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Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA (hereinafter referred to as “Sibley Dolman Gipe) represents the rights of individuals who suffer workplace injuries throughout Florida. Our law firm maintains a statewide practice with offices on both coasts.

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Florida Work Comp Law

No matter how your workplace injury occurred, Florida law protects you and provides benefits for your injuries. Unfortunately, collecting those benefits is not always easy and straightforward. As work injury lawyers, it is our goal to explain the process and how we will assist you with your workers’ compensation claim. After reading this article, if you have any questions; please call us at 833-55-Crash for a free initial consultation. We handle all types of work injury claims and provide a free claim assessment.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 3 million individuals in the United States suffered work-related injuries and illnesses in 2014, as reported by private employers.

Individuals who have sustained an injury or illness in the workplace often have the right to receive benefits that cover their medical expenses and lost wages through the Florida State Workers’ Compensation Program. Unfortunately, it is not always that easy, and in many situations, injured workers meet challenges and complications when trying to receive workers’ compensation benefits.

As a work injury lawyer, I can assure you that there are many obstacles set up to prevent job injury victims from receiving the compensation they are owed. It is essential to retain a competent and experienced workplace injury lawyer to guide you through this process. In fact, those who opt to handle their own work injury claims are likely to be taken advantage of.

If you have suffered a work injury, call us today at 833-55-Crash for a free consultation and case assessment. A competent workplace injury lawyer can provide you with free legal advice concerning your potential workers’ compensation claim.

Free Consultation With An Experienced Florida Workers' Compensation Attorney

If you have suffered a workplace injury or illness, you may have questions regarding workers’ compensation (sometimes called workman’s comp or work comp) benefits and the process by which you can obtain them.

Consulting with an experienced work injury attorney as soon as possible, is the best way to obtain the answers to your questions; along with obtaining guidance throughout the workers’ compensation process.

A lawyer who understands workers’ compensation laws and procedures in Florida can advise you about all of your options and provide clarification in helping you receive the full amount of benefits you deserve.

Common Florida workers’ compensation injury areas:

Work Injury Lawyer – Free Consultation

If you are looking for a workers’ compensation lawyer in Florida, please call Sibley Dolman Gipe at 727-451-6900 as soon as possible to schedule your free consultation and free case assessment. Our Florida work injury Lawyers are ready to fight for the benefits you deserve! Continue reading for answers to some commonly asked workers’ compensation questions.

Florida Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

The following are brief answers to some commonly asked questions by injured workers. *Please note however, that it’s important to have an experienced lawyer evaluate your individual case.*

Should I Settle My Florida Workers’ Compensation Claim?

In some cases, an injured or ill Florida worker may wish to stop receiving continuous benefits and instead receive a lump sum to cover his or her losses. This lump sum is known as a settlement.

While receiving a settlement can be a favorable option in many cases, there are some important factors to consider.

If you are thinking about settling, it is always best to discuss your situation with a knowledgeable Florida workers’ compensation attorney. This way, someone with experience in different outcomes can help to determine the best course of action for your case.

A settlement means that you give up the right to all future benefits related to your injury or illness, even if unforeseen complications develop in the future.

If you do decide to settle, you should always have an experienced work injury lawyer, negotiating the settlement on your behalf. Negotiations are initiated by making a demand to the insurance carrier who will then reply with a counteroffer.

A Florida work comp attorney can fight for your right to obtain the highest possible settlement. Please note, that if you are not happy with any of the settlement offers, you can always refuse them. Settling on a claim is an entirely voluntary situation for both you and the insurance carrier.

Though seeking a settlement is often the best option for many injured workers, reaching a favorable agreement can be difficult. After all, as the injured party, you will want to receive the most compensation possible. And of course, the insurance carrier’s job is to offer the lowest amount possible.

An experienced work injury attorney will know how to use your case’s specific details, including your sustained injuries, to negotiate the best possible settlement.

Your attorney will be with you throughout the process to best represent your interests.

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What Are My Options When Surgery Is Recommended After My Workplace Injury?

