Were you injured on the job? Have you filed for workers’ compensation but aren’t sure what to expect? Was your workers’ comp claim denied? Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Personal Injury Lawyers answer some common workers’ compensation FAQs, help you understand the process, and explain what to do if you need additional advice.
Our Clearwater workplace injury lawyers have over 300+ years of combined legal experience. In 1955, we opened our doors as the first law firm in Tampa Bay to focus exclusively on personal injury law. And we’ve remained dedicated to helping injured victims ever since. We’ve recovered $675 million (and counting) for our clients over the years. We are proud to be the Clearwater, FL law firm that people turn to in times of need.
How Can Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Personal Injury Lawyers Help With a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Clearwater?
We have been trusted injury lawyers in the Tampa Bay area and throughout Florida for more than 65 years. We know the region’s major employers and their insurers. We have trusted relationships with the legal community, including the court staff, judges, and opposing counsel. We know how to get results.
When you hire our Clearwater personal injury lawyers, we’ll:
- Ensure that all claims and appeals are filed on time and free of errors
- Investigate your case to determine whether you’re eligible to file a third-party lawsuit to recover additional compensation
- Advise you on things that could jeopardize your workers’ comp claim (and help you avoid them)
- Handle all communications with your employer and insurance companies
- Make sure your claim includes all ongoing and/or long-term medical needs
We are highly experienced in all stages of the workers’ compensation process–from filing the initial claim through the final appeal.
Can I Sue My Employer If I’m Injured at Work?
Generally, no. Workers’ compensation benefits are usually the only remedy available to you when you’re injured on the job. You receive benefits without having to prove that your employer was negligent. But in exchange, you can’t sue your employer for additional damages. There are a few exceptions, but they’re rare and will be hard-fought.
What Benefits Does Workers’ Compensation Provide?
It depends on the severity of your injury, but workers’ comp will typically cover all reasonable and necessary medical treatment and a portion of your wages. You’ll usually receive about two-thirds of your average weekly wage up to the maximum allowed by law (it’s $1099 for 2022).
How long your benefits continue depends on whether you’re temporarily or permanently disabled. You can receive temporary (partial or total) disability payments for up to 104 weeks. If you’re permanently disabled, you can receive benefits as long as you meet the criteria for permanent disability.
Can I Still Receive Benefits If I Was at Fault for My Workplace Accident?
In most cases, you can still receive workers’ compensation benefits even if your negligence caused you to get hurt at work. If you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol, violated safety measures, or engaged in intentional conduct that caused the accident, your claim could be compromised.
If you think you’re to blame, consult an attorney as soon as possible after your accident. You might not be disqualified from receiving benefits, but you’ll want to make sure your claim is handled carefully.
What’s a Third-Party Claim, and How Do I Know if I Qualify?
A third-party claim is a claim that could allow you to recover money in addition to the benefits provided by workers’ compensation. If a party other than your employer was responsible for your workplace accident, you might be able to file a third-party claim or lawsuit.
You could have a third-party claim if any of the following contributed to your accident:
- Government entity
- The driver of a passenger vehicle
- Trucking company
- Security company
- Equipment manufacturer
Just because your accident happened at work doesn’t always mean that your employer is on the hook. We’ll conduct a thorough investigation to determine all possible causes of your accident.
Your Trusted Clearwater Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Were you injured at work and want to make sure you’re getting all of the compensation you’re owed? We’ll answer all of your workers’ compensation FAQs and help you get the money you deserve.
We’ve recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for injured victims, and we’re the longest-standing personal injury law firm in Tampa Bay. Call today for a free consultation with one of our Clearwater workers’ compensation lawyers.