Under the Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Law, an injured employee does not receive “lost wages” while they’re recuperating from their injury, but instead they may be entitled to temporary total or temporary partial disability benefits.
Specifically, if you are taken totally off work by your treating physician, then you’re entitled to temporary total disability benefits. If you are returned to work with restrictions, then you may be entitled to temporary partial disability benefits.
These benefits are not intended to totally compensate the employee for their lost wages, but intended to provide the employee some money while they’re recuperating.
Moreover, an injured worker is only entitled to receive temporary total disability benefits or temporary partial disability benefits up to the point that they reach maximum medical improvement. Once they’ve reached maximum medical improvement, the employee would then become eligible for either impairment benefits or permanent total disability benefits.