Can I File A Florida Workers’ Comp Claim If I No Longer Work For The Employer?

Many times, an injury occurs in a job and you don’t realize you’ve been hurt until much later. This often happens with chronic injuries such as a strained back or neck or repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. If you’ve left the job that you feel caused the injury, you may wonder if you can file a workers’ compensation claim. In many cases, you can file a claim even though you are no longer employed with that employer.

Where the Injury Occurs

A workers’ compensation claim is based on the injury occurring in the workplace. With many injuries, this is obvious. For instance, you may get hurt when you are cut on a machine at work, or you may fall in the office and break your ankle. These injuries require immediate attention. […]

Is A Mental Injury Covered Under Florida’s Workers’ Compensation System?

When you are injured at work, the Florida workers’ comp system is designed to provide medical care and other benefits while you are out of work. The system protects employers from being sued by injured workers while providing workers hurt on the job with much-needed care. While physical injuries clearly fall under the coverage provided by workers’ comp, mental injuries or nervous injuries are a complicated matter. […]

Workers’ Comp Reform Fails in Florida Legislature

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 […]

Orlando Predators Player Denied Workers Comp Benefits

The First District Court of Appeals ruled that Bryan Bishop, a former Orlando Predators Arena Football player, is not entitled to receive workers comp benefits because his employer did not sign his employment contract. According to reports, Bishop filed a workers’ comp claim for injuries he sustained during a tryout. The matter came before a judge of compensation who ruled for Bishop. […]

Another TECO Worker Dies from Injuries in Florida Industrial Accident

Fox 13 reports another tragic death from the TECO power plant industrial accident on June 29. Frank Jones was the fourth worker to die from injuries sustained in the June workplace accident. Six Tampa Electric workers were injured or killed in the accident at the Big Bend Power Plant while cleaning a tank. Two men died at the accident scene, and another man died later that week. The men were sprayed with molten stone waste as they were trying to unclog the tank. […]

What Can I Expect From A Florida Workers’ Comp Attorney?

You may not have paid any money up front to hire your workers’ comp attorney, but he still represents you and is working on your behalf. Therefore, what can you expect from your Florida workers’ comp attorney? If you call your attorney and you don’t get to talk to him right away, are you being unreasonable? […]

Is a Lack of Sleep Increasing Your Risk for a Work-Related Injury in Florida?

We should all get a good night’s sleep each night so that we can function at our top performance level the next day. However, many of us don’t get a full eight hours of sleep each night. In fact, EHS Today reports that 63 percent of workers report sleep deprivation during their work week. A lack of sleep can increase your risk of being injured in a work-related accident. […]

Orange County FL Man Alleges Termination Because of Workers’ Comp Claim

In a Florida Record­­ report by Jenie Mallari-Torres, an Orange County man has filed a lawsuit in the 9th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida against Circle K Stores, Inc. In his complaint, he alleges that while working for the defendant in July 2015, he was injured while placing deposits from the store into a bank drop box. Because of the injury, he filed a workers’ compensation claim. Subsequently, he was fired from his position in August 2015. […]