For the majority of workers in Fort Lauderdale, most injuries, diseases, accidents, and deaths that occur at the workplace are covered by workers’ compensation, regardless of fault. This state mandated coverage helps put many workers at ease, knowing that they have a safety net if something goes wrong at work. Unfortunately, workers’ compensation claims are often fraught with complications, as employers and insurance companies may be reluctant to pay what they owe.
There are a lot of ways an employer may try to deny you the workers’ compensation you rightfully deserve. The doctor chosen by your employer may downplay the extent of your injuries, or your employer will suggest that your injuries occurred at home and not at work. In other circumstances, your employer may push you to return to work before you’re ready and suggest that you are exaggerating your symptoms.
That’s why you need an experienced workers’ compensation attorney by your side to represent your best interests from the very start. Our workers’ compensation lawyers at Morgan & Morgan have decades of experience helping workers hurt on the job to get the compensation they need to stay financially stable during their recovery.
If you or someone you love have sustained a workplace injury and your workers’ compensation claim has been denied, fill out our free, no-risk case evaluation form today. Our attorneys in Fort Lauderdale may be able to help.
Common Workplace Injuries & Top Causes
Some of the most common injuries our attorneys have seen when handling workers’ compensation cases include:
- Muscular injuries;
- Broken bones;
- Torn ligaments;
- Exposure to toxins;
- Head injuries such as concussions or TBIs;
- Repetitive motion injuries like tendonitis;
- Hearing damage;
- Burn injuries; and
- Injuries to back, spinal cord, shoulders, knees and more.
4,836 workers were killed on the job in 2015, according to the latest data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The biggest causes of workplace deaths include:
- Struck by Object; and
- Caught-in or Crushed by Object or Equipment.
What to Do After a Workplace Injury
If you sustain an injury on the job, immediately seek medical treatment. You must receive care from a physician in order to proceed with the claims process. All claims must be reported within 30 days, or else they may not be accepted. After receiving medical treatment, your doctor will identify your injury and determine the treatment you need and when/if you are able to go back to work. In your time off from work recovering, you will receive biweekly checks for two third of your average biweekly wages, until you are able to return to work. Even if your workers’ compensation claim is denied, your attorney may be able to file an appeal to fight for the benefits you deserve.
What Compensation Could I Recover?
Through Florida’s workers’ compensation program, you may be able to recover the following benefits with your Fort Lauderdale attorney’s help:
Medical Expenses: This covers the care that is necessary to treat your injuries stemming from a workplace accident, including compensation for doctor’s visits, hospital expenses, physical therapy and prescription drugs.
*Temporary & Permanent Disability Benefits:** If your doctors expect you will be able to return to work, you may be able to receive temporary disability benefits while you are recovering from your injuries for up to 104 weeks. On the other hand, if your injuries are so severe that you are unable to return to work, you could be entitled to permanent total disability benefits.
Death Benefits: If a loved one dies within one year of a workplace accident or within five years of being permanently disabled because of workplace injuries, you and other family members may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation death benefits of up to $150,000 for your loss.
How a Fort Lauderdale Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Help You
Our attorneys at Morgan & Morgan understand the difficult process that is integral to filing a workers’ compensation claim. You deserve compensation for an injury you faced at work. Our attorneys are ready to investigate and structure your claim in the best possible way, so you can make a full recovery and return to work and financial stability.
If your workers’ compensation benefits claim has been denied or you are receiving inadequate benefits, please fill out our free, no-obligation case review form to learn more about our workers’ compensation attorneys in Fort Lauderdale can help.