Monday, 14 October 2019
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.


Because workers' compensation cases usually involve the conflicting interests of an employer and a sick or injured employee or worker, the claims process can be difficult. This is why workers' compensation disputes arise after a work injury. In this case, hiring a lawyer is necessary to ensure that every party is legally represented well, most especially if the settlement amount is deemed unfair or the claim has been denied.

Below are some tips for when workers' compensation disputes arise after a work-related injury.

Get Prompt Medical Attention or Treatment

As soon as the injury occurs, it's important to seek medical attention right away. Aside from the medical evidence that will eventually support your claim, seeking immediate medical intervention can lead to a fuller and quicker recovery.

Solid or substantial medical evidence is required to support a workers' comp claim. Proper documentation of your injuries, including physical restrictions, should be carried out. Take photos of your injuries if you can, and never delay getting medical treatment. Otherwise, the insurance company or your employer may raise a dispute arguing that you were not seriously injured or the incident never happened.

Consult an Experienced Workers' Compensation Lawyer

The claims process of a workers' compensation case can be adversarial, which necessitates the services of a trusted and reliable lawyer with years of experience dealing with such cases. By hiring an experienced lawyer, like one from, you'll get expert legal advice that is tailored to your current situation.

Employers tend to dispute a workers' comp claim because of money. Some employers don't want to provide the maximum compensation for injured workers because they'll spend so much money on damages, like paying for lost wages and hospitalization. Of course, this situation arises if the company doesn't have insurance or the number of workers’ comp claims involved in the workplace accident is above the employer's capacity to handle.

Here are some ways an experienced workers' compensation lawyer can help you:

● A workers' compensation lawyer will communicate with the insurer on your behalf.

● Medical evidence will be gathered to strongly support your claim.

● A good personal injury lawyer will negotiate a good settlement for you.

● A workers' compensation lawyer will represent you before court.

Don't Hesitate to Report the Incident Immediately

One way to avoid workers' compensation disputes is to report the incident immediately. The best employers have a comprehensive workers' compensation insurance in place. However, some don't have such good insurance coverage. This is why you always have to think ahead and report any workplace injury to the management immediately.

Report your injury to your supervisor or boss. Be abreast with your company’s rules and policies because workers are expected to notify employers about workplace injuries within a given time frame. Every state has a different deadline, and disputes can arise if the employee or worker fails to report the injury within the allotted period.

Consider Changing Your Doctor

If ever the employee misses the deadline, the right to collect compensation benefits will be lost. In some states, the injured worker needs to file a claim form to start a claim officially. It should be filed within a certain date range with the complete requirements attached. Hiring a lawyer to help you ensure a smoother claim submission will be beneficial.

Protect yourself against an employer who might claim that your injuries were sustained away from the workplace by reporting the injury or accident right away. Be sure to make a detailed report of the incident in writing, and in the presence of a trusted and reliable witness.

Here are the details you need to provide when reporting a workplace injury or accident:

● Time and date of the accident

● Activity or task being done before or during the incident

● Machine or equipment being operated

● Possible witnesses of the accident

● People who attended to you after the incident (like a company nurse or physician)

Consider Changing Your Doctor

A dispute may arise if a doctor is chosen by the employer or the insurance company. If you think you're not getting the right medical treatment, you have the right to change your doctor. Hiring a workers' compensation lawyer will ensure that your access to quality medical intervention is not restricted.


If you're faced with a workers' compensation dispute, it is best to have legal representation. Talk to a workers' compensation lawyer who can help you obtain the maximum compensation you deserve. Get fair medical attention and avoid having your claim denied. Prevent disputes from happening by reporting the accident to your immediate supervisor, documenting your injuries, and considering changing your doctor to avoid conflict of interest.


International Bat Night will be marked this weekend across the world and you can join in the fun with a special evening in Ston.

The European Bat Night is a popular, annual event to draw public awareness to threatened bat populations in Europe. It is hosted by local nature conservation organisations and attracts a number of ecologically interested people, families, and children.

And the Public Institution for the Management of Protected Nature Parts of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County invites children and parents and anyone interested in International Bat Night. International Bats Night will be celebrated this year at the Rector’s Palace in Ston on Sunday the 29th of September 29 with a program starting at 5pm, everyone is welcome!


Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said in Brussels on Thursday he expected the present European Commission to make a recommendation before the end of its term that Croatia meets the requirements for accession to the Schengen passport-free travel area.

"I expect the College of Commissioners to adopt what has been proposed by the relevant commissioners, notably Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos," Plenkovic told the press after meeting with senior EU officials.

In mid-October the European Commission is expected to discuss an assessment of Croatia's readiness to join the Schengen area. During his visit to Zagreb in June, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that the Commission would issue a positive recommendation before the end of its term, which expires on November 1.

Plenkovic noted that the Schengen Committee had concluded earlier this month that Croatia met the requirements from all eight chapters of the Schengen acquis. "We have made a lot of advances and are now expecting the College of Commissioners to adopt what was discussed at lower levels," he added.

He was asked to comment on the statement by Slovenian Foreign Minister Miro Cerar that only countries that honour the rule of law can join the Schengen area and that Croatia is violating the rule of law by refusing to implement the arbitration ruling on the border dispute between the two countries.

"Those are political issues that will be raised at the Council level. This is a technical matter for the Commission. The criteria are equal for all and Croatia has met all the criteria," Plenkovic said.


Croatian President, Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic, met with US President Donald Trump and the First Lady, Melania today. Grabar Kitarovic was a guest at the Trump reception during the UN General Assembly.

The Croatian president warned at the UN on Tuesday the pollution of the world's oceans and seas, including the Adriatic Sea, a key resource for Croatia, which earns about 20 percent of GDP from tourism.

"I urge everyone - please stop throwing waste into our oceans and seas. It's our own future," Grabar-Kitarovic, said during her speech at the UN in New York.

The Croatian coast, visited by about 18 million tourists annually, is also polluted by plastic waste from southern neighbours, Montenegro and Albania.

"We cannot neglect the grave consequences on our nature and the significant economic losses that threaten us in the future," she added.

Much needed work on the infrastructure of the Dubrovnik hinterland has been carried out with the completion of the reconstruction of a road between Kliševo and Mrčevo.

The first section of the reconstruction of the road between these two Dubrovnik villages, above the coastal village of Trsteno, has been completed and the new 700-meter-long section is open.

Immediately after the completion of the repairing and tarmacking of this section, works continued on the remaining part of the road to Mrčevo, 2.5 kilometres in length, with the completion of the works scheduled for the end of this year.


The reconstruction of the entire road, which also included widening, is being carried out as part of the program of enhancing the maintenance of the city’s roads, and is financed and supervised by the City of Dubrovnik.

The total value of this investment, which will enable a better quality connectivity of this part of Dubrovnik's upper villages, and thus a new impetus for the development of rural tourism, is 8 million Kuna.


Probably one of the weirdest road traffic accidents we have seen this summer in Dubrovnik, and unfortunately there have been a few especially with scooter and motorbike riders. The driver of this car somehow managed to jump off the road and ended up sliding along the crash barrier.

The strange accident happened at around 9 o’clock this morning on the stretch of main coastal road between Veliki and Mali Zaton. Luckily the driver escaped without any injuries and no passers-by were hurt either.




Dubrovnik has once again found itself in the centre of a film production, but this time it isn’t the Game of Thrones or Star Wars but as the background for a major marketing campaign for one of the world’s leading fashion lines.

Sik Silk which brands itself as a “combination of street wear with huge inspiration from top athletes around the world along with the uprising street wear culture, which heavily influences most of the youth today,” has used the ancient streets of Dubrovnik as the background for a funky new advertising campaign.

The basketball court inside the Old City Walls was the scene of the latest video with former Scotland footballer Stephen James modelling the freshest designs. But it wasn’t only this video as many photos, with both male and female models, appear on the company’s website. Interestingly the Brazilian footballer Dani Alves has his own collection of designs with Sik Silk.

Check out the Dubrovnik Sik Silk video

Petrol prices at gas stations across Croatia have risen sharply from today. Petrol prices jumped to an average of 10.322 Kunas per litre and just a week ago the average price was 10.062 Kuna per litre.

As of today the price of diesel has increased to 10.062 Kuna per litre, whereas last week it was 9.873 Kuna.

Oil prices on the world markets rose about 6 percent last week, as a result of the drone attack on Saudi Arabia's largest oil plant, causing production to be cut by more than 5 million barrels a day, or 5 percent of global production.


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