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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation and Civil Litigation for Florida on
Q: Reopen workers compensation case.

My attorney told me that my workers compensation claim wasn't worth anything. I got ran over by a garbage truck on 12-11-2019. I didn't receive surgery until 10-22-2020. My orthopedic surgeon put me on permanent Disability. During mediation my attorney told me the value of my case will... Read more »

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Domenic J. Celeste answered on Nov 16, 2021

Unfortunately, once you've settled your work comp case, and especially when a judge has enforced the settlement, there's not much you can do. Usually, if you disagree with the judge's decision, you can appeal to the First District Court, but they don't usually do much, and, most... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Florida on
Q: Just got a letter from a car accident lawyer. What are my next steps?

I was involved in an accident where both parties were deemed at fault by the officer. We traded information through the officer, and I told the other party I would be filing with my insurance when I got home, and they would be hearing from them.

Today, I received a letter from a local law... Read more »

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Domenic J. Celeste answered on Nov 15, 2021

If you have car insurance, it should defend you against the claim being made against you. If you believe you may have a claim against the other party (say you have injuries, car damages, lost wages, etc), then, just as the other party has done, you'd hire your own attorney. Unless you plan on... Read more »

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5 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for Florida on
Q: I was assaulted by a Dollar tree manager as a customer, what type of lawyer do I need? Criminal and civil?

A Dollar tree manager assaulted me, threw, my cane, shove me & grabed my phone when I told her I was recording her because she wouldn't do a refund on things I had bought 2 mins. earlier w/receipt even though Dollar tree policy is to do so. As soon as I told her I was recording her she... Read more »

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Domenic J. Celeste answered on Nov 7, 2021

If you want to sue to attempt to get some sort of monetary compensation for any injuries that you claim to have sustained, then it would be an attorney licensed to practice law in Florida and who regularly handles personal injury cases. If you want to press criminal charges, it would be an attorney... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation and Civil Litigation for Florida on
Q: Lawyer paperwork

My workers compensation case is done. I moved to another county. I've been contacting my WC lawyer to get my files so I can give them to my personal injury lawyer but she haven't been returning my calls back. Can i get my files from another facility if i live in a different county if... Read more »

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Domenic J. Celeste answered on Nov 3, 2021

I answered this same question under the workers' compensation topic. Here is my answer: "If your case is over and settled, your work comp attorney should have collected his/her costs from the settlement. These are costs for things, like obtaining your records, on the case. Thus, if your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Florida on
Q: Does workers' comp cover travel to and from a work location that isn't my main designated place of work?

Contract employer wrote this in offer: "annualized salary of $100,000 (based on working 40 hours/week) + annualized bonus $10,000 (based on working 40 hours/week) and company offered benefits-The annualized bonus covers any expense that may incur as a part of fulfilling job including but not... Read more »

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Domenic J. Celeste answered on Oct 24, 2021

I'm not sure your question belongs in the workers' compensation section as I don't see anything about you being injured on the job. However, if you were injured, you should look into a free consultation with an attorney licensed to practice law in Florida and who regularly handles... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: Workers Compensation

why my workers comp attorney won't send my personal injury attorney my file case?

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Domenic J. Celeste answered on Oct 18, 2021

Without more information, it's difficult to answer this question. There can be a host of reasons such as your work comp attorney wanting to be paid by your personal injury attorney for documents that he/she will be producing, etc. Really, though, your work comp and personal injury attorneys... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Small Claims for Florida on
Q: I was assaulted in the workplace, how can I sue the individual who assaulted me?

Already working on a PI case against the employer.

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Domenic J. Celeste answered on Oct 12, 2021

How you can sue the person is the easier answer: hire an attorney licensed to practice law in Florida and who regularly handles personal injury/assault cases to file a lawsuit. Whether you have a strong, recoverable case with sufficient damages is another question, which also requires hiring an... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for Florida on
Q: Can my boss fire me for working from home without a sitter for my children?

I work from home and I dont have my kids in daycare because I am home with them. My boss found out and got upset

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Domenic J. Celeste answered on Oct 12, 2021

You can be fired for almost any reason in Florida (with some exceptions). Another questions is whether you being fired was wrongful or not, which may allow you to make a claim against your employer for your termination. To get an answer, or advice, as to that (more important) question, you should... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Health Care Law, Legal Malpractice and Medical Malpractice for Florida on
Q: In the state of Florida how long do I have to file for any kind of claim/alternative negligence,malpractice etc?
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Domenic J. Celeste answered on Oct 9, 2021

For general negligence, it's 4 years from the date of your accident. For malpractice, it's generally 2 years from the time the incident is discovered or should have been discovered. For wrongful death, it's also 2 years. If you have any question about whether you may be approaching... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Florida on
Q: Got hired, took a drug test and heard nothing back. Worked for 3wks & got fired for failing dt. Anything to be done?

I got hired for a job, took a drug test and heard nothing back. They had me working there for 3 weeks then decided to fire me for failing the drug test. Is there anything I can do? I failed due to marijuana and they took 3 weeks to let me know.

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Domenic J. Celeste answered on Oct 12, 2021

I'm guessing that you were not paid for the three weeks that you worked after being hired but before you were let go due to the failed drug test? If so, is your question whether you can get paid for that time worked? More information is needed to answer that question, but it's possible... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Government Contracts and International Law for Florida on
Q: Got injured on the job

I got injured on the job by a coworker. do I have to accept worker’s compensation?

