Is It Possible for a Juvenile to Receive Life in Jail?

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

In general, yes, it is possible for a juvenile to receive a life sentence; however, the US Supreme Court recently ruled it is unconstitutional to mandate life without parole for a juvenile. Now more than ever, it is critical to seek the defense of an experienced attorney if police charge your child with a serious crime.

Life in prison without the possibility of release is a serious sentence for a child. Almost 1,600 people are currently serving life sentences without parole for crimes they committed as juveniles. Mandatory minimums of life-without-parole ignore how the child’s history, family life, developing brain and extenuating circumstances may have contributed to the crime. Oftentimes, juveniles charged with crimes are first-time offenders.

This past June, the US Supreme Court ruled mandatory life without parole for juveniles is unconstitutional. Justice Elena Kagan wrote the majority opinion, which stated that a judge or jury must consider mitigating circumstances before automatically imposing life without the possibility of parole for minors charged with a crime.

Life without parole is still a possibility for certain juvenile crimes, but not a given in any case, according to the Supreme Court ruling.

If your child has been charged with a crime, please contact the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a consultation with our experienced defense attorneys, serving West Palm Beach and the surrounding areas.

Eligibility for Workers’ Compensation

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Most employers in Florida are required to carry workers’ compensation coverage, but, in certain situations, you may not be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. If you are an independent contractor for example, you may not be eligible. One of the best ways to find out if you are covered is to speak to our attorneys.

According to the Florida Department of Financial Services, employers required to carry workers’ compensation coverage include:

  • A construction industry employer with one or more employees, including the employer.
  • An employer in an industry other than construction with four or more full or part-time employees.
  • State or local government employers.

Workers’ compensation benefits cover medical costs and lost wages. If applicable, your benefits may cover temporary or permanent disability. In the case of death, death benefits may be provided.

After being injured because of your job, you deserve compensation to help you pay for your injury-related expenses. If you are unsure of your workers’ compensation coverage, our attorneys can determine your eligibility and whether there are any other avenues of recovering compensation for your injury.

If you have suffered an injury on the job, please contact the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a consultation with our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers in Miami

Breast Implant Problems

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Medical malpractice that causes breast implant problems can have a devastating effect on your life. You may have horrific aesthetic problems, or you may have suffered severe health issues because of a surgical mistake or other malpractice related to your breast implants.

Risks are inherent to breast augmentation. Even if your surgeon provides the highest quality care and the greatest attention to the procedure, an unavoidable complication may arise; however, in some cases, breast implant problems could have been avoided if the surgeon had not acted carelessly.

Possible breast implant problems include:

  • Infection
  • Symmastia (uni-boob)
  • Ruptured artery
  • Nerve damage
  • Loss of sensation

Symmastia, nerve and breast damage and other surgical errors may be caused by a plastic surgeon who performs certain procedural steps in a way that deviates from what is normal. Also, life-threatening infections can be caused if an implant is placed in an unsanitary manner or if a surgeon fails to diagnose an infection.

The only way to find out if your breast implant problems were caused by medical malpractice is to consult our attorneys.

If you believe a medical error may have led to your breast implant problems, and if you live in or around West Palm Beach, please contact the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a consultation with our experienced medical malpractice attorneys.