Are Interns and Volunteers Workers?
Are Interns and Volunteers “Workers”?

Florida—like most states—requires employers to provide workers’ compensation coverage if they have a certain number of employees.

At first glance, this might seem pretty straightforward. But if you’re an intern or regular volunteer, you might be asking, “What exactly is an employee? Are interns and volunteers ‘workers’ when it comes to workers’ compensation?”

This is a very important question for both employers and workers to ask. In this article, we’ll go over the differences between interns, volunteers, and employees and how each of these statuses affect your work-related injury. Read more

What Is (& Isn’t) a Work Related Injury?

Workers’ Comp cases aren’t always straightforward.

Here’s what is (and isn’t) considered a work related injury.

 

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an injury can be considered work related “if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing injury or illness.”

Sounds pretty straightforward, right? However, multiple occasions can arise that muddy the waters when it comes to defining the terms “work environment” or “work related injury.” Yet nailing down these definitions is at the very heart of the workers’ compensation program. Read more

Light Duty Pitfalls Demand Compliance

In workers’ compensation, we often hear the term “light duty.” This is also referred to as modified duty or limited duty. After you are injured at work, your doctor may give you a note letting your employer know you are to work light duty — modified duties of your original job.

But what does that mean, exactly?

And what should you know about it to protect your rights and avoid risking your workers’ compensation case?
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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

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