Suffering workplace injuries causes emotional distress on top of the physical pain of injury, often because of the financial burden that comes with missing work after an injury. Injured Largo workers' can file a workers' compensation claim to cover their medical bills and replace a portion of their lost income. However, filing a workers' comp claim does not always go as smoothly as it should.
Workers' comp insurance providers and employers deny claims, reduce benefits, and sometimes put obstacles in place that make it difficult for injured workers to collect benefits.
If you suffered a workplace injury or contracted an illness while working, you need an experienced Largo workers' compensation lawyer who knows Florida's claims process and how the law applies to your circumstances.
Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, has been helping injured workers recover benefits and additional compensation for their injuries since 2004. We are not afraid to fight large insurance companies and aggressively pursue maximum compensation for our clients.
Why Choose Dolman Law Group for Your Largo Workers' Compensation Claim
Workers' compensation cases are notoriously complex. An injured worker has to consult with an attorney typically because something went wrong with their claim. Maybe the provider denied the claim, or perhaps their employer is retaliating because they filed a claim.
Regardless of the reason, your claim has not gone as planned, Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, takes the frustrating task of navigating appeals and fighting for benefits out of your hands. This frees your time and mind to focus on healing from workplace injuries or illness.
Our skilled Largo workers' compensation lawyers have been helping injured workers in Largo and throughout Florida for almost two decades. During our tenure, elite organizations such as Avvo.com, National Trial Lawyers, the American Society of Legal Advocates, and Super Lawyers have showered our firm with national recognition for our client advocacy and professional excellence. Dolman Law Group has received awards such as “Clients' Choice for Personal Injury,” “Top 100 Lawyers,” and “Top 40 Lawyers.”
We understand workers' rights and employers' legal obligations and know how to handle workers' compensation insurance providers, so they do not violate our clients' rights. We seek to settle cases before taking them to trial, saving both sides time and money. However, settlement is not an option in some situations, sometimes forcing a trial.
Our team has ample experience in litigation, and we aggressively fight for clients in the courtroom when it is necessary. Our clients are like part of the family, so we devote the personalized attention you deserve when you hire a workers comp lawyer at Dolman Law Group.
The skilled workers' compensation lawyers at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, understand the emotional and financial stress you face after a workplace injury or illness, and we are here to help. Largo residents with workers' compensation claims can visit us at our Largo office. Call us today to discuss your workplace injury or illness or submit your case information online to set up a free consultation. We understand your injuries might make it difficult for you to travel, so we also offer convenient virtual meetings.
Florida Workers' Compensation Benefits
The federal government requires employers to carry workers' compensation insurance, but each state administers its own workers' compensation program. The Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) in Florida is part of the Department of Financial Services.
All construction industry employers with at least one employee must carry workers' compensation insurance. Non-construction industry employers must purchase coverage if they have four or more employees. Employers in the agricultural industry must carry workers' comp insurance if they have six regular employees and/or12 seasonal workers who work between 30 and 45 days each year.
Once you file a workers' compensation claim after suffering a workplace injury, you might receive benefits if your employer's insurance carrier approves your claim. Florida workers' compensation benefits fall into two categories: medical and wage replacement.
If the insurance company approves your Largo workers' compensation claim, they will provide medical care for your injury or illness with an authorized physician. Benefits only cover authorized medically necessary care. Doctor visits, hospitalization, physical therapy, prescription drugs, diagnostic tests, prostheses, and transportation costs to and from authorized medical treatment typically qualify as authorized care.
Medical treatment typically occurs until a worker reaches their maximum medical improvement (MMI), the condition where your injury or illness has healed as much as it can.
Wage Replacement Benefits
Workers injured on the job in Largo or Largo residents who work elsewhere in Florida receive various wage replacement benefits when their workers' comp claim is approved, and they cannot perform job duties for more than seven calendar days. Wage replacement benefits are typically two-thirds of your average weekly wage. The exact wage replacement benefits an injured worker receives depend on the situation.
Florida workers' compensation insurance carriers provide coverage for the following benefits:
- Temporary Total Benefits provide payments for a temporary work absence due to illness and injury. Workers receiving these benefits have not achieved their maximum medical improvement (MMI).
- Temporary Partial Benefits provide payments for injured workers whose doctor has released them to return to work with restrictions. Workers who receive these benefits have not reached their MMI.
- Permanent Impairment Benefits provide payments when workers suffer a permanent physical, psychological, or functional loss from a workplace injury or illness after they have reached their MMI.
- Permanent Total Benefits provide lifelong payments for workers who sustain a permanent injury that leaves them with a permanent disability.
You might receive death benefits if you lost a loved one because of a fatal workplace injury or illness. Workers' compensation insurance typically covers funeral expenses and pays some benefits to surviving spouses and dependents. Dependent spouses sometimes also receive job training benefits after losing their loved ones.
