Florida’s workers’ compensation law allows injured workers to receive two basic benefits: indemnity benefits (lost wages) and medical benefits. Within these groups are additional benefits that can be available depending on the injury sustained, the care required and the injured worker’s ability to return to work. The workers’ compensation law was created to be self executing, an automatic system that provides the necessary benefits to put an injured worker on the path to recovery. However, for many injured workers in Florida, the workers’ compensation system is slow, unresponsive and anything but self-executing.
An injured worker is entitled to receive maximum medical care after being hurt at work. What this means is that your employer is required to report the accident or injury to their workers’ compensation insurance carrier and then take you to an approved workers’ compensation doctor. Once evaluated, that medical provider makes treatment recommendations and referrals for medications, diagnostic studies and assigns a work status. Depending on the work status, an injured worker may be entitled to checks from the workers’ compensation insurance company. In addition to medical care and lost wage checks, an injured worker is also entitled to receive reimbursement for mileage for travel to and from all medical appointments, physical therapy, x-rays or MRI’s and the pharmacy. Should an injured worker require transportation services, their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company is required to provide transportation services for all medical appointments.
Basic benefits that are available under Florida’s workers’ compensation law include, but are not limited to:
- Medical Benefits
- Transportation/Translation Services
- Mileage Reimbursement
- Average Weekly Wage
- Compensation Rate
- Maximum Medical Improvement
- Temporary Partial Disability Benefits
- Impairment Income Benefits
- Permanent Total Disability Benefits
If you feel that you are not being provided the workers’ compensation benefits to which you are entitled to under the law, call one of the experienced workers’ compensation attorney’s at the Law Offices of Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt today. We have more than 100 years combined experience helping injured workers recover the medical care, lost wages and other benefits they deserve. If you call, one of our attorneys will speak with you to discuss your case and what we can do to help you today. Call us for a free and confidential consultation or contact us online and submit your questions or concerns. Hurt at work? We can help.
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