There are two time frames you need to be cognizant of when dealing with the worker’s compensation program. The first time frame is reporting the injury. The second time frame is receiving treatment. While every rule has an exception, below is a brief explanation of both times frames and requirements. Each state has its own statute of limitations for worker’s compensation. The time frames explained below are strictly for Florida claims.
The first time frame to be aware of is immediately after the accident. Once a workplace injury has occurred, you have 30 days from the date of the accident to notify your employer. You may notify your employer either verbally or in writing. If you notify verbally it is best to make sure the notification is reduced to writing. This way you will be able to prove notification. In terms of whom to notify, you may notify your direct supervisor or anyone in management. Notifying a co-worker will not be sufficient.
The second time frame to be aware of refers to medical treatment for your injury. In Florida, there is a two-year statute of limitations, which is then followed by a one-year statute of limitations. The initial two-year time frame requires you to receive authorized medical treatment or indemnity benefits or to have filed a petition for benefits. Once you have satisfied the initial two-year time frame, you are then covered with a one-year statute. Meaning, you need to receive treatment from an authorized medical provider or some type of indemnity benefits once a year to have continuing worker’s compensation coverage.
As previously mentioned, every rule has an exception. If you think you have a possible worker’s compensation claim, I strongly urge you to call us at LaBovick Law Group for a free consultation. A member of the worker’s compensation team will quickly determine what benefits are available to you. Call us today at (561) 623-3681.