Helping injured workers get the benefits they are entitled to
If you have suffered a work-related injury, you should be informed of your rights. Workers’ compensation law is complex and can be a nightmare of red tape. The injured worker has limited decision-making power in their own claims and an uninformed decision at the beginning of a claim can be detrimental to the injured worker for the remainder of the claim. A work-related injury claim is handled completely differently than other personal injury claims, such as motor vehicle accidents. For example, there are no jury trials in workers’ compensation. The benefits an injured worker are also very different than other personal injury claims. For example, an injured worker is not entitled to any compensation for pain and suffering. The workers’ compensation insurance company has significant power over an injured workers’ claim, so injured workers should have someone on their side who understands the laws and procedures governing workers’ compensation claims.
Consultations for workers’ compensation claims are free and attorneys who handle workers’ compensation claims are required to work on a contingent fee basis. This means that the attorney only gets paid if he or she obtains benefits for the injured worker.
What you need to know about workers’ compensation claims
Workers’ compensation claims are governed, in part, by Florida Statutes section 440. Some benefits you may be entitled to include:
Temporary Total Disability benefits (TTD) – when your workers’ compensation doctor places you out of work completely.
Temporary Partial Disability benefits (TPD)- when your workers’ compensation doctor places you on restricted duty.
Impairment Benefits (IB) – when your workers’ compensation doctor places you at Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) and assigns you a Permanent Impairment Rating (PIR).
Permanent Total Disability benefits (PTD) – when your workers’ compensation doctor’s opinion and other vocational factors demonstrate that you are permanently disabled from work.
Contact a trusted Lake City workers’ compensation law firm that handles claims all around North Florida
To make an appointment with an attorney, please contact the law firm online or call 386.755.1334.