Tag Archives: West Palm Beach Workers Compensation Lawyers
Remembering the Case That Preserved Workers’ Attorney’s Fees
Rarely would you think the legal areas of workers’ compensation and constitutional due process would have anything to do with one another. But they did in one case in the area of attorney’s fees. Although the Florida Supreme Court made one of the most important workers’ compensation decisions back in 2016, which had to… Read More »
What is an Independent Medical Exam in the Workers’ Compensation Context?
An Independent Medical Examination (IME) is, in theory, supposed to be exactly as it sounds—a medical review by a health professional that is independent or neutral. The Claimant and/or the employer/carrier can elect one IME per case under Fla. Stat. 440.139(5). Exams May Have Bias At least, in theory, that’s how it is supposed… Read More »
Getting Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Heart Attacks and Other Cardiac Events
As a general rule, workers’ compensation covers most on-the-job injuries. However, some medical conditions may not be covered claims. Why Cardiac Claims Are Difficult This is particularly true in the case of heart attacks or cardiac problems that occur while you are working. Even if you are in the heat for hours and the… Read More »
Should an Injured Undocumented Worker Risk Filing a Claim?
An undocumented worker severed his fingers down to the bone when he was cutting concrete blocks. When the injured worker reported the injury to his supervisor as is required under Florida Workers’ Compensation law, he was fired. And, to add insult to injury, his boss reported him to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement… Read More »
Aid and Attendant Care
After a serious injury, it is not uncommon for an injured worker to rely on a home aid and attendant-care person to help him/her with activities of daily living (ADL’s). However, procuring these benefits can be difficult. If you were seriously injured on the job or became sick as a result of the work… Read More »
Workers’ Compensation Retaliation and Defenses
Have you been intimidated, coerced, or terminated because you reported a workers’ compensation accident? Your rights have likely been violated, and your employer has possibly broken the law by doing so. As such, you may file a civil claim in Circuit Court, not workers’ compensation Court, for damages including pain and suffering. We strongly… Read More »
Occupational Welding Injuries
Welding is a trade that requires intense training and many years of mastery. Even then, it is a dangerous job to undertake because of the immense heat and pressure that is required to fasten two pieces of metal or thermoplastics together. According to Industrial Safety and Hygiene News, one out of every 250 construction… Read More »
Tax Exemptions for First Responders
The work of a first responder is dangerous. In fact, first responders such as EMTs, firefighters, and police officers are all on the top 10 list of most dangerous occupations, according to Time. Dangers include traffic collisions, violence, working around toxic substances, smoke inhalation, burns, and severe psychological injury that can lead to depression,… Read More »
In the Mind of the Judge: Employee Plausibility and Demeanor
There are well over 200 fatal occupational injuries in Florida every year, and tens of thousands of injuries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With all those cases, and thousands ending up in the hands of judges, how are the final decisions made? The Power of a Judge in Workers’ Compensation Claims Workers’… Read More »
Is Your Employer Meeting OSHA’s Standards?
All employers must adhere to state and federal laws when it comes to workplace safety and sanitation. Employees who are injured on the job or come down with a workplace illness deserve to be financially and medically compensated through Florida’s no-fault workers’ compensation system. Only when an employer expresses egregious negligence or malicious intent… Read More »