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How Workers’ Compensation Operates…

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Are You In Need of a Work Injury Attorney?

Most employees who are injured on the job can collect Workers’ Compensation benefits through their company’s insurance carrier. Fortunately, they don’t have to prove that their employers were negligent to recover Workers’ Compensation benefits. Moreover, even if the employee was in fact at fault, they are typically covered for the accident. In exchange for this “trade off”, workers generally can’t pursue personal injury claims against their place of employment. Recently, two electrical engineers were injured while working in Coral Springs, Florida and their accident illustrates how Florida Workers’ Compensation benefits work. Here is some information about the incident from Coral Springs Workers’ Compensation attorney Evan M. Ostfeld, Esq.

According to the police and EMS personnel, the workers were injured while trying to restore power at The Coral Springs Professional Campus by accessing an electrical box that was on the ground. Regretfully, these two engineers suffered severe third degree electrical burns while trying to re-connect the power to a transformer. Their injuries were deemed critical and they were transported via helicopter to a trauma hospital.

What Does Workers’ Compensation Cover?

In this incident, both employees should file workers’ compensation benefits in order to receive medical care and lost wages. Workers’ Compensation benefits are available for such things as:

  • Hospitals
  • Surgery, pre-op and post-op care
  • Rehabilitation Expenses
  • Prescriptions
  • Prosthetic devices
  • Transportation
  • Outpatient medical visits
  • Lost Wages
  • Vocational Retraining
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Permanent Impairment

Workers’ Compensation pays for all of these expenses in full, so injured employees don’t have to worry about any co-payments, deductibles and or balances for treatment. In addition to medical costs, Workers’ Compensation can also pay for lost wages (total disability and or temporary partial benefits to the injured employees who are on a “no work status” and or simply cannot return to their usual job.) Worst case scenario, the employees may not be able to work ever again and therefore can receive Permanent Total Disability payments until age 75.

While injured employees can’t ordinarily sue their employers, Workers’ Compensation still provides some money to help them during the industrial accident. If however another company was responsible for the manufacturing and or installing the electrical box which caused the accident like in our above example, the employees may also have a personal injury action to pursue. That would create what’s called a third-party claim which could expand the potential sources of compensation that an injured worker could obtain. If applicable to the severely injured employees referenced here, the recoveries could be quite substantial. In essence, they would have two claims- one for workers’ compensation and the other under a personal injury theory.

Get Help From a Coral Springs Work Injury Attorney

If you were injured on the job, talk to workers’ compensation attorney Evan M. Ostfeld, Esq. Evan and his legal team can review the facts and help identify all of the types of benefits that you are entitled to. Our firm handles both Workers Compensation and Personal Injury matters, including defective products and bad drugs like Zantac, 3M earplugs, hernia mesh implants, Johnson & Johnson talcum powder, Firefoam, CPAP and Roundup cases.

The Law Offices of Evan M. Ostfeld, P.A. has more than 29 years of experience. We are licensed in Texas and Florida, but can handle certain cases nationwide. We offer a no-obligation case evaluation. Even if you do not hire us, we’ll gladly send you our free booklets “Everything That You Wanted To Know About Workers’ Compensation But Were Afraid To Ask!” and “Everything That You Wanted To Know About Personal Injury Law But Were Afraid To Ask!” Lastly, our law firm only handles cases on a contingency basis. That means you will not have to pay us any attorney’s fees or costs unless there is a settlement or court award. Contact us today at (866) I SUE YOU, (866) 478-3968 or evan@attorney4life.com. We are here to help!

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