Knowing When to Hire a Largo Workers' Compensation Lawyer
In most cases, you are entitled to workers' comp benefits when you get injured on the job or contract an illness at work. However, employers and their insurance providers do not always play fair. It is always best to consult with a lawyer immediately after a workplace illness or injury to help ensure you get the benefits you are entitled to.
Here are examples of common situations where a Largo workers' compensation lawyer from Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, can help:
Your employer's insurance company might deny your workers' comp claim for various reasons. They might argue that you did not report your injury to your employer soon enough or your employer did not file the claim promptly. Workers' comp insurance providers deny claims when injured or ill workers go to a doctor they did not approve.
Finally, your employer might tell their provider your injury or illness did not happen at the workplace. You have the legal right to appeal the decision if your claim is denied. A Largo workers' compensation attorney can help you prepare a strong case, giving you the best chances to overturn their denial.
It is against the law for your employer to threaten retaliation or retaliate against you for filing a workers' compensation claim.
If your employer threatens or does any of the following, you have grounds to sue your employer:
- Termination or suspension
- Demotion or transfer
- Pay reduction
- Reduced scheduled hours
A skilled Largo workers' comp lawyer can help you bring a lawsuit against your employer for their unlawful conduct.
Workers' compensation insurance protects employers from employee lawsuits and protects workers from absorbing the costs of a workplace injury or illness. Fault typically does not factor into these claims. Yet, sometimes third parties play a role in workplace injury and illness. A third party's negligence led to or contributed to your workplace injury or illness. In these situations, you could have grounds to bring a lawsuit against a third party.
- You were injured because of defective equipment, machinery, or other defective product, opening the manufacturer and/or distributor up to liability.
- You were exposed to a toxic substance or chemical, opening the manufacturer to liability.
- You were injured at a job site, potentially opening the landowner, contractor, or another party up to liability.
- You were injured in a Largo traffic crash while operating a company vehicle, making the other driver possibly liable.
- You were injured while traveling for your job on a train or plane or in a taxi or rideshare vehicle.
- You were intentionally harmed—assaulted, raped, mugged, etc.—while working or traveling for your job.
An experienced Largo workers' compensation lawyer can review the events that led to your workplace injury or illness and identify potential third parties that might be liable for damages.
Unfortunately, some employers do not comply with Florida and federal law and choose not to carry workers' compensation benefits. If your employer is non-compliant, Florida law permits you to sue them for damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. An attorney can help you gather the evidence to hold your employer accountable when they do not carry required workers' compensation insurance.
Preexisting injuries complicate Largo workers' complication claims more than many other situations. The insurance company might deny your claim because they found the same or similar injuries in your medical history. Medical providers will have different opinions on whether your workplace injury aggravated your previous injuries. You can be sure the insurance company's doctor will not be on your side. A Largo workers' compensation lawyer can advocate for you and build a case to show your workplace injuries harmed you.
Medical Treatment Denial
Insurance companies like injured workers to go to the doctors they approve and have specific guidelines about when medical treatment qualifies as necessary. You need a lawyer if you need medical treatment, but the insurance company will not approve it because they deem it unnecessary. Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, does not let insurance companies bully injured workers. We help workers get the medical care they need.
Types of Injuries in Largo Workers' Compensation Claims
Various injuries and illnesses can occur at work or while on-the-job. Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, can help with all types of injuries. However, the most severe injuries lead to a lawsuit more often than others.
Examples of types of workplace injuries and illnesses that lead to workers' compensation claims and sometimes lawsuits include:
- Severe wounds or cuts, especially those that leave permanent scars
- Fractures, especially when a worker suffers multiple fractures or needs corrective surgery
- Amputation or crushed limbs or digits, including arms, legs, hands, feet, fingers, and toes
- Head traumas, especially when a worker suffers a skull injury or traumatic brain injury
- Back injuries, including herniated discs, fractured vertebrae, and other injuries along the spinal column
- Serious soft tissue damages, including sprains, strains, and tears
- Spinal cord injuries that leave workers partially or wholly paralyzed
- Burns and electrocution injuries
- Chronic illness, disease, and terminal diseases from exposure to toxic chemicals and other dangerous substances
- Coma or permanent vegetative state (PVS)
Let a Largo Workers' Compensation Lawyer Help with Your Claim
Workplace injury and illness create chaos for workers and their families. Even those who receive benefits struggle because workers' comp insurance limits the amount for lost wages. Employers and workers' compensation insurance companies who don't play fair and deny claims for dubious reasons add to the stress of suffering a workplace injury or contracting an illness.
Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, has been helping injured workers since 2004 to secure the benefits they deserve and recover additional compensation when possible. Call us today at (866) 826-1298 for a free case evaluation to discuss the event that led to your worker's comp claim, or submit details about your case through our online submission form.
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