Florida workers compensation can be difficult to understand. When you’re injured on the job, what you need is to know what you can expect when you file a claim. You need something that is uncomplicated and straightforward, which is what I want to provide to you today.
As a doctor who is well-versed in workers compensation matters in Florida, I hear many different questions from my patients. Here are some of the most common questions that I hear.
What Injuries Does Florida Workers Compensation Cover?
Many people wonder what types of injuries are covered under workers compensation. It’s actually pretty simple: any injuries that happen while performing the duties of a job are covered, and benefits pertaining to the injured party are due. In addition to injuries at work, illness and negative effects on health are also covered.
What Are the Medical Benefits?
Your employer, under Florida workers compensation, usually must pay for all medical treatment required because of an injury. Hospital care, dental work, surgery, and vision are all included. Medical supplies and equipment—for instance, crutches, braces, and prescriptions—are also covered under your employer’s workers compensation program.
How Long Does a Florida Workers Compensation Case Usually Take?
How long your Florida workers compensation case takes to resolve depends on a number of factors. First, the severity of your injury and type of injury you sustain can influence the time it takes you to recover. Some injuries are lifelong, and your employer’s workers compensation insurance is responsible for those costs. It might only be a matter of a few hours if you only need a few stitches.
The amount of time and the benefits that you receive also depend on whether your doctor can show causation between the injury and your working conditions. Hiring an inexperienced doctor who does not know how to properly show causation can end up costing you the benefits that you deserve. Add to that the cost of going to court if you want to pursue your case.
What Mistakes Should I Avoid When Filing a Claim?
There are quite a few mistakes that you should avoid when filing a Florida workers compensation claim. Some of these mistakes include:
- Failing to notify your employer of an injury in a timely manner.
- Not filing your claim quickly.
- Not showing causation between your injury and the duties performed.
- Failing to document your injuries properly.
You are ultimately responsible for the first steps you take when trying to get the benefits you deserve. However, having someone by your side who is experienced with Florida workers compensation cases can help your claim get approved, even if you make mistakes during the initial stages of your claim.
If you want to protect yourself and gain the benefits you deserve from your work injury, make sure you have someone on your team who will fight to get your claim approved. Dr. Newman is the right workers compensation doctor for your back and joint injuries. Contact us today to learn how we can help you!