St. Augustine Workers' Compensation Lawyers
When recovering from a workplace injury, you may face mounting medical bills and stress. It’s worse when your employer or their workers’ comp insurance company tries to avoid paying the benefits you deserve. If you need help collecting payment for a work-related injury, partner with an experienced St. Augustine workers’ compensation lawyer from Farah & Farah. Call us for a free case review at (904) 549-6302.
You are legally entitled to compensation after a workplace accident. Filing for workers’ compensation benefits is supposed to be a simple process. Your employer doesn’t even need to be at fault for you to receive compensation. It isn’t right when insurance or employers stand in the way of your benefits or deny valid claims.
For over 40 years, the attorneys at Farah & Farah have been standing up for injured workers. We’ve helped people injured in unsafe workplaces, construction accidents, and other workers’ comp accidents. Partner with a St. Augustine workers’ compensation lawyer by calling us at (904) 549-6302 for a free case review.
What Should You Do If You're Injured at Work?
Seek Medical Treatment and Document Your Injuries
If you need emergency treatment, seek it immediately and tell the hospital staff you hurt yourself on the job. If you need to see a doctor, be sure to talk to your employer about who to visit. Their workers’ compensation insurance carrier may require authorization before choosing a physician.
Once your treatment has started, it’s critical that you do not skip any appointments. Doing so could result in your benefits ending. When visiting the doctor, make it clear to the doctor that the injury was work-related. Be thorough in the description of your symptoms and talk about what caused your accident.
Keep all medical records related to your treatment. Your documentation must show your injury led directly to your inability to work and support being partially or entirely out of work or on restricted duty.
If your employer or the insurance company denies you medical care, talk with a workers’ compensation attorney at Farah & Farah. We can help you fight for your benefits.
Report Your Injury
You must notify your employer within 30 days that you suffered a work-related injury. Failure to do so generally prevents you from claiming workers’ compensation. There are some exceptions to this rule, such as if your employer already knew about your injury or if you needed a medical opinion to determine you were injured. If you need a medical opinion, you must notify your employer within 30 days of receiving it.
Your employer must notify their insurance company within seven days of knowing about your injury. Even if your employer was present during your injury, make sure you file a formal report. Leave no question that you followed the proper procedures when you made your workers’ compensation claim. Your report also helps bolster your case if you file a legal claim with the help of an attorney.
Collect Paperwork and Documentation for Your Claim
Several pieces of paperwork and documentation can help with your workers’ compensation claim or a lawsuit related to your injuries. A workers’ compensation lawyer can help you collect:
- Incident reports and video related to your injury
- Witness statements
- Medical records
- Medical and prescription expenses you paid personally
- Mileage to and from doctor appointments
Some employers and insurance companies will try to lowball your compensation following a workplace injury. It is bad enough that you are hurt. You don’t deserve the indignity of other people denying your pain. Choose a compassionate workers’ comp lawyer from Farah & Farah who has your best interests at heart.
When Should You Hire a St. Augustine Workers' Comp Lawyer?
Many hesitate to hire an attorney to avoid rocking the boat with their employer. They only want to heal and get back to normal. However, the added stress from lost paychecks and stonewalling insurance companies can hinder recovery.
After an on-the-job injury, hire an attorney immediately. Florida’s workers’ compensation statute of limitations only gives you two years to file for workers’ comp if you have met the requirement to report the injury to your employer within 30 days of the accident. The clock is ticking, and if you let the statute of limitations pass, you will forfeit your right to pursue damages. An experienced lawyer knows how to overcome these hurdles faster and more effectively than you can alone.
Hiring a St. Augustine personal injury lawyer may be your best chance of getting results. Farah & Farah has the resources and experience to go up against negligent employers and bad-faith insurance agencies. Our attorneys can quickly and efficiently file your claim. That way, you can meet crucial deadlines as we build your case.
Every workers’ compensation claim is different, and benefits depend on the specific circumstances of your case. Farah & Farah offers free case evaluations, and we can answer questions regarding what types of compensation you can expect and how long it may take to receive benefits. Your free, no-obligation evaluation also allows you to get to know us and witness our commitment to helping people who need it most.
