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. […]
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. […]
According to Florida’s workers’ compensation laws, workers’ comp insurance only covers employees. The law requires that every employer who has four or more employees to have workers’ compensation insurance. The construction industry is an exception — a construction company with one or more employees is required to carry workers’ comp insurance. […]
NBC 6 News reported on the incident last week in Hialeah in which a former Miami-Dade firefighter pulled a gun on AT&T workers. According to the news report, Jorge Jove began firing his gun at the AT&T trucks around 11:30 a.m. outside of his home. Two workers were on site but not injured in the incident. Cellphone video shows Jove walk toward the trucks and shoot out the tires. Jove reloaded his gun several times as he continued to shoot at the trucks. […]
One thing you should understand if you’ve been injured at work is that the insurance company isn’t in business to hand out money. A workers’ comp insurance company is like all other insurance companies — in business to make money. Therefore, you must take steps to protect your rights because the insurance company will not.
Workers’ compensation adjusters seek to find ways to reduce your benefits or terminate your benefits as quickly as possible. You must know how to protect your claim and your right to compensation.
- Report Your Accident Immediately
One of the most common mistakes employees make is not reporting a workplace accident right away. A workplace accident may not seem serious and you are more focused on getting back to work, but not reporting a workplace accident could cost you later. An insurance representative may try to deny your workers’ comp claim for failure to report in a timely manner. Therefore, report any workplace accident, regardless of how minor the injury may be, as soon as possible. […]