Farah & Farah, P.A. of Jacksonville summarizes how employers must offer construction workers’ compensation to employees in Florida. If you are employed in the construction industry, you should understand your rights if you are injured on the job.
Florida Workers’ Compensation
According to the Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation, any construction company consisting of one or more employees must obtain workers’ compensation insurance. This includes part-time construction workers and management. Failure to have workers’ comp insurance can produce penalties and an order to stop all construction work at the job site.
What Happens If an Accident Happens At a Construction Site?
Accidents can occur at construction sites from negligence, defective equipment, lack of training and worker error. Any injuries that occur at the work place need to be reported to a supervisor or the construction manager who will then alert the workers’ compensation insurance company to start a file.
The injured worker will be given the name of a doctor to visit at no charge to the employee. If the injury is extensive enough to require a trip to the emergency room, the construction worker must notify the hospital staff that he or she was injured at work and provide the phone number of the insurance company. Any injury should be reported immediately; however, a construction worker has up to 30 days to report it. The workers’ compensation insurance company needs to authorize any additional medication, tests, hospitalization or rehabilitation. If an employee cannot return to work, he or she will receive either temporary partial or temporary total disability benefits.
Workers’ compensation protects the company owner from a lawsuit by the injured Florida worker. However, in certain cases, others can be held accountable if negligence or a defective product was involved.
Jacksonville Construction Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
If you have filed, or are in the process of filing a Workers’ compensation claim, it is important to speak with a Jacksonville workers compensation attorney to discuss your rights and find out what benefits you are entitled to under the law. The following information can give you a basic idea of what to do if you have been injured on the job or exposed to toxic substances, but we also encourage you to contact our Jacksonville construction workers’ compensation attorneys in Jacksonville, Florida to discuss your case with a member of our staff.