Excess Insurance Profits Means Less Benefits for Injured Workers

June 28, 2010 by Randy Zeldin

Since the Florida Legislature "reformed" workers' compensation benefits in 2003, injured workers continue to see a decline in benefits provided. The insurance carriers are denying more benefits and sometimes entire claims, knowing that there is little risk to them. Attorney fees that a carrier might pay if it loses before a Judge of Compensation Claims, are minimal. Further, the carriers now have virtually 100% control over the selection of physicians. This often results in assignment of physicians willing to assist the needs of the insurance carrier, rather than the injured worker.

These significant changes in the law have resulted in excessive profits for the workers' compensation industry. Attorney Randy Zeldin was featured in an article in the Orlando Business News, in which he cited falling benefits as the basis for increased profit margins.

Sangitha Palaniappa Newest Member Law Office Randy Zeldin

September 23, 2009 by Randy Zeldin

The workers' compensation and Social Security Disability law office of Randy Zeldin, is pleased to announce that Sangitha Palaniappa has joined the staff. "Sangi" as she is nicknamed, is pursuing studies in political science with the intent to earn a law degree. She brings her expertise to all facets of Randy Zeldin's law practice, which services all of Palm Beach and Broward Counties.

Ms. Palaniappa, is fluent in the Tamil and Spanish languages. She is an expert in Baharatnatyam dance.

Eye injuries afflict workers in Palm Beach and Broward

February 16, 2009 by Randy Zeldin

Across the U.S., more than 2,000 eye injuries occur everyday and 10% of these result in vision loss, sometimes permanently! Common workers' compensation eye injuries take place at South Florida construction sites, among welders, machinists and users of power tools.

Under Federal and Florida law, employers must provide suitable eye and face protection, such as safety glasses or goggles. There are "mandatory eye protection zones" in places such as welding, hazardous chemicals and machine shops. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 60% of all eye injuries happened without safety gear.

Randy Zeldin, Esq. has represented workers in Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach who have sustained eye injuries. These injuries have ranged from construction workers to professional golfers.

Court Affirms Benefits for Heart Attack on Job

January 23, 2009 by Randy Zeldin

Many clients contact Randy Zeldin, Boca Raton workers' compensation attorney, to inquire whether heart attacks are covered injuries. The answer is not simple. It is clear that if the heart attack was the result of a mental or nervous injury alone, they are not covered injuries. In a recent case, Speed v. Securities, the First District Court of Appeals required coverage for a heart attack, for a borderline injury. The worker was in an elevator which malfunctioned and dropped, causing the man to experience a 'stress response' and afterwards a heart attack.

The Court reasoned that this was not a mental or nervous injury, but a physical injury, which was at least 51% responsible for the heart attack. The insurance company did not present evidence to refute the claim. Contact Randy Zeldin, Esq., with offices in Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, to discuss any issues you may face concerning a heart attack.

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.

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!