Florida Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Every day in the U.S., 13 workers are killed while working. Annually, 3 million people are injured on the job or suffer from a work-related injury. Many of these injured and killed workers live and work in Florida.
With a few exceptions, state and federal laws require all employers to provide workers’ compensation insurance to cover the medical expenses and lost wages of employees who are injured while working. The employee is not required to prove the employer was negligent. In turn, the employer cannot deprive the worker of benefits by alleging the employee was responsible for his or her own injuries.
If you were injured on the job, it may sound like filling out a workers’ compensation claim and collecting for your injuries should be an easy task. For minor injuries, it might be. For anything major, you really need a workers’ compensation attorney to assist you.
How Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in Florida Can Help
Various forms of compensation are available to injured workers under Florida’s worker’s compensation system. Depending on the nature of the injury, an injured worker may be entitled to medical benefits, disability benefits, lost wages, reasonable and necessary travel expenditures related to the injury, and attendant care benefits.
It is not unusual for employers to find ways out of providing coverage to an injured worker. They often claim the injured person was not even an employee, but an independent contractor for whom the employer is not required to provide workers’ compensation insurance. Insurers have their own arsenal of claims to fire at you to deny your claim. For example, they may argue:
- Your injury did not really occur at work.
- Your injury is not as severe as you claim it is.
- Your medical problems are due to a pre-existing condition, not a work injury.
- You did not properly give notice of your injury.
- You did not file your claim in a timely manner and the statute of limitations has run.
Florida’s worker’s compensation system is designed to prevent the high costs associated with litigating workplace injuries. Even though the state’s worker’s compensation system does not normally entail litigation, an experienced workplace injury attorney is still a great idea for those injured at work. Without a strong advocate who knows the intricacies of Florida workplace injury law, workers seeking benefits risk being taken advantage of by worker’s compensation insurance companies.
If your claim is denied, an attorney can appeal the denial and assist you in providing the necessary evidence required in order to collect for your damages.
Contact the Law Offices of Theodore H. Enfield, P.A.
At the Law Offices of Theodore H. Enfield, P.A., we work diligently to see that you receive all the compensation to which you are legally entitled. We have offices in Boca Raton and Aventura, FL, and serve those in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and Palm Beach County, Florida. Contact us as soon as possible after your injury at (305) 933-9592 for a free consultation.