Can a Florida Personal Injury Attorney Handle a Workers' Comp Claim?
The time right after a workplace accident is stressful and overwhelming for most employees. Figuring out what actions to take and how to recover quickly so that they can hopefully get back to work weighs heavily on the mind. When you have informed your employer of your accident and injuries and you then decide that the best way to ensure your case is handled properly is to work with an attorney, you may be wondering which type to choose.
Accidents that happen on the job but also have a relevant third-party personal injury component may make victims think that a Tallahassee personal injury lawyer is the way to go. There are situations when this is true and other situations when this will not serve the injured employee’s needs well. When you have a question about your Florida workplace accident, call Stephen M. Andrews. Stephen M. Andrews is both a Florida workers' compensation attorney as well as a Florida personal injury attorney with more than 35 years practicing workers’ compensation, personal injury, and social security disability law in Florida.
What Type of Attorney is Best for a Florida Workers’ Compensation Claim?
It is not uncommon for injured workers’ to think of working with a Florida personal injury attorney. In some cases, when a personal injury attorney also has a full understanding of the complicated and complex workers’ compensation laws, then it makes sense. In other situations, when a personal injury attorney doesn’t have the unique specialization and experience practicing Florida workers’ compensation law, the best route would be to see two separate attorneys that can handle each of your claims.
The reason that a personal injury attorney without adequate knowledge of Florida workers’ compensation law isn’t a good choice to handle both claims is that you could easily miss out on all the benefits you are entitled to under the Florida workers’ compensation system. It is in your best interest to maximize the amount that you obtain when you are injured at work and a third party is involved. Both your Florida personal injury claim and your Florida workers’ compensation claim should yield the maximum settlement amount without missing any valid benefits or damages that you deserve to be paid.
Speak with a Florida Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today
Florida workers’ compensation medical benefits start immediately whereas, in a personal injury claim, you may have to wait until it comes to a conclusion before you can sustain the money for your medical treatment. Additionally, it can take much longer to reach a settlement in a personal injury case because there is a need to prove negligence. In a Florida worker’s compensation claim, Florida has a no-fault system. There is no requirement to prove negligence for workers’ compensation benefits in the state of Florida.
When you have both a Florida workers’ compensation claim and a Florida personal injury claim, you can work with two separate lawyers. You can also call Stephen M. Andrews who knows that it is important to get workers’ compensation benefits initiated as soon as possible after your workplace accident. When you have completed all your medical treatment, then you can focus on your persona injury claim. When you work with Stephen M. Andrews you know you will be getting a fair and full settlement from your workers’ compensation and personal injury claims.
Call Stephen M. Andrews today to speak with an experienced Tallahassee workers’ compensation attorney during a free consultation at (850) 906-9599.