Florida Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
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Were You in a Work-related Accident?
Workers’ compensation is a program supported by most states that serves to financially protect workers from job-related accidents and injuries. Individuals who are hurt on the job or require medical attention for a work-related injury are protected under local, state, and federal Workers’ compensation laws to treat injuries or illnesses.
However, each state has its own Workers’ compensation laws and processes, and they can be difficult to understand and grasp—especially if you are in a desperate or vulnerable situation.
In the state of Florida, most employees receive Workers’ compensation benefits from their employers. But if you are unfamiliar with how Workers’ compensation works, or you are unsure of the process, then it may be best to consult with a Florida Workers’ compensation attorney for legal advice.
How to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim
While you do not need an attorney to help you fill out a Workers’ compensation application or even a claim, it’s helpful to understand your rights and what you may be entitled to in terms of a settlement for a work-related accident.
To ensure you get your worker’s compensation claim started off on the right track, consider the following steps:
1. Report the accident to your supervisor immediately. Accidents must be reported within thirty days of their occurrence. If you file a report or a claim outside this time frame, then you may be denied benefits altogether.
It’s also important to report an accident even if you weren’t severely injured or did not miss any work.
2. Seek immediate medical attention. Even if you feel your injuries are minor, it’s still a good idea to see your physician.
NOTE: Many Workers’ compensation policies require an injured worker to see the medical attention of a physician qualified and appointed by your employer or their insurance company.
If you choose to see your own physician anyways, then you may be denied benefits.
3. Read your documentation. Every employer with Workers’ compensation insurance has seven days to report any work-related incident to their insurance company.
You should also receive documentation pertaining to the accident as well as outlining your rights and responsibilities as an injured employee. It’s important to review this documentation carefully to ensure you understand the claims process.
Why You Should Hire a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Although Workers’ compensation is designed to provide injured workers with immediate medical attention, care, and compensation, many claims are often denied.
The reasons for this vary—from an individual not doing his or her part in filing the claim or to attempting to commit fraud.
However, one way to ensure that you receive the immediate benefits to which you are entitled is to file for benefits correctly the first time. And in order to ensure this, consider working with an experienced and reputable Workers’ compensation attorney.
The legal team at Scott J. Sternberg & Associates, P.A. stands by clients and fights for their rights throughout the stages of Workers’ compensation claims in the state of Florida. Scott J. Sternberg and Associates, P.A. is happy to meet with clients for free consultations and case evaluations to discuss possible legal options and provide legal guidance.
For more information on how the legal Sternberg team can help you with your Worker’s compensation claim, call us today at 561-687-5660 or contact us online.