Workers' Comp for Injured Florida Theme Park Workers
July 5, 2021
There are many things that Florida is famous for including oranges, warmth, palm trees, beaches, and amazing, out-of-this-world theme parks. With the world opening up and specifically in Florida being one of the most open and less restricted states in the nation, there are many jobs that need to be filled. Theme parks have been closed down for some time in the state resulting in access to some of the most coveted attractions off-limits. Now that they are opening, this means that there could be a large hiring surge. Specifically, Walt Disney World along with Universal Studios is opening up most of their attractions for the public to once again come and enjoy.
If you work at one of the theme parks that are reopened in Florida, you have rights that must be protected. Understanding what is available to you under Florida’s workers’ compensation system is critically important. Working at a theme park with all the people, the rides, and other moving parts means that there is the chance that you could get hurt while on the job. Being informed about benefits that you are entitled to if you are hurt at work in Florida is important.
What Florida Workers’ Compensation Benefits are Available to Claimants that work in Theme Parks?
Employees, including those that work at amusement parks in the state of Florida, have the right to file a Florida workers’ compensation claim if they are injured while performing the duties of their job. The benefits include:
- If you were exposed to COVID-19 and you test positive for the virus, then you may be able to obtain benefits. It is dependant on your ability to prove that you were infected while at work. Working at a crowded theme park puts you around a lot of people. It is realistic to believe that you were infected while you were working, but the difficulty is proving that this is true. Even though it is possible to obtain benefits for contracting COVID-19 at a theme park where you work, it is incredibly difficult and the grand majority of claims that were submitted for benefits in this way have been denied.
- Your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance will pay for all of the medical treatment you need related to your workplace injury. This is true as long as you are using an approved provider and the treatment is necessary.
- If your injury keeps you out of work for seven days you can get a portion of your paycheck with temporary disability benefits up to a specific amount. You can continue to get these payments until your doctor indicates that you have reached the point where you are as recovered and healed from your injuries as you can be or your Maximum Medical Improvement.
- If you are permanently or totally impaired, you can recover a part of your paycheck for a period of time until you can go back to work, or potentially until your death.
- If your injury means you cannot do your current job but you can be trained to do another, you can qualify for vocational rehabilitation benefits to learn how to do another profession.
- If you are a family member of a loved one who died from a workplace accident in Florida, you may be able to recover costs associated with the final expenses of your loved one and some of their wages.
Speak to a Tallahassee Worker’s Compensation Attorney Today
Stephen M. Andrews is a skilled and proficient Tallahassee workers’ compensation attorney that can support you and help you get the benefits you are entitled to after a Tallahassee workplace injury. To discuss your case during a free consultation, call Stephen M. Andrews today at (850) 906-9599.
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