If your Florida employer will not pay for the costs incurred by your work injury, you may need the expertise of a workers compensation lawyer. Workers’ compensation laws in Florida are often a lot more complicated than they should be, making it important to have expert help. You probably have more chance of receiving a cash settlement if you have a lawyer, although the state does not require you to have one.
When Should You Hire a Lawyer?
The support, guidance and knowledge of a good workers compensation lawyer is needed in some situations, more than others such as if your claim is denied. Often a claim is denied for seemingly no good reason and you can often have that decision reversed if you have a lawyer working for you.
It would be in your best interests to work with a lawyer if the insurance company demands that you provide a written statement. Your rights to any compensation can be damaged if you make a mistake when providing this, and it is best in these cases to have expert advice.
You can protect your legal rights with the help of a workers compensation lawyer if your employer threatens you with retaliation if you file a claim. Of course, your employer should not be doing that.
You will also need the assistance of a lawyer if you are finding it difficult to get medical help for your injuries, or there is a dispute over your permanent disability rating.
Insurance companies are also reluctant to pay out when a person has suffered catastrophic injuries, as these can be extremely costly. If you are filing for catastrophic injuries, it benefits you to get expert legal help, as the insurance company may put up a fight.
The Statute of Limitations in Florida
In Florida, the statute of limitations is two years; that is the maximum length of time from the date of the actual accident that you must file a claim. In some cases, it is possible to get an extension on this timeframe, so even if the two years have elapsed, do not despair. A good Florida workers compensation lawyer may be able to help you get an extension, for example if severe injuries prevented you from filing a claim on time.
Why Hire a Workers Compensation Lawyer?
Your chances of receiving a settlement are a lot higher when you have legal representation, and your lawyer can help you even if your initial claim was denied. With any workplace injury, getting better and regaining health should be your priority, and hiring a lawyer allows you to focus on doing just that. Dealing with your employer’s insurance company can lead to expensive mistakes, and your lawyer can help you to avoid these.
Other Reasons to Hire a Lawyer
- To avoid costly mistakes.
- The other side probably has their own lawyer working for them.
- Familiarity with the Florida court system is a requirement for a good workers compensation lawyer.
- No costs upfront as most lawyers only charge a fee if they win your case.
What to Expect from Your Workers Compensation Lawyer?
- All paperwork taken care of.
- Advice on how the case is proceeding and what is needed to help you win.
- Gathering any required documents, such as medical reports, witness statements and anything else.
- If the claim is settled without having a trial, expert negotiations with the insurer.
- Emotional support and guidance.
- Guidance on any possible court appearance.
It is always a good idea to consult an experienced Florida workers compensation lawyer, especially as most offer a free and no obligation consultation. It is a good opportunity to determine whether legal representation is really needed.
Contact a Workers Compensation Lawyer Today
The experienced lawyers at Sternberg/Forsythe, P.A. are ready to help you if you have been injured at work and feel you might have a claim against your employer. Our focus is on providing the best possible service to all our clients and fighting as hard as we can to ensure the maximum settlement amount. And of course, we offer a free consultation during which we can discuss your case with you and offer advice on how to proceed. If you have been injured and would like a free consultation, call us, or contact us online.