All workers have the right to a safe work environment. Nonetheless, workplace accidents are common. Fortunately, workers who sustain work-related injuries and illnesses are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. At the same time, there are strict rules governing the workers’ compensation system and it is not uncommon for claims to be denied.
At My.Attorney, our legal team is dedicated to protecting the rights of injured workers in the state of Florida. We are knowledgeable in the applicable workers’ compensation rules and have a well-earned reputation for being dedicated worker advocates. When you become our client, we will take the time to learn about your injury, listen to all of your concerns, and help you obtain the benefits you deserve. For a free case evaluation by a workers’ comp attorney, download the My.Attorney app today.
Am I eligible for workers’ compensation benefits?
Generally, most employers are required to purchase workers’ compensation insurance to protect workers from job-related illnesses and injuries. The Florida Workers’ Compensation Program is essentially a “no-fault” system because it provides vital benefits to workers while prohibiting them from filing a personal injury lawsuit against the employers. To be eligible for benefits, the injury or illness must have occurred within the course and scope of the worker’s employment.
What types of benefits are available under workers’ compensation?
Depending on the circumstances, workers who sustain on the job illnesses and injuries are entitled to a variety of benefits, such as:
- Medical treatment — Expenses for medical care — examinations, surgeries, prescription medications, medical aid devices (e.g. crutches, braces, orthotics), rehabilitative care, physical therapy, and other treatment — are automatically covered.
- Temporary Disability — Two-thirds of the average weekly wages of a worker’s wages are paid out until the injured employee is declared medically able to return to work. These payments are limited to two-years from the date of the injury, however.
- Permanent Disability — Workers who sustain injuries and are unable to return to their job will be awarded permanent income benefits based on factors such as the nature of the injury, the workers’ age and occupation, and a physician’s analysis of the percentage of lost work potential.
- Vocational retraining — Permanently disabled workers may be eligible for vouchers that defer the cost of a retraining or educational programs that allow them to learn new skills.
- Death benefits — Designed to compensate surviving family members of a worker who is killed in a workplace accident.
Common Workplace Accidents and Injuries
Workers can be injured in all types of accidents, such as:
- Slip and fall accidents — Wet or damaged floors, poorly lit areas, clutter and debris in walkways, and other hazards contribute to slip and fall accidents, the most common workplace injury
- Manual Labor — Workers that are required to bend and lift, or carry and move heavy items( e.g. boxes, furniture, tools, construction material), can suffer injuries to the back, shoulders, and arms, often referred to as repetitive motion injuries
- Vehicles and Moving Equipment — Vehicles and equipment that roll over or hit workers such as forklifts, cranes, and machinery
- Workplace Hazards — Construction workers, factory employees, and others are often exposed to electrical wiring, chemicals, fires, burns, and explosions that result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities
The experienced workers’ comp attorneys at My.Attorney are widely respected for helping workers obtain benefits for all types of work-related injuries, including:
- Back injuries
- Head and brain injuries
- Hearing and vision loss
- Knee injuries
- Loss of limb
- Muscle and ligament strain
- Occupational illnesses
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
What to Do After a Workplace Injury
If you were injured on the job, it is critically important to seek medical treatment immediately and inform the treating physician that your injury or illness was job-related. Under the workers’ comp rules, you are also required to inform your supervisor in writing of the injury in a timely fashion, usually within 30 days of the accident. If you fail to do so, you may forfeit your right to workers’ compensation benefits. It is also crucial to keep notes of your injury as well as records of any medical treatment you receive. Finally, contact our office as soon as possible. Download the My.Attorney app today.
Workers Who File Claims Are Protected From Retaliation
Although you may have concerns about losing your job after being injured and filing a workers’ comp claim, it is unlawful for an employer to fire, demote or retaliate against an employee in any way for filing a workers’ compensation claim or taking a leave of absence after a work-related illness or injury.
Contact Our Florida Workers Comp Attorney
The legal team at My.Attorney has a well-earned reputation for helping injured workers obtain the benefits they deserve. If you were injured on the job, or your claim was denied, our experienced attorneys know to to fight back. In addition, if your injury or illness was caused by a safety violation, or the negligence of a third party, we will determine if there are grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. When your well-being and livelihood are in jeopardy, we will provide you with first-rate representation and a superior personal service. Contact our office by downloading the My.Attorney app for a free evaluation of your case.