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Right now, there is a great deal of unrest and concerns about COVID-9. As a result, the courthouses have been closed and cases may be backlogged. If you have a personal injury case stemming from a slip and fall, workplace injury, trip and fall accident or any other incident, you may wonder what will happen to your personal injury case in Hollywood.
Your Case May Still Move Forward
The good news is that many personal injury claims are settled out of court. It is still possible to negotiate and many attorneys are turning to virtual meetings to keep their staff and clients up to date. It is therefore still possible to consult with an attorney and to negotiate with insurance companies and other parties as part of your claim. As the world slowly reopens, cases will eventually be heard in court, too.
Many employees who work in nursing homes in Hollywood, Homestead, and other Florida communities are concerned right now. With the coronavirus outbreak, staff at nursing homes are at risk if there is an outbreak in a long-term care facility, and since there have been many such outbreaks, many employees are justifiably worried.
Compounding the problem is the fact that there is not enough personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect all staff and in some locations getting tested for the virus can be difficult. In addition, some people who have the COVID-19 virus are asymptomatic. They can pass the illness onto others because they do not know they are unwell, allowing the illness to spread rapidly. Since nursing home staff work closely with residents, they are especially at risk.
In south Florida and across the country, nursing homes are among the most hard-hit areas for COVID-19 outbreaks, complications, and fatalities. As a result, many families are wondering whether they have a Florida or Hollywood nursing home negligence case against long-term homes.
These facilities often have high concentrations of elderly residents in an enclosed space, allowing the disease to spread. Since residents are in close contact with staff and caregivers, they are vulnerable if any staff contract the virus outside and bring it to the facility. Tragically, since many residents in long-term care facilities have underlying conditions and medical concerns, they are more likely than the general population to develop serious and life-threatening complications from the novel coronavirus.
Right now, many people are working to make money and with customers needing a range of products to stay at home, there are many products which may be cropping up in stores which are less than safe. More customers are also shopping online and this can mean they cannot always carefully check for the safety of products when they shop.
Unfortunately, this can mean a rise in unsafe products and even dangerous or defective items which can lead to burns, facial injuries, and other injuries:
Unfortunately, as the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, scams and fraud are a concern for individuals and small businesses. More people are staying home and working virtually, which means some scammers are targeting online hacks. Since people are dealing with technology, they may be more at risk to identity theft and fraud in Hollywood and online.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from fraud:
Now that many employees are working from home, it is more important than ever before to ensure you stay safe when working remotely. While you may not need to worry about parking lot accidents at work or poor security at your office, workplace accidents in Hollywood and Florida can still occur when your workplace is at home.
In fact, the COVID-19 pandemic can mean there are more risks. Your computer and other devices you use for work may not be made for commercial use and you may be at risk due to dangerous products and fraudsters who are using the coronavirus pandemic to attack workers. Here are few tips to stay safer:
Many people are working from home currently to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. While it can seem that working remotely can come with almost no risks of injury, this is not the case. In the workplace, there are safety protocols to keep workers safe and your employer is required to take reasonable steps to keep employees safe.
There are some unique dangers to working from home. If you are distracted by your home environment, you may suffer from slip and fall injuries or other injuries, for example. Your home set-up may not be designed for long-term use, leading to repetitive strain injuries.
Whether you work in a factory or industrial setting or in an office, you face risks for workplace accidents. Of course, the types of injuries you face may be different. In a white-collar position your largest risks may come from slip and fall accidents or repetitive stress injury. If you work in a manufacturing setting around heavy equipment, your largest risk may be crushing injuries, strains, or amputations.
Regardless of the risks you face, all workers can take a few steps to keep themselves safer on the job:
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, workers in Hollywood, Miami, and other parts of Southern Florida now face more hazards on the job. In addition to worrying about falls, strains, fractures, and other injuries, employees may now also be concerned about exposure to the new COVID-19 virus.
At Flaxman Law Group, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking steps to keep our staff and our clients and community safe. We are also aware the situation can impact all workers’ safety, a subject we are passionate about. In light of the new situation, there are new considerations for your safety: