When you sustain a serious injury on-the-job, your employer is obligated to pay for all of your medical treatment in relation to the injury. Unfortunately, many injured workers don’t know this and end up taking on a share of expenses themselves.
This is especially common concerning reimbursement for prescription medication and miles driven to get to appointments and therapies. Before you pay these expenses yourself, make sure that you understand the submission process for reimbursement. You need to fill out a form DWC-10 and attach all receipts to be paid for these claims.
Under the workers compensation system in place in this country, you give up your right to sue your employer in exchange for guaranteed benefits. This includes the right to immediate medical care and at least some of your wages while you recover. In many cases, injured workers are not satisfied with the treatment they are receiving or with the doctor he or she has been assigned to.
The doctor may release you from care too early or prescribe medications and therapies that you don’t feel are really working. This is when tensions between employer and employee can get high.
At Sternberg / Forsythe, our Florida workers compensation attorneys are experienced and passionate about fighting for the rights of injured workers. We have offices in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Orlando for your convenience. When you meet with us for a consultation, we first determine if another party is liable for your injuries.
While you can’t sue your employer, you may file a lawsuit against a supplier or contractor. Next we use our extensive knowledge of workers comp law to decide if you are being treated fairly. If not, we work hard to ensure you receive the benefits you are legally entitled to by law.