Impairment Benefits and Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Florida
If you’re injured at work in Florida and are permanently injured, you generally qualify for workers’ compensation benefits for your impairment. Understanding what benefits you qualify for and how much you can get is important to making sure you get the money you need to pay your bills.
Unfortunately, many injured workers in Florida face a challenging road when trying to claim their rightful impairment benefits and workers’ compensation benefits in Florida. At Flaxman Law Group, our team workers' compensation lawyers is happy to provide a free, no obligation consultation to injured workers. If you’ve been injured and are worried about your claim, contact us for a free consultation with a workers’ compensation attorney.Understanding Impairment Benefits and Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Florida
Workers’ compensation benefits are available to most workers in Florida if they’re injured on the job or suffer an occupational illness. These benefits are intended to provide financial assistance based on the severity of the impairment and its impact on the employee’s ability to work and perform daily activities.
Florida has an impairment rating system to ensure you get the right benefits for your work-related impairment. This rating is determined by medical professionals and is based on the severity of your injury or illness. The rating is expressed as a percentage, reflecting the degree of impairment and how it may affect your life and ability to work.
To be assigned an impairment rating, you must first reach MMI (maximum medical improvement). This refers to the moment a medical professional determines you are in medical discharge, meaning you have recovered as much as possible. Even if you haven’t fully recovered, MMI means nothing more can be done to improve your medical condition.
The medical professional will report your MMI to the insurance company. While some benefits will end at this point, you will still be eligible for ongoing benefits if your injuries continue to prevent you from working. Sometimes, these ongoing benefits are called impairment benefits. If your doctor gives you an impairment rating of over 0%, you qualify for these ongoing benefits.Why Talk to a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Florida?
Unfortunately, employers and their insurance companies have a financial reason to minimize your injuries. The insurance company profits more when they do so. Some employees in Florida find themselves facing a premature declaration of MMI, meaning they have benefits cut off before they’re ready to return to work. In some situations, injured workers are unsure whether their impairment rating is correct and if they’re getting the benefits they should be for their injury.
For all these reasons, the legal team at Flaxman Law Group have made it easy (and free) to talk to a workers’ compensation attorney. If you’re injured, contact us as soon as you can to talk to a lawyer about your situation.
Our attorneys are able to:
- Evaluate your impairment to ensure an accurate impairment rating.
- Advocate on your behalf to seek the maximum benefits you are entitled to under Florida law.
- Handle all communication with the insurance company and ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process.
- Pursue all available avenues of compensation to provide you with the financial support you need.
You deserve to know the facts about impairment benefits and workers’ compensation benefits in Florida. If you have suffered a work-related injury, contact Flaxman Law Group at 866-352-9626 to contact us online to speak to a Florida workers’ compensation lawyer in a free, no obligation consultation. Our offices in Miami, Homestead, and Hollywood are always here for injured workers, and our family law firm always puts compassionate advocacy first.