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Workers’ Compensation

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Workers Compensation Attorneys in West Palm Beach, FL

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Most of us work hard for our paychecks, whether it’s on a construction site, at an industrial plant, or in an office. And although you may expect that some jobs naturally take a more physical toll on the body than others, every worker has a right to a safe work environment.

Every year, millions of workers are injured on the job or suffer a job-related illness. Although construction, manufacturing, and industrial workers tend to suffer some of the highest injury rates, any worker in any job could be injured or suffer a work-related illness.

When this happens, workers’ compensation benefits should be available to cover medical bills, restore a portion of lost wages, or provide for job retraining. Unfortunately, employers and insurance companies can make it difficult for workers to get the benefits they deserve after a workplace accident. That’s where the experienced Florida workers’ compensation attorneys at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles come in. Our attorneys have decades of experience standing up for the rights of injured workers in West Palm Beach and Port St. Lucie, and we will demand the maximum accident injury compensation for your claim.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and get started on your workers’ compensation claim. If you would be more comfortable discussing your case in Spanish, contact one of our Spanish-speaking workers’ compensation attorneys.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR WORKERS’ COMPENSATION IN FLORIDA?

work injury lawyersWorkers’ compensation covers employees who suffer an injury or illness caused by their work or working conditions. This includes injuries caused by accidents or illnesses caused by exposure to dangerous materials on the job. You may also get benefits if you travel for business, as well. However, a worker who has a crash during the morning commute likely would not be entitled to benefits.

Employers and workers’ compensation insurers often try to raise exceptions in an attempt to deny a valid claim. They may tell you that you are not eligible for compensation, but you shouldn’t just take their word for it. Contact an experienced West Palm Beach or Port St. Lucie workers’ compensation lawyer from Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles to discuss your rights and learn how you may be able to pursue accident injury compensation.

WHAT ARE COMMON INJURIES REPORTED IN WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CLAIMS?

workers comp lawyersAccording to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4,679 workers were killed on the job in 2014. That’s more than 13 deaths each day. Meanwhile, the bureau tracked about 3.7 million cases of reported injuries and illnesses among workers across the United States.

In Florida, the Division of Workers’ Compensation offers a breakdown of the most common causes of injuries reported in workers’ compensation claims in 2015:

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Strains or sprains: 16,400 cases

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Fall or slip injuries: 13,454 cases

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Struck or injured by an object: 6,148 cases

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Cuts, punctures, and scrapes: 2,665 cases

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Motor vehicle accidents: 2,324 cases

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Caught in or between (such as with machinery): 1,880 cases

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Striking against/stepping on: 1,703 cases

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Burns, scalding, heat or cold exposure: 866 cases

Whether you are pursuing an industrial accident claim, a construction site injury claim, or compensation for an injury at the office, the attorneys at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles are ready to discuss what happened to you and determine how we can help you get back on your feet.

WHAT DOES WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COVER IN FLORIDA?

Workers’ compensation in Florida generally offers the following benefits:

  • Coverage for medical bills related to on-the-job injuries or illnesses, including mileage to and from your doctors’ appointments.
  • Partial repayment of lost wages due to temporary total or partial disability.
  • Benefits if you are permanently restricted or prevented from working at all due to disabilities that result from the injury or illness.
  • Death benefits for surviving immediate family members, if an injury or illness proves fatal within one year.

Contact our experienced work injury lawyers today.

How Do I File for Workers’ Comp Benefits in Florida?

There are several steps you need to take to properly report your injury and start the workers’ compensation claims process.

  • First, report your injury or illness to your employer as soon as possible. You must report your workplace accident or illness to your employer within 30 days or your claim may be denied.
  • Second, see the doctor immediately to start documenting your claim. Your employer should give you information about authorized medical professionals you can see in order to seek treatment for your injury or illness. Tell the doctor that your injury is work related, and know that the doctor should submit medical bills pertaining to the injury to your employer’s insurance company for payment.
  • Third, be on the lookout for information from the workers’ compensation insurance company. Once you report your injury, your employer has seven days to contact the workers’ compensation insurer about your claim. The insurance company then has three days to send you information about your rights and responsibilities. The state Division of Workers’ Compensation also has that information available on its website in English and in Spanish.
  • If your employer refuses to report the workplace accident injury or illness, contact Florida’s Employee Assistance Office at 1-800-342-1741, or contact an experienced Florida workers’ compensation attorney for help pursuing your claim.
HOW IS WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CALCULATED?

