You’re hurt, you’re tired, and the last thing you probably want to think about is workers’ compensation.

Unfortunately, it’s not something that is going to take care of itself. If you want to have help paying for the medical bills related to your work injury, you’ll need to use the funds correctly. Florida workers’ compensation protocol can be confusing. Here, the law offices of Johnson and Gilbert offer a few tips on how to get the most out of your workers’ comp:

  • At the emergency room. If your work injuries warrant a trip to the emergency room, you’ll need to make the hospital aware of a few things to ensure workers’ compensation will cover the visit. Tell the staff that you were injured on the job, and provide them with a contact name and phone number of the insurance carrier or your employer. If you do not, you may not receive the help you should.
  • Report the injury immediately. You may not want to tell your employer you’ve been injured. Perhaps you don’t want to make a big deal out of anything, or you don’t want to bother your boss, so you go home and don’t seek any medical treatment. The injury gets worse, and you end up having to pay for the all the medical treatment yourself because you didn’t tell your employer about the accident. To avoid this and get the help you are entitled to, report the injury immediately and seek medical help right away.
  • When your employer won’t help. If your employer or insurance carrier won’t respond to your requests to receive medical treatment, you don’t have to let them decide your future—you have rights. Call the Employee Assistance and Ombudsman Office for help at 800.342.1741 or send email to [email protected].

Florida workers’ compensation can be tricky to maneuver through. Don’t make a mistake and miss out on what you could receive.

Give us a call at 800.556.8890 and find out how we can help. Request your free copy of our book It’s Not Rocket Science, It’s Workers’ Comp when you call.

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