Tampa Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Workplace safety is right at the top of many companies’ list of priorities. The mega giant corporation called Alcoa (the Aluminum Company of America) took safety first to an entirely new level back in the late 1980s, and it had a profound affect that few would have predicted, as reported in the Huffington Post. Paul O’Neil, the new chief executive at Alcoa, introduced the idea to have no injuries in the next year, regardless of what it took. Profits and the added cost of safety or possible slower production did not matter to O’Neil, only safety did. With a new, and at the time very strange, goal in mind, Alcoa took the challenge on, and, within a year, the company’s productivity skyrocketed. By the time O’Neil had retired in 2000, Alcoa’s net income was up 500 percent and it had become one of the safest major companies in the entire world. Contact our Tampa workers’ compensation lawyers for information or help today.
Safety goes hand in hand with worker productivity, enjoyment, and longevity. Unfortunately, workplace accidents still occur, no matter how safe the environment. Whether the company that you work for treats its employees with compassion and care or not, all workers are subject to falls, unintentional poisoning or chemical contamination, carpal tunnel syndrome, transportation collisions, back injuries, and other injuries, depending on their job type. It is because of this that in the state of Florida, an employer must provide workers’ compensation benefits if their business falls under the category of one of the following, according to the Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation:
- They have one or more employees working in construction;
- They have four or more employees not working in construction;
- They have six regular agricultural industry employees and/or 12 seasonal employees who work more than 30 days a season but not exceeding 45 days in a calendar year; and
- Contractor or out of state employers must abide by other certain regulations in regards to workers’ compensation benefits, depending on their specific certain circumstance.
Workers’ compensation is a form of social insurance that we, as employees, all pay into with a wage tax. It is there to provide for the vital medical expenses and lost wages that are accrued during a workplace accident, regardless of fault. This means that even if you were performing your duties to the T and did substantial straining damage to your back doing so, you should not be held financially responsible. However, despite workers’ compensation benefits being a no fault tool during a worker’s time of need, that does not stop some employers or insurance providers from dragging their feet or denying coverage by claiming that it was the employee’s own fault, the injury did not happen on the job, or the employee was just faking the injury.
Contact our Experienced Tampa Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Today
If you have been injured on the job or come down with a repetitive motion injury or illness, contact an experienced Tampa workers’ compensation lawyer today with The Pendas Law Firm at 1-888-573-6327. Let the best lawyers in Tampa provide the resources and pressure to ensure that you are compensated fairly and with the financial means necessary to get you back on your feet as soon as possible.