Clearwater Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Even the most diligent and responsible workers cannot always control what happens to them on the job. While most workplaces do their best to ensure employee safety, accidents do occur. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 1.1 million workplace injuries every year.
- Sprains and strains
- Slip and falls
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Mutilation or traumatic amputation from a piece of machinery
- Injuries sustained in on-the-job vehicle accidents
There are laws in place to protect injured workers. According to Florida workers’ compensation law, every employer who employs four or more workers, part-time or full-time, must comply with the provisions of the workers’ compensation law. An employee is someone who is engaged in employment under appointment or contract or hire, express or implied, oral or written. This includes minors and aliens, but does not include independent contractors, except in construction.
The employer must pay workers’ compensation, even if the accident did not arise from their negligence. Workers’ compensation serves as an exclusive remedy, and questions about fault are irrelevant.
However, issues with workers’ compensation may arise. An employer might refuse to pay workers’ compensation, or insist that the employee, through their own negligent or reckless behavior, caused the accident themselves. Other issues may arise when the injured worker seeks treatment, or if their injury is permanent and prevents them from returning to the work they did before.
Need a Workers’ Compensation Attorney?
When these complexities occur, it is important to seek the help of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. If there are any disputes over compensation, a workers’ compensation attorney can help you file a Petition for Benefits. They will also help you through mediation or hearings to get the settlement you deserve.
Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes (formerly Perenich & Carroll) was founded in 1955. We approach every case with passion, experience, and dedication, and strive to provide the answers you need, when you need them.
If you are seeking help after a workplace accident, please contact our experience workers’ compensation attorney team. We’ll see you through.