Boca Raton Workers Compensation Lawyer

Boca Raton Workers Compensation Lawyer

Unfortunately, serious work injuries are all too common. They often cause serious consequences like disability, disfigurement, or long term pain and suffering. They even cause fatality in some more severe accidents. 

In fact, in 2021 there were 2.6 million nonfatal workplace injuries reported by private industry employers. These injuries vary vastly, ranging from minor to severe to life-threatening. Because of these injuries, victims can owe thousands to tens of thousands in medical debt, incur lost wages, and so much more. 

If you’re injured at work, workers’ compensation may not cover the damages you’ve incurred as a result of your injuries. However, Osborne & Francis is here to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. By fighting hard with your employer’s insurance company, we can help you get the compensation you deserve. 

Contact us today for a free consultation. You can call us at 561-293-2600 or contact us at our Boca Raton office online.

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So you've been in a car accident. What happens next? There are many things that you should do but here are the three most important:

Number One: See a doctor immediately. 

A broken bone is easy to see, but some injuries are not. The most common injuries from car accidents happen in the neck, back, or head. The only way to diagnose and treat them is by seeing a doctor. A doctor can help ease the pain, provide medication, reassure you of how your injury may impact your daily life, and tell you what not to do to make it worse.

A visit to the doctor can also give you legally protected time off to recover and rest your body after an accident, and it documents and provides the evidence you may need for your case. Even a five-mile-per-hour car accident can cause a serious injury. So whether you've had a severe accident or a minor collision, see a doctor. And if you don't have medical insurance, let us know and we'll make sure that you receive the proper care. 

Number Two: Write everything down.

Even if it seems small, during times of stress or injury it is common to forget the little details. Make sure you keep note of the pain that you're in. With neck, back, and head injuries, sometimes simple activities such as walking up the stairs or picking up a toddler may cause severe pain. 

You may not be sleeping well at night. Documenting how much you sleep and how often you wake up due to pain is also very important. And lastly, if you have any cuts or bruises, take daily photos as you heal. This will provide visual evidence of the injuries that you've suffered. 

Number Three: Do not speak to an insurance company until you've spoken to a lawyer.

Please understand that the insurance adjuster works for a billion-dollar corporation and not for you. Their interests are solely for their insurance company, and their goal is to provide you with the least amount of financial settlement as quickly as possible. When you do speak with them, remember they will record the conversation. Why do they do this? Because they've been trained to ask questions that may confuse you. So talk to us before you talk to them. 

So remember: See a doctor, document everything, and call us before calling the insurance company for your free private consultation. We are here for you. Real tough lawyers fighting real tough issues.

What Boca Raton Workers Compensation Attorneys Do

Whether you’ve broken your arm falling off a ladder or gotten a back injury from lifting heavy boxes, a workers’ compensation attorney can help you. But what exactly do they do? How will we help you? 

Well, our main job is ensuring that you get the compensation you deserve, and we do this by working with the employer’s insurance company to ensure that you receive the medical benefits, disability benefits, and wage reimbursement to match your damages in the form of a settlement. 

Our workers’ compensation lawyers will help you by:

  • Compiling medical files and bills
  • Taking statements from physicians, experts, and other parties needed to provide evidence for your case
  • Performing legal research as needed
  • Keeping you up to date throughout the process to ensure that you know what’s going on in your claim
  • Drafting necessary legal documents such as pleadings, findings of fact, briefs, opinions, and more 
  • Litigating your case before a judge 

Workers’ compensation cases often fail because of a lack of medical evidence that links the injury to the workplace and showcases the damages. Our team will work hard to gather the evidence we need to prevent this from happening. With our years of experience, we’re confident in winning the cases we take on.

Common Injuries that Occur at Boca Raton Workplaces

Almost any injury can occur in the workplace, from slip and falls to burns or stress injuries. There are more dangerous workplaces like construction sites and oilfields where injuries are more common, but even “safer” jobs like office jobs, restaurant jobs, and more can cause injuries. 

The most common workplace injuries include: 

  • Trips, slips, and falls
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Fires and explosions
  • Chemical burns or other damages
  • Stress or overexertion injuries
  • Repetition injuries
  • Bring struck or crushed by machinery 

While something like a stress injury may seem like it’s not a big deal, it can cause a laundry list of damages. For example, a stress injury could cause long term disability or chronic pain. The pain and suffering from these injuries can also be high, especially as there isn’t often a cure for chronic pain. 

Other injuries like burns, brain injuries, or spinal cord injuries are also known for being expensive. In some cases they require multiple surgeries, long term hospital stays, and more. All types of injuries often result in a loss of wages or loss of earning capacity. In some cases, victims of workplace injuries may not be able to return to their field ever again. 

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Professions with the Most Work Injuries

The professions with the most workplace injuries probably won’t shock you. The most dangerous professions include: 

  • Logging 
  • Oil, gas, and mining
  • Roofers
  • Ironworkers
  • Farmers
  • Powerline workers
  • Construction workers

However, there are some dangerous professions that you may not have thought of before. Those include:

  • Delivery drivers
  • Truck drivers
  • Crossing guards
  • Landscapers
  • Mechanics
  • Maintenance workers

And while there are many professions not listed as the “most common”, that doesn’t mean they’re completely safe. As previously stated, even office workers, baristas, servers, and other service industry workers can incur injuries at work. Because, unfortunately, an injury can occur at any time for so many different reasons.

Who Can File a Boca Raton Workers’ Compensation Claim?

After you report an injury at work, you should be contacted within a few days by your workers’ compensation insurance carrier. They’ll often send a letter in the mail or contact you via email. You have 30 days to report your injury after it occurs. It’s important to make sure that you report your injury within this time frame to ensure your claim isn’t thrown out. 

Companies should be participating in a state insurance company program if any of the following are true:

  • The employer is an agency of state or local government
  • The business has four or more full or part-time employees
  • If the employer is in the construction industry, the employer has one or more employees
  • If the employer is in the farming industry, the employer has more than five employees or more than twelve seasonal employees

As long as your employer meets these criteria and your injury occurred less than 30 days ago, you are eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim. 

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How to Appeal a Boca Raton Workers’ Comp Denial

Unfortunately, employers and their insurance companies will try to find a reason to deny your claim. If your claim is denied, you shouldn’t give up. Your attorney can help you file an appeal, asking the court to reconsider your claim. 

You’ll have two years from the date of the incident to file a “Petition of Benefits” which will be sent over to the insurance carrier. After viewing the appeal, they may agree to pay out your benefits or file a response that justifies their reasoning for denying your claim. 

If your claim is denied, a mediation session will be scheduled after you file your appeal. During this session, we will work with the insurance company to resolve the dispute. The judge will make an ultimate decision within 30 days of the final hearing. 

Contact Osborne & Francis for a Free Review of Your Boca Raton Work Injury Case

If you’ve been injured at work, you don’t have to go through the process alone. Whether you’re submitting your first claim or appealing a denied claim, we can help you. To schedule a free case evaluation, please contact us online or at 561-293-2600.

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