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
Since the pandemic, we have seen many online services or contactless services become available and this also includes court. Having online platforms like Zoom to help us continue the court process and to accommodate people is very valuable but online court does have its challenges. Below is some advice on what you can do to help make a good first impression in online court
First of all, you want to do a test run a day before your scheduled hearing date or conference with the program you are intending to use for this virtual appearance. You should make sure you know how to use the platform and all of its features. When you are setting up your account make sure your username and photo that will be displayed is appropriate. Make sure there are no cat filters on either as you may have heard there was a famous incident last year where an attorney did not know there was a filter on and when he went to start a meeting with a judge, the filter turned on and he became a talking cat and he couldn’t change it. During your trial run, check to see if you have a camera that is functioning, the lighting is good and if the location you are tuning in from has a strong internet or wifi signal, if not think of relocating to an area with a steady signal, as this is very important.
Furthermore, take note of where you will be during the court hearing. You should be in an area with limited noise, preferably no noise, have a plain background behind you, do not have people in the frame conversating or doing other activities, dress appropriately, and make sure you talk to your lawyer beforehand so you know how the two of you will communicate throughout the hearing. Treat the virtual event as if you were in actual court, as judges have little tolerance for disturbances or anything that hinders the court process.
Have the attorneys at Hicks and Motto help you professionally and diligently fight for justice with your case and help you through this new world of online court.