When an employee is injured on the job in Florida and the injury results in a permanent disability, they may be eligible for permanent disability benefits through workers' compensation. There are two main types of permanent disability benefits in Florida: Permanent Total Disability (PTD) and Permanent Partial Disability (PPD).
Permanent Total Disability Benefits
Permanent Total Disability refers to a disability that is considered permanent and renders the employee unable to perform any type of work. To qualify for PTD benefits, the employee must have a permanent impairment rating of 100% and be unable to perform any type of work. PTD benefits provide weekly payments to the employee for the duration of their disability or until they turn 75 years old.
Permanent Partial Disability Benefits
On the other hand, Permanent Partial Disability refers to a disability that is permanent but does not render the employee unable to perform any type of work. In order to be eligible for PPD benefits, the employee must have a permanent impairment rating of less than 100%. The amount of PPD benefits an employee is eligible for depends on the impairment rating and other factors, such as the employee's average weekly wage.
Calculate Permanent Disability Benefits
Calculating permanent disability benefits in Florida can be a complex process, as there are many factors that must be taken into account. To ensure that you receive the appropriate compensation for your injury, it is recommended that you work with a workers' compensation attorney who has experience with permanent disability claims.
Navigating the Process of Applying for Permanent Disability Benefits
The process of applying for permanent disability benefits in Florida can be complicated and overwhelming for many injured workers. However, with the proper guidance and support, you can successfully navigate the system and receive the compensation you deserve. Some tips for navigating the process of applying for permanent disability benefits include:
- Documenting your injury in detail and keeping accurate records of your medical expenses.
- Seeking medical attention immediately after your injury and following up regularly with your doctor to document the extent of your disability.
- Consulting with an experienced workers' compensation attorney who can help you navigate the complex legal process of applying for permanent disability benefits.
Overall, permanent disability benefits can provide much-needed financial support for injured workers in Florida. By understanding the different types of benefits available and how they are calculated and consulting with an experienced workers' compensation attorney, you can successfully navigate the process of applying for permanent disability benefits and receive the compensation you deserve.
How Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. Can Help You
At Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A., our experienced workers' compensation attorneys are dedicated to helping injured workers in Florida receive the benefits they deserve. Our team will work with you every step of the way, from filing a claim to appealing denials and negotiating with insurance companies.
Contact us today at (888) 499-6206 for more information about how we can help you get the compensation you need for your injury.