If you have sustained a Florida work injury or have become ill from your job, you may be entitled to benefits under workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation, also referred to as workers’ comp, is a type of insurance that allows you to obtain medical care and compensation for lost wages.
In Florida, an employer within the construction industry who has more than one employee is required to obtain workers’ compensation insurance, even if the employer is out-of-state. In non-construction industries, any employer who has four or more part or full-time employees must have this coverage.
As an injured worker, you are entitled to medical benefits that include doctor’s visits, hospitalization, physical therapy, medical exams, prescriptions and other authorized medical expenses. You are also entitled to compensation for your lost wages, which is usually equal to 66 2/3% of your average weekly income. This compensation is meant to help you financially while you recover from your work injuries.
There are other Florida workers’ comp benefits, such as impairment benefits, permanent total disability benefits and death benefits.
You should contact a Florida workers’ compensation attorney at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. at 1-(800) 556-8890 for assistance with your workers’ comp claim.