February 13, 2015
Employers are responsible for providing a safe and hazard-free environment for their employees. However, when they fail to do this, it can lead to serious workplace injuries or illnesses. Not all workers are aware of the rights they have when they’re injured on the job. When the employer is at fault, they may be required to pay for the full extent of their employee’s injuries, from medical expenses to loss of wages. If you or someone you love has been injured on the job, it is important that you know your legal rights.
What Are Your Rights?
As an employee, you have the right to file for workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation is a state-mandated insurance that all employers must carry. It helps employees cover all of their job-related injuries and illnesses. In Florida, all employers with at least four or more part or full-time employees are required to carry workers comp.
When you are injured on the job, you have the right to receive medical treatment. You also have the right to file a claim on your employer’s insurance. Your employer may try and get you to pay for your injury using your own insurance. However, it is your right to use their workers’ compensation.
How to Protect Your Rights
To ensure that you receive all the benefits of workers’ compensation, report your injury to your employer immediately. The sooner that you report any accidents to your employer, the more likely workers’ compensation will cover your medical expenses.
You should also seek medical attention immediately after the injury. You will need a physician to confirm your work related injury or illness in order to have your medical expenses covered.
Finally, the most important thing you can do is to have a lawyer represent you throughout this process. After you have been injured, you deserve compensation. An attorney will work for you to ensure you receive the largest settlement possible.
Hire the Attorneys You Can Trust
If you or someone you love has been injured in a work related accident, contact the Khonsari Law Group today. We will fight to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your work related accident. Visit KLG today for a free consultation on your case.