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Adding insult to injury: The workers' compensation process

Nearly every industry in Florida has its share of hazards that must be navigated while at work. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, along with the state, require your employer to take reasonable measures to keep you safe from workplace hazards. Even if your employer goes above and beyond those minimal measures, accidents still happen. If you suffered a serious injury while on the job, you will face navigating the workers' compensation system.

It can be stressful to attempt to recover from your injuries while dealing with your workers' compensation claim. The paperwork can be frustrating all on its own, but when you add requests from the insurance company, evaluations and consultations with doctors and administrative hearings, the process can become rather cumbersome -- and that is if everything goes according to plan. Other issues could come up along the way.

Your employer might attempt to minimize the severity of your injury. Your claim could be denied. Benefits you need to care for you and your family could be delayed, even if they are not outright denied. The last thing you need while you recover from your injuries is to worry about how you will pay your household bills and your medical bills.

You also may not be aware of other benefits to which you could be entitled, depending on the circumstances and the nature of your injuries. A Florida workers' compensation attorney can help guide you through the process and handle the paperwork on your behalf. This could allow you to get back to what should be your primary objective -- recovering from your injuries.

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