Michael F. Bremer Attorney At Law
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Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the FAQ page.
The following frequently asked questions and answers do not definitively address issues which may arise in your case; rather, they are examples of issues which may arise, and you should review the unique facts of your case with an attorney before reaching conclusions.
  1. Are there time limits on when I may seek workers' compensation benefits?
    Yes, the Florida Workers' Compensation Law includes limitation periods which vary depending on the particulars of each case. Because the limitation period may potentially bar you from seeking or continuing to receive benefits in the future, you should consult an attorney for further details.
  2. How do I pay my attorney?
    Florida Workers' compensation attorneys are typically paid in two ways. First, if they obtain past-due benefits for you, the judge may approve and require the employer/carrier to pay the attorney a reasonable fee. Secondly, if your attorney helps you obtain a settlement, the judge may approve a fee, limited by the workers' compensation statute and based on the settlement amount.
  3. Am I "entitled" to a settlement? Do I have to settle?
    No. Florida workers' compensation settlements are voluntary and optional for both the injured employee and the employer/carrier. If the parties involved wish to settle, they may, contingent upon satisfying various requirements.
  4. If I am injured on the job, am I limited to the administrative remedies of the Florida Workers' Compensation Law (for example, temporary disability pay and medical treatment with a workers' compensation physician) or may I seek damages such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and future lost earnings?
    Possibly--the answer to this question depends on a variety of factors; you should discuss this with your prospective attorney when reviewing your case.
  5. What if my employer does not have workers' compensation insurance coverage?
    If your employer does not have coverage, you may, depending on the circumstances, seek workers' compensation benefits directly from the employer if you are injured on the job. Moreover, if your employer was legally required to carry workers' compensation coverage and did not, you may possibly seek damages for negligence if the employer is negligent in connection with your injury.
  6. What if I fail to disclose or misrepresent certain background information when seeking workers' compensation benefits?
    If a Florida workers' compensation judge determines that you have knowingly misrepresented or failed to disclose certain information (for example, prior medical or prior injury information), the judge may find that you are barred from receiving any further workers' compensation benefits.