Tampa Workers’ Compensation Attorney Helping Injured Workers
Florida worksite accident lawyer strives to get you benefits
While accidents are a fact of life, they are more likely to occur in the workplace. Workers can suffer severe illnesses and injuries as a result of unsafe work conditions and negligence. As a Tampa workers’ compensation attorney certified in workers’ compensation law, Richard W. Driscoll of The Law Office of Richard Driscoll is extremely skilled and committed to making the strongest possible case for injured workers who have been denied rightful workers’ compensation benefits.
Understanding workers’ compensation in Florida
To protect workers and employers, Florida has created a comprehensive statutory workers’ compensation system. In exchange for giving up the right to sue their employers for injuries incurred at work, employees are guaranteed certain benefits in almost any situation where they are injured on the job. Workers’ compensation keeps costs predictable for employers while making sure employees are never left without recourse. There are some cases, including certain construction accidents, when a worker may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit, and rare instances when an employer may not be responsible for a worker’s injury. We can help you understand what benefits and rights are available in your case.
Filing a claim and fighting insurance companies
If you have been injured on the job, you can file a claim to receive monetary benefits that cover costly medical expenses and lost wages. Normally, you are required to inform your employer of any injury as soon as possible, preferably within 30 days. Your employer then has one week to report the claim to their insurance company. If they refuse to submit the claim, our firm can do it for you.
Despite the law and your rights, insurance companies have an incentive to try to save money by denying valid claims. If the insurer denies your claim, we can help you file a Petition for Benefits. Getting both your employer and their insurer to cooperate can be difficult, but Attorney Driscoll doesn’t back down. He represents injured workers on a contingency fee basis, meaning he only collects fees when you win your case.
Helping workplace accident victims recover benefits
Worksites contain many types of danger. From office workers to construction workers, our firm has helped victims of all types of work accidents, including:
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals
- Crushing injuries
- Machinery malfunctions
In general, Florida law allows you to recover a percentage of your lost wages after the first week of work has been missed. If the disability lasts longer than 21 days, benefits extend back to the first week as well. Medical bills related to your injury should also be paid. Mr. Driscoll fights to get workers these benefits.
Call a workers’ comp attorney with experience fighting insurance companies
For over 25 years, The Law Office of Richard Driscoll has represented workers injured in the Tampa area. We have experience dealing with all types of workman’s comp claims and we stay current on this constantly-evolving area of law. For a free consultation, call today at 813-251-3001 or contact us online.