Common Questions About Florida Workers’ Compensation Part 1

December 16, 2020
Common Questions About Florida Workers' Compensation Part 1

Florida workers’ compensation is one of the most complicated subjects that can be very difficult to understand. Especially when you’ve sustained an injury and you’re deep in paperwork. But if you’re frustrated in trying to comprehend the Florida workers’ compensation process, then continue reading below. We here at Our Pharmacy Network are very well-versed in Florida’s workers’ compensation procedures and have provided answers to the most common questions concerning such.

About Florida Workers’ Compensation

Florida workers’ compensation is a multi-faceted area that couldn’t possibly be explained in one small blog. However, workers often find that they need answers the most for the following questions.

I Had a Work Accident. How do I File a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Florida?

If you have sustained an injury while on the job, you should notify your employer as soon as you can. You have thirty (30) days beginning from when the date of your accident occurred or (30) days from when your doctor has informed you that you are suffering from a work-related injury to notify your employer. If you fail to notify your employer within these time frames, then you may be deprived of the opportunity to file a claim and the chances of your claim being denied is increased.

Once notified, your employer is then expected to contact his workers’ compensation insurance provider to inform them of your injuries within seven (7) days beginning when you first notified your employer. If your employer doesn’t contact the insurance provider, you may contact the insurance provider yourself. Such information should either be readily available at your workplace or you may request the information from the Employee Assistance and Ombudsman Office.

Your employer and your employer’s insurance provider should complete the First Report of Injury or Illness (DWC-1).

Once your employer is notified of your injury, you are expected to utilize the services of the medical provider authorized by your employer. Your employer’s insurance provider will pay for all authorized medical bills.

What Conditions Enable or Prevent me From Claiming Benefits Under Florida Workers’ Compensation Laws?

Florida’s workers’ compensation laws do not entitle you to receive wages for the time that was lost from work if your injury has prevented you from working for less than seven (7) days. If your injury is preventing you from returning to work for over twenty-one (21) days, you might be able to receive wages for the first seven (7) days you were unable to return to work.

What Benefits am I Eligible to Receive?

If your claim is accepted by your employer and/or your employer’s insurance provider, you may be entitled to medical and partial wage replacement benefits.

Medical benefits include all medically necessary treatment and care required for the process of recovery related to your injury. Such may include medications, medical supplies, and durable medical equipment and prosthetics. To receive such medical benefits, your work-related injury must be the major contributing cause for medical treatment. The extent of your medical treatment will be determined by your treating physician. He or she will establish when you have received Maximum Medical Improvement.

You might be entitled to monetary benefits, in the form of partial wage replacement also. For further info regarding partial wage replacement, we recommend that you speak with an attorney who is versed in Florida workers’ compensation.

You may receive temporary total or temporary partial disability payments for no more than 104 weeks.

Need Help With Florida Workers’ Compensation? Contact Our Pharmacy Network

We here at Out Pharmacy Network are well known for our pharmaceutical delivery. But other than providing injured workers and first responders the medicine they need conveniently, we also introduce them to our deep network of attorneys and physicians. If you have any questions concerning Florida workers’ compensation that weren’t answered here, then feel free to get into contact with us by calling us at 844.238.9313 or visit our contact page. If you wish to further learn more about Florida Worker’s Compensation, then make sure to be on the alert for part 2.

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