If you are a Florida business owner, you know the value of workers' compensation insurance. Even if the government did not require you to carry an appropriate level of coverage for your business, you would choose to do so because you know that sometimes accidents are unavoidable.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is something many Florida residents are likely familiar with. It is often spoken of in relation to military veterans coming home from war zones and struggling to cope with what they witnessed in battle.
Regulations require Florida employers to be serious about keeping the workplace safe and informing you and your colleagues what to do if a mishap occurs while you are working. While no one wants to get hurt on the job, the fact is sometimes accidents happen. When they do, it is important for you to know what to do.
Florida employees who have sustained injuries on the job may be afraid to admit their fault in the incident. Maybe they forgot to cut a machine off or neglected to wear a helmet when running back onto the job site to grab a really quick something.
There are two common ways you might receive funds through workers compensation in Florida. One is by recouping medical costs you incur while recovering from your injury. The other is compensation for any impairment or disability resulting from the injury.
If you list yourself among the many people across Florida who make a living working in a restaurant or food service role, you face specific on-the-job hazards that commonly lead to injury within your industry. The nature of your field places you at risk for repetitive motion-related injuries, heavy lifting-related injuries and numerous others. Additionally, many of the injury risks you face as a restaurant or food service worker are consistent industry-wide, meaning you face many of the same environmental hazards, regardless of whether you work in fine dining or a fast food establishment.
Taking a glance at the Florida workers' compensation regulations and processes might make it seem like the state is attempting to add insult to your injury. At Kaylor, Kaylor & Leto, P.A., we find that the last thing our clients usually want to do is take a crash course in the rules and requirements for filing a compensation claim or dealing with an uncooperative employer.