Fort Lauderdale, Florida Workers' Compensation Lawyer
Have you been injured while working for a Fort Lauderdale, Florida employer? You may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits, which can include both medical bills and lost wages. Did you know that you do not have to be injured on the premises of your employer's place of business for workers' compensation to apply? For example, if you were injured while running an errand for your employer, you may still be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Our lawyers at Attorneys Jo Ann Hoffman and Associates, P.A. are highly experienced in both workers' compensation law and personal injury law, and they have successfully represented hundreds of people in a vast array of injury claims.
According to the most recent statistics issued by the Florida Division of Workers' Compensation, in 2008 there were 26,140 confirmed reports of employees injured in Florida. With so many Florida employees being injured every year, you can see why it is important to have an experienced workers' compensation lawyer to represent you if you have been injured on the job. If you are an injured employee in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area, our lawyers at Attorneys Jo Ann Hoffman and Associates, P.A. are here to protect your legal rights and to seek the maximum amount of workers' compensation benefits to which you are entitled.
Following are some important facts that you should know about workers' compensation in Florida:
You must report your injury to your employer no later than 30 days after your injury or your claim may be denied.
Your employer must report your injury to its insurance company within 7 days after you report your injury to your employer.
Your employer's insurance company must send you an informational brochure about workers' compensation within 3 days after your employer reports your injury to the insurance company.
If you qualify for workers' compensation benefits, you do not have to pay for any authorized medical bills related to your on-the-job injury.
In most cases where you qualify for workers' compensation benefits, you are entitled to receive a benefit check every two weeks in an amount equal to approximately 66% of your average weekly wage.
Even in cases of the worst kinds of on-the-job injuries, you are only entitled to receive benefit checks for up to 104 weeks (that is, 2 years).
It is illegal for your employer to fire you because you have filed or have attempted to file a workers' compensation claim.
You do not qualify to receive unemployment compensation if you are already receiving workers' compensation benefits. Do not apply for unemployment compensation or you will be guilty of unemployment compensation fraud, a third-degree felony.
Even if you were not injured on the job in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area, please do not hesitate to call Attorneys Jo Ann Hoffman and Associates, P.A. at (954) 772-2644 today. We will represent you in your workers' compensation claim regardless of where you live or move in the State of Florida. Do you think you have a case? If so, please complete our CONTACT US form and email it to our office. Please remember that we accept all of our cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we never charge you any fees or costs unless we recover monies from your employer's insurance companies. Additionally, our consultations are always free. We await your call and look forward to representing you.
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