Were you injured on the job? The coming days and weeks are likely to be extremely challenging, both physically and mentally. Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance designed to provide you with the resources you need while you’re out of work after an injury. Here are three things you’re entitled to when you have a workers’ comp case.
1. Immediate Medical Care
You have the right to obtain immediate, emergency medical care after a work-related accident. You do not have to worry about going to the right hospital or doctor in an emergent situation — the nearest one will suffice. You may be asked to see a doctor of your employer’s choosing later on once your injuries have stabilized, but your employer is obligated to ensure you get medical help as soon as possible from the nearest provider.
2. Compensation For Lost Wages
If you are out of work for any length of time due to your injury, you have the right to receive compensation for your lost wages. Unfortunately, you won’t receive the same pay as you did when you were working, which can make things financially difficult for your family. However, you should be eligible to receive 66 ⅔% of your weekly pay, which includes tips, bonuses, incentives, and other additional pay you receive regularly.
Your workers’ comp wage replacement benefits should not be calculated using only your base hourly pay and instead, your average pay over the last several months to a year is used to determine a fair weekly pay.
3. Appropriate Restitution For Any Permanent Damage After Reaching Maximum Medical Improvement
Once you have reached maximum medical improvement, or the point at which your care team cannot improve your condition any further, you may still be unable to do some things on your own. If you are partially or fully disabled after your work injury, you have the right to appropriate compensation for being unable to work in the same job or potentially at all for the rest of your life.
When You Should Call a Florida Workers’ Comp Lawyer to Help You
If you or a loved one were hurt at work, you deserve full and fair compensation for your injuries, time out of work, and any permanent damages you’ve suffered or are expected to suffer after you’ve been medically discharged from your care team. Contact Marshall Adler today for a consultation to discuss your case in detail by calling 407-648-5523.