Orlando Workers’ Compensation Medical Benefits
The Florida workers’ compensation system allows workers to receive benefits to cover their medical expenses if they have been involved in workplace accident or become ill on the job. Obtaining medical benefits and ensuring they continue requires workers’ comp claimants to meet eligibility criteria and to follow a variety of regulations.
Attorney Frank M. Eidson can help you to seek and retain the types of workers compensation benefits you deserve. He is an Orlando workers’ compensation claims attorney with more than 24 years of successful experience assisting workplace injury victims in Orlando, Winter Park and across Central Florida. He knows how important medical benefits are for your health and your future and will fight for you.
Contact Frank M. Eidson, P.A., today and receive a free consultation about your case.
What Are Florida Workers’ Compensation Medical Benefits?
Under Florida law, all of an injured or ill worker’s medical bills should be submitted by the medical provider to the employer’s insurance company for payment. This includes all authorized medically necessary care and treatment, including:
- Doctor’s visits
- Physical therapy
- Medical tests
- Prescription drugs
Medical benefits also include mileage reimbursement for travel to and from the worker’s authorized doctor and the pharmacy.
Obtaining Workers’ Compensation Medical Benefits in Orlando
Specific steps you must take to obtain medical benefits and remain eligible for them include:
- Report your injury or illness to your employer. Your employer may authorize a doctor for you to visit immediately after an accident. Your employer’s insurance carrier must authorize follow-up treatment. If you receive emergency treatment, be sure to tell the emergency room that you were injured on the job. Give them a contact name and phone number for your employer or your insurance carrier.
- See the doctor you are instructed to see. The insurance carrier must authorize the doctor who is to treat you for an injury or illness covered by workers’ compensation. You may be provided a list of doctors to choose from. It is very important to make appointments and to follow the doctor’s orders for treatment. Otherwise, the insurer could move to revoke your eligibility for benefits.
An Attorney’s Role When Medical Benefits Claims are Disputed
Sometimes, an employer (or its insurer) will dispute a worker’s claim for medical benefits. For instance, the employer might argue that an employee’s injury was not job-related or that their illness grew out of an existing condition.
In other cases, an employer or their insurer will work to end benefits by claiming a violation by the worker or by claiming his or her recovery is complete and they should return to work.
The Florida workers’ compensation system allows appeals of any rulings pertaining to a claim. The various levels of appeal work much like court hearings, requiring evidence, witnesses, testimony and questioning of witnesses by either side before a judge.
You are not required to have a lawyer represent you at a workers’ compensation hearing, but it is highly beneficial. Your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer employs a team of lawyers to reduce what it has to pay out in claims.
A workers’ compensation lawyer from Frank M. Eidson, P.A., can make it a fair fight if your employer disputes payment of your medical benefits.
With Frank Eidson on your side, you have an experienced legal representative as you appeal a disputed or denied claim before the First District Court of Appeal or subsequent courts.
Our legal team can help organize the evidence you need for a successful claim or appeal, including helping you obtain additional medical exams to ensure the court has a proper understanding of your injury, illness and/or recovery prospects.
Contact a Winter Park / Orlando Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you have been injured in a job-related accident or become ill because of workplace conditions at a Florida job site, and your employer is disputing your medical benefits claim, call Frank M. Eidson, P.A., right away. We can immediately put our Florida workers’ compensation experience to work for you.
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