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Whether you like your job or not, you go to work every day to earn a paycheck. You do not go to work to get hurt. But, work injuries happen frequently across the United States. Each state has its own rules regarding how injured workers can obtain compensation for the harm and losses they suffered. If you were injured in a work-related injury accident in Florida, you might not know what your rights are and how to obtain the compensation you need for the harm you had to endure.
You may be entitled to financial compensation for your workplace injuries. The Florida civil litigation attorneys at Fulgencio Law can help you after a workplace accident.
What to do if You Were Injured in a Workplace Accident in Florida
Every year there are thousands of Floridians that are hurt while on the job. As a result, these workers obtain financial assistance for their losses by filing workers’ compensation claims. The state of Florida regulates the workers’ compensation insurance program. When an injured worker files a claim, they may be able to recover monetary compensation for their medical costs and some amount of their lost wages. Additionally, if a worker dies due to work-related injuries, Florida workers’ compensation may pay their dependents.
There is only a limited time to file a Florida workers’ compensation claim. It is imperative to report your injury or illness to your employer no later than 30 days after your accident happened or after your medical provider diagnoses you with a work-related condition.
After a workplace injury in Florida, the following steps should be followed:
- Do not wait to record or write down the details of how the workplace injury accident happened. If you are able to take pictures of the accident scene, that would be incredibly helpful. Also, anyone who witnessed your accident can also be beneficial for your claim, so ask them if they would be willing to provide a statement. If so, take their statement and get their contact information if they are willing to provide it.
- Report your accident to your employer. You can also connect with your employer’s Florida workers’ compensation insurance provider. They should have this information available to employees.
- Accidents that require emergency treatment can be treated immediately. Though, those that are not life-threatening or severe must be seen by an insurance-authorized provider. Therefore, unless it is an emergency, you will have to wait to first report your accident and then find out what provider is authorized to treat you.
- Reach out to your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer to ensure that there is an active claim for your case.
- Keep all information related to your injury accident, including your medical records, medical notes from your doctor, medications you were prescribed, receipts and bills from medical treatment, etc.
- Meet with an attorney. You improve your chances of securing the most compensation if you have an experienced legal professional handling the process on your behalf.
- If your claim is denied, you have the right to appeal.
Call an Attorney at Fulgencio Law Today
Workers’ compensation claims are rarely uncomplicated. A workers’ compensation attorney at Fulgencio Law can help you navigate the claims process. Call today at (813) 463-0123 to schedule a free, initial consultation.