No job is without hazards. If you have sustained injuries from a workplace accident and need workers’ compensation benefits, please read on, then contact one of our experienced Orlando workers’ compensation attorneys to learn what you should know about workers’ compensation in Florida.
What you should know about workers’ compensation in Florida
Under Florida workers’ compensation, you will be eligible for temporary total disability benefits if you need time away from work to recover from your work-related injury or illness. You will not get these benefits for the first seven days off unless your injury keeps you from working for more than 21 days. Florida law states that workers’ compensation insurance is required when a business has four or more employees, either full- or part-time. Agricultural businesses with six or more regular employees and/or 12 or more seasonal employees that work for more than 30 days are required to provide coverage.
What qualifies you for workers’ compensation in Florida?
If the business you work for meets the above-mentioned criteria, you may receive workers’ compensation for the following injuries:
- Lacerations, i.e. deep cuts or tears in skin or flesh
- Sprains and strains, i.e. stretched or torn ligaments, muscles or tendons
- Eye injuries
- Cumulative or continuous trauma not otherwise specified
Keep in mind that any injuries sustained during participation in an off-duty recreational activity, while violating company policy, while committing a crime or while being intoxicated or inebriated will not be eligible for workers’ compensation.
How can an Orlando personal injury attorney help you?
While engaging the services of a lawyer is not a prerequisite to winning your workers’ compensation claim, it is highly recommended. You see, your employer and their insurance company may have a vested interest in denying your claim. To that end, they will utilize every means at their disposal. You would be wise to reach out to one of our skilled Orlando, FL personal injury attorneys as a crucial first step toward getting your workers’ compensation claim approved. A qualified legal representative will appeal employer-denied claims and represent you in court, file a third-party negligence claim, file for social security disability benefits, obtain a doctor or medical test and recuperate lost wages. Don’t suffer in silence. Fight for your rights.
Contact our experienced Orlando firm
Our firm understands the repercussions of a serious accident. If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you should not have to fight the uphill battle for financial compensation on your own. When you hire one of our attorneys, you are hiring a devoted, caring, and aggressive attorney who will tenaciously fight for your rights. If you or someone you know was injured in an accident and wishes to schedule a consultation, please do not hesitate to contact Attorney Schmitt of the Florida Personal Injury Law Team today.