One of the most common concerns after a work injury is the amount of money an employee will receive in workers' compensation.
However, wage payments are just one of many types of workers' compensation benefits that can offset the cost of an injury on the job.
Payments Available Under
the Florida Workers’ Compensation System
The most important benefit offered under workers' compensation is full payment for all necessary medical bills related to the work injury.
As long as the treatment is reasonable, the employer’s insurer should cover the full cost of doctor visits, lab testing, diagnostic testing, prescription medications, and rehabilitative therapies.
Injured employees can also be reimbursed for out-of-pocket costs related to medical treatment, including mileage incurred while traveling to and from appointments, public transportation, and parking fees.
In addition to medical coverage, workers' compensation provides payment for:
- Wage replacement. Employees who are temporarily unable to work after an injury are eligible for weekly income replacement. The amount of these benefits is based on the employee’s average weekly wage (AWW), or your average earnings in the 13 weeks before your injury occurred.
If you're completely unable to work, workers' compensation will pay you 66.67 percent of your AWW. If you're under a doctor’s work restrictions that your employer cannot accommodate, workers' compensation pays you 64 percent of your average weekly wage. These benefits are paid on a bi-weekly basis.
- Disability benefits. If your injury reaches a point where it's no longer expected to improve and you're still limited in the work that you can do, workers' compensation may continue to provide partial or total disability payments indefinitely.
- Vocational rehabilitation. If you cannot return to the job you used to do, workers’ compensation may pay for your vocational retraining, allowing you to transition into another career path without incurring extra costs.
Our experienced legal team can calculate the losses caused by your work injury, allowing you to get maximum payment from workers' compensation. Simply fill out the quick contact form on this page today to schedule a consultation with our work injury attorneys at no cost to you.