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Workers’ Compensation Claims after Hurricane Irma

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The recent havoc wreaked by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have left Texas and Florida in need of major rebuilding and repair efforts. It has also created the potential for an increase in workplace injuries and workers’ compensation claims. In West Palm Beach, Hurricane Irma’s destructive winds caused significant damage. Dozens of people had to… Read More »

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Undocumented Workers Not Getting Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Florida

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Florida is supposed to provide workers’ compensation benefits to all injured workers, regardless of their immigration status. But a recent NPR and ProPublica investigation found that a 2003 state law enables insurers to avoid paying lost wages and medical expenses to undocumented workers.  However, in the State of Florida if you do not use… Read More »

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Frequently Asked Workers’ Compensation Questions

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Thousands of Florida workers are injured on the job every year, which is why anyone employed in this state should be familiar with their rights under the workers’ compensation law. Here are several frequently asked questions pertaining to employer responsibilities and workers’ rights. Note that these are not the only issues that arise under… Read More »

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Common Defenses Used to Defeat Workers’ Compensation Claims

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Unfortunately, employers and insurance companies don’t always comply with Florida’s workers’ compensation law and they might try to avoid paying for your medical and other expenses. To that end, there are several defenses they might use against you in a lawsuit seeking to recover the compensation that you are entitled to. Here are six… Read More »

Are you entitled to workers compensation benefits if you are not a documented worker?

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Yes. Employers and insurance companies frequently attempt to intimidate undocumented workers when the suffer on-the-job injuries. Nevertheless, you are entitled to workers compensation benefits whether you have proper documentation or not. However, you should NOT use an invalid Social Security number on any part of your claim. Do not give any of your doctors… Read More »

I was injured in a motor vehicle accident. Do I also have a workers’ compensation claim? What if the motor vehicle accident was my fault?

By Ganon & Hessen |

It is not uncommon for workers to be involved in motor vehicle accidents while in the course of their employment. Under this scenario, you are entitled to pursue workers’ compensation benefits regardless of fault. If the motor vehicle accident was the result of another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to personal injury damages… Read More »

When is the insurance company required to pay me for being out of work?

By Ganon & Hessen |

The issue of lost wages is very tricky in workers’ compensation. You may be entitled to lost wages under a number of scenarios including but not limited to: the workers’ compensation doctor has you on a ‘no work’ status; the workers’ compensation doctor has given you restrictions and the employer can’t or won’t accommodate… Read More »

I was injured in a motor vehicle accident. Do I also have a workers’ compensation claim? What if the motor vehicle accident was my fault?

By Ganon & Hessen |

It is not uncommon for workers to be involved in motor vehicle accidents while in the course of their employment. Under this scenario, you are entitled to pursue workers’ compensation benefits regardless of fault. If the motor vehicle accident was the result of another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to personal injury damages… Read More »

If my employer fires me or I quit my job does my workers’ compensation claim end too?

By Ganon & Hessen |

Your entitlement to workers’ compensation benefits does not end if you no longer work for the same employer. Whether you leave voluntarily or involuntarily, you are still entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for the injury. You should know that voluntarily leaving your employment could impact benefits such as lost wages. Also, you may be… Read More »

Can I pick my own doctor and/or pharmacy?

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Generally the law provides the insurance company with the power to direct your medical care. However, there are instances in which you can exercise your right to select a physician and you always get to choose your pharmacy. Because the insurance companies typically direct your treatment to a doctor they know will give them… Read More »

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