Representing Injured Workers Across the State of Florida
The attorneys at Feldman Williams, PLLC have extensive experience protecting the rights of those who are injured in workplace accidents or from the rigors of their job. Our attorneys have fought the insurance companies for years for the full workers’ compensation benefits our clients are entitled to receive. Managing shareholder, attorney Mitchell Feldman, has handled dozens of trials before Judges of Compensation Claims throughout the State of Florida, including trials in Ft. Myers, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Ocala, Gainesville, Lakeland, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Orlando, Panama City, Tallahassee and Jacksonville, and has amassed an excellent winning trial record. Workers’ compensation laws are complex and ever changing. Only experienced workers’ compensation attorneys like Feldman Williams will put you in the position for the best possible recovery or financial settlement for your injuries. Knowing the workers’ compensation laws and your rights under such laws to our firm is a must, unlike other firms who may just be looking to make a quick buck from an easy settlement and unwilling to take your case before the court. We don’t back down from any employer or insurance carrier, and with our knowledge of the law, proven strategies and insight as to how insurance carriers think from our years of experience representing such entities, we are the firm to turn to when you have been injured on the job.
An Experienced Tampa Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you suffered any work-related injury, you can be confident the law firm of Feldman Williams, PLLC will work to maximize your benefits or negotiate the highest possible lump sum settlement of your workers’ compensation case. We have represented a diverse clientele from construction workers and factory workers to drivers, nurses and office workers injured on the job, in cases involving falls, burns, repetitive traumas, chemical exposure, slip and falls, and motor vehicle accidents.
With multiple offices across Florida, we represent injured workers in the Tampa Bay area, South Florida, Central Florida, Southwest Florida and statewide. Contact us today for a free initial assessment with an attorney who knows the complex workers’ compensation laws and who will not hesitate to fight the insurance companies for what you need and deserve.
Chapter 440 Benefits
Contrary to popular belief and the concept of a self executing, non-adversarial relationship, insurance companies and employers join together to find means to terminate, avoid and minimize injured workers’ benefits under Chapter 440. All too often, employers unlawfully retaliate against an employee for pursuing benefits under Chapter 440, Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Act, by terminating an employee. We find that in a large percentage of work accident cases, we must file a lawsuit pursuant to F.S. 440.205 to seek justice for our client as a result of unlawful retaliation and wrongful termination by the injured workers’ employer. The employer and insurance carrier have a mutual joint financial interest in keeping the employee from receiving the full entitlement to benefits for medical treatment and disability under the act. When you are injured, unfortunately, the reality is that you become an adversary of the employer and its insurance carrier.
Our attorneys handle a broad range of workers’ compensation issues. To learn more about our workers’ compensation practice, see:
- Why you need legal counsel
- Automatic entitlement to disability payments
- After MMI
- Statute of limitations
- Accidents to and from work
- Sequela injuries
- Compensable claims
- Workers’ comp rights and benefits
An employee who travels into Florida on business of an out of state employer is entitled to benefits under Chapter 440, Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Act if injured in Florida. Call Feldman Williams for your Florida Workers’ Comp case, even if your employer is out of state.
Local Work Comp Lawyer
Mitchell 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 Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims (JCC) in multiple geographic regions gives him and the firm of Feldman Morgado an 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 how their involvement can affect the outcome of a case, either negatively or positively.
Our firm provides complete assistance in work injury cases from start to finish if the case is ultimately settled for a lump sum. We routinely handle initial claims for treatment of injuries and wage loss benefits, as well as denied claims and appeals of JCC final compensation orders. We can step in to protect your interests at any stage of the process. See Why You Need Legal Counsel.
We will explain your rights and benefits under Florida workers’ compensation, including your right to free medical care, disability pay if you cannot work, and additional compensation for permanent injury or disfigurement. If a loved one was killed in a workplace accident, dependent spouses and children are entitled to workers’ comp death benefits.
Mr. Feldman and his legal team also explore third-party lawsuits against machinery manufacturers, jobsite subcontractors, property owners or other parties whose negligence contributed to a serious injury or death occurring in the workplace, a jobsite or along the way to or from a jobsite.
What to Do After a Workplace Injury
We encourage injured workers to take the 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 as soon as possible to your supervisor, no later than 30 days.
- Request a notice of injury form (DWC-1).
- Seek immediate medical treatment, even for “minor” injuries.
- Make a list of witnesses (usually your co-workers).
- Find out if the employer has a managed care arrangement.
- Write down everything that your employer says to you.
- Contact our firm to schedule your free initial assessment.
- Follow the doctor’s orders, including staying off the job.
- Do not give any recorded statements to the insurance carrier.
- Contact a law firm to go over your rights.
- Ask if your employer has any light duty positions if you are placed on work restrictions by a treating physician.
- Document your mileage to and from medical appointments for reimbursement by the insurance carrier.
- Do not treat injuries on your own or with your health insurance unless the employer and the carrier refuse to provide you benefits.
Florida workers’ compensation laws and the process of obtaining benefits can be complicated and frustrating. With an experienced law firm on your side, you can feel more comfortable with the process and ensure your rights are protected. Crucial evidence in your case can be lost or destroyed, and time is of the essence to secure legal representation to preserve your rights.
Skilled Attorney Protecting Florida Workers
When you become injured or ill while you are at work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation. This is true even if the injury or illness occurred outside of your normal job functions. You are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits even in the absence of your employer’s fault or negligence. In fact, even if the injury was your fault, you may still be eligible for compensation.
Feldman Williams, PLLC helps employees get fair compensation for injuries and illnesses sustained in the workplace. We help workers seek payment for their workers’ comp claims, including:
- Compensation for permanent disability
- Dependants’ recovery for a worker’s death
- Lost wages or salary
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Retraining costs
We help you pursue any benefits you are entitled to under the law.
Waiving Workers’ Compensation
Accepting workers’ compensation limits your rights to other remedies against a negligent employer. A personal injury claim can include compensation for general damages and pain and suffering, whereas a workers’ comp claim cannot. I am skilled at analyzing whether you should waive your workers’ comp claim and seek recovery for negligence in civil court, and whether you should also pursue a negligent third party.
Appealing Workers’ Compensation Decisions
If your claim is denied, you have a limited time to appeal the decision. We can help you successfully maneuver through the complex bureaucratic process of appealing to the Florida workers’ compensation board.
Contact an Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Feldman Williams, PLLC helps employees throughout Florida and Georgia file workers’ comp claims and appeal workers’ comp denials. To discuss more specific information regarding your injury with a dedicated attorney, contact us to schedule a free initial assessment. We maintain offices in Tampa, Jacksonville, and Atlanta, enabling us to fight for injured workers anywhere in Florida and Georgia. 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.