Davenport Workers Compensation Lawyer
In Polk County, including the Davenport area, nearly 2,000 workers are injured on the job and file workers’ compensation claims every year. Many of these injuries are devastating, and some are fatal. Even workers whose injuries are relatively minor may still have to deal with financial, physical, and emotional problems.
Workers’ compensation benefits are a great help to injured workers. They provide compensation for your medical expenses and part of your lost wages. You are entitled to these benefits whether or not the accident was your employer’s fault.
Many workers, however, face obstacles when submitting their claims. They may have trouble navigating through the system, or they may not be granted the benefits they deserve. An experienced Davenport workers compensation lawyer from Van Dingenen can help you get all the benefits that you are entitled to under Florida’s workers’ compensation laws. We have been helping workers in Florida for decades, and we have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients and their families.
Call us at 407-967-5377 or submit the FREE CASE EVALUATION form on this page to get help now.
Workplace Injuries in Davenport, Florida
Despite the many federal and state laws and regulations that require safety procedures in the workplace, too many workers are injured or killed. In Florida, the most common causes of fatal workplace injuries are transportation accidents, including motor vehicle crashes, falls, slips, trips, exposure to harmful substances, and harmful contact with equipment or other objects. Nationally, the non-fatal accidents that are most likely to require an emergency department visit include contact with equipment or other objects, overexertion, falls, and slips or trips without falls. Other types of workplace injuries include burns, heat and cold exposure, and electrical shock.
No matter what your workplace injury, you have the right to apply for workers’ compensation benefits. You also have that right if you have an illness that was caused by the workplace environment or harmful substances in the workplace, such as toxic chemicals.
If you are having trouble with the claims process, or your benefits are denied, or your benefits are not enough to cover your approved medical expenses and wage-replacement portion, or you believe that necessary medical treatment is not being approved, you should seek help from an experienced Davenport workers compensation lawyer. The lawyers at Van Dingenen Law can explain the process thoroughly, resolve problems, and fight to get you the full workers’ compensation benefits you need and deserve.
What Do Workers’ Compensation Benefits Cover in Davenport, Florida?
Workers’ compensation benefits in Davenport and throughout Florida include compensation for:
- Medical benefits
- Lost wages
- Death benefits
The medical benefits will apply to a wide range of medical treatments. The doctors (and other providers) and the treatments have to be approved by your employer or its insurance company. Once the medical care is approved, workers’ compensation will pay the medical bills directly.
Benefits for lost wages are usually two-thirds of your wages at the time you were injured. There are various rules for when the benefits start and how long they last, depending on whether your disability is temporary or permanent and whether it is partial or total.
Death benefits are paid when an on-the-job injury causes death within a year or within five years of continuous disability. These benefits pay for funeral expenses and may pay compensation to dependents and provide education benefits to the spouse.
Unfortunately, some injured workers do not receive all the benefits to which they are entitled. If you have any doubts about whether you are receiving the right amount, or if your benefits were denied, contact an experienced Davenport workers compensation lawyer at Van Dingenen Law by calling 407-967-5377 or filling out the contact form on this page.
Do I Need a Davenport Workers Compensation Lawyer If I Was Injured on the Job?
You can file a workers’ compensation claim on your own. However, if you are having trouble navigating the claims process, or any problems arise, a workers’ compensation lawyer can help. In addition, there are certain situations where you should seek legal advice from an experienced Davenport workers compensation lawyer. These situations include:
- Your claim was denied.
- The waiting period is over, but you still haven’t received any benefits.
- You were awarded benefits, but the amount appears to be too low.
- You are permanently disabled.
- Your employer is disputing your claim.
- Your employer fired you or retaliated in some other way because you filed a claim.
- A third party (for example, the other driver in a car crash) was involved in the accident.
If your claim was denied, you are entitled to use the appeals process to get a new decision. In most cases, you should pursue this option. Many claims that are denied the first time are approved on appeal. The appeals process is highly technical, and you should not attempt it on your own. Get help from an experienced Davenport workers compensation lawyer.
Should I File a Personal Injury Lawsuit If I Was Injured on the Job?
Whether you should file a workers’ compensation claim, a personal injury lawsuit, or both is a question best answered by an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer. There are pluses and minuses for each.
Getting workers’ compensation benefits does not require you to prove that anyone was at fault. In a personal injury lawsuit, you do need to prove negligence. Workers’ comp benefits pay for your approved medical expenses and part of your lost wages. Compensation from a personal injury lawsuit can cover much more, including pain and suffering.
If your employer has worker’s compensation coverage (and most businesses in Florida with four or more employees do), you cannot bring a lawsuit against your employer. However, if a third party was involved, you may be able to sue that third party.
Get Help Now From an Experienced Davenport Workers Compensation Lawyer
At Van Dingenen Law, helping injured workers is all that we do. We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients. We can answer your questions, assist you with your claim, and help resolve any problems. Call us today at 407-967-5377 to schedule your free consultation.