Obtaining your rightful workers’ compensation amount becomes a challenge in many cases because insurance companies and employers will always look for ways to deny or reduce your claim. The experienced workers’ compensation attorneys Carlson Meissner & Hayslett understand the challenges you may be going through as an injured worker and are committed to do whatever it takes to get you the maximum workers’ compensation payout you are entitled under Florida laws. We know how to get you the results you deserve.

Statute of Limitations to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Florida

In Florida, you are required to start the process within 30 days of the injury or the discovery of injury by letting your employer know about the incident. If you fail to report the work-related injury or illness during this time, you may lose your right to seek benefits under workers’ compensation. The next step is to file the workers’ compensation claim with the insurance carrier, which can be done within two years from the date of injury.

Types of Workers’ Compensation You Can Claim in Florida

Workers’ compensation in Florida exists to take care of employees that get injured on the job. There are several different types of compensation:

Temporary disability

There are two types of temporary disability – total and partial.

  • Temporary total disability is for workers that are unable to resume work because of the injuries sustained. These workers are provided two-thirds of the regular wages. 
  • Temporary partial disability is for workers that suffered minor injuries and can resume their job responsibilities with a few restrictions. You will be eligible for this type of workers’ compensation if you are unable to make 80% of the wages that you could make at the time of the accident.

Impairment benefits

Your doctor will state that you have achieved maximum medical improvement if your condition is not expected to improve any further. Your physician will then evaluate you for impairment rating and any possible permanent work restrictions. You will be eligible for impairment benefits in this case.

Permanent total disability benefits

You may be eligible for receiving permanent total disability benefits if you attain maximum medical improvement, but your injuries are so severe that you are prevented from gainful employment.

Death benefits

If a work-related death occurs after years of continuous disability or within 1 year of the accident, the deceased’s family may be eligible for receiving compensation. This includes education benefits, funeral expenses, and allowances for dependents.

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Correctly Filing of Your Compensation Claim

The first step to filing the workers’ compensation claim is to report the injury to your employer. You should provide as much detail as possible while notifying your employer.

This includes:

  • When the accident occurred
  • How the injury happened
  • Symptoms experienced

Your employer will send you to an occupational doctor after reporting the injury. Make sure you provide the doctor with a complete and accurate description of your symptoms and injuries.

Our Florida Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Can Make a Difference to the Benefits You Will Receive

The qualified Florida workers’ compensation attorneys at Carlson Meissner & Hayslett have the necessary resources and legal knowledge to help you obtain maximum compensation for your workplace injury or illness.

Our attorneys have a collective legal experience of 125 years and we know the kind of tactics insurers and employers can use against you. We will dedicate individual attention to your claim and make sure your right to workers’ compensation is fully protected. To set up your free consultation, call (727) 306-0273 or reach us online.

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