Farah & Farah Workers’ Compensation Settlements
Our workers’ compensation attorneys in St. Augustine have an in-depth knowledge of Florida law and a firm commitment to getting our clients the compensation they deserve.
We’ve recovered over $2 billion for our clients. On a case-by-case basis, our results include a $1.5 million recovery for the family of a woman who died at work due to poorly maintained machinery. We also recovered $1.3 million in another workplace accident case and have secured other positive financial outcomes for our clients. Some of our notable settlements include:
- $1.3 Million – A worker was injured on the job and developed RSP.
- $1.5 Million – Neglected and ill-maintained machine causes wrongful death of a worker. Children receive compensation for their mother’s death.
- $150,000 – Gun without safety fired while working as a security guard.
If you’re suffering after a workplace accident, our attorneys can help. Call us at (904) 549-6302 for a free consultation.
At Farah & Farah, everything we do centers on getting our clients the best results possible and giving back to the communities we serve. Our clients know we focus on empathy, understanding, and hard work to get them the results they need, and in many cases, they are the most vocal advocates of the representation we provide. Here are just a few of our client reviews:
What Do Workers' Compensation Benefits Cover?
There are several types of benefits available to injured workers in Florida. Medical benefits include the following:
- Doctor’s visits
- Physical therapy
- Attendant care
- Future medical costs
- Mileage reimbursement for medical care
Lost wage benefits are another part of workers’ compensation. If you cannot return to work, you may receive temporary total disability at 66.67 percent of your regular wages. These benefits can last for up to 104 weeks.
Your doctor may release you to restricted duty under temporary partial disability. You can receive benefits if you cannot earn 80 percent of the wages you received when your accident happened.
Permanent total disability benefits are available to those who can never work again due to their work-related injury. Your doctor recommends these benefits once you have reached maximum medical improvement and still cannot work.
Your doctor may also assign you a rating for impairment income benefits once you reach maximum medical improvement. If they give you a permanent impairment rating greater than 0 percent, you receive compensation based on that rating.
Family members can receive Florida workers’ compensation death benefits if death occurs within one year of the accident or five years of continuous disability. Dependents can receive compensation up to a maximum of $150,000, including up to $7,500 in funeral expenses.
You may also be able to collect workers’ compensation for stress-related injuries. You must show through clear and convincing evidence that your depression, anxiety, PTSD, or other condition arose from a work-related physical injury.
Do I Need to Prove Negligence in a St. Augustine Workers' Comp Case?
Florida workers’ compensation claims do not depend on fault, so you do not have to prove negligence on your employer’s part to collect compensation. Fault and negligence only come into play if you pursue a personal injury lawsuit against an employer who doesn’t carry workers’ comp or against a third party, such as an equipment manufacturer.
Under Florida law, employers with four or more workers must carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you work at a small business or your employer ignores the law, you may have to file a civil lawsuit to collect damages for your workplace injury.
You can also file a lawsuit against a third party you believe was responsible for your injury. For example, if you were hurt at work in an accident resulting from faulty scaffolding, you can collect workers’ compensation and file a lawsuit against the third-party scaffolding maker. In this case, your attorney must prove the manufacturer was negligent in a product liability personal injury claim.
The workers’ compensation lawyers at Farah & Farah have decades of combined experience sorting out workplace injury cases and helping people collect compensation from Florida’s workers’ compensation system and negligent third parties. Put our experience to work for you by calling (904) 549-6302 for a free consultation.
Call Our Experienced Workers' Comp Lawyers in St. Augustine, FL Today
We understand how a workplace injury can take its toll on your family. You shouldn’t have to fight to get employers to do what’s right. An experienced workers’ comp lawyer can help you cut through the smoke and mirrors and get real results.
For over 40 years, we have helped people injured in the workplace. In that time, we have secured over 2 billion dollars for our clients. We are passionate about helping people in need. That’s why we represent clients on a contingency fee basis. You won’t have to pay anything unless we win your case.
You & Your Family Since 1979