3 Things to Know About Workers’ Compensation Claims
Filing a worker’s compensation claim can be a daunting and irritating process. You may not know where to begin and how to fill out various forms. However, do not be afraid and do not let unfamiliar forms and terms scare you. Continue reading to learn more about worker’s compensation claims and what filing a worker’s compensation claim entails.
1. According to the Workers’ Compensation Center, a law firm located in South Florida, “Under Florida Law, it is your right to make a Workers Compensation claim when you have suffered an injury in the course of your employment.”
“Many common accidents involve lifting injuries, slip/fall injuries, and unbeknownst to many, injuries from repetitive work related activities. In addition, exposure to chemicals, fumes, dust, and more that may result in disease or death are also covered under the Florida Workers Compensation Laws,” according to The Hoffman Firm. If you have experienced one or more of the issues listed above, do not hesitate to file a worker’s compensation claim. Brushing off injuries, discomforts and illnesses could result in greater problems down the road.
2. Many employers react negatively when their employees file a worker’s compensation claim.
Although the above statement may seem frightening, do not let the reaction of your employers affect your decision to file a worker’s compensation claim. Many employers may try to harass, bully, or humiliate the employee seeking to file a worker’s compensation to get them to quit. Some employers may even go so far as to fire the employee seeking to file a worker’s compensation claim. However, this is illegal in Florida, and if this happens to you, contact a professional law firm as soon as possible.
3. According to The Hoffman Firm, “Workers’ compensation benefits apply to employees (not independent contractors) who sustain injuries during the course of their employment.”
According to the Florida Department of Financial Services, there were 53,318 workers’ compensations cases in 2009. The average settlement in 2009 was $12,378 , the average benefits paid was $19,350, and the average medical care incurred was $12,819. If you are an independent contractor, workers’ compensation benefits do not apply to you. If you have been injured on the job, file a worker’s compensation claim as soon as possible and contact a professional law firm that will help you understand your benefits and provide you with information to determine your plan of action.
If you are considering filing or already have filed a worker’s compensation claim, contact the Workers’ Compensation Center today (800) 223-1866. South Florida workers compensation and injury attorney Evan Hoffman and his fellow attorneys provide services to residents of South Florida, including residents of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach.
Evan A. Hoffman
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