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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Social Security and Workers' Compensation for Florida on
Q: Social security and worker’s compensation

I stopped receiving worker’s compensation about a year and a half ago but social security is telling me that I’m receiving it still and they never removed me from their system. That is affecting my social security case. What can I do to correct this?

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answered on Sep 21, 2023

You should contact your local Social Security office to provide them with documentation showing that your worker's compensation benefits have ceased. They will need this information to update their records and resolve the discrepancy affecting your Social Security case. It's important to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Florida on
Q: I work as a behavioral interventionist for a Pasco county school. I was attacked by a child .

He dislocated my knee and foot was injured. the school knows of his issues yet refuses to put this child where he can get the help he needs. I will not be able to return to my profession due to my injuries. He attacks other students and teachers..kicking, biting, etc.

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
answered on Sep 7, 2023

So any injury that occurs on the job entitles you to Worker’s Compensation through your employer. However, if it is a third-party that injured you, you can pursue a claim against the child’s parents provided that the parents knew or should’ve known that their child was extremely dangerous,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Florida on
Q: If I have been working for a tour boat company for a week and am injured do i qualify for jones act protection medical?

As a 100 ton boat captain I was training on a new job with a fast boat that holds 30 passengers. While training under the command of another captain at the helm. I was injured. I was also injured the day before due to safety issues below deck. Both injuries to my deck I informed my employer by... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 6, 2023

I'm sorry about your injuries. Yes, on your first question, it sounds like you would qualify for maintenance and cure. Those fast boats are usually domestically registered and do not operate under offshore flags. I can't be certain, based on the details of the post, but I would guess that... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security and Workers' Compensation for Florida on
Q: What can I do About a workers comp social security offset that was not done for the indemnity of 2015 but done for 2023

I settle a workers comp case for 2015 with an indemnity and now the social security benefits being reduced due to the offset effective date of March, 2023 I was never aware that this had being a computer decision for group A when it should have been Group B this was an social security

error... View More

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answered on May 2, 2023

If you believe that there has been an error in the Social Security offset calculation for your workers' compensation settlement, you can take several steps to address the issue.

First, you should gather any documentation related to your settlement and the offset calculation. This might...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Florida on
Q: I have been contracting work for a large hospital system, I was injured on their property, do I havr a case?

Ive been contracting work for a large hospital healthcare system, I was repairing a fallen fence on hospital property. It was covered in shrubbery some of which was poison ivy. I couldn’t see it amonst the other shrubs and vines. It turned into a terrible case, all over my arms, torso, legs,... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Apr 15, 2023

A Florida attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. Was the hospital negligent in any manner? A fallen fence that had poison ivy on it on its own might not necessarily amount to negligence, unless there are additional details. Ordinary, something like this could be... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation, Car Accidents and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: Case closed but case still open with my doctors and I’m unable to see my doctor.

What can I do if my employer never close my case with my doctors and I’m unable to see my doctors? I’m trying to contact them but it’s going to their voicemail. Can I sue them for pain and suffering because of all the stress they’re causing me?

Brian Phillip Vassallo
Brian Phillip Vassallo
answered on Apr 7, 2023

If the indemnity/lost wages portion of your case was settled but the medical portion of your case remained open, you should contact your attorney or an attorney that has experience in workers' compensation cases to help. You may be able to file a petition for benefits seeking continued... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Florida on
Q: If I injured something directly due to a workers comp injury is that new injury also covered under workers comp?

I broke my left ankle at the office back in June and was entitled to workers comp who has been paying for everything, of course. Since I injured my left ankle I had to rely solely on my right leg to support everything for the first 5 months. This led to me injuring my right knee a month ago. It’s... View More

Domenic J. Celeste
Domenic J. Celeste
answered on Dec 21, 2022

Very good question! This would, most likely, fall under the initial date of accident with the insurance company, even though it's, technically, a new accident. If this new injury happened while working, it could either be a new injury or fall under the original accident. Either way, you should... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Florida on
Q: What can I do about a failed workmans comp drug test for prescription medical marijuana?

My husband cut his hand at work. It was very minor. His employer thought it would be a good idea to go to a doctor and file a claim with workmans comp. My husband told his employer he smoked marijuana and had a prescription, they said it was fine so against his better judgement and at the request... View More

Brian Phillip Vassallo
Brian Phillip Vassallo
answered on Dec 8, 2022

Work comp shouldn't be requiring random drug testing as it relates to the injury and original date of accident unless the authorized treating physician is prescribing medications and drug testing is medically necessary. However, the employer may have a drug free workplace program in place but... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Florida on
Q: I was clocked in at job and was directed to work at a sis property approx 30 miles away.in route was injured in car acci

Accident requiring back surgery.my question is should being on time clock at time of accident be helped by my employers workers comp? And if so is it to late ??

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answered on Dec 7, 2022

Given the limited facts you provided, you should claim work comp benefits. You may also have a liability claim against the at fault party. Under Florida Law, you have 30 days to provide notice to your employer. If your employer was aware of your accident and that your missed time from work for... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Florida on
Q: I was clocked in at job and was directed to work at a sis property approx 30 miles away.in route was injured in car acci

Accident requiring back surgery.my question is should being on time clock at time of accident be helped by my employers workers comp? And if so is it to late ??

