What to Do if You’ve Been Pulled over for DUI

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

If you are pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), there are some important things to keep in mind in order to protect your rights. It is crucial to remain calm and be cooperative with the police officer. If you are belligerent and uncooperative, your situation can become worse very quickly.

Many people think they must take the field sobriety tests requested by the police officer. This is not the case. You do have the right to refuse these roadside tests. Field sobriety tests are not designed to help you, and it is easy fail them even if you are not under the influence of alcohol due to factors such as the time of day, poor balance, a medical condition, or poor vision. Always politely decline to take the test. If you do take the tests and fail them, it will make it much harder to defend the charges against you.

However, it is important to understand that refusing a breathalyzer test may carry serious consequences, such as an automatic suspension of your license. While it is in your best interests to refuse to take a field sobriety test, you should not refuse the breathalyzer.

It is also important to remember that anything you say to the arresting officer can be used to secure your conviction. Therefore, it is best not to admit to any wrongdoing without consulting an experienced Florida DUI attorney.

The criminal defense lawyers at The Cochran Firm South Florida know Florida DUI laws, and we have the experience necessary to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your case. We will work to find any weaknesses in the prosecution’s case in order to help you achieve reduced charges, or when possible, an acquittal.

If you are arrested for DUI anywhere in South Florida, please contact the criminal defense attorneys at The Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a consultation.

Cruise Ship Accidents

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Going on a cruise is one of the most exciting trips anyone can take. The food and drink flow all day and night, and there are endless activities to keep you entertained throughout your trip. However, not all cruises go off without a hitch. In fact, some people have horrifying experiences on the high seas such as falls overboard, drowning, sexual assault, and theft.

The cruise ship accident lawyers at The Cochran Firm South Florida have handled all types of injuries occurring on a cruise ship, including:

  • Slip and fall accidents on wet or uneven surfaces, or due to cruise ship maneuvering
  • Water slide, wave pool and swimming pool accidents
  • Accidents on cruise line-approved excursions at ports of call
  • Cruise ship sexual assault or physical assault by crew members or other passengers
  • Contaminated food resulting in illness

If you have suffered a cruise ship injury, The Cochran Firm South Florida can help you receive the compensation you deserve. We will provide you with aggressive legal representation to ensure your rights are protected throughout the entire process.

Please contact the cruise ship accident attorneys at The Cochran Firm South Florida today to schedule a confidential, no-cost consultation.

Florida Workers’ Compensation Law

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Florida, just like every other state, has very specific laws concerning on-the-job injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured at work, then you are most likely entitled to Florida workers’ compensation benefits. The attorneys at The Cochran Firm South Florida have been handling workers’ compensation cases for many years, and we know Florida law inside and out.

When you are injured, the injury must be reported within a timely manner to the Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation. The Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation will make a report to your employer’s insurance carrier. The carrier then has a short period of time, usually ten to thirty days, to decide if the claim is valid. If your claim is accepted, the doctor’s fees and any disability payments are paid according to a fee schedule.

If you are temporarily unable to work due to the injury, you’ll begin receiving checks to cover your wage loss within 15 days from your injury after your claim has been approved. Your employer will notify the insurance company to discontinue the wage-replacement checks as soon as you recover and return to work.

Many people who apply on their own are denied workers’ compensation benefits the first time they apply. If you are denied benefits, you can appeal the decision, but this takes the help of a skilled workers’ compensation lawyer. The Cochran Firm South Florida can help you through the appeals process to increase your likelihood of receiving the benefits you deserve.

Please contact the experienced workers’ compensation lawyers The Cochran Firm South Florida today to schedule your free initial consultation. We serve clients in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, and Ft. Myers, Florida

Workers’ Compensation Benefits and Insurance Companies

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Every year, 10,000 workers are killed in work-related accidents, 60,000 workers are permanently disabled, six million are injured, and 100,000 die from illnesses related to exposure to products such as lead and asbestos. After suffering this type of tragic accident, you and your family are often faced with sizable expenses from medical bills, rehabilitation, and lost wages. If you have been injured in a workplace accident or have suffered an illness due to your work conditions, you may be entitled receive workers’ compensation benefits.

