The Right to Try- Florida’s New Law that you Should Know

Florida’s New “Right to Try Act” has Major Implications in your Medical Care.

Starting July 1st, there are 130 new laws on the books in Florida. Some of the laws to make headlines include, the state will no longer collect sales tax on gun club memberships, people with 64-ounce beer containers known as “growlers” can get them filled at breweries, and governments in Florida will have to buy American-made U.S. flags. (Can you believe that the making of American flags is regularly outsourced?)

One of the new laws that has not enjoyed as much press is Florida’s new “Right to Try Act.” This new law has important ramifications for your health care options. Currently, there are many drugs which are in some stage of FDA testing, but not yet released to the general public. Prior to July 1st, Floridians could not receive experimental treatments. Since the passage of the “Right to Try Act,” sick Floridians can now opt in to receive experimental treatments that have passed phase 1 of trials. These drugs are not fully FDA approved.

Since these drugs and treatments are not FDA approved yet, the law naturally provide liability protection to doctors and drug manufactures.

As always, you should consult with your physician concerning any medical treatment.

Concerning medical treatment, make sure you are getting the treatment you deserve. In America, medical malpractice deaths are now the third leading cause of death in the United States. While our medical industry is filled with talented professionals who are, for the most part, good at their jobs, that doesn’t mean mistakes don’t happen. Approximately a quarter million people die from medical error each year as reported by the Washington Post.

If you are in need of medical care, make sure you know your options—especially concerning Florida’s new law. Should you believe you have been the victim of medical malpractice or inadequate care, please contact our offices for a free consultation.


Construction Injury

If you have been injured on your job site, you may have a claim.

Florida is growing fast. And with that growth comes tons of new construction. In fact, in 2014 Florida led the nation in construction jobs. Residents of Central Florida only need to venture down 417 to see the Lake Nona area exploding. Orlando is pushing west as well, and developers plan to add thousands of homes in the Winter Garden area off 429. While the building is a good sign for the local Florida economy, the new construction also has risks; new building means the likelihood of workers suffering construction related injuries increases.

Working construction is one of the hardest and most dangerous jobs in America.   Approximately 150,000 injuries occur as a result of construction workplace accidents annually (The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). As you may guess, the leading cause of construction workplace accidents are falls. Another substantial portion of the workers injured on the job suffer head injuries, which frequently result in brain damage.

While construction related deaths don’t make national headlines, they do happen. They happen more than you think.  Before the OSHA was created 43 years ago, an estimated 14,000 workers were killed on the job every year. Today, workplaces are much safer, going from 38 fatal injuries a day to 12. The BLS reported in 2008 that, in Florida, construction accidents made up 44 percent of the work-related fatalities in the state.


Workers have rights. When a construction worker suffer injuries at work, they have the right to seek compensation for their injuries. These workers’ rights, however, are more limited than in many other personal injury lawsuit situations. Should you have suffered a construction injury on the job, be sure to call our experienced law firm.

Every personal injury case in unique. Depending on the circumstances of the worker’s accident and injuries, the worker may recover due to the negligence of the non-employer. These parties could include property owners & managers, general contractors, construction managers, developers, engineers and architects. As an example, if a worker suffers harm as a result of an accident where a faulty tool or defective equipment is in question, then that worker may pursue a claim against the manufacturer of that device under the legal theory of product liability. These devices may include safety harnesses or other safety equipment.

The bottom line is, if you have suffered a construction injury, you need to seek medical attention and call The Law Offices of Jerrod Paul.