Tallahassee Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

March 20, 2023 | Attorney, Matthew Dolman

A workplace accident can prove catastrophic regardless of whether you work for one of Tallahassee's biggest employers, like the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare system, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, or a smaller, private employer. If you suffered injuries in a workplace accident, contact the Tallahassee workers' compensation lawyers at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, to learn more about your specific rights and the steps you may need to take to secure compensation for your injuries.

Often, workplace injuries lead to ongoing complications throughout the rest of your life. Injured workers often face the financial strain of high medical bills and the challenges associated with limitations caused by their injuries. Fortunately, you don't have to face the insurance companies alone. Reach out to one of our workers' compensation attorneys in Tallahassee, FL, for a free consultation to put your mind at ease.

Why You Should Contact the Tallahassee Workers' Compensation Lawyers at Dolman Law Group After a Workplace Accident

At Dolman Law Group, we provide our clients with the support and assistance you would expect from a small law firm while providing the comprehensive results often associated with a bigger firm. Dealing with the aftermath of a workplace injury can prove incredibly difficult, especially if you try to handle your claim alone and do not receive support from your employer. We help our clients understand how a job-related accident claim works.

Also, sometimes when a worker is injured on the job, the responsible person or entity is a third party, not the worker's employer. In these circumstances, the injured worker may have the right to bring legal action against the at-fault person or company through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. Our team is proud of the results we have achieved on behalf of injured people throughout Florida and nationwide. You can read more about our clients' experiences working with the dedicated legal team at Dolman Law Group.

Turn to an Experienced Tallahassee Workers' Compensation Attorney to Fully Understand:

Your Legal Right to Compensation

Do you know your rights after a workplace accident in Florida? At Dolman Law Group, we thoroughly understand Florida workers' rights and how they may impact you after a workplace accident. Furthermore, we will help you learn more about your right to treatment and the steps you may need to take to secure additional compensation following a serious workplace accident.

The Results You Can Expect

We help our clients maximize their workers' compensation claims and the compensation they receive. Sometimes, getting the full support you deserve from your employer can prove incredibly difficult. For example, you may have a hard time getting needed work modifications to allow you to return to your job despite your injuries. Or the workers' comp insurer may not approve the treatments you need for your injuries. At Dolman Law Group, we fight for our clients' rights to the full compensation they deserve following workplace injuries.

Dolman Law Group has convenient office locations on both Florida coasts. Our Tallahassee personal injury lawyers are part of a nationwide team and our lawyers understand all the complexities of workers' compensation law, no matter where you are. Regardless of what injuries you suffered in your workplace accident, we can help you learn more about your rights and the steps you need to take next to receive the full compensation you deserve. Contact us to help you fight for the results you deserve after your accident.

Workers' Compensation in Tallahassee: What You Need to Know

Florida workers' compensation provides vital financial assistance when a worker suffers injuries while on the job. Workers' comp benefits kick in within seven days of missed work due to a workplace injury and will generally provide compensation throughout your recovery.

Recovering Medical Costs

Florida workers' comp will pay directly for the cost of medical treatment after a workplace accident. However, workers' comp may dictate which providers you need to see for your injuries. Furthermore, you may have to have specific procedures approved before you can move forward with them. In some cases, injured workers may struggle when the treatments they need are not approved by the insurer. This is especially important for injuries that require long-term physical therapy or expensive surgeries and procedures.

Replacing Missing Income

Many workplace injuries will require you to remain out of work while receiving treatment for and recovering from those injuries. A long road to recovery may make it very difficult for you to bring in any source of income. Workers' compensation will replace approximately 2/3 of your income for the duration of your recovery, depending on your prior income level.

If you return to work during your recovery, your workers' comp benefits may stop. Talk to your attorney about the best way to manage your return to work following a workplace accident, especially when you suffered severe injuries.

Whether to Accept a Settlement

Sometimes, workers may suffer a workplace injury that leads to permanent disability. If your injury will permanently prevent you from working in your former field, or if you continue to suffer permanent ramifications from your injuries, workers' comp may pay a one-time lump settlement to help compensate you for those losses. These payments may include compensation for permanent disability and anticipated future medical expenses related to your workplace accident.

At Dolman Law Group, we help our clients learn more about whether they may have the right to a settlement for permanent injuries sustained in a workplace accident. We work with our clients to maximize the compensation they can recover and ensure that they receive the treatments they need to recovery after a workplace accident.

Tallahassee Workplace Accident Statistics

Each year, approximately 275 people die in Florida because of workplace injuries. Transportation accidents make up the majority of those incidents. Florida also sees a higher overall rate of falls, slips, and trips that result in fatal injuries than other areas of the country.

Private construction remains one of the most dangerous industries in Florida, with approximately 82 fatalities each year. Due to the high numbers of trucks moving across Florida, because of easy access to ports and other convenient shipping hubs, the transportation industry often reports the second-highest rate of fatal accidents.

Fall injuries and motor vehicle injuries serve as the top cause of injuries for most age groups throughout Florida.

Common Workplace Accidents a Tallahassee Workers' Compensation Attorney Can Help With

Workplace accidents may fall into several key categories.

