The Indian Tribes are protected though not totally immune from liability. In Florida there are defined procedures to follow before you can bring a claim against the Seminole Indians. She would definitely have a legitimate work comp claim and should consult with an attorney who has dealt with these types of cases before.
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You need to consult a workers' compensation attorney in your mother's locale. While there are many laws, etc,, that may result in an Indian tribe being immune from lawsuits for incidents occuring ON reservations, or reservation deemed lands, there are often various types of claims that they will agree to be subject to in return for, say, operating a casino, etc. Workers compensation statutes may be exempt from the immunity umbrella. A W.C. lawyer will help advise your mother in that regard. good luck.
You need to look for an attorney who specializes in tribal law, not one who is simply a workers compensation lawyer. As one of the attorneys on this board has correctly pointed out, Indian tribes are immune from lawsuits in state and federal courts for injuries that occur on tribal lands, including casinos, because those tribes are considered separate sovereign entities. If you need help finding a lawyer in the SF Bay Area who is experienced in tribal law, I can put you in touch with someone - just give me a call. 415-259-4420.
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