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I've been injured at work. What is the very first thing I need to do in order to begin the workers' compensation claim process?
File a First Report of Injury or Illness form with your employer. You can download it if your employer doesn't have a copy on hand.
What do I do if I, or my child, are injured on an attraction at any amusement park?
Report the injury to the operator of the ride immediately. Have that person call for both medical assistance and their manager at the same time. Complete any “incident report” the park management requires so that they have it properly documented. Do not sign any agreements or discuss insurance or compensation with any representative of the park until you’ve spoken with an attorney.
What do I do if I am injured at a beach or on other public property?
The Florida Coastal Management Program is responsible for maintaining signage at public beaches and other waterways. In case of an emergency seek medical attention immediately, document the incident as best you can with photographs and written statements, and contact both an FCWP representative and an attorney as soon as possible.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is responsible for the maintenance of off-highway public property roads, as well as distribution of hunting and fishing licenses and the necessary safety which accompanies these kinds of activities. If you are injured on public property in a fishing, hunting, boating, or “off-roading” accident, seek medical attention immediately and document the incident as thoroughly as possible with photographs and written statements. You should report the incident to the appropriate regional office and contact an attorney immediately about your rights.
What do I do if I am in this situation?
First and foremost, always consider your health and well-being. Seek medical attention without delay. If there were no witnesses to the incident, tell the property owner what occurred as soon as possible. If someone else witnessed your injury, ask them to report what they know to the owner while you are having the injury taken care of.
In general, it may be helpful to gather copies of all the documentation possible. Here are a few things to think about in this process:
Remember: If the claim goes to litigation, your lawyer will value photographic evidence and any documentation from witnesses which assist in event re-creation. Make sure the attorney is provided the company name for the medical care providers, and the name any witnesses, management, or personnel involved on the date of the incident. These details are especially important if the injury has occurred to your child as childhood injuries sometimes involve more intensity and potential complications than adult injuries.
What do I do if I slip and fall in my hotel lobby?
If you are injured and unsure about getting up, call for help. Never risk further injury by underestimating the extent to which you are hurt. Allow someone else to phone for medical response and ask someone to alert the hotel management. If management becomes involved, do not sign or agree to anything until you’ve spoken with an attorney. Ask a friend, family member, or witness to take pictures of the location and circumstances.
What if I don’t know about the problem until I get home?
In the event that an injury is not discovered until you arrive home, or that you are on your way out of state when an injury occurs (such as a slip-and-fall at the airport, for example) seek medical attention as soon as possible. Being out of state will not affect the process of filing a personal injury claim. In today’s digital age it is usually possible to communicate efficiently about these cases over long-distances.
Why shouldn’t I wait until I get home to see my own doctor and file suit then?
If you are injured on vacation don’t wait to get home to seek medical attention – do so immediately. Not only will you make sure that you are healthy enough to travel home safely, you will be able to begin any litigation process more quickly should you decide to file a suit. Your health comes first, and the longer you wait to address medical issues the more complicated it may become to address legal ones.
What do you mean by “tourist injury”?
A “tourist injury ” is typically any type of personal injury which occurs to a person who is a non-resident of Florida and is visiting for business or pleasure. These can include car accidents, slip-and-falls, dog bites, pool accidents, or burns, amongst other types of personal injuries which may have been the result of someone else’s negligence.
How does the government handle USERRA claims?
The Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS), a part of the Department of Labor , investigates claims related to USERRA. If the investigation does not lead to a resolution of the issue, the service member can have their claim referred to the Department of Justice, where it will be assigned to an appropriate District Court. If the violation of USERRA is proven to be intentional, then the service member may be awarded reasonable attorney fees.
Do employers have to accommodate veterans with disabilities under this law?
Yes. USERRA protects veterans with disabilities by requiring the employer to make efforts in accommodating their injuries. Additionally, USERRA allows veterans recovering from injuries up to two years from the completion of service to seek reemployment or return to their previous job. If you have experienced discrimination because of a disability, contact the Coye Law Firm today.