Steps To Take When Injured At the Workplace
To ensure you receive the maximum workers compensation benefits make sure you do the following right away:
● Seek emergency treatment
● Report your injury to your supervisor
● Choose a physician specified by your employer.
It is important that you are aware that while your company will report that the accident occurred, it does not mean they will admit to the facts that you reported. Your employer does not always have your back! While under normal circumstances your company may be a great place to work for, keep in mind that worker's compensation is insurance. When a company files a claim, the premiums go up for the business. Your company is in business for profits, not losses. Do not be shocked if your employer is more concerned about their business than your health. This is why it is always a good idea to consult with a Florida workman’s compensation attorney.
What Happens If An Employer Retaliates
The no-fault system in Florida designed to ensure workers’ compensation claims move quickly. Therefore, if the accident is your fault or your actions helped cause it, you can still file. However, many employers do not want to pay any claims and will deliberately retaliate. This can happen several ways. For example, if the injury was your fault, your employer may falsely claim you have no right to file for workers’ compensation. They may also fight your claim, and make up falsehoods about you and the circumstances of your accident. In some cases, they may even threaten to fire or demote you if you file. All of these actions are illegal. So if your employer retaliates, you need to speak with an attorney that specializes in workers’ compensation immediately.
How A Workman’s Compensation Lawyer Can Help You
Filing a workers’ compensation claim is a difficult process and no matter what the circumstances of the accident are. You will need someone who knows the laws and can help protect your rights. Our workers’ compensation attorneys at All Injuries Law Firm will not only help fight for your right to compensation but will ensure that you receive all your benefits including:
● The costs of the medical bills, equipment, and prescriptions related your injury
● Lost wages and benefits for the period you are out of work
● Mileage reimbursement to and from your medical appointments
● Temporary or permanent disability claims
You may also receive compensation for job training if your injuries are so severe you can no longer work in your current career field. In some cases there are other parties besides your employer, that may be liable for your injuries. An example of this is the manufacturer of a machine used in the course of your work, may have malfunctioned and contributed to your injury.
No matter who is at fault for your workers’ compensation injuries, you have a right to fair and honest treatment. If your claim is being denied or your employer is retaliating, know you don’t have to face these things alone. You have support. Our team at All Injuries Law Firm has worked with victims of workplace injuries for over 30 years in South Florida. We understand all the laws and can help make sure that your rights are protected. All Injuries Law Firm provides legal assistance throughout Southwest Florida, including: Port Charlotte, Sarasota, and many other locations. Please visit our website to find the location closest to you.