In Florida workers’ compensation cases, once an individual has achieved the level of maximum medical improvement and an impairment rating has been assigned, the claimant becomes potentially eligible for Impairment Income Benefits. These benefits are paid at the rate of two weeks for each percentage of impairment through 10%, three weeks for impairment ratings between 11-15%, four weeks between 16-20%, and six weeks for any percentages in excess of 20%. If an individual otherwise eligible for Impairment Income Benefits has returned to work at his average weekly wage or greater, then the amount of the Impairment Income Benefits to which he is entitled is reduced by 50%. This formula applies to Florida workplace injuries with a date of accident subsequent to 10/1/03.
Here are some common questions that arise regarding Impairment Income Benefits in Florida workers’ compensation cases:
When are the impairment income benefits due?
Do I have to be at a level of maximum medical improvement?
When must a doctor assign an impairment rating?
What about psychiatric impairment ratings?