Workers’ comp fraud hurts us all

Fraud — or as we call it in legal terms, misrepresentation — hikes already-high costs of workers’ compensation insurance for Florida business owners. It also has made the process of filing a claim more complicated for workers with legitimate, authentic cases.

The state Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Fraud — made up of 21 detectives, with squads in Miami, West Palm Beach, Orlando and Tampa — reports prosecuting 335 cases of misrepresentation in FY 2017-2018. Read more

Report injuries now, not later

One of the most important factors in a workers’ compensation case is handled by the employee — reporting the injury. The fact that the injury occurred at work must be documented.

Injured on the job? You have 30 days from the date of the injury to report that fall, laceration, sprain or burn to the employer, no matter how minor the injury appears. Your employer will then complete a First Report of Injury form and have you sign it. The employer sends the form to the workers’ compensation insurance company. Read more

Retail employee holiday survival guide

For retail employees and workman’s compensation cases, it’s the most risky time of the year, right? Malls are open longer hours, stores are competing with online retailers and employees are stretched thin.

We’ve already discussed the higher risk of retail injuries such as cuts and lacerations at holiday time, which can result in workers’ compensation claims. The Law Office of Brian D. Tadros P.A. holds free consultations with retail employees who are injured on the job; we know the kinds of conditions under which they work. Read more