Jacksonville Worker's Compensation Lawyers
Injuries on the Job – Workplace Accidents – Defective Equipment
If you are injured on the job, it is imperative that you take steps to protect your future. Considering the complex nature of Worker's Compensation claims, it's best to consult an attorney as soon as possible after your injury, even if you completely trust your employer.
Worker's Compensation is a tricky subject, legally speaking. It is based on laws that were passed to protect employees in the event of a sidelining injury that causes physical trauma and renders them unable to work. While virtually every employer carries this insurance, it is full of pitfalls and caveats that most employers and insurance adjusters exploit to their advantage—and your disadvantage.
Consult an Experienced Worker's Compensation Lawyer Immediately
Several things could affect the outcome of your case if you try to handle them without experienced legal counsel. For example, if your employer's insurance carrier insists you be evaluated by their doctor, are you allowed to decline? What kinds of benefits are you entitled to during your recovery? What happens if your injury is long-term and you need ongoing treatment? Can your employer look for an excuse to fire you? What if you are unable to return to work at all? Are you legally entitled to some benefits that the work comp adjuster may fail to offer to you?
At the Law Offices of Craig Gibbs in Jacksonville, we provide you with a free initial consultation and explain all of your rights under Florida Worker's Compensation laws. If your employer, your doctor, or the Worker's Compensation insurance carrier does not treat you fairly, we stand ready to protect your rights.
Common Worker's Comp Injuries
You are entitled to workers' compensation for any injury sustained in the course of doing your job, including occupational diseases. Common claims include:
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Hand and wrist injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Stress fractures
- Strained ligaments
- Cuts and bruises
- Toxic or chemical exposure
- Loss of limb
- Slips and falls
Florida Worker's Compensation Benefits
When you receive Worker's Compensation benefits in the State of Florida, you may be entitled to:
- Free medical care from an approved doctor. If are you unsatisfied with the doctor, you are entitled to a one-time change of choice of doctor.
- Lost wages for the period of time during which you are unable to work.
- Attendant care, should you need assistance with activities such as bathing, grooming and cleaning.
- Compensation for any remaining permanent injury once you have reached maximum medical recovery.
- A personal injury claim including Florida no-fault insurance benefits if your injury at work was caused by someone other than your employer.
- A products liability claim if your injury was caused by faulty equipment, such as equipment that was improperly manufactured or improperly designed.
We may also be able to help you get benefits reinstated if they have stopped.
Free Initial Consultation with the Attorney
If you were injured at work, please take a moment to call 904-396-4499 or fill out the simple contact form on this site.
We are conveniently located upstairs, near the Main Street bridge in the Stein Mart building, overlooking the beautiful St.Johns river on the south bank of downtown Jacksonville.