Last updated 7 days ago
The attorneys of Chanfrau & Chanfrau handle personal injury cases, including auto accidents and product liability cases. However, our legal team is also experienced in providing criminal defense to Central Florida residents. Our criminal defense lawyer understands the importance of having exemplary legal representation when charged with a crime and our firm will do everything in our power to protect our clients’ rights in a felony or misdemeanor case.
A criminal charge is either classified as a felony or a misdemeanor. While a misdemeanor is a minor crime, often punishable by fines, light jail sentences, or probation, felonies are major crimes that can result in heavy fines and prison sentences. Anyone accused of a misdemeanor or a felony has the right to attorney representation as his or her case proceeds. In addition, those accused of crimes have the right to a public jury trial, to produce evidence, and to confront witnesses.
The Daytona Beach criminal defense attorney of Chanfrau & Chanfrau is a skilled litigator, well versed in laws governing Florida criminal cases. Call (386) 258-7313 to learn how our firm will fight for your rights in a felony or misdemeanor case.
Last updated 12 days ago
For many Americans, the most effective way to get to and from work each day is by riding public transportation. Unfortunately, when someone steps onto a Metro subway or bus, he or she is vulnerable to sexual harassment from nearby strangers. In public transportation, unnecessary rubbing and touching are the most common sexual harassment complaints.
Recently, the Washington, DC metro system launched a campaign encouraging sexual harassment victims to report incidents. As this news report explains, the campaign resulted in 99 email complaints. However, of these complaints, only 22 criminal police reports were created and only one arrest resulted.
If you’ve been subjected to sexual harassment, Chanfrau & Chanfrau will fight for your rights. Call (386) 258-7313 to speak with one of our sexual harassment attorneys in Daytona Beach.
Last updated 15 days ago
The term “sexual harassment” encompasses a range of unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors. Even though sexual harassment laws don’t prevent simple teasing or offhand comments, they do prohibit unwelcome behaviors that are so common that they create a hostile work environment. Sexual harassment laws also prohibit employers from making threats of adverse employment action, such as being fired or demoted, if an employee doesn’t reciprocate the sexual advances.
Unwelcome sexual advances or verbal conduct constitutes sexual harassment when an employment decision is based on someone’s response to the sexual advances or the unwelcome conduct interferes with someone’s workplace. Sexual pranks, teasing, and jokes can make someone feel very uncomfortable at work, so it can constitute sexual harassment by interfering with someone’s workplace. Sexual touching and grabbing or standing too close to a co-worker is also considered sexual harassment if it makes that person feel uncomfortable at work.
Pressure to socialize off-duty hours
Quid pro-quo sexual harassment is when someone’s employment status rests on how he or she responds to sexual advances by a superior. For example, if a supervisor is constantly asking a subordinate to socialize with him or her after hours even though it is clear the subordinate has no interest in doing so, this can constitute sexual harassment. This is especially true if the supervisor suggests or implies that the employee’s job status or promotion opportunities depend on reciprocating these advances.
Sexually demeaning or offensive pictures
When co-workers repeatedly place sexually suggestive objects or pictures in the workplace, they can be found guilty of creating a hostile work environment. This is especially true if a coworker voices his or her discomfort with the images, but they continue to bring offensive materiel into the office.
Workplace sexual harassment interferes with a victim’s ability to manage respectful relationships with superiors and coworkers. As a result, employers can be held liable for not addressing sexual harassment complaints that create a hostile work environment. If you’ve been the victim of unwanted sexual advances, contact Chanfrau & Chanfrau of Daytona Beach at (386) 258-7313.
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Workers’ compensation policies are state laws that require employers or state-run insurance agencies to provide payments for employees who suffer injuries on the job. In today’s technologically advanced marketplace, it may be difficult to distinguish a personal ailment as opposed to one for which your employer is responsible. The following is a look at a few of the ways that employees can determine whether their injury was work-related.
Accident at client site
If you are working on company time at a client worksite, you likely qualify for workers’ compensation. Either your employer’s or the client’s insurance will generally cover your injuries and any missed work due to doctors’ appointments and recovery. However, this policy does not extend to telecommute employees who may be working on company time at a coffee shop, library, or other location.
Injury at office party
Employees who slip and fall at a company party—even one held off-site—may be able to file workers’ compensation claims for the injuries they sustained from the accident. This is because employers are required to exercise reasonable caution to host events at safe locations that will not cause workers to get hurt. Florida law is also clear that medical expenses arising from clumsy drunken employees can be covered under this insurance.
Collision in a company car
If you are driving your company-provided car to your workplace, client site, or other business-related errand, you may qualify for compensation for any injuries sustained in the event of an accident. However, this scenario becomes murky if you are driving to lunch or another activity while off-the clock. Consult an attorney if you have any questions about your unique situation.
Private and public compensation claims are often wrongly denied. If you or a loved one received a rejection letter after filing a claim with your company’s insurer, call (386) 258-7313 to speak to the team at Chanfrau & Chanfrau. We can compile evidence and work with the state regulatory agency to ensure that you receive maximum medical and wage replacement benefits while you recover.
Last updated 1 month ago
One of the most common accidents on American roads occurs when one car comes to a stop, but the vehicle behind it does not decelerate fast enough. The first car’s occupants may suffer a number of physical ailments as a result of a sudden push forward. This is a look at some of the most common types of injuries sustained as a result of rear-end car collisions.
When a car stops at a light or in traffic, the driver’s neck and back are usually relaxed. In the event that the car suddenly lunges forward due to an accident, the driver’s upper body may experience a rapid forward and backward movement that can sprain muscles and stretch ligaments in the neck and shoulders. The resulting condition is known as whiplash, and it can take weeks or even months to dissipate.
Traumatic Brain Injury
In high-speed rear-end accidents, a victim’s head may hit the windshield or another part of the interior of the vehicle. Depending on the force of the collision, the intensity of the impact may cause serious internal damage to the brain. This is known as traumatic brain injury (TBI), and it may involve everything from concussions to internal bleeding and fractured sculls.
Spinal Disc Herniation
Another potential consequence of a rear-end collision is damage to the spinal column. The angle of the accident may cause the driver or passenger’s body to collide with the middle console or another part of the vehicle, which can throw their spine out of alignment. This can lead discs to slip out from between vertebrae and interfere with sensitive nerve endings.
The law office of Chanfrau & Chanfrau has decades of experience representing victims of rear-end collisions throughout Florida. If you suffered any of the above injuries after someone crashed into your stopped vehicle, call our Daytona Beach office at (386) 258-7313 today. We offer free initial consultations, so contact us to see how our skilled team can help your case.