The Workers' Compensation Process in Florida
Step-by-Step Assistance from Experienced Workers' Comp Attorneys in Fort Lauderdale
If you or someone you love has experienced a work-related injury or illness, you may be able to recover medical benefits and lost wages by filing a workers' compensation claim. As with any insurance claim, however, there are multiple steps involved in seeking payment for your medical bills and lost wages. For anyone seeking treatment or laid up in recovery, completing a claim may take more energy than you have to spare. If you find yourself in this situation, our workers’ compensation lawyers at Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. can guide you through the process step-by-step and take on much of the work for you.
We know how the workers’ compensation program works in Florida, including the laws and guidelines that set requirements for employers and businesses alike. To be eligible for compensation, you must meet certain deadlines. Our team can track the progression of your claim and help you fulfill all the requirements in time.
The general workers' comp process is as follows:
- Report Your Injury – Once you are injured at work, or become aware of a work-related illness, you have 30 days to report the injury or illness to your employer. You will then have 2 years to file a workers’ compensation claim.
- Seek Legal Representation – Speaking with a lawyer early in the process can ensure you are prepared for the next steps in the process. It can also help you start building a strong claim right away before pivotal evidence is lost.
- Gather Evidence – When preparing a claim, you (or your attorney) should work on securing evidence and information about the nature of your accident and injury. This includes information from witnesses and authorized medical professionals who treat your injury or illness.
- Independent Medical Examination – You must submit to an independent medical examination to determine the nature of injury or illness. Your benefits will be based on the severity of your injury and the expected longevity of its effects.
- Claim Decision – If your claim is approved, you should receive your benefits within 21 days of reporting your injury. If it is denied, you may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim appeal.
Our legal team can thoroughly explain each step of the process according to your situation. We can also assist with gathering evidence, submitting paperwork, and negotiating your settlement. When it comes to helping clients maximize their compensation, we put in the work, every time.
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Our Fort Lauderdale workers' compensation lawyers are passionate about helping injured workers and families through tough times. We understand you may not have the capacity to handle an insurance claim by yourself if you’re dealing with a serious illness or injury. However, this should not mean forgoing the compensation you are legally entitled to. Our attorneys go above and beyond to help injury victims precisely because we know how the system can work against you.
No matter the type of injury you suffered at the workplace, you deserve the chance to make a claim for workers’ comp—and an attorney who will stand by your side as you do so.
Call Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. at (888) 499-6206 for a free consultation if you’re in this situation. We are here to help you understand the workers’ compensation claims process.