Melbourne Workers' Compensation Lawyer
As an employee, you have the right to a safe working environment. Unfortunately, accidents and negligence are all too common. If you have suffered a work-related injury, illness, or disability, a Melbourne workers’ compensation lawyer can help. Farah & Farah’s collaborative team will investigate your accident and pursue your claim. Contact us at (321) 306-0104 for a free consultation so you can focus on getting well while we work tirelessly to recover what you’re owed.
When you take a job, you promise to provide a certain amount of your time and labor in return for compensation. Meanwhile, your employer impliedly agrees to provide safe working conditions. They’re also required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, which covers the treatment of any injuries or illnesses you may sustain while carrying out your duties.
When you get injured or sick because of your job, you are entitled to compensation. This process should be simple and direct. However, many employers choose insurance companies that do everything in their power to deny claims. If you’re struggling to collect payment after an accident, it may be time to speak with a Melbourne workers’ compensation attorney from Farah & Farah.
Our skilled attorneys are well-versed in Florida’s workers’ compensation laws. When you partner with us, you gain access to an entire team of collaborative legal professionals — not just one lawyer. We pool our knowledge to analyze every facet of your case, build the best possible argument, and fight tenaciously on your behalf. Let Team Farah go to work for you.
Experienced Melbourne Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Who Will Fight for You
Our firm has proudly served Florida for more than 40 years and our personal injury attorneys are available to help clients in Melbourne and throughout Brevard County. Whether you’re in Palm Bay, Titusville, Merritt Island, Rockledge, or Cocoa, reliable legal advice is just a click or call away.
Insurance matters are notoriously complicated, especially when you’re trying to recover. A dedicated workers’ compensation lawyer can help you do the following:
- Recover lost wages
- Obtain necessary medical tests and treatment
- Make your case in court
- File for disability benefits through Social Security
- Appeal claims that your employer denied
- File third-party negligence claims
When you choose our Melbourne workers’ compensation attorneys, you join the Farah & Farah family. We’ll guide you through every step of the process, and along the way, you’ll enjoy ongoing support, clear communication, and all-in effort. There are no big or small cases at our firm. Because your claim means everything to you, it means everything to us.
Each of us understands what you’re going through. A workplace injury turns your life upside-down, and you need to focus on your recovery, not the insurance company. Therefore, we strive to alleviate your stress while building the best case possible. The glowing testimonials we receive speak for themselves:
Workers’ Compensation Case Results
No matter what you’ve gone through, we’re on your side. The most common workplace accidents involve exposure to harmful substances or environments, slips and falls, and overexertion or repetitive motion. Some workers are also hurt by machinery and equipment.
With longstanding experience in workers’ comp cases, the lawyers at Farah & Farah have achieved victories for victims injured in a wide array of work incidents. Here are examples of our case results:
- $1.5 million settlement for the children of a worker who died from a neglected, ill-maintained machine
- $1.3 million for a worker who developed reflex-sympathetic dystrophy from an on-the-job injury
- $150,000 for a security guard injured by a gun without a safety mechanism that fired
Recoverable Damages in Workers’ Compensation Cases
Florida workers injured on the job can recover the following benefits:
Employers must cover medical treatment for on-the-job injuries and illnesses through insurance carriers. Testing, appointments, hospitalization, and prosthetics are included. Your employer may also be responsible for recurring expenses related to prescription drugs, hired caregivers, and physical therapy.
Lost Wages, Disability, and Monetary Compensation
The amount and duration of compensation you’re owed will depend upon the extent of your injuries. Florida recognizes multiple degrees of disability, ranging from temporary to permanent. They include temporary total disability, temporary partial disability, impairment income benefits, and permanent total disability. An experienced attorney can provide insight into the compensation structure for each tier of disability.
If your loved one died on a job site, within one year of their injury, or after five years of ongoing disability, your family may be owed compensation. Benefits available include recovery of funeral costs, educational benefits for the spouse, or compensation for any dependents.
