Workers' Comp/Social Security Disability
Deland Workers Compensation Attorney | Florida Social Security Disability Insurance Lawyer
If you have been injured in an accident at work, the best time to contact a workers' compensation attorney is immediately after the accident. This can help prevent the employer's workers' comp insurer from having too much influence over the treating physician's judgment as to the nature and extent of your injuries, and can improve your ability to get an independent assessment of your medical condition. Contact the Central Florida workers' compensation lawyers at James & Zimmerman in DeLand for reliable advice about your options in the aftermath of a work-related injury.
Workers' comp generally covers your lost wages and the expenses of your medical treatment and rehabilitation up to the point of maximum medical recovery. These payments are usually not nearly as much as you could recover in a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent defendant, but they can certainly protect you and your family from the loss of income that injured workers experience. You can't sue your own employer for negligence, but you don't need to prove that your employer was at fault in any way in a workers' compensation claim. The issues usually involve questions such as whether you were actually injured at work, the nature and severity of your injuries, and how long you're unable to work.
Injured workers do not ordinarily have the right to select their own physicians, but an experienced workers' comp lawyer knows how to monitor your treatment and the credentials of the doctors chosen by the insurance company. In some cases, we can apply for independent examination and diagnosis by your own doctor. In every case, we'll do everything possible to maximize the value of your workers' comp benefits.
At James & Zimmerman, we also represent claimants in Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits cases. Here, the challenge is to prove your eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits through work experience and a condition of disability that prevents you from working at your former occupation or another job for which you're qualified. There is no defendant as such, but the federal government will usually deny your application in all but the clearest cases. While you could appeal on your own, the presentation of your case to an administrative law judge is best served by use of an experienced social security attorney, who is familiar with the practice and procedure of the social security administration and will ensure your claim is handled properly.
Our personal injury lawyers can help you with a worker's comp claim, a personal injury lawsuit, and a Social Security Disability claim all relating to the same accident or condition. Many of our past clients have had medical conditions such as back or spinal injuries, head or neck injuries, problems with joints such as shoulders or knees, and toxic illnesses from overexposure to agricultural or industrial chemicals.
For more information about our ability to maximize your recovery from all possible sources in a work-related injury situation, contact the Volusia County workers' compensation attorneys at James & Zimmerman in DeLand.