Tenacious Tampa Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Contest Claim Denials
Trust our experience to guide you through the process
Company owners are responsible for maintaining a safe and healthy environment for workers. When a worker is injured or becomes sick on the job, the employer is responsible for workers’ compensation payments to cover the employees lost income. But sometimes employers will try to divert that responsibility, or put the blame back on the worker in order to avoid making payments. The Tampa workers’ compensation attorneys at Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. represent your best interests and aggressively pursue workers’ compensation benefits on your behalf.
Reasons employers deny workers’ compensation
Florida law is specific in outlining workers compensation benefits and an employers responsibility. A company may deny a workers’ compensation claim for any number of reasons, but in most cases, unless there is a very specific set of circumstances involved, the responsibility still falls on the employer. Common justifications for denying a claim include:
- Employee at fault — Employers sometimes claim that the injured worker was behaving outside of regulations, or that their actions somehow caused the accident. Even if that is the case, employers can still be held responsible for maintaining a work environment where such an accident is possible.
- Employee not eligible — If a worker is part-time or a recent hire, an employer may claim that they are not covered under workers’ compensation. In almost all cases, however, these employees are covered from their hire date.
- Injury or illness is not work-related — If an accident or injury occurs off-site, develops outside of regular work hours or after a worker has left the company, an employer may claim that they are not responsible. However, if the worker’s job was the cause of the injury or illness, even indirectly, the employer can still be held accountable.
- Faulty equipment — An employer may also claim that the issue is not with them, but with a manufacturing defect in tools or equipment. In these cases, the employer can still be forced to pay workers’ compensation. It is then their responsibility to bring up a product liability suit.
Fighting a workers’ compensation denial
If you’ve had your workers’ compensation claim rejected, it’s in your best interest to work with our skilled Tampa workers’ comp lawyers who tenaciously fight your employer for the payments you deserve. Be sure to keep all pertinent records, including any medical paperwork and forms from when you first filed for workers’ compensation.
Our workers’ compensation attorneys use these documents to argue that your illness or injury is related to your work. That will help to prove the employer’s responsibility and secure your right to payment to cover lost income and any other damages you are owed. Since 1971, our attorneys have helped injured victims receive rightful compensation. Whether you have been injured on the job and denied workers compensation benefits, injured in a car crash, motorcycle accident or on someone else’s property, we can help. Fighting for the injured is not just a slogan, it is our commitment.
If your employer is withholding payment after a workers’ compensation claim, contact an experienced Tampa workers’ comp attorney today at 877-728-9653 or get a free consultation.
At Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A., our attorneys have more than 150 years combined experience fighting denied workers’ compensation claims on behalf of injured workers. When a case cannot be negotiated, we aren’t afraid to take employers and insurers to court on your behalf. Make sure you get the workers’ compensation payments you deserve. We have 5 Tampa Bay area offices to serve you, including Clearwater, Tampa, Bradenton, New Port Richey, and Spring Hill.
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