People suffering on the job injuries face many problems. In addition to needing medical care, their budgets are often strained by a decrease or loss in wages. Florida’s workers' compensation system will cover your medical care and the majority of your lost wages. In addition, you may be entitled to payment for partial or total disability.
Our Jacksonville workers' compensation attorneys can help you with the many complexities presented by a workers’ compensation case. This includes: helping you get the right medical care; receiving compensation for lost wages; and obtaining fair compensation for any permanent disability you may have suffered.
Florida’s workers’ compensation system requires an employer provide lost wages, medical benefits, and disability compensation in exchange for the employee losing his or her right to sue the employer for negligence. In Florida, any business with four or more employees is required to have workers’ compensation insurance. For employers that do not have workers’ compensation insurance coverage, injured employees retain the right to sue the employer for negligence in the event of an on-the-job accident that causes injuries.
In general, an employer providing workers’ compensation must provide benefits in the event of any work-related injury. Such incidents include slipping or falling on the job, car accidents, forklift accidents, injuries caused by lifting heavy objects, injuries caused by falling objects, construction accidents, repetitive injuries (for example, carpal tunnel injuries) and occupational hazards, such as inhaling dangerous pollutants on the job. Back, neck and shoulder injuries are the most common types of personal injuries in workers’ compensation cases.
Sometimes, a workers' compensation insurer refuses to provide the benefits that the claimant deserves. For example, a treating doctor may report that an injured worker is ready to return to work before he or she is actually able. Many times, obtaining the opinion of another doctor can prevent this from happening. It is important to note that injured workers must see a doctor who is approved by the employer. Expenses for seeing physicians who are not on the company’s authorized list are generally not covered.
You do not have to prove that your employer was at fault for causing your injury in order to be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers' compensation covers you for any on the job injury regardless of who was at fault for causing it. You do, however, have to prove that your injury occurred on-the-job and was work-related.
Often, our lawyers find that someone other than the employer was at fault for causing an accident. In this situation, the client has both a workers' compensation claim and a personal injury claim. Because our firm handles both types of cases, we pursue the two cases simultaneously. In fact, our law firm’s largest recovery for a single client resulted from an on-the-job injury when our client was injured by a person working for a different employer in the same warehouse.
The lawyers at The Lawrence Law Group, P.A., headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, can help you navigate the twists and turns of a workers’ comp case. Here in the Jacksonville and Northeast Florida area, we accept worker’s comp cases in the following counties: Duval, Clay, Nassau, St. Johns, Flagler, Putnam, Alachua, Union, Baker, Bradford, and Columbia.