Our Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Can Help You Take the Right Steps
As a worker in any field, it is important to understand your rights – and your responsibilities – related to workers’ compensation for on-the-job injuries. While every case is different, a basic guide to filing for workers’ compensation in Florida is included below. We welcome you to review this information and to call our offices at (305) 340-2630 any time for a free consultation with one of our Miami-Dade County workers’ comp attorneys.
If you experience any work-related injury, you must:
- Report your injury to your employer as quickly as possible. You have 30 days to inform your employer, or you may forfeit your right to workers’ comp benefits.
- Seek medical care. Ask your employer what doctor you need to see (your employer may have you call their workers’ compensation insurance carrier to find out this information). If you require emergency care and cannot check with your employer first, go to the nearest emergency room and inform your employer once you are able to do so.
At this point, once you have reported your injury to your employer, they must report it to their insurance carrier within 7 days. You will most likely be contacted by an insurance adjuster, who should explain your rights and obligations to you in regard to your claim and receiving medical care.
Within 3 to 5 business days, you should also receive a brochure explaining your rights and responsibilities, as well as a packet of forms that you should carefully review to ensure their accuracy.
After receiving the information packet, you must:
- Review the copy of your accident report, titled “First Report of Injury or Illness” to make sure it is accurate and complete.
- Read, sign, and return the enclosed fraud statement, which confirms the truth of your claim.
- Fill out any necessary medical mileage reimbursement forms and send these to your claims adjuster.
Get Experienced Help as You File for Workers’ Compensation
Filing for workers’ compensation is not always a straightforward process, and you may find that your claim is delayed or unfairly denied. If you have any problems or questions, you can always call the Miami-Dade County workers’ compensation lawyers at Morales & Cerino for a free initial consultation. We can explain the situation to you in honest, clear terms and help you make the right choices about your claim.
For the help and guidance you need, call (305) 340-2630 or contact us online. Se habla español.