Workers’ Compensation Law in Florida For Employers
Serving You and The State of Florida
Operating a business in Florida involves being familiar with a lot of rules and regulations. When these rules and regulations are not correctly implemented in your business, you can end up being sued by employees. One of the most common areas where businesses do not have the proper oversight in place is workers’ compensation. There are different laws about the requirements for workers’ compensation depending upon the industry your business operates within, which can lead to problems for business owners.
Working with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can make a big difference if you have been sued by an employee. The employment lawyers at Lopez Law Group has the experience and the skill to take care of your needs if you have been sued for workers’ compensation-related issues in the state of Florida. We can help you seek a favorable outcome in your case, no matter how complex.
What is Florida Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation is offered in the state of Florida to employees to protect them against job-related injuries. These policies help to cover the cost of medical care, and they are also linked with laws that require that the employer works with the employee’s doctor to determine when they can come back to work after an injury. Workers’ compensation policies also help cover lost wages that employees need to pay their bills while they are recovering from an injury.
Florida is a no-fault insurance state, which means that workers’ compensation policies will pay out even if the worker is at fault for their accident. These policies help the company to provide lost wages to the person who was injured and make it easier for the person to get the correct medical care they need to heal and return to work. While this might not seem fair to some Florida employers, these policies are required by law if you employ a specific number of employees. The number of employees can vary based on your industry.
How Many Employees Can You Have Without Workers’ Compensation in Florida?
In the non-construction industry, you can avoid providing workers’ compensation coverage if you have 4 or less employees. In the agricultural industry, the limit is 6 employees of 12 seasonal workers who work more than 30 days a season but no more than 45 days in a calendar year. In the construction industry, if you have even one employee, you need to provide workers’ compensation insurance.
There are many specific rules and regulations that govern who can operate a business without offering workers’ compensation insurance. While this might save your business money, not having the workers’ compensation in place that you are legally required to provide can be a big problem. For company owners who are not sure about whether or not they need to offer this insurance, having the legal guidance of a lawyer can make a big difference.
Workers’ compensation cases can be very expensive and can drag out for years in the courts, depending upon the severity of the injuries involved in the case. You do not want to put yourself or your business through this kind of experience. Work with Lopez Law to make sure that you are not operating your business outside of the letter of Florida Law.
What do I do if My Business Has Been Sued Due to a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
If your business has been sued for an issue related to a workers’ compensation claim, you need to reach out to Lopez Law right away. We will investigate the details of the case and collect witness testimony and other information that is needed to present your side of the story during the settlement process. Since the workers’ compensation provider will be involved in the settlement negotiations, we will work with this entity to help secure a fair and favorable settlement for your business.
If the workers’ compensation provider and the employee do not agree to the terms of the settlement that is offered, we will prepare a detailed case to present to a judge. Showing the judge all of the associated information related to the case is key to securing a positive outcome for you as the owner of the business. It can be easy for those hearing these cases to feel more favorable toward the employee who has been hurt, but in some cases, the company is not to blame. Being sure that the details of the case are presented properly can have a big impact on the determination that is handed down when court proceedings are completed.
Working with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can help you to avoid being held responsible for things that are not related to business operations or the management of your company. Because Florida is a no-fault state, there are many instances where lawsuits against businesses after a workplace accident are not necessary. These kinds of cases can sometimes be dismissed because they do not meet the burden of proof required to hold a company accountable. We will make sure that the investigation that we do into your workers’ compensation case is thorough enough to identify these kinds of cases so we can save you money, time, and loss of reputation.
Work With a Skilled Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Working with a skilled workers’ compensation lawyer can make sure that your business handles these kinds of lawsuits with ease. There are many details that need to be considered and looked into when it comes to workers’ compensation, and the team at Lopez Law Group will make sure that you are operating with the right coverage in place. The team at Lopez Law will also be able to represent you throughout the negotiation process related to workers’ compensation claims, and we can represent you if you need to take workers’ compensation cases to court.
Reach out to us today to set up a consultation. We are eager to start working on your workers’ compensation case to protect your business and ensure a favorable outcome for your case.
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