Miami, FL—A common question many individuals often have after suffering a work-related injury is “When will the first check come in?” When a worker suffers an on-the-job injury, they are usually entitled to receive workers’ comp benefits which provide medical and cash benefits. Generally, the insurance company will be responsible for paying for the medical care an injured worker has rendered as well as provide the individual with a check to make up for some of the wages they aren’t able to earn.
In order for an injured worker to qualify for wage replacement benefits, their physician must be the one to determine that their condition prevents them from working. If a worker is unable to work for more than seven days, they should then be entitled to receive wage replacement benefits on the eighth day of being out of work. While wage replacement benefits won’t provide an injured worker with the full salary they were earning prior to the accident, they will provide them with a percentage of the usual wages they earn.
Therefore, an injured work won’t receive a check until after they have been out of work for seven days and the insurance company has determined that they are eligible to receive wage replacement benefits.
How much will an injured worker in Miami receive in wage replacement benefits?
The amount an injured worker is entitled to receive in wage replacement benefits depends upon how severe their injury is and whether or not they have been released to restricted duty. Below is a breakdown of how much an injured worker in Miami can expect to receive given they are eligible for wage replacement benefits.
Temporary Total Disability (TTD)
If an injured worker’s physician determines they cannot work at all, they generally will receive 66 2/3% of their regular wages. 1 The Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation states that if an individual suffered a severe injury, they may even be entitled to receive 80% of their regular wages for up to six months after they suffered an injury.
Temporary Partial Disability (TP)
Workers who suffered an injury that allows them to return to work but on restricted duty may also be eligible to receive Temporary Partial Disability Benefits if they aren’t eligible to receive 80% of their regular wages. Workers can estimate what they might be eligible to receive by clicking here.
Workers who can never work again or have reached Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) are also entitled to wage replacement benefits, however, they should contact the Bureau of Employee Assistance and Ombudsman Office at 1-800-342-1741 to find out how much they are entitled to receive.
Mario Trespalacios P.A. Can Assist and Injured Worker With Recovering the Benefits They are Due
If an injured worker in Miami has questions regarding their wage replacement benefits or needs help getting their workers’ comp claim filed, the Miami, FL workers’ compensation attorneys at Mario Trespalacios P.A. are ready to help. A workers’ comp lawyer will not only address any questions and concerns an employee has, but they can also guide them through the claims process to ensure they are provided with the benefits they are due.
Mario Trespalacios P.A. can be contacted at:
9495 SW 72 Street, Suite B-275
Miami, FL 33173