Filing a Workers Compensation Claim in Florida

Florida Workers Comp LawyerGetting hurt on the job is something no one wants to experience. You may have heard about workers’ compensation, but you might not fully understand what it entails, whether you’re entitled to it, and what kinds of benefits you can expect to receive if you file a claim.

Our Florida workers’ compensation lawyers have dedicated their careers to helping people get the benefits they need to keep their finances and their families secure while they recover from a work accident. We will walk you through the claims process step by step, and we will keep you fully informed of the status of your claim at every stage.

Here is a basic outline of the workers’ compensation claims process after a work-related accident.

Protect Your Rights. Notify Your Employer Right Away.

Before filing a workers compensation claim in Florida and really before you do anything else, you should get emergency medical treatment if you need it. Some injuries are so serious, it’s important to get to the ER right away. However, if your injuries don’t require emergency care, your first step should be to notify your employer that you have been hurt on the job.

Under Florida law, you have 30 days to give your employer this notice, and you can notify a manager, your immediate supervisor, or anyone else in a position of authority. However, it is always best to notify your employer of your injury as soon as you can. If you are hospitalized and unable to provide your employer with written notice of your injury, you can notify your employer informally.

See the Doctor

Once you notify your employer you have been injured at work, your employer will send you to an approved doctor for medical treatment and an evaluation of your condition. In most cases, the employer selects this doctor from a list of physicians approved to treat injured workers. In any case, you should not see a doctor unless your employer approves the visit. If you see an unauthorized doctor, you may have to pay those medical bills out of your own pocket.

Medical evidence is extremely important in any workers’ compensation case. Your doctor will document your injury, and it’s important to begin this documentation as soon as possible. You should also communicate with your doctor. Don’t hold back, and don’t assume your doctor understands the extent of your injury. The more information you provide, the better your doctor can diagnose your injury and determine how long it will take you to recover.

Submitting Your Claim

You have two years to file your claim with the Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation. However, it’s better for your case if you file as soon as possible after your injury or when you first become aware of your injury.

The Employer’s Report

Once you have notified your employer of your injury, the employer will contact its workers’ compensation insurer. This triggers your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company to begin paying your medical bills and providing you with compensation for your lost wages. If your employer refuses to contact its insurer, you can contact the insurer on your own. By law, employers are required to post their workers’ compensation carrier’s contact information in a conspicuous place, such as an employee breakroom or near the time clock.

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The workers’ compensation claims process in Florida is complicated. There are many forms, and the process itself can be confusing and overwhelming. Our Florida workers compensation lawyers are here to help. Increase your chances of a favorable outcome by speaking to a Florida workers’ comp lawyer about your case. Call today to get your free case evaluation.