Workers' Compensation - How much pay am I entitled to?
In the State of Florida, worker’s compensation benefits are capped where prescribed by law depending on the nature of and duration of your illness or injury. The first seven days after a claim has been filed with the worker’s compensation insurance carrier will not be paid except under specific circumstances.
For temporary disability benefits not exceeding a total of 104 weeks, benefits are capped at two-thirds of your average weekly wage or 886 dollars per week – whichever is lower. Temporary partial disability applies when you are able to perform some work, but cannot earn in excess of 80% of your average wages. The benefits received in this case are 80% of the difference in wages.
Permanent and total disability entitles you to payments for the rest of your life. In most cases, these will be capped at two-thirds of your weekly wage.
Permanent disability that is not total will be capped at 75% of your weekly wage for the duration prescribed by your physician’s assessed disability rating, not to exceed the time limits set forth by temporary disability. The percentages work out as follows:
- 1 to 10% impairment rating: two weeks for each percentage point,
- 11 to 15% impairment rating: three weeks of benefits for each percentage point,
- 16 to 20%: four weeks of benefits for each percentage point, and
- 21% and greater: six weeks of benefits for each percentage point.
You may also be entitled to medical and rehabilitative benefits depending on your policy and prognosis.
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If you were injured on the job, notify your employer as soon as possible and contact The Hoffman Firm within 30 days of the incident to discuss your case. Your employer or the insurance company should notify you of your rights and provide treatment through a workers’ compensation physician.
Make sure you keep track of any and all documentation you receive during this time. You should document when the accident happened, the type of injury you suffered, who you notified at your place of employment, and when the notification was made.
If you or a family member were injured at work, contact The Hoffman Firm today. Please do not hesitate to call us and schedule a free consultation. There are NO FEES or COSTS unless you win. What are you waiting for? Call us at (305) 940-2307 today for FREE consultation.
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