Most Florida employers are required to carry workers compensation insurance. Work comp benefits are designed to help cover the costs of lost wages and medical expenses for work-related injuries. The workers compensation system is designed to be “self-executing”, which means benefits should be paid and/or provided to the injured worker automatically. However, a number of issues arise to interfere with the self-executing nature of the system: (1) adjusters are slow to authorize money or medical benefits- be it an evaluation with an orthopedic physician, MRI, physical therapy, medications, etc. (2) employers who refuse to report the injury to its workers compensation insurance company (3) doctors that are not addressing the medical issues of the injured worker. The list can go on, but most people have little or no experience with the workers compensation system, and can feel overwhelmed or in the dark. An employer has the insurance company who handles cases like yours every day. You should also have an advocate in your corner who protects injured workers every day.
If you have been injured on the job, an experienced lawyer can assist you in successfully securing the full extent of workers compensation benefits you are entitled. An experienced Tampa work comp attorney can help you ensure you get what you need to get back on your feet and back to work.
We have extensive experience helping people with workers compensation cases in Tampa and surrounding areas.. You will be provided with an honest assessment of your workers compensation situation, telling you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. The benefits of injured workers have eroded more now than ever, and you need an honest assessment of your case. Our workers compensation attorney represents individuals injured in the course and scope of their employment.
Common workers compensation injuries are some of the following:
- Overexertion Injuries: This includes injuries related to pulling, lifting, pushing, holding, carrying, and throwing activities at work.
- Slipping/Tripping: A slip and fall usually happens on wet and slippery floor, or when a person trips over something lying on the floor.
- Falling from Heights: This type of fall happens from an elevated area such as a roof, ladder, or stairway. These falls can be caused by a slip or trip accident, or due to faulty equipment/other employees.
- Reaction Injuries: These injuries are caused by slipping and tripping without actually falling. These incidents can cause muscle injuries, body trauma, and a variety of other medical issues.
- Falling Objects: Objects that fall from shelves or dropped by another person can cause very serious injuries.
- Walking Injuries: This can happen when a person accidentally runs into objects such as walls, doors, cabinets, glass windows, table, chairs etc. The accident is usually caused by what the person is carrying; either the object size that causes obstruction of view or the weight of the object that causes injury.
- Motor Vehicle Accidents: Employees who drive for business purposes are often injured in auto accidents, some of which can be fatal. If a person is driving in the course and scope of his/her employment, the injuries should be covered through workers compensation.
- Repetitive Motion Injuries: This type of workplace injury is less obvious, but definitely harmful. An example of a repetitive motion injury would be excessive typing, which can strain muscles and tendons causing carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Machine Entanglement – This type of injury usually occurs in a factory where heavy equipment and machinery are used. However, machines can malfunction and cause injury in a wide range of work.
The conditions listed above are a very few of the wide-range of injuries that can happen while you are in the course and scope of employment. If you have questions regarding your specific claim, or think you may have a claim for workers compensation benefits, please do not hesitate to contact our office for a free consultation.
Mark Lee is an injury-focused lawyer who represents injured workers in workers compensation cases throughout the Tampa Bay area. We offer free-in home consultations, and there is never an attorney’s fee due unless we recover on your behalf.
We believe in a strong attorney-client relationship, where you get to know your attorney and he gets to know you. Our Tampa Work Comp Lawyer will work closely with you through all aspects of your case-from the outset through resolution. We pride our firm on being aggressive, experienced, and accessible.