Tampa Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Securing Benefits For the Injured
Some lines of work are more dangerous than others, but the fact is that injuries can happen in any workplace. Fortunately, if you suffer a work-related injury in Tampa, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. But obtaining these benefits is not as easy as it may seem. That’s why you shouldn’t try to handle your claim alone—turn to the trusted workers’ compensation attorneys at Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett for help.
What Are the Most Common Types of Workplace Injuries?
Workers in Florida can suffer a wide range of injuries in the workplace. Many workers’ compensation claims involve:
- Occupational disease
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken/fractured bones
- Repetitive stress injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Back, neck, and shoulder strains
- Eye injuries
- Exposure to toxic substances
Our attorneys have helped farmworkers, construction workers, truck drivers, roofers, restaurant workers, office staff, health care professionals and others get the benefits they deserve. If you’ve suffered an on-the-job injury, don’t hesitate to seek legal representation from our team of attorneys. We have extensive experience trying cases in front of the judges of compensation claims, appealing adverse judicial decisions, and ultimately settling workers’ compensation claims.
When Should You File A Workers’ Compensation Claim?
It is in your best interest to initiate the workers’ compensation claim process as soon as possible after suffering a work-related injury. This is true even if the injury does not seem serious. You never really know how an injury could progress. What starts out as slight back pain or a simple bump to the head could develop into a more painful and serious condition over a short period of time. The law only gives you 30 days from the date of your accident or injury to notify your employer. Unfortunately, workers who wait to report their accidents or injuries until their condition gets worse, risk their claims being denied as it was not reported in a timely manner.
What Are the Benefits of Filing A Workers’ Compensation Claim?
Employees who choose not to report an injury and instead use their health insurance benefits could end up with costly medical bills and lost wages from work. If you choose to use your own personal health insurance rather than file a workers’ compensation claim, there will likely be deductibles and co-pays which you will be required to pay out of your pocket. If your injury progresses to the point that you require continued medical care or even surgery, using your own health insurance could prove to be very expensive.
But if you report a valid workers’ compensation injury, the insurance carrier has to pay 100% of all authorized and required medical care. This includes your medications, consultations, treatment, therapy, and all other medical expenses.
Also, if you end up having to miss time from work because of your injuries, your insurance company would not pay you for your lost wages. However, if you have a workers’ compensation claim and are taken out of work by your authorized doctor, the insurance carrier would be responsible for payment of wage loss benefits. This allows you to focus solely on your recovery instead of worrying about how you will make ends meet while you are out of work.
In order to protect yourself, your future earning potential, and your family, you should exercise your right to recover workers’ compensation benefits for a work-related injury.
Will You Face Consequences For Filing A Workers’ Compensation Claim?
You should not be afraid to file a workers compensation claim if you are hurt at work. Under Florida law, it’s illegal for an employer to retaliate against you in any way for choosing to file a workers’ compensation claim. An employer who fires you or punishes you in any way for filing a claim may be opening the door for a wrongful termination or retaliation lawsuit.
Schedule A Free Consultation With Our Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Tampa Now
Have you suffered a work-related injury? If so, let the workers’ compensation attorneys at Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett fight for the benefits you deserve. For decades, we have guided injured clients in Tampa through the process of applying for workers’ compensation benefits. Let us help you resolve disputes with your employer’s insurance company so you can obtain the benefits you are entitled to by law.
Learn more about how we can help during a free consultation with our team. To schedule a free consultation regarding your case, callor fill out the form on this website.