Orlando Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you’re injured in the course and scope of your employment, chances are you have a valid workers' compensation claim. You may be entitled to receive workers compensation benefits if your accident and injuries were work-related. Workers’ comp is a type of business insurance that is mandatory for most business owners in nearly every state to have for their employees.
The purpose of workers’ comp insurance is to ensure that employees are covered financially in the event of a workplace accident. Benefits are awarded on a “no fault” basis, which means that you do not need to prove who was at fault for your injuries to collect benefits. This is done to avoid tying up the courts by minimizing litigation, as well as removing the fear of retaliation from employers for reporting an accident.
Need to file a claim? Talk with our expert Orlando workers’ compensation attorneys about the next step when you call 800-874-2577.
Workers comp injuries can occur by a wide range of actions related to performing your job. This can be a freak accident, such as a box falling from a high shelf, or from repetitive strain due to performing the same actions all day long. Either way, you deserve the right to be safe, comfortable, and free from injury while performing your job.
Some common causes of workman’s compensation injuries include:
- Falling items
- Repetitive Stress Injuries (ex. Carpal tunnel syndrome)
- Slip and falls
- Heavy lifting
- Crashes or accidents while operating a work vehicle
- Unsanitary working conditions
- Negligent or malicious actions that cause injury while working
- Unsecure or unsafe work environment
- Improper or un-ergonomic work furniture
- Neck injuries from operating a telephone
- Aggravating an existing injury
Some people incorrectly believe that they only have a workers’ compensation claim if they're injured as a result of someone else’s negligence on the job. In fact, you have a valid workers' compensation claim even if you’re injured by your own negligence on the job.
While the intentions of the workers’ comp system are noble, there are still many reasons why a potential claimant should be concerned. Employers may take negative action against employees even though they are not legally allowed to. They may do this for reporting an injury because it may cause their insurance rates to rise, or because the injury may be caused by gross negligence on the employer’s part. Some employees are even fired after they file a claim!
Another problem injured workers run into is the insurance company who is handling their claim. The insurance company will try to pay out as little compensation as possible by either denying the claim or minimizing the extent of the injuries sustained. They may attempt to award claimants ignorant to their rights with too little money to cover their recurring bills, or will attempt to quickly settle without getting a thorough diagnosis of the damage that occurred.
One of our first priorities for every new workers’ compensation client is to make sure that you are getting the independent medical treatment that you need and deserve, not simply the medical treatment that your employer’s insurance adjuster tells you to get. We’re familiar with many of the physicians regularly hired by workers’ compensation insurance companies to treat injured workers and we’ll be happy to share our personal opinions about the quality and independence of your medical treatment correctly with you.