Working on a road construction crew can be dangerous work. When your “office” is the side of a busy highway or interstate, simply doing your job can place you in life-threatening situations each day. Even though Florida doubles the original fine for speeding in work zones when workers are present, the fines are not enough to deter all drivers from putting construction crew employees at risk. When a construction worker is injured in a work zone, he or she can file a workers’ compensation claim to pay for medical treatment and provide temporary disability benefits. However, these benefits do not fully compensate the worker for all his losses and damages. As you approach a construction zone, remember the men and women working in the area are doing their job and deserve your patience and caution. Below are several suggestions to help avoid accidents in work zones. […]
Employers and insurance companies in Florida have been fighting for workers’ comp reform after to Florida Supreme Court decisions apparently played a role in driving up workers’ comp insurance rates. In Castellanos v. Next Door Company, the court found last year that the mandatory attorney fee schedule in workers’ comp cases was unconstitutional. By […]
What Types of Injuries are Not Covered By Florida’s Worker’s Compensation Laws?
Most injuries that occur in the normal course of your employment will be covered by worker’s compensation. However, some injuries do not qualify for coverage such as mental anguish due to stress at work or problems with a boss or co-worker. Worker’s compensation also does not cover injuries related to the use of narcotics, alcohol, or other controlled substances.
If you are in doubt whether an injury is covered by Florida’s worker’s compensation laws, you should file a claim. You must report the accident or injury to your employer within seven days or your claim will be denied even if your injury qualifies for benefits. Furthermore, you must file claims with the Division of Administrative Hearings no later than two years from the date of the injury or accident. Failure to meet all of the required deadlines will result in your claim being summarily denied as an untimely filed claim. […]