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Injuries on the Job – Workers Compensation

Doctor looking at a man's injured elbow.

 

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
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