Tallahassee Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Workers’ compensation is a no-fault insurance program that is supposed to provide immediate medical care and quickly replace some of your lost wages when you are injured at work. However, employers and insurers often make the process difficult for employees.

If your employer or the insurer refuses to give you access to the medical care or the wage replacement benefits you deserve, put our Tallahassee workers’ compensation lawyers to work for you. Call us today at (850) 446-2725 to schedule a free consultation.

Why Should You Let Our Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Fight for You

When you need a workers’ compensation lawyer in Tallahassee, you need a law firm with a proven record of success. We have over four decades of experience and over $2 billion in successful case results. Our results are no accident. We win through caring, understanding, and hard work.

We put clients first at Farah & Farah, treating every client with honesty, dignity, and respect. When you have our attorneys working for you, you will feel like part of our family, and we’ll give your workers’ compensation claim the focused attention and care it deserves. We have an open-door policy, meaning you have access to your legal team 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It also means your team has full access to the partners in the firm, including Eddy and Chuck Farah. By working as a team, our talented workers’ comp lawyers combine their skills, experience, and resources to maximize your case results.

What Team Farah Will Do for You

“If you’ve been hurt on the job, and your supervisor is pushing you around, call Farah & Farah. We’ll help you push back. Call us. Talk to us.”

We won’t let your employer get away with depriving you of your right to workers’ compensation. We fight for injured workers. Whether your employer is trying to deprive you of medical care, underpay your lost wages, or deny your claim, we’re ready to go toe-to-toe with your employer, and we know what it takes to make your employer pay your full benefit.

We’ll deal with your employer and the insurer, calculate the benefits you deserve, guide you through this complex process, and keep you informed throughout your case.

If you suffer a permanent disability, you may be eligible for a lump sum settlement. Such an arrangement will give you more control over your medical care and provide you with the compensation you need now. In other cases, you may be better off accepting weekly payments and continuing treatment with the workers’ comp doctor. Either way, we’re here to advise you on the best course of action for your claim.

Our Workers' Compensation Settlements

We’re dedicated to helping those who need it most. Our clients know we genuinely care about them, and it shows in our successful case results, such as the following:

  • $1.3 million for a worker who developed complex regional pain syndrome due to a workplace injury.
  • $150,000 for a security guard injured when his gun accidentally fired because it lacked a safety mechanism.
  • $227,942 for a home improvement store worker who strained his back on the job but had necessary surgery delayed because the insurer downplayed his injuries.

We get outstanding results because we refuse to take the easy way out. Insurers often offer a quick, lowball settlement, hoping you’ll go away. However, any offer of less than your full case value is never good enough for us. We’ll stand our ground for as long as necessary to secure the settlement you deserve. Contact us today for a free case review.

Our Featured Tallahassee Workers' Compensation Attorney

Erika Brenneman is a workers’ comp lawyer in Tallahassee with over 20 years of experience. She focuses exclusively on workers’ compensation claims on behalf of injured workers. Erika has experience on both sides of workers’ comp cases, allowing her to anticipate the insurance company’s next move to maximize our clients’ results. Over her two decades of practice in Tallahassee, she has formed key relationships with the local attorneys who defend insurance companies. These connections enable candid discussions about her clients’ situations with these attorneys and allow more fruitful negotiations.

“Most injured workers have never been through this before. That is one of the most common lines that I hear: ‘I’ve never been through this before.’ And I tell them, ‘That’s why you’ve got us.’ They can know that the advice that they’re being given is advice based upon their case, and they can make a decision about what they want to do that’s in their best interest.”

Types of Workers Compensation Cases We Handle

No matter how you were injured at work or what type of injury you sustained, our experienced workers’ comp attorneys can handle your claim and fight for the benefits you deserve. We have obtained multiple six- and seven-figure settlements in the following types of workers’ comp claims:

  • Slips and falls
  • Construction accidents
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Claims against property owners
  • Defective equipment and safety products
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Severe burns
  • And more

How Does Workers’ Compensation Work in Florida?

If you were injured at work, your only obligation is to report your injury to your employer as soon as possible. You must report your injury within 30 days of the date you are injured or discover your injury, or you could lose your right to file a claim. Once you report your injury, your employer is responsible for reporting your injury to the insurance company.

You should start receiving weekly or biweekly wage replacement payments by the 14th day after you report your injury. Under Florida law, you will not be compensated for the first seven missed days of work unless your injury causes you to miss 21 days or more. Benefits are typically two-thirds of your average weekly wage, but this varies based on the severity of your injury and the length of time you cannot work.

Medical care should start immediately, but you must use a doctor authorized by the insurer. The law allows you to change doctors one time if you are dissatisfied with your care.

What if the Workers’ Comp Insurer Denies Liability for Your Claim?

The law only allows employers to deny workers’ compensation claims in limited circumstances, such as when a worker is injured due to intoxication or intentionally causing the injury. Some employers go so far as to make false accusations to derail your claim and prevent their premiums from increasing. Others downplay workers’ injuries, claim the injuries happened somewhere else, or resort to stall tactics.

If your employer or the insurer stalls medical treatment, denies your claim, or pays less than your full benefits, call our knowledgeable Tallahassee workers’ comp lawyers immediately at (850) 446-2725 and request a free consultation.

When we take on your claim, we will notify the insurer that you have retained us. This notification alone is sometimes enough to get your employer to cooperate. If the employer still refuses to pay your full benefits, we will file a petition for benefits with the Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims. If the results are still unsatisfactory, we will go even further and appeal through the First District Court of Appeals.

Who Is Exempt from Workers' Compensation Insurance?

Employers in Florida with fewer than four employees are not required to carry workers’ compensation, except in the construction industry. However, any private or public construction company with at least one employee must carry workers’ compensation.

Employers are only required to provide workers’ compensation coverage for employees. Independent contractors do not have to be covered. However, the state strictly defines independent contractors as individuals who operate businesses separate from the employer’s business. If the employer controls your work schedule and pay rate, you do not meet the definition of an independent contractor, even if you receive a 1099 instead of a W-2.

Employers and insurers who misclassify employees as independent contractors to defraud a worker out of receiving workers’ compensation benefits could face felony charges.
If you are ineligible for workers’ compensation because your employer was exempt, you may be able to recover compensation through a personal injury lawsuit against the employer. You must prove that the employer is at fault for the accident, but our attorneys can help.

Schedule Your Free Consultation with Our Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Tallahassee

When a workplace injury prevents you from returning to work, you shouldn’t have to wonder where your next paycheck is coming from or fight for the benefits you’re owed. We have been protecting injured workers since 1979.

Contact us online or call us today at (850) 446-2725 to schedule a free consultation with a Tallahassee workers’ compensation lawyer and learn how we can protect you and your family.

Protecting

You & Your Family Since 1979

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