Florida law states that workers' compensation insurance is required when a business has four or more employees, either full- or part-time. Construction businesses are required to carry workers' compensation insurance for every employee, including contractors.
WHAT TYPES OF BENEFITS CAN YOU GET?
Workers' Compensation insurance pays for all reasonable and necessary medical care related to your on-the-job injury or illness including:
PAYMENT FOR LOST WAGES
If your earnings are lower because of a work-related injury or illness, you may be able to receive some cash benefits (indemnity benefits). You may be eligible for these benefits if you have been out of work for more than seven (7) calendar days on the advice of your approved doctor and one of the following is true:
These payments can help you through the period of time you are disabled from your workplace injury or illness.
If, as a result of your work injury or illness, you cannot earn wages similar to those you earned before your injury, you may qualify to receive reemployment services. The goal of these services is to help you return to work as soon as you can. The types of services you may receive will vary depending upon the date you were injured or became ill. They may include:
For more information about reemployment services, please contact the Rehabilitation and Medical Services Office closest to you. There is a listing of these offices at the end of this article.
PREFERRED WORKER PROGRAM
If you have a permanent disability and are unable to return to your regular job because of a workplace injury or illness, you may be eligible to receive a Preferred Worker Card. The card will tell a future employer about financial benefits for the employer that come from hiring you. This may make it easier for you to get a job.