Tampa Workers’ Compensation Attorney
We understand how difficult your life can become after a workplace injury. You require time to heal and to return to your normal day-to-day life while you get back to work. Often, an issue holding back your workers’ compensation claim can prevent you from achieving this level of full recovery. Our Tampa workers’ compensation attorney is here to help you.
When insurance companies or your employer is trying to deny your claim or decrease your benefits, you require a legal professional who can step in and become your advocate. We’ll fight your employer or insurance company to try to pay you a fair compensation.
At Farah & Farah, our team is on your side and want to help you get back to work without worrying about your medical expenses. When you file a workers’ compensation claim through Farah & Farah, we’ll compel your employer or insurance company to pay you fair compensation. You should never have to settle for less than you deserve. We’ll ensure you’re not placed in that position. Call us today at (813) 358-0490 to discuss your workers’ compensation case.
What You Can Expect from Your Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Our main objective when it comes to your workers’ compensation claim is to get you the justice you deserve. You have given your time and energy to this business, and now it’s time for them to take care of you when you need it. When you work with our Tampa personal injury lawyer, you can expect us to:
- Help find a third party doctor to treat your injury and document your injuries.
- Sift through all the paperwork from your case.
- Get any prescriptions and lost wages reimbursed.
- Investigate the incident thoroughly to be clear about what happened.
How Long Will It Take to Receive Benefits?
While each case is unique, the time it takes to receive your benefits can be greatly shortened by working with a Tampa workers’ compensation lawyer. The lawyer can ensure paperwork is filed correctly and help you to avoid many of the delays others face in their cases.
Common reasons for workers’ comp cases in Florida
No matter what industry you are employed in, you have a risk of being injured. It does not matter whether you work in an office building or driver commercial trucks, you could get hurt. While many people think of high-risk industries when it comes to work injuries, it is just as likely that a worker will sustain an injury due to a slip and fall in a retail job as it is for a construction worker to puncture themselves with a nail.
A recent survey of workplace incidents in the United States shows that the following industries are the most likely to have workers sustain an injury:
- Transportation & Warehousing
- Leisure & Hospitality
- Professional Services
The causes of workplace injuries vary. While it is impossible to list all of the ways a worker can get hurt, some of the most common causes of Florida work injuries are:
- Falls on Same Level
- Struck by Equipment or Object
- Slip or Trip Without a Fall
- Repetitive Motion Injuries
- Falls to Lower Level
- Other Bodily Reactions or Exertions
- Struck Against Equipment or an Object
- Compressed by or Caught in Objects or Equipment
- Roadway Accidents Involving Vehicles
Common injuries in the workplace
When we turn to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), we can see that there were approximately 2.8 million workplace injuries and illnesses across the US during the latest reporting year. At Farah & Farah, some of the most common injuries our Tampa workers’ compensation lawyers help clients with include:
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Farah & Farah are also familiar with other types of injures that are typically caused by a worker’s exposure to dangerous workplace conditions over long periods of time. Common long-term exposure injuries in the Florida workplace include:
- Respiratory Problems
- Certain types of cancers
- Hearing and Vision Loss
- Repetitive stress injuries (carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, bursitis, etc.)
Common treatments for injured workers
The treatment for these injuries varies depending on how badly a worker is injured. In some cases, an injured worker will only miss a few days of work. However, there are times when a person could be deemed permanently or partially disabled and in need of long-term treatment. In Florida, injured workers must undergo an Independent Medical Examination that will determine whether or not they will receive workers’ compensation. Many injured workers require:
- Physical therapy
- Long-term rehabilitation
Unfortunately, there are times when disputes arise between an injured work and their employer (and the employer’s insurer). The employer may question the course of treatment necessary for the injury.
What kind of benefits will I receive from workers’ comp in Florida?
Injured workers in Florida who qualify for workers’ compensation will generally have the medical bills associated with their work injuries covered. This includes hospitalizations, doctor visits, medications, physical therapy, necessary medical devices, and more. Additionally, workers are entitled to coverage for their lost wages. They will not receive their full wages. Every two weeks an injured worker will receive two-thirds of their average weekly wages. Much of this depends on an injured worker’s Independent Medical Examination, and you need to be sure you are treated fairly. You may need a Tampa workers’ compensation attorney to help you through this process.
What Should You Do After Being Injured on the Job?
If you have suffered an injury in the workplace, your compensation claim will go much smoother if you follow these steps:
- Tell your employer you have been injured. The law requires you to report the injury within 30 days of your knowledge of the injury.
- When reporting the injury, ask the employer which doctor is authorized under their insurance policy.
- In an emergency, go to the emergency room first and let your employer know about the injury as soon as possible.
- Your insurance company adjustor should call you within 24-hours to explain your rights and obligations.
- Within 3-to-5 days of the employer reporting your accident, you should receive a brochure as well as an informational packet with the documents related to your case.
Contact Farah & Farah for a Free Consultation
Our team at Farah & Farah is here to help guide you in your Tampa workers’ compensation case. We understand how difficult it must be to be denied rights that you deserve and our passionate lawyers are ready to fight for you. Call now to discuss your legal options.