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Domenic J. Celeste answered on Oct 7, 2021

I'm not sure why the labels for this question include government contracts and international law, but, if this is an accident that occurred at work in Florida and is not a Federal Agency, if you were injured on the job, in almost all circumstances, your only choice is workers'... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Personal Injury for Florida on
Q: If an employer forces you to take the EUA Pfizer and does not have the FDA pfizer, are they held accountable? Is pfizer

Held accountable for any vaccine injuries?

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Domenic J. Celeste answered on Oct 7, 2021

Were you injured in any way allegedly due to the vaccine? It appears not, so I think that this question is a little premature to be asking until and unless something does happens. The only thing that I can say is that you should document everything in the meantime. Don't go looking for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: I've been trespassed 12X & had 25 - 911 Calls on me w/ Zero Arrests. Do I have a case? I'm in Florida.

I have done nothing wrong. I have Bipolar 1/OCD/Anxiety & some other health issues.

I have no criminal past & no violent history. I've never threatened anyone or been inappropriate with anyone at any of these businesses. Just about all of the phone calls are businesses. One... Read more »

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Domenic J. Celeste answered on Oct 7, 2021

I'm not exactly sure what you are asking here. It seems that you are asking whether you have a case for discrimination due to your Bipolar/OCD/Anxiety disorders against these establishments who've called 911 and that have alleged that you've trespassed. I'm not sure what the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Florida on
Q: Do I need to sign a release form within 10 days as they requested?

During an extraction for a permanent bridge, I received an injury. Small but am now under another doctor's care hoping it will heal entirely. I requested a refund from the current dentist for the work not yet performed, and have been asked to sign a release but it needs to be done in 10... Read more »

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Domenic J. Celeste answered on Oct 6, 2021

Without knowing what the release says or what you may be waiving by signing it, I don't think any attorney can give you an answer on here. I'd highly recommend that you reach out to an attorney licensed to practice law in Florida and who handles personal injury cases for a free... Read more »

4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Florida on
Q: I was in a car accident. I ran into the left side of a truck that was parked in the road.

Can I counter sue for injuries!

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Domenic J. Celeste answered on Oct 4, 2021

Whether you can sue isn't the question as you can pretty much sue for anything. However, whether you have any chance of recovery is another, and more important, question. A lot more information would be needed to determine whether you may have a viable chance of recovery verses the parked... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Florida on
Q: I want to know if I can do something since I came with a life plan for me and my daughter

A cleaning company brought me with a tourist visa to work for 700 dollars a week over time, I accepted and came to South Carolina, they paid me 11.50 an hour and they charged me rent and transportation, they offered to return the investment. of the tickets and they did not, they fired me from work... Read more »

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Domenic J. Celeste answered on Oct 4, 2021

I'm not exactly sure what you are asking. You want to file a complaint for what and to whom? Do you mean you want to sue the cleaning company for not paying you something? Did you have a contract with this cleaning company? Did they pay you anything? A lot more information is needed to provide... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for Florida on
Q: I have a question about being fired today

I was fired for conflict of interest. This is because my husband went to work for a competitor

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Domenic J. Celeste answered on Oct 12, 2021

I agree that you can be fired for almost any reason in Florida (barring some exceptions). It does seem like this was a legitimate reason for termination as, maybe, your employer has some trade secrets that it doesn't want to get into its competitors hands. I'm not saying that you would do... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for Florida on
Q: My face got burnt by a technician who did Lazer Hair Removal on my face. Now I have a scar.

I currently get Lazer Hair Removal on my face. The owner of the shop usually does it but got a new girl to do my treatment last time. The new girl was either nervous and it burnt me twice in the same place. That same day the skin started to peel away and has now left an ugly scar or mark on my... Read more »

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Domenic J. Celeste answered on Oct 7, 2021

It's possible that you may be able to recover as a result of what this employee did to your face. The question is what are your damages? Damages in this situation appear to be, primarily, how much will it cost you to fix the scarring issue. If your face is something on which you rely to make... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Florida on
Q: Workers Comp Contract

I have a question. If I agree to a lump sum settlement and told my lawyer to sign it instead of me signing it at a mediation but end up emailing my lawyer telling him I changed my mind two hours letter about the settlement. Do I have to settle for whatever amount was given to me or Is the contract... Read more »

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Domenic J. Celeste answered on Oct 2, 2021

Florida Workers' comp is a little different in that it's typical to allow your attorney to sign on your behalf on the mediation agreement. If you truly do not want to proceed with the settlement and you've asked your lawyer to try and back out of the settlement, what may happen is... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Government Contracts, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Florida on
Q: Workers compensation contract

I don't remember signing a workers compensation contract. And I didn't want to be under workers compensation. I got ran over by a garbage truck. One of the workers compensation clients must of came in and had me sign their contracts when I was at the hospital under the fluence when I was... Read more »

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Domenic J. Celeste answered on Oct 2, 2021

I'm not sure what you mean by under a workers' compensation contract. Workers' compensation insurance is purchased by your employer to provide injured employees coverage for medical care and lost wages. You don't HAVE to use it to cover your medical care, but, if your health... Read more »

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