Florida Workers’ Compensation Claim Mistakes

Florida Workers’ Compensation Claim Mistakes

Have you been injured in a workplace accident? Is your employer or its insurer denying coverage of a workers’ compensation claim? If so, you need the assistance of an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer. Our attorneys can help you avoid workers’ compensation mistakes that can result in a denial of your workers’ compensation claim.

Don’t Ignore Your Injuries

If you even suspect you may have been injured at work, you should treat it as a work-place injury. Some people make the mistake of thinking a minor injury is nothing to worry about. They do not seek medical treatment or report the injury until months later when it is too late to file a workers’ compensation claim. […]

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. […]

Supreme Court Ruling in Florida

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Florida Supreme Court Strikes Down Another Workers’ Comp Law In Favor Of Injured Workers

A five-year workers’ compensation battle has finally been decided by the Florida Supreme Court in favor of the injured worker. The case of Bradley Westphal vs. City of St. Petersburg, et al, the court struck down a portion of Florida workers’ compensation law that cuts off disability benefits after 104 weeks for a worker who is totally disabled but has not reached maximum medical recovery as unconstitutional.

This is a major decision in favor of injured workers throughout Florida. The Supreme Court reinstated the portion of the law that allows for temporary total disability benefits up to 260 weeks (five years). However, there are those who are not in favor of the court’s decision. […]

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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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. […]

Workplace Injuries Covered by Workers’ Comp

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Types of Florida Workplace Injuries

Workplace injuries occur in every type of industry. Florida employers are required to protect employees injured in workplace accidents by carrying workers’ compensation insurance. With very few exceptions, your only recourse for workplace injuries is to file a claim under Florida’s workers’ compensation laws.

We strongly suggest you contact our office to discuss your legal rights to ensure you receive the workers’ comp benefits you are entitled to receive for a work-related injury.

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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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New Study Provides Insight on Florida Workers’ Comp Claims

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Industrial Accident Injury Article Sheds Light on FL Workers’ Comp Claims

A new national study entitled: “Industry-Related Injuries in the United States From 1998 to 2011: Characteristics, Trends, and Associated Health Care Costs” was recently published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The study was a comprehensive collection of industrial accident injuries from a broad span of time which provides insight into the type of severity of injuries suffered by workers in Florida and beyond. […]