When you are injured on the job, Florida’s workers’ compensation insurance system covers your claim. The system is designed to protect employers from being sued for workplace accidents while providing injured workers the medical care and other benefits they need while they are healing from a workplace injury. The workers’ comp claim process should be straightforward; however, many times it is not. Insurance companies search for ways to deny claims. One defense companies like to use is the pre-existing condition defense. If the insurance company can point to a pre-existing condition or a prior injury, it can claim that your current injury is the result of your prior injury, not the accident at work. If successful, the company could deny your workers’ comp benefits. […]
According to a story posted by Business Insider, The Florida House of Representatives passed a workers’ compensation reform bill that will increase the number of weeks an injured worker can receive benefits. House Bill 7085 increased the length of time a worker can receive temporary total disability or temporary partial disability benefits from 104 weeks to 260 weeks. By doing so, lawmakers have addressed the problem of a gap between the end of benefits and the injured worker still receiving treatment for his or her injuries. […]
It can be frustrating to get injured at work and have to go to a doctor you don’t know while missing more work. If you don’t like the doctor’s diagnosis or treatment plan, you may be tempted to go to your own doctor.
Options for a Workplace Injury
If you’re injured at work, the common process is to go to a doctor approved by the worker’s compensation insurance. In some cases, another option may be chosen. If the injury appears to be minor, the employee may go to their own doctor and pay for the expense themselves. […]
Forklifts are used in a variety of jobs in Florida. These machines are extremely useful for efficiently moving items without placing the working in danger of suffering an injury from moving heavy or bulky items. Unfortunately, forklift accidents are a common workplace injury with over 20,000 injuries and over 100 deaths being reported each year from forklifts accidents.
One of the most common causes of forklift accidents is the lift overturning. An unloaded forklift can be dangerous, but an improperly loaded forklift can be deadly. A forklift should not be overloaded or carry items that it is not designed to carry. The first step in preventing workplace accidents involving forklifts is to institute safety measures and rules for the use of a forklift. The second step is to secure the forklift when not in use to prevent unauthorized use of the forklift. Three, employers need to provide training on how to use a forklift. […]
When you are injured at work, the Florida workers’ comp system is designed to provide medical care and other benefits while you are out of work. The system protects employers from being sued by injured workers while providing workers hurt on the job with much-needed care. While physical injuries clearly fall under the coverage provided by workers’ comp, mental injuries or nervous injuries are a complicated matter. […]
It is easy to be confused by the differences in a workers compensation claim in Florida and a personal injury claim. Both claims related to an injury and the damages incurred because of that injury; however, the laws governing these types of injuries are very different. Below are three differences that many people find confusing when they are injured on the job. […]
According to information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatal occupational injuries are increasing in Florida. In 2015, 272 people died in work-related accidents throughout the state. The largest contributing factor or event that year was transportation incidents followed by falls, slips, and trips. During 2014, there were 228 people killed in work-related accidents and in 2013, 239 people died from work-related injuries. Transportation-related incidents and falls continue to be the leading factors in work-related deaths each year. […]
If you have been injured on the job and need the services of a Boca Raton workers’ comp lawyer, we urge you to contact our office for a free appointment. When you are injured at work in Florida, our workers’ compensation laws protect you. You are entitled to receive certain benefits when you are injured at work. For example, your medical bills related to the injury should be paid in full under workers’ comp laws, provided the medical treatment is deemed necessary. You should also receive benefits for your lost wages if you are unable to work because of a workplace injury.
To learn more about your rights as an injured worker, call 1-800-333-3903. […]
If you have suffered a neck or back injury at work, you may be covered by Florida’s workers’ compensation system. Below is a short discussion of neck and back injuries at work. We encourage you to read the following information and contact our office for a free appointment with a Florida workers’ comp attorney. […]
Electrocution is the fifth leading cause of employment-related fatalities in the United States. Employees who suffer electrocution injuries at work can sustain broken bones, severe burns, heart attack, spinal cord injuries, nerve damage, scarring, permanent disabilities, and neurological damage. Each year, more than 400 people die because of electrocution injuries in the workplace. […]