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If you sustain an injury at work, you may face costly medical bills and may be unable to return to work for weeks, months, or possibly more. After seeing a doctor, it is in your best interests to consult with a skilled attorney. Our experienced lawyers at Morgan & Morgan have helped many Tallahassee employees obtain rightful benefits. We know how insurance companies think and our team is prepared to utilize every tool in our arsenal to help you receive the compensation you need to rebuild your life.
Employers Are Required to Have Workers’ Comp Coverage in Florida
Not every employer in the State of Florida is required to have workers’ compensation insurance. In the event that you are an employee of the federal government, you are automatically covered under the Federal Workers’ Compensation program.
According to Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, employers are required to carry workers compensation coverage under the following circumstances:
- Your employer is in an industry, other than construction, and has four or more employees, full-time or part-time (an exempted corporate officer does not count as an employee).
- Your employer is in the construction industry and has one or more employees (including him/herself (an exempted corporate officer or member of a limited liability company does not count as an employee).
- Your employer is a state or local government.
- Your employer is a farmer and has more than five regular employees and/or twelve or more other workers for seasonal agricultural labor lasting thirty days or more.
What if Your Tallahassee Workers’ Compensation Claim is Denied?
As of May 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor reports a total of 7,320 workers’ compensation claims in Florida. Of those claims, 2,827 have been approved while 3,750 have been denied. While many workers’ comp claims are not approved, being denied is not necessarily the end of your case. An experienced employment law lawyer can help you file a petition with the Division of Administration hearings.
During this time, the Judge of Compensation Claims will review your case and determine if it has merit. If your claim is still denied, your next step is to file an appeal with the First District Court of Appeals.
Contact our Knowledgeable Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Today
You follow the rules, do your job, and work hard. Shouldn’t you be compensated when a work-related accident causes you injury? At Morgan & Morgan, we work tirelessly to protect your rights as a worker in Florida. Whether you need help filing a claim or appealing a denied claim, our Tallahassee legal team is ready to help. For more information or to schedule a free case evaluation, contact us online or call (850) 329-6895.