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Florida COVID Workers’ Compensation Claims Decline

Florida COVID Workers' Compensation

Florida COVID Workers’ Compensation Attorney

In the Sunshine State, The Workers’ Compensation Act provides an important safety net for employees who are injured or sickened on-the-job. It is mandated for most businesses to provide access to benefits, which include among other things medical care and lost wages.

In exchange, workers are generally not allowed to file lawsuits against their employers for personal injury damages such as pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.

During the COVID pandemic, the state has allowed people who got sick from the virus while at their place of employment to file Florida Workers’ Compensation claims. That being said, many have been outright denied. Why is that? Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult under the Florida Workers’ Compensation Law to prove an “exposure” case. Meaning, one must show that they contracted the disease while in fact working. According to the Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation, claims for benefits based on COVID have been declining. In February 2021, insurance companies reported only1,019 as compared to 3,816 in January 2021 and 4,327 in December 2020.

To make matters even worse, if you got sick but were not in the course and scope of your employment, the state is trying to make a new a law to help businesses avoid all COVID liability. If passed, it would require an affidavit from a medical professional asserting that the person contracted COVID on its property and requiring “clear and convincing evidence” of gross negligence which is very strict evidentiary requirement in order to bring a case. So, if you become sick at work, received medical care and or lost income from the job, one should seek legal advice as soon as possible from a Coral Springs Workers Compensation lawyer like Evan M. Ostfeld, Esq. from The Law Offices of Evan M. Ostfeld, P.A. in order to protect your rights.

Get Help from a Coral Springs Workers Compensation Attorney

Regrettably, workers’ compensation is the sole remedy for people who are injured or contract an illness on-the-job. Since insurance companies and employers often delay and deny many Florida Workers’ Compensation claims, it is a good idea for people to seek advice and help from a Coral Springs Workers Compensation attorney as soon as possible. Evan M. Ostfeld, Esq. has more than 27 years of experience fighting for the rights of the injured and their families. If you wish a free consultation to discuss your Florida Workers Compensation case, contact our law firm at (866) I SUE YOU, 478-3968, (954) 227-7529, (954) 998-0075 Text or evan@attorney4life.com. Hope you stay healthy and we are always here to help!

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