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Often, workplace tragedies can effect the lives and livelihoods of individuals who provide for those around them. Roughly five workers per 100 full-time workers are injured at work or become ill in the workplace each year. Some individuals have died due to workplace accidents, as well. Certain work laws exist to guarantee that workers who are injured in the workplace will receive permanent financial awards. These laws were created in an effort to solve any kind of dispute outside of the courtroom.

Workers' compensation claims are not decided on fault. This means that whether the employer or the employee is to blame for the accident, the case is always decided based on the injury. After the accident, a report is filed in addition to a claim with the company's worker's' compensation insurer. The result is supposed to be treatment and wages for the injured employee.

However, claims may be denied based on various reasons, some having nothing to do with the injury. For these cases, the state of Florida has incorporated a system of petitions, hearings and appeals, which are intended to help the injured worker find justice and receive compensation for on the job accidents. Resources are provided to help those who enter the system without legal representation. At first glance, the process seems to work well.

Upon further examination, especially into the hearing process, one can see just how important a workers' compensation lawyer is to the process. First, there is the injured worker on one side of the room at the plaintiff's table. On the other side are the defendants. Here, there are an unlimited seats for adjusters, attorneys for the insurer and the employer, and sometimes the employer himself may attend. The judge simply mediates, hearing expert testimony and reviewing evidence. The expert witnesses and evidence are gathered entirely by the plaintiff. The burden of proof is also entirely set upon the injured worker's shoulders.

A workers' compensation attorney can offset the imbalanced courtroom. His skill and specialized training in the field of workers' compensation are a great benefit for the plaintiff in the case. He can often secure benefits that the plaintiff never thought possible. These benefits could be as large as a lump sum cash settlement or as small as mileage reimbursement for traveling to long-distance doctors' visits. This attorney knows the laws well enough to carefully protect his client's best interests.

An injured worker who has been denied workers' compensation benefits from his employer's insurer should consider hiring a Florida workers' compensation attorney. These professionals know the state employment laws well enough to be able to successfully challenge the employer's legal counsel and adjusters. Or an attorney can act solely in an advisory capacity for those workers who still want to have an active hand in the process. Whatever the case, no injured worker should challenge a denied claim without the help of an attorney. Workers' rights should be accessible and visible to all employees in the work place, as it is required by law.

If you or someone you know has been injured at work, and you want to learn more about your legal rights, contact a workers' compensation lawyer or attorney today. You can find a worker's compensation lawyer by visiting the American Bar Association website. The American Bar Association website features a lawyer locator function which allows the user to search through worker's compensation lawyer and attorney profiles in each specific city and state. Access to the site and profiles is absolutely free. Don't be a victim for the second time, get what you deserve after workplace accidents occur.


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