Pensacola Workers Compensation Lawyer - Levin Papantonio - Since 1955
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Being injured at work can be a life-changing event. It can be a very difficult time for those involved, especially if the employer and workers compensation carrier are trying to minimize the employee's injuries.

The very last thing injured employees want to worry about is the financial problem caused by the injury and dealing with the insurance carrier. This is where we can help.

We have been handling workers compensation claims throughout Northwest Florida since 1955, and have earned a reputation as one of the most successful personal injury law firms in the nation, winning more than $4 billion dollars in jury verdicts and settlements.

Our law office is located in downtown Pensacola, and our thirty-five attorneys live in the community.


Who Can File a Workers Compensation Claim

Construction Worker

If you are injured on the job in Florida, you are entitled to compensation, regardless of who is at fault.

Unlike other personal injury cases, you will not have to prove your employer did anything wrong in causing your injury. Instead, you simply must prove that you were an employee (not an independent contractor) at the time you were injured, and that your injury occurred during the course of your employment.


What Compensation Can I Recover in a Workers Compensation Claim

In a workers compensation lawsuit, an employer’s insurance carrier will be responsible to pay the following:

  1. Medical expenses
  2. A portion of your wage loss
  3. Employment retraining expenses
  4. Compensation for permanent injuries
  5. If the injury results in death, dependent family members may be eligible for monetary compensation

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In exchange for the above-guaranteed payments you will not be able to sue your employer. You may, however, still sue any third party who may have negligently caused your injury.

For example, if you were injured at work while using a machine, you are automatically eligible for workers compensation benefits. However, you generally would not be able to sue your employer for any additional money even if your employer was negligent in maintaining the machine. On the other hand, you might be able to sue the manufacturer if the machine was defective.

Why Choose Us

Our law firm was founded in Pensacola more than 60 years ago, and is considered a national leader in this type of litigation. We have received well over 150 jury verdicts throughout the country in the amount of $1 million or more, and achieved verdicts and settlements in excess of $4 billion. For more information, please visit our About Us section.


What Does It Cost to Hire Us

We provide absolutely free confidential consultations, and if we are fortunate enough for you to hire us, we never will charge you any fees or costs unless you first recover. The contingency fee we charge is 25% of the recovery.


Contact Information

To contact us for a free confidential consult, you can call us at (850) 435-7000 or (800) 277-1193. You also can request a confidential consultation by clicking Free & Confidential Consult, which form will be immediately reviewed by one of our workers compensation lawyers.


How Do I File for Workers Compensation Benefits

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Filing a claim is easy. You report the incident to your employer within 30 days of it occurring, and your employer then notifies its insurance company.

The Florida Division of Workers Compensation also will make a report to your employer's insurance carrier. The carrier then has 120 days within which to decide whether to accept your claim as valid. If accepted, the doctor's fees and any disability payments are paid according to a fee schedule.

If you are temporarily unable to work due to the injury, you will receive money to cover your wage loss, usually starting three weeks from your injury and after your claim has been approved. Your employer will notify the insurance company to discontinue the wage-replacement checks as soon as you recover and return to work.


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Which Employers Must Carry Workers Compensation Coverage

In Florida, if an employer employs four or more employees on a regular basis, it must obtain a workers compensation insurance policy. These employers have a legal obligation to provide their employees with a safe workplace, and must purchase insurance to provide compensation to workers who are injured in the course of their employment.


How Long Do I Have to Bring a Workers Comp Claim

If you are a Florida employee, you must report your injury to your employer within 30 days of it occurring.

Next, you must file a claim within two years of the injury. After the two-year period, you must seek authorized medical treatment, or receive reimbursement for your injury, at least once per year. Otherwise, you will lose your right to seek future compensation.

The most important thing is that you immediately seek legal advice when you become aware of a potential workers compensation injury, even if you decide not to hire a lawyer. We will provide you a confidential and free consult, even if you decide not to hire us. This way you at least can determine your rights, and how long you have to pursue those rights.


Workers Compensation Legal Resources

Help for Injured Workers

We are here to answer your questions about the workers’ compensation system, help you identify benefits you may be entitled to, assist you to informally resolve any problems or disputes that may arise in your claim, and help you to return to work. To read more, click Florida Division of Workers Compensation

Does Your Employer Have Insurance Coverage

This database, which is maintained by the state of Florida, shows you whether your employer has current workers compensation coverage, and if so, who the insurance carrier is. To read more, click Florida Department of Financial Services

What Does Workers Compensation Insurance Cover

Under a workers' compensation policy, employees are compensated for occupationally incurred injuries, regardless of fault. To read more, click Florida Office of Insurance Regulations