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One injury can lead to multiple remedies.

Many injury claims result in a multitude of potential remedies for the injured person. Most people are fairly familiar with personal injury claims. Many times these claims are covered by insurance or relatively well to do entities/business which self insure.

Many people are vaguely familiar with the workers' compensation system, but few, until they've experienced it, understand the nuances. Most every employer in Florida employing four or more people, or as few as one in the construction industry, are required to have insurance for workers' compensation claims. If an employer should have workers' compensation coverage but does not, the potential remedies can be vastly different for a person injured on the job. There are many other potential claims which may arise from an injury, whether suffered on the job or not. Depending on the size of the employer and length of employment relationship there can be mandatory leave required under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), unemployment claims, private disability claims, Social Security Disability claims, employment discrimination and retaliation claims, Americans with Disability Act (ADA) claims, and many other issues.

The FMLA can guarantee up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave from work. The unemployment system can help pay benefits during a recovery from an accident which precludes past work demands but not all work ability while transitioning. Workers' compensation can provide medical care and treatment and a portion of lost wages during recuperation. Disability claims can provide benefits for future diminished income, and, if awarded through Social Security, entitlement to Medicare before retirement age. Depending on how an employer reacts to limitations an injured person may sustain can lead to a variety of claims including illegally being retaliated against for filing a workers' compensation claim, a required accommodation in the workplace, or even assistance with vocational retraining and placement without expense to the injured person.

Commonly lawyers limit their practices to one or very few types of claims which can arise from an injury. The team at Delgado & Romanik has over twenty years of experience litigating injury, workers' compensation, employment discrimination, public and private disability claims and other claims which may stem and flow from an initial accident or injury whether on the job or off the job. Commonly issues in one arena will affect the potential outcomes in other arenas. Our firm can help clients understand the complex relationship between all the potential claims, not just one subset, to help determine the best overall course of action to benefit an injured person in the long run. If you have been injured in an accident, we would be honored to help you determine all of the potential legal remedies due you.

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