Why Do You Need a Workers’ Compensation Attorney?
Before you hire a workers’ compensation attorney, you must notify your employer about any injury or illness you developed on the job, related to your job. Most employers impose a deadline for how long you have to report your claim and receive workers’ compensation benefits, so reporting your injury or illness sooner rather than later is ideal.
After you report your injury or illness, your employer will provide you with information about the workers’ compensation insurer. Understand that it is not your employer’s responsibility to contact the insurer; it is yours.
At what point during this process you seek medical attention regarding your work-related injury or illness depends on the severity of your accident. If it’s critical, you might need to seek attention right away; if not, you might be able to go through the outlined process first.
Once you receive all the information you need from your employer, you should contact a workers’ compensation attorney. Understand that you can file the workers’ compensation claim on your own, but because your employer’s worker’s compensation insurer might try to deny your claim, it’s best to have legal representation on your side.
A skilled worker’s compensation attorney can help file all the paperwork associated with your claim as well as make sure you seek proper medical attention and obtain medical documentation. Your workers’ compensation lawyer also can help you obtain additional compensation if any other third parties are involved (see “Suing Your Employer for Additional Funds,” below).
Common Workers’ Compensation Benefits
A skilled workers’ compensation lawyer can get you benefits including, but certainly not limited to:
- Medical costs, such as those related to ambulances and emergency medical treatment, hospitalization, and doctor’s visits.
- Prescribed medications and other treatments such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, mental health services, and any other rehabilitation the doctor sees fit.
- Lost wages due to not being able to work.
- Disability – permanent or temporary – and any loss of earning capacity it causes.
- Funeral and death benefits.
These are just a few examples of the types of workers’ compensation benefits your Florida workers’ compensation attorney advocate for on your behalf. After scheduling a free consultation with your attorney, he can walk you through the workers’ compensation application process and explain each benefit to which you’re entitled.
Suing Your Employer for Additional Funds
Generally, you cannot sue your employer for additional funds. If you accept workers’ compensation from your employer, it is unlikely you will be awarded any additional funds.
However, you might be able to sue any related third parties. For example, if you are involved in a work-related accident involving a malfunctioning work truck, you might be able to get both workers’ compensation and sue the manufacturer of the truck.
Such situations can get complicated, which is why it is best to have a workers’ compensation attorney on your side throughout the entire process.
Hire a Florida Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Florida Today
At Glotzer & Kobren, we can help you get the workers’ compensation you deserve. Give us a call today at (561) 361-8677 or contact us online to schedule your free, no-commitment-necessary consultation.
If you or a loved one is injured in an accident, visit www.glotzerlaw.com or contact Glotzer & Kobren, P.A. at 561-300-6900 to discuss your rights. Serving Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Deerfield Beach & throughout Florida.
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