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. […]
What Types of Injuries are Not Covered By Florida’s Worker’s Compensation Laws?
Most injuries that occur in the normal course of your employment will be covered by worker’s compensation. However, some injuries do not qualify for coverage such as mental anguish due to stress at work or problems with a boss or co-worker. Worker’s compensation also does not cover injuries related to the use of narcotics, alcohol, or other controlled substances.
If you are in doubt whether an injury is covered by Florida’s worker’s compensation laws, you should file a claim. You must report the accident or injury to your employer within seven days or your claim will be denied even if your injury qualifies for benefits. Furthermore, you must file claims with the Division of Administrative Hearings no later than two years from the date of the injury or accident. Failure to meet all of the required deadlines will result in your claim being summarily denied as an untimely filed claim. […]