Your employer must create a safe work environment and ensure the safety of their employees. Unfortunately, workplace accidents can happen, no matter how careful you are.
An on-the-job injury can impact every aspect of your life, seeing as the physical pain and suffering can be lasting. Apart from that, some people worry that even once they have recovered, their bodies may not be the same, which could potentially mean the end of a career. Of course, we can’t forget that a hospital stay comes with a seemingly never ending list of fees.
Filing a claim with workers’ compensation if you get hurt at work can help ease some of your worries and ensure that, at the very least, you don’t need to worry about where the money will come from as you heal.
What Is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation is an insurance program that covers medical benefits, a portion of your lost wages, and other potential forms of help. It is created to help you and your family overcome the financial hardships caused by on-the-job injuries. Also, it covers the majority of injuries occurring in the work environment, including injuries, accidents, illnesses, and deaths.
In Florida, there is a “no-fault” system. It means you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if you are injured during the “normal course and scope” of your job. You also don’t have to prove that your employer was at fault for your injuries to receive these benefits. You’re covered as long as you obtained injuries while performing your job-related duties.
Will I Still Receive My Comp Check If I Get Terminated?
A terminated employee can get workers’ comp checks after termination as long as they aren’t fired for cause, which means the employer must have had a valid reason to let you go. In addition, you will be entitled to receive weekly wage loss checks before your doctor advises you that you can go back to work. Being terminated before you recover from your injuries allows you to keep on receiving your comp checks from your employers.
Your employer may not terminate you as a result of your injury. If you suspect that you have been terminated because of your injury, it is wise to immediately contact us to speak with a Workers’ Compensation attorney.
The workers’ compensation claims process is frustrating, especially when you are unfamiliar with it. It is particularly challenging if you’re dealing with the pain and medical expenses caused by your injuries. Teaming up with our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys can help you get the assistance that you’re entitled to receive.
Will I Get My Comp Check If I Get Furloughed?
Being furloughed means getting laid off work temporarily. If you get furloughed, you have still deemed your company’s employee even if you’re not working. Therefore, you are responsible for marketing your remaining physical capabilities and demonstrating regular and consistent evidence for your light work. If you have strict restrictions due to your injuries, you need to prove your accomplishments to seek your comp benefits.
Dealing with work injuries can lead to financial difficulties and other challenges. Fortunately, workers’ compensation checks can help you overcome these problems and make your situation more manageable. Meanwhile, if you are struggling to navigate the workers’ compensation system all on your own and you are caught in a complicated legal battle with your employer, seek help from trusted attorneys like us.
Contact Harris Guidi Rosner, P.A. to schedule a free consultation. In addition to workers’ compensation, our practice areas include personal injury, family law, criminal defense, wrongful death, general civil litigation, and social security disability. We serve clients in Jacksonville, Florida and surrounding areas.