Your employer’s insurance company may try to unfairly reduce your compensation or even deny your claim in an attempt to minimize their costs. For this reason, it is imperative that you contact an experienced Florida workers’ compensation attorney to ensure that you receive the benefits to which you are entitled.

The Florida workers’ compensation lawyers at The Cochran Firm South Florida have a thorough understanding of Florida workers’ compensation law and the role of the insurance company following a workplace injury. Our attorneys can advise you of your rights and make sure you are treated fairly by the insurance company.

If you live in South Florida and have been injured on the job, please contact the workers’ compensation lawyers at The Cochran Firm South Florida today to schedule your free initial consultation.

Common Construction Accidents

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Construction workers face some of the most dangerous working conditions of any type of employee. Catastrophic injuries and even death may result form the negligence of coworkers, the failure to follow established safety procedures, or defective equipment. Although no construction job is completely safe, many of the construction accidents occurring on site can be avoided by taking the proper precautions.

Statistics show that nearly 1,000 construction workers are killed each year while on the job. Of these, one-third result from construction site falls. Common construction site falls include:

  • Roof-related falls
  • Crane falls
  • Scaffolding falls
  • Elevator shaft falls
  • Falls resulting from holes in flooring

When holes in flooring are not properly marked, they become a serious safety hazard for even the most experienced construction workers. Falls caused by holes in flooring or weak flooring are a major risk for any member of a construction team. Proper protection equipment and safety precautions are necessary to safeguard the lives of workers and preserve the well-being of their families.

If you have suffered a construction injury in South Florida, please contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at The Cochran Firm South Florida today to schedule a confidential, no-cost consultation.

Types of Workplace Injuries

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Becoming injured on the job can be a very difficult experience for any working adult. If you have become too sick to work or have recently gotten injured at work, you may be entitled to collect workers’ compensation benefits while you recover from your injury.

The workers’ compensation attorneys at The Cochran Firm South Florida understand what you are going through at this time. We have helped countless Florida residents who have been injured on the job get the workers’ compensation benefits to which they are entitled, and we can help you.

Over the years, we have represented Floridians in a number of different types of workplace injury cases. Some of the most common workplace injuries we see are:

  • Brain/head injuries
  • Neck and shoulder injuries
  • Hand injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Electric shock
  • Injuries to the nerves
  • Loss of limbs/amputations
  • Vision and hearing loss
  • Paralysis
  • Mesothelioma (due to asbestos exposure)

Workers’ compensation law in Florida can be difficult to understand, and you will need the help of an experienced attorney to ensure that your claim is not unfairly reduced or denied. Our attorneys are very familiar with the laws governing these claims. We will make sure all paperwork is properly filled out and filed by the necessary deadlines, and we will fight aggressively to make sure you receive the workers’ compensation benefits to which you are entitled.

If you have been injured on the job, please contact the workers’ compensation lawyers at The Cochran Firm South Florida today to schedule a no-cost, confidential consultation.

What to Do if you’ve Been in a Boating Accident

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Boating accidents are a regular occurrence in the state of Florida. With miles and miles of gorgeous coastline and hundreds of beautiful lakes all over the state, it is not surprising that the number of boat accidents in The Sunshine State is inordinately high.

If you have been injured in a boating accident of any kind, it is important to consult with an experienced maritime accident lawyerat once. Boating and watercraft accidents can be very complex, and you will need the assistance of an attorney with knowledge of Florida’s maritime laws to ensure your rights are fully protected.

The maritime accident lawyers at The Cochran Firm South Florida have decades of experience helping injured victims in the Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and West Palm areas of Florida. We have handled many maritime accident claims, and we understand the complex regulations governing these sophisticated claims. Our attorneys will put the vast resources of a large national law firm to work for you in order make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Please contact the experienced boating accident attorneys at The Cochran Firm South Florida today to schedule a confidential, no-cost consultation.