Delray Beach Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Delray Beach Workers’ Compensation Lawyer 

Delray Beach Workers' Compensation Lawyer- man laid up in bed with castIf you have been injured on the job in Florida, a Delray Beach workers’ compensation lawyer understands that you may be unsure of what steps you should take. Although risks of workplace injury are higher with some occupations than others, it is important to realize that all workers are at risk for one reason or another to sustaining an injury or illness that is connected somehow to their employment. Knowing what to do before an injury actually occurs can be helpful when it comes to navigating through the claims process.

What should I do if I’m injured on the job?

The first thing to do if you have been injured or develop symptoms of an illness related to your job is to seek medical treatment immediately. Failure to do so could result in your employer disputing the claim, such as accusing you of actually being injured elsewhere or accusing you of not being injured at all. Once you have been seen by a doctor, you should then take the following steps:

  •       Notify your employer of the injury: In Florida, workers only have 30 days from the day they are injured to notify their employer that they have been injured. If you wait longer than that, you could end up losing your chance at receiving benefits. Once you notify your employer, they are required to notify the state’s workers’ compensation board of the injury within seven days. However, the employer may fail to do so, and the injured worker may need to seek out legal help.
  •       Filing the claim: At this point, you should consider consulting with a Delray Beach workers’ compensation lawyer to assist you in filling out and filing the claim with the workers’ compensation division. You will be required to provide information about the incident that resulted in the injury. The division will determine whether or not your claim is valid. If they approve the claim, your employer will be required to pay for all of the medical expenses and wage compensation through their workers’ compensation insurance. If they deny your claim, you do have the right to appeal. Your lawyer can represent you through this appeal process. There are also incidents where an employer may appeal an approved claim.

What type of benefits will I be entitled to?

In addition to all medical bills being covered, you will also be entitled to a wage compensation benefit that is based on your average weekly wage, however, it cannot be more than the maximum weekly wage amount set by the workers’ compensation division. Your lawyer can calculate how much your weekly benefit should be based on your current salary.

These wage benefits stop once your doctor has released you to return to work, however, there are many cases where the doctor will initially release an injured worker on a part-time basis. In these situations, the worker will receive the part-time wage, with the workers’ comp benefit making up the difference of the worker’s normal weekly wage.

All of your medical expenses are also covered under worker’s compensation benefits, including all doctor visits, diagnostic tests, surgeries, hospital stays, physical and occupational therapy, medications, medical devices, and more.

Contact Our Office Today

If you or a family member of yours has been injured at work, contact the Law Offices of Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt to speak with a skilled workers’ compensation lawyer in Delray Beach and find out how we can help.