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What if you can’t return to work after an injury?

On Behalf of | Nov 28, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

Workplace accidents are bound to happen, even if you take all safety precautions. Often, the injured employee can make a full recovery and return to their job.

However, there are times when an injury doesn’t fully resolve itself, leaving the person unable to work in their chosen field.

How long do workers’ compensation benefits last?

Workers’ comp is a type of insurance that covers medical expenses and lost wages for employees who have been injured on the job. Depending on the severity of the injury and other factors, the employee can receive up to two-thirds of their weekly salary for up to 104 weeks.

If you can still work but will have lasting impairments due to your workplace injury or illness, you may be able to receive impairment benefits. A doctor will assign an impairment rating based on the severity and impact of the your permanent impairment. The benefits are calculated according to the rating.

You may be eligible for reemployment services if you cannot return to your previous job but can still work in some capacity. This free service includes vocational counseling, analysis of your skills, help with job placements and training and assistance with education and tuition.

Florida considers you to have a permanent total disability if you are unable to engage in at least sedentary work within a 50-mile radius of your home. In that event, you may be eligible to receive benefits until you turn 75.

Florida’s workers’ compensation laws are complex. It may be beneficial to work with someone who can help you understand your rights, navigate the process, and help you get the benefits you need for your financial well-being.