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This past week the attorneys of L&E attended the annual Florida Workers’ Advocates (FWA) conference in Orlando. FWA is an organization of plaintiff workers' compensation attorneys committed to protecting and defending the rights of injured workers throughout Florida. FWA has truly become an invaluable platform for all injured workers along with many civil justice attorneys throughout our state.

For more information and discussion regarding the need for FWA please visit our blog post at

As the Great Albert Einstein once said, “[t]he World will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch & do nothing.”

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This past week the attorneys of L&E attended the annual Florida Workers’ Advocates (FWA) conference in Orlando. The FWA is an organization committed to protecting and defending the rights of injured workers throughout Florida, and it has truly become an invaluable platform for many civil justice attorneys throughout our state. We are proud of the work put in by FWA and its many members who spend a significant amount of time in Tallahassee and away from their loved ones. Unsurprisingly, our members continue to step up to the fight as all members of FWA battle not only for their clients, but for the rights of all injured workers. FWA is one of the few organizations who stands between special interest groups and lawmakers making sure the focus remains on the impact of the laws to Floridians. Thankfully, the citizens in Florida are blessed with an organization like FWA who fights for the rights of injured workers and reminds lawmakers of the impact on the real people in Florida.
Our attorneys are extremely proud to be members of such a powerful and dedicated organization. Surrounded by the best minds in workers’ compensation, our attorneys were able to expand and strengthen their expertise under the law all to the benefit of their clients.
“The World will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch & do nothing.”
-Albert Einstein

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Employee Spotlight: Debbie Higel

Twenty-six years ago, in May of 1991, Debbie joined Lancaster & Eure and she has been an integral part of our firm as a legal assistant ever since. In 1990 Debbie graduated from Manatee Junior College with an Associate of Science degree and went on to complete the Certified Legal Assistant’s exam in 1991. In addition, she regularly attends legal seminars and other conferences specializing in Workers’ Compensation to maintain her CLA status. She currently resides in Venice, FL.
At Lancaster & Eure, we are lucky to have someone as focused on the clients and passionate about assisting our team as Debbie and we thank her for her service!
Today we focus our Employee Spotlight questions on Debbie to learn more about her accomplishments and what motivates her to excel:

What do you like most about your job?
Lancaster & Eure has always been very supportive to their employees in the office and with their personal lives. They encourage continued education and provide their employees the opportunity to grow. I feel fortunate to have found a position with L&E.

What would you say have been your major contributions to the firm this year in your job?
I have been able to assist our new employees in learning how to do different aspects of their positions.

What aspect of your position at Lancaster & Eure gives you the most personal satisfaction?
When I am assisting clients with their settlements and they finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and they get a feeling of relief that they will no longer have to deal with the WC insurance companies in their lives.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you?
I love to fish. I caught a 300 pound blue marlin while fishing off the coast of Hawaii. Also, I was a rowing coxswain and I competed in many regattas where our crew was very successful. I am currently a US Rowing referee. I work at many regattas each year.

How do you define success?
I define success as being reliable. Reliable to my employer, husband, and family.

What is the best place you’ve traveled and why?
For our wedding anniversary my husband and I took a cruise to French Polynesia. We traveled to Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, Tahaha, and Rhiatea. It is so beautiful there. The diving was phenomenal and the people were very friendly.

What is your favorite thing to do?
I love being with my husband and I love to cook.

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Could the "black box" of your car eventually be used to determine who is at fault for an accident?

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We are proud to announce that we have created a team to participate in the Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon on 4/22/2017 at Payne Park. The walkathon is an extremely important fundraiser for Southeastern as they rely SOLELY on private donations (no government assistance).

From the beginning of the breeding process to the date of retirement, it costs up to tens of thousands of dollars to train these superheroes. Most importantly, the guide dogs are provided at no cost to the students who depend on their services.
We are honored to be able to participate in such an event and to help support such an important cause.

Please support our team as we support Southeastern. Donate today and help our team reach our fundraising goal. It's an impressive cause, and your gift is tax deductible.

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A bill was recently introduced in the Florida Senate seeking to extend protections, for conditions such as PTSD, to first responders.

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On Tuesday a lawsuit was filed in Tampa challenging UberEats designation of their drivers as independent contractors.

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Don't miss our latest blog post on some ideas from a fellow FWA attorney of ways to reform the workers' compensation law.

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Make sure to check out our latest blog post discussing how Florida's lawmakers are turning the tables on the agency in charge of proposing increases to Florida's insurance rates.
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