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Category: Workers Compensation

Does Workers’ Compensation Cover Psychiatric Care?

Written by Shawn Diederich on January 25, 2017

Physical injuries are easy to assess for purposes of workers’ compensation. For example, if you break your leg in a workplace accident, your employer is generally liable for your medical bills and lost wages. But what if your injury is mental or psychiatric rather than physical? When Are Mental or Nervous Injuries Covered? Unfortunately, it […]

Does Workers’ Compensation in Orlando Cover Workplace Bullying or Hazing?

Written by Shawn Diederich on November 16, 2016

Workers’ compensation is typically associated with physical injuries, such as a slip-and-fall or an accident involving industrial equipment. But what about psychological injuries suffered in the workplace? Can a Florida employee seek workers’ compensation benefits if they have suffered mental harm due to acts of bullying or hazing at work? Defining Harassment, Bullying, and Hazing […]

Are Illegal Immigrants Eligible for Workers’ Compensation?

Written by Shawn Diederich on November 4, 2016

Workers’ compensation is supposed to provide “no fault” benefits for any Florida employee injured on the job. But does it matter if the employee is not legally authorized to work in the United States? Put another way, can an employer deny workers’ compensation benefits to an employee who is an illegal immigrant? Employers Cannot Use […]

The Difference Between a Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation Claim

Written by Shawn Diederich on October 7, 2016

“Personal injury” refers to a broad class of potential civil claims, ranging from premises liability to car accidents. “Workers’ compensation,” in contrast, is a specific type of claim applicable to workers injured in the course of their employment. While personal injury and workers’ compensation overlap in some respects, there are important differences that should be […]

Can I Get a Second Job While Receiving Workers’ Compensation?

Written by Shawn Diederich on September 9, 2016

An injured Florida worker still needs to bring in income to support their family. While workers’ compensation benefits can provide an important source of income, in some cases, it may still not be enough. Additionally, even though some injured workers may not yet be able to return to their previous job, they may be able […]

Can I Get Workers’ Compensation For Hearing or Vision Loss in Orlando?

Written by Shawn Diederich on August 24, 2016

Florida companies must take proactive steps to protect their employees from any ear or eye-related injuries. Hearing and vision are both highly sensitive, and any injury could have serious long-term ramifications. Unfortunately, far too many workers still suffer debilitating ear or eye injuries. In Florida, workers are entitled to recover benefits for the full extent […]

Can I Get Workers’ Compensation if I Work From Home?

Written by Shawn Diederich on August 17, 2016

Earlier this year, Gallup released the results of a survey which found that more than 37 percent of Americans spend at least some time telecommuting to work. Additionally, the survey found that 22 percent of all employees work from home at least 10 days in the average month. The data is very clear: working from […]

What Orlando Industry Has the Most Workers’ Compensation Claims?

Written by Shawn Diederich on July 11, 2016

Every year thousands of Florida workers are injured on the job. Workers’ compensation is the state-run system designed to ensure employees receive compensation for medical benefits and lost wages. But Florida workers’ compensation laws work slightly differently depending on the type of employer involved. Florida’s Four-Employee Rule In general, any business that has four or […]

Going Back to Work After an Injury in Orlando

Written by Shawn Diederich on June 27, 2016

Florida’s workers’ compensation system allows an employee injured on the job to receive up to two years (104 weeks) of temporary disability benefits. In most cases the employee is able to return to work, although depending on the nature of the injury, he or she may not be able to perform all of the exact […]

Can Drug or Alcohol Use Affect Workers’ Compensation In Orlando?

Written by Shawn Diederich on May 26, 2016

Workers’ compensation generally operates as a “no-fault” system. This means that if you are injured in a workplace accident, your employer and its workers’ compensation insurance carrier will normally pay out benefits without regard to how the accident occurred. However, there are important exceptions to this general rule in Florida. For example, if the employer […]