According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than three million workers in the United States are injured on the job every year. Florida enforces a no-fault workers’ compensation system, which means injured workers receive compensation regardless of who caused the accident. Many times, an injured worker is entitled to compensation benefits even if the accident was caused by his or her own negligence. As such, a workplace injury or the diagnosis of an occupational disease can be a costly proposition for employers and carriers. In many instances, workers’ compensation insurance is responsible for covering medical expenses, lost wages, travel expenditures and rehabilitation costs. For employers who are self-insured, or who do not carry workers’ compensation insurance, defending against an employee claim can be significantly more complex and costly. In either case, your best defense against an employee claim is to contact experienced workers’ compensation attorneys as soon as possible.
Kurkin Forehand Brandes LLP workers’ compensation attorneys zealously defend employers, insurance companies, third-party administrators and government bodies against workers’ compensation and insurance liability matters. While our attorneys earned their stripes in the courtroom, our lawyers also work to avoid potential disputes by drafting preventative policies and procedures. This ensures employers enforce effective, proactive employment relations, and maintain compliance with Florida and federal law, before an employee incurs a workplace injury.
In the event a workers’ compensation claim is filed, Kurkin Forehand Brandes LLP attorneys swiftly and comprehensively investigate each claim to first determine liability and legitimacy. Our attorneys can inform you of your rights and responsibilities, conduct an honest appraisal of your best settlement options, and advise on whether you should engage in settlement, litigation or appeal. Kurkin Forehand Brandes LLP has successfully represented an expansive variety of employers including: international hotel chains, condominium associations, state agencies, motor vehicle dealership groups, food industry corporations, national insurance carriers and third-party administrators.