When Can You File A Workers' Compensation Claim in Florida?

Experiencing a serious work-related injury can be traumatic, and leave you wondering what steps you should take in order to secure the necessary benefits. 

That is why we have created this short article for your convenience in order to give you a better sense of some of the options that are available to you if you are considering filing a workers’ compensation claim for yourself.

How Do I Know if I Have a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

If you were performing tasks that were requested by your employer and got injured as a result, you may have a workers’ compensation claim.

This does not include driving to and from work (unless you were doing so as part of a business trip). If the reason for the injury is unclear, an attorney will need to verify that your injury is work-related before proceeding with your claim. 

What’s the First Step I Need to Take After Experiencing a Work-Related Injury?

After experiencing a work-related injury, you should immediately report the incident (what happened) to your employer. 

Verbally telling your employer is an option. However, you can better protect yourself by handing your employer written documentation, or sending an e-mail if you have that option. 
 
Your employer should file a “First Report of Injury” form after being notified of the incident. You have 30 days from the date of the accident to report what happened, and the sooner you document everything, the stronger your claim will be.

Do I Need an Attorney to Receive Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

While you do not necessarily need to hire an attorney in order to receive workers’ compensation benefits, you should definitely understand that retrieving those benefits can be extremely difficult without the help of an attorney. There are also many mistakes that can be made, and those mistakes can have a seriously negative impact on your claim and the benefits that you could receive.

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If you are wondering whether hiring a workers’ compensation attorney would be the best option for you, give us a call at (407) 648-4940 so that we can assist you in making that choice and secure you the largest possible settlement.

Wade B. Coye
Attorney/Author Wade Coye - serving consumers legal needs for over 27 years