Were you hurt in a workplace accident in St. Petersburg, FL? Most people injured on the job qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, but that money isn’t always easy to get. If your on-the-job injury causes you to miss work, you need to be compensated for your lost wages.
The St. Petersburg lost time benefits lawyers at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Personal Injury Lawyers can help you recover the money you’re owed. Since 1955 when we opened as the first law firm in Tampa Bay to practice personal injury law exclusively, we’ve treated each case with compassion, commitment, and integrity. That dedication, backed by our 300+ years of collective legal experience, has resulted in our recovery of over $675 million for our clients over the years.
How Can Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Personal Injury Lawyers Help Me Recover Lost Time Benefits in St. Petersburg?
Beyond the cost, pain, and inconveniences, getting injured at work can leave you frustrated and confused about how to proceed. You know you’re entitled to benefits, but it can be intimidating to face your employer, especially if you aren’t getting the money you’re owed. That’s where we can help.
Our St. Petersburg workplace accident lawyers will help you stand up to your employer. We’ve handled complex, hard-fought cases–and won big. Three of our lawyers are Board Certified by the Florida Bar Association (a premier distinction shared by fewer than 2% of all FL attorneys). We’ve been a top choice for Tampa Bay locals for decades.
When you trust our legal team with recovering your lost wage benefits, we’ll:
- Monitor your workers’ comp claim and make sure all medical documentation is complete and timely submitted
- Hire medical experts to analyze and strengthen your claims for the amount of time off needed
- Handle all communications with insurance companies and/or your employer, and accompany you to all meetings
- File an appeal if your initial claim is denied
- Determine whether you qualify to file a third-party claim for additional compensation
Insurance companies are known for trying to devalue or deny workers’ claims for lost wages in an effort to protect their profits. With our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys by your side, you won’t be taken advantage of or forced to return to work before you’re medically able.
What Wage Replacement Benefits Are Available In Florida?
In addition to covering reasonable and necessary medical treatment, workers’ compensation benefits in Florida cover a portion of your lost wages, up to a maximum set by law. For injuries or illnesses suffered after January 1, 2022, the maximum you can receive is $1099, regardless of your hourly wage.
You generally won’t receive compensation for the first seven days of missed work unless your injury prevents you from working for more than 21 days. In that case, the insurance company may retroactively pay you for the first seven days.
Temporary Total Disability Benefits
If you can’t work at all for a period of time after your accident, you’re eligible for temporary total disability benefits. In most cases, you’ll receive approximately two-thirds of your weekly wages up to the amount approved by law. You can usually receive benefits for up to 104 weeks or until you reach maximum medical improvement, whichever is earlier. At the end of that period, you will be evaluated to determine whether you qualify for permanent disability benefits.
If you suffered a severe injury, such as loss of a limb, quadriplegia or paraplegia, or loss of eyesight, you could receive up to 80% of your weekly wages for the first six months of your disability.
Temporary Partial Disability Benefits
If you’re partially disabled and can return to work with restrictions, you can receive up to 80% of the difference between what you can earn while partially disabled and your average weekly wage before the accident.
Permanent Disability Benefits
In most cases, permanent disability benefits continue until you reach age 75 as long as you remain permanently disabled. If you’re determined to be permanently impaired or disabled, your benefits will be determined based on your impairment and the extent to which it affects your ability to work. Florida’s impairment income benefits calculator can give you an idea of how much you could receive in wage replacement benefits.
Contact Our St. Petersburg Lost Time Benefits Lawyers for Help
Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Personal Injury Lawyers was established to help people just like you. We can’t stand the injustice of injured victims being denied their right to compensation. We’ve successfully faced countless employers and their insurance companies in workers’ compensation benefits disputes across the state–and helped our clients walk away with the money they deserve.
Call today for a free case evaluation with one of our top-rated St. Petersburg, FL injury attorneys.