Most employees trust that their employers have taken the necessary precautions to provide a safe work environment. Unfortunately, workplace injuries happen all too often. These injuries can be severe, even life threatening, and can leave you suffering physically, emotionally and financially.
If your workplace injury or loss of a loved one was the result of a negligent or careless employer, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. Having an accomplished attorney by your side from the moment you first file a claim can help you receive the financial help you deserve.
Backed by decades of experience, our West Palm Beach workers’ compensation lawyers are committed to fighting for the rights of the injured and have a strong record of recovering full compensation for our clients. Find out if you have a claim through a free, no obligation consultation.
Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim
Nearly all employers in the state of Florida are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance for workplace injuries. This insurance covers employees from their first day at work through their entire employment.
Fortunately, Florida has a no-fault workers’ compensation system, which means workers do not need to prove fault in order to recover benefits. The majority of employee accidents, injuries, or occupational illnesses and deaths are covered under Florida’s workers’ compensation laws.
If you have been injured on the job, it is critical that you report the incident as soon as possible. The law requires that you tell your employer about a job-related injury within 30 days of the accident. You should make sure to include detailed information about the incident, including when and where it happened, the names of any witnesses, and the cause of your injury. You then have two years to file a workers’ compensation claim.
After you inform your employer of your accident, they will notify the workers’ compensation insurance company and arrange medical assistance for you. You should seek immediate medical attention, even if you do not feel that your injuries are serious. You should only receive treatment from an approved and authorized medical provider chosen by your employer.
Disputes with workers’ compensation insurance companies are not uncommon, and some injured workers are unfairly denied the money they need to support themselves and their families.
Insurance companies and employers may try to downplay the seriousness of your injuries or will claim that they were developed outside of work. Sometimes an independent medical examiner will take the side of the insurance company and send you back to work too soon or deny the existence of an injury.
To make sure you receive proper medical treatment and fair representation, you should have an accomplished attorney by your side from the very beginning.
Our West Palm Beach workers’ compensation lawyers know the tricks and tactics employers and insurance companies use to cheat employees out of workers’ compensation. We are committed to standing up for the rights of the injured and will work to ensure you receive the amount of compensation you deserve to fully recover from your injuries.
Call 1 (855) 722-2552 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation today.
Common Workplace Injuries
Although a workplace injury can occur in almost any industry, there are some professions that are considered more dangerous than others.
Many of these industries often require workers to be physically active in their work functions or to operate heavy equipment and machinery. It is often these elements that contribute to a serious workplace injury and result in a workers’ compensation claim.
Some of the industries that are considered the most dangerous include, but are not limited to:
- Electrical – contractors and installers
- Agriculture – farmer or rancher
- Commercial Fishing
- Steel and iron workers
- Medical – nursing home care giver
- Transportation – truck driver
Within these and many other industries, a wide variety of workplace injuries can occur. Some of the most common types of on-the-job injuries our workers’ compensation lawyers have seen include:
- Broken bones
- Torn ligaments
- Head injuries
- Hearing loss
- Burn injuries
- Back injuries
An injury can be caused by a specific event, such as a fall, or by the constant and repetitive stresses of the job. A pre-existing health condition that is not work-related but that is aggravated by a job injury may also qualify.
Occupational diseases like mesothelioma or Legionnaires Disease that develop from workplace exposure to toxins may also be covered under workers’ compensation.
If you are unsure if you have a case, our West Palm Beach workers’ compensation lawyers offer free, no obligation consultations to review the details of your claim. We proudly work on a contingency fee basis, which means we put your interests first and we do not get paid unless you receive favorable compensation.
Contact Our Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
If you have been denied the workers’ compensation you need or if you are receiving inadequate benefits, you need an experienced attorney on your side. Our West Palm Beach workers’ compensation lawyers are committed to protecting the rights of the injured and will work tirelessly to make sure you receive the full compensation you deserve.
We have years of experience recovering favorable verdicts and settlements on behalf of those who have been injured or lost a loved one in a workplace accident. Learn more about your legal rights today. Contact Gordon & Doner for a free, no obligation consultation.