In Florida, almost all employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you are injured at work, you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits to offset any lost wages and medical expenses that you may incur. Florida Workers’ Compensation Law states that workers’ compensation benefits will be provided to the employee regardless of who is at fault for the injury.
As an injured employee, you have a time limit of thirty (30) days to report the injury. This time limit is allowed because some work-related injuries are not as obvious as others, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and illnesses that are related to chemicals. Once you are aware that your illness or injury is in relation to your job, a report will need to be filed with your employer. In addition to reporting the illness or injury, it is important to also request medical care from the employer.
Sometimes, an employer will assume that medical care is not needed if it is not requested. It is also important to put your injury report and request for medical care in writing so that you have documentation if it is needed in the future.