Florida’s workers’ compensation laws are designed to protect workers who are injured on the job. Most people associated a workplace “accident” with workers’ compensation; however, that is not the best definition of what is covered by workers’ comp. A better definition of what workers’ compensation covers is a workplace “injury”. Not all injuries in the […]
Many times when a worker is injured while on the job, the employer will require a drug test. For the employee, this often doesn’t make sense when they were doing their regular work. However, Florida state law allows this practice to protect the employer and his business.
A drug test may be required when the person seeks employment or as a routine fitness for duty test. It may also be required if a person has a history of drug problems or if there is reasonable suspicion. Drug or alcohol use may inhibit a person’s ability to perform his or her job correctly. This results in a higher risk of injury to the worker and his or her co-workers.
Most companies today maintain a drug-free workplace. If your employer implements such a drug-free program, by law your employer must provide notice and education for any drug or alcohol testing. Employers may then require employees to submit to a drug test to detect the presence of alcohol or drugs in the employee’s system. This includes a requirement for drug testing in a workers’ comp claim. […]
What Does Course And Scope Mean In a Florida Workers’ Compensation Claim?
What is a Workplace Injury?
A workplace injury is any injury that occurs while an employee is performing duties in the course and scope of his or her job. Injuries can happen in a variety of ways including falls, burns, machinery, and toxic fumes. Even injuries that are the result of repetitive motion such as carpal tunnel syndrome can be covered by workers’ compensation. With very few exceptions, employers in Florida are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance.
What Benefits Do I Receive If I Am Injured At Work?
Florida’s workers’ compensation laws are designed to ensure that injured employees receive the medical care they need in order to recover from a workplace injury. Injured workers may also be entitled to other benefits including financial assistance while they are out of work due to a workplace injury and compensation for permanent disabilities caused by a workplace injury. In the event an employee dies from a workplace injury, the employee’s survivors may be entitled to death benefits. […]
In some workplace injuries, the workers’ compensation company may offer a lump sum payment. The offer may seem like a large amount of money, and you may be tempted to accept the offer because you need the money now. However, it’s not always a good idea to accept a single cash settlement without consulting with a Boca Raton workers’ comp attorney. […]
Getting hurt on the job is never an easy experience. Dealing with workers’ compensation insurance can make the situation even more stressful. If the injury is serious enough, your doctor may recommend surgery. Once this occurs, you may run into several different issues regarding workers’ compensation coverage for your workplace injury. An experienced Boca Raton workers’ comp attorney can help you sort through the issues to ensure you receive the medical care you need and the benefits you are entitled to receive under Florida’s workers’ compensation laws. […]
Workers’ Comp Settlement Offer: What If The Workers’ Compensation Insurer Will Not Settle?
A common myth about workers’ compensation cases is that the insurance carrier for the employer must make a settlement offer if the employee is permanently disabled or has a permanent impairment as a result of the workplace injury. This is not the case. An insurance company is not required to make a settlement offer in a workers’ compensation case. With that in mind, what is required by the insurance carrier for your employer?
Benefits For a Workers’ Compensation Claim
In most workers’ compensation claims, you have three basic benefits.
ONE: Your reasonable, related medical expenses are paid in full by the insurance provider or the employer. In either case, you should not be required to pay any of the reasonable, required medical expenses related to your workplace injury. At times, what is “reasonable, related, and required” can be debatable. A Boca Raton workers’ compensation attorney can help ensure you receive this benefit as required by law. […]
Work injuries aren’t always a straightforward incident. In fact, the accident can occur in unusual circumstances, making you wonder if your injuries are covered by workers’ compensation. One such instance is an injury incurred during a business trip. If you are traveling for your job, are you automatically covered if you are injured? Unfortunately, the answer is not always simple.
If you are engaging in work-related activities in a location other than your primary place of employment, you are covered if you are injured. An example would be a pizza delivery person who falls while walking up the steps to a customer’s home. That injury would be covered under workers’ comp. […]
Social media dominates the lives of Americans in almost every way from sharing reviews of restaurants and cat videos to debating political views. Anyone who doubts the power of social media needs only to look at the political landscape for the past year to see how social media can lift and crush a person within the same 24-hour period.
For most people, social media is harmless. It is a way to keep up with family and friends by sharing pictures, videos, and stories. With people frequently moving and families spread across the nation, social media has made it easier to feel as if we are still living just a few streets away. […]
Compensation for Pain and Suffering in a Florida Workers’ Comp Case
Have you been injured at work? Is your employer and/or its insurance carrier delaying or denying your workers’ comp claim? You do not need to accept their decision. Florida’s workers’ comp laws are designed to protect workers who have been injured on the job. Our attorneys are here to help you receive the compensation and benefits you are entitled to receive when you have been hurt at work. […]
CBS12 in West Palm Beach reported that a construction worker died after falling 15 stores in downtown West Palm Beach. The man, an employee for a concrete construction company, was working on the 15th floor of the new apartment building, Alexander Building, located on Fern Street near South Dixie Highway. An attorney for […]