If you or somebody you know has been injured at work, contact Pacin Levine for your free evaluation at (800) 24-7-CRASH; (800) 247-2727. Available 24/7, nights and weekends, Pacin Levine will promptly offer advice and support.
Florida Worker’s Compensation Claims
orkplace injuries can happen to anyone, at any time, regardless of industry. And when they do, it is important to have an attorney on your side to make sure that you receive the Worker’s Compensation benefits that are rightfully owed to you… by law.
Like it or not, insurance companies, and too often employers, will challenge employee claims in an effort to show that the injury in question happened outside of the workplace or was perhaps a lingering issue prior to the day of the recorded incident, thus attempting to deny, or limit, any number of benefits that might be owed.
It is important to note that Worker’s Compensation throughout the state of Florida moves far beyond monetary benefits. For example, those who are injured on the job might also be entitled to medical and/or disability benefits in addition to lost wages. What you deserve, and ultimately what you receive after being injured on the job, greatly depends on your chosen attorney’s ability to be able to effectively fight on your behalf in an effort to hold employers, and their insurance company, accountable for the injuries that were sustained.
Florida’s No-Fault Worker’s Compensation
The State of Florida employs what is known as a no-fault Worker’s Compensation system, and that means damages are owed to a worker who is injured on the job regardless of cause. That being said, if a worker knowingly went against a known workplace safety rule, or if that same worker showed up to the job site under the influence of drugs or alcohol, then it is possible for the employer/insurance company to deny all benefits that the injured party feels he or she might be entitled to.
What Sort of Injuries/Illness Does Worker’s Compensation Cover?
That’s a great question, and the short answer is, there are no limitations so long as the injury, or debilitating illness, happened at work or as a direct result of your professional obligations. However, the most common Workplace Compensation claims derive from the following:
- Slip and falls
- Machinery accidents
- Equipment malfunctions
- Struck or injured by object
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Forklift accidents
- Burns, scalding
- Falling from an elevated platform or ladder
- Air borne chemicals
Worker’s Compensation Notice Requirements
If you are injured on the job, Florida law mandates that you have no more than 30 days to notify your employer that you have been hurt on the job or fallen ill due to a workplace-borne sickness. Failure to notify your employer within that 30-day window could make you ineligible to receive Worker’s Compensation benefits. At the very least, failure to inform your employer within 30 days will delay the processing, and retrieval, of benefits.
Take Action Immediately
If you are injured on the job, it is very important to take action immediately. And with that in mind, here is a quick-list of steps that you should follow, in order:
- Notify your employer;
- Seek immediate medical attention/treatment;
- Contact the attorneys at Pacin Levine, P.A. at (800) 24-7-CRASH; (800) 247-2727;
- Submit your Worker’s Compensation claim.
Can My Employer Retaliate Against Me for Making a Worker’s Compensation Claim?
It is illegal for your employer to terminate or retaliate against you for filing a worker’s compensation claim. Examples of retaliation include firing or demoting workers, reducing hours, assigning undesirable shifts, cutting down job duties, or purposely giving false performance reviews that negatively affect workers’ positions. If your employer retaliates or fires you for filing a worker’s compensation claim, then you may be able to file a separate, individual Employment lawsuit against your employer.
I Need Help
f you or a loved one are inured on the job, give the Attorneys at Pacin Levine, P.A., a call, and our team will work on your behalf to secure the benefits you and your family depend on. Do not allow your employer or its insurance company to strong-arm you. Stand up and take action by giving the Law Firm of Pacin Levine P.A. a call today at (800) 24-7-CRASH; (800) 247-2727.
Why Choose Pacin Levine?
Truly understanding the merits of your case, your legal rights, and the options that you have is important. With the attorneys at Pacin Levine, our free, no obligation case consultations give you an opportunity to discuss your case with a legal professional, and to hear how we can help you.
Pacin Levine, P.A. handles a variety of accident, personal injury, employment, and insurance dispute cases. Whether you or a loved one have been involved in an accident, discriminated at work, involved in workplace accident, injured in a mass transportation incident, or any number of other types of accidents: boat, bus, plane, train, slip and fall, bicycle, truck, motorcycle, defective product or wrongful death, we are here to help.
The Florida legal industry has recognized the outstanding and consistent work of the Pacin Levine law firm, awarding a number of honors and accolades. While thankful for the recognition we have received, our team is most proud of the incredible verdicts and settlements that we have been able to achieve for our clients.
We understand that the journey following an accident and/or injury can be overwhelming. We’re compassionate to the challenges that you are confronted with and are here to walk with you through this difficult time. We’re in your corner with integrity and compassion to help you navigate dealings with insurance companies, hospitals, doctors, repair shops and the legal system, so that you can focus on your recovery.
Our approach provides the highest caliber legal services to a broad spectrum of injury cases. How Can We Help You?
Do not hesitate. Take action, and call us today at (800) 24-7-CRASH; (800) 247-2727 for a free, confidential case evaluation. Or alternatively, contact us using our easy online form.