Hollywood is a city located in Florida’s Broward County. With a population of 140,768 in 2010, it is one of the largest cities in the county and the twelfth largest city in the state. The city was founded in 1925 and today is famous for its beach and for the Broadwalk, which allows pedestrians to walk along the sandy shore. Hollywood is also a major place for jobs in the area, with companies such as Invicta Watch Group and HEICO calling the city home. The largest employers in the city are Memorial Healthcare System, The Continental Group, and the City of Hollywood. Since Hollywood has such a range of employers, it is not surprising that the city sees many serious workplace injuries each year.What to Do After Sustaining a Work Injury in Hollywood or Another Florida Community
If you have been injured in a workplace accident in Hollywood – whether that accident was a car accident in Hollywood, a burn, an accident caused by a coworker's negligence, or any other type of accident -- there are several steps you will want to take in order to protect yourself and to ensure that you get compensation for your injuries:
- Report the injury immediately to your supervisor or to the appropriate person in your workplace. This is very important, as there is a statute of limitations on workers compensation claims in Hollywood and Florida. In general, you have 30 days from the time the accident took place to report your injury. Keep in mind that even a slight delay in reporting your injury can mean that some information and evidence of your injury may be lost. It is always best to report the injury as soon as it occurs. In some cases, you may not realize that you have been injured in the workplace until sometime has passed. For example, if you've been exposed to a hazardous substance in the workplace – such as asbestos – you may not realize that you have a mesothelioma claim in Hollywood until many years have passed. In these cases, you may have between 30 and 90 days from the time you were first aware of the injury or the first moment you should have been aware of the injury to report your claim. These cases are often more complex, since an attorney needs to prove that it was in fact a workplace that caused the injury.
- Get medical help for your workplace injury. Whether you have had a slip and fall accident in your Hollywood workplace, a car accident, or any other type of injury, seek help at once. Do this even if you are not sure that you have been seriously injured. Unfortunately, some serious injuries do not present symptoms right away but can become worse over time. For example, if you have a sprain or torn ligaments or muscle you may sustain a secondary injury or complicate your situation if you do not get help for the initial injury right away. Err on the side of caution and seek medical help. Keep a copy of any medical records if you can.
- Document your injuries and any property damage that occurred in the workplace. While not legally required, this can be very helpful, especially if the insurance company accuses you of overstating your injury.
If you've been injured in the workplace and would like more information about the steps you can take to protect yourself, contact the Flaxman Law Group today for a free, no obligation case review to discuss your situation with a personal injury attorney. The legal team at the Flaxman Law Group has been working with South Florida personal injury victims for more than 25 years.