August 29

Hurt on the Job? When Must You Report the Injury?

Under Florida’s workers’ compensation law, an employee is required to report a work accident within thirty (30) days. If the injured employee fails to report the accident within the 30 day period, he or she is barred from making a claim. However, there are exceptions. Under Florida Statute 440.185, the following statutory exceptions to the.

March 4

Part of Florida Workers Compensation Law Found Unconstitutional

Florida Workers’ Compensation law is simply unfair to injured workers. Until last week, an undisputed injured worker would not be entitled to wage benefits despite being totally disabled because of a compensable work comp accident all because he had not reached maximum medical improvement yet. Florida’s First District Court of Appeals finally determined that this.

September 10

Work Comp Judge Reminds Us of Importance of Notice to Employer

A Florida Workers’ Compensation judge recently rendered an Order that should serve as a lesson as the importance of putting the employer on notice if you feel you suffered a work comp injury at work. Workers Compensation Administrative Law Judge Joseph Murphy denied an employee’s workers’ compensation claim on the basis that the employee failed.

June 5

Workers’ Compensation — Who Is Cheating the System?

When one workers’ compensation claimant pops up on surveillance as manipulating the system and wrongfully getting workers compensation benefits, the whole world knows about it. However, the fraud that goes on by the workers’ compensation carriers and some of the employers can be much worse. According to CBS News, AIG — American International Group Inc..

April 26

Workers’ Compensation Benefits Denied for Injury Caused by Public Urination

Workers’ compensation claims can happen in the weirdest ways. However, they are not always compensable. Recently, Florida 1st District Court of Appeals opined that the Judge of Compensation Claims was right in denying a lock technician’s claim for workers’ compensation benefits while being “on call.” The case was about an employee whose employment required him.

April 23

Are Epidural Steroid Injections (ESI) Better Than the New Procedure?

Steroid injections are often used to relieve lower back pain and leg pain caused from a car accident, trip and fall, or a workers compensation claim. Often times, these pains are caused by a herniated disc pressing on the nerve. A new type of medicine–Etanercept–is used for similar problems. Which one is better? According to.

April 18

Workers Compensation Appeal Won by Attorneys Lorrie Robinson and Matthew Noyes

Recently, Florida’s First District Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Attorneys Lorrie Robinson and Matthew Noyes in a workers’ compensation case. . The issue pertained to an advance in a Florida workers’ compensation claim. The Florida Workers’ Compensation Act permits advances of payment of compensation. Under Florida Statute 440.20(12)(c), a work comp claimant may.

March 22

Car Accident While Working? Know Your Rights!

Many jobs require driving. Unfortunately, that exposes employees to the hazard of car accidents. If an employee is involved in a car accident while within the course and scope of their employment, it is important that the injured employee talk with an attorney who appreciates both the law of Florida workers’ compensation and personal injury.

February 15

Are Epidural Steroid Injections the Answer for a Disc Herniation?

Just yesterday, a workers’ compensation client asked my advice on whether she should have epidural steroid injections (ESI) or surgery for her back pain. Because I have a JD after my name and not a MD, I recommended that she research both recommendations and talk to her doctor and friends and family about it. Then,.

November 28

Judge Awards Workers’ Compensation Benefits and Wages After Final Hearing

Last week, the Judge of Compensation Claims awarded workers’ compensation benefits after Attorney Matthew Noyes presented the case at the Final Hearing. Despite the workers’ compensation carrier’s position that the recommended epidural steroid injections were not medically necessary or related to the workers’ compensation accident, the Judge disagreed and accepted the testimony of the injured.

September 7

Where Have Tampa Bay Workers Died in Recent Work Comp Accidents?

Workplace fatalities happen. In the past 5 years, there have been 86 fatal accidents that occurred in the Tampa Bay area or involved a Tampa Bay-area employer. Unfortunately, Florida workers’ compensation law is inadequate to compensate the surviving family when a death occurs on the job. If death results from a work comp accident within.

August 25

Workers’ Compensation Settlement is Not Always the Answer

In Florida, a workers’ compensation Claimant can settle their work comp case for a lump sum of money. This settlement is in exchange for the workers’ compensation carrier to no longer be responsible for future medical care and any possible future wage benefits. However, a quick or non-thought-out settlement can result in devastation, according to.

June 14


It is a very dangerous job–doing road work on busy highways and interstates. Sadly, 20-year-old Robert P. Armstrong of Valrico, lost his life today on I-75 in Brandon when the driver of a pickup truck lost control. The driver of the pickup, 21-year-old Logan Tanner Feagle of Land O’ lakes, was traveling south on I-75.

June 6

Recent Study Supports Chiropractic Care in Workers’ Compensation

My clients and I have been saying it for years, but workers’ compensation chooses to ignore it. Now, a recent study conducted by medical and healthcare professionals outside the chiropractic profession concludes chiropractic care to be more effective for common, work-related, low back pain, when compared to treatment by a physical therapist or physician. Overall,.

April 15

Do I Have to Pay Taxes on My Car Accident Settlement or Work Comp Benefits?

It’s April 15th–you know what that means! Yes, it’s my niece Angelina’s birthday, but also it is Tax Day. So, I thought it was appropriate to talk about some of the tax consequences after a car accident, motorcycle crash, workers’ compensation injury or other personal injury matters. Please remember that I am a personal injury.

February 23

New Study Supports Chiropractic Care for Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is the fifth most common reason that people go to the doctor. Studies have suggested that half of working Americans suffer from back pain each year. According to a 2006 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, an estimated 25 percent of American adults reported that they suffered from back pain for.

February 16

Even NFL Players Have to Fight to Get Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Workers’ compensation benefits are not just for the construction worker who herniates a disc while lifting a heavy item or the nurse that hurts her back while caring for a patient. Even NFL players who get hurt at work may have a workers’ compensation claim. However, just like the construction worker, nurse, a/c technician or.

January 5

Maximizing Your Average Weekly Wage in a Workers’ Compensation Claim

The Florida workers’ compensation system can be unfair to the injured worker in many ways. One such way is the calculation of the injured worker’s average weekly wage in determining how much the injured worker is eligible to receive in temporary total disability or temporary partial disability benefits. However, using the seasonal worker method to.

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