Randy Zeldin named as Chair of Workers' Compensation Section of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association

August 25, 2008 by Randy Zeldin

For the second consecutive year, Boca Raton based attorney Randy Zeldin, is honored to be designated as the Chair of the Workers' Compensation Section of the
South Palm Beach County Bar Association.

The South Palm Beach County Bar Association is a group of attorneys which has been in existence since 1960. As Chair of the Workers' Compensation Section, Palm Beach and Broward attorney Randy Zeldin will organize educational and other opportunities for attorneys.

63rd Annual Florida Workers' Compensation Conference in Orlando

August 25, 2008 by Randy Zeldin

There was much to learn at the 63rd annual Florida Workers' Compensation Conference held in Orlando beginning August 17, 2008. This is a conference which Randy Zeldin, Boca Raton workers' compensation attorney, has been attending for twenty years. This year, there was much discussion of pending workers' compensation litigation in the Florida Supreme Court.

Attendees heard the Hon. Robert S. Cohen, Director and Chief Judge of Administrative Hearing for the State of Florida, was one of many distinguished panelists.

Other panels discussed serious workers' compensation injuries, including exposure to mold and the safety of clean-up workers after hurricanes. Steve Morris, III, M.D., Project Director of Bioterrorism and Disaster Training at the University of South Florida, was a panelist discussing hurricane safety issues. The law office of Randy Zeldin, has represented workers from Pompano Beach to Boynton Beach, who were injured and required a workers' compensation attorney

Speedier Social Security Hearings for Palm Beach and Broward

August 12, 2008 by Randy Zeldin

In Boca Raton, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, waiting time to get a hearing before a Social Security Judge can be over one year, sometimes one and a half years! Some of my Social Security Disability clients in Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach and Delray Beach, continue to wait for hearing dates without benefits. The Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, Michael Astrue told Congress at a hearing in May, that the average wait time nationally is 505 days! The law office of Randy Zeldin has seen homelessness with one of my clients with severe psychiatric illness, while waiting for a hearing date. While my clients wait, the bills can pile up and sometimes their medical conditions worsen.

According to Rep. Kathy Castor, the waiting time for Social Security Disability applicants is the worst in the State of Florida. Rep. Castor is hoping to speed things up for deserving Social Security applicants. She is introducing a bill in the U.S. Congress that would require that a hearing be held between 60 and 75 days after a request. The law would require a decision from a Social Security Judge no more than 15 days after the hearing.

There are many reasons for the backlog. Social Security Judges and staff are simply overwhelmed with cases. Social Security Disability attorney Randy Zeldin believes that the U.S. Congress must approve Rep. Castor's bill and appropriate more money for administrative staff.

South Florida Social Security Recipients Get Debit Card

August 11, 2008 by Randy Zeldin

Many Social Security Disability recipients in South Florida, Palm Beach and Broward Counties, receive benefits by U.S. "snail" mail or direct deposit. This sometimes results in delays or lost and stolen checks. The U.S. Department of Treasury has a plan to introduce a prepaid debit card for Social Security Disability recipients.

The card will be called the Direct Express credit card. Instead of mailing or direct depositing monthly payments, the U.S. Treasury will automatically load benefits onto a card account designated by the recipient. This will allow Social Security Disability recipients in South Florida to use the card for retail purchases, bank and ATM transactions. Social Security Disability recipients will be allowed one free ATM withdrawal each month, with a low charge of 90 cents for additional withdrawals. The Direct Express card is free to obtain and there is no monthly or annual fee.

The law offices of Randy Zeldin welcomes this introduction by the U.S. Treasury, which will benefit many of my Social Security Disability clients in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach and Pompano Beach. It will be a huge help to South Florida Social Security Disability recipients who have no bank accounts. To sign up, call the Social Security Administration at 1-877-212-999. Information can also be obtained on the Social Security website.

Palm Beach and Broward Professional Athletes Often Without Workers' Compensation

August 10, 2008 by Randy Zeldin

Professional athletes in Florida, including Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, are excluded from Florida workers' compensation benefits under the law. Although some professional Florida athletes have multi-million dollar contracts, this is not true for minor league and "rookie" players. There are many local professional athletes such as the Jupiter Hammerheads and the Palm Beach Cardinals in baseball or in hockey, the Florida Everglades, who are at the lower end of professional athletic pay. These professional athletes add to the quality of life and contribute greatly to the local economy.

Some Florida athletic teams voluntarily give workers' compensation benefits gratuitously. The law office of Randy Zeldin represented a famous Brazilian soccer player, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament of his knee. Although his contract provided for workers' compensation benefits, Mr. Zeldin had to litigate entitlement to the benefits. Unfortunately for that soccer player, his injury ended his career. Thanks to the workers' compensation benefits he received, he was able to start a new life in Rio!