Gainesville and Ocala Florida Workers' Compensation Lawyer
You are here because you or a loved one was injured on the job and have questions. I doesn't matter if you were injured at a warehouse, distribution center, trucking company, delivery service, construction site, hospital, office or store. The accident, injury or exposure has interrupted your daily routine and the Florida Workers' Compensation system is frustrating to navigate on your own. Insurance Company representatives are trained to deny and limit medical care. Timely paying the correct lost wages is just not their priority.
Understanding Florida Workers' Compensation
Florida law requires that nearly all employers carry workers' compensation insurance, which will provide benefits for any accident, injury or exposure while at work or due to a work related duty. Workers' compensation is a no fault system. Every employee is eligible for benefits even if the accident was their fault.
If you have been injured on the job, workers' compensation can provide you with medical benefits. Medical care benefits include hospital and medical expenses that are necessary to treat your injury or illness. Generally, things such as doctor's visits, medications, and surgeries will be covered. Workers' compensation will also cover services such counseling and acupuncture.
In addition to medical benefits, workers' compensation will provide temporary wage loss benefits. Injured employees will not receive full wage coverage; rather, they will receive a portion of their average wage, the percentage of which varies by whether the employee is fully or partially disabled.
Florida workers' compensation also allows for receipt of impairment benefits, which are paid after a physician places you at maximum medical improvement. These benefits are also calculated as a percentage of your pre-injury weekly wages.
If you are seriously injured in a workplace accident and unable to return to work, you may receive permanent disability benefits through workers' compensation. You will receive a percentage of your former average wage and will continue to receive this amount until you attain the age of 75.
Over over the years The Shigo Law Firm, P.A. has secured millions of dollars of workers' compensation settlements for our clients. The settlements are individually crafted to ensure the maximum for your case. We provide recommendations, but you decide if want your case to settle.
Yes, You Need to Hire a Workers' Compensation Attorney
The intent of the Florida Workers' Compensation Law it to "assure the quick and efficient delivery of disability and medical benefits to an injured worker". The system is actually full of problems for the average injured worker. Insurance companies and employers often try to deny or minimize benefits to those injured on the job. They attempt to assert the symptoms are not work related or are less severe than claimed. To ensure that you are receiving the benefits that you are rightfully entitled, it is important to retain an experienced work comp attorney.
Do not delay when it comes to fighting for the benefits to which you are entitled — call us today to schedule your free consultation. You can reach our Gainesville office at (352) 338-1988 and our Ocala office at (352) 369-3476.