How To Apply For Workers’ Comp Benefits in Florida
Did you suffer an on-the-job injury or illness in Florida? Your employer and their insurance company will most likely be on the hook for medical care and lost wages incurred as a result. Most Florida employers with four or more full-time or part-time employees are required to carry workers’ comp insurance.
The best way to ensure you get the benefits you deserve is to hire an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer. Marshall S. Adler, P.A. has been advocating for the rights of injured Florida workers since 1981. Thanks to him, thousands of working families have gotten back on their feet after a devastating workplace injury or illness.
Call today 407-648-5523 to receive a free consultation.
Benefits Provided Under Workers’ Compensation Laws
When you file a workers’ compensation claim, you can petition for the following benefits:
- reimbursement for medical care to treat your work-related injury or illness
- temporary indemnity benefits or temporary total disability payments equal to 66 2/3% of what your wages were at the time you were injured
- costs for retraining
- benefits to survivors of workers who are killed on the job
Process for Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Central Florida
The workers’ comp process involves several important steps.
Seek Medical Treatment Without Delay
After your workplace accident, seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Getting an accurate diagnosis and treatment is essential not only for your health but for proving that your injury or illness is work-related. It is advisable to visit a physician or medical group designated by your employer or their insurance company.
If your injury is an emergency and there is no time to find a pre-approved doctor, medical bills should still be covered as long as the treatment was reasonable, related to the injury sustained in the workplace and reported after three days of receiving treatment.
Collecting evidence related to your workplace injury is an important way to strengthen your claim. Identify any witnesses and write down their contact information and what they saw. Take photos of the accident site and anything that may have contributed to your injury as well as photos of the physical injury you sustained.
Speak With an Attorney
Speaking with a lawyer early in the process can ensure that you are prepared for what’s ahead, and that you are able to build an effective claim. We offer a free evaluation of your case! Call us today 407-648-5523.
Notify Your Employer You’ve Been Hurt — Within 30 Days!
Once you have received proper medical attention and your condition is stable, you must report your injury or illness to your manager, supervisor, or HR department (preferably in writing) within 30 days from either the date of the accident or when a physician diagnosed you with a work-related injury or illness. Failure to notify your employer within this time-frame may threaten your right to collect benefits.
When you inform your employer of your intention to seek workers’ comp benefits, they should provide you with a First Notice of Injury or Illness form to fill out.
Your employer must send the First Notice of Injury or Illness form to their workers’ compensation insurer within seven days of learning of your injury or illness. In turn, you should receive an information brochure from the insurance company explaining your rights and responsibilities along with instructions regarding the claims process.
File a Workers’ Compensation Claim
To formally request workers’ comp benefits, you must file a Petition for Benefits (PFB) form with the Office of Judges of Compensation Claims. This petition will list the specific benefits for which you are claiming entitlement to such as medical benefits, lost wages, etc. Workers’ comp lawyer Marshall Adler can assist you in this process. The statute of limitations for filing a workers’ comp claim is two years from the date of injury or illness.
Talk to a Florida Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today
Applying for workers’ compensation benefits in Florida can be confusing and overwhelming. The Law Office of Marshall S. Adler is here to help make the process easier and to ensure you get the payout you deserve. Call us today 407-648-5523 to learn more about your rights. We will review your case at no cost to you.