In Florida, Employees in Most Industries Can File for Workers’ Compensation Benefits. Our Attorneys Can Help You Collect the Benefits You Deserve.
Workers’ compensation insurance provides coverage for eligible employees who suffer job-related injuries and illnesses. In Florida, most private employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, and there are laws that provide access to state and federal benefits for employees in certain industries as well. If you have been injured or gotten sick on the job, it will be important for you to collect the benefits to which you are legally entitled, and a workers’ compensation attorney at the Maus Law Firm can help make sure you receive the benefits you deserve.
We have been handling workers’ compensation claims on behalf of employees in Fort Lauderdale for close to 30 years. We have successfully represented employees in all types of industries and occupations, and we have dealt with all types of employers and insurers. If you are entitled to benefits, we can help you, and we encourage you to contact us promptly for a free, no-obligation consultation about your claim.
We Serve Injured and Sick Workers in All Industries Throughout Fort Lauderdale
No matter what you do for work, if you suffer a job-related injury or illness, it is important that you do what is necessary to protect your health while also ensuring that you are able to return to work as safely and quickly as possible. This starts with filing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.
Florida’s workers’ compensation statute establishes special rules for preserving workers’ compensation benefits eligibility (i.e. you must notify your employer within 30 days, and you must see a doctor who has been pre-approved by your employer), and other workers’ compensation laws impose specific rules and restrictions as well. As a result, when you need to file a claim for benefits, it is important that you work with a workers comp attorney who has significant experience helping workers protect their legal rights. At the Maus Law Firm, we have decades of experience handling workers’ compensation claims in Fort Lauderdale, and we serve employees in the following industries:
- Administrative Services
- Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
- Arts and Entertainment
- Banking and Finance
- Building and Construction
- Healthcare and Veterinary Services
- Longshore and Maritime
- Manufacturing and Food Production
- Personal and Home Services
- Professional Services
- Professional Sports
- Public Service and Administration
- Skilled trades
Understanding Which Workers’ Compensation Law Applies to Your Industry
Depending on the industry in which you work, there are various workers’ compensation laws that could potentially govern your claim for benefits.
Workers’ Compensation Claims Governed by Florida Law
For most employees, seeking workers’ compensation involves filing a claim under Florida’s workers’ compensation statute. This law applies to private employers, and it requires most companies to provide benefits to their injured and sick workers in most cases. Specifically, employers in Florida must provide workers’ compensation coverage as follows:
- In the Construction Industry – Companies in the construction industry are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance if they have one or more employees. This includes not only builders and construction companies, but all types of contractors and subcontractors.
- In the Agriculture Industry – Companies in the agricultural industry are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance if they have six regular employees and/or 12 seasonal workers who work more than 30 days during a season but no more than 45 days per year.
- In Other Industries Governed by Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Law – Companies in other industries are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance if they have four or more employees.
Maritime and Longshore Workers’ Compensation Claims
Employers in certain industries are not subject to Florida’s workers’ compensation law, but instead must provide benefits under federal laws that are designed to ensure access to benefits for their employees. Generally speaking, these are high-risk industries.
For example, in Fort Lauderdale, longshore and maritime workers are entitled to benefits under the Jones Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA). The Jones Act applies to workers who are classified as “seamen,” while the LHWCA applies to workers who are employed in marinas, ports and other shore-based operations. In addition to handling claims governed by Florida’s workers’ compensation statute, we have extensive experience in Jones Act and LHWCA workers’ compensation claims as well.
Workers’ Compensation Claims Governed by Other Federal Laws
In addition to the Jones Act and LHWCA, there are various other federal laws that establish workers’ compensation protections for employees in other industries. For example, the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) makes statutory benefits available to employees of contractors and subcontractors working with the U.S. Department of Energy. If you have a claim for benefits under federal law, our attorneys can use their vast experience handling all types of workers’ compensation claims to help you secure the benefits to which you are legally entitled.
State and Federal Employee Workers’ Compensation Claims
If you work for a state or federal government agency, then you are entitled to benefits for a job-related injury or illness regardless of the occupation or industry in which you are employed. State employees are covered by the Florida workers’ compensation statute, while federal employees are covered by the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA). We handle workers’ compensation claims on behalf of public workers under state law and FECA, and if you believe that you may be entitled to benefits we encourage you to speak with a workers comp attorney at the Maus Law Firm about your claim promptly.
Regardless of where you are employed and what you do for work, if you have suffered a job-related injury or illness, it is important that you speak with a workers’ compensation attorney about your legal rights. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation in Fort Lauderdale, contact us today.
Contact the Maus Law Firm
We have decades of experience helping injured workers in Fort Lauderdale recover workers’ compensation benefits for injuries and illnesses sustained on the job. To speak with a workers comp attorney about your claim for free, call 855-999-5297 or tell us how we can contact you online now.