North Miami Workplace Accident Lawyer
Suffered an Injury on the Job in the Bay Harbor Islands or Miami-Dade Area?
Suffering a workplace injury can be result in undue hardship on employees throughout Florida. Not only must they undergo the recovery process, but being out of work can make it difficult to support the family. Although accidents in the workplace are covered under workers’ compensation insurance, employers and insurance companies often reject or limit legitimate claims.
At Schlacter Law, we will aggressively pursue the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve and help you stay afloat while you recover from injury. With millions of dollars recovered on behalf of our clients, our North Miami workplace injury attorney can protect your rights and best interests in order to obtain a maximum settlement. We also offer our legal services in Spanish, Creole, Russian, and Hebrew.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits Available to Injured Employees
Workers’ compensation benefits in Florida are offered to compensate injured workers for specific losses and help them get back to work as soon as possible. The three type of income-related benefits are: temporary total disability (TTD) benefits, temporary partial disability benefits (TPD), permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits, and permanent total disability (PTD) benefits.
If you need to miss work in order to recover from your on-the-job injury or illness, you will be eligible for TTD benefits. These benefits cover two-thirds of your average weekly wage prior to the injury. However, if your injury is severe, you can obtain up to 80 percent of your wages prior to the injury for up to six months. TTD benefits last until your doctors says you are able to return to work, your doctor says your condition won’t improve, or you’ve reached the maximum time limit for temporary disability benefits.
If the doctor determines you cannot perform the same work duties as before, but you can still work in the same manner for less hours, you can obtain TPD benefits. If your current capacity results in a reduction in pay, you may receive compensation if you cannot make 80 percent of your earnings before your injury.
If your injury permanently affects you after reaching the maximum medical improvement, you can receive PPD benefits if you were receive a 0 percent impairment rating. If your doctor determines you cannot return to work or even get another job ever again, you will be eligible for PTD benefits at the same rate of your TTD benefits.
Additional benefits include the following:
- Medical benefits to cover any medical care required to treat a work-related injury or illness
- Vocational rehabilitation if you cannot continue to work your normal job duties
- Death benefits in the event an employee dies due to a work-related injury or illness
Common Work-Related Accidents
Whether you work in an office building or an oil field, safety risks are all around. However, certain job industries and occupations experience a greater number of accidents, injuries, and fatalities compared to others.
The most common types of workplace accidents include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Falling from heights
- Falling objects
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Machine entanglement
- Violence at the workplace
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Muscle strains
- Cuts and lacerations
What Should I Do After a Work Injury?
In the event of an accident, you have a short period of time to report the injury to your employer. So as soon as the accident occurs, make an accident report and give a copy to your employer. Make sure you document the scene of the injuries. Use your cellphone camera to take pictures of your injury and the work conditions at the time the accident occurred.
Next, receive emergency medical services if the injury is severe. If you are not seriously injured, ask your employer if you need to see a specific doctor or choose your own doctor.
Ready to Help You Get the Benefits You Deserve
Our North Miami workplace injury attorney understands that issues occur, but that doesn’t mean you should lose hope. We can investigate your case, collect evidence, build a strong case, and ensure you obtain your entitled benefits. Let us help you make the best recovery from injury possible.
Contact usand schedule a free consultation with our experienced legal team today.