Medical records are very important when preparing a workers’ compensation case. If non-invasive treatments (i.e. injections, physical therapy, low-impact exercise, etc.) have not solved your medical issue, you may be referred to a specialist to determine whether surgery is a viable option for you.

If the specialist recommends that you undergo a surgical procedure, you may not be automatically scheduled for surgery. Medical situations that require surgery are often complex and can involve many different options and variables.

If surgery is recommended, you may either choose not to proceed or you may want to discuss all your other options. Surgery can be a major undertaking, and it is not always the best route to take; however, sometimes, it is the only option.

We can explain the best way to handle a scenario where you are uncertain about proceeding with surgery including your many alternative options.

The following are different scenarios that can occur following a surgical recommendation:

1. You agree to the surgery and the workers’ compensation insurer authorizes payment of the procedure.

If this is the case, you have the option to proceed with the recommended surgery. However, you will want to ensure that you will receive benefits that both, cover the medical cost of the procedure and the payment of lost wages during your period of recovery.

Although this is the ideal situation, many workers face circumstances that are not this straightforward.

What if you want to have the surgery, but the insurer requests you get a second opinion?

This second opinion is known as an Independent Medical Examination (IME). Although you may think that you do not need to see another specialist for a second opinion, you are obligated to do so under Florida workers’ compensation law.

If you refuse, the insurer may stop all benefits. It is best to speak with us before you make a decision regarding refusal to see another specialist. We can discuss what options are available to you in such a circumstance, allowing you to determine how best to proceed.

Several circumstances may cause the insurance company to request that you receive an IME:

  • The insurance company disagrees with the original doctor’s diagnosis or prognosis.
  • The original doctor is not treating you fast enough or the treatment is too expensive.
  • They want to collect evidence to resolve a controversy about your condition and right to benefits, to deny the claim, or to extremely limit the amount and type of treatment the injured worker receives.

Doctors hired to perform IMEs are usually paid by the same insurance company handling your claim. In most cases, the insurance company chooses the doctor you will be required to see. As mentioned above, you are required to receive an IME; and failure to do so could result in a denial of your claim.

Follow this link to learn more about a denied workers’ compensation claim.

2. You want the surgery, but the insurer denies authorization/coverage of the procedure.

In such a situation, you should immediately contact an experienced attorney to help you file a Petition for Benefits requesting authorization for the surgery. A Petition of Benefits requires specific documentation and specific content, so the assistance of a skilled lawyer is imperative.

The insurance company may deny you surgery based on whether the proposed surgery is reasonable, whether it is necessary, or whether it is related to your work injury. Again, at this point, the insurance carrier has the legal right to get an IME before deciding whether to approve the surgery.

3. You do not wish to proceed with the recommended surgery.

In many situations, especially in cases of spinal cord surgery, you may not want to undergo what can be an invasive procedure carrying an extensive recovery time and risk of further complications.

While you always have the right to control your own medical treatment, refusing surgery can affect your workers’ compensation benefits.

For example, if you choose not to accept the recommended surgical treatment, the insurer may hold you responsible for any future issues related to your injury which may have been corrected by the surgery.

Therefore, your benefits may decrease significantly or even stop altogether. For this reason, you should never immediately refuse surgery, but instead, take time to think about it and discuss your case with our office. We can help you to explore your options in this type of situation, such as discussing a settlement with the insurer.

Can I Also File A Personal Injury Claim In Addition To My Workers’ Comp Claim?

After a workplace injury, most people assume that their claim only falls under the realm of a workers’ compensation case. However, there may be other parties responsible for your injury, in which case a personal injury claim may be exactly what is needed in order to get you the compensation you deserve. For more information on whether your workers’ comp claim may also be eligible for a personal injury claim, read: Should I File a Workers Comp or Personal Injury Claim?

How Long Do I Have To Report My Workplace Injury?

The simple answer is thirty (30) days, but you should report your injury as soon as possible in order to prevent any grounds for denial of coverage. Your employer then has no more than seven (7) days to report the injury to their insurance company. After that, you should receive an information brochure within three (3) days.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a situation regarding a workers’ compensation issue, our Florida Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA offer a completely free consultation and case evaluation. We can ensure that you do not miss any deadlines for filing claims or for reporting your injury. The sooner you contact us, the faster we can help!

