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Work-Related Injuries On the Rise in Florida

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The numbers for 2022 are finally in, and they aren’t good. For the first time in more than a decade, the number of fatal occupational injuries rose for the third year in a row. Unsurprisingly, the construction and extraction occupational group had the highest number of fatal workplace injuries. The transportation and material moving… Read More »

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The ‘Reasonably Necessary’ Proof Requirement

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To most insurance adjusters, “reasonably necessary” means “cheapest possible.” Likewise, most Claims Examiners, who are basically semi-independent adjusters, don’t consider anything other than the cost when they approve or deny medical bill payment. Cost is one component of the reasonably necessary requirement. But, it’s only one component. At Administrative Law Judge appeal hearings, a… Read More »

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Seven Occupational Diseases in Florida

By Kobal Law |

After several years of steady decline, workplace absenteeism is once again on the rise. An occupational disease, many of which are discussed below, often causes absenteeism. Other causes include child care issues, workplace injuries, and transportation issues. If disease-related absenteeism lasts more than seven days, benefits are available that replace lost wages and pay… Read More »

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Seven Occupational Diseases in Florida

By Kobal Law |

After several years of steady decline, workplace absenteeism is once again on the rise. An occupational disease, many of which are discussed below, often causes absenteeism. Other causes include child care issues, workplace injuries, and transportation issues. If disease-related absenteeism lasts more than seven days, benefits are available that replace lost wages and pay… Read More »

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Local Workers’ Comp Fraudster Sentenced in Delaware

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A woman who used an alias and a fake Social Security number to obtain disability payments from two employers will spend the next five to ten years in prison. According to court documents, the 57-year-old woman claimed that in 2019 she was hurt from a fall while working at the Family Dollar store. She… Read More »

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Medical Bill Payment Ambushes

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Legally, workers’ compensation insurers must directly pay all job injury-related medical bills. Unfortunately for victims, insurance companies don’t always follow these requirements. They’re determined to cut benefits and pad their profits, even though these companies already earn more than $1 trillion a year. Furthermore, under the law, injured workers aren’t financially responsible for any… Read More »

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Determining the AWW in a Workers’ Compensation Matter

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In 1973, the Average Weekly Wage in America was $132. By 2024, the AWW had increased to $960. Obviously, individual wages among injured workers vary significantly. Additionally, the composition of the AWW varies significantly. Wage income is not always the same thing as cash income. More on that below. Maximum lost wage replacement benefits… Read More »

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Mental Stress is Now the #1 Job Injury

By Kobal Law |

Anxiety, stress, and related mental illness now account for 52 percent of all job-related injuries, according to a recent study. A new Atticus study found that mental health issues such as stress and anxiety are now the number one most common workplace injury, making up most of all workplace injury cases. Google searches for… Read More »

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What to Expect in a Workers’ Compensation Matter

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Above all, job injury victims should expect a fight, especially over damages (amount of lost wages and medical bills). Insurance companies earn almost $1.5 trillion a year. They’re determined to hold onto as much of this money as they can. They’re willing to invest some of it, mostly in legal fees, to accomplish that… Read More »

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How Medical Bill Payment Works in Job Injury Cases

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Insurance companies, including workers’ compensation insurance companies, pay medical bills according to a pre-negotiated fee schedule. If workers’ compensation covered a reasonably necessary expense, the provider must accept payment per the fee schedule from the workers’ compensation insurance company. Frequently, to collect more money, the provider claims the expense wasn’t covered or wasn’t reasonably… Read More »

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