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When Does Someone Qualify for Workers’ Compensation?

Morales & Cerino

man considering options after a workplace injuryWhen someone suffers an injury while on the job, he or she may have to refrain from working while on the mend. Thankfully, a majority of Florida employers are required to maintain workers’ compensation insurance. However, when does a worker qualify for benefits? Let’s look at the law.

Qualifying for Florida Workers’ Compensation

As long as a worker’s employer is required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, nearly any workplace accident can result in workers’ compensation benefits. In fact, workers can file for workers’ compensation benefits even if they are the ones who unintentionally caused their injuries.

However, Florida law states employees are not entitled to compensation when they intentionally injure themselves or suffer work injuries caused primarily by their own influence of drugs, barbiturates, or other stimulants not prescribed by physicians.

Potential Benefits

Workers who suffer injuries can receive compensation for several things. However, each workers’ compensation case is different, which means qualifying is circumstantial.

Medical Treatments

Most accepted workers’ compensation claims will cover the cost of doctor’s treatment for the injured. Additionally, workers who cannot work due to their injuries may receive lost wage benefits.

Lost Wages

Based on Florida law, workers will not receive lost wage payments for the first seven days of disability. Once seven days pass, workers may qualify for lost wage payments. If workers’ injury-related disabilities cause them to miss work for over 21 days, they may be paid for the initial seven days of missed work.

Need Help Making a Claim?

As you can see, many Florida workers are covered by workers’ compensation insurances; unfortunately, most insurance companies do not want to pay out their claims. Therefore, if you or a loved one suffers a work injury, it’s wise to talk to an experienced Hialeah workers’ compensation attorney.


Need help filing a Florida workers’ compensation claim? Call (305) 340-2630 for a free consultation for your case!

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