It is essential to take the right steps to get the workers’ compensation benefits you need after getting injured on the job in Florida. The Florida workers’ compensation statutes protect most workers, ensuring their employers provide them access to certain benefits after a workplace injury.
These benefits include medical care, partial wage loss benefits, and specific loss benefits. To ensure you gain access to these benefits after an on-the-job injury, you will need to seek medical care, notify your employer, and file a claim. If you encounter any problems along the way, you may want to consult a workers’ compensation attorney.
Getting Medical Care Is Your Top Priority
The first thing you need to do after getting hurt at work in Florida is get medical care. Getting a diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible is vital to ensuring you heal as quickly and fully as possible. We recommend calling an ambulance if your injuries are serious or going immediately to a doctor for less severe injuries.
It is important that you receive treatment from a doctor or hospital authorized by your employer. They should have a list posted in a place you can find it, often near the time clock or in an employee break room.
You have several months after an injury to seek medical care and notify your employer of your injuries but doing so as soon as possible is a better idea.
You Must Notify Your Employer About Your Workplace Injury
Once you get treatment and your condition is stable, you need to notify your employer about your workplace injury. Even if they witnessed the accident, called the ambulance, or are otherwise aware of the accident, we recommend notifying them in writing. Your company likely has a person you need to contact — your supervisor or someone from the human resources department.
Notifying your employer of the incident, when and where it occurred, and information about your treating physicians is the first step in filing a workers’ compensation claim, so it is imperative that your employer receives adequate notice.
Your medical care coverage should begin as soon as you are injured and should cover all accident-related costs. Your partial wage replacement benefits begin after you miss seven days at work.
What Can Happen When There Are Issues with a Workers’ Compensation Claim
Unfortunately, employers and workers’ compensation insurance companies do not always support employees and make it easy for them to get the benefits they deserve after an on-the-job accident. Getting the medical care coverage or the partial wage replacement payments you deserve is often more difficult than it should be.
You need to get treatment from an approved doctor, notify your employer, and file a claim with the workers’ compensation provider. If you take these steps and they denied your claim or they refuse to pay out the partial wages you deserve, you may want to discuss your case with a workers’ compensation attorney who can help you get the compensation you need.
Anidjar & Levine Can Help You Fight for Your Workers’ Compensation
The attorneys from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you pursue the workers’ compensation benefits you need and deserve even if the insurance company already denied your claim. We may be able to negotiate with the insurer, handle alternative dispute resolution, or file litigation to try to get your benefits.
You have two years from the date your injury occurred to take action in this type of case, but the sooner you act, the sooner we can get to work on your case. Let us go to work pursuing the benefits you and your family need today.
Note: Depending on the circumstances of your injury, you may be able to file a claim against the at-fault party. While your employer has immunity against legal action, we may be able to find a liable third party.
Talk to a Florida Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today
If you got hurt at work, the attorneys from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help. We handle workers’ compensation cases all across Florida. We have offices in Fort Lauderdale, Naples, Jacksonville, and West Palm Beach. We will review your case at no cost to you and help you understand your rights. We can calculate how much you may be eligible to receive in lost wages each week and help you fight to get the payout you deserve.
Our team understands how workers’ compensation works in Florida. We can explain your coverage and build a strong case to show you deserve benefits. Let us take action on your behalf today.
Call 1-800-747-3733 today for your free initial consultation with a member of our team.