Most injured workers only need temporary benefits from workers’ compensation. After they get hurt on the job in Florida, they may need medical coverage to pay for their treatment. They may also need temporary disability benefits while they recover from their injury or medical condition.
However, not everyone hurt on the job can return to the same line of work they once did. Someone who suffers a brain injury in a fall down the stairs at the office may have to leave their job as an executive. A worker who severs a tendon or develops a repetitive stress injury may have to leave their job in construction or manufacturing.
How will workers’ compensation protect you if you can go back to work but can’t keep earning the same amount?
You may qualify for permanent partial disability benefits
Disability benefits available through workers’ compensation in Florida don’t just reimburse people who can’t work at all. They also help compensate those who cannot do the same work and have reduced earning potential because of their work-acquired medical conditions.
If a doctor affirms that there are permanent limitations on the tasks that you can do at work because of your injuries, you may be able to receive some of the difference between what you used to earn and what you currently make.
You may qualify for Reemployment Services
The workers’ compensation program in Florida also offers ways to help injured employees be more competitive on the modern employment market.
You could potentially apply for Reemployment Services that can help you develop skills for a completely new career. You could receive vocational training or a job skills analysis. The state can even help you with job placement and with developing your skills at finding and applying for vacant positions.
Both disability benefits and Reemployment Services can play a big role in reducing how much a worker loses because of a job injury. Learning about Florida’s workers’ compensation benefits can help you get the support you need during your recovery.