A job-related injury can have a devastating impact on your life. For starters, you may be left unable to earn a living and pay your medical bills. In addition, you could be left with a debilitating injury. However, if your injury occurred while on the job, you might be eligible to file a Florida workers’ compensation claim.
Five Things You Should Know about Florida Workers’ Compensation
A lot goes into filing a successful Florida workers’ compensation claim. Below is a list of five of the most important things you should know:
- Time is of the essence. In the state of Florida, you must file for workers’ compensation within two years of your injury or illness. Failing to do so could result in lost income replacement benefits, healthcare benefits, and other benefits.
- Report your injury to your employer. In the event you become injured on the job, you should report your injury to your employer as soon as possible. As a matter of fact, Florida requires you to report your injury within 30 days of the incident or when the injury was first discovered.
- Seek medical attention immediately. In order to build your case and receive the necessary treatment, you should seek a medical evaluation as soon as possible. This will help determine the extent of your injury and possibly prove that your work-related injury is affecting your ability to perform your duties at work.
- Your employer’s responsibility to report your injury. Once your employer has been notified of your injury, your employer should report your injury to the state workers’ compensation board. Your employer should also notify the worker’s compensation carrier regarding your injury or illness. You may want to follow up with them.
- Filing your own claim. Again, you have two years to file your claim. You should personally file your claim with the Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation as quickly as possible. This will help ensure your injury is reported in a timely manner.
The Next Step
Reporting your injury is not all that difficult. However, building your case and proving your work-related injury has affected your ability to work is more challenging. Keep in mind, many claims filed by victims are done improperly and/or denied. That is why you should call Johnson & Gilbert, P.A.
We Have Helped Many Victims
Our team has helped many injured employees file their claims and get the benefits they deserve. The last thing you want is to lose the ability to file a claim because of a mistake or not file your claim properly. If you or someone you know has been injured while on the job or has had a workers’ compensation claim denied, contact one of our experienced Daytona Beach workers’ compensation attorneys at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A., by calling (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890. We can answer your questions.