2019 is starting out to be a great year for injured Florida workers. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced that it was getting ready to roll out some big changes in the maximum wage for injured Florida workers starting January 1st. There will be a 2.4% increase over the original wage set and now injured workers can receive a maximum of $939 in average weekly wages paid.
How Do You Calculate Your Average Weekly Wage?
When workers are injured on the job, they are allowed to collect compensation to offset the loss of wages. By law, the Florida maximum weekly compensation rate for injured workers must be equal to the statewide average weekly wage. This is calculated by the Florida Unemployment Compensation Division. To calculate how much your average weekly wage will be, it is important to review the average amount of earnings you had the 13 weeks prior to your injury. If you work multiple jobs, then all those jobs must be included. As an injured worker, you are entitled to receive 66 ⅔ percent of that average up to the maximum set by Florida law.
When a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer is Needed
There are times when your employer’s insurance company isn’t quite playing fair. They may have the wrong average weekly wage calculations or have flat out denied your claim altogether. When is it time to contact a workers’ compensation lawyer?
- Your employer or insurance company denies your claim
- Your employer attempts to stop or modify any workers’ compensation benefits
- You believe there is a discrepancy in your Average Weekly Wage
- Your employer asks for a specific medical examination
- There is a third party involved in the injury
- You are also collecting other benefits such as SSDI
- Your employer is pressuring you to return to work too soon
Even if you aren’t sure that you need an attorney, you could greatly benefit from seeking a legal consultation. From the very start, your lawyer can ensure that you meet all deadlines for filing your workers’ compensation claim and can protect your rights to full benefits along the way. Every single day, insurance companies deny valid workers’ compensation claims without cause. As a result, injured workers are often left unable to care for their families and pay their bills.
Without a lawyer on your side, you may not be able to obtain the full benefits you are entitled to under Florida law. Your attorney can help you appeal workers’ compensation claim denials and build a case to obtain the money you are rightfully owed.
Injured on the Job? We Can Help
If you’ve been injured on the job, you may have many questions regarding your workers’ compensation claim. Being injured is hard enough. You don’t need your employer and their insurance company making it worse. If you believe that your claim was unfairly denied or if you feel your rights have been violated, it is important to discuss your case with an experienced West Palm Beach Workers’ Compensation Lawyer immediately.
At Sternberg / Forsythe, our West Palm Beach workers’ compensation attorneys have the resources and experience needed to tackle these complex cases – and win. With offices conveniently located in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and Orlando, we are there wherever you need us. Call us at 561-687-5660 today for a free consultation and review of your case or fill out our confidential contact form and someone will call you back.
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