Have you had an accident at work?

by Ruth Johnson
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Have you had an accident at work?

Have you been injured on the job?

If you have had an accident at work or suffered an injury due to your occupation, then you may be entitled to benefits under the Florida Workers Compensation law.

Florida Workers' compensation laws , or workmans compensation as it is informally known, entitles employees and workers to certain benefits when a personal injury is suffered in an accident arising out of and in the course of employment. Workers' compensation laws provide money and medical benefits to an employee who has an injury as a result of an accident, injury or occupational disease on-the-job. Workers' compensation is designed to protect workers and their dependents against the hardships from injury or death arising out of the work environment.

If you have been in an accident at work or injured on the job then there a few steps you should take;

The first is to seek medical attention for your injuries.

The second is to tell your employer and ensure that they complete a report. This needs to be done within a certain time frame, so it is very important that you report your accident to your employer right away. If you fail to notify your employer within the timeframe set forth in the law, you may be barred from recovering any benefits for your injury. Also be sure to keep a copy of any and all reports that the employer completes for your records.

Recovering from a work-related injury is difficult enough without having to wind your way through the confusing workers' compensation maze. So your next step may be to hire an attorney that will represent you in dealing with your workers compensation case. The laws can be very complex and confusing. Therefore, in order to be sure you are getting all the benefits you are entitled to under the Florida Workers compensation law, you may wish to seek the advice of a lawyer who handles these matters. A lawyer may be able to assist you with dealing with the insurance company and will advise you of all that you are entitled to under the current law.

What am I entitled to?

The Florida Workers Compensation Law entities the injured worker t o medical benefits and wage replacement benefits (loss wages).

Medical benefits are the provision of a doctor by your employer’s workers compensation insurance carrier. The law requires that the insurance company to pay for all care and treatment of your injury that is medically necessary. This includes payment of doctors visits, prescription medication, hospital visits, tests, physical therapy and other treatment. This also includes travel expenses or transportation to and from your doctor.

Wage loss benefits should be paid starting on the eighth day you are unable to work, and are paid if you are out of work for more than 21 days due to your work accident or injury on the job. There are several types of wage loss benefits that this article will not discuss. You may want to discuss whether you are eligible for these benefits with your attorney.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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