Medical care under the Longshore and Harbor Worker Compensation Act (LHWCA) includes all medical, surgical and hospital treatment. Medical supplies and services related the employee’s injury and travel and mileage costs related to medical care are also covered.
Depending on the nature of your illness and your prognosis for recovery, Florida Worker compensation may not provide the benefits you need, regardless of when you file a claim. However, assuming you are still employed with the same company but cannot work until you heal, your workplace illness may qualify for Worker compensation, even if you do not discover your condition until years after the toxic exposure.
The Longshore and Harbor Worker Compensation Act (LHWCA) offers disability compensation and medical care to employees who suffer injuries on the navigable waters of the United States or in adjoining areas related to the vessel. The LHWCA also provides vocational rehabilitation and support for the dependents of an employee in the event of an employee’s death.
People who perform temporary services and work through a licensed Professional Employer Organization (PEO) or Employee Leasing Company receive their paychecks directly from the licensed organization, rather than from the company that temporarily employs them. Under Florida law, these licensed organizations are required to provide Worker compensation for their employees, regardless of where they work. Failure to do so can leave temporary workers without coverage when they suffer on-the-job injuries.
Many people have physicians they have trusted for years, but the rules for Worker compensation claims in Florida take a hard line, requiring the use only of approved medical providers. If you believe you are not receiving the treatment you need to heal from your injuries, you may have some options available to help rectify the situation.
Florida businesses must cover all employees under Worker compensation without exception. However, business owners can apply for exemptions, which must be renewed every two years. The rules are somewhat complex, so any individuals who are uncertain about whether or not they must be covered should make every effort to learn what regulations apply to them. If your employer cannot answer your questions, you may want to seek advice from an attorney who focuses on the Florida Worker compensation system.
In any industry, safety in the workplace is important. In 2012, the Department of Labor challenged the public to design an electronic tool to help workers better understand safety and accident prevention and help younger workers understand important rights in the workplace. In January 2013, these four tools won the contest:
Worker compensation claims begin with an injury or an illness acquired at the workplace. The National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) works to minimize the types of events that end up causing those claims.
If you suffer an injury or a work-related illness, you can receive Worker compensation benefits until you return to work. These benefits are paid by the insurer for your employer. In turn, your employer pays premiums, just like your car or homeowners insurance premiums, to maintain coverage. But the cost of Worker compensation insurance may be going up.
As a maintenance supervisor at Shoreline Foundation, 56-year-old Russell Rivenberg understood the dangers of harbor work. On May 23, 2013, the Loxahatchee resident kissed his wife Mary goodbye and went to work as usual.
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