TEN TIPS AFTER A FLORIDA WORKERS’ COMPENSATION INJURY
If you have been injured at work in Florida, the Florida Workers’ Compensation Law set forth what rights and responsibilities you have. It is important that you consult with a lawyer who handles Florida work comp claims. Attorney Matthew Noyes’ law firm has helped those injured at work in Florida for 52 years. To Get More Information Regarding Your Florida Work Comp Injury, Click Here.
In the meantime, the following are tips you should be aware of if you are have a work comp claim in Florida:
- Report your work-related injury or illness, regardless of the nature or severity, to your supervisor immediately. Request an “Notice of Injury” form from your supervisor.
- Fill out the “Notice of Injury” form accurately and return it to your supervisor immediately to avoid a delay in benefits. Be sure to indicate all the parts of your body you feel may be affected or hurt by the work-related injury or illness.
- Keep a copy of the completed claim form as your receipt. Request that your employer sends the form to the workers’ compensation carrier.
- Advise your supervisor immediately if you need medical care.
- Accurately describe in detail to the treating doctor how your work-related injury or illness occurred. Tell the doctor about all the parts of your body that have been affected or hurt by the work-related injury or illness.
- Attend all medical appointments. Keep copies of all medical slips and notes – such as notes excusing you from work – given to you by the treating doctor.
- Keep copies of all correspondence from your employer or the insurance carrier regarding your work-related illness or injury.
- Write down all facts about any injury or illness you suffer at work. You may have a civil action in addition to your Workers’ Compensation claim.
- Review the facts of any work-related injury or illness as soon as possible with an attorney who handles Workers’ Compensation cases. New laws have effects your benefits, and early missteps can seriously affect your rights.
- Do not abuse the Workers’ Compensation system. Injuries or illnesses that are not work-related should not be reported. All statements and facts that you provide must be accurate and true. Filing a false or fraudulent Workers’ Compensation claim is a criminal offense under Florida law.
If you have been involved in a work injury in Florida, I sincerely hope you are able to return to work without restrictions or limitation. However, I know that many injured workers cannot do so. If you need more legal information regarding the Florida workers’ compensation law, review my other blogs under the Workers’ Compensation section of this blog and visit my website at MatthewNoyes.com.