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  • 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:
     

    • Take photos (or have the medical facility photograph) your injuries. Try to get the injury from as many angles and with as much light as possible. There can never be “too many” photos if the case goes to litigation.
    • Take photos of the site where the injury occurred, from as many angles and as clear as possible. Try to get maximum information into the photos – every foot of area you capture could help your attorney in court.
    • Write up an “incident report” in your own words of what happened. It doesn’t need to be in formal language, but jot down as many details as you can. This could be vital to reconstructing the event later.

    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 soon after I return from service do I need to contact my employer about reemployment?

    The amount of time between completion of military service and return to civilian employment depends on the length of service. If you served for less than 31 days, you must return to work during the next regularly scheduled work period on the first full day after release from service. The employer must take into account the safe travel home and an eight-hour rest period for the employee prior to return. 

    For service longer than 30 days but less than 181 days, the service member has up to 14 days from release from military service to apply for reemployment. If the service member served longer than 180 days, he or she has up to 90 days from release from service to apply for reemployment. 
     

     

  • Can I get both SSI and DIB?

    In certain circumstances, yes. The maximum income that an individual can receive while getting SSI in 2010 is $674 in a month. If you win $500 in the lottery one month, you are required to report it and your benefits will go down by $500 for one month to make up for the income. If you are unable to work due to a disability and financially qualify for both programs, you can receive both types of benefit. Because SSI caps at $674, your disability benefits would need to be less than that to receive both at the same time. For example, if you get $400 in DIB, you can make up the remaining $274 through enrollment in SSI. 

  • Which one can I get benefits from?

    Depending on your financial status, you can receive either Disability Insurance Benefits or Supplemental Security Income. To determine which program you are eligible for, use the Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool available through the Social Security Administration 's website.

  • How much does DIB pay?

    Disability Insurance Benefits depend on your work history and contribution to Social Security. There are online calculators that allow you to calculate how much you may receive.