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Selfie Sticks Banned at Disney Theme Parks Over Safety Concerns

Walt Disney Co will ban selfie sticks starting next week at its theme parks around the world, the company said on Friday, joining a growing list of attractions that restrict the camera accessories for safety reasons. Beginning Tuesday, the company …

Florida Atlantic University to Research ‘Smart’ Traffic Lights

Traffic jams not only make daily commutes exasperating, they also contribute to excessive fuel consumption and air pollution. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, outdated traffic signaling accounts for more than 10 percent of all traffic delays. Adaptive traffic …

Florida Homeowner Insurers Deluged by Assignment of Benefit Lawsuits

Although hurricane season has yet to cause havoc this year, 2015 has already been a brutal year for insurance companies which provide homeowners’ coverage in Florida. The problem for property insurers? No one is willing to take a firm position …

Motion for Sanctions: A Useful Tool for Dealing With Lack of “Good Faith Effort”

Florida’s workers’ compensation system was created to be self-executing. The legislature’s intention was for the Employer/Carrier and the injured worker, or claimant, to resolve any disputes among themselves; utilizing the workers’ compensation courts, otherwise known as the Office of the …

Indemnity Benefits Key Cost Contributor in Georgia Workers’ Comp System

Indemnity benefits per claim with more than seven days of lost time in Georgia were among the highest of the 17 study states and the main contributor to the higher total costs per claim in the state, according to a …

Questions Surround Swarm of Earthquakes Rattling Rural Alabama

Jim Sterling didn’t know what had hit his 156-year-old antebellum home when an earthquake struck Alabama’s old plantation region early one morning last November. Startled, he grabbed a gun and ran outdoors. In the pre-dawn chill, Sterling said, he found …

Georgia Plans to Spend $10M on Commercial Truck Safety Effort

Georgia will spend $10 million to add officers to the state law-enforcement division focused on watching and inspecting commercial trucks, Gov. Deal announced Thursday along a stretch of interstate where tractor-trailers recently caused a pair of crashes that killed 10 …

Employee Exclusion Applies to Both Actual and Statutory Employees Under Florida Law

In the context of workers’ compensation, there are two classifications of employees: (1) actual employees; and, (2) statutory employees. A contractor who sublets part of its work to a subcontractor develops a statutory employment relationship with the employees of that …

Florida Insurance Industry in Good Shape for Upcoming Hurricane Season

The 2015 Atlantic hurricane season opens on Monday, and a combination of a forecast for fewer-than-average storms and the highest level ever of financial resources on hand in Florida to pay claims may help homeowners and businesses there weather fears …

Weather Service Confirms Mississippi Windstorm Was a Tornado

A little more than four years after a powerful tornado destroyed most of Smithville, Monroe County residents are cleaning up from another twister. Monroe County Emergency Management Agency Director Robert “Bunky” Goza said no one was killed or injured during …

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