What happens if I worked for a subcontractor who did not carry workers’ compensation insurance?

All employers in Florida with four (4) or more employees are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance in the event a worker gets injured or ill.

Moreover, because construction is one of the most dangerous industries when it comes to injuries, all construction employers with at least one (1) worker must provide workers’ compensation coverage, including subcontractors.

If you work for a subcontractor, you should be able to trust that you are covered by a workers’ compensation policy. In fact, subcontractors are required to prove to the entity that contracted them that they are covered. You may ask for proof yourself.

Unfortunately, many subcontractors unlawfully fail to obtain workers’ compensation coverage and even lie to both workers and the general contractor about it.

For a list of what is considered a construction job, see this webpage.

Unfortunately, you may not realize that your employer does not have proper coverage until after you have been injured on the job. Fortunately, there are still ways for you to obtain benefits and compensation.

An experienced workers’ compensation advocate can help you “go up the ladder” to receive benefits from the general contractor’s workers’ compensation insurer. If this unlawful situation applies to you, contact our office to discuss your case and obtain a free initial consultation as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Representation By A Florida Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Many injured workers are hesitant to consult with a lawyer for many reasons: some may be concerned about being pressured, concerned about cost, or they think their case is not important enough.
Rest assured that speaking with someone in our law office will only make the process of obtaining benefits easier for you—not more difficult.

The following are some FAQs regarding attorney representation:

Florida Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

How will I know I am hiring the right attorney?

Do some research. Check out Google reviews to see what our past clients have to say about us. Also, check out some trusted attorney ranking websites to see how we compare. The end of this article has links to the more trusted sites for this purpose. These websites will also list some of our firm’s awards and honors. If possible, ask someone who has worked with us in the past to see what they thought about our service and outcome. We are also proud to say that throughout the entire process, you will be in contact with your attorney. As a courtesy to free and open communication, you will have their personal cell phone number. We are happy to stand up to any scrutiny so that you are comfortable knowing that you made a good decision.

How much will it cost to discuss my case?

In-person or over-the-phone consultations with a highly experienced workers’ compensation attorney are absolutely free. The key word here is attorney. At large settlement mills, clients almost never meet with an actual attorney. At Dolman Law, we value your business and want to speak with you directly. Call us as soon as possible following a workplace injury or illness. You should never hesitate to pursue the compensation you deserve.

What if my injury prevents me from traveling?

Many injured workers are physically unable to come in to one of our office in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, or New Port Richie for a consultation. We completely understand. For this reason, we are happy to consult with you over the phone. We are also willing to handle whatever we can for your case via traditional mail, fax, or email, if necessary. We will also gladly send a colleague to your home for our free consultation if your situation prevents you from leaving the house. We have been working with injured victims for years and completely understand the intricacies and sensitivities of such a situation.

What should I do if I am unsatisfied with my current lawyer?

You always have the right to seek new representation. If you feel your current attorney is not handling your case appropriately—or any other reason—you are not obligated to see the case through with their firm. We will gladly help you in the process of changing lawyers as we welcome the opportunity to prove our exceptional client service and aggressive representation.

Do I need an attorney to receive a settlement?

You always have the choice to handle your workers’ compensation case on your own. It is most definitely your right. However, most people choose to hire an attorney for a few major reasons: (1) an injury or illness can make all the research, running around, and phone calls more difficult and tiring; (2) the process—even without an attorney—is law-based, including what can be complicated processes and forms; (3) the insurance company will most definitely have attorneys working for them, so most people like to level the playing field; (4) settlement negotiations without an attorney can be risky with lowball results. Insurers often try to take advantage of unrepresented parties by persuading or tricking them into accepting an offer that is far too low. Most people don’t deal with workers’ compensation claims every day (if ever), but the insurance adjusters definitely do. Often, they will try to make a claimant feel as if they have no other options, which is almost never the case. At Dolman Law, we welcome the opportunity to go toe-to-toe with the insurance companies in order to fight for the injured.

Work with us TODAY for FREE!

