At Donaldson & Weston, we know how complicated the workers’ compensation process can seem.
Tenacious Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Advocating for Stuart Employees
One of the biggest concerns that injured workers face on a daily basis is knowing whether they will be able to afford the medical care that they need to cope with their injuries and hopefully return to good health. At Donaldson & Weston, our Stuart workers’ compensation lawyers have assisted many Florida residents with asserting their right to workers’ compensation benefits after an unexpected and devastating injury or illness. For many injured workers, navigating the claims process can be frustrating as you are trying to recover from your injuries. Whether you are dealing with short-term injuries that will resolve or permanent, life-altering injuries, you deserve fair and prompt coverage of your medical expenses. Whether you suffered injuries in a car accident on the job or injuries that developed over time from repetitive actions, we are ready to assist you with asserting your right to compensation.
Receive Reimbursement for the Medical Expenses That You Incur
According to Florida’s workers’ compensation laws, employees who are injured during the course and scope of employment are entitled to receive a weekly benefits payment to compensate them for their lost wages. Injured workers are also entitled to receive coverage for any medical expenses that they incur as a result of their accident or injury. Before you can receive these benefit payments, however, you must initiate a workers’ compensation claim. The first step is to notify your employer that you have been involved in an accident or that you think that an injury that you have developed is associated with your job duties or occupation. Some injuries are easy to link to your employment, while others are more difficult to diagnose and connect to your job duties. This is especially true when the injury involves an aggravation of a pre-existing condition.
After you notify your employer, it will notify its workers’ compensation carrier, and a claims adjuster will be assigned to your case. Your workers’ compensation attorney will inform you that you will be asked to undergo a medical examination with an approved medical provider. The physician will analyze the nature and extent of your injury and determine the course of treatment that is necessary to help you recover. The doctor will assess two critical factors: first, whether your injury is temporary or permanent; and second, whether your injury is total or partial. It is critical that you answer the doctor’s questions fully to ensure that you receive a comprehensive medical assessment.
The medical expenses that you incur as a result of your injuries are compensable under Florida’s workers’ compensation system. This includes emergency medical services that responded to the accident, physical therapy costs, surgeries, and medications. You are also entitled to receive compensation for the mileage and transportation costs that you incur going to and from medical appointments or picking up medications. To secure your right to medical expenses reimbursement, it is essential that you see a doctor as soon as possible and that you are seen by an approved medical professional whom the insurance company has authorized. In some unfortunate instances, insurance companies attempt to limit the medical treatment that an injured worker is allowed to receive and deny payment for certain medical expenses that they deem beyond the scope of the injury. A denial of coverage is especially stressful for workers who have suffered severe injuries, such as some construction accident victims. This is why it is critical to have a dedicated and experienced workers’ compensation lawyer on your side fighting for your rights.