Does a Pre-Existing Condition Prevent Me from Receiving Workers’ Comp Benefits in Florida?

When you are injured on the job, Florida’s workers’ compensation insurance system covers your claim. The system is designed to protect employers from being sued for workplace accidents while providing injured workers the medical care and other benefits they need while they are healing from a workplace injury. The workers’ comp claim process should be straightforward; however, many times it is not. Insurance companies search for ways to deny claims. One defense companies like to use is the pre-existing condition defense. If the insurance company can point to a pre-existing condition or a prior injury, it can claim that your current injury is the result of your prior injury, not the accident at work. If successful, the company could deny your workers’ comp benefits. […]

Can I Use My Own Doctor for a Work Injury?

It can be frustrating to get injured at work and have to go to a doctor you don’t know while missing more work. If you don’t like the doctor’s diagnosis or treatment plan, you may be tempted to go to your own doctor.

Options for a Workplace Injury

If you’re injured at work, the common process is to go to a doctor approved by the worker’s compensation insurance. In some cases, another option may be chosen. If the injury appears to be minor, the employee may go to their own doctor and pay for the expense themselves. […]

What Happens If I Am Hurt At Work, But I Have Two Jobs?

Many individuals are working two jobs to make ends meet. Because of this situation, the question of how to handle two jobs when you are hurt at one job is coming up more often in Florida workers’ comp cases. Our West Palm Beach workers’ comp attorneys have experience handling claims involving concurrent employment. […]

Should I Hire A Workers’ Comp Attorney Or A Personal Injury Attorney?

If you are injured at work, you have the right to have your medical bills paid and receive other benefits pursuant to the Florida workers’ compensation laws. In many cases, your claim is approved, you receive medical care, and you return to work without any issues. However, in some cases, you may need the assistance of an attorney if your employer or its insurance company is not paying your claim or denying your claim unfairly.

When you need an attorney for a workplace injury, will a personal injury attorney be okay to hire? […]

Safety Tips for Florida Workers — Avoiding Lightning Accidents

The Naples Dailey News reported that since January 1, 2007, 52 people of died from lightning in Florida. This is more than any state in the country. The next closest state for lightning-related deaths is Texas with 21 fatalities during the same period. Just this year, two people have been killed in the United States from lightning strikes, including a Florida construction worker. The 46-year old Fort Pierce resident was injured while working on an empty pool on Jensen Beach last week. He died from his injuries after a lightning accident. Florida’s climate is the perfect combination of elements to develop lightning storms. Last year, over 1.2 million lightning flashes were reported in Florida, again only to Texas which had just over four million flashes. Even though lightning safety education has increased, Florida still has too many deaths and accidents related to lightning strikes. In 2016, nine people were killed in Florida from lightning-related accidents, an increase from the five people killed in 2015. Education is extremely important. Workers must understand the dangers of working outside during Florida thunderstorms. Lightning can develop very quickly and without warning. Below are several safety tips for staying safe this summer from lightning accidents. […]

How Can Work Incentive Programs Decrease Work Accidents?

Almost 13,000 Americans are injured at work each day, according to a study by The National Safety Council. What is really frightening and discouraging is that nearly every injury is preventable. Keys to reducing the number of workplace injuries include:

    • Ensuring safety programs are in place;
    • Workers are educated; and,
    • Workers are monitored to ensure they follow the correct procedures.

One method of meeting these goals is by offering an incentive program for workers to increase active participation in safety training programs and increase the level of follow through on the lessons learned in safety education classes. Employees are more motivated to follow regulations and procedures when they receive rewards for their efforts. […]

When Should I Hire a Boca Raton Workers’ Compensation Attorney?

When you’re injured at work, the first concern is to get treatment. Your focus should be on getting started on the road to recovery, so you can get back to work as soon as possible. This process may take a few days, weeks, or months, depending on the severity of your injuries.

As you work on your recovery, you may wonder if you can handle filing a workers’ comp claim by yourself or if you need a Boca Raton workers’ compensation attorney to represent you. Here are a few tips to help you know what to do if you’ve suffered a workplace injury. […]

Florida Workers’ Comp FAQs

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What Do You Need To Know About a Florida Workers’ Comp Claim?

If you are injured in a Florida workplace accident, you have the right to receive benefits under Florida’s workers’ compensation laws. Below are several FAQs about workers’ comp that can help you as you begin the process of filing a workers’ comp claim.

How long do I have to report a workplace accident?

If you are injured at work, you need to report the accident/injury to your employer immediately or as soon as physically possible. By law, you must report workplace injuries within 30 days of the injury or your claim may be denied. […]

What Injuries Are Covered By Workers’ Comp?

It’s all too easy to get hurt at work no matter what kind of job you have. An accidental slip or fall, a wrong turn, or sudden change in movement can result in an injury. Exposure to certain allergens or chemicals at work can cause an illness or injury.

In many cases, the accident isn’t a big deal. A sore muscle heals in a day or two and a cut or slight wound mends with no treatment necessary. However, other accidents result in more serious injuries. Workers may not understand what kind of injuries are covered by the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance coverage. Therefore, if you suffer any injury at work, you should consult with a Boca Raton workers’ compensation attorney to ensure you receive the benefits you are entitled to receive under Florida’s workers’ compensation laws. […]

Tips for Doctors Appointments and Medical Records

When you’re injured on the job, you want to be sure all your expenses are covered by workers’ compensation, and you receive all your benefits. If you miss work due to your injury, you’ll rely on the compensation for lost wages to pay your bills until you’re back on your feet. Here are some tips to help you manage your medical care and ensure accurate compensation.

Doctor Appointments

As medical providers seek to determine the cause and extent of your injury, you may have numerous doctor appointments scheduled. You may see specialists and therapists, in addition to your primary physician. It is easy to become confused with this much information to remember. […]