If you've been injured at work, you likely have several urgent concerns about your well-being and the well-being of your family. When will I receive medical treatment? When will I be able to return to work? How will this accident affect my financial future? Fortunately for injured workers in Florida, there are workers' compensation benefits.
Get your questions answered below!
At Van Dingenen Law, we have dedicated our entire practice to representing the rights and interests of Florida’s workers as they pursue the workers' compensation benefits they deserve. Our dedicated and compassionate Central Florida workers' comp attorneys have decades of combined experience in this practice area and have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits and tax-free settlements for Florida’s injured workers and their families.
"Workers Comp... It’s all we do.” Contact our firm at (407) 967-5377 for a free consultation. We're ready to hear your story.
What Is Workers' Compensation?
Workers' compensation is a form of insurance that most employers are required to have. If an employee is injured while working in service of their employer, they should be covered by Florida’s Workers' Compensation Law.
What Does It Cover?
Generally speaking, there are two major forms of benefits you can receive in a workers' compensation claim: 1) Medical Treatment and 2) Lost Wages. In many cases, it may be appropriate to seek a tax-free lump sum settlement as well.
Am I Eligible?
Under Florida Law, almost all employers are required to have workers' compensation insurance coverage. If you’re not sure, you should ask your employer as soon as possible. If they have workers’ comp coverage and your injury is work related, you should be eligible for benefits automatically.
I've Been Hurt. What Can I Do?
If you have been hurt at work, you should notify your employer or a supervisor of your injury as soon as possible. Under Florida Law, you must report your injury within 30 days of the accident. In response, your employer should fill out an injury report and send you for medical treatment. Also, if you miss time from work because of your injury, you should receive lost wage checks.
If you need help getting benefits it’s not too late! After reporting your injury, you have 2 years to file a legal claim. Call us today!
Is Filing an Adverse Action Against My Employer?
Many injured workers are hesitant to file a workers' comp claim because they believe that it is some form of "suing" their employer. This is not so. Workers' compensation is a state-mandated insurance policy that is there for when the unexpected occurs. If your benefits are delayed or denied, we file a workers’ compensation claim. Your employer is not “sued.” You are essentially just requesting those benefits that you are already entitled to. When we file a claim for your benefits, the insurance carrier must respond within 14 days!
What If My Accident Was My Fault?
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, meaning that you should be covered regardless of who caused your injury. Remember: workers’ comp is not a personal injury where fault dictates who is entitled to recover. As long as you were engaged in a work-related activity at the time of the accident, you are likely entitled to benefits.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
You may be wondering why do I need to hire a lawyer? The unfortunate truth is that many workers' comp insurance companies are a lot like other insurance companies: They don’t want to pay. Because of this, they may try to delay or deny your benefits in order to minimize the payout.
Florida law gives insurance companies great control over when and how you receive benefits. Because of this, the workers’ compensation process can be quite complicated. At our firm, you’ll receive the best legal advice as we can guide you through the entire legal process.
Also, many insurance companies will try to get you to settle your claim quickly or for a low amount. While often times it’s beneficial to settle, you want to make sure you’re not leaving anything out. Never agree to settle your case without speaking to one of our experienced attorneys first!
Have more questions? Our firm has the answers. Contact us today to request a free consultation. Based in Winter Park, we represent injured workers in Orlando and throughout Central Florida.