The Workers’ Compensation Claims Process
Have Your Workers’ Comp Benefits Been Delayed or Denied?
If you have been injured at work in Florida, you are entitled to certain benefits called workers’ compensation. Those benefits include free medical care and compensation for lost wages. Unfortunately, if you have suffered a serious injury, it’s rare that you will obtain all the benefits you deserve without a fight.
Here are examples of some of the things that can go wrong if you suffer a work-related injury:
- You have to wait a long time for a simple diagnostic test or treatment
- The workers’ compensation doctor claims you are well enough to return to work before you are ready
- Your lost wages benefits are denied or delayed
- You receive lost wages for a while, but then those benefits are stopped
- Your employer fills your position while you are unable to work
I’m attorney Joseph Rooth. Since 1994, I’ve helped injured workers in Florida obtain the benefits they deserve from workers’ compensation. I offer a free initial consultation to answer your questions about the claims process.
Is There a Time Limit for Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
You should report your on-the-job injury as soon as possible — and no later than 30 days after you realized you were injured. Once you suffer an accident, you have up to two years to file a petition for workers’ compensation benefits.
Can My Employer Fire Me for Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
Under Florida law, your employer cannot fire you or retaliate against you for filing a workers’ compensation claim. However, your employer may try to fire you for other reasons. In many cases, an injured employee will lose their job.
Free Lawyer Consultation
To discuss your workers’ compensation claim with me, attorney Joseph Rooth, call 727-849-3400 or fill out the contact form on this site. With offices in New Port Richey, Spring Hill, Seminole and Clearwater, I represent clients throughout the Tampa Bay and central gulf coast area.