Understanding Florida Workers Comp ClaimsBefore we address what we have come to understand as common myths within Florida's Worker's Compensation system, we want to provide a basic summary describing what Worker's Compensation in Florida is: Worker's compensation laws were enacted by Florida's State Legislature for the purpose of protecting an injured worker from loss of income and to provide for payment of medical bills. The enacted laws are known as Florida's Worker's Compensation Act. The statutory laws governing worker's compensation claims are codified under Florida Statute chapter 440.  The legislative intent of the act is to make worker's compensation insurance companies responsible for the injuries of the employees sustained by the employer's they're providing worker's compensation coverage for. The act provides injured employees with full compensation for medical bills and partial compensation for lost wages if you sustain an injury while engaged in conduct in furtherance of your employer's business. The act compensates injured employees for any permanent disability or lasting physical impairment resulting from the workplace accident.
Florida Workers Compensation is a No-Fault SystemThe rules and regulations governing claims under the Florida Worker's Compensation Act are complex. However, we believe it is important to provide at least a basic understanding of what Florida's Worker's Compensation Act was intended to provide. Worker's compensation is a no fault system. That means you don't have to show your employer did any wrong in connection with causing your job injury. You simply need to show you were in the course and scope of your employment at the time your accident occurred. The following is a list of common misunderstandings and myths we encounter on behalf of those injured on the job. The list is by no means a complete list of every myth, misconception, or misunderstanding. If you're uncertain whether you're receiving accurate information from the worker's compensation carrier, your employer, or simply want to be sure of your rights, we encourage you to contact our office for a free consultation with our Florida workers compensation attorneys. We have offices in the following locations to better serve you: New Port Richey, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater. We can be reached by calling our office at 727-451-6900 or www.dolmanlaw.com.
Common Workers Compensation Claim Myths
My employer will file all necessary forms and documents to protect my claim and eligibility for worker's compensation benefits.
Worker's compensation laws require that I file a lawsuit against my employer.
I am entitled to recover damages for pain and suffering because of a job injury.
I was told that because the accident is my fault, I am not entitled to worker's compensation benefits.
Don't be Afraid to Seek Compensation if You're Injured on the JobThe above noted myths and misunderstandings are simply a few of the many we come across in handling claims on behalf of those injured on the job. As explained in the beginning of the article, the list is by no means intended to be a complete list of every misunderstanding that exists in the minds of those injured on the job. More often than not, worker's compensation carriers are not going to be a resource for you to inquire what your rights are or what you're entitled to. Not only are the worker's compensation insurance company's interests completely opposite from yours, not every adjuster is as well informed as we are in regard to the work comp benefits that you're entitled to.
Seek an Experienced Florida Workers Compensation AttorneyIf you or a loved one have been injured and believe that you are entitled to workers compensation benefits, then do not hesitate to contact Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA about receiving a free consultation on your claim. Our skilled lawyers have the expertise you will need to secure the compensation that you deserve. Contact us at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA's offices. Please call us at 727-451-6900. Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA 800 North Belcher Road Clearwater, FL 33765 727-451-6900 References:  https://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0400-0499/0440/0440.html