Workers’ Compensation Representation By The North Law Firm, P.A.
Although the workers’ compensation process is designed to automatically cover those injured on the job, and even though the compensation is dictated by law for the most part, the actual process of receiving fair compensation is not always automatic. So, if you’ve been injured at work, don’t wait until you run into trouble. Contact The North Law Firm, P.A. and we will aggressively protect your workers’ compensation rights. Take the first step towards protecting your rights and getting the compensation you deserve right now. Call us at (239) 337-1191, or (954) 423-3443, or toll-free at (866) 41-NORTH” or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation.
What is “Workers Compensation”?
Workers’ compensation is intended to provide a low-conflict means for an employee who is injured on the job to recover for his or her losses. In part, this is intended to protect the employee-employer relationship. Because the injured employee is not required to establish that the employer was at fault, or was negligent in causing his injury, there is no need for the worker and his boss or co-workers to blame one another and point fingers.
Workers’ compensation also protects employees injured at work under circumstances not caused by someone else’s negligence.
With very limited exceptions, all Florida employers are legally required to purchase and maintain workers’ compensation insurance.
Since proving fault is not necessary, proving a workers’ compensation claim typically comes down to two issues: whether the injury is properly classified as having occurred in the course of employment, and the appropriate amount of compensation.
Rights and Responsibilities of Injured Workers in Florida
Information about your workers’ compensation rights should be posted in your place of employment.
The key things an injured worker needs to know right away are that:
- The employee is obligated to notify the employer of the injury right away
- Except in an emergency situation, the employee should consult the employer before seeking medical attention, as he may be required to see a particular doctor
- The employee may be required to contact the insurance company
The employer must:
- Contact the insurance company right away
- Provide restricted duties if the doctor orders and such work is available
- Keep the adjuster advised of the availability or lack of restricted work and any change in income
- Prominently post workers’ compensation information as required by law