Most workers’ compensation cases require employees to immediately
notify their employer of an injury. Unfortunately, this is an issue that
crops up more often than not. As the injured employee, it is your responsibility
to notify your employer and also provide proof that an injury took place.
When an employee fails to provide this notice, the employer can use this
to contest the validity of the claims, and thus, jeopardize the employee’s
chances of collecting full compensation.
Why Employers Need Notice of Injury
For obvious reason, employers should be aware of an injury that occurred
on premises or while the employee was working. Otherwise, they will have
no idea of the incident. The employee can also miss out during the claims
process; they may not be given compensation to the full extent of their
injuries or be able to take advantage of additional benefits. Of course,
every employer handles every workers’ compensation case differently,
so as Ft. Lauderdale workers’ comp attorneys, we advise that you
familiarize yourself first with your employer’s particular requirements
to learn more about employee expectations.
What About Delayed Injury Symptoms?
Some injuries—repetitive stress injuries, as an example—occur
gradually as a result of making repetitive motions or working in a particular
position for an extended duration of time. Or, perhaps the symptoms do
not show after an accident. Alternatively, the worker might not have sought
medical treatment because they believed their symptoms were minor.
Florida laws make it quite difficult to afford employees the rights that
they need, as the laws can be incredibly restrictive. For example, employees
are given only a limited amount of time to collect workers’ comp
payments for a set period of time. The reason to encourage the employee
to rehabilitate and return to work as quickly as possible, which is neither
fair nor justified.
This illustrates one of the many reasons we believe it is critical to notify
your employer as soon as an accident occurs, no matter how minor you believe
your injuries to be.
Hire an Attorney to Fight for You!
At Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A., we know the workers’ compensation
system inside and out. We know that insurance companies, employers, and
other defense counsel use every ploy imaginable to deny coverage to an
employee. This is entirely unfair to those who truly need financial assistance.
Get us on your case today—call (888) 499-6206 for a