Seasonal employees make up a significant amount of the workforce in the United States, which is particularly true in the tourism-driven state of Florida. Even if your period of employment is temporary, injuries occurring in the workplace can substantially impact your earning potential and health. Understanding workers’ compensation and seasonal employment laws can help you protect your rights.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is an extremely painful condition which compresses a key nerve in the wrist. While Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is most often the result of long hours spent typing on a computer keyboard, those who work on an assembly line or do any other type of repetitive activity involving the wrist could also be at risk. In fact, any type of repeated flexing and extending of the tendons in the hands and wrists can cause CTS.
Regardless of age, all workers are entitled to compensation when injured in the workplace. In most states, including Florida, minor employees are given additional protection. A team of experienced workers’ compensation lawyers can break down the process, making it easier to fight for your rights.
On January 16, 2017, a utility worker in Key Largo descended into a manhole. He was an employee of a private contractor that had been called to the neighborhood after residents complained of sewer backup. A street section wasn’t settling properly and he wanted to see how things looked below ground.
Since the workers compensation system was introduced across the United States, many legal analysts have seen the system as being skewed in favor of the interests of insurance companies. While the workers compensation system guarantees workers the right to claim medical and income benefits for an injury, without the delay of having to prove negligence, it also grants employers immunity from negligence lawsuits as long as they have insurance. A significant percentage of injured workers struggle to return to their previous lives and might have been better compensated had they had the opportunity to sue.
Statistics from the Florida Department of Financial Services show that between the years 2005 and 2012, the number of Florida workers compensation cases involving occupational diseases fell from 1,134 in 2005 to 395 in 2012. That represents a 65 percent decrease in the number of cases. In money terms, the amount of benefits paid has fallen from more than $18 million to slightly more than three million dollars, an 83 percent decrease.
Most employers are required by Florida law to have workers compensation insurance to cover the costs of treating work-related injuries. When you suffer an on-the-job injury, it is important report the incident to your employer immediately or as soon as you are able. Your employer will complete the needed claim forms so that you can obtain any needed medical treatment.
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