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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?

By Ganon & Hessen |

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 »

How does my attorney get paid?

By Ganon & Hessen |

At The Law Offices of Nicole Hessen, P.A., we provide legal services on a contingent fee basis. That is to say, we only get paid if we secure benefits and/or a settlement on your behalf. There are certain situations in the law that provide the insurance company pay our litigation fees and costs. You… Read More »

What benefits am I entitled to?

By Ganon & Hessen |

If you’ve suffered a work-related injury, workers’ compensation benefits include medical care and lost wages. There are legal standards and qualifications for the medical treatment, as well as entitlement to lost wages. Florida law does not provide for recovery of punitive damages, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life or other remedies generally… Read More »

What is a workers’ compensation claim?

By Ganon & Hessen |

When an employee is injured while working for the employer, the injured worker has a workers’ compensation claim. Of course there are many dynamics surrounding this issue. Sometimes an individual is called an independent contractor but legally he/she will be declared an employee. Sometimes the injury occurs just before or just after clocking out…. Read More »

The Right To Choose Your Doctor

By Ganon & Hessen |

Of the many recent changes made to the work comp statute in Florida (at the request of the insurance companies), the right to control the medical care has probably been the most damaging to employees injured on the job. The law provides the insurance company chooses the initial treating doctor. While the injured worker… Read More »

Employer Notice Requirement

By Ganon & Hessen |

Many injured workers are unaware of the legal requirement to give the employer notice of an injury at work. While this requirement is oftentimes a non-issue in light of the nature of the accident, insurance companies are becoming more aggressive in seeking ways or reasons to deny claims. The work comp statute requires the… Read More »

Entitlement to Workers Compensation for Undocumented Workers

By Ganon & Hessen |

Every person injured at work in Florida faces fear. Fear of not only the injury itself, but of the consequences the injury will play on finances, family and the future. Undocumented workers however, face additional fears, some valid, many not. Many undocumented workers worry that they will not receive any workers’ compensation benefits based… Read More »

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