What is Workers’ Compensation?
Spring Hill workers’ comp lawyer protects the benefits you deserve for your workplace injury
Workers’ compensation is a state-mandated insurance company that provides certain benefits to workers who sustain injuries on the job or develop illnesses related to their work. Most Florida employers are required to carry this type of insurance, and most employees are covered under it.
Traditionally, if a person is injured because of someone else’s negligence, the victim has the right to sue the negligent party for compensation for the damages suffered. Workers’ compensation provides an alternative to this tort-based system. In exchange for giving up the right to sue an employer in court for damages, injured employees can receive compensation without having to show that the employer was negligent. The experienced Spring Hill workers’ compensation lawyers at Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. review your case and advise you about your rights under Florida workers’ compensation laws.
What benefits can I receive?
If your claim for workers’ compensation is approved, you can receive a number of benefits depending on the specifics of your case, including:
- Partial wage replacement: You can ordinarily receive two-thirds of your regular wages if you are unable to work due to your workplace injury or illness. Your benefits may be more if you are permanently prevented from returning to your position.
- Medical treatment: Your employer is responsible for paying for medical treatment incurred because of a workplace injury or illness.
- Reemployment services: If your condition prevents you from performing the same job, you might be able to receive new training to prepare you for a new job.
The process of applying for workers’ compensation benefits is complex and Florida law imposes several duties upon you. Our Spring Hill workers’ comp attorneys navigate this complex system on your behalf and protect your legal interests.
What injuries are covered?
Florida’s workers’ compensation laws specify that accidental injuries and occupational diseases that arise out of and in the course and scope of employment are covered under this program. This includes diseases or infections that result from the initial injury. Additionally, injuries resulting in death are also covered within specified periods of time.
Some injuries that are not covered include:
- Mental or nervous injuries due to excitement, fright or stress
- Self-inflicted injuries committed with the intent to injure or kill oneself
- Injuries primarily caused by the employee’s intoxication or being under the influence of drugs
The Spring Hill workers’ compensation attorneys at Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. are dedicated to fighting for injured workers’ full workers’ compensation benefits. We represent clients at each stage of the process, including appeals.
If you are applying for benefits, experienced legal representation matters
Since 1971, the Spring Hill workers’ compensation lawyers at Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. have fought for the benefits our clients deserve after sustaining serious workplace injuries. Call our Spring Hill office at 352-247-4400 or contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation to discuss your claim. Our flexible scheduling accommodates you, and we can come to your residence or hospital if you are unable to come to our office.