Have you been injured at work? Has a workplace accident caused you to be out of work? Is your employer dragging its feet filing your claim with its insurance company? Do you have questions about the workers’ compensation process in Florida? Below are five important things you need to know about Florida’s workers’ compensation laws if you have been injured at work.
When people think of work injuries, they often think of factories, remote job sites, and construction jobs. An office job rarely comes to mind when thinking about a workers’ comp claim. However, there are dangers in the office that you may not be aware of until too late. Here are some of the more common office job-related injuries that may result in a Florida workers’ comp claim.
You can fall anywhere, even in an office setting. A wet floor or trip hazard can cause you to lose your balance or slip and fall. A fall can lead to long-term injuries and time off from work. Employers should repair loose or worn carpeting or other floorings, remove trip hazards, and secure things like cords and wire. Spills should be cleaned up immediately. […]
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a serious condition that can render a person unable to work or function normally in daily life. First responders can suffer PTSD because they see horrific sights and deal with traumatic and heartbreaking situations. Unfortunately, first responders diagnosed with PTSD are not eligible for workers’ compensation under Florida’s Workers’ Compensation system unless they also have a physical injury. […]
According to a report in Clay Today, a principal of an Orange Park pizzeria was arrested on felony charges for allowing his workers’ compensation insurance coverage to lapse two times in the past five years. The report states that an investigator conducted a compliance visit at Infield Pizzeria and Sports Bar late last year. […]
Florida has a statute of limitations that applies to workers’ compensation claims filed after January 1, 1994. The statute is located within Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Act. Below is a general, broad discussion of the statute of limitations for a Florida workers’ compensation claim. We urge you not to assume your claim falls within any certain category or scenario. There are always exceptions to every rule because each case is unique. […]
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. […]
According to information provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are approximately 18 million workers under the age of 24 years in the United States. This number represents about 13 percent of the total workforce, but these workers have some of the highest occupational injury rates. The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) reports that 80 percent of teens are employed at some time during their high school years.
In 2004, more than 38,000 teen workers suffered an injury at work, and 134 teen workers died from on the job accidents and injuries. Each year, it is estimated that 70 teen workers die from work-related injuries and another 77,000 teen workers are sent to the emergency room for work-related accidents and injuries. […]
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? […]
The Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) issued a News Release last week announcing it has updated its Drug Impaired Driving: A Guide For States because of the continued increase in the number of drugged driving fatalities. According to information by the GHSA, 43% of fatally-injured drivers in 2015 tested positive for some type of drug, a much higher percent than alcohol-impaired driver fatalities for that year. The GHSA is urging states and lawmakers to take steps to crack down on drugged driving incidents. Introducing new programs, providing additional resources, training for law enforcement officers, and empowering a state-wide task force are some of the suggestions provided to states by the GHSA. […]