If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury or contracted a life-threatening illness at work, you may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
The personal injury team at The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you file a claim to receive benefits for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other income. You may also be entitled to receive wrongful death compensation if your loved one passed away from a work-related injury or illness.
To learn more about how we can help you receive the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve, call 1-800-747-3733 today to discuss the details of your case with a workers’ compensation lawyer in Coconut Creek, FL.
Reporting Your Injury Accident
It is best to report your accident to your employer on the day that it happens. However, Florida’s workers’ compensation rules give workers up to 30 days to report injuries or illness to their employers. Employers, in turn, must report a worker’s condition to its insurance company within seven days.
Some work-related conditions are not quickly discovered. In these instances, you must report your injury or illness to your employer within 30 days of discovering your job caused your condition to develop.
Whether your injury or illness occurs immediately or you discover it at a later date, you can lose your opportunity to receive benefits if you do not report your condition within the required time period.
Submitting Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
After reporting your illness or injury, you should receive information explaining your rights to seek workers’ compensation and how to file for the benefits you deserve from your employer.
It is to your advantage to provide as much information as possible to your employer about your illness or work injury. A detailed report will help to strengthen your claim for benefits. For instance, you should report:
- Where your accident happened
- When your accident happened
- What caused your injury
- Names of eyewitnesses to your accident
If you have questions about reporting your injury or illness and the type of information you should provide with your Workers’ Compensation claim, we have answers. Call us at 1-800-747-3733 to schedule a free consultation with one of our workers’ compensation lawyers in Coconut Creek, FL.
Preparing a Workers’ Compensation Claim
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you gather evidence that strengthens your Workers’ Compensation claim. To build a solid case, we can help you obtain information such as:
- Your medical records that document the injury that you suffered or illness that developed
- Treatment your doctor ordered because of your injury or illness
- Statements from co-workers and other eyewitnesses to your accident
- Photographs or video footage of the accident scene
- Records of previous injury accidents at your workplace
- Your employer’s previous workplace safety violations
We may also call upon an occupational therapist or a medical professional to provide opinions about your condition and how it affects your ability to work.
The evidence we help you collect will depend on the type of injury or illness you suffered.
Fighting Challenges from Insurance Companies
Just because you suffered an injury does not mean an insurance company will immediately approve your Workers’ Compensation claim. Because we know the tactics insurance companies use to deny requests for benefits, we strive to build cases that can withstand scrutiny from insurers.
In some instances, an insurer may want an employee to have an independent medical evaluation (IME) by a doctor selected by the insurer. Since insurers would rather save money by not paying benefits, it is not unusual for insurers to question the seriousness of an injury.
We know how to counter challenges an insurance company may bring to a workers’ compensation claim. That is why we collect solid evidence that shows the extent and severity of your work-related illness or injury.
Negotiating a Settlement
While an insurance company may approve your workers’ compensation claim, the benefits you receive may not be sufficient to meet your needs. We can estimate the value of your case by determining the costs of the financial losses you suffered from your workplace injury or illness. If we are unable to negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company on your behalf, we will not hesitate to take your case to court.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits You Can Receive
Every case is unique, but typically if your Workers’ Compensation claim is approved, you may be entitled to receive the following benefits:
Medical benefits include payment for doctor’s visits, hospital stays, medical tests, physical therapy, prescription medications, and other medically necessary care and treatment related to your work injury or illness.
The amount of lost wages you are eligible to receive depends on your level of disability. The types of disabilities include:
- Temporary total disability: You cannot work for a short period of time.
- Temporary partial disability: You can return to work with restrictions.
- Maximum medical improvement: Your condition is not expected to significantly improve.
- Permanent total disability: You can no longer work at all.
If your loved one passed away due to a workplace-related injury or illness, surviving family members can receive up to $150,000 in benefits that include funeral expenses and compensation to dependents.
Contact Our Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in Coconut Creek, FL, Today
Under Florida’s statute of limitations, you have two years to file a workers’ compensation claim. Do not wait and miss your opportunity to get the benefits you deserve.
You do not have to do this alone. A workers’ compensation lawyer in Coconut Creek, FL can help you navigate the workers’ compensation process from start to finish. To schedule a free, no-obligation case consultation, call The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-800-747-3733.