Workers who are injured on the job and file a successful workers’ compensation claim usually receive benefit checks on a bi-weekly basis. According to the Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation, the compensation is typically calculated as two-thirds of your average weekly wage, capped at a certain amount. Workers who were injured recently can expect that the calculation will be based on their wages earned in the 13 weeks before the injury (not including the actual week you were injured).

Depending on the severity of your injury, the Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation offers three types of benefit calculators to give workers an idea of what benefits they may be entitled to. However, every case is unique, and the agency warns that these calculators provide only a guess as to what your benefits may be. You should consult someone with knowledge in this area, such as a Florida workers’ compensation attorney, to determine the maximum benefits you may be able to recover in your case.

Here are three calculators to give you a rough estimate of what to expect:


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When choosing a workers’ compensation attorney, you should feel confident knowing that your legal team has the experience and knowledge necessary to pursue full and fair compensation for you. At Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles, we have a dedicated team of attorneys who focus on these types of cases, and each attorney brings a different background and unique perspective to your case.

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Marc E. Golden
brings a special perspective to workers’ compensation cases due to his experience on the other side of the table — as an insurance defense lawyer, representing insurance carriers in workers’ compensation and personal injury. Now fighting for the rights of injured workers, Marc can offer our clients valuable insight on the different strategies insurance carriers use to save money from a claim. As the firm’s Senior Associate in Workers’ Compensation, he understands the inner-workings of insurance companies and has earned a reputation within the community for his success at compelling insurance providers to pay the benefits due to his clients.

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Alan M. Aronson
has spent most of his 30-year career protecting the rights of workers. He has extensive experience helping clients with workers’ compensation claims, retirement and pension benefits, and other employment law and labor claims such as those seeking overtime wages. Alan has a history of serving those who serve the community, representing everyday workers, educators, law enforcement officers, and public safety personnel. In particular, Alan is committed to maximizing the compensation his clients will need to live a good quality life.

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Suzanna M. Scarborough
is an accomplished workers’ compensation attorney with extensive trial experience. She began her career as an Assistant State Attorney in West Palm Beach, Florida, then went on to represent union members in labor law matters for the Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association. Suzanna also had her own practice focusing in criminal defense before joining Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles. Her extensive experience in the courtroom and at the negotiation table makes her a force to be reckoned with when she is advocating for workers’ rights.

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WHAT DO OUR CLIENTS SAY?

After the settlement I was able to catch up on my mortgage and pay off all debts accrued due to the injury. The stress of the mounting bills was weighing heavily on me and I was a burden to my family as I was continually having to borrow money and food. The financial relief made us all be able to take a deep breath and move on with our lives.

Without question I would recommend this firm to anyone in a similar situation. If you need an advocate that cares, and knows the system and how to apply it to the injured then Mr. Golden is the person to call. I cannot say enough good things about how my case was handled, the quality of my doctors and nurses and the overall positive response I got once I made that phone call. They even took the time to listen to me cry about my situation and were genuinely sympathetic to what I was going through. …

The only thing I would have changed is that I would have called them earlier.

- Shona M.

Everyone in the office was respectful, courteous, positive, and professional. I was kept updated every step of the way and phone calls were returned promptly. Much to my surprise not only did they win my lawsuit but I ended up getting 3 times the original amount I was expecting to get! I could not have been more pleased with the staff and the outcome. I have referred Alan Aronson to many of my other ex-coworkers and I highly recommend this law firm to anyone who has an issue with their workplace.

- Allison M.

From the moment their letter of representation arrived, everything changed, and my employer, the insurance company and the medical providers all began to behave professionally, and I received the medical treatment I needed. My employer’s attitude also changed, and I was treated with respect. Ultimately, my case was settled, and a very satisfactory settlement was reached. That was important, but to me the most important thing was to get proper medical treatment and therapy so I could recover from my injury and get on with my life. This would never have been possible without Marc Golden and Meri Spoltore and the work they did on my behalf.

- Deborah K.
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