Workers’ Compensation Attorney Tampa, Florida
When injury strikes and accidents happen, a person can find themselves in a situation where he or she is unable to work. This can present difficult times for the individual, however if these injuries are sustained at work or at the workplace, there is compensation available. In the State of Florida, the law states that any person who is injured or contracts a disease while working and because of a work-related activity, he or she is entitled to workers’ compensation to cover both time lost due to the injury or disease or medical bills that accrue to treat the injury or disease.
Florida has an efficient system in place, if one knows how to navigate it, to cover workers’ compensation cases. Assuming that the injured person was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, he or she is mandated by law to receive numerous types of benefits. The first and most obvious is the coverage of medical bills for treatment of the injury or disease sustained or contracted at work. In addition, necessary mileage to get to doctor’s appointments and such is also covered under a worker’s compensation claim. This takes a lot of stress off of the individual, who can now focus on getting better.
In addition, a person injured on the job can also be entitled to income benefits. There is a tier system in Florida for what a company can and should pay to cover disability benefits. If the person is unable to perform any of his or her duties, then he or she is eligible for total disability benefits, which include anywhere from 66 to 80 percent of regular wages. If the individual is able to perform some of his or her duties, but not all of them, he or she can be eligible for partial disability benefits, which include compensation for any lost wages if he or she cannot make at least 80 percent of what was made before the injury. Both of these benefit types can be either temporary, which only last for a certain, appropriate amount of time, or permanent which is for life. The latter is only for severe injuries however and is determined by the State government.
Being injured or contracting a disease while on the job can be a difficult and trying time for the afflicted individual. Thankfully, there is relief in the form of workers’ compensation aid. In Florida, workers’ compensation is a necessary right and your employer must dispense funds for this purpose. If they don’t, then you should file a claim and find a strong attorney who is skillful at navigating Florida law to help you win back your right to work and fair compensation. To learn more about how the Franco Law Firm can fulfill this role for you, please call us at (813) 872-0929.