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Florida Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation & Social Security Disability Resources

The following resources are provided by the attorneys at Celeste Law Firm for the benefit of people in West Palm Beach and the surrounding areas in South Florida seeking information on Florida Workers’ Compensation, Social Security claims, and motor vehicle accidents and other personal injuries. We hope these links provide you with the information you were looking for. For a free consultation regarding a potential injury claim or claim for benefits, contact Celeste Law Firm at 561-478-2447.

Workers’ Compensation

Division of Workers’ Compensation – The DWC ensures employer compliance with Florida workers’ compensation laws and oversees the entire workers’ comp process. Click on the Employee tab to learn more about benefits, reporting an injury, or to find out if your employer has coverage. Keep track of your claim through the Claims Database, or check your employer for Proof of Coverage.

Florida Office of Insurance Regulation – This office oversees all insurance in the state, including workers’ compensation insurance. Find links here to laws, rules, legislative changes, informational materials and more.

Employee Assistance and Ombudsman Office – This office talks to injured workers about their rights and responsibilities under the law and can help resolve disputes with employers. The office also provides reemployment services to eligible injured employees.

FLORIDA WORKERS’ ADVOCATED

Social Security

Social Security Administration – The SSA is the federal agency in charge of disability benefits based on work history. Visit this website to apply for Social Security benefits online. For more information about Social Security before you apply, access resources here such as the Disability planner, Benefit Calculators, an application checklist and the disability claims page.

211.org for florida – great resource for free-to-low-cost help in Florida.

The Health Care District of Palm Beach County – free-to-low-cost health insurance available to residents of Palm Beach County.

Personal Injury

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles – This website provides live traffic crash and road condition reports, which can be helpful before you travel. The website also offers tips on driving safety, vehicle and child safety, and more. Download Safety First, a primer on personal safety at work, home, in your vehicle, and out and about. You may also want to explore this page on vehicle insurance questions and answers, explaining mandatory coverage and terms like personal injury protection (PIP), bodily injury liability (BIL) and property damage liability (PDL).

Distraction.gov – This is the official US government website dedicated to raising public awareness and providing information about all the different forms of distracted driving, such as handheld cell phone use and texting while driving.

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety – This group conducts research and publishes reports to prevent auto accidents on our nation’s roads.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – The FMCSA is responsible for enforcing trucking safety regulations regarding truck driver hours of service, truck size and weight limitations, required inspections and maintenance, and more. Evidence of a driver or trucking company out of compliance with these important rules may be helpful to your trucking accident case.

Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER) System – Access this database to learn about a trucking company’s accident history and safety record.

American Motorcyclist Association – The AMA offers rider training and a look at Florida motorcycle laws. You can also access helpful motorcycle safety tips from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Consumer Product Safety Commission – The CPSC monitors children’s furniture, clothing and bedding, and a whole host of consumer products to ensure they are safe, and issues recalls when they are not. Another resource for staying on top of product defects is www.recalls.gov, which posts recalls from the CPSC as well as the FDA (dangerous drugs and defective medical devices) the Department of Agriculture (tainted food products), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (auto recalls) and more. Sign up for email alerts whenever new recalls are issued.

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