You may file a workers' comp claim in Tallahassee any time you suffer workplace injuries in these common situations:

  • Construction site accidents: Construction sites may involve a variety of potential hazards, including dangerous chemicals, fall hazards, and dangerous equipment, all of which can increase the risk of workplace accidents.
  • Slip and fall accidents: Falls can occur in any workplace. Often, they occur because of slippery spills or poorly-maintained flooring.
  • Motor vehicle accidents: Employees who regularly drive as part of their work responsibilities may end up in serious accidents and suffer injuries like any other driver in a car accident may experience. If another driver caused a work-related car accident, you might also have the right to bring a third-party lawsuit.
  • Falling objects: Many workplaces do not have the right protections in place to prevent falling objects, which could lead to serious injury when they land on a worker.
  • Unsafe premises: An unsafe environment for workers can cause severe injuries, including slip and fall injuries, puncture wounds, or an increased risk of fire on the property.
  • Negligent security: Sometimes, workplaces may provide inadequate security, which may raise the risk of a serious incident when a customer or another employee attacks a worker on the property. Again, third-party actions might be appropriate if other non-employees are involved.

Workplace injuries can vary dramatically depending on the type of accident. Workers may suffer anything from puncture wounds to broken bones, head trauma, or even amputations, depending on the situation.

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Let a Tallahassee Workers' Comp Attorney Fight the Insurance Company on Your Behalf

Your employer likely carries workers' compensation insurance specifically intended to protect the employer and provide funding in the case of a workplace accident. The insurance company, however, may not make it as easy as you might hope to receive the compensation you deserve after your accident.

What if the Work Comp Insurer Denies Liability for Your Claim?

Sometimes, the insurance company may take the position that your injury did not occur at work and that, as a result, you do not have the right to pursue compensation through workers' comp for your injuries. In workers' comp claims, it does not matter how the injury occurred unless the insurance provider has reason to suspect that you may have caused your injuries deliberately.

It does, however, matter when your injuries occurred: if they did not occur at work or in the course of taking care of your workplace duties, the insurance company may not have to pay for your treatment. As a result, the insurance company sometimes tries to deny liability for your accident.

Or your employer may not want to report your injury to its insurer to avoid increased premiums or other financial repercussions. If your injury clearly happened at work, but your employer asks you to file a claim under your own personal insurance policy, talk to an experienced work comp attorney right away.

What if You are Denied the Medical Treatment You Deserve?

Workers' comp insurance generally pays the provider directly for medical bills associated with workplace injuries. That can provide welcome financial relief to many workplace accident victims who may have difficulty managing their medical expenses after an accident.

However, it may also mean that you must wait for approval before moving forward with any treatment, including the one recommended by the doctor chosen by workers' comp insurance. Many workplace accident victims have a hard time getting these vital treatments approved.

Our Workers' Compensation Attorneys in Tallahassee, FL, Can Help You Receive a Fair Settlement

If you suffered permanent injuries, you may deserve a settlement for those life-altering injuries. However, workers' comp insurance may make it difficult to recover that settlement. The insurance company may try to insist that you have no reason for that payout.

At Dolman Law Group, we help our clients establish their right to compensation and determine the full compensation they should expect, particularly in difficult cases.

Dealing with the insurance company on your own can feel incredibly stressful, especially if the insurance company continues to deny needed treatment or fails to provide you with the full support you deserve. We help Tallahassee workplace accident victims maximize the compensation they can recover and provide a smoother experience that will more effectively reflect the patient's real rights and needs.

What to Do After a Workplace Accident in Tallahassee

Matthew A. Dolman, Attorney
Matthew Dolman, Tallahassee Workers' Comp Lawyer

After a workplace accident, you may have gone straight to the hospital to get medical treatment. Once you are receiving treatment for your injuries, what comes next?

  • Make sure your employer receives a full report about your injuries. If you did not report the accident to your employer, you need to provide full documentation of when the accident occurred.
  • Review your workplace's policies regarding workers' comp. Make sure you follow all necessary steps to report and document the incident. You may need to inform your employer about the progression of your recovery.
  • Keep track of all medical documentation. You may have to provide copies of that documentation to your workers' comp provider.
  • Work with your care provider to ensure that you take all steps necessary to maximize your recovery. Do not ignore any steps or restrictions issued by your care provider.
  • Get information about what modifications you need to return to work safely without worsening your injuries. Do not return to work if it will challenge your recovery or make your injuries worse in any way.
  • Get a second opinion if you need one at any time. You have the right to seek medical treatment where you want for your injuries but may have to pay for some of those costs out of pocket.
  • Talk to an attorney if you have questions about your rights under workers' compensation laws in Florida.
  • You may be one of the lucky people whose workers' comp claim progresses smoothly with no challenges from the insurance provider. On the other hand, if you have any trouble getting your claim approved or if dealing with the insurance company leaves you frustrated, consider working with a Tallahassee workers' comp attorney who can make it easier to manage your challenges.

    When You Need a Dedicated Team of Tallahassee Workers' Compensation Lawyers, Trust Dolman Law Group

    Following a workplace accident, you may have some questions about your right to compensation. At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we can review your rights, including your right to compensation, and provide you with a better understanding of what you need to do after a workplace accident. We can also explain any other legal options you might consider, depending on your unique situation. There's only one way to know your rights are protected, reach out now.

    To speak with our Tallahassee Workers' Compensation Lawyers, call us at 850-790-5830 or complete our simple online contact form for your free consultation today.

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    Matthew Dolman

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    This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has successfully fought for more than 11,000 injured clients and acted as lead counsel in more than 1,000 lawsuits. Always on the cutting edge of personal injury law, Matt is actively engaged in complex legal matters, including Suboxone, AFFF, and Ozempic lawsuits.  Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess of $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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