Accidents at work can leave you partially or totally disabled and therefore unable to do your job or perhaps any job. Even if you’re able to continue working, physical limitations caused by your work-related injury or illness might restrict your ability to work and limit how much you can earn. Most Florida employees are covered by workers’ compensation, which requires an employer’s workers’ compensation insurer to pay a significant portion of wages lost as a result of a work-related impairment.
If you miss work after being hurt on the job, how much you receive as compensation for lost wages and for how long depends on the nature of your disability as determined by a doctor authorized by your employer or its insurer. These are the benefits that may be available:
In each case, you will be entitled to a percentage of your average weekly wage (minus any earnings you received while partially disabled or impaired), up to a maximum rate, which increases each year. The maximum rate is $1,099 as of 2022.
Unfortunately, you can’t always depend on getting adequate compensation for lost wages. You may need a dedicated workers’ compensation attorney to help you receive the benefits to which you are entitled.
Vassallo, Bilotta & Davis helps injured clients in Florida with obtaining workers’ compensation benefits and with appeals of denied claims. Please call 561-471-2800 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation at one of our offices, located in West Palm Beach and Stuart.