We regularly handle workers’ compensation claims and it’s important to know that every state has different laws in place for how to handle and process these injury claims. In Florida, you have specific duties as an injured employee and as an employer. If you have a claim in Alabama, we can help you but that information is located in this article: How does Workers Comp Work in Alabama? Here are some facts that you should know:
How does workers comp work in Florida from the employee’s perspective?
- As an injured employee, you are required to let your employer know that you have been hurt immediately after your injury, or as soon as possible. Legally, you only have thirty days in which to do so.
- If your injury resulted in an emergency medical situation, you can to go the emergency room. Otherwise, you need to ask your employer for the contact information for the doctor they want you to see.
- You will be put in contact with the insurance company so that you can learn about your rights. You will also have forms to sign like a medical release form and a fraud statement.
- You will receive the medical care you need to recover and your doctor will inform you if and when you can go back to work.
- You could receive temporary indemnity benefits or temporary total disability payments equal to 66 2/3% of what your wages were at the time you were injured. Typically, your compensation will begin on the eighth day that you have been unable to work. These temporary benefits can last up to 104 weeks.
Why you Should Speak With an Attorney
If you have been injured at work, it is wise to speak with an attorney about your accident and injury claim. You could be entitled to more compensation than the standard 66 2/3%. In fact, if we can demonstrate that your injury is critical, you could be entitled to 80% of your normal wages for 6 months which could represent a significant increase in pay. If you are able to return to work but you are on light duty and therefore making less money, you could be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to help make up a portion of the difference between what you are earning now and what you used to earn. This way, you will not suffer a significant financial loss while still trying to work.
You’re going to continue receiving medical care until your doctor determines that you have recovered as much as possible and have reached the maximum medical improvement. At this point in time, you will be given an impairment rating and that rating will determine whether or not you are going to be entitled to long-term disability benefits. Throughout this process, having an attorney on your side will make sure that you are treated fairly and that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to.
If you need assistance with your workers’ compensation claim, call our office and schedule a consultation.