Tom Advocates for Victims of Job-Related Accidents
Thomas J. Ueberschaer, P.A., can help you with your case. We provide legal services for victims of job-related accidents and third-party claims. Our law firm can advocate on your behalf and fight for a fair settlement from the insurance company. In addition to workers’ compensation and personal injury claims related to work injuries, we can take your social security disability claim to court if your injuries leave you unable to work again.
Contact us today for a free case assessment with a personal injury and workers’ compensation lawyer in Pensacola, Florida.
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What is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers' compensation is a form of insurance that provides wage replacement and medical benefits to employees injured in the course of employment in exchange for mandatory relinquishment of the employee's right to sue their employer for negligence. It covers medical expenses, lost wages and rehabilitation costs. In case of a worker's death due to a work-related injury, workers' compensation can also provide death benefits to the worker's dependents.
What Workers' Compensation Does Not Cover
Workers' compensation does not cover injuries that are not directly related to your job. For example, if an injury occurs while commuting to or from work, during a lunch break, or due to a pre-existing condition that is not aggravated by work, it's typically not covered. It also doesn't cover injuries sustained while the worker was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or those that are self-inflicted or result from horseplay or a violation of company policy.
Types of Workers’ Compensation Cases We Handle
Our law firm takes on a wide range of workers’ compensation cases, including those caused by the following:
- Employer negligence
- Hazardous work conditions
- Poor road conditions
- Malfunctioning machinery or equipment
- Worksite code violations
- Injuries caused by third parties
Depending on how your accident happened, you may be entitled to receive financial benefits to cover your medical expenses, lost pay, disability, pain and suffering and more.
Seriously Injured In Your Workplace?
What You Can Recover from a Florida Workers’ Compensation Claim
- Your medical expenses
- A percentage of your lost earnings
- Any expenses for employment retraining
- Compensation if you sustained permanent injuries
- Potential compensation for your dependents if the injury results in your death
- Future expenses and losses
Workers’ compensation should pay for all your medical expenses as well as a portion of your lost wages. Usually, you can receive two-thirds of your pre-injury wages for a certain amount of time, depending on how long your recovery takes. If your injuries leave you permanently and totally disabled from all future employment, we can try to extend your checks for many years into the future.
You will have to see an authorized physician who will assess your injuries, and you may be assigned a rating for your impairment. If this doctor tells you that you can’t work or have restrictions while you recover, you may be eligible for extended wage loss benefits.
You May Be Able to File a Lawsuit Against a Third Party
In some cases, you may be able to file a lawsuit for your injury. For example, if your accident resulted from defective construction equipment, you have a right to hold the manufacturer liable for damages. Similarly, if a driver hit you while you were on the job, they may bear liability for your losses.
A personal injury lawsuit may allow you to recover additional losses that a workers’ compensation claim does not provide, such as pain and suffering and loss of quality of life. Our attorneys can look at every aspect of your workplace injury case to determine the liable parties. We can help get you the money you deserve either through a claim or legal action.
What to Do If You Are Injured at Work
To receive workers’ compensation benefits, it is important that you take all the necessary steps required by your employer and the state of Florida. These steps include the following:
- Report your injury to your employer within 30 days
- Fill out an accident report. Provide the details of the accident and your injuries. Submit the report directly to your supervisor.
- Make sure that your employer fills out and sends all necessary documents to the insurance company and the state of Florida.
Taking these necessary steps will validate your claim and drastically increase your chances of getting the compensation you deserve for your damages. Our law firm can help you through each step of the process.
How Can an Attorney Help Me With My Workers’ Compensation Case?
Since workers’ compensation cases often involve multiple parties—employees, supervisors, business owners, insurance companies, etc.—even the simplest, clear-cut cases can quickly become complicated. All it takes is a single party to distort facts or deny your claim.
Getting the legal support you need from an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can protect your employee rights and ensure you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and other losses.
You should reach out to Tom if you encounter any of the following situations:
- Your workers’ compensation claim has been denied
- Your work-related injury isn't being medically addressed as required
- Your lost income or wages haven't been adequately compensated
- You suspect your treating physician isn't providing the necessary care
- Your employer or the workers’ compensation carrier proposes a case settlement
Working With Your Workers’ Compensation Attorney
As a workers’ compensation law firm based in Pensacola, Florida, Thomas J. Ueberschaer, P.A. is here to help you with your case by providing the following legal services:
Principal attorney Thomas J. Ueberschaer, P.A. can review your case, answer your questions and guide you through the legal process. We can help you avoid common pitfalls that could keep you from receiving your compensation.
Complete Case Management
We take away the burden of engaging with the insurance company by managing your entire case from start to finish. We can handle all of your paperwork, obtain evidence for your claim, estimate the value of your losses and engage with all relevant parties on your behalf.
As your law firm, we can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. We will fight for a fair settlement that reflects the value of your losses. If the insurance company does not settle, then we can file a lawsuit and represent you in court.
Hire Thomas J. Ueberschaer, P.A., to Represent You Today
When you are ready to move forward with your workers’ compensation case, we are here to help at every step of the way. Thomas J. Ueberschaer, P.A., provides comprehensive legal services for victims of workplace accidents in Florida. Contact us today to get started with your claim.
We will answer your questions, address your concerns and work on your behalf to take on the insurance companies. To schedule a free case evaluation, call us at 850-434-8778.
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Seriously Injured in Your Workplace?
With over $250 Million in Verdicts and Recoveries, the Victories Just Keep on Coming.
$325,000 was awarded to a client who experienced a head-on collision resulting in serious injuries to their legs.
$1,100,000 was awarded in a workers' compensation settlement. The client was moving a heavy object resulting in permanent total disability.
SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY
$90,000 in back due benefits and ongoing payments after judge’s hearing for 45-year-old mechanic suffering from severe sleep disorder, leaving him unable to maintain any full-time employment.