Resources for Injured Workers
Below are resources for injured workers: mileage forms, employee earnings reports, job search forms, a discussion of a deposition in a case, and our most recent blog posts. If you are in need of an opinion regarding your workers’ compensation case, please do not hesitate to contact our office for a free consultation.
Injured workers in Florida who receive authorized medical services through their Workers’ Compensation carrier are entitled to be compensated for mileage incurred going to and from hospital, therapy center, authorized medical appointments and to pharmacies. The mileage should be listed in detail, i.e. from home to Dr. X, 1234 Main St, back home. Mileage should always be EXACT! There is no estimating. We recommend using Mapquest, or a similar service, and claiming the shortest route to and from the provider. Download our mileage reimbursement form here.
Employee Earnings Report
Employee earnings reports are a standard reporting form used by Florida workers’ compensation insurance carriers for the purpose of having the injured worker report all earnings of almost any nature. The employer or carrier may be able to withhold the payment of benefits for any period during which the employee willfully fails or refuses to report. Employer earnings reports must be fully completed and signed to be considered complete. Download an employee earnings report here.
Job Search Form
Situations may arise in workers’ compensation cases where an injured worker will need to demonstrate he or she is engaging in a job search. This can be to support a claim that he or she is entitled to temporary partial disability benefits, or may be to support a claim the injured worker is permanently and totally disabled from their work injury. In those situations, it is advisable to keep the list of positions applied for in one central place. We recommend documenting the job search on the form provided by the Division of Workers’ Compensation. Download a job search form here.
Events in a Workers’ Compensation Case
Claimant’s Deposition The deposition of an injured worker is one of the most important events during the life of his or her workers’ compensation case. Just as the initial medical appointment with a physician is an injured worker’s first and best opportunity to make a favorable impression with the doctor, the injured worker’s Florida workers compensation deposition during the course of their case gives that individual their first and best opportunity to make a favorable impression on the insurance company. This is important because an insurance company will be less likely to attempt to engage in tactics harmful to an individual’s workers’ compensation case if the claimant has given full and accurate information during his/her deposition. Read more…