Your workplace can be a dangerous place and accidents can happen quickly and without warning. Accidents can happen because of mistakes like not securing a ladder, tools or items being thrown about, damages a company has overlooked and not fixed, a negligent co-worker, etc. It is not uncommon to see workers injured and then try to obtain workers compensation benefits. Below are some questions/answers that usually come up when discussing injuries on your job and Workers Compensation Benefits.
After I get hurt at my job, what is my next step?
- Immediately let your supervisor/boss know about the accident that took place and fill out an incident report
- Seek medical treatment for your injuries
- Take pictures of the scene of the incident and take notes of all the events that occurred
- Seek a workers compensation attorney for legal help.
- Submit a claim through workers compensation as soon as possible
Will my company let me go because I am applying for workers compensation benefits and I am physically unable to perform my job duties because of the injuries sustained from my accident?
- No. Just because you have/had applied for workers compensation benefits your employer cannot fire you, according to the law of Florida.
Will I be responsible for the medical bills from the hospital and other medical facilities?
- All authorized medical treatment should be covered by your employer’s insurance carrier; but you should confirm with your attorney on all medical treatment.
The company I work for/the company’s insurance provider rejected the claim I submitted what do I do now?
- Consult with a workers compensation attorney