Answering Workers’ Compensation Questions
If you have suffered a work-related injury or illness, you will likely have a number of questions about what you should do next. I am attorney Jon B. Gann, and the following are some of the frequently asked questions I encounter from workers. It is important to remember that everyone’s situation is different, and nothing can replace the advice you receive from meeting one-on-one with a lawyer. To schedule a consultation, call The Law Office of Jon B. Gann P.A. in Pensacola at 850-308-5447 or toll-free at 888-818-1292.
What conditions are covered by workers’ compensation?
Workers’ comp covers a wide range of work-related injuries and illnesses, including medical conditions brought on by working with toxic or hazardous materials, repetitive stress injuries and any other type of injury that occurs while performing a job-related duty.
The accident was my fault. Do I still qualify for workers’ comp benefits?
The workers’ compensation system is designed to remove fault or blame from the equation. If an action you took resulted in a work-related injury, you should still be eligible to recover benefits even if you were at fault.
The accident was my employer’s fault. Can I sue them for additional damages?
The flipside of workers’ comp being faultless is that any legal action concerning your employer is limited to what you can recover under the rules of workers’ compensation. However, if a third-party, such as another contractor or the manufacturer of a faulty piece of equipment, may have been at fault, you may be able to pursue additional damages from the third-party.
Can my employer fire me for seeking benefits?
No. It is against the law for an employer to fire or retaliate against an employee who files a workers’ comp claim.
My claim was denied. Now what?
If your claim was denied, you still have the right to appeal. However, the process can be complicated and may involve a lot of paperwork that must be filed before your deadline expires. That is why it is essential to have legal guidance on your side if you choose to make an appeal.
Contact Me With Your Workers’ Comp Questions
For answers to your specific workers’ compensation questions, schedule a free consultation by calling my law office at 850-308-5447 or toll-free at 888-818-1292. You may also contact me online. I provide representation to workers across the Florida panhandle and to those in Arkansas.