Florida Workers' Compensation

Florida workers’ compensation attorneys

Florida Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Offering highly-qualified legal counsel in: Orlando, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton & all of South Florida

When it comes to workers’ rights, Florida is one of the states across the country that takes this issue with the seriousness it deserves. The state government has laid out strict procedural rules and enforcement practices that make sure that employees’ rights are not violated. That means your employer has a legal responsibility to provide safe working conditions and fair workers’ compensation benefits when you get injured or ill in the scope and course of your job. Sadly, though, we have many cases in the past where employers and/or their insurance providers tried to reduce or even deny injured employees the benefits they are legally entitled to. The good news is that you don’t have to go through a similar ordeal.

At Sternberg | Forsythe, P.A., defending the rights of workers who have been forced to miss work due to workplace injury or illness is what we do every day. Our Florida workers’ compensation lawyers are dedicated to providing personalized representation for workers in Florida who have been injured while on the job or fallen ill due to hazardous working conditions. No matter where you are in South Florida, our Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, West Palm Beach, or Boca Raton offices are conveniently located to serve you. Talk to us today to learn how we can help you get what you rightfully deserve.

What is workers’ compensation?

Florida workers compensation attorneys

Under Florida laws, most employers are required to have workers’ compensation coverage. This is a form of insurance that allows workers who get injured or ill while on the job to collect benefits from their employer, regardless of fault. Because not all workers in Florida are eligible to collect these benefits, it’s imperative that you talk to a skilled Florida workers’ compensation lawyer at Sternberg | Forsythe, P.A.  if you have been injured while on the job. Not only will our attorneys help you establish whether you qualify for these benefits, but they will also work relentlessly to ensure that you get what’s rightfully yours.

What types of workers’ comp benefits am I entitled to in Florida?

When you get hurt or become ill on the job, workers’ compensation insurance is meant to cater for all expenses stemming from your workplace injury. Usually, the workers’ comp benefits you are entitled to in Florida will vary based on the severity of your injury as well as your individual situation. That’s why you need to contact a reputable Florida worker’s comp lawyer before you agree to any settlement. At Sternberg | Forsythe, P.A., we can help you deal with the seemingly complicated workers’ compensation laws. Even better, help you collect benefits that cater for all costs resulting from your workplace injury. These include, but are not limited to, compensation for:

Type 1: medical costs

Your employer, through their insurance carrier, is responsible for your medical treatment after a work-related injury. The benefits you recover should cover all medical expenses arising from the injury. These include the costs for:

    • Hospital care.
    • Surgery.
    • Home nursing services, when necessary.
    • Visits to an approved doctor.
    • Prescription drugs.
    • Dental care.
    • Crutches and braces, and other medical supplies ordered by your approved physician.
    • Travel costs to and from your authorized doctor and pharmacy.

Type 2: lost wages

Under Florida law, you may be able to recoup monetary benefits if your workplace injury affects your earnings. The rate, amount, and duration of compensation for the lost wages you are eligible to get will depend on the extent of your injury as well as your regular wage. However, you must fulfill all the requirements under the Florida workers’ compensation law in order to receive these benefits.

For instance, if you suffer a permanent total disability, you may be eligible to get a minimum of 662/3 or 66.67 percent of the average weekly wages. These benefits should be paid for as long as you are not in a position to resume work up to when you turn 75.

Nevertheless, if the approved doctor claims that you are fit to perform work-related tasks within a 50-mile radius of your residence, your employer’s insurance carrier may stop paying compensation for lost wages.

On the other hand, workers who suffer temporary disability due to workplace accidents are allowed to collect benefits for a maximum of two years (104 weeks). During this time, the employer is allowed to put the injured worker on a no-work status.

Type 3: funeral costs and death benefits

When a work-related accident leads to a loved one’s death, their employer may be required to pay death benefits up to a maximum of $150,000. Nonetheless, the employee must have died within one year from when the accident occurred or after five years of continuous disability. Death benefits under Florida law often include:

      • Funeral expenses up to $7,500.
      • Educational benefits to the surviving spouse.
      • Compensation to dependents, as defined by law.

Even though it’s possible to collect all these benefits on your own, it’s critical that you have a competent Florida workers’ compensation attorney on your side. The right lawyer will help you understand your rights, calculate what you may be entitled to in terms of a settlement, and even walk you through the workers’ comp claims process.

