What Are My Legal Rights After Being Injured At Work?
Question: I was injured in Fort Lauderdale on my job and would like to know what my legal rights are. Can I be fired from my job for a work-related injury?
Answer: The most important thing to remember is that it is against the law for an employer to fire an employee who files a Florida workers’ compensation claim.
Your employer is required to file an accident report with the Division of Workers’ Compensation. Request a copy of this report from your employer. Ask your employer for an authorized medical care provider list for you to follow up with.
The authorized medical provider that you select will make a diagnosis of your condition. If it is reported that you are unable to work, you need to ask your employer for lost wages. The medical provider may indicate that you can only be on light-duty work. If your employer does not have light-duty work for you, then you should request that monetary benefits still be provided to you.
A Fort Lauderdale workers’ comp attorney can help you with filing a claim if you feel your employer is not complying with the law.
The Law Office of David Benenfeld can help you file a claim for workers’ comp and has a FREE book, Hurt on the Job in Florida: What Are My Rights. Call: [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] for a free consultation.