TAMPA WORKERS' COMP ATTORNEY/
The Feldman Legal Group has Tampa workers’ comp attorneys with extensive experience protecting the rights of workers affected by workplace accidents or job-related health conditions.
If you have suffered a work-related injury or disabling condition, you can be confident our attorneys can maximize your benefits or negotiate a higher lump sum settlement of your workers’ compensation case. We represent a diverse clientele, from construction workers and factory workers to drivers, nurses and office workers injured on the job.
The Feldman Legal Group attorneys fully understand complex workers’ compensation laws and will not hesitate to fight your insurance company to obtain the just benefits you need and deserve. If you would like to speak to an experienced workers’ compensation attorney in Tampa, please contact us today at 813-639-9336 for a free initial assessment.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A WORKPLACE INJURY/
Injured workers must take appropriate steps to ensure their workers’ compensation claim is as successful as possible. If you have sustained an on-the-job injury, the following actions should be taken:
- Report the injury to your supervisor as soon as possible. Workers’ comp claims must be reported within 30 days of the initial injury.
- Request a notice of injury form (DWC-1). This form is provided by your employer, who must fill out the top section and send the form to the insurance carrier.
- Seek immediate medical treatment, even for “minor” injuries. It is important to document your injury and get a diagnosis. Unless it is an emergency situation, you must select an initial physician approved by the insurance company.
- Make a list of witnesses. Witnesses will usually be your coworkers, unless you are involved in a job-related traffic accident. Collect names and contact information, if possible.
- Find out whether the employer has a managed care arrangement (MCA). A workers’ comp MCA means you are limited to a preselected group of medical providers and care facilities.
- Write down everything your employer says to you. Taking down notes after your conversation(s) will help refresh your memory of events that could be important to your case.
- Do not give any recorded statements to the insurance carrier. The insurance representative is trained to elicit comments that could prove detrimental to your case.
- Contact our firm to schedule your free initial assessment. In many cases, it is in your best interest to secure the help of a Florida workers’ comp attorney from the outset.
- Follow the doctor’s orders, including staying off the job. Give your injury due time to heal in order to avoid complications or a chronic condition.
- Do not treat injuries on your own or with private health insurance unless the employer and carrier refuse to provide benefits. It is important to follow strict procedure if you wish to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
- Document your mileage to and from medical appointments. You are entitled to be reimbursed by the insurance carrier for travel expenses related to your injury.
- If you are placed on work restriction by the treating physician, ask whether your employer has any light-duty positions. Your employer should make every effort to accommodate your need for less strenuous work.
WHEN TO FILE A WORKERS' COMP CLAIM/
If your employer denies you workers’ compensation benefits and refuses to negotiate the matter, it may be time to file a grievance with the insurance carrier. If this step brings no relief, you can file a petition with the Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims (OJCC)
You are entitled to legal representation by a workers compensation attorney, and it is often best to obtain it, as well as to understand important statute of limitations rules for your case. Time is of the essence when you need to preserve your rights and secure crucial evidence before it is lost or destroyed. With an experienced law firm on your side, you can feel more comfortable with the process and ensure your rights are fully protected.
WHEN EXPERIENCE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE/
Managing attorney Mitchell Feldman has argued dozens of cases before judges of compensation claims throughout the State of Florida and has amassed an excellent, winning trial record.
Attorney Feldman has handled thousands of workers’ compensation cases dating back to 1996 and knows the complex legal framework that governs these claims. His many years of experience defending insurance companies before the OJCC in multiple geographic regions gives him and the firm valuable insight into the workers’ compensation system — as well as an understanding of the tactics insurance companies use to minimize benefits. We know the judges, the physicians and the attorneys routinely involved in Florida workers’ comp cases, and we know how their involvement can affect the outcome of a case (either negatively or positively).
GET THE HELP YOU NEED FROM A TAMPA WORKERS’ COMP ATTORNEY/
The Feldman Legal Group, helps employees throughout Florida and Georgia to file workers’ comp claims and appeal workers’ comp denials./
To discuss specific information regarding your injury with a dedicated attorney, contact us to schedule a free initial assessment. With the Feldman Legal Group, you’ll find convenient workers’ compensation attorneys in Tampa and in our additional location in Atlanta. For your convenience, we can arrange a meeting at your home, hospital or any public place, or the consultation can be completely handled over the telephone. Call us at 813-639-9336.
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