Since South Florida employers have found it in the best interest of their company and their employees to make safety priority within the workplace, preventive measures are becoming essential to their success. Unfortunately, not every employer implements the lengthy list of state mandated measures to protect their employee’s health.
In many cases, respiratory problems and lung disease result from South Florida employees being exposed to dangerous materials. Some examples of harmful substances within the workplace include dusts, gases, asbestos, silicon, and barium. In the unfortunate case that an employee does develop respiratory and lung symptoms caused by the work environment, the Florida employer is obligated to provide workers’ compensation insurance benefits.
If you have respiratory problems caused by the workplace, you may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Most cases involving illness and injury caused by the workplace are settled quickly without the opportunity for further recourse. It’s vital to receive quality legal advice from a Broward County workers’ compensation attorney that specializes in the processing of workers’ compensation for employees with respiratory and lung problems.
Workers’ Compensation: Helpful Hints for Employees
- Report your symptoms to the employer within 30 days or it may be denied.
- The employer has seven days to report the issue to the insurance company.
- If your employer does not contact the insurance company, you can do so directly.
- You are entitled to medical care, treatment, and prescriptions.
- You may be paid for loss of wages if you miss over 21 days of work.
Some people with respiratory problems try to work, even when it’s beyond their best interest, only because they don’t realize that workers’ compensation benefits are available to them. Contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld for a free legal consultation to determine if you have a case. Call 866-9-HELP NOW or 866-943-5766.