How to file a workers’ compensation claim in Florida?

workers compensation claim in Florida

After a workplace incident, it’s a no-brainer that you will want to seek immediate medical help, especially if your injury is severe. Not only will this help mitigate the adverse impacts of the accident but also put you on the road to recovery. Nevertheless, you need to adhere to strict guidelines as outlined under Florida workers’ compensation laws to ensure that your benefits are not reduced or denied:

Step 1: notify your employer or supervisor

Notifying your employer is the first step towards getting your workers’ compensation benefits. Regardless of how minor or severe your injuries are, workers’ comp laws in the Sunshine State require injured employees to report their work-related injuries or illnesses within thirty days from the day of the accident. Failure to notify your employer within the given time frame may lead to the loss of some or all the benefits you are entitled to.

Step 2: seek medical attention and evaluation from an approved doctor

After notifying your employer, the next important thing you need to seek is further medical evaluation. Even if you feel fine or feel as though your injuries are minor, it’s still a good idea to see a physician. Keep in mind that Florida workers’ compensation laws require injured employees to seek medical attention from a physician qualified and appointed by your employer or their insurance company. If your injury calls for emergency treatment, be sure to let the staff attending you know that you hurt yourself while on the job, and give them your employer’s contact details.

Step 3: read your documentation thoroughly

As soon as you notify your employer, they will need to forward the matter to their insurance carrier. Under Florida workers’ comp laws, this should be done within seven days from the day you notify your employer of your workplace injuries. Upon reporting your injury to their insurance company, your employer’s insurance provider will send you documentation pertaining to the accident as well as outlining your rights and responsibilities as an injured employee. It’s important that you review this documentation carefully to ensure you understand the benefits you are eligible to get.

While these steps may seem straightforward, it’s not uncommon to  omit a simple detail that may eventually take away the right to collect benefits from your employer. That’s why you need to enlist an experienced Boca Raton workers’ comp lawyer from Sternberg | Forsythe, P.A. to help you with your case. Besides providing legal guidance, our Florida worker’s comp attorneys will assist you with the entire workers’ compensation claims process from start to finish.

Third-party liability and workers’ compensation benefits

While at work, other parties, besides your employer, may be responsible for your workplace injuries. Although injured workers do not necessarily have to bring a lawsuit against their employer in Florida, you may be eligible to file a liability claim against any third-party whose negligence or fault leads to your injury.

Given the numerous rules, regulations, and bureaucracy that govern third-party liability claims, proving fault can sometimes get complicated. That’s why you will need a capable personal injury lawyer to help you get compensation for the full value of medical bills and loss of earning capacity. At Sternberg | Forsythe, P.A., we can help you establish whether another person or entity is to blame for your injuries and even assist you in filing a claim against the third party at-fault. Various individuals or entities who can be held liable in a third-party liability claim include:

    • A third-party machine operator or driver.
    • The owner of another company working at the same site as yours.
    • The owner of a property with a dangerous condition that went unattended.
    • The distributor or manufacturer of hazardous, or defectively designed, or manufactured product.

Why you should hire a Florida workers’ compensation lawyer

Florida workers’ compensation law aims to provide injured workers with immediate medical attention, care, and support. However, many claims are often denied by the insurance providers. The reasons behind this often include an individual’s unfamiliarity with the Florida workers’ compensation procedures and fraud attempts by the employer and their insurance providers.

Although injured workers are entitled to recoup the benefits they are owed even without any legal representation, hiring a skilled Boca Raton workers’ compensation lawyer can help you reduce the chances of losing your workers’ comp benefits. Whether you have just been injured while at work or are suffering an illness resulting from prolonged poor working conditions, a reputable lawyer experienced in handling workers’ compensation cases in Florida will offer effective representation. It is crucial to bear in mind that hiring a lawyer who can develop the most effective strategies tailored to your case’s unique circumstances is your best chance for getting fair compensation.

Regardless of the severity of your workplace injury, the legal team at Sternberg | Forsythe, P.A., can help you collect the benefits you deserve. For every case we take, we stand by clients and fight for their rights throughout all stages of the workers’ compensation claims process in the state of Florida. Reach out to the Boca Raton office today to schedule a free initial consultation. We will review your case, apprise you of your rights and options, and answer any questions you have. More importantly, we’ll provide legal guidance to help collect benefits that cover all medical bills, lost wages, and household expenses resulting from your workplace injury.

Contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney in Florida

If you are suffering any kind of illness due to prolonged poor working conditions or have been a victim of a work-related accident, you need to talk to the team at Sternberg | Forsythe, P.A. Our workers’ compensation lawyers will use all practical strategies, including presenting relevant evidence and challenging medical opinions, to ensure that you recover the benefits you legally deserve.

Want to learn how the legal team at Sternberg | Forsythe, P.A. can help you with your Florida workers’ compensation claim? Don’t hesitate to give us a call today at (561) 687-5660 , visit us online or at one of our offices in Boca Raton, Orlando, or West Palm Beach.