Florida Governments Need Stronger Safety Standards

December 23, 2008 by Randy Zeldin

As amazing as it sounds, Florida cities, counties and other governmental agencies are not required to comply with federal worker safety standards. That means that local governments in South Florida, including Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, do not have to comply with the standards set for private businesses by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

This is about to change, if the Florida Public Task Force on Workplace Safety gets its way. The report recommends that all Florida governmental entities adopt federal OSHA workplace standards. Hopefully, more stringent safety standards will save lives, prevent injuries and lower the cost of workers' compensation.

Social Security Administration to Use Electronic Medical Records

December 2, 2008 by Randy Zeldin

The Social Security Administration spends over $500 million dollar annually, in order to obtain "paper" medical records. This process requires the applicant to sign a medical release, which is sent over to the treating physician. The entire process causes great expense and delay to needy Social Security applicants, according to attorney Randy Zeldin, Esq. of West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale.

To remedy the situation, Social Security has started a pilot program with the
Cleveland Clinic, to obtain medical records electronically. If successful, this prototype could be a partnership between the private health care industry and Social Security which would streamline the application process.