Can I receive workmans comp benefits and continue working?
(Fernandina Beach, FL)
I live in Florida and work at a grocery deli. Two years ago I was setting up for lunch when the glass lid to the hotline (about the size of a windshield) fell across the back of my neck.
I have been to all of the workers compensation doctors for this company. I am now seeing a pain management doctor who says there is nothing else he can do. I have neck, head and left arm pain, but I am still trying to work part-time. Is it possible to settle my claim and still keep my job?
Also, this glass case was new equipment put inside this store. The manager of the deli KNEW that it would fall on someone, but didn't tell me. Can anything be done about this for faulty equipment? Thanks.
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ANSWER for "Can I receive workmans comp benefits and continue working?":
The State of Florida’s Workmans Compensation Act strictly prohibits an employer from dismissing an employee as a retaliatory measure related to filing a Workmans Compensation Claim.
The fact that the manager knew the glass was eventually going to fall on someone should have been addressed early in your claim. Although it would not have made a difference in the amount of compensation you will receive, it may have prompted an investigation which will help to make sure something like that doesn’t happen to another employee ever again.
Two years is an awfully long time to have not settled your claim for workmans comp benefits. You might want to inquire why the case has not been settled. If the doctors have told you there is nothing more they can do, then your case really needs to be finalized, and soon.
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