Boca Raton Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Injuries and illnesses that workers suffer while on the job can lead to lifelong complications, not to mention high medical bills and missed work time. In the most severe injury cases, a worker may never return to the same job or line of work after their accident.
Fortunately, individuals in Boca Raton can often pursue a claim for workers’ compensation benefits if they suffered an injury or illness at their job. If you recently sustained a workplace illness or injury, seek the medical care you need immediately. Delaying medical treatment may significantly affect you and your workers’ compensation case. In addition, seek legal help from an experienced Boca Raton workers’ compensation attorney from Feldman Law as soon as possible.
Working With Feldman Law
Feldman Law has extensive experience working with injured workers throughout Boca Raton and Southern Florida. We represented a landscaper who was paralyzed from a fall from a tree, and we obtained over $4.7 million for his losses, ensuring he had an accessible vehicle and home as a result. We obtained $2.4 million for a client who suffered injuries in a work-related vehicle crash, and many six-figure settlements for workers with various injuries.
Attorney Phil Feldman particularly understands how to present technical evidence involving vehicles and machinery to prove workers’ compensation claims and injury lawsuits.
At Feldman Law, our dedicated legal team can review the circumstances of your work injury and determine what workers’ compensation benefits you deserve. We can help you obtain the necessary evidence of your injuries and file the appropriate paperwork with your employer’s insurance company.
In some situations, injured workers can also file a third-party personal injury claim against a negligent individual or entity (other than their employer) who caused their workplace accident. We can determine your eligibility for filing a personal injury claim, and if you can proceed, we can take the necessary legal action for you.
Our goal is to help you recover the highest amount of monetary benefits available to you in your case. For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a Boca Raton workers’ compensation lawyer, please reach out today for more information.
What Is a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
The provides a means for workers who suffer an occupational injury or illness to pursue various benefits from their employer’s insurance company. Because the workers’ compensation system exists, injured workers may not file a traditional claim or lawsuit directly against their employer. Rather, they must proceed through the workers’ compensation system.
Workers’ compensation benefits are also available to injured workers without regard to fault. Therefore, an injured worker does not need to prove how the accident happened or who caused it to recover monetary benefits. To be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, a worker need only suffer an occupational illness or injury on the job and while working within the scope of their employment. Typically, this means the worker was performing a job duty when they suffered their illness or injury – or that their medical condition developed over time due to repetitive or strenuous work duties.
In addition, to be eligible for benefits, a worker must ordinarily be an employee rather than an independent contractor. Employees are typically subject to more control by their employers, especially concerning payment and hours worked. These individuals also receive a W-2 Form at the end of the year. In contrast, independent contractors have far more freedom in their work and receive a 1099 Form at tax time.
The experienced Boca Raton workers’ compensation lawyers at Feldman Law can help determine your eligibility for filing a workers’ compensation claim in Florida. If you are eligible, we can promptly file your claim and begin pursuing the monetary benefits you deserve.
Common Workplace Occurrences That Lead to Workers’ Compensation Claims in Boca Raton
While individuals who work in the building and construction industries are especially susceptible to injuries, those who work at an office are also susceptible to serious accidents and injuries on the job.
Some of the most common occurrences that lead to injuries in the workplace include:
- Slip and fall accidents at a construction site or on office premises
- Defective products that malfunction or explode, causing a worker to suffer injuries
- Explosions on a job site that lead to burn injuries
- Motor vehicle crashes that involve work vehicles
- Fall accidents from rooftops, ladders, and scaffolding
- Chemical spills at a job site that lead to illness or injury
- Rollover accidents, where a large piece of equipment or machinery runs a worker down, causing serious injuries
If you suffered an injury or illness at your workplace due to an on-site accident or occurrence, you have legal options to consider. The knowledgeable Boca Raton workers’ compensation attorneys at Feldman Law can explore all your legal options and help you pursue the full workers’ compensation benefits you deserve, along with potential third-party benefits. We can also attend all legal proceedings on your behalf and work to maximize the total compensation award you receive in your case.
Typical Workplace Injuries and Illnesses
When workers become involved in an accident on the job, they may suffer serious medical complications, some of which may have lifelong consequences. A worker’s injuries depend on various factors, including the type of incident, the accident location, and the body part(s) affected.
Injured workers may suffer:
- Traumatic head and brain injuries
- Crush injuries
- Soft tissue contusions
- Broken bones (including shoulder bones and knee bones)
- Internal bleeding
- Internal organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Paralysis injuries
- Open cuts and lacerations that require stitches
- Carpal tunnel syndrome from repetitive movements, including typing and other secretarial work
- Asthma and other breathing difficulties as a result of prolonged exposure to harmful chemicals
If you suffered any of these medical complications at work, you must always seek prompt medical treatment with the doctor of your employer’s choosing. You should also seek the necessary follow-up medical treatment, depending on the severity of your injury or illness.
