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The team at Coker Law is working together to ensure that our valued staff, clients and families are following all recommendations provided by our local, state and national leadership. We know this is a stressful time with many changes occurring, so we want to reassure you Coker Law is taking every measure to ensure the welfare of our staff and the continuity of our service to our clients.

We are communicating with the courts to reschedule any postponed proceedings and will be pro-active in informing our clients of those new dates. Our office is now open during normal business hours and we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our staff, clients and visitors. If you would like to meet with one of our attorneys in person we can provide masks, gloves and hand sanitizer upon request. Also be assured that every staff member is sanitizing their work space each day and common areas are sanitized after each use. We are also monitoring staff temperatures daily. We remain available by phone and videoconference if you prefer. Your safety and well being is always our top priority.

Our thoughts are with all those impacted by the Coronavirus, and we wish to express our utmost gratitude to the healthcare professionals working tirelessly to care for our community

Workers Compensation

1If you are injured at work or develop a condition or disease over time because of the kind of work you do, then you may be covered for treatment, lost wages and permanent damage. You need an attorney with strong experience and credentials in Workers’ Compensation Law.

  • Read more about Construction Site Injuries here.

Almost all employers, by law, must provide workers’ compensation benefits free of charge to their employees. The Workers’ Compensation Act was designed as financial protection for workers who are unable to perform their duties due to an on-the-job injury. It covers injuries that occur in the course and scope of employment, including repetitive traumas like carpal tunnel syndrome or hypertension for first responders. It does not matter who was at fault for the injury.At Coker Law we have decades of experience and a strong record of results in assisting victims of claim denial.

We help you get the benefits you need and deserve.  Senior Partner, Jake Schickel, is board certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in Workers’ Compensation law. Mr. Schickel’s practice has a strong focus on helping first responders, including firefighters and police, to obtain the benefits they deserve. Mr. Schickel represents only the petitioners in this type of case and does not represent insurance companies or employers. Mr. Schickel also represents individuals whose have been injured in workplace accidents.

Coker Law is a team of experienced trial attorneys. When negotiations to obtain benefits for injured workers do not succeed, Mr. Schickel takes cases to trial to get the results deserved. He has successfully assisted scores of Florida first responders in their workers’ compensation claims; most of his cases come as referrals from those clients. To speak with a Coker Law attorney or for more information, call (904) 356-6071 or click here to schedule a free consultation.

Additional Helpful Information

  • In your workers’ compensation claim, you are entitled to receive payment for travel to and from your doctor appointments.
  • Workers’ compensation law requires employers to provide medical treatment for injuries incurred on the job regardless of whose fault the injury is. As a trade-off, the injured employee loses the right to sue for pain and suffering, if the injury is compensable under workers’ compensation. This is known as the “exclusive remedy” provision.
  • You should be given a list of three doctors to choose one for treatment.
  • If you miss more than 7 days of work, you are eligible to receive payment for your lost time from work at the rate of two-thirds of your 13-week average weekly wage. This is known as your compensation rate. You are paid for the first 7 days after you miss 14 days. The compensation rate amounts are capped for high-income employees. We frequently assist our clients when they are having problems receiving their checks.
  • When you are released by the treating doctor, you are at Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI). At that time, the doctor will assess the anatomical change to your body caused by the injury and assign you an Impairment Rating. You have the right to have your own doctor assign an impairment rating as well. This is called an Independent Medical Exam (IME).
  • The lump sum settlement that some workers get at the end of a workers’ compensation claim is based upon their Impairment Rating and their compensation rate.
  • It is important to realize that by retaining an attorney, you are not suing your employer. In fact, according to the Workers’ Compensation Act, no injured employee can sue his or her employer for workplace injuries. The claim is filed against the insurance company only. It is also important to know that you cannot be fired for filing a workers’ compensation claim. Section 4 of the Workers’ Compensation Act makes this very clear. Any subsequent breach of Section 4 will provide grounds for the employee to move forward and file a lawsuit against their former employer.
  • Workers’ compensation claims, in part, are based on the impairment rating assigned by the treating physician or an independent examiner. It is important that you retain a qualified workers’ compensation lawyer before contacting your workers’ compensation insurance company. Anything you say to the insurance company can and will be used to delay, reduce, or eliminate your benefits.