Being injured at work is a traumatic experience. In addition to the physical pain and emotional stress, you worry about medical bills and lost wages. Florida’s workers’ compensation system is designed to assist workers who are injured on the job. However, sometimes an employer or its insurance provider denies a claim. Below are some of the most common reasons for the denial of a workers’ comp claim. […]
What is a Compensable Injury Under Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Laws?
Florida’s workers’ compensation laws provide assistance to employees who are injured on the job. Workers’ compensation provides financial support until the employee is able to return to work. It also pays for medical treatment for workplace injuries and illnesses. Workplace accidents do happen; therefore, it is important that you understand your rights under our workers’ compensation laws. An experienced Boca Raton workers’ compensation attorney can help you receive the benefits you are entitled to collect when you are injured at work.
Defining a Compensable Injury
Even though our workers’ compensation laws are defined by statute, the courts must sometimes clarify the law or make decisions based on conflicting interpretations of the law. A recent Florida court case clarified the definition of a compensable injury. […]
Is Your Workers’ Compensation Insurance Company Trying to Pull a Fast One On You?
Imagine you are injured while at work. You do not believe you are seriously injured but a few days go by and your back is still hurting so you go to the doctor. The doctor prescribed a treatment plan; however, after a few weeks your back continues to hurt and you are having difficulty working. Your doctor orders an MRI and other diagnostic tests to determine the cause of your pain and the severity of your injury. Your doctor contacts the workers’ compensation insurance carrier for authorization.
Before the procedures can be performed, the insurance company contacts you to offer $10,000 to settle your workers’ comp claim right now. That figure seems like a lot of money, especially when you have been out of work and bills have been piling up at home. For some workers, this could be a third or even a half of their entire annual salary and the insurance company knows this — that is exactly why it made the offer. […]
Will I Lose My Workers’ Compensation Benefits If I Quit My Job?
If you are injured at work or you develop a medical condition or illness because of your job, you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits under Florida’s Workers’ Compensation laws. Workers’ compensation benefits are designed to provide income assistance while you obtain medical treatment of a job-related injury or illness. Workers’ compensation benefits also pay for that medical treatment. In order to receive benefits, you must file a claim and follow all steps required by law.
Once the doctor has cleared you to return to work, you can return to your job. If you have a permanent medical condition or disability, you may also be entitled to receive a settlement as compensation for the permanent condition. Your employer cannot fire you because you file a valid workers’ compensation claim. If you are wrongfully fired by your employer, you can file a civil action against the employer for wrongful termination. However, you can voluntarily quit your job while you are receiving workers’ compensation benefits. […]
Do I Need a Florida Workers’ Compensation Attorney or a Personal Injury Attorney?
“I work for a courier service delivering documents. I fell while at a business making a delivery. Do I need a Boca Raton workers’ compensation attorney or a slip and fall attorney?”
The best answer is to hire a Boca Raton workers’ compensation attorney who also has experience handling personal injury claims. The attorneys of The Broderick Law Firm P.L. are experienced workers’ compensation attorneys and personal injury attorneys. We represent clients who are injured in the workplace and clients who have been injured due to the negligence of another party. In a situation like the one above, our experience in both areas of law gives you the comprehensive legal representation you need in order to receive the maximum compensation allowable by law for your injuries. […]
Florida Workers’ Compensation Claim Mistakes
Have you been injured in a workplace accident? Is your employer or its insurer denying coverage of a workers’ compensation claim? If so, you need the assistance of an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer. Our attorneys can help you avoid workers’ compensation mistakes that can result in a denial of your workers’ compensation claim.
Don’t Ignore Your Injuries
If you even suspect you may have been injured at work, you should treat it as a work-place injury. Some people make the mistake of thinking a minor injury is nothing to worry about. They do not seek medical treatment or report the injury until months later when it is too late to file a workers’ compensation claim. […]
Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Florida
You went to work last week expecting it to be the same workweek as usual until you were injured in a workplace accident. The injury was not severe enough to require emergency medical treatment; however, you are now experiencing severe pain and limitation of movement. You must act quickly in order to protect your right to receive benefits under Florida’s workers’ compensation laws.
As experienced workers’ compensation lawyers, we can help you file your claim and protect your right to receive benefits and compensation for a workplace injury. Contact our office now to speak with an attorney or to schedule a free consultation. […]
Recovering Workers’ Compensation for Repetitive Stress Injuries
Florida’s Workers’ Compensation laws are designed to ensure workers receive medical treatment for injuries sustained in the course of their job. When most people think about job-related injuries, they think of slips and falls, injuries caused by machinery, vehicle accidents, electrocutions, and other workplace accidents. However, there is another type of work injury that is covered by workers’ compensation — diseases caused by a repetitive stress injury. […]