According to Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Claims Statistics, there were 48,077 claims for workers’ compensation benefits throughout the state in 2018, with 916 claims originating in Seminole County. If you were hurt in a workplace accident, you may also have the right to file a claim for benefits. However, the process can be challenging, especially at a time when you are trying to heal from your injuries.

At the Benenati Law Firm, our team will tackle the legal complications with filing for workers’ compensation, so you get the maximum level of benefits allowed by law. Please call 407-777-7777 to set up a free consultation with an Oviedo workers’ compensation attorney, and check out an overview of the claims process.

How Workers’ Compensation Works In Florida

Workers’ compensation laws in Florida are similar to other types of personal injury cases, except that you do not have to prove that your employer was at fault to seek benefits. Still, you must show that you qualify for benefits, which requires you to establish:

  • Your employer is required to carry workers’ compensation insurance by law;
  • You are a covered employee, as opposed to an independent contractor or other exempt worker; and,
  • You were hurt in an accident that happened while you were at work, performing work-related tasks.

If you do prove these elements, you can start receiving benefits shortly after filing a claim. However, the downside is that the workers’ compensation system is your sole remedy. You cannot sue in civil court unless certain exceptions apply, including:

  • Your employer does not carry workers’ compensation in violation of state law;
  • Your employer’s intentional act was the cause of your injuries; or,
  • A third party’s negligence led to your injuries.