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Florida Workers' Comp Laws

Filing for Workers' Comp in Florida

At Weinstein & Scharf, P.A., our initial consultation concerns itself with getting to know you and your individual case. The first step is to establish if you qualify for workers' compensation, based on the injury or illness you suffered on the job and your work situation. According to Florida state law, most employees will be qualified for workers' compensation but there are exceptions. A proven Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney from our firm can quickly determine if you have a valid claim for compensation and what your benefits should be. Once your eligibility is confirmed, there are many rules to be adhered to and forms to correctly fill out in order to successfully file your claim.

Time limits have been established which govern the reporting of an injury to your employer and to the proper filing of you claim. Your employer is also required to report the accident to the insurance company within a specified period of time. Certain medical documentation will need to be made part of your claim and specific forms are to be used if permanent disability is being claimed. Workers' comp benefits are routinely denied and by using a skilled attorney, the usual errors that cause claims to be turned back can be avoided. This may speed up the time it takes to get the benefits you need and deserve.

What if your claim is denied?

Commonly, valid claims are denied because they were not filed in time, they did not have the medical information needed to prove a disability or because other paperwork was not fully complete. We take pride in being able to prevent these mistakes so that your benefits can get started. At times, no matter the preparation that is done, a claim will be denied. We help resolve denied claims, ensuring the needed petition is complete and filed in a timely manner. Mediation conferences and hearings are part of the procedure in a claim appeal and we can represent you and your interests at these important meetings. Filing your claim is important to us and your success is our victory as well.

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