Workers’ compensation was established to help employers who have suffered injury on the job, even if they carry some fault in the incident. In many cases, these employees are entitled to compensation for their lost wages and medical bills. Below, we answer some of the commonly asked questions regarding Florida’s workers’ compensation laws.
Can I also sue my employer if I collect workers’ compensation?
Workers’ compensation is an exclusive solution for employees injured on the job. This is a type of insurance that helps employees get the compensation they need and protects employers from lawsuits. Employers in the state of Florida with four or more employees are required to have workers’ compensation coverage. If your employer unlawfully fails to offer workers’ compensation, however, you can file a lawsuit.
Will my claim be settled no matter what?
There are some mistakes that an injured worker can make to cause the claim to be delayed or even denied. Here are some of those instances:
- Injured worker failed to report the injury in a timely manner
- Injured worker failed to file the claim in a timely manner
- The employer is disputing whether the injury occurred while on the job
- The injury was caused by a pre-existing condition
Can I appeal the workers’ compensation decision?
In some situations, the insurance company may refuse your claim and not cover your workplace injury. Sometimes, the claim is accepted but the benefits are much less than what you deserve. If you are faced with this situation, we encourage you to file an appeal and demand the full and fair compensation you deserve.
Getting the Help & Answers You Need
Our lawyers at Morales & Cerino have vast experience handling workers’ compensation cases and are prepared to answer all of your questions. Request your free initial consultation with our team for the assistance you need.