due.

Remember one very important point, do not agree to anything you don’t feel comfortable with or fully understand. You should also make sure you have evidence or documentation to back up any claims you make.  Pictures are a good example of evidence.  If you don’t know what to do after a car accident or injury, contact an attorney at Rue & Ziffra. They can help give you guidance and the steps on what to do next. Above all else, make sure you seek medical attention.  Your health and well being are the most important aspect.  Before speaking with an insurance company or giving any form of statement, speak with an attorney.  It is also a good idea to have the phone number handy. Even if you never have to use it, you will always know an Ormond Beach Personal Injury Attorney is just a few screen taps away at 386-788-7700.


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No One Likes Getting Injured

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No one likes getting injured, and some even get lucky enough to never be injured. Really though, it is hard to make it through life without some form of injury. While being injured is typically a bad thing, it does create a story for us to tell and commonly gives us a scar to show off. Never be afraid to show your scars either, for there was a time that scars showed you had survived your fair share of battles. Sadly though stories and scars do little when it comes to impressing bill collectors. You can spin the most fantastical tale of bravery, cunning, and endurance to a credit card company and they will still ask for your monthly payment afterward. So if you can’t pay in scars and glory what can you pay  It is hard to continue working when you are recovering from an injury, and if you can’t work you can’t get paid.

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When you are injured, you might be due compensation depending on the circumstances. The main circumstance that entitles you to compensation is when you are injured through another’s actions or inactions. This is the grounds for a personal injury case. Many times these cases are caused by negligence in many forms and can occur anywhere. If you slip and fall in a store because the floor was wet and a warning was not posted you are liable for a personal injury case. If you are using some form of device properly and it malfunctions in such a way to cause injury, you can qualify for a personal injury case. One popular example of this was when the Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone was exploding and causing injuries to its users.

This extends to items and property maintained by someone else as well. If you are injured in an automobile or a boat due to someone’s reckless driving, they can be help responsible. If you are injured in someone’s yard even, because they did not keep up with their lawn maintenance, they can be held liable for the injuries. Many times these are also caused by accidents such as at sporting events. A tackle might go wrong and an injury might occur, or two players might collide going for a ball.

It’s almost scary all the ways it can happen, doesn’t mean we can stay safe in our home though. Especially since it is the second most common area for fatal injuries to occur. Plus that would just be boring, staying inside all the time and never going outside to see friends or family. Luckily there is still a good chance you won’t be injured, and if you are injured, you have Rue & Ziffra to help you out. At the law offices of Rue & Ziffra, you can get an experienced Port Orange Personal Injury Attorney to represent you. For fast results, have the Rue & Ziffra team’s number in your phone. (386) 788-7700

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Human Error: Slip and Falls

If there is one universal truth about mankind, it’s that we tend to be kind of clumsy. Even the best of us will knock over a full cup of coffee because we got too distracted on our phone. Sometimes it is the phone that will go flying because we were distracted by something else. Whatever it is that is slipping or falling it all comes back to the same point. That we have a tendency to slip, trip, drop, and fall all on our own. The last thing we need while we are tripping over our own feet is to have something there to help us slip and fall. For many Americans though that is an all too common occurrence. Working as a Daytona Beach slip and fall attorney, we have seen quite a few of them. To the point that slips and falls hold quite a few records in the injury books. Just to name a few of them:

  • Slip and falls are the main cause of emergency room visits.
  • Slip and falls are the primary cause of lost work days.
  • Slip and falls are the main cause of worker’s compensation claims.
  • Slip and falls are the main cause of occupational injuries for workers 55 and over.

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Those are just the trophies that slip and fall accidents hold in first place. There is a long list of other facts about slip and fall accidents that will make you keep an eye on where you are walking.

You may not know this either, but a lot of slip and falls happen in the workplace. When you think of a slip and fall you most likely imagine someone spilling milk in a grocery store and someone else slipping on it. While this is one way that it can happen it is far from the only way. That is why so many worker’s compensation claims come from slip and fall. While they can create quite a few injuries and leave their fair share of bruises, luckily they don’t tend to be fatal. They still should be avoided if at all possible. Make sure your work area is always free of debris and that equipment is put away properly. All it takes is one broom sticking out a little bit too far to cause a slip and fall injury. Some other ways to reduce the chances of falls happening in the workplace are:

  • Properly secure ladders when in use. Many falls occur while on ladders. Don’t place them on uneven surfaces, don’t go higher than the product recommends, and have someone to hold the ladder steady.
  • You can never have too many signs when it comes to safety. This means general signs talking about proper safety and warning signs warning about potential dangers. whether it is a “watch your step” sign or a “wet floor sign”, don’t be afraid to use them.
  • Bright colors are a great way to warn about obstacles on the floor. A bright yellow extension cord will be seen before a dull black one will. Brightly painted steps on a ladder are easier for your feet to find when climbing up and down them.
  • Proper training is always essential in a work area. Most times you will hire someone and give them that proper training. If you are having someone from a different department fill in, however, give them a safety briefing beforehand.

Even with all these precautions and the actual fear that you might trip over something, there is always the area open to human error. We have all seen people trip over nothing before and I am sure you have been the one doing it. When that unexpected moment happens don’t hesitate to seek out medical help first, and legal help second by contacting Rue & Ziffra.

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Personal Injury Law Firm

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With the holidays behind us, it’s time to begin the new year. However, in the wake of the holidays, we too often see many cases arise involving personal injury or bodily harm. Whether from holiday excitement that got too out of hand, to the thick holiday traffic clogging up the roads and leading to injuries from auto accidents and fender benders, the end of the holidays do not always sustain the merriment and joy that the beginning of the holidays bring.

The holidays are a time that should bring together families, and the communities in which they live. But if you or your loved one has been injured in an accident, it can affect you physically, mentally, and emotionally. That’s why you need a competent lawyer who understands and knows what you’re going through, and one who will be there to walk you through every step of your case. You need a lawyer who will help you understand the details of your case, and who will see it through until you get the compensation you deserve.

At Rue & Ziffra, we are a personal injury law firm with years of experience in protecting the rights of the families in our community, because we are in your community, and on your side. If you have been injured in an accident, we are here to take your call and listen to your needs 24/7. Give our offices a call today.

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Medical Malpractice Cases in the News


These days, medical malpractice is becoming an all too-common occurrence. Too often we read in our newspapers or watch on our television sets, stories about doctors and nurses, who should be caring for the sick and the elderly, are being sued due to breach of duty and medical negligence. As recently as this month, a 71 year old woman by the name of Annabelle Glasgow was awarded a whopping settlement of $4.7 million dollars against Dr. Easwaran Balasubramanian. Doctors were forced to amputate poor Ms. Glasgow’s severely infected leg after an incision site from knee surgery performed by Dr. Balasubramanian had festered. Dr. Balasubramanian had ordered Ms. Glasgow released from the hospital after her surgery, despite her complaints of pain, and ignored further complaints from Ms. Glasgow when she went for her follow-up visits. The resulting amputation was devastating to Ms. Glasgow, but unfortunately, many other victims of medical malpractice do not find themselves so lucky as to undergo surgery and live to tell the tale.

There are many cases in the news of medical malpractice, and the accumulating stories often result in the unfortunate and unnecessary death of a loved one. If you find that you or a loved one has been the victim of a doctor or nurse’s breach of duty, and resulting medical practice, give our offices a call today. Here at Rue and Ziffra, we care for those who cannot care for themselves. We are in your community, and on your side, and we make it our duty to speak up and fight for victims of medical malpractice. We strive to make ourselves available to you 24/7.

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