Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Act creates a contractual relationship between employers and employees. Under this Act, employers provide compensation for work-related injuries and all medically-necessary treatment. In exchange for these guaranteed benefits, employees forfeit their right to bring lawsuits against their employers regarding such injuries.
Fault is not assigned and plays no role in workers' compensation law. If you've suffered a workplace injury, you're most likely covered under workers' compensation.
While the nature of your benefits are mandated by Florida law, the amount of benefits can be the subject of debate, and a matter for the courts to decide.
Workers’ compensation law differs dramatically from other areas of civil law, where plaintiffs can seek compensation for pain and suffering. Under Florida workers’ compensation law, pain and suffering is not recoverable. Instead, an injured employee is entitled to recover two-thirds of their gross wages and all medically necessary care.
What constitutes "gross wages" and "medically necessary" are left to the courts to decide - as such, they are the subject of many a court battle.
If you've suffered a work-related injury, you may wish to make a free consultation to discuss your workers' comp benefits.