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Sarasota Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Every year, thousands of Florida employees suffer harm because of work-related injuries or occupational illnesses. Workers’ compensation statistics indicate that workers file more than 61,600 claims every year, including around 1,250 in Sarasota County. These employees and their families sustain considerable losses, incurring astronomical medical bills while being unable to work at the same time.

It may come as some relief to know that Florida workers’ compensation laws protect you by providing essential financial support. However, even when your rights to benefits seem clear, you may encounter significant challenges in the claims process. Our team at Barbas, Nuñez, Sanders, Butler & Hovsepian, Attorneys and Counselors at Law will be at your side to help you navigate the complexities and obtain much-needed benefits. Please contact our office to schedule a free consultation with a Sarasota workers’ compensation lawyer today.

Overview of Florida’s Workers’ Comp System

Most employers in Florida are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance if they have four or more employees, one or more workers in the construction industry, or where other regulations make it mandatory. If you’re hurt at work or suffer an occupational illness, you file an insurance claim for benefits. Note that:

  • You don’t have to prove that your employer was at fault for causing your medical condition;
  • You do have to be an eligible employee, as independent contractors do not qualify;
  • You must have been injured while performing work-related tasks, or contracted an occupational illness in connection with your job duties;
  • You must notify your employer of your injury or medical condition diagnosis within 30 days; and,
  • Workers’ comp is your sole remedy, unless your situation falls within one of the narrow exceptions that allows you to file a civil lawsuit.

Workers’ Comp Benefits in Florida

If you qualify, you may be able to receive various types of benefits under Florida’s workers’ compensation system. Our attorneys at Barbas, Nuñez, Sanders, Butler & Hovsepian will pursue all workers’ compensation benefits available based upon your situation, including:

  • Amounts for your medical treatment, now and in the future;
  • Wage replacement for a portion of your lost wages;
  • Temporary total disability and/or temporary partial disability benefits;
  • Impairment benefits based upon a rating system, if your medical condition is permanent;
  • Vocational rehabilitation, if you must change jobs to earn an income, and,
  • Death benefits, if you’re the surviving family member of a qualifying employee who died because of injuries or a fatal occupational illness.

One item you may notice is missing from this list of benefits is pain and suffering. This type of damages is not available under workers’ comp laws.

Trust a Sarasota Workers’ Compensation Lawyer to Handle Your Claim

For more information on workers’ comp claims and your benefits under Florida law, please contact Barbas, Nuñez, Sanders, Butler & Hovsepian, Attorneys and Counselors at Law. You can call 800.227.2275 or check out our website to set up a no-cost case assessment with a member of our team. After we review your unique circumstances, we can explain the various stages of the claims process and what we can do to assist.

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