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Can there be more than one mediation?
At the end of mediation, the mediator prepares a report stating which issues have been resolved and which ones need further discussion. Mediation is an attempt for all of the issues to be resolved before going to a trial, but if they aren't, then taking the disagreement before a judge is the next step.
Discussing your concerns with an attorney at the Coye Law Firm is the best way to get the benefits you need and in a timely manner. Our attorneys and staff are dedicated to working with injured workers through every level of their claims.
What if we reach a compromise before mediation?
With the help of a lawyer, it is possible that your employer and their insurance company will agree to your requests before mediation takes place. If this is the case, and you accept all terms of the agreement, all parties need to notify the mediator and judge in writing before the meeting.
What should I bring to mediation?
Your attorney will prepare you on what to bring and what to say in mediation well before the meeting takes place. It may be helpful to bring medical bills, prescription receipts, copies of paperwork filed with the state, and other documents to prove that your injury was work-related. These documents will be kept confidential as will the mediation's transcript.
What if I don't think the mediator is being fair?
Mediation is designed to help parties reach a compromised solution to their issues. You do not need to accept the terms of any agreement if you and your attorney don't consider them fair. Additionally, any party in the mediation can request that the mediator be disqualified. The request must be submitted to the judge, include specific reasons for disqualification, and the name of a substitute mediator. An experienced workers' compensation attorney from the Coye Law Firm knows the behavior and judgement expected of a mediator and can help you determine if they are truly impartial.
Do I have to be present at mediation? I'm from out of state and I don't want to fly or drive in for a meeting.
According to the rules outlined on the JCC web site , you have to show good reason for not being present at the mediation. If you are from out of the area, you can be connected to the meeting by the telephone or a video conference on the Internet. These other means of communication must be approved by the mediator in advance of the meeting.
Is mediation necessary?
Mediation is only necessary in a workers compensation case if a Petition for Benefits form is filed. The injured employee needs to file a Petition for Benefits if they are being denied some kind of benefit that would help compensate for the cost of their injury. Your workers' compensation lawyer at the Coye Law Firm can file this paperwork, defend your interests at mediation, and help you get the benefits you need in order to recover from your on-the-job injury.
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.
My 19 year old son/daughter was injured at work recently. How does this factor into their workers' compensation claim?
Younger workers are given special consideration when the average weekly wage is computed to arrive at a lost wages settlement. People under 22 years can expect to have their wages increase at rates faster than older workers, so their injuries may impede upon this. Therefore, reasonable measures are taken to compute the average weekly wage. An attorney can help to explain this process and make the computations according to the law.
What if my injury prevents me from doing the job(s) I've done all my life?
The law provides employees an outlet for retraining and job opportunities. If you have been injured on the job so severely that you cannot return, you can work with the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitationoffice to explore your options. The workers' compensation section has a brief overview of what the division offers. You can find vocational counseling, job-seeking skills, on-the-job training, job placement, and retraining opportunities through the web site.
How much does it cost to hire an attorney for my workers' compensation claim?
Florida law places a limit on the amount that an attorney representing an injured person can collect in a worker's compensation claim. The specifics of Florida law have changed over the years. Depending on the date of your injury, the cost can vary and the only way to know for sure is to discuss your situation with an experienced worker's comp attorney.