Driving Under the Influence

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

To drink and drive in this day and age is, at the very least, irresponsible, and at the most, criminal. If you decide to operate a motor vehicle after drinking alcohol, then you must be prepared to face the consequences.A DUI can ruin your life. It can ruin your career, your reputation, result in a felony conviction, and basically be very costly in many ways. If you are convicted of a felony, you will even lose some of your basic human rights, such as the right to vote. You can lose your job, and having a felony conviction on your record can prevent you from finding gainful employment down the road. Simply put, don’t drink and drive, but if you do and you get arrested for it, it’s imperative that you contact the highly skilled and knowledgeable DUI lawyers at The Cochran Firm’s South Florida office.

The punishment for a DUI offense will vary from case to case. You can expect to lose your license, pay a hefty fine and even serve time in jail. But with The Cochran Firm on your side, your chances of receiving the gravest punishment are greatly diminished. We have helped countless people in the south Florida area get their DUI reduced to a lesser charge and avoid any jail time. We even have gotten many DUIs completely thrown out due to law enforcement errors or other technical issues. Our lawyers know Florida DUI law inside and out.

People make mistakes. If you made the mistake of drinking and driving in Florida, please contact The Cochran Firm South Florida today, so our DUI lawyers can hear the details of your case and advise you of your chances of keeping your life as you now know it.

What are a Worker’s Rights?

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Regardless of what type of work you perform, you are entitled to certain workers’ rights.You are entitled to be treated fairly and with respect. You are entitled to be compensated for the work that you do, and you have the right to collect benefits should you be injured on the job and qualify for Workers’ Compensation (also known as Workman’s Compensation). If you are not sure of what your rights are following an accident in the workplace, then you must contact an experienced Workman’s Compensation lawyer right away as there are deadlines to filing for benefits, and a missed deadline will only result in your claim being denied.

If you are injured at work, you have the right to file for Workers’ Compensation and not be punished by your boss. You absolutely cannot be fired for filing for Workers’ Comp. If your boss treats you unfairly after a workplace injury, you should report that to your attorney immediately.

Injured workers are entitled to receive an amount of benefits based on their income at the time the accident occurred. The type of injury sustained also plays a part in determining how much each employee can collect. In addition to income replacement, supplemental benefits like vocational rehabilitation, disfigurement, occupational hearing loss, death benefits to surviving spouse or dependents, and others may be available.

If you live in the south Florida region and would like to know more about Workers’ Rights, please contact The Cochran Firm’s South Florida office today to schedule a confidential consultation.

What is Medical Malpractice?

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

When we go to a hospital or doctor’s office, we expect to leave feeling better than when we went in, but, sadly, that is not always the case.

While these brave men and women have devoted their careers to saving the lives of others, they are human, and mistakes are going to be made. If your doctor, or some other medical professional, has caused you harm by providing substandard care, then very likely, medical malpractice occurred. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a medical error, you should seek out the services of a highly experienced medical malpractice attorney, such as the ones at the Cochran Firm South Florida. Medical malpractice cases can be quite complex and you must have legal assistance if you want to be compensated for any harm you have suffered.

Medical malpractice is legally defined as follows: “Professional negligence by act or omission by a healthcare provider in which care provided deviates from accepted standards of practice in the medical community and causes injury or death to the patient.”

Some of the most common types of medical malpractice our attorneys have seen are:

  • Emergency room errors
  • Surgical malpractice
  • Birth injuries
  • Medication errors
  • Nursing home abuse and neglect

If you or someone you love has suffered harm due to medical malpractice, please contact The Cochran Firm South Florida today to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with one of our medical malpractice attorneys today

Common Workplace Accident Injuries

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Being injured and unable to work can be a very stressful experience. If you have always supported your family (or even just yourself), finding yourself without an income can be terrifying.

You may not know what your options are, and you may not even know about a government program known as Workers’ Compensation, also often referred to as Workman’s Compensation. Workers’ Compensation is a government agency that provides compensation to those who are injured at work or who are made ill due to their work. If you are unable to work due to injury or sickness, you should contact the workplace injury attorneys at The Cochran Firm South Florida today to schedule a no-obligation, confidential consultation.

Some of the most common workplace injuries we see, are, unfortunately, often very serious. We have represented clients who have suffered:

  • Head/brain injury
  • Back injury
  • Neck/shoulder injury
  • Loss of limbs
  • Electrocution
  • Burn injury
  • Vision/hearing loss
  • Mesothelioma (due to exposure to asbestos)

Many of these injuries will result in permanent disability. If you are fortunate, you may suffer only partial disability. Regardless of the severity of your workplace injury, you need an experienced Workers’ Compensation attorney on your side.

If you live in the south Florida area, please contact The Cochran Firm South Florida today to schedule a confidential consultation so we may hear the details of your workplace injury and advise you of what to do next

What is the Difference between Permanent and Partial Disability?

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Being injured and not able to work can be a very frightening experience.If you have been the “bread winner” of your family and now you are disabled, you may feel like you have no purpose in life, and you may not know where to turn for help. If you have been injured on the job, you are entitled to collect what is called Workers’ Compensation benefits. Workers’ Compensation is also often referred to as Workman’s Compensation or Workers’ Comp, but no matter what it’s called, it’s out there for you if you have been hurt at work and need money to support your family.

You cannot be fired for filing Workman’s Compensation, and you receive benefits based on your salary and the extent of your injury. When discussing the extent of one’s injury, you may hear the terms “permanent” and “partial disability.” These terms pretty much mean what they say. If you have suffered a permanent disability, you will not be going back to work; however, if you have suffered a partial disability, you may very well recover and get back to work some day. An experienced Workman’s Compensation attorney such as the ones at The Cochran Firm in South Florida can give you all the information you need and file for benefits for you since filing for Workers’ Compensation benefits can be a very complicated, confusing process.

Disabilities can be classified as follows:

Temporary Total Disability:

·         This classification of disability refers to workers who have injuries severe enough to prevent them from doing their job, but only temporarily.

Permanent Total Disability

·         This type of disability describes workers who are disabled and unable to return to any type of job. This label usually affords workers benefits for life equal to two-thirds of their prior income.

Permanent Partial Disability

·         Permanent partial disability is used to describe individuals who have an illness or injury that permanently limits them in some way but may allow them to return to some type of job participation.

If you were injured at work, you may qualify for Workers’ Compensation benefits. Please contact the Workman’s Compensation lawyers at The Cochran Firm South Florida today to schedule a confidential consultation.

Common Questions About Auto Accidents

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

If you have been injured in a car accident, or if a loved one has died in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. An experienced auto accident attorney, such as the ones at The Cochran Firm South Florida, after hearing the details of your case, will be able to give you an idea of what damages you may be entitled to if you were harmed due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing.

If you were injured in an auto accident in the south Florida area, you may be compensated for medical bills, physical rehabilitation, long-term care, medical equipment, prescriptions, lost wages, and loss of quality of life. In some cases, punitive damages are awarded for pain and suffering. An experienced auto accident attorney can explain what damages you may receive in the event you are in a car accident in Florida.

There are actually several dos and don’ts following a car accident. You should never admit fault to anyone either at the scene of the accident or after you leave the scene. You should never accept payment from an insurance company. You should call for medical help and file a police report. You should get the names (and other information) of any witnesses to your auto accident. You should then call a skilled auto accident attorney to find out what to do next.