The basic act of lifting puts strain on your muscles, tendons, and joints, and in some cases, can cause serious injuries. Even taking care to maintain a straight back and lift with the legs might not prevent all lifting injuries, especially those that result from repetitive lifting over time.
When you suffer a heavy lifting injury at work in Florida, you could collect benefits to help you recover. Sometimes, however, the workers comp insurance company makes it difficult for you to get what you need. The adjuster may not be returning your calls, making your medical appointments, or paying you your lost wages. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help, ensure you get all the benefits available to you, and help you get back on your feet.
Reach out to the Law Firm of Kevin A. Moore today to begin reviewing your options during a free and confidential consultation.
Florida Statutes § 440.02 requires all employers with four or more employees to provide workers’ compensation coverage. Many times the employer may not want to report an injury, especially if it may cause their insurance rate to increase. Here at The Law Firm of Kevin A Moore we can help determine if there is workers’ compensation coverage available and help get your case started. Finding the correct insurance coverage is a critical step in protecting your rights.
When someone suffers a lifting injury at work, they should report it to their supervisor immediately and seek medical treatment from an employer-approved medical professional as quickly as possible. Trying to work through the pain could worsen the injury and delay recovery. Typically, your employer will send you to a walk-in clinic to be evaluated for your injuries immediately following the accident. It is important to attend your initial medical appointment and any follow up appointments including physical therapy.
Suffering a work-related injury entitles an employee to medical treatment as well as wage reimbursement if the injury prevents them from working. Hiring a skilled attorney ensures injured workers get the compensation they need and deserve after suffering a heavy lifting injury at work in Tampa, Florida. This includes handling important and often confusing paperwork, dealing with insurance companies, and helping avoid costly mistakes. We often see injured employees give recorded statements to the insurance company without having a lawyer to protect their rights. You can and should say NO to any request for a recorded statement.
Many jobs require employees to lift heavy objects. Some of these jobs include factory workers, delivery drivers, theme park operators, construction workers, healthcare professionals, and more. Lifting objects can put a strain on a person’s back, shoulders, elbows, neck, and wrists, causing injuries that require medical attention and time off from work.
For example, someone might suffer a painful muscle sprain or tear that limits their movement. Repetitive lifting can cause excess wear and tear on the joints, sometimes requiring joint replacement or back surgery. Other forms of heavy lifting injuries in Tampa include:
Workers and employers can take steps to reduce heavy lifting injuries in the workplace. Using the proper equipment to move heavy objects is key, and employers should provide forklifts, hand trucks, straps, and braces to ensure worker safety. Unfortunately, sometimes avoiding injury is not possible. When an injury does occur, our team can help you receive the benefits you are entitled to under workers’ compensation including 100 percent paid medical care (no deductibles), lost wages, medical mileage and more.
Heavy lifting injuries at work in Florida can seriously impact a person’s health, finances, and ability to work. When you suffer this type of harm, pursuing a worker’s compensation case that seeks the maximum benefits through all available means is vital.
The Law Firm of Kevin A. Moore can help ensure you understand your rights and keep them protected. Attorney Kevin Moore has over 20 years of experience fighting for our clients, and maximizing settlement offers with hard work and negotiation. Attorney Moore will be your advocate throughout every step of the process, from getting you appropriate and timely medical care to the best settlement for your case.
We believe our success depends on the personal relationships we build with clients just like you; with us, you will never be treated like a number. Reach out today to begin speaking directly with Kevin about your options.