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Skilled South Florida Firm Handles Workers’ Compensation Claims

Experienced advocates have offices in West Palm Beach and Stuart

If you have been hurt on the job, the financial pressure mounts quickly. Florida Workers’ Compensation law requires most businesses to provide workers’ compensation coverage for their employees, but many victims of workplace injuries are frustrated in their attempts to obtain the benefits they’re entitled to. At Vassallo, Bilotta, Friedman & Davis, our dedicated South Florida lawyers fight on behalf of injured workers so that they can collect reimbursement for medical expenses, lost wages and rehabilitation costs. Our experienced advocates handle initial filings and appeals to maximize your likelihood of a successful resolution.

Proven lawyers provide complete legal support to injured employees

Proper representation requires knowledge of the workers’ compensation laws and access to the medical information necessary to challenge adversarial doctors and insurance companies. From our offices in West Palm Beach and Stuart, we advise clients on a complete range of relevant issues, including:

  • Reporting — The first thing you should do is report the incident to your immediate supervisor. This must be done within 30 days of the incident. Your employer is responsible for filing a First Report of Injury with their workers’ compensation insurance carrier. If your employer fails to report your claim, you should contact the insurance company directly. From there, your employer should send you for a medical evaluation and possible treatment.
  • Benefits — Covered employees are eligible to receive payment for medical treatment and associated costs such as prescription medication, travel costs and rehabilitation expenses. If an injured employee is unable to return to work due to the job-related condition, he or she is entitled to reimbursement for lost wages. These Temporary Total Disability benefits are calculated at two-thirds of a claimant’s average weekly wage up to a 2017 maximum of $886. When a worker suffers an injury that creates a partial physical limitation or forces them to work reduced hours, reduced benefits are also available. The duration of temporary workers’ compensation payments can run for up to 104 weeks.
  • Permanent disability — Once a claimant has reached maximum medical improvement, an evaluation is made for permanent disability benefits if they are unable to perform their job duties. This designation continues payment at two-thirds of the weekly rate and is only available if the person is not physically capable of engaging in employment within a 50-mile radius.
  • Changing doctors — You are entitled to one change in doctor for your claim. If you request a change in doctor and the insurance company authorizes the change within five days of your request, the insurance company is entitled to choose the doctor. If the insurance company fails to authorize a change during the five-day period, you can select the doctor you wish to see. You must be careful in deciding when to request a change, because you are only entitled to one change per claim, even if several different specialists are treating your conditions.

Our personal injury lawyers offer injured workers a free initial consultation and only charge attorneys’ fees on a contingency basis. This means that we are paid only if our firm secures benefits for you through a decision or a settlement with your employer or their insurance carrier.

Attorneys help family members seek death benefits after a fatal work accident

The Florida Workers’ Compensation law provides eligibility for up to $150,000 in death benefits and $7,500 for funeral expenses if a worker dies from his or her work-related condition within five years of the accident. Family members who can receive death benefits include the spouse, child, parent, sibling or grandchild. However, these family members must demonstrate that they depended on the decedent for substantial financial support on a regular basis, and that the support was reasonably expected to continue into the future. We can also counsel you regarding the possibility of a wrongful death action.

Contact a dedicated Florida workers’ compensation lawyer for a free initial consultation

Vassallo, Bilotta, Friedman & Davis represents injured employees in Florida workers’ compensation claims. Please call 561-422-4630 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation at one of our offices, located in West Palm Beach and Stuart.

“I would readily recommend Jeffrey Friedman as an attorney. I felt that Jeff was incredibly helpful, and he went above and beyond in resolving my Workers’ Compensation case. He kept me very informed and I felt confident in his abilities as my attorney. Thanks again to you and Laura.”
-Iris, 5.0 Rating ★★★★★ Review From Google

“Mr. Friedman handled my workers compensation case during the past four years. He represented me against Comcast and always had my best interest at heart. He went over and above to help knowing this pain is real and that I needed help and still need help…I don’t want to forget about his staff they are awesome and I trust Mr. Friedman beyond measure.”
-Shevon, 5.0 Rating ★★★★★ Review From Google

“I can’t thank Joseph Bilotta enough for his excellent assistance in handling my personal injury claim. Without his support, I wouldn’t have been able to receive the benefits I wanted for myself. Being the only earning member of my family, it makes a big difference for me to have my medical bills taken care of. So, I was very pleased with the way he handled my needs. While I hope I do not have such trouble again, if I do I’d definitely turn to you.”
-Allison, 5.0 Rating ★★★★★ Review From Google

“Jeff Friedman represented me in my Workers Comp lawsuit – He was empathetic and
personable as well as professional. Jeff knew the laws and protected me each step of the way – he fought for me for 4 years ensuring the best outcome possible. The office staff goes above and beyond for the clients represented. My injury was devastating, physically, mentally and emotionally – however – I was treated with the utmost dignity and respect throughout the entire ordeal.”
-Jim, 5.0 Rating ★★★★★ Review From Facebook

“Brian Vassallo represented me in my Workmans Comp. case. And I was very pleased with the results. He went above and beyond in explaining everything and making the process worry free…..Thanks again”
-Robert, 5.0 Rating ★★★★★ Review From Facebook

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  • West Palm Beach Office
    1401 Forum Way
    Suite 501
    West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
    Phone: 561-471-2800
    Fax: 561-471-2818
  • Stuart Office
    50 E. Ocean Blvd.
    Stuart, Florida 34994
    Phone: 772-221-8262