We are dedicated to pursuing medical benefits for your workers’ compensation claim.
At Shigo Law Firm, P.A., we know that getting the medical benefits you deserve from a workers’ compensation claim can be difficult. That’s why we’re here to help workplace accident victims stand up against employers and insurance companies who often try to minimize or deny benefits. Some employers might deny an injury or incident occurred, or they may try to remove or hide the hazard that caused the injury. Furthermore, employers have been known to try and negotiate or manipulate workers into dropping a claim or lawsuit by cutting schedule working hours or threatening to fire the worker. Don’t let an employer or insurance company bully you or attempt to downplay your injuries.
Hire a Qualified Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Receiving workers’ compensation medical benefits is a long and often confusing process. There’s a lot of paperwork that must be completed, and other resources may be required to help prove your claim. Witness statements, evidence and a workplace injury report can be used to substantiate a claim. However, these important resources can be difficult to obtain without a qualified personal injury attorney. Our attorneys are well practiced in locating witnesses and gathering statements that can corroborate your medical benefits claim. And we can gather other types of evidence, too, such as video footage of the injury taking place or evidence that a hazard existed which caused the injury. But if you wait too long to gain legal representation, you may be providing your employer with ample opportunity to hide, repair or remove the cause of your injury. Furthermore, witnesses or other employees who may have been responsible for your injuries could be fired or transferred, making contact with these people more difficult. No matter what happens with your medical benefits claim, our attorneys in Gainesville will stand by you.
What Should I Do if I’ve Been Injured on the Job?
On-the-job injuries can be extremely stressful. Often, a victim is overwhelmed by adrenaline and pain, which can make it difficult to think clearly. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you should seek medical attention. Even if your injuries are less severe, a medical record can be used in your claim to help you receive benefits.
Some injuries can occur from repeated movements over a long period of time. Carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive stress injury, tendonitis and respiratory illness don’t usually occur from one specific incident or accident, but rather performing the same tasks repeatedly or being exposed to certain materials for a long period of time. However, these are all conditions which are covered by workers’ compensation in Florida. A doctor and a workers compensation attorney can help you determine whether your condition could be a result from on-the-job factors.
You are Entitled to Medical Treatment
In Florida, workers are entitled to medical treatment from an approved physician, nurse, hospital or chiropractor, and these treatments must be provided to workers for any period of time that is necessary, even if treatment is needed for the rest of a worker’s lifetime. In the State of Florida, medical benefits have no end date, which means if you leave your place of employment, if you leave Florida, or if you leave the United States, medical care should still be provided.
If you are unhappy with the level of care you are receiving, or if you are unhappy with the physician, Florida medical benefits allow a change of physician once during a claim. Sometimes its possible that an injured worker can see his or her own primary care physician, but there may be restrictions in place. Because an employer’s insurance company or the workers’ compensation insurance carrier pays for the medical treatment, you may be required to seek treatment from an approved list of physicians and care facilities.
Shigo Law Firm Can Help
If you have been injured in a workplace accident and require legal counsel, contact our medical benefits attorneys. Furthermore, if you have already filed a claim but are being denied treatment and medical benefits, our attorneys can fight for your rights to benefits. At Shigo Law Firm, we have even helped clients who were receiving inadequate benefits. Contact our offices in Gainesville and Ocala to have a qualified workers compensation attorney working for you.