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Workplace Injuries and Compensation

Florida Workers' Compensation Attorneys

Our experienced Florida workers’ compensation attorneys represent injured workers in all kinds of workers’ compensation cases, including claims arising from:

Our attorneys have helped farm workers, construction workers, truck drivers, roofers, restaurant workers, office staff, health care professionals and others get the benefits to which they are entitled, including proper medical attention, referrals to medical professionals and compensation for lost wages due to a work-related disability.

We have extensive experience trying cases in front of the judges of compensation claims, appealing adverse judicial decisions, and ultimately settling Florida Workers' Compensation claims.

Florida Workers' Compensation Law

Chapter 440 of the Florida statutes is the remedy for wage loss, medical treatment, and death benefits for workers injured on the job.  The employer’s workers compensation insurance carrier must authorize all medical treatment and prescription medication.  Treatment must come from authorized physicians under the insurance plan and the authorized treating physician determines disability benefits.  Delays in treatment and benefits are common.

At times, you may not be satisfied with a treating physician.  In such cases, an attorney may file a petition to get authorization for treatment by another physician.  The ultimate settlement for an injury is voluntary and will depend upon the extent of your injury, your wage loss, retraining issues and your medical prognosis.

Workers’ compensation coverage is paid by your Florida employer at no cost to you.  In the event of a workplace accident, it is your responsibility to report it as soon as possible.  Workers' compensation coverage is intended to pay for most reasonable and necessary medical care related to your on-the-job injury.  You may also be entitled to compensation for lost wages and/or, depending on the nature of your injury, you may be entitled to retraining.

The workers' compensation attorneys of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. respect our clients.  We believe that skilled advocacy for injured workers whose rights are under siege can level the playing field in a confusing system.

But, we offer a word of warning.  If you are planning to make a claim for workers' compensation benefits, you should understand the importance of telling the truth in connection with you injury claims.  Workers' compensation fraud is not simply a minor white-collar crime.  If it is discovered that you have reported a work-related injury when you know that you were not injured at work, you could be convicted of a third-degree felony.