In the state of Florida, employers with more than 4 employees are required by law to provide workers’ compensation insurance to their employees. This means that if you are injured or if you aggravate a pre-existing condition while on the job, you are eligible to collect benefits, such as money for lost wages and medical expenses. Yet filing a workers’ compensation claim is different from filing other types of injury claims. This is because workers’ compensation laws strictly control what types of damages you are allowed to seek after an injury.
If you were injured on the job, you applied for Worker compensation benefits and your claim was denied, you have the right to contest the denial of benefits.
Once you have been notified that your claim has been denied, you can file a Petition for Benefits with the Florida Department of Administrative Hearings (DOAH). Before the DOAH assigns the case to a judge for a hearing, the parties must attend a mediation to discuss the Petition for Benefits.
Many people in their late 50s and 60s have chosen to remain in the workforce longer than previous generations. The American Association of Retired People (AARP) found in a 2003 survey that “80% of boomers are planning to work after retirement age.” For some, economic conditions such as downturns in the stock market and lower home prices may be a consideration. Others simply wish to continue their careers for personal reasons. As this demographic of older workers increases, many wonder about the impact on workers compensation claims and the related costs.
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