If you or a loved one has been injured in a workplace accident, Sibley Dolman Gipe offers a completely free initial consultation and case evaluation

That means that we will personally sit down with you, provide a free case assessment. During the initial work comp consultation, we will inform you of your rights, let you know of any potential course of action, and provide you the ideal attorney to handle your situation; all completely free of charge. 

We also offer a “No Recovery, No Fee” promise to our clients, enabling you a peace-of-mind knowing that you are not obligated to pay us anything until we achieve a payout for you. We do not get paid if you don’t.

If you’re looking for a Florida workers’ compensation lawyer in Miami, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, New Port Richey, Boca Raton, and Orlando; we are here to help you. We will zealously handle any actionable Florida workplace injury claim.

We aim for client satisfaction from start to finish and have no doubts about achieving this goal. Contact Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA today and our workers’ comp lawyers will get started on your case quickly and confidentially.

About Sibley Dolman Gipe

Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA was founded in 2009 by Matthew Dolman, Esq., who is now the president and Managing partner of the firm. Matt attended Stetson University where he majored in trial advocacy; one of the highest-rated trial advocacy programs in the nation.

Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving cases in excess of $1 Million and $2 Million respectively. He has been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Super Lawyer and a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. He has also been selected as a top 100 lawyer in the State of Florida, by National Trial Lawyers.

Stanley Gipe is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer with the Florida Bar which connotes his expertise in trying cases before a jury. Stan has served as lead counsel on numerous jury trials and has personally handled over 1000 injury lawsuits throughout Florida.

Sibley Dolman Gipe has recovered over $175 million for victims of negligence which includes those injured on the job. The personal injury lawyers at Sibley Dolman Gipe have a combined 115+ years of experience representing those who have been injured as a result of negligence exhibited by an individual or corporation.

Why Choose Us

With eleven Florida offices, we are able to cover a large portion of the state. Sibley Dolman Gipe maintains offices on both coasts and Orlando. In fact, we have offices in Tampa, North Miami Beach, Doral, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Fort Lauderdale, Aventura, Boca Raton, Bradenton, New Port Richey, and Orlando. Thus, we are your local work injury law firm. Our workers’ compensation attorneys are always available for a free consultation case evaluation.

Our firm focuses on personal injury law, representing many practice areas, including those who have been injured in car or motorcycle accidents, wrongful death, traumatic brain injury, slip and fall accidents, distracted or drunk driving, and many more.

At Sibley Dolman Gipe, we are on your side. Being home to seven different experienced, successful, and professional attorneys makes having our team fighting for you a wise choice.

We also provide an important gateway for success by providing our clients with the personal cell phone number of the work injury lawyer handling their case, enabling genuine personal attention.

We’ve been ‘in it to win it’ since 2009 and we hope you are as well.

Here’s what Francesca from Clearwater said about us on Google:
Working with Dolman Law was very easy. We dealt with Lauren and Geoff, both of whom were helpful and always willing to answer questions. We were satisfied with the outcome of the case and the amount of time it took to settle it. We would definitely consider Dolman Law again if we ever found ourselves in the same situation as before.
Rating: 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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*The above information was written and reviewed by either Attorney Matthew Dolman or another injury lawyer at the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA which has a combined 90 plus years of experience practicing Florida personal injury law. Matthew Dolman himself has been practicing personal injury law in Clearwater and St. Petersburg for the last fifteen (15) years. The information provided comes from extensive research and years of experience trying legal cases in courtrooms throughout Florida.

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Contact a Florida workers’ compensation attorney today to schedule a free case evaluation

Contact a Florida workers’ compensation attorney today to schedule a free case evaluation At Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we understand that dealing with a work-related injury or illness is never easy. For this reason, our legal team always strives to make the process as easy and stress-free as possible for you and your family. We have extensive knowledge of the Florida workers’ compensation process and will always use every possible resource to make sure that you receive the full amount of benefits that you deserve. Whether you choose to settle your case or not, we will be there to help. Even if you think you will handle your case on your own, it never hurts to get the opinion of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. Call us to find out how much we can help you.

Call our office today at (727) 451-6900 or contact us online to set up your free appointment.

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