Is my personal information protected when I file a Florida workers’ compensation claim?

Current state law protects basic identity information such as Social Security identification, medical records, and financial details for injured workers filing Florida workers’ compensation claims. For workers in a number of sensitive occupations, state laws provide expanded confidentiality, which includes information about spouses and children.

Home addresses and telephone numbers for workers in designated occupations are classified confidential by state law and exempt from public disclosure. The confidentiality extends to family members as well.

The privacy statues are deemed necessary for persons working in the judicial system, law enforcement, and other public safety and social services occupations, note Florida workers’ compensation attorneys at Johnson & Gilbert P.A. in Ormond Beach.

Among designated occupations are:

  • Active and former Department of Child and Family Services personnel
  • Active and former law enforcement personnel
  • Active and former correctional and correctional probation officers
  • Department of Health workers engaged in child abuse or neglect cases
  • Judges, state attorneys, prosecutors, magistrates, child support hearing and collection officers
  • Judges of compensation claims
  • Persons involved with the juvenile justice system
  • Human resources and labor relations officers and personnel
  • Current and former public defenders and code enforcement officers
  • Current and former attorneys and judges in the federal justice system

Home addresses and telephone numbers for injured workers, their spouses, and their children can be protected by the Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) by request from persons in the designated occupations. DWC must be formally notified in writing by the injured party or his or her employer requesting exempt status

In addition to occupation, applicants must provide the name of the employer and date of the injury for which a workers’ comp claim is filed. Dates of birth and the last four numbers of Social Security identification must also be supplied for a spouse and children.

In this era of rampant identity theft, the workers’ compensation lawyers at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. in Ormond Beach know the importance of personal security. They have been helping persons injured on the job file successful workers’ comp claims for more than 15 years. If you’ve been injured at work, call them at 386.673.4412 or toll-free at 800.556.8890 for a free consultation.