If you have been injured on the job, you have the right to receive medical and indemnity benefits from the employer/carrier. This is known as worker’s compensation. Worker’s compensation exists to extend benefits to employees who suffer injuries while at work, or who contract a work related illness. This insurance program is mandated by the state, but may also be mandated by the federal government for federal employees.
There are a wide variety of injuries that an employee may sustain at
work depending on their profession, but worker’s compensation normally covers the following categories:
Injuries that occur at the place of employment
Injuries that are caused by employer-owned property
Injuries that result from exposure to dangerous working conditions
Injuries from a provocation of a pre-existing condition
An employee who suffers an injury at work may be entitled to compensation regardless of who is at fault for the injury or illness. Naturally, a worker should not expect to be compensated in the event of an injury which is caused by working while under the influence, working in criminal manner, or doing non-work related activities while on the job. If an employee injury is legitimate, an injured worker may choose to pursue a worker’s compensation lawsuit; which is comprised of the following parties: the injured worker, the employer, and the insurance company.
These parties will arbitrate a determined amount for compensation based on the severity of the worker injuries as well as whatever guidelines or worker’s compensation laws apply in that state. Once established, the employee can begin to receive worker’s compensation for their injuries in the form of benefits. The benefits typically cover any medical costs caused by the injuries as well as wage payments to reimburse the costs of wages lost during
The length and maximum amount of these payments is determined
by the worker’s compensation laws of the state. The amount of coverage is also determined by the degree of disability of the worker, or how disabled a worker is determined to be as a result of the injury. The degree of disability under worker’s compensation ranges from temporary partial disability to permanent total disability. Under permanent total disability, an employee is unlikely to ever work again. If you or someone in your family has been injured at work, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and lost wages. Gary Boynton is a central Florida personal injury attorney that has been practicing personal injury law for over 30 years. He has helped dozens of families receive compensation for their work related injuries and illnesses.
The Division of Worker’s Compensation administers the Workers’ Compensation Law, and it is our goal to ensure that you will receive all benefits to which you are entitled to. Our free legal consultation
is the first step in discussing your options with a qualified worker’s compensation attorney. Contact our law firm today at (407)-422-8011 to get started with a free legal consultation.
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