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If you are injured while working in the course and scope of your employment, you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits. These benefits may include medical treatment as well as lost wages. Also, if you have lost your job because of you claim, we can help.
If you have been injured in an automobile accident, a slip and fall at a home or business, or other type of accident you may be entitled to damages for injuries sustained. Our firm makes sure you obtain the best possible resolution of your case.
If you are not being paid for all of the hours you are working, you may be entitled to benefits and damages under both Florida and Federal Law. Many times, employers incorrectly classify employees as salaried employees and do not pay overtime.
If you are unable to work based upon physical or mental conditions, you may be entitled to Social Security disability benefits. There is a 5 step sequential evaluation used by Social Security that considers both your medical condition as well as vocational limitations (work restrictions) posed by the doctor.
Are you being harassed by debt collectors? There are very specific rules as to collection of consumer debt. If you are receiving constant calls and/or correspondence from debt collectors, or are receiving threats by these same collectors, you may have a cause of action against these debt collectors.
We pride ourselves on meeting with our clients face-to-face. We are happy to meet you when and where it is convenient for you. The areas we service extend from the Florida Keys, Florida City, Homestead and the Miami area. Even clients that have moved from the area receive personalized attention.
Stephen Renick grew up in the South Florida area, and graduated from the University of Miami with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration in 1982. Mr. Renick continued his education at the University of Miami, School of Law, graduating with his law degree in 1986. He has been licensed to practice law in the State of Florida since 1987. Mr. Renick practices in the areas of Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability, Wage & Hour/Overtime, and Personal Injury.
You should report it as soon as possible, but no later than thirty (30) days after the accident or your claim may be denied.
No. Workers' Compensation is not a lawsuit against your employer. It is a claim against the insurance policy that most employers in Florida have to purchase. Your employer has Workers' Compensation insurance to help their injured workers, and you are entitled to benefits if you are injured.
Although there are some exceptions, you do not have the right to choose your own doctor in a Workers' Compensation claim. In most instances, the insurance carrier will select the doctor. You do, however, have the right to request a one-time change of doctor. This gives the insurance carrier five (5) days to select a new doctor for you; if they do not do so within five (5) days, then you have the right to seek treatment with a doctor of your choice. However, you can only do this once during your case, so you need to be very careful of your choice.
No. An employer will face civil liability if they fire someone solely for filing a Workers' Compensation claim. If your employer fires you because you have a Workers' Compensation claim, you can sue them for wrongful termination.
No. You never have to hire an attorney. However, the Workers' Compensation law can be confusing and has many traps for workers. If you want to protect your rights under the Workers' Compensation law, you need to find a qualified Workers' Compensation attorney to handle your case and help you through the maze of the Workers' Compensation law.
Overtime pay of time and a half is due once an employee has worked forty (40) hours in a work week.
The federal law governing the payment of wages is called the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA").
If an employee prevails on his/her FLSA claim, he/she will typically be entitled to recover back pay for all unpaid overtime, usually beginning two (2) years before the complaint is filed. In some cases, employees are entitled to recover double the amount of unpaid wages, or "liquidated damages." The FLSA requires that the employer, not the employee, reimburse out-of-pocket litigation costs and pay the prevailing employees' attorneys' fees.
No. Since overtime is calculated on a week-to-week basis, as stated above, an employer may not average two (2) weeks, even if it represents one pay period. For example, if an employee works 50 hours one week and 30 hours the next, the employer must pay ten (10) hours of overtime for the first week and may not simply pay 80 hours at "straight time" for the pay period.
The burden is typically on the employer to keep accurate records of time worked by its employees. Where an employer fails to keep accurate time records, Courts typically allow an employee to recover unpaid wages based on a reasonable and realistic estimation of hours worked.
Yes. This is a very common violation of minimum wage law. If you have worked, but have not been paid for your work, your former employer has failed to pay you at least minimum wage, as required by law.
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