It is no secret that Polk County grew faster than any other county in Florida in 2021, and the city is accelerating building more housing to accommodate all the new residents this year. If you are a construction worker on the roughly 1,900 multifamily apartments, you are staying busy and, hopefully, safe.
Construction site injuries are notoriously severe. You can fall from a scaffold, or debris can fall on you. You can be electrocuted or injured in an explosion. Unconditionally, these accidents are traumatic and life-threatening to the point where you may be unable to work temporarily or permanently. But these types of injuries are not reserved for construction workers. Delivery drivers crash, manufacturing plant workers get caught in machines, and restaurant workers suffer burns.
Regardless of your field, when you are seriously injured at work, a Lakeland workplace catastrophic injury lawyer can guide you through the Florida workers’ compensation system. Call The Law Firm of Kevin A. Moore today to begin reviewing the details of your claim.
When you are accidentally injured on the job or contract a job-related medical condition, your employer must compensate you or provide benefits that do, according to Florida Statutes § 440.09. These benefits include a portion of your wages, medical care, and in the case of catastrophic injuries, disability payments, or death benefits for your family. Some of the common types of catastrophic injuries our team handles include but are not limited to:
At The Law Firm of Kevin A. Moore, we are experienced in handling catastrophic workplace injuries in Lakeland and throughout Florida and can help you understand your options for recovery.
As comforting as it is to know you and your family are protected, there are many hurdles you must jump to receive workers’ compensation benefits. This is where a competent Lakeland workplace catastrophic injury attorney steps in to help. You must prove your injuries are work-related. That may be easy if you tumble from a scaffold, but not so easy if you develop lung cancer after working in shipyards handling asbestos. Having pre-existing conditions can also make the process more difficult in some instances.
According to Fl. Stat. § 440.09(1)(b), your occupational duties must be the ‘major contributing cause’ (more than 50 percent) of your injury or disability. Attorney Kevin Moore will gather enough evidence to meet these requirements and refute any question of whether your harm is job-related.
Although you could first qualify for temporary disability benefits while you are following a treatment plan created by your physician, most employees who sustain catastrophic injuries usually qualify for permanent total disability payments. Your physician must authorize this status.
Permanent total disability payments continue until you are 75 if you collect Social Security benefits, but if you are not eligible for Social Security, disability payments continue for life. Our Lakeland catastrophic workplace injury attorney can discuss the best strategy for maximizing your eligible benefits.
Attorney Kevin Moore understands the issues you are dealing with go beyond applying for the benefits you are owed after a workplace accident. The devastating injuries you experience will likely affect your life forever, and our job is to ensure you have the money and medical care you need to live in stability and comfort.
You can rely on us. Your Lakeland workplace catastrophic injury lawyer will see you through the process. Call today to speak directly with Attorney Moore.