I work for a kennel called the Canine Cabana. I was hurt at work while out in the yard with a group of dogs. I was tripped by a long line (an extended leash) in the yard. The fall landed me on my elbow and wrist. I was out of work for a month and a half due to my injuries.
I was released back to work on the 4th of this month and my managers have still not put me back on the schedule. I have talked with them a couple times on the matter. They say they will let me know when they can fit me back on the schedule, but they don’t get back to me. Do I have any rights here? What should I be doing? Thank you.
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Yes. You do have rights.
Presuming your employer carried workers’ compensation insurance mandated by the Florida Division of Workers Compensation, your injuries and resulting costs will be covered. These costs are your medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses (for such items as medications, costs of travel to treatment, bandages, crutches, etc.), and two-thirds of your lost wages. Pain and suffering compensation is not permitted by Florida workers’ comp.
The Florida Rules of Workers Compensation require various businesses to carry special coverage. Coverage is dependent upon the number and type of employees. For information about the type of workers compensation coverage your employer is required to carry, go to the Florida Division of Workers Compensation.
Speak with your employer and insist you be given the information required to initiate a worker’s compensation claim. If your employer refuses, or continues to procrastinate, report your injury to FL workers’ comp. You can call them at (850) 413-1609.
If you need further assistance, or do not want to pursue the matter yourself, contact a workers’ compensation attorney in your area. Most workers comp attorneys do not charge prospective clients for initial office consultations. Moreover, once the attorney finalizes your claim you will not have to pay your attorney’s fees out of your own pocket. The attorneys fees are controlled by the rules of the Florida Worker’s Compensation Commission.
Learn more here: Returning to Work After an Injury
The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney.
Best of luck with your claim,
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