If you or a loved one work in construction, then you know there are risks faced on the job each day. However, that does not mean you should not be entitled to compensation in the aftermath of a work injury. Any resulting legal claim after a construction accident injury may be affected by workers’ compensation laws in Florida. 

What is workers’ compensation?

Workers’ compensation insurance provides coverage in cases where a person is hurt at work or while performing work-related duties. It covers an injured worker’s medical bills and a portion of their lost income. In Florida, workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, meaning that you do not have to prove the employer’s fault before receiving compensation. However, workers’ compensation can limit an injured worker’s ability to file a lawsuit against their employer after an injury, and it does not offer coverage for pain and suffering damages. 

The workers’ compensation system in Florida is designed to help employees who are injured in the job. In the aftermath of an on-the-job injury, workers are facing the possibility of massive medical bills and lost income, but workers’ compensation can provide relief. The Florida workers’ compensation system is a “no-fault,” meaning that it does not matter whether you or your employer caused the injury. As long as the injury happened in the course of work-related duties, you are typically eligible for benefits. However, the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim can be a bit confusing.

How the workers’ compensation claim process works in Florida

1.Report the injury to your employer

If you have never needed legal representation before, you may view lawyers as a costly and unnecessary expense. However, when it comes to personal injury cases, in particular, choosing to handle a claim on your own could end up costing you a great deal more than the legal fees would have. Though it’s not legally required to have an attorney in order to file a personal injury claim, this is the best chance you’ll have at getting the maximum compensation amount you deserve for your injuries.

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Even the smallest slip, trip, and fall injury can leave you feeling serious pain. Think about it: when was the last time you took a tumble and wound up on the floor? You probably remember it pretty vividly. You were shopping at St. Johns Town Center or strolling down The Riverwalk and a slippery surface or loose piece of sidewalk left you suffering a rough landing on the ground. While you most likely got up with little more hurt than your pride and ability to claim gracefulness, there are others who suffer debilitating injuries in Jacksonville slip, trip, and fall accidents.
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Medical malpractice is an injury situation caused by a health care provider failing to meet an acceptable standard of care. Legally, an “acceptable standard of care” means the actions any competent medical professional would have taken in the same situation. Any health care provider who doesn’t meet the acceptable standard of care can injure a patient.
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Statistically, Florida is one of the most dangerous states to drive in. The National Safety Council (NSC) reported nearly 1,500 car accident-related deaths across the state from January to June 2015. This makes Florida one of only three states (the others are Texas and California) to suffer over a thousand car accident deaths over that six month period. This was a 30 percent increase in car accident deaths from the same time period in 2014.
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Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) switchboards lit up on a recent Monday morning. Police responding to the scene reported that the 28 year old driver of a Honda Civic crashed head on with another Honda Civic. The accident happened on Interstate 295 near the Interstate 95 interchange. The other driver involved is a 69 year old St. Johns County man.
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A 57-year-old Lessburg ophthalmologist has been found guilty of cheating Medicare. The doctor pretended to provide medical procedures to patients who didn’t need them. A Jacksonville federal jury convicted the doctor on 20 counts of healthcare fraud, each punishable by 10 years in prison.
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