The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) administers workers’ comp in Florida. Businesses with four or more employees are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, which provides no-fault protection to workers who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses.
Workers’ compensation covers medical expenses and up to two-thirds of lost wages for employees hurt due to workplace accidents or exposure to dangerous conditions. The most common workers’ comp injuries in Florida are:
If you suffer any one of these or another work-related injury/illness, you have 30 days to report it to your employer and two years to file a workers’ comp claim—but you shouldn’t wait. As soon as you’re aware of your injury/illness, take the following steps immediately:
While most simple injury/illness claims are likely to be accepted, it’s always possible that your claim will be disputed or denied. If this happens, you have the right to appeal the decision. A workers’ comp attorney can help you through this process and greatly increase your chances of receiving fair benefits.