At The Law Office of Dennis Dean Smejkal, P.A., we understand the frustration you are facing if you are encountering a difficult issue regarding worker’s compensation. It can be a very stressful circumstance to deal with when you are injured or ill, and you will need to have all of your questions answered. Below, we provide answers to frequently asked questions that can serve as a starting point for your understanding of workers’ compensation in Florida.
Workers' Compensation Frequently Asked Questions
How long until I receive my benefits check?
There is a seven-day waiting period before you can receive your benefits. You have to be unable to work for 7 days before you can receive any benefits. The first seven day waiting period is due after you have reached the 21-day minimum day requirement.
How long will I receive benefits?
You may receive Temporary Total payments, Temporary Partial Disability payments or a combination of these payments up to a maximum of 104 weeks, or until you reach maximum medical improvement or are returned to full duty work.
Can I change my doctor?
Yes. You get a one-time change of doctor.
Should I settle my case?
This is a loaded question. Generally speaking you should not consider settling your case until you have reached the maximum recovery level determined by your doctor or some special circumstance exists.