Safely Working Outside in Summer

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Tips for Working Outside in Florida During the Summer

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration, occupational heat exposure kills and injures thousands of workers each year in the United States. Working outside and working in occupations where conditions inside create extreme working environments (i.e. boiler rooms, bakeries, ceramic plants, glass production, etc.) substantially increases the risk for heat-related illnesses. Steps must be taken to protect workers from extreme heat.

For more information about employer responsibilities and worker rights regarding Occupational Heat Exposure, contact The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. to speak with a Florida workers’ compensation lawyer.

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What are My Options If My Doctor Recommends Surgery for a Workers’ Comp Claim?

Getting hurt on the job is never an easy experience. Dealing with workers’ compensation insurance can make the situation even more stressful. If the injury is serious enough, your doctor may recommend surgery. Once this occurs, you may run into several different issues regarding workers’ compensation coverage for your workplace injury. An experienced Boca Raton workers’ comp attorney can help you sort through the issues to ensure you receive the medical care you need and the benefits you are entitled to receive under Florida’s workers’ compensation laws. […]

Worker’s Comp Deposition Info

Workers Comp Deposition

What is a Worker’s Comp Deposition?

A worker’s comp deposition is no different from a deposition in a civil lawsuit. If you file a lawsuit against another party, the attorney for that party may want to take your deposition. In a deposition, the attorney asks you questions regarding the lawsuit. You must answer the questions under oath as if you were testifying in court. The purpose of a deposition is to gain more information about the other side’s case. A deposition can also be used in court if you change your testimony. […]

Injured At Work Rules

Can My Employer Fire Me For Being Injured At Work?

Can My Employer Fire Me For Being Injured At Work?

My co-worker told me that another employee was fired just before I was hired because he was injured in a workplace accident. I got hurt last week but I have been hiding that from my employer. I am afraid that he will fire me when he finds out that I was injured at work. What should I do?

It is natural to be nervous and scared if you have been hurt at work. You are dealing with the physical pain of your injury and the prospect of losing time from work which means losing money. On top of it all, you are terrified that your employer is going to fire you because you were injured. However, not reporting your injury is harmful for many reasons but the most important reason is your health. […]

Does Florida’s Workers’ Comp Laws Hurt Injured Employees?

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. […]

Heat-Related Injuries and Workers Comp

Heat Related Injuries

Workers’ Compensation for Heat-Related Injuries Sustained While Working Outside

For most workplace injuries, you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits including being injured if you work outside in the heat. Parts of Florida experience brutal heat, especially during the summer months. Working outside during periods of extreme heat can be dangerous especially in areas with high humidity. Extended periods of exposure to the heat can result in heat-related injuries including:

    • Heat rash – Skin irritation caused by excessive sweating.
    • Heat exhaustion – This often precedes a heatstroke. Symptoms include rapid breathing, fast pulse, weak pulse, and heavy sweating.
    • Heat cramps – Muscle spasms or muscle pains.
    • Heatstroke – Heatstroke occurs when the body temperature rises above 106 degrees in a matter of minutes. Heatstroke can be life-threatening.

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Internal Bleeding After An Accident

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What Do I Need To Know About Internal Bleeding And Accident Claims?

When you are in an accident, many injuries are quickly apparent such as broken bones and lacerations. Other injuries may not be so apparent such as a closed head injury or nerve damage. Internal bleeding is another injury that may not be visually apparent but can be extremely serious and even deadly. Knowing the symptoms of internal bleeding can help you identify a potentially deadly injury if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident. […]

Workers’ Comp Rates Soar in Florida

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Florida Workers’ Comp Rates Could Be The Highest In The Southeast

The Florida Chamber of Commerce alleges that if a proposed insurance rate increase is approved, Florida will have the highest workers’ comp insurance rates in the southeast. As reported by the Tampa Bay Times, the chamber’s president Mark Wilson said, “A 19.6 percent rate increase will cause uncertainty among job creators and may even force a decline in Florida’s job growth.” Why is the rate for workers’ comp insurance increasing in Florida?

Two Recent Decisions in Workers’ Comp Lawsuits Favor Florida Injured Workers

The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) requested the 19.6 percent increase in Florida’s workers’ comp rates due to two recent Florida Supreme Court rulings that favor employees. Business groups claim the decisions hurt Florida’s economy while attorneys and employee advocates praise the court’s decisions as protecting injured workers. […]

Heat Injuries and Workers’ Compensation

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Workers’ Compensation for Heat-Related Injuries Sustained While Working Outside

For most workplace injuries, you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits including being injured if you work outside in the heat. Parts of Florida experience brutal heat, especially during the summer months. Working outside during periods of extreme heat can be dangerous especially in areas with high humidity. Extended periods of exposure to the heat can result in heat-related injuries including:

    • Heat rash – Skin irritation caused by excessive sweating.
    • Heat exhaustion – This often precedes a heatstroke. Symptoms include rapid breathing, fast pulse, weak pulse, and heavy sweating.
    • Heat cramps – Muscle spasms or muscle pains.
    • Heatstroke – Heatstroke occurs when the body temperature rises above 106 degrees in a matter of minutes. Heatstroke can be life-threatening.

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Filing Workers’ Comp Claims

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Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Florida

You went to work last week expecting it to be the same workweek as usual until you were injured in a workplace accident. The injury was not severe enough to require emergency medical treatment; however, you are now experiencing severe pain and limitation of movement. You must act quickly in order to protect your right to receive benefits under Florida’s workers’ compensation laws.

As experienced workers’ compensation lawyers, we can help you file your claim and protect your right to receive benefits and compensation for a workplace injury. Contact our office now to speak with an attorney or to schedule a free consultation. […]