The Paralegal Support Specialist coordinates legal claims investigations of personal injury or property damage claims against the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).
Determines whether the damaging incident occurred on FDOT right of way.
Determines whether there are any agreements which place responsibility on another entity (i.e., maintenance agreements, permits, construction contracts, etc.).
Determines whether FDOT had prior notice of a condition which is alleged to have been the cause of the damage.
Determines whether repairs have or will be made.
Determines the names of people most knowledgeable about information relevant to the claim (interview witnesses and document ﬁndings).
Inspects and photographs incident location.
Coordinates with FDOT’s assigned defense lawyers and experts during litigation of personal injury or property damage claims.
Assists FDOT’s assigned defense lawyers, or FDOT’s in-house lawyers by identifying potential sources of information, gathering information for defense lawyers representing FDOT, and responding on behalf of FDOT to discovery requests presented by opposing attorneys.
Serves as a liaison between the FDOT defense lawyers and FDOT staff having factual or expert knowledge, who may be needed to provide litigation support and/or testimony (factual or expert) in the case.
Maintains organized electronic and hard copy claims ﬁles. Interfaces with public on submittal of claims.
Interfaces with Central Ofﬁce Legal.
Prepares claim investigation forms
Provides Record Custodian testimony regarding records produced from various ofﬁces to authenticate records, explain what is in the ﬁle, how records are kept, and the purpose of the records.
Provides testimony regarding authentication of pictures taken during claims investigation.
Passively attends hearings and mediations, as a client representative