I Just Got Hurt: Now What?
After suffering a serious injury, it can be difficult to think clearly about the steps you need to take in order to seek compensation. When it comes to Pompano Beach workers’ compensation claims, it will be especially important to ensure that you follow certain steps in order to be eligible to receive compensation through Florida’s workers’ compensation system, including medical benefits, lost wages, and payments for partial and complete permanent disabilities. If you were recently injured and wondering what you should do now, the following are questions you should ask yourself to be sure that you maintain your eligibility for financial compensation.
- Where and How Did the Injury Occur?
First, you will want to ask yourself where and how the injury occurred. Did it occur at work or while you were working? Did it happen as a result of somebody’s negligence or carelessness, or was it the result of an intentional act? To be eligible for workers’ compensation, your injury must have occurred at your workplace or must have occurred while you were doing a work-related duty (such as running an errand for your boss or delivering materials).
Further, you can seek benefits regardless of negligence—your own or your co-worker’s or your employer’s negligence. What happens when somebody causes harm intentionally? While you can often still seek workers’ compensation benefits even if someone engaged in an intentionally wrongful act that caused your injuries, you may also be able to file a lawsuit against that party.
- Have You Reported the Injury to Your Employer?
Have you reported the injury you sustained to your boss or supervisor? Under Florida law, you are required to do so within 30 days of suffering the injury or else you may lose your right to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. While you do have 30 days, it is always a good idea to report the injury just as soon as you can.
- Have You Been Assessed by a Healthcare Provider?
After suffering your injury, did you seek an assessment and treatment from an appropriate healthcare provider? It is critical to get medical help not only to avoid having your injury worsen as a result of lack of care, but you will also need clear medical records to prove your injury happened at work.
- Have You Started Considering Your Workers’ Compensation Claim?
You should start thinking about filing your workers’ compensation claim by gathering appropriate materials. But before you do . . .
- Have You Hired a Pompano Beach Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?
Before you file anything, you should hire an experienced Pompano Beach workers’ compensation attorney who can assist you with your case. By working with a lawyer from the start, you can avoid a denial of benefits due to a minor error or omission.
Seek Advice from a Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Pompano Beach, Florida
If you were injured at work, you should seek legal advice from a South Florida workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as you can. Contact the Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld, P.A. for more information about how we can help you seek the benefits you need.