Workplace Violence & Workman’s Compensation

We tend to think of workers’ compensation cases as accidents, But what about workman’s compensation and violence?

There are four generally recognized areas of workplace violence, according to HRDailyAdvisor.blr.com. Criminal intent is when the perpetrator isn’t necessarily connected with the company or employees, but is violent and commits a crime. In some situations, a customer or client is the perpetrator. The third type is when an employee attacks another at work; and lastly, when the perpetrator has a relationship with an employee, but not the business.

Reports show that professions like law enforcement and healthcare have higher numbers of workplace violence.
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When housing is part of a worker’s wages

A recent Eustis news development has brought to light certain aspects of Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Law. We thought it was a good time to revisit what happens when room and board is included as part of a worker’s wages under an employment agreement.

The story: Florida’s Lake County Commission approved a plan for a farm to build a dormitory for laborers from Central America. Liner Source Inc. is a family-owned, wholesale plant nursery. The proposed 46,000-square-foot building would house nearly 200 farm workers working on H-2A visas. On this kind of visa, laborers can work in the U.S. for up to 10 months.

What happens, then, if a worker is getting housing from his or her employer, and is injured on the job? Read more

Workers’ compensation attorneys deliver both kinds of value

In the world of workers’ compensation cases, value is an important word. There is value in your case in terms of what you are entitled to under Florida workers’ compensation laws.

That is dollars-and-cents value.

But there is another kind of value in having a competent attorney that will ensure you get the monetary value you’re entitled to; give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have an advocate in your corner; and has not only researched and understood your case — but ensures you understand it as well. That kind of value goes beyond just money.

You’re educated on your rights in regard to your particular situation, empowering you as you proceed with your case. This empowerment is even more important during a vulnerable time, when you may have a serious or life-altering injury. Read more

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