If you or someone you know has suffered an injury while on the job, it is important to understand that Florida workers’ compensation claims are designed to provide you with a financial safety net. It’s also important to understand the basics and steps to filing a claim.

What workers’ compensation covers

In short, Florida worker’s compensation includes financial benefits for those who have been injured at the workplace and must be carried by any employer who has more than four employees. The compensation can include:
  • Income replacement benefits
  • Permanent disability benefits
  • Reimbursement for medical treatment

Notify your employer

There are three major steps to filing a workers’ compensation claim. The first step includes notifying your employer as soon as possible of your injury or illness. Your injury or illness must be reported to your manger, supervisor and/or employer within 30 days of the date of your injury, or when symptoms to your illness first appear.

Seek medical attention

It’s vital that you seek medical attention right away following your injury. Your health is paramount. Also, notifying a medical provider about your injury and how it resulted from your duties at work will be critical in getting the compensation that you deserve.

File your workers’ compensation claim

Your workers’ compensation claim should be filed as soon as possible with the Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation. However, you have 2 years from the date of the incident to file your claim. Failing to file your claim could put you at risk of losing your potential benefits.

Where to turn

Becoming injured on the job can leave you with a lot of questions and leave you feeling alone. An experienced Florida workers’ compensation attorney can help you understand your rights and what benefits you might be eligible for. In the end, they can help you get the compensation that you deserve.

A workers’ compensation claim can be a complicated process to understand. To learn more about your workers’ compensation case, order your free copy of our book, It’s Not Rocket Science, It’s Workers Comp.

If you or someone you know has been injured while at work, contact one of our experienced Florida workers’ compensation attorneys at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. at (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890.