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. […]
In Fort Lauderdale, a woman filed a workers’ comp claim for an injury she sustained in August 2016 while at work. According to the woman, she was sitting at her desk when a sprinkler fell from the roof and hit her on the head. A claim was filed under workers’ compensation for her injury. However, the insurance company for her employer became suspicious and contacted Florida’s Division of Investigative and Forensic Services. A video of the incident surfaced showing the woman sitting at her desk when the sprinkler fell on the desk. In the video, she looked around, picked up the sprinkler and hit herself in the head with the sprinkler. She holds her head after injuring herself. […]
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. […]
Summer can be particularly dangerous for some workers. The hot summer months can increase work-related accidents in some industries. Employers and employees need to take steps to reduce the risk of injury to workers during the summer. Below are several of the common summer work hazards faced by Florida workers. […]
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. […]