If you were injured in the workplace, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Read on and reach out to our skilled Panama City workplace accident attorneys. Our legal team is on your side. Give us a call to get started on your claim.
What compensation can be recovered for a workplace accident in Florida?
If you were injured on the job, you may be entitled to financial compensation to ease some of the burdens you have faced as a result. Depending on the type of work you were performing at the time of your injury, your rights may differ according to the following laws:
- State Workers’ Compensation Law
- Federal Workers’ Compensation Law
- The Longshoreman and Harbor Workers Act
- The Jones Act
What benefits are available in a workplace accident?
Once you have sustained illness or injury at the workplace, employees are sometimes incapable of returning to work. This leaves them without an income to take care of themselves when they are facing certain physical, emotional, and financial damages. It is because of this that workers’ compensation benefits exist as coverage for these damages. In Florida, some benefits open to an employee can include the following:
- Payments for lost wages: If an employee is completely disabled and unable to work, or if they are partially disabled and receiving wages less than their pre-injury earnings.
- Death benefits: If the injury or illness causes the death of an employee, the individual’s surviving dependents may receive benefits.
- Specific loss benefits: If the employee permanently loses the use of all or part of their thumb, finger, hand, arm, leg, foot, toe, sight, and hearing. This is also owed in the event of a serious and permanent disfigurement on their head, face, or neck.
- Medical care: For reasonable surgical and medical services. This includes medicine, supplies, hospital treatment, orthopedic appliances, and prostheses.
How can I obtain these benefits?
After an injury or illness occurs, it is necessary to inform the employer or supervisor of the incident as soon as possible. This equips them with the time, date, and place that occurred. With this information, the process of obtaining workers’ compensation benefits can start. The failure to do so promptly can cause a delay or denial of the benefits. If an employee is denied workers’ compensation benefits, they can petition the decision. To learn more about this process, it is in your best interest to reach out to our firm today. Our legal team is here to help you no matter what.
Contact our experienced Florida firm
Our firm proudly handles injury claims, insurance disputes, hurricane claims, fire loss claims, commercial litigation, and construction law matters. To discuss your case with our experienced Panama City personal injury attorneys, contact Manuel & Thompson, P.A. today.