When an injured worker has significant gaps in their medical treatment, it raises a red flag for insurance companies and their adjusters. Adjusters frequently believe that a worker who significantly delays their medical treatment has not suffered a serious injury and, as a result, is not entitled to recover significant monetary compensation and benefits for their injuries.
In addition to obtaining the prompt medical treatment you need, always talk to an experienced Boca Raton workers’ compensation attorney as quickly as possible. At Feldman Law, our legal team can begin advocating for you immediately by gathering the necessary documentation to file as part of your workers’ compensation claim. After you complete your medical treatment, we can file the claim documents on your behalf and begin pursuing the full benefits you need and deserve.
Steps to Take After a Workplace Accident
If you suffered an injury or illness at your job, your first step should be to file a report with your human resources contact person. Failing to file a timely report can ultimately prevent you from pursuing and recovering workers’ compensation benefits. Once you file a report with your employer, they will send it to their insurance company for review. Sometimes, the insurance company may investigate the situation and determine your eligibility for recovering workers’ compensation benefits.
If your workplace injury resulted from an on-site accident, taking pictures of the accident scene is a good idea, including any property damage. If you have visible injuries on your body, you should also take pictures of those injuries.
Given the potential complications that may arise, you should contact a Boca Raton workers’ compensation lawyer as quickly as possible. At Feldman Law, our team can promptly begin handling your workers’ compensation claim and advocating for you. Employers and large corporations have aggressive legal representation in their corner. You should have a fierce legal advocate, too.
What Benefits Can You Recover Through Workers’ Compensation?
Depending on the nature and extent of your workplace injury or illness, you may be eligible to receive various benefits through the Workers’ Compensation System. First, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your related medical expenses and a portion of your lost earnings.
In some situations, injured workers suffer such severe injuries that they cannot return to the same job or occupation. In that situation, they may be eligible to obtain vocational rehabilitation benefits.
Finally, if an injured worker suffers a permanent injury unlikely to improve with time, they may be eligible to recover various permanency benefits, including permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits. To recover PPD benefits, an injured worker must typically submit to one or more permanency evaluations by a qualified medical provider.
First, the medical provider must state in writing, and to a reasonable degree of medical probability, that the worker suffered a permanent injury in their workplace accident. They must also describe the nature and severity of your impairment and assign a percentage rating. This percentage will translate into a certain number of weeks of monetary compensation, depending on the body part you injured in your workplace occurrence.
The experienced Boca Raton workers’ compensation attorneys at Feldman Law will do everything possible to maximize the total benefits you receive in your case.
Workers’ Compensation Settlements
In some cases, your employer’s insurance company might place a lump sum settlement offer on the table as a means of resolving your workers’ compensation claim. However, you should be wary about accepting these settlements since, many times, they are far below the actual value of your case. Moreover, if you accept a lump sum settlement, you will likely need to close your workers’ compensation claim in its entirety.
Therefore, if your injury or illness worsens with time, you will not be eligible to reopen your claim. Instead, you will need to pay for all additional medical treatment out-of-pocket. Therefore, you should never accept a lump sum settlement offer from an insurance company unless you are sure your medical treatment is complete.
The experienced Boca Raton workers’ compensation lawyers at Feldman Law can help you decide whether to accept a lump sum settlement offer from your employer’s insurance company or continue pursuing workers’ compensation benefits through the system.
Potential Third-Party Personal Injury Claims
Although injured workers may not file a personal injury claim or lawsuit against their employer (or their employer’s insurance company) directly, they may be eligible to file such a claim against a third party who negligently caused their workplace accident. Potential negligent parties may include motor vehicle drivers who cause an accident that involves a work vehicle, negligent equipment manufacturers, and irresponsible site supervisors.
As part of a personal injury claim, an injured or ill worker may be eligible to recover additional monetary compensation over and above their workers’ compensation benefits. Those additional damages may include compensation for anticipated medical costs, future loss of earnings, physical pain and suffering, emotional anguish, loss of spousal companionship, loss of enjoyment of life, or loss of the ability to use an injured body part.
Our legal team can help you file a third-party personal injury claim against a negligent person or entity and work to maximize the total monetary damages you recover via your claim or lawsuit.
Call a Skilled Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Boca Raton Today
If you sustained injuries in a recent workplace occurrence, take prompt legal action in your case. Waiting too long to seek medical treatment or retain an experienced attorney’s services may jeopardize your right to recover workers’ compensation benefits and third-party damages.
Our experienced and compassionate legal team at Feldman Law understands the many stresses injured and ill workers face. We can help you file a timely claim for workers’ compensation benefits and aggressively advocate for your legal interests when dealing with your employer’s insurance company. Moreover, if you are eligible to file a third-party personal injury claim or lawsuit, we can assist you with that process, negotiate with insurance company representatives on your behalf, and, if necessary, file a lawsuit and litigate your case in the Florida state court system.
For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with an experienced Boca Raton workers’ compensation lawyer, please contact us at (877) FELDMAN or contact us online today.