Where Can You Turn For Help Obtaining Benefits?
Smith, Feddeler & Smith, P.A., has been in practice since 1968. Over the decades, we have helped thousands of Florida employees obtain benefits for their job-related injuries and illnesses. Four of our lawyers are board-certified in workers’ compensation law by The Florida Bar.
You Can’t Rely On Your Employer
Most employers are not familiar with the workers’ compensation law in Florida, and oftentimes provide injured workers with erroneous or false information out of this ignorance. In addition, employers are often afraid of having their insurance rates rise, so they fight against legitimate claims.
While you may have a good relationship with your employer, it is best to seek guidance from knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorneys who truly know this area of law.
You Can’t Rely On Your Friends And Family
Friends and family are often full of advice, but such advice may not be accurate. For example, we often have people tell us that a friend said, “If you don’t report your injury within 24 hours, your claim will be denied.” Although it is very important to report your claim right away, this information is simply false.
Even if you know someone who has recently dealt with a workers’ compensation claim or an attorney, the laws are constantly changing, and it is in your best interest to seek your own legal counsel.
You Can’t Rely On Your Doctor
Because the insurance carriers hire and pay the doctors they choose, they select doctors who are more likely to favor them. From our experience in dealing with more than 80,000 workers’ compensation cases in Orlando and throughout Central Florida, we know firsthand that some doctors are persuaded and influenced by the insurance carriers that pay them.
You Can’t Rely On Your Insurance Carrier
Insurance carriers are trying to save money, sometimes at the expense of the injured worker. They are not necessarily looking out for your best interests. Rather, they are looking to spend as little as possible on your medical bills and lost wages, usually by obtaining a premature release from your medical care.
But You CAN Rely On Smith, Feddeler & Smith, P.A. · Free Consultation
We know the workers’ compensation laws. We know the tactics that insurance companies use. We know how important it is for you to get the money and medical care you need. And we know what it takes to obtain benefits for your work-related injuries.
Let us fight on your side. Call our Lakeland office or another of our multiple Florida office locations at 800-200-7546 to set up a free consultation with one of our lawyers. You can also reach us by email.
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Our Practice Focus
- Workers’ Compensation
- Personal Injury
- Why You Need A Lawyer
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Dangerous Property Conditions
- Wrongful Death
- Brain Injuries
- Personal Injury Information
- Understanding a Personal Injury Journal, Tampa Injury Lawyer
- After Your Injury
- Paying Bills Later
- The Defendant
- Discovery Requests
- Request For More Documentation
- Personal Injury Journals
- Valuing Your Lakeland Personal Injury Case Based on Medical Bills and Records
- Stalling Tactics Used by Insurance Adjustors
- Common Techniques Used By Claims Representatives
- Special Damages Vs. Pain And Suffering
- Evaluating Claims
- How Much Is My Case Worth?
- Social Security Disability
- Employment Disputes
- Unlawful Retaliation
- Overtime & Wage Disputes
- Employment Law Information
- Successful Deposition Testimony
- Initial Stages of Your Employment Claim
- When Are Mental Exams By the Defense Allowed to Be Used on an Employee?
- Getting Ready For Your Deposition
- Title VII: Protected Categories
- Title VII’s Prohibitions
- The Use of Direct Evidence to Establish Retaliatory Intent
- Arbitration Favors Employers (Not Employees)
- The Value Of Emotional Distress
- How Lakeland Employment Lawyers Evaluate Cases
- Limit Discussion of Your Employment Case