Being injured at work can be a stressful experience. Your injury may result in lost income and impact your quality of life. It’s critical that you educate yourself on your rights and determine if you are legible to file a Florida workers’ compensation claim.
A work injury, or industrial injury, is one that occurs while on the job and while you are performing your work-related duties. The injury generally requires medical treatment and may cause you to miss time from work. You may even experience a loss in income.
Work-Related Injuries Come in Different Forms
The list of possible work-related injuries is endless. However, common physical job-related injuries include:
- Slip-and-fall accidents.
- Having a heavy object fall on you.
- Accidents with machinery.
- Injuries resulting from lifting heavy objects.
Repetitive Motion Trauma
Repetitive motion trauma is an injury that develops over time. Common types include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Elbow injuries.
- Shoulder injuries.
Exposure to caustic substances, such as chemicals and mold, can result in a serious injury. When ingested, absorbed through the skin, or inhaled, these substances can result in a serious eye, skin, and respiratory injury.
When These Injuries Are Covered
Typically, these types of injuries are only covered under Florida workers’ comp when the injuries “arise out of and in the course of employment.” It will need to be proven that your injury is directly connected with your job-related duties.
Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim
If your injury occurred at work, you might be able to file a workers’ compensation claim. You must report your injury to your employer within 30 days of your accident. You should also get a medical evaluation of your injury. You may be entitled to:
- Income replacement benefits.
- Healthcare benefits.
- Additional workers’ compensation benefits.
How a Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Help
There are specific time periods in which your claim must be filed. In addition, many claims are denied due to being improperly filed. Our team at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A., has helped hundreds of work-related injury victims properly file their claims and get the compensation and benefits they are entitled to.
If you have been injured at work or had a workers’ compensation claim denied, you should contact one of our experienced Daytona Beach workers’ compensation attorneys at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. at (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890. We can help you get started today.