If you’ve been injured on the job, you’re probably working with your employer’s workers’ compensation carrier to handle your medical care and other benefits. You may assume you’ll be treated fairly and that everyone has your best interests at heart. Unfortunately, this is not usually the case. The insurance company wants to protect its own interests and so does your employer. Furthermore, many of Florida’s workers’ comp laws are designed to help the business so that it can continue to grow and thrive.
How Florida Workers’ Compensation Laws Hurt The Worker
Because of current laws regarding workers’ compensation, the employer often benefits over the employee. For instance, the insurance company selects the doctor who will provide medical treatment for the employee. The doctor works with the employer and insurance company to get the employee back to work as soon as possible. While this may be your goal as well, it doesn’t mean you want the injury ignored or covered up with pain medication.
Returning to work too soon could result in further injury. In addition, your benefits stop as soon as the doctor releases you to work. Your employer cannot fire you or reduce your pay because you were injured on the job. However, many workers push themselves to go back to work before they are ready. Most people need their paycheck, so they must return to work even if they are not completely well.
Workers’ comp laws in Florida limit the amount of compensation an employee can receive for a long-term or permanent disability. It is important to consult with a Boca Raton workers’ comp attorney if you believe you may be entitled to additional benefits. The insurance company will not necessarily inform you of all of the benefits you may be entitled to receive. If you do not make a claim for the benefits, you will not receive those benefits.
Why You Need an Attorney
Because the laws are sometimes stacked against the employee, you need someone fighting on your behalf. You need a Boca Raton workers’ comp attorney who understands our laws and how to use the laws to benefit the injured worker. It is not advisable to work with the insurance company on your own. Instead, find a lawyer with experience handling workers’ compensation cases. Let the attorney review your case to determine how best to proceed.
If you get the attorney involved early on in your case, he can help ensure you receive the quality of care you need to recover from your workplace injury. He can ensure you get the benefits you are entitled to receive by law. Rather than trying to get well and fight the insurance company on your own, choose an attorney who will fight for you so you can focus on what is really important — your health, your recovery, and your well-being.
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.