If you’ve been injured on the job in Florida, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. The workers’ compensation system is designed to provide financial assistance to workers who have been injured or become ill due to their job. However, the claims process can be complex and confusing, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the system. In this blog post, we’ll provide an overview of the workers’ compensation claims process in Florida, and how an attorney from De Cardenas, Freixas, Stein & Zachary, P.A., like Barry Stein, can help you navigate the process and obtain the benefits you deserve.
Reporting the Injury
The first step in the workers’ compensation claims process is to report your injury to your employer. You should do this as soon as possible after the injury occurs. In Florida, you have 30 days to report the injury to your employer, but it’s best to do it right away to ensure that you don’t miss any important deadlines.
Filing a Claim
After reporting your injury, your employer should provide you with a workers’ compensation claim form which they should complete. You may be asked to sign the form. Make sure it is accurate before signing. If inaccurate change it before signing.
If your claim is approved, you’ll be entitled to medical treatment for your injury. You’ll need to see a doctor who is authorized by the workers’ compensation system to treat injured workers. Your medical treatment will be covered by the workers’ compensation insurance company.
If you’re unable to work due to your injury, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages. The amount of compensation you’re eligible for will depend on the severity of your injury and how long you’re unable to work. In Florida, you’re entitled to receive two-thirds of your average weekly wage, up to a maximum of $1,197 per week as of 1/1/2023
Appealing a Denied Claim
If your claim is denied, you have the right to pursue the denial in court. An attorney from De Cardenas, Freixas, Stein & Zachary, P.A., like Barry Stein, can help you navigate the process and fight for the benefits you deserve.
The workers’ compensation claims process in Florida can be complicated, but an attorney from De Cardenas, Freixas, Stein & Zachary, P.A., can help you understand your rights. Don’t hesitate to contact our firm for a consultation. We’ll work with you to ensure that you receive the benefits you deserve.