Who Is Liable for My Work Injury?
The answer to this depends on your specific case. The good news is that you can pursue a claim no matter who is liable for your injury: yourself, your employer, or a third party.
In Florida, workers’ compensation insurance is a no-fault system. This means you can receive benefits even if you’re to blame for the accident, barring any illegal or grossly negligent behavior.
In some cases, parties other than your employer may be responsible. A qualified attorney will help you determine who should be held accountable.
Can I Sue My Employer?
As referenced in Florida Statute 440.11, you generally cannot sue an employer carrying workers’ compensation insurance for negligence. However, it is possible to sue third parties. These typically include property owners, contractors, and manufacturers. Whether they were negligent or manufactured defective products, they may have contributed to your injury.
Our skilled Melbourne workers’ compensation attorneys can investigate your situation and determine whether any of these third parties were involved in your accident.
What To Do After a Work Injury
After a workplace accident has taken place, you should first seek any urgent medical care that you require. Many people decide to wait and see what happens. Waiting is not advisable. Even if you think you’re not seriously injured, remember that minor issues can worsen if left untreated. Choose a doctor approved by your employer and their insurance carrier whenever possible.
Make a written record of your symptoms, diagnoses, and the incident as you remember it. Note any potential coworkers who saw what happened, where the accident occurred, and any details you can recall. Additionally, keep your medical bills and any records from your physician. This information will be useful when building your claim.
Next, notify your employer of the accident. It’s best to do this in writing. You may also want to have a witness present. Prompt communication with your employer will prevent many potential issues, such as denial of your claim. If you do not report your injuries promptly, the insurance carrier may balk at paying benefits. If you’re a union member, inform your union representative as well.
Continue complying with your physician’s orders in the weeks ahead. Attend all appointments and keep up with your prescriptions. Adhering to your treatment plan helps prove the extent of your injury or illness.
Finally, consider working with a proven Melbourne workers’ compensation lawyer. We can help you navigate a complex case and recover compensation while you recover from your accident.
Workers’ Compensation Statute of Limitations
After an injury, Florida residents generally have two years to petition for workers’ compensation benefits. This means you have two years from the incident to file a claim. If the injury was not readily apparent, you have two years from the date you knew or should have known about your work-related injury or that a loved one’s death resulted from work.
If someone has told you that the statute of limitations has expired, don’t just give up. Contact a Melbourne workers’ compensation lawyer to see if any of the above exceptions apply to your situation.
Florida Workers’ Compensation Laws
Like all 50 states, Florida has created laws governing workers’ compensation insurance. Chapter 440 of the Florida Statutes outlines which businesses must carry this form of insurance, which workers are covered, when claims must be filed, and what benefits employees can claim.
The following organizations must obtain workers’ compensation insurance to cover employees’ work-related injuries and illnesses:
- Agricultural businesses with six or more employees or 12 seasonal workers
- Construction companies with one or more employees, including the owners
- Out-of-state employers whose employees are working in Florida
- All non-agricultural or non-construction businesses with four or more employees on staff, including the owners
- Any subcontractors working on the project
However, even companies that are exempt from providing insurance must take certain steps to comply with Florida Statute § 440.055. Employers with fewer than four employees who do not secure workers’ compensation insurance must post a written notice at each worksite informing employees about their lack of coverage.
Florida workers’ compensation laws cover incidents occurring within the scope of workers’ duties. The law usually excludes from coverage accidents during your commute, non-mandatory company events, or unapproved departures from the workplace. These laws are complex and an experienced legal professional can guide you through the process.
Call Farah & Farah for a Free Consultation With a Melbourne Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Filing a claim shouldn’t be painful. Let a lawyer handle the paperwork and legal arguments so that you can focus on what matters: your well-being. Our attorneys have recovered over $2 billion in damages for our clients. Let us go to work for you.
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