When you are hurt at work, you have lots of questions. Your employer and the insurance carrier will answer many of those questions. However, you may also want to consult an experienced Boca Raton workers comp attorney to ask questions. An attorney represents your bests interest. He doesn’t represent anyone else — just you.
The insurance company has to pay your benefits for a workplace injury, but it may try to delay or deny a claim if it thinks it can get out of paying your workers’ comp benefits. Sometimes, it is just good to have someone working on your behalf who will protect you and fight for your right to receive what you are entitled to receive under Florida’s workers’ comp laws.
Top Five Workers Comp Questions in Florida
Below are the top five most common questions our Boca Raton workers comp attorneys answer for clients when they come into our office for a free consultation and no-obligation case evaluation.
What do I do if I am hurt while I am on the job?
If your injury is life-threatening or you require emergency medical treatment to protect your health, you need to call 911 or go to the emergency room. Once you are stable, you must report the accident to your employer. Failing to report your claim within 30 days of the injury or accident may result in your claim being denied.
Do I have to use the company, doctor?
Yes, you need to go to the doctor or medical facility that your employer or its insurance company tells you to see for treatment. However, you are not bound to that doctor. You are entitled to change your doctor ONE TIME during your claim. You must file a request for change with the insurance company. The company has five days to approve your request and choose another doctor for you. If the company does not take action before the end of five days, you are entitled to choose your doctor.
What benefits do I receive under Florida’s workers’ comp laws?
The benefits you may be entitled to depend on the facts of your case. If you are out of work, you should be entitled to temporary total disability which is equal to 2/3 of your average weekly wage. ou are entitled to have your medical bills paid and may be entitled to reimbursement of some other expenses. If you have a permanent disability, you may also be entitled to other benefits. Our Boca Raton workers comp attorney will discuss benefits with you during your free consultation. We are very careful to apply for ALL benefits that you are entitled to receive by law when you are hurt at work.
How long does it take to settle a workers comp claim?
There is no deadline to settle a workers comp claim. The time to finalize your claim largely depends on the type of injury, the severity of the injury, and length of recovery. Each case is different. You don’t want to settle until you are released by your doctor, and you know the full extent of any permanent damage.
Who pays your attorney fees?
We accept cases on a contingency fee basis. This fee arrangement means you don’t pay any attorney fees unless we secure benefits on your behalf or a settlement is reached for your claim. In some cases, the employer or its insurance company may be required to pay the attorney fee if it fails to provide you with the benefits you are entitled to receive by law.
Call A Boca Raton Workers Comp Attorney for A Free Appointment
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.