There was a time when a workplace injury was a physical and financial problem the injured worker and their family had to solve on their own. Now, thanks to workers’ compensation insurance, if you are injured or contract an occupational illness, you are entitled to disability and medical benefits.
However, while this insurance plan exists, receiving benefits is not automatic. The application process involves strict deadlines and providing specific documentation linking your harm to your job duties. Insurance companies who back these policies are often tightfisted and exacting since payouts affect their bottom line. For assistance in getting your benefits application right the first time, contact a Lakeland workers’ compensation lawyer from The Law Firm of Kevin A. Moore.
The biggest hurdle you must clear when filing for workers comp is proving your injury directly relates to performing your work. A sudden accident, witnessed by several other employees, is much easier to prove than injuries in other situations.
Florida Statutes § 440.151(2) makes occupational diseases eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. An occupational disease manifests itself over time but is common in the industry in which the employee suffering from it works. For example, a warehouse worker is prone to back strain, a secretary to carpal tunnel, and a dockyard worker to asbestos exposure.
Mental injuries, including nervousness and excitement, are also covered under Fl. Stat. § 440.093, but with restrictions. Florida does not mandate disability for mental injuries alone. The employee must suffer a physical injury that requires medical care. If the employee can tie the mental injury to the physical one, temporary benefits are available for no longer than six months.
At The Law Firm of Kevin A. Moore, our dedicated Lakeland workers’ compensation attorney can discuss the details of your illness or injury to determine what benefits you may be eligible to receive and help you take steps to apply for them.
Injured Floridians generally have 30 days to report an accident to their employers, who then forward the proper paperwork to the insurance carrier. Employees who develop occupational diseases have 90 days to report them, allowing for the time it takes for symptoms to manifest themselves and be diagnosed, according to Fla. Stat. § 440.151(6).
Your Lakeland workers’ compensation attorney can assist you with the formal application process described under Fla. Stat. § 440.09. You must provide pertinent information about how the accident or illness occurs, a physician’s evaluation of your injuries, the connection between your injury and your job, and a treatment plan for your recovery.
Once your documentation is submitted with the help of your Lakeland attorney, a workers’ compensation administrator and an insurance claims adjuster will review it and ask for any additional information. You may be required to submit to additional medical evaluation.
Kevin Moore can act as your liaison and advocate, gathering, submitting, and explaining your information to the insurer and administrator. By anticipating and solving inconsistencies or problems early in the process, we will help you get your maximum benefits as quickly as possible.
Florida law requires most employers to carry a state-administered insurance program that pays workers who are injured or fall ill on the job a percentage of their pre-injury wages and medical care. If they cannot return to work, additional disability benefits are available.
Knowing the program is in place when you are healthy is not the same as needing it when you are injured at work. The application process is complex and imposes demanding deadlines. Do not let yourself be overwhelmed or miss out on much-needed compensation. Our Lakeland workers’ compensation lawyer, Kevin Moore, has successfully assisted clients for years. Contact our office to speak directly with Attorney Moore and to learn how we can help.
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The Law Firm of Kevin A Moore was established in 1995 to serve the needs of employees injured on the job. Over the past twenty years Kevin has represented injured workers in all major cities within Florida, including Tampa. As a Tampa Workers’ Compensation Injury Attorney, Kevin prides himself on a direct relationship with his clients.
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Losing an arm, a leg, a hand or a foot is a loss like no other. You know that you are still the same person you were before the workplace accident, yet you probably cannot help feeling less than you were. Adapting to any amputation is a gradual process and takes time.
Stress and work-related arm injuries are common problems in the workplace. In fact, arm injuries are among the most common of Florida Workman’s Comp work-related injuries.
Back injuries are some of the most common injuries and frequently the most traumatic Florida Workman’s Comp work-related injuries that a person can experience.
Injured workers in the State of Florida have very limited choices regarding medical providers. It is very important to receive the proper medical care so that you can have a speedy recovery.
If you have a Catastrophic Work Related Injury, then you are likely to be entitled to receive lifetime benefits. This is one of the reasons why Catastrophic Injury cases should only be handled by an experienced Florida WC lawyer – so much is at stake.
With construction accidents and injuries on the rise, for Florida is seeing an increasing problem for construction workers having a toxic run-in with chemicals that could injury, debilitate, or even kill.
A laceration, or cut, is a common injury to get in a workplace. They can result from slips, trip or fall, low overhangs, tools used on the job, exposed sharp surfaces, and many other causes.
Under Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Law, death benefits are payable to an employee’s surviving spouse, or spouse and children, based upon a percentage of the employee’s wages, subject to a cap. A burial allowance is also available.
Dismemberment Workers’ Compensation claims are, for the most part, treated just like amputation claims. The fundamental difference is in the ‘timing’ of the loss of the body part.
Even with OSHA requirements and the increasing awareness of workers of the risks of head and brain injuries on the job, such accidents and injuries remain on the rise.
If you suffer sudden hearing loss because of a workplace incident then you should report it to your employer IMMEDIATELY and file a Workmans’ Comp report.
Knee injuries are among the most common workplace injuries and the most easily injured part of the body. This is particularly true for occupations involving moving, lifting, overuse or overload.
Neck injuries are among the most common workplace injuries and the neck is one of the most easily injured parts of the body. Any part of your neck, muscles, bones, joints, tendons, ligaments or nerves – can be injured and result in significant pain.
Workers’ Compensation claims that involve injuries on or after October 1, 2003, are subject to changes in the law. These changes include a new definition of a “pre-existing condition.”
Repetitive motion injury: As reported to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), disorders due to repetitive motion or musculoskeletal disorders of the upper extremity associated with workplace exposures to a combination of repetitive, forceful exertions and constrained or extreme postures.
Work-related shoulder injuries are common problems in the workplace. In fact, shoulder injuries are among the most common of Florida Workman’s Comp work-related injuries; more than half of shoulder injuries were for rotator cuff problems.