You may be in a tough situation when injured on the job. If you continue to work, the injuries you endured will get worse and the medical bills will continue to pile up. However, if you take time off to heal, you won’t receive the paychecks necessary to help you sustain a living. As a result, every state, with the exception of Texas, requires all eligible employers to require workers’ compensation insurance. While this is great, unfortunately, it isn’t always approved or adequate enough to sustain someone injured on the job. Keep reading to learn what you can do if this situation arises and discover how a Broward County work injury lawyer can help you.
What Is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance that eligible businesses are required to offer their workers. This allows workers to recover lost wages and provides compensation for medical bills and rehabilitation for injured or sick employees. However, there are strict requirements for those who apply for workers’ compensation, as the injury or illness must happen or result from the scope of the job.
What Happens if the Funds Are Denied or Insufficient?
While anyone can apply for workers’ compensation following an injury, it does not guarantee that you will receive an award or that the funds will be sufficient enough to cover all of the medical expenses and rehabilitation costs. There are a number of reasons that someone’s compensation award may be denied, and most of them are due to an error within the application process. For example, failure to adhere to state-specific submission requests can lead to a denial. However, these errors are often easy to remedy and can result in receiving the award.
However, if the funds you receive are insufficient, it can cause significant financial stress on a person who was injured at work. Luckily, you can appeal the decision to help right for the compensation you deserve. If denied, or the funds are not abundant enough, you can appeal the decision for two years from the date of the injury to the Florida Employee Assitance and Ombudsman Office to appeal.
Is There Anything I Can Do to Help My Case?
The most essential thing you can do when facing a denied claim is to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Unfortunately, failure to proceed with the proper legal representation can significantly impact your chances of receiving a favorable outcome.
If you’ve suffered from an injury or illness sustained on the job, the Finizio Law Group can help. Our dedicated legal team will examine all aspects of your circumstances to fight for the best possible outcome for you. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you.