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Workers' Compensation Attorney in Hollywood Florida

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 Workers Compensation Lawyers in Hollywood, FL

In 1990, 1993, and again in 2003, the Florida Legislature enacted drastic changes to the Florida Workers’ Compensation Act. Rosen & Ohr, P.A. has been there all the way, fighting for injured workers through all of the changes. Our Florida workers’ compensation firm has earned a reputation for aggressive and thorough representation. We devote ourselves to our client’s cases and fight zealously for their best interests.

If you have been injured on the job, Florida law has very specific guidelines about how and where you can obtain treatment. Employers are often quick to question their responsibility for your injuries, and understanding how to protect your health and your rights can be confusing.

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For example, you have 30 days to report a work accident in Florida – but sometimes it may not be as clear as an injury from a slip and fall accident and you don’t realize right away that your job caused an injury. Exposure to chemicals or other hazardous working conditions may result in illness months or years down the road, and a comprehensive investigation of your medical records may be required to establish responsibility. Also, when you do seek treatment for a work-related injury, your employer can dictate which medical provider you can visit.

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If you do receive care from a Workers’ Compensation doctor, make sure your employer has completed the First Report of Injury form, and keep notes about the dates, times and details of your doctor appointments. Compensation for missed wages is based upon the number of days you are unable to work – and you still may not be eligible for full payment of your lost income. If the doctor advises you that your injuries are permanent, your employer may be obligated to provide job retraining or an alternate position – but legal representation can be necessary to ensure your employer actually provides you with viable work.

Serious medical conditions caused by work-related injuries demand serious treatment. It’s important that you follow Florida Workers’ Compensation procedures, but when those aren’t enough to obtain the help you need, an experienced Hollywood work accident law firm can be a valuable resource.

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Rosen & Ohr: Workers Compensation Lawyers in Hollywood, FL

At Rosen & Ohr, P.A., personal injury attorneys Ronald Rosen and Jerrad Ohr and their legal team are compassionate and understanding to the plight of the injured worker. Our Florida workers’ compensation law firm fights both in the courtrooms and in Congress for our clients. We represent injured employees regardless of the type of employment or type of accident. If you suffer a work-related injury, please contact Rosen & Ohr, P.A. to ensure your rights are adequately protected. We have successfully represented victims injured in workers’ compensation cases and will fight to obtain the compensation that you and your loved ones deserve.

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Workers Compensation Frequently Asked Questions

When is an impairment rating assigned?

When you reach maximum medical improvement (MMI), your treating doctor must give you an impairment rating if you have a permanent loss of function of a part of your body. When that date is approaching, it is important that you let our office know.

Can I choose my own doctor?

No. Your employer or its workers’ compensation insurance carrier can choose the doctor to treat you. If you are unhappy with the doctor chosen by the carrier or want to request a second opinion, we must ask the carrier to provide you with another. As a general rule, you cannot go to a doctor the insurance company has not approved. If you go to your own doctor, you will probably end up responsible for the payment of the bills.

How are the doctors and other health care providers paid?

All authorized health care providers must bill your workers’ compensation insurance company directly. If you receive a bill, mail it to the insurance company or to your lawyer. Do not pay it yourself.

Do I have to pay any of the medical costs?

Your employer or its workers’ compensation insurance company must pay for all approved and medically necessary care. If you are injured on or after January 1, 1994, you are required to pay a $10.00 co-payment per visit for medical treatment after you reach maximum medical improvement (MMI).

When will I get my first check?

The earliest date you can expect your first check is within three weeks of your injury. This can only happen if you reported your workplace injury to your employer immediately. The carrier is required to send a check within fourteen days after learning you will be disabled for more than a week.

Are workers’ compensation benefits taxable?

No.

Where does my workers’ compensation benefit check come from?

It comes from your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company (the carrier) or from your employer if the company does not have insurance.

Is my employer required to have workers’ compensation insurance?

Employers with four or more employees, part-time or full-time, are required to have workers’ compensation coverage. An employer in the construction industry with one or more employees is required to have insurance.

Must I be released to full duty before I can return to work?

No. Your doctor may release you for modified or light duty work before you have reached maximum medical improvement (MMI).

Can my employer fire me if I am out and receiving workers’ compensation benefits?

Yes. You should not be fired in retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim. However, the workers’ compensation law does not require your employer to hold your position for you until you can return to work. If you have questions about your claim, contact the Florida Workers’ Compensation Law Office of Rosen & Ohr, P.A.