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Asbestos Exposure in Florida

By Nicole Hessen, P.A. |

Florida workers injured on the job have a right to workers’ compensation under state law. (Workers’ compensation is employer insurance that assists workers who are injured on the job with medical bills, lost wages and other related expenses.) But keep in mind that this right isn’t limited to expenses related to a one-time accident…. Read More »

Managing the Costs of Workers’ Compensation Claims and How that Helps Workers

By Nicole Hessen, P.A. |

Florida law requires most employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance. While this can be expensive for companies, the costs should not affect the care that workers receive or the compensation they are entitled to under state law. Worker safety should always be the top priority. Workers’ Compensation Premiums Florida Commissioner David Altmaier will consider… Read More »

Was Your Work Injury Sustained “in the Course and the Scope of Employment”?

By Nicole Hessen, P.A. |

Florida workers are entitled to compensation for injuries sustained on the job, but those injuries must arise “in the course and the scope of employment.” It’s not always clear what activities fall under that definition, especially when workers perform activities that are not within their job description. Much of that uncertainty has been clarified… Read More »

The Right To Choose Your Doctor

By Nicole Hessen, P.A. |

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 Nicole Hessen, P.A. |

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 Nicole Hessen, P.A. |

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 »

Benefits You May Not Know About in Workers Compensation

By Nicole Hessen, P.A. |

The workers’ compensation law is unlike civil lawsuits in many respects. Generally, an injured worker is only entitled to two types of benefits – medical care and lost wages. Yet I’m frequently reminded that most injured workers are not advised of all of the benefits available to them. So, let’s look at a few… Read More »

Third Party Claims – Personal Injury Claims – with Workers Compensation

By Nicole Hessen, P.A. |

Many people suffer injuries caused by the negligence of another person or entity. The injured party has the right to sue for damages from this injury in what we commonly refer to as a personal injury suit. If you’re injured while on the job, you cannot sue your employer for personal injury – your… Read More »

Merit Retention – Florida Supreme Court

By Nicole Hessen, P.A. |

Please join The Law Offices of Nicole Hessen, P.A. in supporting the current Florida Supreme Court Justices on the upcoming ballot for Merit Retention. The ballot will ask voters if these Justices should be retained. Please vote yes to retain all Justices in the upcoming election. The judicial merit retention process in Florida is… Read More »

Workers’ Compensation Fraud Defense

By Nicole Hessen, P.A. |

In Lucas v. ADT Security, the 1st DCA reversed a ruling from the Judge of Compensation Claims that the injured worker committed fraud. In Florida workers compensation claims, it is common for insurance companies to utilize a ‘fraud defense’ to deny legitimate accidents and claims. The insurance companies often try to minimize the injury… Read More »

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