How To File A Workers Comp Claim In Florida?
At Sternberg|Forsythe P.A., our West Palm Beach work injury attorneys understand how serious workplace accidents can be. It doesn’t matter if you are working in a factory, in an office behind a desk or out in the field, the potential for accidents and injuries is real and serious. If you do suffer an injury while on the job, you need to file a workers’ compensation claim, and we can help.
If you are injured while on the job, our Florida workers’ compensation lawyers can help you with the process of filing for medical payment compensation, or to receive disability benefits. We understand the workers’ compensation laws in Florida and are dedicated to helping all of our clients get the benefits they deserve.
Benefits offered by workers’ compensation insurance are designed to provide compensation for those who suffer an injury while they are on the job, or who get sick because of the circumstances of their job. If an employer has four or more full- or part-time workers, then the law requires them to have this coverage.
When you call our office, we will provide you with a no-obligation, no-cost consultation to review the details of your case and determine if you need our help.
Understanding Florida Workers’ Comp Coverage
Coverage offered by workers’ compensation insurance is supposed to cover your expenses if you are hurt while on the job and unable to continue working. When you make a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, you will receive some type of assistance. When you receive this help, your coworkers and employer will be off the hook for any liability they may have incurred for your on-the-job injury. If you take the benefits, you are giving up your rights to sue anyone. Generally speaking, this is how most workers’ compensation cases work.
Laws Related to Workers’ Compensation in the State of Florida
If you suffer an injury while on the job, for example due to a ladder accident, then you need to report it to your employer as soon as you can. Proper and timely notification to the right individuals must occur within a period of 30 days after the accident occurred, or your claim is going to be denied.
Seven days after you have reported your workplace injury to your employer, they have to notify their insurance carrier. If they do not do this, then you can contact the proper government agency and request free legal help. This is the best time for you to contact our team for assistance as well. We can determine the legal action that needs to be taken.
A work injury can be serious, which is why it is so important to take the proper legal steps after you are inured. According to the workers’ compensation laws in Florida, injured workers are entitled to receive two different types of benefits:
- Payment for any medically necessary treatments, general care, and prescribed medications.
- Benefits in the form of a monetary payment and indemnity benefits for work-related disabilities.
The payments you receive for your workers’ compensation benefits will not include any compensation for the pain and suffering that you incur, the loss of life enjoyment or other types of similar damages.
Documenting Your Work Injury Claim
When you contact our law firm to help with your work injury claim, we will help ensure your injury is properly documented. The fact is, there are several regulatory procedures you must follow to have a successful case. These include:
- Contacting your employer to let them know of the injury
- Documenting the place and time your work accident occurred
- Explaining how the injury happened
- Listing any and all witnesses to the injury
- Notifying the insurance carrier about the injury
- Submitting an appeal in a timely manner if the benefits are denied
What Happens if Workers’ Compensation Benefits Don’t “Work Out?”
In some situations, the aforementioned course of events does not occur. The insurance company, or an individual’s employer, may try to minimize or completely deny the benefits being paid out to their injured workers. They may even allege that the injuries the worker suffered did not occur while on the job, or that the injuries they sustained weren’t as serious as what was claimed.
We understand that the process of trying to recover workers’ compensation benefits can be quite frustrating and time-consuming. We can help. Our team has years of experience representing injured workers. If you, or someone in your family, has been hurt while on the job and your claim has been denied, then you need to contact us right away. Our team of attorneys can help.
Services Offered by Our West Palm Beach Work Injury Attorneys
Our attorneys can help you get the benefits you deserve. If your claim has been denied, our legal professionals will work to advocate for you and assist you in navigating the process of attempting to recover the money you are owed.
Some of the on-the-job injury issues that our lawyers can help with include (but are not limited to):
- Hearing damage or complete hearing loss
- Muscular injuries, torn ligaments, herniated disks that occur from pushing, lifting or other actions, torn rotator cuffs and broken bones
- Construction accidents
- Illness due to the exposure to toxins, which include occupational diseases such as black lung or mesothelioma
- Repetitive motion injuries, such as tendonitis
- Head injuries, such as TBIs or concussions from a falling object
- Various injuries to your spinal cord, hip, back, ankles, knees, respiratory organs, neck, hands, feet or wrists
- Burn or heat or cold stress injuries
- Third party claims
In many cases, these injures are the result of unavoidable accidents, inadequate training, a dangerous working environment or improperly maintained equipment. However, according to workers’ compensation law, you don’t have to prove why your injuries occurred. This is because workers’ compensation is considered a no-fault system that will provide you with compensation regardless of who was at fault or negligent.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our West Palm Beach Work Injury Attorneys
At the Sternberg | Forsythe, P.A., we are dedicated to helping you get the benefits that you deserve. We understand the law and the procedures that must be followed to ensure you get the benefits you deserve. It is vital that you contact us as soon as your work injury occurs, so we can begin the process of making sure you get the benefits that you deserve. We are here to fight for your rights and will help you in difficult situations, such as dealing with denied workers’ compensation benefits.
Legal Help with Florida Workers’ Compensation Claims Process
With offices in Boca Raton, Orlando, and West Palm Beach, Sternberg / Forsythe, P.A. works effectively to achieve the benefits, compensation, and services rightfully yours after a workplace injury.
Call us at 561.687.5660 or contact us online to arrange a consultation.