In Fort Lauderdale, a woman filed a workers’ comp claim for an injury she sustained in August 2016 while at work. According to the woman, she was sitting at her desk when a sprinkler fell from the roof and hit her on the head. A claim was filed under workers’ compensation for her injury. However, the insurance company for her employer became suspicious and contacted Florida’s Division of Investigative and Forensic Services. A video of the incident surfaced showing the woman sitting at her desk when the sprinkler fell on the desk. In the video, she looked around, picked up the sprinkler and hit herself in the head with the sprinkler. She holds her head after injuring herself. After a thorough investigation, the woman was charged with workers’ compensation fraud. She was sentenced to 18 months’ probation for her conviction on the fraud charge.
Workers’ Compensation Fraud
Workers’ compensation fraud does exist, and the punishment can be even more severe than the probation the Fort Lauderdale woman received for her fraud conviction. However, the vast majority of cases are legitimate work injuries that deserve to be treated with respect and compassion. Even though the workers’ compensation system is designed to be a straightforward process whereby injured workers can receive medical care and other benefits when they are injured on the job, this is not always the case. In some cases, the employer or the insurance company for the employer denies or delays valid workers’ comp claims. These delays and denials not only deprive the worker of financial compensation but it places the worker’s health in jeopardy by denying medical treatment. In some cases, a delay can result in permanent disability. It is important to contact a Boca Raton workers’ comp attorney if you are having any problems with your Florida workers’ comp claim. Our attorneys understand the laws related to workplace injuries and the requirements and rules governing workers’ comp claims. Don’t let your employer or the insurance company convince you that you don’t have a valid claim. It is best to contact an attorney to discuss your claim and your legal rights as soon as possible.
What Should I Do If I Am Injured at Work?
You should report the injury immediately to your employer and request to see a medical professional. If your injury is life-threatening, seek emergency medical treatment and then notify your employer. It is important to protect your health, but you must also file your report with your employer in a timely manner to protect your right to receive workers’ comp benefits. If you have any questions about the claim process or you are being denied treatment, call our office immediately. Don’t wait to see if things get better — call an attorney now.
Boca Raton Workers’ Comp Attorneys Helping Injured Workers Like You
The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. can help you obtain the benefits you deserve. Contact our office today 1-800-333-3903 to speak with an attorney. We represent individuals in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale & Miami, FL.