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
answered on Dec 8, 2022

Because you were injured while on the job, you have a Worker’s Compensation claim, as well as a third-party claim against the other driver, if he was at fault. Retain counsel on contingency fee, which means you don’t pay anything unless you win.

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Florida on
Q: I was clocked in at job and was directed to work at a sis property approx 30 miles away.in route was injured in car acci

Accident requiring back surgery.my question is should being on time clock at time of accident be helped by my employers workers comp? And if so is it to late ??

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Dec 7, 2022

Yes, workers comp is for on-the-job injuries. You were driving as part of your paid duties, so you were on the job. But if the accident was the other driver's fault, you can also set up a claim with that driver's insurance and, if necessary, sue the driver (and owner, if different from... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Florida on
Q: Need Job transfer due to medical reason, company is wanting to pay me less then what I was getting paid before w/ 10 yrs

My Dr. stated that I need to change my job role in my company due to medical issues that could worsen if I stay in the same role. The company I work for has been working to change me roles for two years (couldn't collect unemployment or disability for some reason). They called today saying... View More

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on Dec 6, 2022

You should contact a Florida employment attorney to discuss this situation further, as this will be a highly fact-intensive situation. While the Americans with Disabilities Act permits you to request accommodations - including a position reassignment - your employer need not maintain your same pay... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Florida on
Q: I was involve in a roller accident early morning driving a semi due to a blown tire company will not give me details.

I did drug test alcohol test but still was terminated. Trailer roll over I follow all instructions and directions. They still will not tell me why I was terminated. They said it was best to part ways because of insurance liability. I received no tickets. I Had minor left shoulder pain. No tickets... View More

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answered on Dec 4, 2023

You are entitled to workers' compensation benefits if you sought or seek medical attention and are unable to work. You should contract an employment lawyer in your area.

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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Florida on
Q: I’m currently on floridas Workmen’s Compensation and my doctor has cleared me for modified work. If I want to refuse the

Transition to work my employer offered me

Can I still get my Occupational Therapy through my employer.

Domenic J. Celeste
Domenic J. Celeste
answered on Mar 9, 2023

You can get therapy even if you refuse to return to work, which only really affects to getting work comp checks. However, before you refuse the job that was offered, I'd highly recommend that you speak to an attorney licensed to practice law in Florida and who handles workers'... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Florida on
Q: Can I sued a company for firing me because who I date in the store?

I am employee who was dating a manager and we both kept it private and at work we stay so professional and no one never know about us. and another employee saw us outside the job on a date away from the area no where near where we work. The employee who saw us went back report it and it cause us... View More

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Mar 9, 2023

No. Employment being "at will", your employer can fire employees for any reason if it wants to. And the other employee is not liable to you for accurately reporting what she or he saw.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: How does a teacher protect themselves legally from continual physical threats from a teenage student.

I have filed formal complaints with the administration and the administration simply does not respond - Yet, continues to place me in harms way wth duties that bring me in contact with this volatile student. who know feels empowered to really intimidate and harass me every chance she gets

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
answered on Oct 24, 2022

File a complaint with the department of education.

Q: Can I sue my employer for causing me to get yeast infections?

I work at a Twin Peaks restaurant in South Florida which requires me and my fellow servers to wear tight jean shorts for our shifts. I and the majority of my coworkers routinely develop yeast infections from the hot climate, tight shorts, and fast-paced nature of a server position. I believe these... View More

Joseph Coughlan
Joseph Coughlan
answered on Oct 10, 2022

In theory, yes. Essentially, you would be seeking medical or lost wage benefits. Damages such as pain and suffering are not available in Florida Workers' Compensation cases. However, it may be difficult to meet the standard of proof required by Florida Workers' Compensation law. The type... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Employment Law, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Florida on
Q: My son has worked for McDonalds for 20+ years, was in car wreck- totaled car for McDonald errand. Doesn’t have full ins

Doesn’t have full insurance on car and now doesn’t have a car. He is store manager For years) and is on call 7 days a week - goes in on days off etc. got a call at 9pm from employee that the store needed fry boxes asap picked up and needed my son who was at home to go pick up. Used personal... View More

Domenic J. Celeste
Domenic J. Celeste
answered on Sep 11, 2022

Since it your seems to have been the one to have caused the accident (unless there was something that the semi-truck did wrong), I don't think your son would have a successful personal injury case verses the semi-truck. Hopefully, your son has bodily injury (BI) protection, which is what the... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation and Car Accidents for Florida on
Q: injured in a car accident while driving for Contractor for fedex ground delivering packages on budget truck

Injured in a automobile accident at work while delivering packages for FedEx ground through a contractor. Other vehicle failed to yield right away Haven’t received no workers comp or any kind of pay at all. wasn’t able to perform job duties due to my back injury was so I did not go back to... View More

Domenic J. Celeste
Domenic J. Celeste
answered on Sep 6, 2022

It sounds like you have two types of cases here: 1) work comp as you were injured while performing your normal job duties, and 2) personal injury verses the driver of the vehicle that caused your accident. I'm not quite sure why you're not getting work comp benefits, but there's not... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Florida on
Q: Why would workers comp ask me to sign a release giving them access to my social security records?
Domenic J. Celeste
Domenic J. Celeste
answered on Sep 6, 2022

There may be a situation where there would be an offset between work comp payments and social security payments. Work comp might also be looking into your medical history, to which they're entitled, to determine what conditions you used as a basis for social security benefits or to determine... View More

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