Workplace Injuries and Workers’ Compensation
Our workplace injury lawyer in Tampa, FL knows that every year, millions of workers are injured while working for private employers. It is very important to determine whether your injury was caused by your employer or some other person or corporation. If you have sustained an injury or illness while working, you may have the right to receive benefits that cover their medical expenses and lost wages under Florida’s Workers’ Compensation laws.
However, sometimes your injury will be caused by the negligence of someone other than your employer. In that case, you could have a direct personal injury claim against this third party and your claim would not be limited by workers’ compensation laws. It is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can advise you who is at fault for your injuries and help you recover all of the damages and benefits you deserve.
Do I have to report my injury?
Yes. You should report your injury to the employer as soon as possible, but no later than thirty (30) days. Your employer then has up to seven (7) days to report the injury to their insurance company.
What if surgery is recommended?
The doctors will typically start with conservative treatment, such as injections or physical therapy. However, if this is unsuccessful, surgery may become an option. Hopefully, if surgery is recommended, the workers’ compensation insurance company will authorize the procedure and agree to pay for it. However, it is not always so easy. Sometimes the insurer will request that you see another doctor for a second opinion. These doctors are paid for by the insurance company, so you won’t always get an unbiased and fair evaluation. If this doctor disagrees with the surgical recommendation, you will definitely need to hire an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to pursue your legal rights.
When to Settle Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
At some point, an injured worker may want to stop receiving benefits and settle the case by receiving a lump sum from the insurance company. While receiving a settlement can be a favorable option in many cases, it usually means that you give up the right to any future benefits related to your injury. An experienced attorney will know how to negotiate the best possible settlement and can advise you whether a lump sum settlement is your best option.
Let the team at Jeff Murphy Law assist you and help you obtain a full recovery for your workplace injury. Call us at 813-443-5553 for a free consultation.
Get Help Today When you are suffering from an injury that happened at work, you are likely searching for a workplace injury lawyer in Tampa, FL. The attorneys at Jeff Murphy Law can assist you. We understand that not every accident that occurs at work demands the needs of an attorney. In fact, if you were in an accident at work and did not suffer from any injuries, you will not have the necessary evidence required for a workplace injury claim. However, even the most cut-and-dry claims can be rejected. Before this ever happens to you, though, you should speak with our team so that we can be prepared to help you in this situation.
Determining if You Need the Help of an Attorney
Injuries at work can be complicated. You may have clearly been injured in an accident caused at work while you were on the clock. However, this does not mean that workers’ compensation will cover your costs. You may be wondering: what is the point of a system that isn’t doing its job? Unfortunately, these kinds of systems are everywhere. However, having a competent and aggressive Tampa, Florida workplace injury lawyer on your side will help. There are many situations where you may choose to get the help of an attorney.
You already have a pre-existing condition or disability prior to getting injured at work.
Because of your injuries, you will likely not be able to return to work or may not be able to get a job in any area.
You need medical treatment but you were denied medical benefits.
You believe you are not getting the appropriate benefits or that there may be benefits you are missing out on.
You have injuries so severe that your doctor believes they will become a long-term disability.
You sustained injuries so serious that you will need to go through one or more rounds of surgery to recover.
You have never gone through the workers’ compensation process and believe that you would be more comfortable and successful with the help of a workplace injury lawyer.
Do I need an attorney?
You do not need to hire an attorney to file a workers’ compensation claim. That said, most people find that their claims are more successful when they work with an attorney and many find that they do not have to re-do their application. Attorneys can also help you appeal a claim that was denied. Want to see if one of our attorneys can help you? Contact a trusted Tampa, Florida workplace injury lawyer today.
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