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Workers’ Comp Works for You?

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For those who are not aware, the workers’ compensation system in the State of Florida is largely unfair to injured workers……

Don’t believe me? Ask anyone you know who has been injured at work in Florida what types of headaches they had to endure while attempting to navigate their claim.

For example, many people do not know that workers’ compensation insurance companies can administratively deny your benefits. What this means is that, at any time, they can make an executive determination that you, the injured worker, are not entitled to benefits. At that point, the only recourse you have is to file a pleading called a “Petition for Benefits” in order to get your claim before a Judge who will make the ultimate determination as to what benefits you may be entitled to. Unfortunately, this can be a very long and frustrating process for a worker who is injured, stuck at home, and unable to work.

Within 130 days of filing that Petition, a mediation relating to the issues in the case must be held. If the parties fail to resolve the issues at that time, the injured worker must wait up to another 90 days for a Final Hearing to be held. Once the Final Hearing is concluded, the Judge will issue a Final Compensation Order detailing what benefits the injured worker is entitled to. Oftentimes, it can take up to 30 days for the Judge to issue their Order. You would think that would end the process, but, unfortunately, it does not; the injured worker must then wait up to an additional 30 days from the date of the Judge’s Order for the appeals time frame to run.

If you have been following along, then you now know that this process can, at times, take up to 8 months! All the while, the injured worker is either out of work completely, or unable to work in the same capacity as he (or she) was prior to their work accident. The law is patently unfair in this regard, considering that many people have families to care for and financial obligations to meet on a recurring basis.

Needless to say, if our lawyers become involved in your case at an early stage, we can help you avoid many of the pitfalls that come along with this flawed system. If benefits are being wrongfully denied, we prepare and file the necessary pleadings without delay, with the goal of getting you back to health and back to work as soon as possible. In the event you are unable to return to work, we fight to get you permanent benefits and we can even help you apply for Social Security Disability benefits.

If you find yourself in need of help trying to navigate the uncertain and harsh waters that we know as the workers’ compensation system in our great State of Florida, do not wait CALL US!!! Things can get bad but we can always make them better.

If you have been injured in Sarasota, Bradenton, or anywhere in South West Florida, contact our lawyers at Legler, Murphy & Battaglia, LLP at 941-748-5599 or Contact Us.

Vanessa Castro Viera
Vanessa Castro Viera
November 3, 2023
I had the privilege of working with Kelli Martinez as my personal injury attorney, and I can't express enough how grateful I am for her exceptional guidance and support throughout the entire process. From the moment I first contacted her to the conclusion of my case, Kelli demonstrated an unwavering commitment to ensuring my rights were protected and that I received the compensation I deserved. I highly recommend her to anyone seeking legal representation for personal injury cases.
Jen Wiradilaga (SWFL Horses)
Jen Wiradilaga (SWFL Horses)
October 19, 2023
I am so pleased with the service and care Mr. Murphy has shown. Always has time for a phone call , emailed questions are answered so quickly , it is refreshing. I had guidance every step of the way. My Case was settled quickly and effectively. Everyone that is in this off is is exceptional! Thank you so much
amanda reese
amanda reese
October 17, 2023
Mr. Murphy and his team were amazing to work with. In a stressful situation they were on top of making sure I understood my options and walking me through the process when I’d stress out. He fought to make sure I was fairly treated and not just another person swept under the rug and forgot about. I highly recommend him if you ever need and hope to have a timely resolution and team that is top notch.
Ana Maria Araujo
Ana Maria Araujo
October 12, 2023
I am very grateful to Ed Murphy for accepting my case against work compensation, otherwise I wouldn't have had another doctor for a second examination and I would have been at home without being able to work again. I am thankful for all the work Ed and his assistant Jessica have done in my case. I am very happy with the service, every time I called I was treated very nicely by the front desk staff, Kelly. Thanks
Carlene Overacker
Carlene Overacker
October 6, 2023
I highly recommend Mr. Murphy. He immediately responded to the issues I was having with my workers compensation case. He reached out to me in a timely manner. I was always able to get ahold of him via the phone and emails. I never felt rushed in our meetings and conversations. He was professional and courteous. I am very satisfied how quickly I received my settlement.
Erica Aghoian
Erica Aghoian
September 22, 2023
I highly recommend contacting Ed Murphy with your worker's compensation case. From day one he took the time to explain all aspects of the case, listened to my questions and concerns, and kept me up-to-date as the case progressed. I believe he was able to achieve the best possible outcome with my case, and I couldn't be happier to have worked with him. I had never hired an attorney before, but he immediately put me at ease and had my trust. Great experience from start to finish!
Patricia Lara
Patricia Lara
September 12, 2023
I can't say enough how much help Ed Murphy was during such a difficult situation. From day one he was understanding and made us feel at ease. He helped us achieve the most positive out come in our law suit with workers comp. If you ever need assistance I highly recommend contacting Ed Murphy!
Trust Cleaning Inc
Trust Cleaning Inc
August 15, 2023
This message is for anyone who needs a good lawyer, I recommend Ed Murphy because he is a professional and patient person, he fights until the end of his case or any type of case, I recommend him to everyone 100% . there is no other attorney like ed murphy i just have to say thank you so much for helping me with my accident case.

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