Most people associate inherently dangerous jobs, like construction, with workplace injuries. However, injuries in offices and other seemingly safe settings can also be severe and have long-lasting effects.
Were you injured while on the job in Miami Gardens? Speak with a workers’ compensation lawyer in Miami Gardens about pursuing benefits under the workers’ compensation system.
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733 for help from a workers’ compensation
Florida’s No-Fault Workers’ Compensation System
Florida is a no-fault state when it comes to workers’ compensation benefits. ‘No-fault’ means companies have an insurance policy that covers workers in the event of a workplace injury.
According to Florida Statute 440.09, workers are entitled to compensation “if the employee suffers an accidental compensable injury or death arising out of work performed in the course and the scope of employment.”
An injured worker does not have to prove negligence on the part of the employer.
Was your workers’ compensation claim denied? Call 1-800-747-3733 to speak with a member of our legal team today.
Benefits Available in Workers’ Compensation Claims
Workers’ compensation benefits include:
- Temporary or permanent disability benefits
- Medical care, such as hospital stays and physical therapy
- Payment for lost wages
- In-home care
- Training or education for a new type of employment
- Death benefits, such as compensation to dependents
Claimants cannot receive compensation for pain and suffering in a workers’ compensation claim but may pursue further compensation in a lawsuit against a third party if a third party caused their injuries. Talk to a personal injury lawyer about filing a lawsuit.
Take Action to Get Workers’ Compensation Benefits Before Time Runs Out
According to Florida Statute 440.185, an employee must report a workplace accident to his or her employer no later than 30 days after it occurs. Similarly, if you discover that an injury associated with your work tasks has become worse over time, you must report it within 30 days of this realization.
After you report your accident to your employer:
- Your employer must report it to the insurance company within seven days.
- The insurance company must send you a brochure explaining your responsibilities within three days.
Do you need help navigating the workers’ compensation system? Is your employer or the insurance company making the process difficult for you?
Get help from a Miami Gardens workers’ compensation lawyer. Call 1-800-747-3733.
What to Do After Your Workplace Accident
Taking the following actions may help to build your workers’ compensation case.
Request a Copy of the Accident Report
Ask your employer to provide you with a copy of the accident report. If you didn’t file one at the time of the accident, you have a 30-day window from the time of the accident to do so.
Seek Medical Attention for Your Work Injuries
Your employer or the insurance company can choose the treating doctor. If you fail to get medical care from an authorized physician, your treatment may not be covered by workers’ compensation.
Seek Legal Counsel From an Attorney
A lawyer can help you navigate the workers’ compensation process and fight for benefits. Your lawyer can handle all the necessary paperwork and documentation, so you can focus on recovering from your injuries.
Document Your Injury and Its Effects on You
Keep accurate documents related to your injury. It may help establish or build your case. For example, keep a journal noting when the accident occurred and when you reported it to your employer.
Record your symptoms and the dates and times of medical evaluations. Include information such as whether the employer refused to report your claim to its insurance company or if the DWC denied your initial claim and why.
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733 if you need help after sustaining an injury on the job.
How Can the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Help Me?
Our legal team can assist with your workers’ compensation case in a variety of ways.
Communicate With You
We will communicate by:
- Answering your questions as they pertain to the case
- Fighting for the benefits you deserve
- Corresponding with the insurance company
Our team can gather evidence to establish your entitlement to benefits, such as accident reports, medical records, and more.
Fight Benefit Denials
If the insurance company refuses to cover your work injury, we can fight back. Some excuses insurance carriers might use to deny a workers’ compensation claim may include:
- Injury is not work-related
- Injury is pre-existing
- Worker otherwise does not qualify for workers’ compensation
Whatever the insurance company’s reason for denying your claim, contact a lawyer for help.
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar and Levine at 1-800-747-3733 if you sustained injuries while working in Miami Gardens.