Injuries can happen anywhere, but the workplace is a particularly common setting. In fact, there are over 4.5 million workplace injuries per year nationwide that result in a loss of over 104 million production days annually.
In the state of Florida, employers with more than 4 employees are required by law to provide workers’ compensation insurance to their employees. This means that if you are injured or if you aggravate a pre-existing condition while on the job, you are eligible to collect benefits, such as money for lost wages and medical expenses. Yet filing a workers’ compensation claim is different from filing other types of injury claims. This is because workers’ compensation laws strictly control what types of damages you are allowed to seek after an injury.
Workplace injuries are a common basis for employee liability claims. Employees who have been fired as result of an injury, face a legal challenge that often requires professional legal consul. Lawsuits filed against employers by terminated employees injured on the job in Florida, are disputes surrounding alleged employer violations of federal Occupation Safety and Health Act (ASHA)regulatory standards to workplace safety. Employment litigation lawsuits can be costly and time-consuming pursuits for both sides of an injury dispute. Employers found to not be in adherence with federal rules of workplace safety, are especially vulnerable to the detriments of lawsuit should a case be decided in a plaintiff’s favor. When a workplace injury leads to legal dispute after an employee is terminated, parties can seek professional legal advice from a licensed Florida attorney with a practice in employment law.
When you are injured at work, there is no question that it can be a confusing and difficult time. You may be losing wages and have a pile of medical costs to deal with. The good news is, you may also be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. However, in order to collect these benefits, you have to take the appropriate actions within a certain period of time. Learn more about this here.
Consider the following – there are two workers, workers A and worker B. Each are walking, fall down and suffer an injury. Each of the workers suffered a fall from an unknown cause. In most cases, falls from unknown causes are due to an injured worker being unable to figure out if they stumbled, tripped, etc.
When a worker is injured on the job, they will work with their attorney and employer or insurance provider to determine how much their workers’ compensation claim is worth. Once an agreeable amount is determined, formal documents will be submitted to the judge, showing the amount of the settlement, associated attorney’s fees and any child support that is owed by the worker who was injured.
Workers’ compensation insurers have to follow specific procedures to lawfully terminate or to reduce Florida workers’ compensation benefits. The process for modifying or terminating benefits varies based on how long the benefits have been being paid.
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