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What are the Most Common Workplace Injuries?
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), the top three leading causes of accidents in the workplace are the result of the following:
- Overexertion: Injuries due to lifting, pushing, turning, excessive physical effort, carrying or throwing.
- Contact with Objects and Equipment: Injuries due to moving objects hitting a worker or a worker coming into contact with an object or equipment.
- Slips, Trips and Falls: Injuries due to workers falling on different levels, jumping to lower levels, or falling from a collapsing structure.
About Your Benefits
Workers’ compensation benefits can be awarded for medical coverage, temporary disability, i.e. lost wages, and permanent partial or total disability.
- Medical Coverage: Employers are legally responsible for the medical treatment of an employee who is injured on the job or who suffers from occupational disease. Medical expenses that must be paid by the employer include doctor / hospital visits, diagnostic tests, prescription medication, and / or physical therapy. In some cases, employers will also be responsible for reimbursing the cost of mileage for an employee who must travel to medical appointments.
- Temporary Disability Benefits: Temporary disability benefits may be awarded to persons whose injuries no longer allow them to work the same number of hours per week. How much an employee will receive in benefits will depend on the capacity he or she is able to work post-injury. For example, an employee who cannot work at all for a designated period of time will receive temporary total disability, whereas someone who can work to some degree will receive temporary partial disability benefits.
- Permanent Disability Benefits: An employee whose injury or illness is so severe that it prevents him / her from ever returning to work will be eligible to receive permanent total disability benefits. An employee whose injury or illness is severe enough to forever limit the amount that he or she is able to work will be eligible for permanent partial disability benefits.
- Permanent Partial Disability Benefits: A Florida employee whose injury or illness is severe enough to forever limit the amount that he or she is able to work will be eligible for permanent partial disability benefits.
How Does Workers’ Comp Pay You in Florida?
Understanding how workmans’ comp works in Florida can be a little complicated at times. When it comes to understanding how your benefits will be paid out to you, the following guidelines apply:
- If you qualify for workers’ compensation you will usually be sent a bi-weekly check to cover the amount you have been awarded
- You should receive your first check within 21 days of reporting your injury to your employer
- You will not be required to pay taxes on the benefits you receive unless you choose to go back to work, at which point you will be taxed on the income you make, even if you are working in a limited capacity
If you have not received your check yet, you should reach out to the Workers’ Compensation Administration and ask to speak to your claims adjuster or representative.